Feature Stories

Florida’s 2018 Constitutional Amendments: What Your Vote Means


Among the choices voters will consider when they head to polls in November, will be the longest list of proposed constitutional amendments in Florida. The twelve (12) constitutional amendments will be the most on the ballot since 1998. Sixty percent of the vote is required to pass a constitutional amendment in Florida. Many voters state that the language of the […]

Gopher Tortoise Habitat Destroyed


A commercial landscaping service has cleared vegetation on a vacant lot on Marco Island, and impacted countless gopher tortoises and their burrows. A dead gopher tortoise was found amid the vegetation. Around mid-morning on Friday, September 14th, a concerned neighbor noticed vegetation being cleared from the property at 1851 San Marco Road. The City of Marco Island was notified of […]

Nothing Could Dampen CJ’s Libation Celebration


Marco Island locals headed to The Esplanade recently to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of CJ’s on the Bay. The festivities, which began under clear skies, included door prizes, raffles, corn hole, an all-day happy hour, birthday bash drink specials, entertainment by Jeff Hilt and Jenny Woodman, and a complimentary picnic buffet. For some, the day was nostalgic. Conversations around the […]

Council Moves Ahead Alone on Assisted Living


At the recent Marco Island City Council Meeting, councilors discussed the contentious matter of whether or not to return the issue of an Assisted Living Facility on Marco Island to the Planning Board for further review. Councilor Larry Honig raised the matter during council communications. Honig was concerned the council may have acted in haste overturning the recommendations from both […]

Final Tax Rate Set By Council


The Marco Island City Council on Monday evening adopted a budget and millage rate which will essentially come in at the rollback rate of $1.8492 and raise $19,217,265 in funds for operational purposes. Those dollars do not include enterprise funds, grants and other sources of income. An additional millage rate of $.0796 is also part of the city’s revenue stream […]

MIPD Officer Fired Following Investigation


The following statement was issued today by Police Captain David S. Baer of the Marco Island Police Department: After completing an Internal Affairs Investigation started on 3/29/2018, the Marco Island Police Department has terminated Police Officer Kevin Hennings effective 9/18/18. The Marco Island Police Department investigated former Officer Hennings for violations of Departmental General Orders stemming from on-duty inappropriate conduct with an adult […]

Today’s Modern Family 

Foster Parents Providing Unwavering Love, Compassion & Understanding 

This article marks the first in a series on Today’s Modern Family, where we will celebrate the uniqueness and similarities of how couples have chosen to expand their families. Today, we will take a glimpse into foster parenting and explore their overwhelming capacity to provide shelter, care, consistency, and love to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected…while at […]

First Florida Integrity Bank Breaks Ground 


First Florida Integrity Bank executives, along with representatives from the Marco Island city government and Chamber of Commerce participated in the ground breaking for the new 3,000 square foot single-story building located between Paradise Seafood and Walker’s Marine on Bald Eagle Drive.  “For years, First Florida Integrity Bank has had a storefront here on the island. We are very excited […]

Rough Season for Sea Turtles  


As of August 2018, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported more than 95 sea turtles have washed ashore on Collier County beaches. On average the FWC reports approximately 30 sea turtle “strandings” annually. According to Allen Foley of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, this is about “double the average number of sea turtle deaths in […]

CJ’s on the Bay Celebrates 10 Years  


CJ’s on the Bay is turning ten, and with it comes an invitation to a birthday celebration for the entire community.  Mark your calendars for CJ’s Libation Celebration on Saturday, September 22 from 12-6 PM. The birthday party includes an all-day happy hour with birthday bash drink specials, a complimentary picnic buffet and outdoor music. There will also be fun […]


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