Feature Stories

County Leaders Present Wish Lists to Legislative Delegation


Local governmental organizations recently gathered at the North Collier Regional Park to make presentations to the Collier County Legislative Delegation regarding their list of wants and needs, which they would seek financial assistance for during the 2019 Legislative Session in Tallahassee. This year’s delegation is chaired by Representative Bob Rommel. Rommel was joined by the newly-appointed Senate Majority Leader and […]

Island Montessori Needs New Home


Blame Hurricane Irma, and after that a twist of fate that threatens to leave the Marco Island Montessori Academy in the lurch. The hurricane destroyed the building housing the 12-year-old school, serving PK to Grade 3 students. After that, founder and principal Lisa Nguyen and her board secured new premises at the Presbyterian Church, but after 15 months have been […]

Engulfed Exhibit on Display


The Engulfed exhibit created this fall by Marco Island Academy (MIA) art students will remain on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until February 1, 2019. The exhibition features an expansive mural collage, created out of seven panels, which expresses the Gulf of Mexico comprised of painted, drawn, and photographed images. Modeled on the work of Robert Rauschenberg, this […]

Canine Christmas Parade


The annual Canine Christmas Parade brought Marco Islanders and their beloved furry friends to the Esplanade, dressed festively in their best holiday garb. Christmas Island Style, with the help of CJ’s on the Bay, presented another successful pet parade, a favorite annual tradition for locals and visitors. The parade had many return participants, as well as newcomers. Everyone was dressed […]

Christmas Tree Lighting on Marco Island


Thousands of people came together on Marco Island for the celebratory lighting of the community Christmas tree in Veterans Community Park. The dramatic 40-foot tree lit the dark sky, and set the tone for this special celebration. People of all ages came together to enjoy the live entertainment and socializing with friends and neighbors. Local children performed dance and song […]

Christmas Island Style Events Kick Off Holidays on Marco Island


Christmas Island Style has kicked off the holiday season on Marco Island with a visit from Santa and putting up and decorating the beautiful Christmas tree in Veterans Community Park. Check out the other upcoming Christmas Island Style Events:  

Updated: Dolphin, Bird, and Sea Turtle Deaths on Marco Beaches


Since November 24th, three dead dolphins have been towed from Marco Island beaches, along with a mature dead male loggerhead sea turtle. In Naples this weekend, there were reports of 15 dead dolphins washing to shore and being sighted on the water. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “There was a spike of 22 bottlenose dolphin mortalities […]

Santa Came to Town


For as many years as one can remember, families with their children would descend on the Shops of Marco to welcome the Christmas Holiday Season into full swing. They come early and line-up to watch anxiously for the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For them, this was not about Black Friday deals or shopping till you drop. Instead they’ve […]

It’s a Celebration!

It was a celebration opening for the long-awaited Celebration Park food court park. The opening of the park was widely anticipated; once it did, it did not disappoint. Trucks were in place and the hungry lined up to place their orders. Tables were filled with family and friends and the bar was abuzz. The parking lot was filled to the […]

For the Love of Marco’s Owls


Congratulations to all the dedicated Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) Owl Watch Marco volunteers! In October, the Owl Watch Marco program received the 2018 Outstanding Conservation Project Award from Audubon Florida for their “extraordinary efforts in building partnerships and monitoring the burrowing owls of Marco Island.” By the end of the 2018 nesting season, 46 Owl Watch Marco volunteers […]


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