Feature Stories

Hideaway Beach Erosion Project in Progress


Marco Island City Council Resolution 19-06 was passed on January 22, 2019 and awarded Cavache, Inc. the construction of Hideaway Beach’s 2019 Erosion Control Project. This project consists of dredging approximately 46,000 cubic yard of beach compatible sand from the Hideaway Nearshore Borrow Area to renourish Hideaway’s beach including raising the elevation of the berm 0.5 ft to account for […]

Station 51 Prepares to Rise From the Ashes


Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Station 51 has risen from the ashes and tours of the new station will be given on March 15, 2019.

Niblock Receives Slap on the Wrist


On Tuesday March 12, at 2:15 PM in the Collier County Courthouse the case against Dr. Lee Niblock on charges of first degree misdemeanor battery was adjudicated in the courtroom of Judge Michael J. Provost of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court. The case was scheduled to be heard at 3 PM on March 13 in the same courtroom before the […]

Endangered Clouded Leopard Kittens Open Their Eyes


Naples Zoo is excited to share that the two-week-old endangered clouded leopard kittens have opened their eyes and they now have names. The adorable kittens are curious about the world around them and they have beautiful blue eyes. The kittens have been named Jean and Janet. The names were selected for an anonymous donor that supported the clouded leopard exhibit and […]

More Plastic Trash from Beach Clean-up


“Trash is trash, whether it is biodegradable or plastic.”~ Katie O’Hara Thanks to the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron for a strong showing at the March 9th “Love your Beach” Clean-up at South Beach. The monthly beach clean-up was sponsored by Marco’s Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee (BACR). Thanks to all the 60+ volunteers who showed up to […]

Marco Firefighter Terminated


The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has terminated the employment of Marco Island Firefighter/EMT Nicolas Macchiarolo following his February 28th no contest plea to charges of using a two-way communication device to commit a felony. Macchiarolo, who is on probation for three years, was arrested in May 2018 for sending sexual texts to a minor female. The following statement […]

The Star of the Everglades, Part Two

Reprint from February 7, 2014.

In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports fishing for tourists in the Ten […]

A Celebration of the Arts


An appreciation of the work of the Marco Island Center for the Arts brought a large turnout to Island Country Club for the Marco Island Center for the Arts annual gala. Entitled “Celebrate Art by the Sea,” the fundraiser’s proceeds help to fuel the nonprofit’s diverse programing, which includes art exhibits, art education classes for all-ages, musical performances and much […]

Wet Paint Live 2019


Forces of nature made the 2019 Wet Paint Live, now in its 12th year, a bit more challenging for both the artists and art lovers. Once a year for the past 12 years, local artists have donated their time and talent to participate in Wet Paint Live presented by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Center for […]

Red Bull Privateers Race SUPs Through the 10,000 Islands


The Red Bull Privateers stand up paddleboard event, a three day SUP festival on Cape Romano, proved one thing for certain: Red Bull knows how to cater to their target audience. Cape Romano is an uninhabited island just south of Marco Island and can be accessed only by boat—or SUP. “We were able to bring people to a pristine part of […]


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