Move to Marco Didn’t Mean Leaving Winter Fun Behind for Skip Merriam

By Don Manley Skip Merriam left winter behind when he and his wife moved to Marco Island from New England. But the upstate New York native’s love of wintertime outdoor activities was too firmly ingrained to be discarded like a no longer needed goose down coat. That is why Merriam has travelled to the frozen North each year for the […]

Summer Camps Keep the Kids Busy!

By Don Manley The school year’s impending end is a sure sign that the time for summer camps is right around the corner. Marco Island has an assortment of camp options that offer the community’s youth the opportunity exercise, gain knowledge and burnish skills through hands-on activities, have fun and make new friends as those lazy, hazy days of summer […]

Set a World Record: WEAR IT!

Submitted In honor of National Safe Boating Week, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is trying to help set a world record. Co-hosted locally by Rose Marina, a group photo will be taken of participants donning life jackets. The photo will be combined with photos from other sites around the world in an effort to reach a record breaking […]

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when […]

Marco’s Everett L. Kuhn Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Submitted On May 9, 2015, Everett L. Kuhn celebrated his 100th birthday, joining the small but growing population of centenarians. Everett has been spending winters on Marco Island since 1987, when he and his wife Frances purchased a vacation home. What is Everett’s secret to longevity? He tells us that when he was fifteen years old his parents promised him […]

An Orchid Double Hitter

Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown […]

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner

The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on […]

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald Swiacki

Responsibility.  Accountability.  Safety.  Equality.  These are the issues regarding the rental ordinance.   After much debate over several months in public, at the Planning Advisory Board and as City Council Meetings the members of City Council passed a comprehensive ordinance regarding rental properties.  Without this ordinance property owners could not be identified because they did not have to register.  Any problems […]

Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro

Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of […]

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker

An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items […]