Volunteers Shine at Spirit Awards

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 9th Annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards drew a sellout crowd to the Bistro Soleil restaurant on a recent Sunday evening, as friends and co-workers assembled to pay their respects to the six recipients of the Noontime Rotary’s selections this year. Each year the Rotary Club of Marco Island recognizes individuals within the community who […]

Marco Players Deliver with ‘Driving Miss Daisy

By Scott H. Shook The Marco Players tackled a popular and familiar subject when they took on “Driving Miss Daisy” this winter. “Driving Miss Daisy” won four Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Tandy). Taking on a subject your audience is so familiar with could have backfired on the local theatre group. But the three […]

Never Give In, Never Give Up

By Don Manley Don Camplese personifies the concept of resilience in the face of difficulty. Rather than quitting after cancer cost him the use of his left arm, the avid golfer has adapted and is again enjoying the game, only in a one-handed fashion now. In fact, the Hideaway Beach Club resident is displaying some of the same skill he’d […]

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home […]

News From The Nest Three Times a Charm!

By Linda J. Turner, Communications Director Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary In the bald eagle nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary are, not one, not two, but three eaglets! This is the first time in many years that more than two eaglets have hatched on this property. All three eaglets appear to be healthy, eating well […]

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they […]

New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as […]

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they […]

The Spring Fling It’s A Lollapalooza

Photos and Story by Barry Gwinn As we do every year (this will be our fifth), on Saturday, April 1st, the Goodland Civic Association threw a party to show our appreciation for the overwhelming support we get from our neighbors and friends here. Everyone was invited, everyone helped, and virtually everyone came. In the beautiful setting of Collier County’s Margood […]

ICC Prepares for Golf Course Renovations

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) recently held a “Demolition Day” themed golf tournament event and BBQ to celebrate its upcoming golf course renovations. The ICC golf course will be closed from now until December 1, 2017 as it undergoes a complete modernization and refurbishment initiative. Golf course architect Dave Wallace designed the original course over 50 years […]