Feature Stories

First Annual Hootenanny on Marco Island Successful Burrowing Owl Nesting Season Celebrated

On Saturday, November 3rd, Mackle Park guests eagerly joined in the festivities as the Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) held their 1st Annual Hootenanny. AWE volunteers graciously welcomed guests with cider and donuts while The Paddle Faster Bluegrass Band performed at the free event. As guests perused the displays, Owl Watch monitors shared their stories from the latest nesting […]


The Naples Airport is home to the Naples Military Museum — two rooms packed with displays of miniature replicas of war planes, battleships (such as the USS Arizona), military uniforms, medals, photographs, handwritten notes, and war memorabilia donated by family members. The museum is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and former military veterans. The display of “The Missing Man’s Table” catches […]

City Council Election Results

Voters Pick Brechnitz, Young and Rios

Election results are in for the Marco Island City Council race. Erik Brechnitz, Sam Young and Victor Rios received the top votes. Out of the total votes reported (23,592), Erik Brechnitz received 24.86% of the vote (5,864 votes); Sam Young received 21.65% (5,108 votes) and Victor Rios 18.71% (4,414 votes). Jerry Swiacki received 17.67% of the votes (4,169 votes) and Jim […]

Traffic Fatality on Marco Island

According to a statement issued by Marco Island Police Captain David S. Baer, on November 5, 2018, at approximately 5:50 PM the Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue Departments responded to 25 Front Street in reference to a single vehicle traffic crash with injuries. A male had crashed a scooter and was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased. The male was […]

Planning Board Deals With Packed Agenda

The Marco Island Planning Board saw almost every seat occupied at its recent meeting on Friday, November 2. The room was packed with attorneys, architects and other support staff. A court reporter was present to create a verbatim transcript of the second matter on the agenda; a proposed assisted living facility. The first item, however, dealt with resolving a long-standing […]

UPDATED Attempted Kidnapping and Assault

A report of an alleged attempted kidnapping and assault involving minors on Marco Island has been received. Captain David S. Baer of the Marco Island Police Department has issued the following statement: On 11/2/18 at approximately 9:46pm, two Marco Island juveniles, ages 16 & 14 were arrested for kidnapping and assault. The victims of the crime were also juveniles, between the ages […]

UPDATED: Honig Revealed as Owner of Political Website

For months now, Marco Island citizens have been inundated with vicious and negative email attacks upon two of the city council candidates. In addition to email attacks on these two candidates, an anonymous political website was created. As a means of identification, the website stated, “We are a group of Marco Island citizen watchdogs committed to anonymity, because we have […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Woman’s Story

Family, restaurant and Marco’s beach buoyed Lisa Meurgue’s recovery

Check-ups are vital for cancer survivors, and until recently Lisa Meurgue was as fastidious about them as anybody. But this past June, around the tenth anniversary of her 2008 diagnosis with stage 2 breast cancer, Meurgue had a delightfully ironic exchange with her oncologist. “He said he was breaking up with me, and that he didn’t want to see me […]

More Sand to Improve Marco’s Beaches

Marco Island’s wide pristine beaches are world famous and much enjoyed by its residents and visitors. It is the number one tourist attraction, and the primary economic driver, not only for Marco, but for Collier County. Marco’s beaches are also an active habitat for many endangered species, such as loggerhead sea turtles and migratory birds. According to the Florida Department […]

Experience the Beauty of Big Cypress at Fall Festival

Southwest Florida is surrounded by beauty; however, our minds usually wander to images of white, sandy beaches and glorious sunsets, not a swamp. Well, the swamp at Big Cypress is a thing of beauty. A beauty I had seen captured by the world-famous Clyde Butcher in wall-sized, black and white splendor but had never witnessed in person. All that changed […]

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