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Council Still Debating Manager Hiring Process


At the recent meeting of the Marco Island City Council, discussion once again included the topic of finding a city manager to fill the longstanding vacancy. Council has been considering the possibility of using the services offered by the Florida City and County Manager Association’s Senior Advisor Program. The program would enable the council to appoint an interim manager, who […]

Roman Requests Review of Contracts


At the August 6 Marco Island City Council meeting, Councilor Charlette Roman suggested that the Collier County Clerk of Courts Office be requested to do a possible audit of recent contracts that have been entered into by the city under the supervision of its purchasing manager. Ms. Lina Upham, who serves as the city’s Purchasing/Risk Manager was involved in a […]

True Sportsmanship Shown at Special Olympics


The Riverside Community Aquatics Center hosted the Collier County Special Olympics County Games on Saturday, July 28. This year 33 athletes participated in 25-meter to 100-meter Olympic style races and relays. The event promotes inclusivity and highlights all talents. “Special Olympics Florida – Collier County is a multi-dimensional program that raises awareness about the abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities,” […]

Savage Honored by Military Colleagues


They came to honor a friend and comrade in arms as he approaches his milestone birthday, which is still a few months away, but honor him they would. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of Naples/Marco Island held an unscheduled luncheon to pay tribute to one of their own. A man who had given 40 years of his life to his […]

Between the Ages


Age’s irrelevance where friendship is concerned has been reinforced by a collection of Seacrest Country Day School elementary students and residents at the Terracina Grand assisted living facility. They were brought together by the most recent addition to Seacrest’s community outreach program that matched members of the sixth-grade English class writers club with Terracina Grand residents. The pairings involved having […]

And So It Begins


They’ve filed their papers, appointed their treasurers, have begun collecting money and for some, have been working their constituent base since early February for a four-year term on the Marco Island City Council. The filing period for running for council closed at 5 PM on July 31 and five individuals have successfully qualified for the election, which will be held […]

Algae Blooms Hit Southwest Florida


Residents along the South Florida coasts are once again experiencing sludgy, slime-laden waters as a result of nefarious blue-green algae blooms. In Southwest Florida, sightings of the blue-green algae have been reported in Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, North Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. Earlier this month, in an effort to combat the toxic algae, Governor Rick Scott placed an […]

Another Brief Moment in HERstory


Earlier this year, I met a dynamic duo of spitfires who served our country as WASPs during WWII. Their lecture at the South Regional Library inspired all of us in attendance as we learned about the challenges they faced and how their passion for flying and belief in themselves allowed them to persist … and prevail. I recently had the […]

Electrocution/Fire at Marco Hilton


The Marco Island Police Department and Fire Rescue Department responded to an electrocution and common structure fire at the Hilton Marco Island Resort & Spa on Thursday, July 26. A subcontractor for Hendrick Brothers Construction Company was doing electrical work at the hotel when the incident occurred. The Hilton has provided the following statement:  A subcontractor on the renovation team at the […]

Get Involved…Campaign…Vote…Volunteer Want to Serve on City Council? Qualifying Process Has Begun


At the next general election on November 6, 2018, three of the seven Marco Island City Council seats will be up for election. As of today, City Council hopefuls include: Victor Rios, Erik Brechnitz, Sam Young, Jerry Swiacki, and Jim Richards (in order of filing). Amadeo Petricca withdrew his candidacy on July 17. The qualifying period for the candidates is […]


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