New City Manager Excited About Marco


From the farmlands of Iowa to the warmer Florida climate of Pasco County, Lee Niblock has had an interesting journey during his life. His latest stop on his journey will be here on Marco Island as he assumes his duties as the community’s next city manager. Niblock and his wife Connie will relocate to Marco Island from their home in […]

Old & New Faces at the Farmers Market


slanders rejoice! The Marco Island Farmers Market has returned. Stop by Veterans Community Park every Wednesday to find locally sourced fruits and veggies, honey, jam, baked breads, herbs, flowers, artisanal goods, jewelry, art, and more! The city-run farmers market has been operating since 2008. Over the past nine years it’s grown and diversified. This year the Marco Island Farmers Market […]

The JOY is Thankful for 29 Years of Giving


Christmas is a joyous time of year. Yes, this writer is one of those irritating people on Facebook posting the number of Fridays left before Christmas, beginning in April, while maintaining the only way to be done decorating a tree by Christmas Eve is to start October 1st. Let’s not mention the Christmas song or two on the recently played […]

How the House Family Shaped the Everglades


ew people can trace their ancestry back to the 1600s. For Mitch House, his family’s past is very much a part of his present life. The 54-year-old Everglades native has a strong sense of the past and an even stronger sense of family. The House clan has occupied the swamplands of the Glades since the late 1800s. Mitch’s roots, like […]

Mango’s Supports Local Woman’s Fight Against Cancer


The people of Mango’s Dockside Bistro in The Esplanade know the harsh reality of cancer all too well. Mother-daughter co-owners Annie Feinman and Lauren Ross experienced the loss and grief caused by this horrific disease firsthand. Rick Feinman (Annie’s husband and Lauren’s dad) passed away from the ravages of pancreatic cancer on June 9, 2017, a mere 30 days after […]

Kiwanis Family 5K

A Race for All Ages

The Marco Island Kiwanis Family 5K run and walk offered something for everyone on Saturday, November 18 at Tigertail Beach. But the biggest winner was the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), who was the event’s beneficiary. For the second year in a row, Cipriano Martinez of Naples was the overall winner, blazing through the Hideaway Beach course in 17:04, […]

Christmas Island Style Ready For Busy Season


The committee of volunteers that comprise the organization affectionately known as Christmas Island Style have been busily preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Those efforts begin almost at the end of last year’s celebrations. Already they have begun to distribute the lighted decorative angels that were ordered last year. Those angels adorn the medians and front lawns of island homes […]

Collier Soil and Water Conservation District Meets on Marco


The Collier Soil and Water Conservation District’s odyssey since its Immokalee Road headquarters was severely damaged in Hurricane Irma continues, forcing the agency’s board of directors to utilize a variety of locations for its monthly meetings. Recently, the CSWCD’s board of supervisors held its November gathering in a conference room at Marco Island City Hall. In attendance were supervisors Jim […]

Planning Board Reviews New Sign Ordinance


The Marco Island Planning Board met on Friday, November 17, 2017 and their focus was on the issue of signs and the present sign ordinance. The issue was brought forward by Council Chair Jared Grifoni shortly after his election in 2016. Grifoni raised the issue in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Reed vs. Town […]

Christmas Island Style Contest Winners Announced


It’s that time of year again. The holidays are fast approaching, the island’s getting busier, and our beloved Christmas Island Style is in full swing. Each year Christmas Island Style hosts an art competition for Marco Island Charter Middle School students. The annual contest gives sixth, seventh and eighth graders the opportunity to show off their creative side. Students are […]