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A Steward of Marco’s Past, Present and Future

As Marco Island morphed from isolated village to resort community over the last 50 years, Craig Woodward has been there as a sharp-eyed observer, participant and now, chronicler of the community’s rich history. He and his twin brother Mark were 12 when their family left Illinois and moved to Marco in 1968. Their mother, Glenellen became a teacher at Everglades […]

Legislators Upbeat on 2018 Session

Senator Kathleen Passidomo (District 28), Representatives Bob Rommel (District 106) and Byron Donalds (District 80) were guest speakers at the recent luncheon for the Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated held at the Tiburon Golf Club. Representative Bob Rommel worked the hardest on HB 249, which mandates that EMTs and paramedics report overdoses to the Florida Department of Health. He […]

MIPD Officer Goes the Extra Mile

Crossing For A Cure

Travis Suit is on a mission to change the world. For the past three years, the 34-year-old has organized an epic paddleboard endurance event called Crossing for a Cure. Participants embark on a 75-mile journey across the ocean to bring awareness and raise money for people living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes a buildup of mucus in […]

Hotels Move Forward Together Part1

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa and the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort share more in common than their status atop the island’s list of destination locations. Both are in the final phases of multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation and expansion projects and they’re also helmed by general managers who are fairly new to the island. Sharon Lockwood […]

Niblock Arraignment

Former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock was due to be arraigned this morning at the Collier County Court House on charges of first degree simple battery. Mr. Niblock’s attorney filed a plea of not guilty to the charges electronically and neither he nor Mr. Niblock’s were required to show at the courthouse to enter that plea. A court date […]

Vote on COPCN Delayed

For several years now, the debate of whether to move forward to seek a COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) has been front and center on the minds of first responders within the Marco Island community. That debate centers around who should be responsible for providing pre-hospital emergency care and transport to the hospital. Three major factors have contributed […]

No Search Firm and No Confidence

Once again Marco Island City Council stumbled in their attempts to move forward on filling the position of city manager. They also voted their displeasure with one of their own in a heated exchange later in the evening. Fear of sliding down the slippery slope of failure once again, some Marco Island City Councilors questioned the suggestion by Council Chairman […]

Moving Forward on the Veterans Community Park Plan

Almost ten years ago a committee of volunteers set out to create a conceptual plan for what a completed Veterans Community Park would look like someday. That conceptual plan was based upon the input of citizens who came together from 2008 and 2009 to discuss what the vision should be for the property that was purchased to protect that last […]

Conditional COPCN Suggested By Advisory Board

The city’s quest to control their own standards for emergency medical services, along with providing patients with emergency hospital transport, went before the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority Advisory Board on May 1. The city received a 3-2 vote in favor of their application. That application, however, has to go before the Collier County Board of Commissioners later this month. […]

New Police Captain Promotion Announced

When you sit down with newly promoted Captain Rich Stoltenborg to discuss his background and experience in law enforcement, you can’t help to draw the similarities to that of Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino.  Stoltenborg is quick to point out, however, the fact that his longtime friend and law enforcement counterpart is a couple of years “older” than he […]

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