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In our nation, as well as within the state of Florida and its individual counties, a major debate has been raging for some time now regarding the issue of medical marijuana usage. The issue sometimes is blurred as the discussions overlap between medical marijuana and the more controversial recreational use of the product. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive compound […]

ENCA Hosts Q & A | Meet the County Commissioner Candidates


Join the East Naples Civic Association at its July luncheon, as the ENCA hosts a Board of County Commissioner Candidate Q & A. Meet & Greets lay the foundation for any candidate’s campaign, helping to establish trust, admiration and confidence among voters. The Board of County Commissioner Candidate Invitees are:   Gary Petit-Dor – District 4   Stephen Jaron – […]

County Approves COPCN With Stipulation


The Collier County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to grant Marco Island a one year Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) at their June 26 meeting in Naples. The vote came after Ms. Janet Vasey, a member of the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority, quoted from a minority report from the abovementioned advisory board that found fault with the […]

Road to Change


Elders often feel that today’s youth lack motivation and involvement. However, Monday’s press conference, voter registration drive, and rally regarding gun violence, led entirely by high school students and recent graduates, may change that opinion. Their road to change first began on a tragic day in February 2018. The lives of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were […]

Caxambas Boat Park to Close for Renovations


The Caxambas Boat Park, 909 Collier Court, Marco Island, will be closed from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 20, 2018 for parking lot renovations. The parking lot will be closed to all traffic. Boaters coming to the park by water will have access to fuel, bait, and the amenities provided by the ship store. Boaters are encouraged to use […]

Plasticity, Not Plastics, in Diet of Kemp’s Ridley Turtles



The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was recently awarded a research grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. Conservancy Research Manager Dr. Jeff Schmid, Mr. Greg Curry of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Dr. Jeff Seminoff with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center will continue their collaborative studies on the role of Kemp’s ridley turtles in the estuarine food web […]

Ethics Commission Investigates Complaint


A long simmering dispute between three property owners on Marco Island and the former Director of Community Affairs, Bryan Milk, entered a new chapter in June. The dispute cost Milk his job when questions arose regarding his alleged business connections with the owners of Progressive Auto Center on Bald Eagle Drive and whether or not he had violated any laws. […]

Summer is Lightning Season Be Safe!


According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lightning carries one billion volts of electricity. At 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, a lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the sun and deadly to humans. Florida is popularly known as the Sunshine State. Both residents and tourists spend a great deal of time outdoors. According to the National Weather Service […]

Big, Bold and Beautiful on Exhibit


Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to July’s “Big, Bold & Beautiful” exhibition. Large and powerful pieces, stunning murals, and massive canvases will envelop our Lauritzen & Rush Galleries with gallant colors and imaginative scenes. Artists Alyssa Baladad, Susan M. Gross, Betty Newman, Timothy M. Parker and Eric Walton express the “three B’s” in their artwork and […]

Clerk of Courts Satellite Office Reopens


The Clerk of Courts Satellite Office at the “Shops of Eagle Creek” on the southwest corner of Collier Boulevard and Tamiami Trail East is officially open to serve the residents of Collier County. Crystal K. Kinzel, Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, is pleased to announce the official re-opening of the Clerk’s Satellite Office at Eagle Creek. This office provides a […]