Cultural Season Opens With Jonathan Karl


The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 25th season with Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent for ABC, appearing Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The speaker can be seen almost daily on the ABC News and in the Press Room of the White House. His topic: “Washington Turned Upside Down.” Jonathan Karl is a political journalist who […]

Wishes For a Happy New Year

COASTAL COMMENTS

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope this is the best one ever! Just recently my son flew into Collier County to visit for Christmas, as he does each year, and we decided to celebrate the first night of his arrival. I wanted him to see a fun place with great food, so we took him to the Old Marco Pub. […]

The 50 Years Since 1969

More Straight Talk


As I sit here today, I ponder about the changes we’ve seen in the last 50 years which occurred during the year 1969.  Many of those changes we couldn’t even have imagined, or only have been dreamed about when I was 19 years of age. It was in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to put a […]

Changes Proposed For Old Marco Inn PUD


Those who love the small village ambiance of the Old Marco Inn, and especially the quaint specialty shops that abut that area, may be disappointed when they hear of the changes being proposed for that historic area. At a meeting with neighbors earlier in December, the owners of that property proposed a major renovation to the area with the addition […]

Runners Blaze Through the 17 Hills of Marco

For runners familiar with Florida topography, running a race is often expected to be a pancake-flat affair. The Caxambas neighborhood of Marco Island, however, offers elevation-deprived runners a new challenge. The five-mile race route is touted as the “toughest course in Southwest Florida” and features a whopping 17 hills. According to Race Director Mark McGarrity, this is one of the […]

Zen it Up for the New Year


Yogi followers of Laurie Kasperbauer, Megan Wood, Debby Amicucci of Marco Island Yoga and Julia Szilogyi of Revival Yoga Fitness Studio came together on December 15th at South Beach to raise money for the victims of the November 2nd tragic shooting at the Hot Yoga Studio in Tallahassee. In addition, members of the healing community such as Monarch Wellness from […]

Junior Gardeners Get “Dirty” With Earth Boxes


Each school year, the Calusa Garden Club and the Junior Gardeners of Tommie Barfield Elementary School select a hands-on project. This year they used Earth Boxes for easy container gardening. With Earth Boxes, everything is included with the kit except the soil.  The planter comes with watering tube, a set of caster wheels for easy moving, fertilizer, dolomite and cover.  […]

Boating Enthusiasts Ahoy – The Marco Bay Yacht Club Wants You


Mike Brown was introduced to the Marco Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in 1992 by another member, and he and his wife, Cindy, quickly became members themselves. It’s a decision the Marco Island resident hasn’t regretted. Over the years, he held a variety of offices in the club, including serving as cruise captain, the person responsible for organizing its many boating […]

Drug Free Collier’s ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’

Here’s an important message worth repeating! The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) offers a medication disposal service at no cost to help ensure public safety and foster safer communities. Rid your medicine cabinet of unused, unnecessary or expired prescription medication immediately. Place prescription drugs in the Marco Island Police Department “disposal box.” Operation Medicine Cabinet began in 1993. According to […]

Marco Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges


Members of Marco Island Boy Scout Troop 234 attended Camp Miles Winter Camp over Christmas break. The scouts spent four nights at the Punta Gorda camp working on merit badges in Sustainability, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Indian Lore and First Year Camper. In all, the boys earned nine required merit badges toward their Eagle rank. Congratulations to our local boy scouts […]