Hurricane Season – Are You Prepared? 


September is National Preparedness Month, and while many communities in the Southeast are still recovering from last year’s historic natural disasters, FEMA encourages residents to take the time now to choose disaster preparedness as a personal priority this year.  “Last year was especially difficult for communities across our region,” said Region IV Administrator Gracia Szczech. “The Southeast endured severe storms […]

Marco’s New Emergency Radio Station 


The City of Marco Island’s Emergency Information radio station is on the air! This system was deployed on September 10, 2018, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall on Marco Island.  During Hurricane Irma, citizens lost electrical power, internet, cell phones lost voice and data signals making it difficult to receive emergency information.   The city recognized it needed a […]

NCH Bloodmobile Visits Marco


When we think about emergencies and how they impact us we tend to concentrate on many of the issues that are usually front and center regarding how to respond to them. When it comes to hurricanes, we think about boarding up our homes and putting a plan in place for where to go. If the incident involves a fire in […]

Today’s Modern Family 

Foster Parents Providing Unwavering Love, Compassion & Understanding 

This article marks the first in a series on Today’s Modern Family, where we will celebrate the uniqueness and similarities of how couples have chosen to expand their families. Today, we will take a glimpse into foster parenting and explore their overwhelming capacity to provide shelter, care, consistency, and love to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected…while at […]

Lessons Learned From Irma 


Whether it was in a coffee shop, at a local restaurant, in the grocery store or at the pharmacy you would inevitably run into a friend or a neighbor and the conversation would eventually turn to a discussion of where you were last year.  On Sunday, September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma roared ashore here on Marco Island and left a […]

A Scavenger Hunt to Romance


I’d like to bring you into our private home life for a sweet story about my granddaughter, Samantha, and her boyfriend Jeff (who works at CJ’s on the Bay, by the way).  It all started when Samantha got up and Jeff had a light breakfast ready for her before he left. As she finished, she found a picture of him […]

First Florida Integrity Bank Breaks Ground 


First Florida Integrity Bank executives, along with representatives from the Marco Island city government and Chamber of Commerce participated in the ground breaking for the new 3,000 square foot single-story building located between Paradise Seafood and Walker’s Marine on Bald Eagle Drive.  “For years, First Florida Integrity Bank has had a storefront here on the island. We are very excited […]

Rough Season for Sea Turtles  


As of August 2018, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported more than 95 sea turtles have washed ashore on Collier County beaches. On average the FWC reports approximately 30 sea turtle “strandings” annually. According to Allen Foley of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, this is about “double the average number of sea turtle deaths in […]

CJ’s on the Bay Celebrates 10 Years  


CJ’s on the Bay is turning ten, and with it comes an invitation to a birthday celebration for the entire community.  Mark your calendars for CJ’s Libation Celebration on Saturday, September 22 from 12-6 PM. The birthday party includes an all-day happy hour with birthday bash drink specials, a complimentary picnic buffet and outdoor music. There will also be fun […]

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