Grassroots political movement attracts Marco crowd
Published 03/31/2011 at 4:47 p.m.
“I’m tired of all the abuses Congress has done. I’ve been complacent for years. I trusted my Congressman to take care of it, but they haven’t.” Bill Gepford, a GOOOH member since September.
Marco residents concerned over taxes, water sewer rates
Published 03/29/2011 at 10:26 a.m. 20 Comments
Taxes, water and sewer rates, police staffing and illegal aliens are the four topics of most concern to Marco Island residents, according to the results of a long-range planning survey conducted by city leaders in November. However, there is a ...
PHOTOS: Afterglow Gala celebrates art festival’s success
Published 03/21/2011 at 3:56 p.m. 4 Comments
Nearly 200 people turned out Sunday night to celebrate the inaugural Arts Afire festival with an evening of music and the presentation of the first-ever Flame Awards for Marco Island.
Islanders get a lesson on Marco’s tortoises
Published 03/17/2011 at 4:31 p.m. 3 Comments
Residents of Marco Island have several more reasons to take note of the threatened gopher tortoises which inhabit the island: much of the scientific data surrounding the species doesn’t apply to turtles south of the Caloosahatchee. Julie Ross, who holds ...
Mackle Park expansion plans topic of Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting
Published 03/16/2011 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 ...
Arts Afire! embraces range of talent
Published 03/10/2011 at 5:34 p.m.
For nine days, beginning Saturday, Marco Island will show off its residents’ artistic talents and the many and diverse cultural activities in the city as part of the first Arts Afire! Festival.
Marco Island's Arts Afire! embraces range from flower show to photo live bands
Published 03/10/2011 at 5:06 p.m. 1 Comment
For nine days, beginning Saturday, Marco Island will show off its residents’ artistic talents and the many and diverse cultural activities in the city as part of the first Arts Afire! Festival. Saturday through March 20, art shows; demonstrations; and ...
Frustrated residents voice displeasure to Marco Island City Council over Mackle expansion plans
Published 03/08/2011 at 8:17 a.m. 30 Comments
Dozens of residents showed up at Tuesday night’s Marco City Council meeting to urge that councilmen to reconsider plans to replace the existing 8,000-square-foot Mackle Park recreation center with a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building at an estimated cost of $6 million. ...
Marco Island Planning Board debates density transfers
Published 03/07/2011 at 2:45 p.m. 5 Comments
The debate over density verses intensity was at issue Friday as Marco Island Planning Board members considered whether to use density transfers as a tool to allow limited service hotel development in the Midtown District. Last year, City Council asked ...
PHOTOS: Cancer Society’s inaugural Hope Ball a success
Published 02/28/2011 at 1:43 p.m.
Candlelit walkways, spectacular auction items and the chance to meet a best-selling novelist made the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Hope Ball a night to remember. The sold out crowd of nearly 150 guests arrived to enjoy cocktails at the Marco ...
Officials to celebrate renovations with open house at Marco Island City Hall
Published 02/24/2011 at 7:23 p.m. 7 Comments
Free food, face painting and fire trucks are among the activities Island residents will enjoy at a weekend open house to show off renovations to City Hall. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at ...
Tackling stubborn grease: Permitting deadline change, possible fees on table for island restaurants
Published 02/22/2011 at 10:01 a.m. 4 Comments
Restaurants and other establishments that serve food may soon face a change in permitting and fine if grease traps are not properly cleaned out. The Planning Board is concerned that improper grease trap cleaning will not only lead to odor ...
Qigong experts to give workshop on Marco Island
Published 02/21/2011 at 2:13 p.m.
Residents and visitors interested in learning about or enhancing their understanding of the ancient practice of qigong can do so during a weekend workshop on Marco Island beginning Friday.
Local installation of fire hydrants is money-saving prospect
Published 02/03/2011 at 1:51 p.m. 9 Comments
With eyes focused squarely on the city’s check book, members of the Marco Island’s Utilities Advisory Board (UAB) heard a preliminary update on plans to install additional fire hydrants in residential areas during the committee’s regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.
Marco City Council to weigh in on cul-de-sac maintenance
Published 01/25/2011 at 1:22 p.m. 19 Comments
City Council members are expected to take up the issue of unsightly cul-de-sacs. Cul-de-sacs are city property but residents are expected to maintain the upkeep at their personal expense, explained committee chairman Sydney Mellinger
Marco Island residents hear mangrove restoration plan
Published 01/25/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 1 Comment
More than 50 people who attended a meeting on Friday at Mackle Park to discuss plans to restore dead and dying mangroves on Marco Island. Robin Lewis, a Central Florida-based mangrove restoration expert with the non-profit Coastal Resources Group explained ...
What’s in a name? Contest to name land, commercial district; create memorial
Published 01/20/2011 at 2:50 p.m. 13 Comments
Marco residents have a chance to help city officials decide what to call three areas of land on the Island and design a memorial to honor city founders, both past, present and future. The Parks and Recreation department and its ...
Michael Ferencsik won bodybuilding championships on his own, natural terms
Published 12/20/2010 at 4:25 p.m.
As a kid, Michael Ferencsik watched his idol, Jack LaLanne, on television, copying the fitness guru’s signature jumping jacks. LaLanne, also a bodybuilder, was primarily a vegetarian, eating only a limited amount of fish, and touted a healthy lifestyle above ...
PHOTOS: Twinkletown, nearly 1,800 homes, business decorate for annual contest
Published 12/20/2010 at 11:50 a.m. 10 Comments
An endless array of twinkling white lights wowed this year’s judges, who named a Leo Court residence as the best decorated home on the Island in the 14th Annual Marco Island Christmas Home and Business Decorating Contest. Albino and Julia ...
Decorating Marco Island for the holidays
Published 11/30/2010 at 1:46 p.m. 1 Comment
’Twas four weeks before Christmas and all through the city, creatures are stirring and hurrying to turn Marco into a holiday wonderland. But stringing twinkling lights around palm trees, hanging festive banners, erecting glowing angels in medians and putting up ...