Feature Stories

Marco Triathletes Compete in Naples 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon


For the athletes that participated in Sunday’s 33rd h Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, their experience started 12-16 weeks ago. This triple-treat event combining running, bicycling and swimming has grown in popularity all over the country according to USA Triathlon, the organization that governs triathlon races.   To add more challenge to this year’s event, an International Distance event was added. […]

Sunrise Rotary Awards Scholarships and Charitable Gifts


The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently completed its award of annual college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The Club’s scholarship committee annually seeks applications from all of the local high schools. Its scholarship committee was chaired this year by Debra Shanahan, who explained “the process can be difficult. We got a lot of great applications on behalf […]

Maddy Burt Named SWFL Swimmer of the Year 


Local swimmer Maddy Burt’s personal breakthrough came about 7 years after she started swimming on the Marco YMCA’s Swim Florida team. By her own admission, she’d been an OK competitor in those early years, but at age 12 something clicked.   “I’d been on the (Marco YMCA) swim team since I was 5, but I suddenly thought to myself: ‘Whoa! I […]

MIA Celebrates 


Members of Marco Island Academy’s board of directors and the school’s major donors celebrated what was a momentous seven day period recently at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort’s newest restaurant, Tesoro.   The reason for festivities was the influx of millions of dollars in donations over about one week that will enable MIA to build its permanent campus all […]

In Their Honor: A Tribute to All Our Fallen Heroes


In Marco Island, the solemn observance of Memorial Day, May 27th, 2019 was captured in the emotional tribute by keynote speaker, Lee Rubenstein, Commander of the American Legion Post #404. A beautiful rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung by Mary Jo O’Regan, accompanied by the Tommie Barfield Chorus. The Observance of Memorial Day commenced with remarks by emcee, Keith […]

All About the Parrots at the Bird Gardens of Naples


A visit to the Bird Gardens of Naples included meeting parrots, cockatoos, macaws and other rescued birds.

Chamber’s Leadership Marco Scholarship Recipients Named


Leadership Marco Scholarship winners were announced by the Chamber of Commerce.

A May to Remember for MIA


Marco Island Academy had a May to remember with the groundbreaking for Phase One and capital donations.

Rolling Thunder’s Final Memorial Day Ride into Washington DC


Rolling Thunder takes a final Memorial Day ride into Washington DC for POWs.

Council Tackles Budget Issues and Regular Meeting in One Day 


Members of the Marco Island City Council spent the majority of their day dealing with city business commencing at 9 AM on Monday morning. They would convene for a Five-Year Capital Budgeting Workshop.  That review of spending items would range from replacement of bridges to the purchase of “self-contained fuel storage” for use during emergencies such as another hurricane.  The […]


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