Feature Stories

Meals of Hope Event Unites Community


The Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) gymnasium and lobby were transformed into a meal packaging and distribution center last Saturday for the 2018 Meals of Hope Packaging Event. The Marco Island community united for the unforgettable two-hour experience to help feed the local hungry. “We are thrilled to be here. It was a year-long effort by the Rotary clubs […]

Middle School Art in the Spotlight Students Interpret Alligator Theme for Next Christmas Ornament


Continuing a long-standing tradition, judges pored over dozens of drawings before choosing just one that will become next year’s Marco Christmas tree ornament. Marco Island Charter Middle School students submitted the colorful drawings reflecting this year’s alligator theme, and they ranged from cute to quirky, and from jaunty to jovial. One, probably not destined for a tree ornament because it […]

Maria Lamb Marathon Runner


Proving that it’s never too late to try something new, Maria Lamb started running at the age of 60. She made the decision to run, bought a $10 pair of shoes from Walmart, and started running. Over time, she retired her $10 sneakers and became dedicated to distance running. Now age 70, Maria has participated in 10 marathons and on […]

A Foodie Fest at Marco’s Farmers Market


The open-air freshness, locally grown produce, yummy baked goods, handmade items, and an assortment of mouthwatering delicacies provide a unique small town social setting for Marco Island’s Farmers Market, which recently reopened for season. Its opening day was much anticipated by both residents and visitors. It is the ideal place to pick up your favorite seasonal floral bouquet, a basket […]

A Winter Gathering of Shorebirds 


‘Tis the start of the season for the annual winter gathering of our feathered friends — terns, skimmers and gulls — on Marco Island’s beaches. Large flocks of shorebirds have claimed their favorite spots on Marco beaches, from Sand Dollar Island to South Beach. The scene often resembles a picturesque “National Geographic morning,” accompanied by chirping, feeding, circling and landing, […]

Marco Island City Council Meeting: Ceremonies and Surprises


For most who attended the Marco Island City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 13, they were prepared to watch family members and friends take the oath of office for the next four years to serve as councilors. They won that right by outpolling their competition in a hard-fought battle to carry out their agendas and keep promises made to voters […]

Marines are 243 Years Old – Semper Fidelis!


“First we fight for right and freedom; And to keep our honor clean;  We are proud to claim the title of UNITED STATES MARINE.” November 10th  is a special day for Marines around the world as they celebrated its 243rd birthday. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the resolution to establish two battalions of Marines able to fight […]

Honoring Our Women Veterans


On the 100th Anniversary of World War I, Marco Island issued a Proclamation “honoring our Women Veterans on the 100th anniversary of World War I and on behalf of a grateful community we thank them for their selfless service and sacrifice. Whereas, women have been service in the U.S. Armed Forces since the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse […]

Council Meets to Strategize With Lobbyist


When the City of Marco Island’s Tallahassee lobbyist, Ronald Book, met with city councilors on Monday evening, he gave them a blunt assessment of why the major capital project they sought support for in 2018 from the Florida Legislature was less than successful. That request involved seeking $8.5 million dollars for the construction of a gymnasium and academic room complex […]

Election Results


Marco Island City Council election results saw Erik Brechnitz, Sam Young and Victor Rios receiving the top votes to win the three open council seats. Out of the 23,592 total votes reported, Erik Brechnitz received nearly a quarter of all of the votes (24.86% of the vote, 5,864 votes). The second highest votes received were by Sam Young, who received […]


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