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A Thank You 72 Years in the Making


For 72 years one of Vernon “Bo” Sigo’s greatest hopes would be to have the opportunity to say thank you to one of the men he believed helped him to survive a combination of 32 sorties and 42 missions in B-17s during World War II. When he spoke of that desire to Rick Wobbe, one of the volunteer coordinators during […]

Planning Board Recommends Density Credits Be Abolished


Most islanders would tell you they don’t understand the term “density credits,” what they are and how they might be applied. Others would explain they are the source of all evil regarding growth, while another sector would tell you they are the key for successful growth for a developer, especially one wishing to develop a piece of property in a […]

Summer’s Almost Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS

My goodness the county is emptying out…and so is our volunteer corps! I’ve always marveled at the winter residents who arrive and immediately go to work helping our community, like the Fire Rescue Foundation, both hospitals, the sheriff’s office, the police department, the schools, The Shelter for Abused Women, the homeless shelter, the library, the museum, Domestic Animal Services, and […]

The Gavel is Passed

It is with great excitement that I pass the president’s gavel to Dave Rice, a leader and motivator in the Marco Island community. I am also excited to work with our new board members and look forward to my new role as secretary of the board for the Caxambas Republican Club. My husband Jim Lane and I came to Marco […]

TDC Position an Important One

MORE STRAIGHT TALK


In the last several weeks there has been a swirl of controversy surrounding remarks made by Councilman Victor Rios in his role as a representative of Marco Island on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The council is authorized by Florida Statue 125.0104 to advise the Board of County Commissioners pertaining to support of the area tourism industry and expenditures of […]

Can the Democrats Come Back?

I voted for President Ronald Reagan in 1980. That may come as a surprise to many who know me because I am a Democrat, and proud of it. When I was hired to be press secretary to Frank Lautenberg in his first U.S. Senatorial race, I confessed that fact to our campaign manager. That background, I believed then and now, […]

Again a Hit with Players and Fans


This year’s event may be recently completed, but organizers are already considering what they’d like to see at the 2018 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Adding courts at the tournament’s home, East Naples Community Park, to enable an additional 500 participants to take part in the one-week long event will be among the topics included in the planning for next […]

Crowd Management Saves Lives


In 2003 a fire broke out in a Rhode Island nightclub after pyrotechnics were set off. The club was over its legal capacity and the flames moved quickly, engulfing the building and filling it with thick, black smoke. In the rush to escape the overcrowded club, over 200 people sustained injuries and 100 people perished, making it the fourth-deadliest fire […]

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State


Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro. On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the Evangelical Christian School […]