The Serpent-Bearer

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Ophiuchus is one of my favorite constellations, perhaps because of its tongue twister name and similarly tough to pronounce component stars like Rasalhague. It is commonly represented as a man grasping or perhaps wrestling a large python-like snake. Ophiuchus is one of the original 48 constellations of the ancient Greeks. The snake itself […]

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance #08-14, under Section 54-36. Regulation of Use and Conduct on the Beach, Item (g) states: It shall be unlawful for any person while on the Beach or within 1,000 feet from shore to fish for sharks or to fish by those methods commonly known as chumming or blood baiting. Nothing herein shall be […]

It was just my imagination…

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Marco Island Historical Museum – I was relating my 46 years on Marco & Goodland to my exhibit of oil paintings at the time, South Florida: a Villager’s View – and was very pleased with the lively Q & A period that followed. There was a […]

Lobsters: Delicacies and Interesting Marine Animals

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman There are two kinds of lobsters, some, commonly referred to as “clawed” lobsters as well as, “spiny” lobsters, or rock lobsters. Clawed lobsters are generally found in cold waters, and are known as American Lobsters. Spiny lobsters do not have claws, but instead have long, strong antennae and are generally found in warm water. […]

The Racketeer

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By John Grisham Doubleday 2012 340 pages As a long-time Grisham fan, I didn’t hesitate to read this book when it was recommended by a friend. It is never difficult to get engrossed in a Grisham novel, at least not his legal thrillers. I did not want to put this book down. I have […]

Acrobats and Newly Found Cats

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I just heard the most amazing thing! There’s a tortoiseshell (you know, a cat who looks just like me) in Key West who can sail through a flaming hoop as hundreds of adults and children cheer her on. Not only that, but she and her fellow performers […]

Five Reasons a Trust is Necessary

Ask The CFP® Darcie Guerin   “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” Ben Stein   Question: Why should I consider having a trust document? Answer: Before the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 was approved, trusts were primarily used to minimize tax liabilities. The ATRA made “permanent” […]


CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler We left the Grenadines and sailed directly to Tyrell Bay, Carriacou which is an island that belongs to Grenada. Because it was still rolley here, we only stayed one night. We were anxious to get to Grenada and took advantage of a weather window which opened up and we sailed to Prickly Bay, Grenada. This […]

Whale Tales (Tails?)

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie   “It is not down on any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville, Moby- The unexpected experiences are always the most memorable and perhaps the most real. While fishing offshore Miami a few weekends ago nothing much was happening; no fish were biting, no birds were flying. It was hard to complain about […]

The Dog Days of Summer

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom No dog has ever had a better life than a dog that’s lived in Goodland. I have often talked about my dog, B.B. Wrinkles, in my column because she is very much a part of my life in our village. I hate to be sappy two columns in a row, but this article is dedicated to […]