P.S. Walt Willey encores in 'Love Letters,' March 14-17
Published 03/14/2013 at 7:58 a.m.
Just like waiting for the mail, Marco Island has been waiting for the return of Walt Willey as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters." The consummate actor, Willey debuted last year with the Island Theater Company ...
Marco Island Code Compliance: Seller's failure to connect to sewer becomes buyer's problem
Published 03/13/2013 at 3:26 p.m. 13 Comments
The phrase "buyer beware" could apply to all properties not yet connected to the city's sewer system. Connection is required of Marco Island homeowners one year from notification that their district has been completed. The Code Compliance Board learned Tu
New county signs direct drivers to Tigertail Beach
Published 03/11/2013 at 2:31 p.m. 1 Comment
Hoping to take pressure off Marco Island's south beach, the city and Collier County's parks department have teamed up to make Tigertail Beach a drivers' destination. They are hoping new directional signs will do the trick. Joe Irvin, city zoning ...
Finally! Hideaway Beach's 'notice to proceed' with erosion control due this week
Published 03/11/2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Watching beach houses on Plum Island, Mass., fall into the sea last week must have hit home for residents in Hideaway Beach's 5000 and 6000 buildings. For years they have seen Marco Island's northern beachhead in front of their condominiums ...
Marco in Bloom calls for entries; Marco Island Beautification Committee hears ways to reduce watering costs
Published 03/07/2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Marco in Bloom, a citywide landscaping contest, is open to those with green thumbs aching to be noticed and proud of it. Linda Colombo is spearheading the event for the Beautification Advisory Committee. She reported Wednesday the contest is wide ...
Marco Island City Council vetoes city manager pay raise, agrees to $500,000 grant from BP
Published 03/06/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 9 Comments
Appraisals of City Manager Jim Riviere ranged from a low of fair to a high of outstanding during Marco Island's City Council Monday. Even with no failing grades, council refused to approve a pay raise for the city's CEO. The ...
Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums
Published 03/04/2013 at 10:12 a.m. 19 Comments
Why boats are anchoring near the Esplanade or in Factory Bay is a question some residents want answered. On Friday, Marco Island's Planning Board attempted to address their concerns. A sailboat anchored in Smokehouse Bay may have a right to ...
After 45 years of serving the community, Marco Eagle puts icing on the (cup)cake
Published 02/28/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 1 Comment
One of the oldest continuous businesses on Marco Island, the Marco Eagle, is marking its 45th anniversary with a mini-celebration to thank its patrons and the community. As part of the island's "Thursdays at the Esplanade" music and libations, the ...
Local law enforcement weighs in on gun controls and overreach at Marco Island Town Hall meeting
Published 02/27/2013 at 11:10 a.m. 12 Comments
Coming on the heels of a unanimous vote for Second Amendment support by Collier County Commissioners, the mood Tuesday night at Marco Island's Second Amendment Town Hall was empowered. The Collier County Commission vote came just one week after a ...
Restrooms, restaurants and roadwork confirmed at Commissioner Fiala's Marco Island Town Hall
Published 02/25/2013 at 10:07 a.m. 7 Comments
Along with beach renourishment on Marco's south beach, the county plans to build a better restroom facility to replace the "two-holer" in its south beach parking lot. Barry Williams, director of county parks and recreation, made the announcement Thursday
Marco Island's south beach project preconstruction plans complete, work to start in March
Published 02/21/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 2 Comments
Sand will start flowing in March onto Marco Island's south beach as a $1.57 million project to renourish the beach and repair breakwaters and jetties gets underway. The project will be paid for using Tourist Development Council funds. The preconstruction
Marco Island Parks & Rec: Lightning detection /fitness trail top capital requests
Published 02/20/2013 at 6:34 p.m.
Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee believe lightning detection at city parks is long overdue. Greg West explained at Tuesday's meeting that coaches use handheld lightning detectors for games at Winterberry Park, but their accuracy and
Careful, controlled growth: Marco Island Academy campus set to open March 18
Published 02/20/2013 at 3:06 p.m. 7 Comments
Jane Watt stared through the windshield of her SUV and frowned at the rain. Wet weather meant a temporary work delay for finishing the Marco Island Academy campus by opening day, March 18. Members of the school's construction committee met ...
Marco Island City Council passes gun resolution; holds off on utility rate discussion
Published 02/20/2013 at 3:02 p.m. 1 Comment
A tearful plea for Second Amendment support from a victim of armed robbery hushed the crowd as Marco Island's City Council considered its place in history on gun control. When the audience was asked if anyone stood against the Second ...
Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council
Published 02/19/2013 at 9:46 p.m. 22 Comments
Councilmen who did not favor the resolution pointed to their oaths of office that require them to uphold the Constitution. They said they found the resolution redundant.
Capri's fire amendment goes back for rewording, board asks for management proposals from East Naples and Marco Island
Published 02/18/2013 at 3:03 p.m.
Capri's Community Center was rich with dignitaries Friday as residents of the Isles of Capri Fire Control District continued discussing their future during a public workshop. In attendance were Fire Chiefs Mike Murphy, Kingman Schuldt, Alan McLaughlin and
Marco Island police and fire pensions exceed earnings expectations, assumptions remain on target
Published 02/11/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 1 Comment
Members of Marco Islands Fire/Police Pension Board were high fiving Thursday as they reviewed 2012 investment results. Both pensions performed better than expected. That performance could affect the amount the city is req
Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee begins new tradition, continues Marco in Bloom contest
Published 02/07/2013 at 9:52 a.m.
City Manager Jim Riviere said he wants more transparency in government. Thats why on Wednesday the Beautification Advisory Committee became the first of seven advisory groups to meet in the Community Room where their action
Gun resolution and city manager performance appraisal on the docket for future Marco Island City Council meetings
Published 02/06/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 32 Comments
Gun rights supporters rallied Monday at Marco Islands City Council meeting to bring forward a resolution they hope the city will endorse. Applause and cheers succeeded a reading of a nullification document followed by an ex
New Planning Board decides to reconsider parking ban near Marco Island's south beach
Published 02/04/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 15 Comments
Marco Islands newly seated Planning Board learned Friday that one decision meant to do something right for the island may have resulted in unintended consequences. A parking ban imposed last summer on seven streets leaves n
Marco Island Police Officer of the Year has friends in small spaces; speaker focuses on public mass murders
Published 02/01/2013 at 7:16 p.m. 5 Comments
Its easy to see why Police Officer Al Schettino works well with small folks. When he smiles, children love him. His teddy bear friendliness wrapped in a blue uniform with badges, multiple two-way radios, a taser and gun are
Marco Island's Firefighter of the Year is a model of 'can do' spirit; Unit Citation given for Royal Seafarer fire
Updated 01/31/2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Division Chief Don Jones said he just does his job, but fellow Marco Island firefighters didnt agree with him. What they saw was a member of their crew that went far beyond daily requirements. Those actions spoke louder tha
New Marco Island city finance director gets down to details; council hears suits facing city
Published 01/31/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 8 Comments
Given his past experience and education, Guillermo Polanco says hes ready to take on the challenge of serving as finance director for the City of Marco Island. On Friday, he outlined his goals and overriding vision, detaili
Isles of Capri: County attorney agrees to help with ordinance expanding fire board's powers
Published 01/30/2013 at 4:56 p.m.
County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow used phrases such as dead on arrival, 4-1 against and commissioners will never allow autonomy to dissuade Isles of Capri Fire District residents from choosing to draft an ordinance amendme
Hideaway Beach continues to look for funds, passes emergency declaration
Published 01/30/2013 at 4:48 p.m. 1 Comment
Hideaway Beach will be seeking $415,000 for erosion control from the countys general fund. Michael Poff, consultant from Coastal Engineering, determined the amount would support proportionality, a ratio to equate future cos
Y's Seaside Celebration: Marco YMCA pool will be named in honor of Dottie Weiner
Updated 01/28/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
Some people give millions of dollars to have naming rights to a facility. Long-time swimming instructor Dottie Weiner gave millions of hours. The announcement that the Greater Marco Family YMCA would name its pool after Wein
Marco Island City Council's public discussions answer 'want to know' questions
Published 01/24/2013 at 8:44 a.m. 3 Comments
Marco Islands City Council focuses on big agenda items at meetings, but smaller items often raise public interest. Tuesdays meeting held some answers to the question: whats going on? Councilor Ken Honecker asked about p
Marco Island City Council names committee volunteers, questions response to public record requests
Published 01/24/2013 at 8:28 a.m. 7 Comments
Debate on access to public records set off a bit of a furor Tuesday as Marco Island City Councilors reached deep to understand public outcry for quicker response on records requests.
Boater safety and responsibilities make headway at Marco Island Waterways Advisory Committee
Published 01/18/2013 at 1:40 p.m. 2 Comments
Boaters unfamiliar with Marco waters will have a new navigation tool to complement compass, chart and depth finder. The citys Waterways Advisory Committee approved a revision to its Boating Safety brochure on Thursday. The
Isles of Capri: Lack of members hampers progress for fire advisory board
Published 01/18/2013 at 12:04 p.m.
Its almost a new day for Isles of Capris Fire Control District advisory board. On Thursday, three of five board members held their first meeting this year. However, the void left by two vacancies made it difficult to compl
Marco Island audit committee lines up schedule to meet annual financial reporting deadline
Published 01/17/2013 at 8:36 a.m.
With a deadline of March 31, Guillermo Polanco, Marco Islands new finance director, and members of the Audit Advisory Committee sat down Wednesday to hash out a timeline for completion of the citys Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Chamber marks 35th year with installation dinner and Leadership Marco graduation
Published 01/14/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 4 Comments
Celebration and fraternity rang in a new year Sunday at the Marco Island Yacht Club for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Nancy Carrington, incoming chamber president, her executive committee and 2013 board of direc
Seawalls and vacant lots: Marco City Council works through ordinances; asks for workshops on larger items
Published 01/09/2013 at 1:44 p.m. 13 Comments
Even as councilors moved four ordinances on first or second reading and one variance resolution, bigger issues were on their minds Monday. Marco Islands city councilors voted unanimously, 6-0, to amend terms for the Plannin
Current Marco Island Planning Board holds final session; members say farewell
Published 01/07/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 6 Comments
With two agenda items, Marco Islands Planning Board completed business Friday in a record 26 minutes. Nancy Richie, city environmental specialist, reported on efforts to make beachfront hotels, restaurants and vendors accou
Hideaway Beach renourishment uncertain as county reconsiders funding
Published 01/07/2013 at 10:04 a.m. 8 Comments
Hideaway Beachs Tax District Board thought it had gained ground for funding its $2.35 million beach erosion control project. The community voted to be taxed at the highest level allowed for Municipal Service Taxing Units bu
County Commissioners will hear Capri Fire District's plans on Jan. 8
Published 01/03/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Facing a fiscal cliff of its own, residents in the Isles of Capri Fire Control District may have to agree to pursue consolidation with East Naples fire district or raise millage rates to pay for services. On Tuesday, Coun
Delay of Marco Island's south beach renourishment pushes project into turtle nesting season
Published 12/21/2012 at 11:04 a.m.
Members of the Beach Advisory Committee learned Wednesday Marco Islands south beach renourishment project has been delayed until the end of February 2013.
Marco Island Parks & Recreation: Security may determine use of TBE tennis courts
Published 12/19/2012 at 4:36 p.m. 2 Comments
In the aftermath of Connecticuts school shootings, an inter-local agreement to use tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary may be at risk. A phone message from Michele LaBute to Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere on Dec. 18 itemized concerns ...
Marco Island set to complete refurbishing 100 worst cul-de-sac medians
Published 12/06/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 2 Comments
One hundred of the citys least attractive cul-de-sac medians will be upgraded by years end. Susan LaGrotta, chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, delivered the news Wednesday after she and Nancy Richie discussed comp
Bethlehem project delivers a wealth of Christmas spirit
Published 12/03/2012 at 2:48 p.m.
Much like West Side Story, theres a rumble going on in Bethlehem. Instead of the Sharks and Jets, its the shepherds and townies. And Maria doesnt bring the two groups together by pointing out the futility of street violence. Its ...
Big Flag Committee moves forward with flagpole replacement
Published 11/30/2012 at 3 a.m. 5 Comments
Big Flag will fly again
Local students participate in beach clean-up
Published 11/27/2012 at 3 a.m.
Instead of sand and water meeting at a single edge, a sand bank attached to land at one end and open at the other has formed on the beach in front of Marco Island's Marriott. The new topography is called ...
Merger still uncertain
Published 11/20/2012 at 3 a.m.
Three workshops set for Capri fire board to consider consolidation or alternatives
New city council seated, city manager receives three 'no confidence' votes
Published 11/16/2012 at 3 a.m. 11 Comments
Shortly after a "coffee and cake" celebration, it was back to work with nearly 4 hours of council business. As council completed its agenda, City Manager Jim Riviere said it was time for council to decide if it wanted to ...
Code Compliance: Replacing more than three boards on a dock requires a permit
Published 11/16/2012 at 3 a.m. 48 Comments
Replacing more than three boards on a dock requires a permit
Marco Island city sign at foot of Jolley Bridge destroyed in crash, flag pole dented
Published 11/08/2012 at 4:46 p.m. 22 Comments
With tourist season just around the corner, Marco Islands Beautification Advisory Committee received some bad news Wednesday. The Islands main gateway at the bottom of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge is a mess. Tim Pinter, ci
Marco Island Planning Board: Seawall workshop focuses on fact finding, no decisions yet
Published 11/05/2012 at 2:56 p.m. 3 Comments
Marco Islands Planning Board and Waterways Advisory Committee gathered an abundance of information but drew few conclusions during a 3-hour public workshop Friday.
Fiddler's Creek residents sought out change to East Naples fire district
Published 11/01/2012 at 3:53 p.m.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala remembers when a resident of Fiddlers Creek contacted her about the higher millage rate he paid for fire protection.
Capri Fire District looks for ways to stave off possible takeover
Published 10/22/2012 at 2:36 p.m.
On Friday, the Isles of Capri Fire Advisory Board learned from its residents that the East Naples Fire Department was considering offering services to Fiddler's Creek in exchange for tax dollars. The move would reduce revenues paid to Capri's Fire ...
Man of many secrets shares a few at Marco Island Police Foundation Luncheon
Published 10/18/2012 at 1:12 p.m. 4 Comments
Bill Black spent his life gathering secrets. Today, hes fully focused on what others might be hiding. Black served for 23 years in U.S. Air Force intelligence before turning to the civilian sector. As owner of Emergency Management Technologies, he ...