Bigger, Safer, Better


Improved safety and increased capacity on multiple fronts will be the end result of the Marco Island Executive Airport’s $9.3 million renovation project. The work will include building a new, much larger terminal located further away from the runway than the existing facility, and additional parking for aircraft and motor vehicles. “It’s a project initiated to enhance safety, primarily, at […]

Bald Eagle Paleo Found Dead


On Sunday evening a bald eagle was found dead near the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. The eagle is believed to be longtime preserve inhabitant, Paleo. Paleo leaves behind his partner Calusa and their two eaglets. According to Carl Way, chairman of the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, Paleo appears to have died due to an […]

Rooney Gets Mixed Reception at Town Hall Meeting


When Congressman Francis Rooney drove over the bridge to hold an informational meeting for Marco residents he came to talk about two of the items he said he wanted to focus on when he first ran for election in 2016. Rooney saw those as being his desire to see offshore drilling permanently banned off the Gulf Coast of Florida. The […]

State Scheduling 951 Improvements


For Marco Islanders and those that live along State Route 951 from the Jolley Bridge out to I-75 the news that Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala brought during her 2018 Town Hall Meeting may have been music to their ears and a relief to the suspensions of their cars. It seems that the State of Florida Department of Transportation is […]

Marco Patriots and the Cancelled Concert


The Marco Patriots had plans for a large benefit concert, set to take place at Veterans Community Park on Marco Island in late February. Patriot’s co-founder ErinMia Melican Milchman says the group intended to book nationally known musicians for the event. Throughout the month of December, the Patriots attempted to organize the benefit concert. The group, however, did not have […]

Something For Everyone

COASTAL COMMENTS

It’s been interesting to watch the fuel prices recently, and see the fuel price “drivers.” On SR 951 (Collier Boulevard– the FDOT side of U.S. 41E) the prices are lower than a mile down the road. One gas station has a station at both intersections, and the other one has only one in the immediate area. When Murphy Oil reduces […]

PIERRE’S PERSPICUOUS PROTREPTIC


Per-spic-u-ous Adjective: (Latin: perspicere, to see through) clear in a statement or expression; easily understood. Pro-trep-tic Adjective: intended as instructional. Noun: a book, speech, essay, etc., that is protreptic. hal-cy-on Adjective: tranquil, happy, idyllic. pin-ion Transitive verb: to disable or impede by binding the arms of; to confine or shackle. min-ion Noun: a subordinant official or deputy; a favorite, especially […]

Not All News is Bad

MORE STRAIGHT TALK


It’s a shame that today our news seems to be dominated with the negatives, which swirl around us. Even though I’d like to simply ignore it at times, it requires me to speak to it on a regular basis, whether through the articles I write to inform our readers or in the column like this one which allows me at […]

A Day of Discovery and Friendship


The smile on Brandon Martinez’s face pretty much said it all as he proudly held a sizable chunk of coral of which he couldn’t be prouder. “I got a fossil, a big one,” he said excitedly about his discovery during the beach exploration portion of the Guadalupe Center’s 26th annual Buddy Day, held recently at Hideaway Beach. The event pairs […]

Leave of Absence Voted for Manager


The last meeting of the Marco Island City Council was one which began as a somber event and centered around an allegation of “battery” concerning the newly appointed City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock. Niblock voluntarily suggested that he step aside as he approached the podium with his attorney at his side. After his suggestion, it was Councilor Bob Brown who […]