Marco Island Executive Airport Plans Expansion

by Ewout Rijk de Vries  Our local airport is a unique destination, an exception to most of the rest of the world of air transportation. Normally, the 3-letter code for an airport in the USA is designated by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) is the same 3-letter code for both organizations. Not so for […]

Batiato: Acting Deputy Fire Chief

By Samantha Husted  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has big shoes to fill. In the wake of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne’s retirement last May, the department has taken steps through succession planning to continue providing the highest level of service and care. Division Chief Dave Batiato expressed interest in the position, which is the next step in the fire […]

Planning Board Update

By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held a regular meeting on July 1. All board members were present. Parking issues on our little piece of  paved paradise have been a continuing saga of much recent attention. The Planning Board took a positive step toward resolving a part of this issue, specifically as it applies to the […]

Betty Kimble Celebrates her 92nd Bday

By Samantha Husted Betty Kimble was 15-years-old when World War II began in 1939, 31-years-old when Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955, and 45-years-old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969. She has lived through the Great Depression, the Hindenburg disaster and the […]

Watson, I Presume – IBM and ACS Join Forces to THINK Away Cancer

By Maureen Chodaba  In 1911, when Thomas J. Watson, then a manager at the National Cash Register Company, coined the motto “THINK”, it is probably safe to say that he never dreamed that someday a cognitive machine would be named in his honor, and that machine would have the ability to almost think like a human being. A few years […]