Collier County Growth Presentation

County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Mark Strain, Chief Hearing Examiner and Chairman of the Planning Commission reviewed a power point presentation with the East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) members at a meeting held at Fuller Funeral Homes’ Social Room. The audience heard about the growth trajectory for Collier County, what plans are in the works,  complete with maps and overlays […]

Community Scene | Lions Club

Bruce Weinstein, formerly with Marco Island Water Department, was the featured speaker at the January Lions Club meeting.  

Community Scene | Just Friends

At the Just Friends’ January luncheon, members enjoyed a presentation by Charlette Roman on Tigertail Beach animal life.

Community Scene | Celebration Service for Herb Savage

At the Sunday service, the Lutheran church celebrated Herb Savage’s 100th birthday with 100 biodegradable balloons tied to the railings of the bridge named in his honor. “God Bless America” was sung after Pastor Kevin sent one balloon up to Herb at his new home. 


Need For ALF on Marco

Letter to the Editor

During the debate about the proposed assisted living facility on Marco Island, many aspects of the plan have come under scrutiny by the planning board, the council and the public. While these steps are important, I suggest that the main focus now be on the need for such a facility. As a former caregiver and facilitator of a Marco Island […]

Marco Begins 2019 with First Step Towards Effective Government

Guest Commentary

The hiring of David Harden, a first-rate professional, as Marco Island’s Interim City Manager should be welcome news for Islanders. Effective Marco government may be within reach if Harden’s efforts to stabilize Marco’s city administration and get municipal operations back on track are successful. The selection was made possible by help from the Florida City and County Management Association in […]

Historical Missteps

More Straight Talk

I’ve had the privilege to own here in Collier County for over 30 years now. Collier is as much part of my home as is Marco Island. I’m proud of this area, not only because of the sunshine and comfortable temperatures, but for the wonderful planning that has gone on by government and institutions which make up this small portion […]

Longer Days and Lots to Do

Coastal Comments

My goodness, the days are already getting longer! Just since Christmas we have gained about ½ hour till dark. That’s going fast, or maybe I never noticed how quickly the time changes after we were so dark. There are lots of things happening again, and at this time of year, that is not unusual. You’ve probably noticed there is construction […]

Free Concert Sundays Return to Mackle Park

On Sunday, January 13, as most of the country was shoveling snow, Marco Islanders headed to Mackle Park and made the most of the postcard-worthy, cloudless day. Sounds of Golden Oldies performed by Ferguson and Rogers could be heard all around the park as it buzzed with activity. Some parkgoers strolled around the walking track. Others played shuffleboard, bocci ball, […]

Marco Island Fun Lunch Run

The Fort Myers Offshore Club kicked off a its New Year’s celebration events with its annual Marco Island Fun Lunch Run. More than 50 exciting high performance “go-fast” boats participated in the run, which goes from Sanibel Island Bridge to CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade in Marco Island.  The event is held as a fundraiser for the club’s […]