Letter to the Editor: Gopher Tortoises Entombed at 1851 San Marco Road


“In Florida, under Chapter 68A-27 of the Florida Administrative Code, both the tortoise and its burrow are protected under state law. Gopher tortoises must be relocated before any land clearing or development takes place, and property owners must obtain permits from the FWC before capturing and relocating tortoises.” Entombment is a nasty way to die. On October 9, 2017, the resident gopher tortoises of 1851 San […]

Capt. Mitch Invites Tourism Back to the Everglades


Mitch House has spent his entire life wading through the red-tinged waters of the Everglades. He speaks with a slow, distinctly southern drawl, unique only to the small population of people born and raised out in the sawgrass marshes. Mitch is extremely knowledgeable about his hometown. He can tell you anything you need to know about the region, it’s history—both […]

Stan’s Emerges From the Mud


Steve Gober sat in his East Naples kitchen with his head in his hands. On the day after Hurricane Irma, he was denied entrance into Goodland by a Marco Island policeman. It was total wreckage and the roads were impassable, Steve was told. Now, back at his home, with dark doubts beginning to arise, he wondered if he could ever […]

Stepping Forward with Confidence


Sami Rahman has reinvented himself several times over the almost two decades that he has owned his Marco Island business. The most recent revision is a dramatic one that has seen him shift his focus to prepared foods rather than offering an assortment of groceries and household items. Rahman is the owner of the former Kwik Stop, the N. Collier […]

Rays Learn From Winning and Losing; MIA vs. Keswick Academy, September 29


he Marco Island Academy Rays football team got lessons in winning and losing during their recent games, an exciting 16-14 home win against Keswick Academy of St. Petersburg on September 29 and a humbling 41-13 road loss at local power First Baptist Academy on October 6. Such are the fates of a young charter school football team. When playing teams […]

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Trevor Smith Memorial Fishing Tournament


The Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation is proud to be hosting the Third Annual T-Rex One Last Cast fishing tournament. There will be a Captain’s meeting and banquet at Kretch’s Restaurant on Friday, October 20 at 6 PM. Everyone is welcome to the banquet, you do not need to be fishing the tournament. In addition to a great meal, there will […]

Irma Leads to Memorable Encounter


Call it a case of you just never know who you’re going to meet. It was a Tuesday, two days post- Hurricane Irma, and Al LaCava and a skeleton staff at the Marco Island Brewery were in the waning hours of a long day of satisfying the hunger and thirst of an endless stream of patrons. It was one of […]

City Council Update


The October 2nd meeting of the Marco Island City Council saw members take up a number items on their agenda. Proclamations, updates from the city’s Tallahassee lobbyist, a passage of the 2017-2018 budget, a questioning on employee insurance costs, waived fees for permitting for hurricane related repairs and a discussion of how to have councilors better understand their roles in […]

Domestic Violence Awareness


During the October 2nd meeting of the Marco Island City Council a proclamation naming the month of October as Domestic Violence Recognition Month was passed and presented by members of the council to representatives at the meeting. That proclamation, which was read by Council Chair Larry Honig was presented to Linda Oberhaus, the Executive Director of the Naples Shelter for […]