PHOTOS: Marco Island hits the beach for Independence Day
Published 7/5/2011 at 12:51 p.m. 0 comments
Some of the sandcastles had elaborate themes, including the “Card Shark” with teeth made from playing cards, and the flag made from red, white and blue seashells. In one contest that drew a lot of spectators, “athletes” competed to see ...
Marco grapples with paying for July 4 fireworks display
Published 6/9/2011 at 3:01 p.m. 16 comments
Come July 4, Marco Island will have a fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico. In the meantime, though, the effort to pay for the production continues.
Scaled-back community center among capital improvement requests to Marco Island Planning Board
Published 4/26/2011 at 12:27 p.m. 12 comments
Five city departments unveiled their wish lists for capital improvement expenditures to members of Marco Island’s Planning Board; among them, a scaled-down Mackle Park Community Center. The new plan announced by parks and recreation director Bryan Milk consisted of a ...
PHOTOS: Scrambling for eggs – Thousands throng Mackle Park for annual Spring Jubilee
Updated 4/25/2011 at 10:52 a.m. 1 comment
Several thousand people crowded Mackle Park on Marco Island for the annual Spring Jubilee. There were egg hunts (with 18,000 Easter eggs), games and many more events for kids of all ages.
Y leaders want referendum on new community center
Published 3/31/2011 at 4:28 p.m. 5 comments
The Greater Marco Island YMCA leadership has made it clear to city officials that the Y believes a referendum is essential to the process of creating a new community center at Mackle Park.
Y LEADERS WANT REFERENDUM ON NEW COMMUNITY CENTER
Published 3/24/2011 at 1:10 p.m. 1 comment
Leadership of the Marco Island Y has made it clear to city officials that the Y believes a referendum is essential to the process of creating a new community center at Mackle Park.
Mackle Park expansion plans topic of Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting
Published 3/16/2011 at 6:04 p.m. 22 comments
Members of the Island’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee say a new Mackle Park Community Center would bring a much needed economic boost to the city, but that scaling back building plans is an option. In late February, the committee ...
Shop Talk: Date set for dedication of Veteran’s memorial
Published 3/10/2011 at 5:47 p.m. 0 comments
The official dedication of the Marco Veterans Memorial will take place at the park on Nov. 11– 11/11/11, as it were, Veterans Day. “I get goose bumps just thinking about that,” says Lee Rubenstein, commander of Marco’s Veterans of Foreign ...
Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate relationships?
Published 3/8/2011 at 3:00 p.m. 8 comments
I attended the City Council workshop on Feb. 22, when the plans for the proposed Mackle Park Community Center were presented. It was evident that the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation (IPRF) was a major sponsor of this initiative. During ...
RC Laser skippers ready to set sail in regatta
Published 3/3/2011 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments
Sails will be full in the lake at Mackle Park, beginning Friday.
Guest Commentary: Mackle Park Community Center’s proposed $7 million project: Should we have a voice in the decision?
Published 3/1/2011 at 6:29 p.m. 29 comments
At last week’s City Council Workshop the City Parks and Recreation Department presented a proposal under which the Mills Gilbane construction company would build an almost 40,000 square foot building to replace the existing 8,000 sq. ft. Mackle Park Community ...
Government on display: Marco Island City Hall open house shows off facilities, consolidation
Published 3/1/2011 at 6:10 p.m. 1 comment
The city manager, department heads and councilors were available for consultations, but face painting and hot dogs proved the biggest attraction. The City of Marco Island threw open its doors, including one very heavy vault door, for an Open House ...
Council workshop: City considers building expansion at Marco Island's Mackle Park
Published 2/24/2011 at 7:19 p.m. 32 comments
The city’s recreation hub could be getting a new centerpiece. On Tuesday, Marco Island City Council considered improving Mackle Park by adding a nearly 40,000-square-foot community center with a $6 million price tag. That decision came during its afternoon workshop ...
Marco Island City Council takes on cul-de-sac beautification
Published 2/24/2011 at 7:13 p.m. 2 comments
It’s obvious many Marco Island residents see vegetation in their cul-de-sacs as an extension of their landscaping. That was one conclusion by Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee during a report to City Council at its Tuesday workshop. After an extensive ...
VFW #6370 to donate $10,000 to the city of Marco Island
Published 2/8/2011 at 3:29 p.m. 0 comments
Financing for the Veterans’ Memorial at Veterans’ Community Park is progressing. Many of the benches available around the memorial have been sold, thanks to the efforts of Leo Sutera and the fundraising committee.