Guest Commentary: Protect Our Tortoises – You Can Help

Marco Island offers a beautiful and diverse habitat that is home to many native species. Nearly everyone knows about the burrowing owls that live with us in our neighborhoods, but many may not be as familiar with our other burrowing animal – the gopher tortoise, a large, long-lived reptile. The life of a gopher tortoise revolves around a tunnel-like burrow […]

Letter to the Editor: Response on Short Term Rentals

In response to City Council candidate Jared Grifoni’s letter, his remarks regarding short-term rentals are alarming. His solution is to have a “3 year reevaluation.” For the past 15 years, residents have been trying to get the City to give us a common-sense ordinance to protect residents who live in single-family residential areas. Committees were formed, meetings were held, stall tactics were put […]

Parkinson Association Lunch

Submitted On Tuesday, September 13 at 12 PM, the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. is holding a lunch for the Parkinson community and their care partners at the Marco Island Brewery and Tap House. Discussions will include what services and programs people would like on the Island. The Parkinson Association currently holds exercise classes twice a week at the […]

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education […]

Water Workouts at the Y

Submitted At the start of one of her Aqua-Zumba pool workout programs at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, Aqua-Zumba in- structor Doris D’Agostino tells participants this isn’t about overexertion. “Burning is good, pain is not good,” D’Agostino says before conducting her class with infectious enthusiasm. She goes through her moves outside the pool, and clearly enjoys the solid 45-minute session. […]

The Laughter Starts at Square One

By Don Manley Comedy presented live with a spontaneous, walking-the-knife-edge, hope-the-audience-and-my-castmates follow manner is what it’s all about for improvisational actors. Improvisation, also known as improv, is live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are created impromptu, as seen on the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Bringing that experience to live audiences in a spirited, interactive, […]

Butterflies Thrive at Calusa Park

Submitted “If you plant nectar plants, butterflies will come,” remarked Calusa Garden Club member Susan LaGrotta. Calusa Park’s Butterfly Garden on Winterberry Drive is thriving, attracting a kaleidoscope of butterflies sipping the sweets from their favorite nectar plants and laying their eggs on the plentiful hosts plants. This small gem of a garden is maintained year- round by members of […]

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities Abound

By Don Manley Learning will not only take place in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year thanks to a variety of Marco Island- area nonprofits and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Mackle Park all offer opportunities for youths to […]

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of […]

Storm Brings Simultaneous Emergencies

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Mid-afternoon on August 24, emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire Rescue and […]