Danny Mootispaw’s Life Afloat: How Does He Do It?

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Danny Mootispaw has lived on a boat in waters adjacent to Naples or Goodland since 1993. In 2002 he traded a pickup truck for a 26-foot 1973 Chris Craft. He and his wife Roseanne, whom he had known since age 8, and with whom he had two of his children, lived aboard the Chris Craft, […]

Burrowing Owls Looking for Love

By Maria Lamb Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but love is in the air for Marco Island’s burrowing owls! According to Jean Hall, project manager of Marco’s Owl Watch Program, “Burrowing owls have started pairing up as early as December and into January and February. You’ll also notice a lot of digging at the burrows. Before laying eggs […]

What’s Killing the Sea Turtles?

By Chadd Chustz A dead loggerhead sea turtle washed up on Marco Island Beach on Saturday night, February 25th. Maura Krause, Principal Environmental Specialist for Collier County estimated the female loggerhead to be 30 years old. Even more depressing, this loggerhead was one of four sea turtles that washed up on Collier County beaches. Causes of death were not yet […]

Small Dog, Big Hero

Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The stories are countless throughout the nation of lives lost from residential fires as residents slept while smoke and heat filled kitchens and other rooms as it raced towards the unsuspecting victims who slept soundly until it was too late. We hear about these tragedies all the time and this year alone there have been 483 deaths […]

Kiwanis Car Show Back and Bigger Than Ever

By Samantha Husted  Over 200 vehicles, ranging in age and style, sat in the parking lot of the NCH Marco Healthcare Center for the 13th Annual Kiwanis Club Annual Car Show. Thousands of car enthusiasts and “motorheads” made their way through the rows of cars, discussing engines and paint jobs—proving once again that people on Marco Island sure do love […]

Bargain Basket Runway Fashion Show – Couture du Tour

By Maureen Chodaba A popular shopping place for both locals and tourists alike, the Bargain Basket, located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive offers quality gently used merchandise at reasonable prices. But the word bargain doesn’t just mean low prices in this case. It also means value. And that pertains to the valuable mission of the Bargain Basket. Established in 1975, […]

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they […]

Collier’s Oldest State Park Celebrates 70 Years

Submitted Collier-Seminole State Park is turning 70 years old this year, making it the county’s oldest state park! To mark this historic occasion, the park is hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 18th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated campground at 10 AM, which will be followed by the celebration at […]

Stacking in Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my last column, titled “Proper Positioning is Paramount,” I discussed the importance of having ourselves properly set up in pickleball, to encourage and promote forehands on our groundstrokes. In that column, I recommended both members of the serving team set themselves up at the baseline area in a position to encourage a forehand […]

Jade Grows in Paradise

By Maria Lamb You have to see it to believe it! Your first encounter with a jade vine in bloom will leave you in a state of awe. The one-of-a-kind strands of raw jade green, aquamarine or malachite, vary in color, intensity and luminosity. Each petal is unique. The right ingredients mixed with all the right chemicals, ideal temperature and […]