About Samantha Husted

City Manager Candidate Field Now Down to Two

By Samantha Husted | September 08, 2018

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On September 4 the Marco City Council reduced its list of potential picks for an interim city manager to three possible candidates. They initially had five individuals to pick from but William Vance chose to drop out of the running and pursue other opportunities, after he was chosen as one of the five to be vetted […]

Letter to the Editor: All Politics is Local

By Samantha Husted | September 08, 2018

Once again, “All politics is local”! Isn’t it somewhat ironic that in the very same week that ‘Anonymous’ has an Op-Ed published in the New York Times that a local group calling themselves “Marco concerned citizens” pass around anonymously an email attacking Dr. Jerry Swiacki from his time as Chair of the Parks & Recreation Committee, Jim Richards who is […]

YMCA Opens 24-Hour Fitness Center

By Samantha Husted | September 07, 2018

Submitted Great things are happening at the Greater Marco Family YMCA! On September 1, the Marco Y became a 24-Hour Fitness Center, making the Marco Y the premier 24-hour fitness facility for Marco Island residents and visitors. Current Marco Y members will receive the 24-hour access automatically with an active membership and must stop by the Welcome Center desk to […]

Crash Leaves a Marco Island Teen Dead and Two Others Injured

By Samantha Husted | July 06, 2018

By Samantha Husted A crash involving a motorcycle has left one Marco Island teen dead and two injured. On Thursday night, 19-year-old Cole Stocklein was traveling northbound on County Road 951 on his 2013 Suzuki motorcycle. As he approached the intersection of Marino Circle, a vehicle attempting to make a left turn entered his path, striking him. Stocklein was thrown […]

Community Needs Assessment Findings Are In

By Samantha Husted | June 27, 2018

By Don Manley The Collier County Community Needs and Assets Assessment results could assist Marco Island City Council in prioritizing capital projects during the budgetary planning process. Conducted August through December of last year, the assessment contains from more than 4,000 residents to questions addressing a broad range of issues. It was funded by Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and […]

Spammy Jammy Returns to Goodland

By Samantha Husted | June 27, 2018

By Samantha Husted As far as traditions go, the Spammy Jammy takes the cake. Or in this instance, a can of Spam. The annual ceremony takes place each June at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland, purposefully coinciding with the start of Florida’s hurricane season. The event is infused with humor, colorful costumes, and of course, the processed meat product. […]

Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for Tax Reduction

By Samantha Husted | June 27, 2018

City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni and the Council majority are owed a well-deserved “kudos” for their recent vote to substantially reduce the Local Communications Services Tax. Chairman Grifoni submitted a white paper on the tax recently which contained his recommendation to lower the tax by approximately 60% over the next year and a half. Let me say that again, 60% […]

Correction: Boil Water Notice

By Samantha Husted | June 26, 2018

Correction: The City of Marco Island Boil Water Notice is for residents of the Provence of Marco (1865 San Marco Road) only. For more information visit www.cityofmarcoisland.com The notice has been issued as a result of a loss of pressure in the distribution systems. Due to this loss of pressure, bacteriological quality of the water is questionable. Accordingly, the city is […]

Letter to the Editor: Answer to the Editor

By Samantha Husted | June 26, 2018

Answer to the Editor In a recent editorial column, the Naples Daily News questioned Marco Island’s ability to hire a medical director when for over a year, the City Council, has been unable to retain a city manager or agree on hiring an executive search firm. Please be assured that the City of Marco Island services, including the police department, […]

Red Tide Alert on Marco Island Beaches

By Samantha Husted | June 24, 2018

Submitted by Maria Lamb According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), red tide, also known as harmful algae blooms (HABs), occurs when microscopic algae multiply to higher than normal concentrations. The most common species is Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism. As the wind blows the toxic aerosol towards shore, it can also produce respiratory reaction […]