Feature Stories

Members Only Show Highlights Artistic Talent, Passion & Masterful Technique


Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the mixed media “Members Only Show” from February 4 – 22, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This exhibition was judged by Laura Burns, Executive Director of the United Arts Council of Collier County. With her fine art background and experience working in the arts, three winners and […]

Reconsideration of ALF Vote Fails


In what many in the audience saw as a backdoor attempt to reverse the decision of council at its last meeting, Councilor Jared Grifoni proposed a reconsideration of a vote rejecting a petitioner’s application for approval of a PUD on a portion of the property owned by Naples Community Hospital. That vote would have allowed the petitioner, Walt Chancey, the […]

Red Bull Privateers Returns to Marco Island

Team paddleboard race inspired by local pirate history back for year two

The Red Bull Privateers stand up paddleboard (SUP) race is back for the second-straight year and scheduled to take place on Cape Romano, just south of Marco Island, Florida for a full event weekend from Friday to Sunday, February 15-17, including the competition and a beach cleanup, among other activities. In this one-of-a-kind event, teams of four paddlers have two […]

2019 – The Year of the PIG!


You are a “pig” if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. The Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. It begins on Tuesday, February 5 and lasts until February 19. People born in pig […]

Fleeing Suspect Drives into Marco Canal


A suspect fleeing the Marco Island Police drove his vehicle into a Marco Island canal on the evening of Monday, February 4, 2019. Police Captain David S. Baer of the Marco Island Police Department has issued the following statement: On 2/4/19 at approximately 7:28pm, Marco Island PD Officers were dispatched to a restaurant on N. Collier Blvd regarding an intoxicated […]

JW Marriott – Paradise Redefined | Peek Inside! #2

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Marco’s JW Marriott – a Paradise Redefined Celebration


It was a two-day celebration for the stunning completion of the reimagined JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Following a culinary journey on Sunday, on Monday, January 28, JW reaffirmed its commitment to the island with closing remarks from VIPs closely associated in its completion. According to Rick Medwedeff, former General Manager of JW Marriott, “the project started with some […]

JW Makes it Official


More than a year after the Marco Island Marriott turned into the JW Marriott, and 60+ years since it opened a new 50 room hotel on Marco Island’s beach, the highly anticipated Lanai Tower officially “opened” this week. Conference attendees, event organizers, guests and locals are enjoying the customizable meeting halls, 10K Alley state-of-the-art arcade, as well as the Paradise […]

Medical Cannabis Gets Strong Support From Governor DeSantis


On November 8, 2016, 71% of Floridians voted to legalize medical cannabis. Amendment 2, which authorized the use of medical cannabis for Floridians with debilitating diseases, was signed into law by former Governor Rick Scott. More than two years after the passage of Amendment 2, patients’ still do not have access to medical cannabis dispensaries in Collier County. On December […]


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