MIPD Officer Will Once Again ‘Cross’ For a Cure


Officer Josh Ferris will once again be taking part in Crossing for a Cure, an endurance challenge aimed at raising money for families with cystic fibrosis. Submitted Photo While paddle boarding 75 miles across the open ocean may not appeal to most, for Josh Ferris it’s become an annual adventure he eagerly anticipates. “One of the biggest things is just […]

Naples/Marco Island Area Named Happiest


For the third consecutive year, Naples and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee tops the ranking at the number one spot in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Rankings, released on March 13, 2018. The report measures how residents of 186 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of […]

Fire Crews Respond to Town Center Fire


Personnel from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were dispatched 1069 North Collier Boulevard 6:48 pm last Wednesday evening for an alarm of fire. Upon arrival they reported heavy smoke coming from a section of buildings within the Town Center Mall, which houses several retail stores, restaurants and a dry cleaners. Heavy smoke was coming from both the overhead eaves, […]

Island Plaza Remodel Approaching Completion


It has been two years since Hendricks Commercial Properties Group, the owners of the Island Plaza, began their long journey towards the renovation of the property, which many see as a “gateway” to the island and sorely in need of a facelift. The property sits at the busy intersection at the southwest side of Bald Eagle Drive and Collier Boulevard. […]

The Niblock Cloud Darkens


On February 20th Marco Island City Council voted to accept an offer by City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock to take a paid leave of absence for the duration of a battery investigation based on allegations made against him by a resident female. Weeks have gone by and the situation remains unresolved. The city and its residents are patiently waiting for […]

It’s Food and Music Festival Time


The all-ages fun, artistic creations, live tunes and the plethora of taste bud and thirst-pleasing options that are the Marco Island Food and Music Festival are right around the corner. Veterans Community Park will again be the site for the always popular event, set for March 23 through March 25, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. This will […]

Commissioner Fiala to Hold Town Hall Gathering


Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, District 1, invites Collier County residents to attend her second Town Hall Gathering of 2018 at 6 PM, Wednesday, March 21, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. “I encourage everyone interested in programs, events and facilities provided by Collier County government to attend this Town Hall Gathering, where citizens will hear […]

City Staff Doesn’t Deserve This

MORE STRAIGHT TALK


Did you ever give any thought to all the people you meet along the way each day? You might just be in line at the grocery store, waiting for your table at a restaurant, going to a local sporting event, sitting on an airplane or just enjoying one of our spectacular Marco Island sunsets at the beach. The number really […]

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. mor-i-bund Adjective: having a little or almost no vital force left, dying; coming to an end. di-chot-o-my Noun: division into two parts, groups, or classes, especially when these are sharply distinguished […]

Nero Continues to Fiddle While Rome Burns

A Look at Immigration Reform in the Trump Era


There is no doubt that our immigration system has been a complete failure. Currently, more than 11 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally. Neither party can escape the blame for this failure. Both Democrats and Republicans have benefitted from the broken system, by either seeking to enhance their electoral base, or reaping the benefits of cheap labor. […]