Council Moves Step Closer on Ambulance Issue

At their last meeting, Marco Island City Council moved one step closer to obtaining Collier County’s approval for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) for the city to operate it’s own advanced life support and transport ambulance. Commissioners directed county staff and the city to move forward and draft an acceptable Interlocal Agreement for Emergency Medical Services which […]

Charlie Blum Is One Interesting Islander

Marco Island has always been home to an eclectic group of residents. Celebrities, CEO’s, political figures, philanthropists, heck, even astronauts have resided here. Often, it seems, these acclaimed islanders go unrecognized amongst the general population. We know them as our neighbors, our tennis partners, and the people who stand next to us in line at the grocery store. During the […]

It’s All About Location, Location, Location!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

If you haven’t ever heard Bob McConville speaking at the Marco Island Historical Society Rose Auditorium, you’re missing a master naturalist with a buoyant sense of humor. Bob can talk about almost any type of Florida wildlife and answer questions about the rest. His presentations fill up quickly with few seats to spare, because he not only has the knowledge, […]

Personal Observances

MIND, BODY And Spirit

“Continuous effort- not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our potential.”                       ~ Winston Churchill The Ancient sage, Patanjali, created a guideline for living that is the basis of yogic tradition. His Eight Limbs of Yoga are still considered to be the very foundation on which contemporary yoga […]

When Did Romance + Love = DIAMONDS?


The concept of diamonds meaning a love symbol wasn’t just a marketing scheme invented in the mid twentieth century. The discovery and use of diamonds goes back thousands of centuries, to as early as 500 B.C. The earliest ring was found in a gravesite from approximately 160 A.D. containing a teenage girl a few miles south of Rome; someone found […]

Cautious Optimism

Ask The CFP® Practitioner

“We either live with intention or exist by default.” ~ Kristin Armstrong, three time Olympic Gold Medal Winner Question: What are your thoughts on how the economy is doing, and what is expected for the remainder of the year? Answer: Economic activity is often measured and evaluated by leading economic indicators (LEIs). There are twelve LEIs so it’s not unusual […]

Ocean’s 8: Waste of Talent & Time


The original “Ocean’s 11” was released in the year 1960. It starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson. Forty-one years later, a remake was made under the same name, except written as: “Ocean’s Eleven.” It starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Three years later, these three made a sequel, […]

Florida Makes Effort to Protect Home Buyers


Florida’s legislature has gone out of its way to mandate disclosure to buyers of residential real estate. Many statutes presuppose that buyers cannot or will not investigate a property on their own and must be warned or offered written information from the seller. Florida courts have also created protection in addition to that provided by the legislature. Perhaps the most […]

My Owl Encounter

I was driving home at about 9:15 at night. An hour locals sarcastically refer to as “Marco midnight.” You see, not much happens on the island past 9 PM, especially in the off-season. Seldom do cars roam the streets and if they do, they’re headed to a bar, restaurants shut their doors, and the nocturnal beasties begin to crawl from […]

Summer Beach Read, ‘by invitation only’


“What is it about this place?” “Look, I don’t know if it’s the smell of the earth or the night skies with all the stars or what, but I think it’s a bit like making a cake. You wouldn’t eat butter or flour or vanilla by themselves, but when you combine them with eggs and milk, they become something else. […]