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Discrimination Suit Dismissed by EEOC

By Jessica | July 16, 2019

The Florida Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently dismissed a case of alleged discrimination brought against the City of Marco Island and former Police Chief Al Schettino. That investigation came about due to claims made by a records clerk in the police department with the Florida EEOC. Heather Comparini alleged that beginning around February 16, 2018, Chief Schettino discriminated against […]

D-Day Veteran & MIYC Founding Member Price Hurt Turns 95

By Jessica | June 05, 2019

Price Hurt, one of the initial two hundred founders of the Marco Island Yacht Club, recently celebrated his 95th birthday on May 21st. Born in 1924, Hurt’s life has been colorful and varied. He served as an electrician for one of the LCT’s landing on the beaches during the D-Day Invasion, and then went on to have a successful 40-year […]

MIPD Participates in Click-It or Ticket Initiative

By Jessica | June 04, 2019

The Marco Island Police Department recently concluded its participation in the state-wide Click it or Ticket traffic safety campaign. This initiative is a high-visibility education and enforcement effort designed to detect violators of Florida’s traffic laws with special emphasis on occupant protection. The campaign combines education (media and personal contacts) as well as enforcement – to elevate the importance of the benefits of […]

Tax-Free Holiday on Hurricane Supplies

By Jessica | May 17, 2019

With a sales tax free holiday May 31-June 6, 2019 on hurricane supplies, Floridians will be stocking up. Portable generators, gas cans, and other hurricane preparedness items are qualified for tax-free purchases, and here’s a few tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute to help consumers. When the lights go out, gen­erators keep your home humming with light and power. When purchasing a […]

New Traffic Light at Collier and Winterberry

By Jessica | May 07, 2019

Residents on Marco Island have watched patiently as the Marriott’s Crystal Shores Vacation Club has slowly wound down their responsibilities regarding the completion of work which would finalize that project at the intersection of Winterberry Drive and South Collier Boulevard. As part of the agreements between the city and Marriott Corporation, certain public improvements were to be made as part […]

Council Set to Interview Prospective City Managers

By Jessica | May 06, 2019

The Marco Island Yacht Club was the site of a Meet and Greet hosted by the Marco Island City Council for the five prospective candidates to fill the open position for city manager. Except for the brief three month stint by Dr. Lee Niblock, the permanent city manager position has been open for over two years. David Harden was hired as […]

2019 Business & Community Expo

By Jessica | March 28, 2019

Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held its 19th annual Business & Community Expo on March 26 at Mackle Park Community Center. Attendees enjoyed networking while receiving information (and giveaways!) from more than 30 local businesses, not-for-profits, clubs and organizations.

Meals of Hope Gets Generous Donation from Seafood Festival

By Jessica | March 25, 2019

A balmy early evening proved to be perfect for March’s Happy Hour for Hope. The monthly event is a fundraiser for the Marco Island Meals of Hope, an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in Collier County. Held on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, the event was highlighted by the donation of $805 […]

Marco Island Seafood Festival Kicks Off!

By Jessica | March 22, 2019

The Marco Island Seafood Festival kicked off today at Veterans Community Park. The park was filled with residents and visitors enjoying the great food and live music of this annual community event. Music entertainment is planned all day long. Headliners include: Friday, 6 – 9 PM, Disco Inferno. Saturday, 3-6 PM, Ben Allen Band & from 7- 9 PM, The […]

Is it “FINE” to Take an Owl’s Life?

By Jessica | March 15, 2019

“Several builders will still do the wrong thing and consider the violation FINES just a small cost of doing business.” ~ Karol Tenace, Owl Watch Marco Assistant Manager On February 6, 2019, a building permit was issued for 1068 Cottonwood Drive. Since 2017, this property been documented by Owl Watch Marco to have a burrowing owl. On March 2, 2019, an […]