Letter

LTE: And the Beat Goes on…



If there’s such a thing as an amusing tragedy, last week’s Council meeting qualifies: Councilor Grifoni received a plaque commemorating his term as Chairman and presumably eclipsing the “No Confidence” vote he received in May. Councilor Honig correctly bemoaned recent disruptions staff placed on historical activities at Mackle Park Lake. However, it never occurred to Honig that a formal motion […]

Soulshine Yoga Offers Class for Fire Department


The Marco Island Fire Department was recently treated to a complimentary one-hour yoga class. Sarah Asbell and Kathi Bari of Soulshine Yoga transformed the firehouse into a make-shift yoga studio complete with mats, blocks, straps, and relaxing music. “This is our first class for the Marco Island Fire Department. We hope to offer as many as they will allow us […]

EDITORIAL & OPINION | Volunteers are the Heart of Our Christmas Season

More Straight Talk


It’s still a little strange to realize that Christmas is quickly approaching for most of us that grew up in a climate that was not as “friendly” as it is here in Southwest Florida. As many of you know, I’ve had the privilege of being the Chairman of Christmas Island Style for the last 14 years. I’ve had the wonderful […]

Watercolor Spectacle Boat Parade Captivates Throngs


As much an excuse for parties ashore as it is for imaginative boaters “decking the hulls,” the annual Marco Island Boat Parade wound its way around the island’s waterways. From the main vantage point at the Snook Inn, revelers cheered and exclaimed “Merry Christmas” as the boats glided by on the way to Smokehouse Bay. Pictured are some of the […]

Boardwalk Expansion Project Breaks Ground


Recently, the Fakahatchee Boardwalk Expansion Project held a well-attended groundbreaking ceremony. Attendees were welcomed by Patrick Higgins, Friends of the Fakahatchee, Co-Chair of the Boardwalk Vision Committee. The speakers included Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, and Eric Draper, Director of the Florida Park Service. The Friends of the Fakahatchee along with the Florida Park Service […]

Celebrate Herb Savage’s 100th Birthday!


The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise is hosting the 100th birthday party for Marco Island legend Herbert Rosser Savage. The celebration will take place on January 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, 560 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Savage was the architect for many of Deltona Corporation’s most iconic buildings, and […]

Realtors Association Installs 2019 Officers | Gala Evening Marks 43 Years of Service


Realtors, as well as representatives of their support networks and some high profile guests, descended on Marco Beach Ocean Resort for the annual officers installation ceremony. State Representative Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) swore in officers Steve Josselyn (President), Ileana Bogaert (President Elect) and Charlie Neal (Secretary/Treasurer) along with directors who will serve for various terms. One-year directors are Rosemary Langkawel, Darlene […]

A World of Variety at The Pressed Olive


Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are much more diverse than the few varieties found on most grocery store shelves. But step inside the door of a certain new shop along Collier Boulevard and you’ll find a broad assortment of the two tasty, healthful and versatile food items. The Pressed Olive is an olive oil, balsamic vinegar tasting bar, with an […]

The Season of Sharing at Our Daily Bread


What better time to share than during the holiday season? Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is about meeting people in their time of need and walking alongside them, especially during the holiday season. You might ask why a food pantry is needed in the Greater Marco Island area. Our Daily Bread is the only food pantry between Everglades City and […]

My Journey as a Volunteer: ‘It’s all about the birds’


Jean Hall, wildlife volunteer and conservationist, presented the first segment of the Marco Island Speaker Series for the Audubon of the Western Everglades at Mackle Park. Jean truly feels that she has found her calling as a volunteer with birds. “The joy I’ve gotten back is 100 times more than what I give. To be able to help the cause […]