Our Most Valued Asset

More Straight Talk


The members of the Marco Island City Council face some enormous challenges as they close out the first two quarters of 2018 and head into the next half of the year. The community is seen by many as somewhat dysfunctional, having faced a number of issues since the unfortunate incident which saw the latest city manager ejected from his position […]

Get Ready for Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS

A huge hug to Jordan Vann for her accomplishments and graduation with a 5.5 GPA from Lely High School, receiving a scholarship from Ohio State Alumni of Naples to attend Ohio State University, the highest ranked public university in Ohio, a scholarship from Ohio State University for $12,500 per year to become an Exotic Animal Veterinarian. She will major in […]

Golfing to Benefit Veterans Relief Fund


One of the most solemn holidays that Americans observe each year revolves around Memorial Day. However, the struggle to assist our veterans is one that goes on long after the podiums have been put away, the flags stored for another year and the words spoken during these solemn ceremonies fade from our conscious. Groups from throughout the nation continue to […]

Serving Those Who Serve JW Marriott’s Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day


Marriott International’s dedication to service extends beyond its many hotels and resorts to also embrace the places they call home. The corporation’s focus on giving-back is demonstrated in a concentrated fashion each May through its “Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day.” The international event sees staff address local needs through organized events and volunteer efforts, such as Habitat for Humanity […]

More Questions Linger at City Hall


More questions are lingering as the investigation of the facts that lead to the firing of former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock, and subsequent revelations of certain councilors’ actions after the incident, have continued to expand in scope. Early in February, following the alleged battery by Niblock against Melissa Scott, Scott told Sgt. Mark Haueter of the Marco Island […]

Top Finish for Marco Island Triathletes


In 1986, Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas and Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. Thirty-two years ago, not many people knew about triathlons as a sport. Recently, the Naples Fitness Challenge Reverse Sprint Triathlon held its 32nd annual event, starting and finishing at the Naples Beach Hotel and Gulf Club in Naples. The event has grown in […]

Hotels Move Forward Together Part 2


A “one-for-all, all-for-one” spirit amongst the business community that also extends to residents is an uncommon quality and one of Marco’s strengths. That belief is shared by Steve Falciani, general manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, Sharon Lockwood, GM of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, and Dianna Dohm, executive director of the Marco Island […]

Assisted Living Facility Discussed


The Marco Island Planning Board literally found themselves torn between doing what they know the community may see as a need and balancing that with their responsibilities as stewards of the community’s zoning and development regulations. At the recent meeting, some said the “cart had been put ahead of the horse.” They were referring to the fact that developers who […]

First Time-Fun Time for Marco Lutheran Church


Sounds of Bob Marley filled the air as Dave Tobiasz smiled and rendered his judgment on the success of Marco Lutheran Church’s inaugural Community Fun Day. “Things have gone great,” said Tobiasz, who chaired the committee that organized the recent event, which featured live music, food, games for children and adults, a raffle, an introduction to the N. Collier Boulevard […]

Council Tackles a Mixed Agenda


Retailers run special sales and offerings usually as a Christmas in July promotion, but for the City of Marco Island it came about a month early. All of this revolved around the presentation of a check by the Lee County Electric Cooperative in the amount of $28,673.05. That check was present by longtime Account Executive Tricia Dorn, as its share […]