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Spammy Jammy Returns to Goodland

By Samantha Husted As far as traditions go, the Spammy Jammy takes the cake. Or in this instance, a can of Spam. The annual ceremony takes place each June at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland, purposefully coinciding with the start of Florida’s hurricane season. The event is infused with humor, colorful costumes, and of course, the processed meat product. […]

Sales Tax Issue is Front and Center at Forum

On Tuesday, November 6, the election may be one in which voters find themselves spending an inordinate amount of time reading ballot questions if they choose to come to the polls, rather than requesting a mail-in ballot. Everything from eight constitutional revision questions, three legislative proposal items, two citizen initiatives and one local Collier County question will face voters on […]

Drug Abuse Awareness:

What You Should Know

By now you’ve probably heard of a little drug called fentanyl. It’s a potent opioid typically prescribed as a strong pain medication. In recent years, news reports of overdoses from the highly addictive drug have spiked on both national and local levels. Drug abuse and addiction can affect teenagers, grandparents, teachers, doctors, moms and dads. Addiction has no preferred demographic […]

A Close Look at Marco’s Canal Water Testing Program

Water is our golden goose in Marco Island. It is key to island growth; it is key to tourism; it is key to Marco Island’s way of life. The City of Marco Island (COMI) is required by state and/or federal regulations to conduct periodic testing of water quality for the canals and beaches in and around Marco Island. The purpose […]

Preparation, Rather Than Panic

Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto was our first taste for what may be a fairly busy season for storm watchers this year. The memories of Hurricane Irma are still fresh in our minds as many condominium complexes, businesses and homeowners continue their work on their recovery efforts from last September’s storm. As we look towards the 2018 season we should all be […]

Taste of Immokalee Summer Internship Underway

T hanks to a two-year grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Taste of Immokalee (TOI) Summer Internship Program once again is open to all Collier County students. This year, the TOI Summer Internship consists of 17 paid interns, representing Immokalee, Palmetto, Gulf Coast, and Naples High Schools, who receive mentoring and business education along with hands-on experience […]

Paddling in Pursuit of a Cure From Bimini to Lake Worth

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited life threating disease that damages the lungs and digestive system of those that it inflicts. It knows no socioeconomic boundaries and can be found in both children and adults, however most adults were likely afflicted early in life with symptoms slow to develop. In November 2011, Travis Suit’s four-year-old daughter Piper began to exhibit […]

Council Moves Step Closer on Ambulance Issue

At their last meeting, Marco Island City Council moved one step closer to obtaining Collier County’s approval for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) for the city to operate it’s own advanced life support and transport ambulance. Commissioners directed county staff and the city to move forward and draft an acceptable Interlocal Agreement for Emergency Medical Services which […]

Charlie Blum Is One Interesting Islander

Marco Island has always been home to an eclectic group of residents. Celebrities, CEO’s, political figures, philanthropists, heck, even astronauts have resided here. Often, it seems, these acclaimed islanders go unrecognized amongst the general population. We know them as our neighbors, our tennis partners, and the people who stand next to us in line at the grocery store. During the […]

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