Men in Blue: Paul Keys

by Danielle Dodder It is no small feather in your cap to say that you worked to help found a police department, but that’s just the opportunity officer Paul Keys found when he came to Marco in 1999. Like many of the Marco Island Police Department officers, Keys arrived from a big city ‘up North’ and used his hard-earned experience […]

Spotted Sea Trout season is open and the bite is on

by Capt. Pete Rapps The Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also called Speckled Trout, Specs, Trout, or Spotted Weakfish, is a common shallow water fish found in our area of the Ten Thousand Islands. They are closely related to the northern Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). Even though most of these fish are caught on shallow grassy flats, Spotted Seatrout reside in virtually […]

Who is teaching our children?

By Val Simon The holiday break is over and it is time to get back into a rigorous schedule full force. Tommie Barfield puts an emphasis on the importance of reading. Third grade is the first year students become familiar with what is commonly referred to as ‘Sunshine State Books’. The Sunshine State Young Reader Award program is sponsored by […]

Marco Island Academy finds new location for Green School

by Danielle Dodder As San Marco Road winds toward Goodland it becomes a green stretch of natural beauty. On about 6 acres of land that could have just as easily become more development, a unique learning center may have the chance to grow. The Marco Island Academy signed a temporary lease and is planning to take the first steps towards […]

Veterans’ Memorial becomes reality

A Veterans’ Memorial at Veterans’ Community Park is one step closer to reality. Bryan Milk, City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Director, said specifications are to be completed within the next 30 days and will allow for an open bidding process to begin on the construction. A fundraising committee has been formed which includes Leo Sutera, Steve Stefanides, Carole […]

Third Annual Marco Island Seafood Festival

The Marco Island Seafood Festival is a seafood lover’s paradise! The festival boasts a wide variety of seafood vendors, over 60 arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and a kid’s zone to round off a complete weekend of family fun. Last year’s festival drew a record crowd of 9000 people from all over Southwest Florida. “Each year it just keeps […]

Vietnam – Veteran – Veterinarian

by John Patterson Hi Readers! Hope you enjoyed my story last issue. Like my buddy, John I had so much fun re-living our experiences back in the fifties. I have decided to stick around, even though I cannot be with him (I’m in Doggy Heaven), I’m still just behind him in spirit on all his deliveries, and still enjoy our […]

Birds of a feather

by Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often […]

Review some fog rules

by Capt. Carl Kelly In the winter we usually have a few days of fog. So it is timely to review the rules covering vessels in restricted visibility. Some things seem obvious. Remember that safe speed is reduced as visibility is reduced. Maintain a proper lookout. Use radar if you have it, and display your navigation lights, even in the daytime. […]

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