Editorial

To Fertilize or NOT to Fertilize

Letter to the Editor


As a Marco resident and having a considerable lawn to maintain, I’ve often wondered about the best time to fertilize my turf. After attending a Board of County Commissioners’ workshop on a “Countrywide Fertilizer Ordinance”, I was a little surprised that there were experts proposing that it’s best to fertilize during the rainy season as well as experts advocating the […]

Remembering Their Courage

More Straight Talk

You would have expected the end of January to be cold in the Northeast, and I was not disappointed on Tuesday, January 28, 1986. I would be traveling that day over to the Albany, New York area on the clear, but blustery morning. I had made good time coming across Route 9 in Southern Vermont, traveling over what they call […]

Community Enjoys Great Local Events

Coastal Comments

Freshly back from the great island of Goodland, I’m still aglow from the fun of a terrific Pancake Breakfast, lots of fellowship, great food shared with a number of people like Beth and Bob, and then a visit to Stan’s Idle Hour to visit Stan’s wonderful son Steve and his sweetheart Trish! And as a huge bonus, we get to […]

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to City Council


Kudos to the Marco Island City Council for giving everyone involved in the ALF discussion (Petitioner, City Staff, Residents & Council Members) ample time to express themselves at the 1/22 City Council Meeting. As a full-time resident I watched the entire meeting and came away with three key beliefs: The people spoke and the City Council responded by denying the […]

Letter to the Editor: Micro CCRC on Marco


Dear Editor, The Wilhelm Reich, psychoanalyst, quote, “The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it,” seems to be true concerning the Micro CCRC being proposed for our island. This is a facility for seniors with independent living apartments, assisted living, and memory care. We are an island of retirees and how wonderful it would be to […]

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 […]


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