Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the years,” JRobert explains. “And […]

Going the Extra Mile for a Cure

he plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he had to do something […]

Commissioners Continue Discussions on Sports Complex

Over the last almost two years the Board of Collier County Commissioners has been moving forward on evaluating the need and details surrounding the construction of a major sports facility within Collier County. On June 13 they met in a joint meeting with the Tourist Development Council to discuss issues such as funding and how to move forward. That need […]

Righting an Environmental Wrong

Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by Master Naturalist Bob […]

A Friend Goes Quietly Into the Night

Rick Feinman will probably always be known as the good humored titan that wore the colorful pants at his wife and daughter’s two restaurants here on Marco Island. Even some of his staff lovingly nicknamed him “Shrek,” after the kind, loving and protecting DreamWorks character that has been beloved by children and adults since he came into theaters around the […]

Hilton Fire Causes Evacuations

On Friday, June 9, the Marco Island Fire Rescue (MIFR) Department responded to the report of a structure fire at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa, 560 S. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Upon arrival, MIFR personnel found a fire in an electrical room on the ninth floor of the hotel. Crews extinguished the remaining fire and assisted Hilton […]

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday


Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately witnessed that again last week with the […]

Get Ready For Hurricane Season


The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed by C-3 zoning district […]


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Council Hears From Legislative Lobbyist

At Monday evening’s city council meeting members of the board had the opportunity to meet with the city’s lobbyist, Ron Book who has successfully brought back to the community revenues through state legislative efforts. Book was originally hired by the last council on the recommendation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt. The city had previously not engaged the services of […]