Planning Board Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides After a protracted discussion on a conditional use permit to allow a nautical boat garage, and the subsequent discussion for the provision for a passive dock along the seawall on that property, the Planning Board finally approved the petitioner’s request. This was the second such request in the last two years for a similar layout for […]

More Straight Talk: The True Meaning of Christmas

Steve “Stef” Stefanides There has been much said about the “commercialization” of the Christmas holidays. One might only have to walk into any of the big box stores to see the display of Christmas decorations and ornaments as early as October. Six foot high inflatable Santas can be seen alongside Halloween lawn decorations, while our mailboxes become stuffed with […]

Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic With poisoning now being listed as one of the leading causes of death in the State of Florida, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages you to poison proof your home. Preventing these tragic incidents before they occur should be everyone’s top priority. As many of us know, children are very curious and will get […]

COASTAL COMMENTS: A Christmas Message

By: Donna Fiala It looks like the long awaited improvement and upgrading to a business for the “Skeleton Building” will have to wait longer. Although we all heard that BJ’s Wholesalers was in negotiations with the shopping center owners to bring that outline of a business into a fantastic business in just the right area, there was one catch. They […]

MIAAOR Installs Officers for 2017

By Don Manley Mike O’Rourke said his goal as the new president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) is a simple one: to support members as they work to log more sales. “I think the goals for the board that we’ve outlined is to really try and help and nurture our realtors and all the great affiliates […]

Newcomers Say ‘Welcome Back’ in Style

By Maureen Chodaba The Newcomers Club of Marco Island recently welcomed back their snowbird members with a lavish event at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The annual Welcome Back luncheon and fashion show, chaired by Carol Schwalje and Lael Kilpatrick, featured a Red Carpet theme, delicious food, and fashions by Georgie’s and The Shoe Resort, Kay’s On the Beach and […]

Chamber Celebrates Christmas With Awards Gala

By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island’s Bistro Soleil was a shining star of the season as the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their Christmas Gala. Guests enjoyed a delicious meal at tables adorned with the creations of Marco Island Florist & Gifts, and danced to the sounds of the Wendy Renee Duo. Sandi Riedemann, executive director of the […]

MIPD Holiday Safety Tips

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Marco Islanders the holiday season brings about some of the same activities that their relatives up north are involved in, but just in a little nicer climate. Festive Christmas trees, decorating of houses and businesses in the best of holiday traditions, the wonderful parties hosted for family and friends, and the sharing of the true […]

On Becoming Santa

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Dennis MacDonald first began growing his beard about three months ago. His friends down at Wake Up Marco, a local coffee shop, had been encouraging him to enter the Ernest Hemmingway lookalike contest that takes place annually in Key West. Dennis liked the idea and decided to pursue it. “I had the beard and […]

Ferringo Joins Skin Renewal

Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island has welcomed naturopath and homeopath, Brad Ferringo to their wellness team. Brad has certifications in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, detoxification, functional medicine, bioenergetics, homeopathy, lab and integrative medicine. His practice focuses primarily on holistic anti-aging to which he’s devised a variety of testing methods and individualized treatment plans including his “3-Steps to Slow Aging” […]