Solemn Goodbye to a Friend

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island came together on Wednesday to pay their respects to Richard “Dick” Shanahan at the Celebration of Life in his honor at San Marco Catholic Church. So many came forward to praise and pay tribute to Shanahan, saying both “Goodbye” and “Thank you.” Shanahan lost his courageous battle with a disease that in the last […]


Two important parts of the City Council’s Mission is “to uphold the upscale residential community atmosphere” and “to provide for the safety and welfare of its residents”. In the opinion of the Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors, we need a City Council that is focused on maintaining our residential community atmosphere, our safety, and our quality of […]

Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Community Park is NOT in Jeopardy

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Veterans’ Community Park does not need saving.  It is safe under the prevue of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).  Marco Island is NOT loosing control of the Park’s design and development.  No developer is in control of the Park’s design and development.  PRAC is on top of this too. For almost two years, […]

Letter to Editor: Disgust With Personal Attacks

Recently the Letter to the Editor section of our local newspapers have been filled with letters regarding the upcoming City Council Election trying to sway voters to vote for their particular favorite candidate. Most of the letters have been positive and have pointed out the good qualities of the candidates that they support and some have been from candidates themselves […]

Letter to the Editor: ENOUGH!

The recent political T-shirt statement directed towards Councilor Petricca is juvenile, mean spirited, and pathetic. It is Councilor Petricca who is the victim of this disgusting act. I am very disappointed that Howard Reed, a man who studied “Divinity,” would state that this T-shirt depiction “suggests that only three people stood to gain from the actions of the persons who […]

Letter to the Editor: All Time Low for Local Politics

Dear Fellow Citizens, The state of local politics on this island has reached an all time low. We have self appointed judges who, based on their own criteria and unsolicited opinions, unfoundedly evaluate a citizen’s constitutional position and circulate their vicious self serving opinion to others. As a result, unquestioning citizens are emailing these negative opinions to others as if it […]

Letter to the Editor: Trust & Honesty

Dear Residents, After learning about the candidates, I believe those who will best serve the residents are HONNECKER, PETRICCA AND SWIACKI.? After learning their agendas and speaking with them, I believe they are the most honest and trustworthy. After explaining problems that residents face, they have shown the most support.? Trust and honesty are my main objective. Karen Salvi Marco […]

Letter to the Editor: Response to Candidates LTE

Trying to respond to all negative remarks about City Council and the decisions they’ve made can never be accomplished in one letter to the editor. I will attempt to do so by keeping it brief and to the point. To criticize the City Council as a body, when they are independently making a decision, is unjustified. Discussion of items on the agenda at council meetings (in the sunshine) and their decisions should be based solely on facts. City Council has made many decision over […]

Letter to the Editor: Candidate’s Judgment

Well it is that time again. The vote signs are growing all over Marco making sure that we all are aware of the coming city council election. Thumbing through my Marco newspaper, it was interesting to read of the candidacy of Jared Grifoni and to note the invitation to his candidate’s forum at “Joey’s Pizza.” Sadly as I turned the page, it was even more interesting, even more enlightening to see that “Joey’s Pizza” was petitioning the […]

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have […]