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  • Senior cents-ability: there are discounts for seniors in many places — just ask Published 06/26/2012 at 4 a.m.

    Free coffee, 10 percent off and even more discounts are offered to seniors. All you have to do is ask. Here are some Naples area retailers, and even Physicians Regional Healthcare System.

  • Marco Island celebrates: Countdown to Halloween begins Saturday Updated 10/21/2010 at 1:12 p.m.

    There’s no shortage of spooktacularly fun happenings for ghouls of all ages as Oct. 31 approaches. For the grown-ups, don a costume starting Oct. 28 to hit your favorite watering hole and you are sure to be in well-disguised company. ...

  • Marco Island Planning Board to conduct public survey Published 10/15/2010 at 1:36 p.m. 8 Comments

    Global warming has resulted in another hot debate, centered around the city’s future land use plan. On Friday, the planning board heard a presentation from city planner, Kris Van Lengen, on the state’s latest requirement. Lengen explained that the city ...

  • Marco’s dry season aquifer creates quite a big bubble Published 10/13/2010 at 9:22 a.m. 6 Comments

    Water is an easy thing to take for granted when you live on an island surrounded by it. So it’s a good thing that the city’s water utility has about 2 billion gallons of fresh water stored, especially as the ...

  • Stroller Boot Camp benefits moms and babies Published 10/07/2010 at 2:37 p.m.

    An old wives’ tale says that it takes nine months to make a baby and nine months for a woman to get her body back afterword. Anyone who’s had to live with a post-pregnancy tummy can tell you she’s waxed ...

  • Marco Island schools offer healthy eating choices Published 09/24/2010 at 2:47 p.m.

    “Obesity, and with it, diabetes, are the only major health problems that are getting worse in this country, and they’re getting worse rapidly.” This assessment by the Centers for Disease Control helps explain why our kids’ eating habits have been ...

  • Marco Chamber: 'See You in the Sand' event slated for Tuesday Published 09/23/2010 at 5:26 p.m. 1 Comment

    On Sunday, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig was officially declared dead. The April 20 explosion sent an estimated 172 million gallons of oil flooding into the gulf. Environmental and economic damage is still being assessed. Part of that damage was ...

  • Commissioner Donna Fiala discusses Jackson Labs at Marco Kiwanis Published 09/17/2010 at 1:12 p.m. 10 Comments

    County Commissioner Donna Fiala spoke at the Kiwanis Club’s latest meeting to make the case for bringing Jackson Labs to Collier County. Fiala and Kiwanian Shirlee Barcic, chair of Fiala’s Islands Advisory committee, traveled to the lab’s base in Maine ...

  • New vote on water rates makes dollars and cents for homeowners Published 09/15/2010 at 11:14 a.m. 13 Comments

    If you have an individual water meter here on Marco Island, your monthly bill is about to get $25 smaller starting Jan. 1. In the face of a 10.5 percent increase mandated by bond insurers, and fees from the septic ...

  • Grants give Tommie Barfield teachers a creative start Published 09/10/2010 at 3:49 p.m.

    Two Tommie Barfield teachers received a welcome surprise last week, when representatives from the Education Foundation arrived in their classrooms with money to fund the unique initiatives each teacher has planned for her students.

  • No new trucks, hydrants for Marco Island, council to study issue further Published 09/08/2010 at 1:54 p.m. 15 Comments

    In the face of public opposition to its $6 million price tag, and uncertainty over city staff’s plan to pay for it, City Council chose not to move forward with either the installation of new fire hydrants or the purchase ...

  • Marco's New Life Community Church granted permission to expand Published 09/08/2010 at 12:48 p.m.

    “People are always dying.” This incontrovertible fact was pointed out by Reverend Thomas McCulley, pastor of New Life Community Church of God. The church presented its petition before council Tuesday evening to accomplish an unusual aim, to codify the use ...

  • Island Montessori announces plans for growth Published 09/07/2010 at 12:48 p.m. 28 Comments

    At back to school night for parents, Island Montessori Academy staff and board announced plans to relocate so the school can grow to its fullest potential. Island Montessori Academy has been operating for five years at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. ...

  • Marco Kiwanians attend convention, open a new season of helping kids Published 09/07/2010 at 11:35 a.m.

    Three members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently attended the organization’s district meeting in Orlando and are looking forward to adding new ideas to the club’s mission of helping children.

  • PHOTOS: Island Dance Academy offers a season of new routines, expands studio Published 09/03/2010 at 3:15 p.m.

    Natalie Strafford found her true calling early in life and stuck to it. Now as the owner of Island Dance Academy, her mission is to bring the joy of performing arts to others. “I was dancing as soon as I ...

  • Baby sea turtles find safe shores on Marco Published 08/26/2010 at 2:55 p.m. 2 Comments

    After a summer of struggle in the northern Gulf, endangered sea turtles caught a break on Marco shores. Despite three disorientations, turtles and their nests are holding their own with the cooperation of hotels and condos on the beach. Sea ...

  • There’s a pot ’o gold at O’ Donoghue’s this Sunday Published 08/26/2010 at 11:05 a.m.

    You don’t have to speak Gaelic to appreciate a hooley. This Sunday, Sons and Daughters of Erin, the Island’s Irish heritage club, will host a fundraising party at O’Donoghue’s featuring live music, raffles and prizes. The event marks the halfway ...

  • City debates fire hydrants and water trucks for public safety Published 08/19/2010 at 9:08 a.m. 13 Comments

    At Monday’s special-called meeting, the city’s Utilities Advisory Board (UAB) revealed that many Island fire hydrants cannot provide adequate protection for residents. A memo prepared by the public works department explains, “the issue of concern is the distance between fire ...

  • City debates fire hydrants and water trucks for public safety Published 08/17/2010 at 12:32 p.m. 12 Comments

    At Monday’s special-called meeting, the city’s Utilities Advisory Board (UAB) revealed that many Island fire hydrants cannot provide adequate protection for residents. A memo prepared by the public works department explains, “the issue of concern is the distance between fire ...

  • No change for utility rate structure, for now Published 08/17/2010 at 12:30 p.m. 11 Comments

    After months of work by the utilities advisory board and multiple public presentations selling the proposed changes to the Island’s water rates, City Council made a motion to study the matter further at a special-called meeting Monday. The cost of ...

  • Marco Planning Board to consider long-standing issues from construction chaos to eternal rest Published 08/12/2010 at 2:02 p.m.

    The planning board will consider two long-standing issues at today’s 9 am meeting. One ordinance mediates the friction between marine construction companies and residents who resent the chaos of seawall construction. In another petition, a resident seeks to move forward ...

  • Bald eagles on Marco key to species’ recovery Published 08/11/2010 at 6 a.m. 12 Comments

    Bald eagles are a stronger species today, and their presence on Marco Island is part of the birds’ success story. The Federal Wildlife Commission (FWC) recently declared that the bald eagle nests on Marco Island represent a key step in ...

  • Fight, claw, kick — Women’s self-defense classes come to Marco Island Published 08/10/2010 at 10:37 a.m.

    “We tell our daughters they can be anything they want. How about safe?,” said Angie M. Tarighi of the Women’s Self-Defense Institute, a website that advocates women’s safety. “The largest obstacle for most women is finding a competent, quality, no ...

  • PHOTOS: Marco Island says farewell to Mike Minozzi at funeral Published 08/06/2010 at 1:52 p.m.

    Mike Minozzi loved his Island. His legacy is obvious in the construction of the S.S. Jolley Bridge as well as his dedication to civic issues. Funeral services were held Friday at San Marco Catholic Church. He was "Mr. Marco."

  • City plagued by debt; audit reveals potential cash flow problems Published 07/30/2010 at 11:27 a.m. 18 Comments

    The city’s auditing firm, Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp, has expressed concern over how the city will pay for the $273 million in principal and interest that financed the acquisition of the water utility, improvements to the system and implemented ...

  • Some citizen concern, but Marco police taking challenges in stride Published 07/25/2010 at 2:48 p.m. 11 Comments

    The Marco Island Police Department is having anything but an off-season this summer. The organization is confronting a harassment lawsuit filed by Island Drugs and the loss of two senior lieutenants, all while dealing with a spate of recent crimes ...

  • Marco Council approves linear park trail Published 07/20/2010 at 2:49 p.m. 13 Comments

    City public works would like to create a link for pedestrians and bike riders between the island’s key public facilities by constructing a linear park trail. The motion to fund the initiative was passed at Monday night’s council meeting. When ...

  • Marriott pursues expansion on Marco Island Published 07/01/2010 at 4:09 p.m. 14 Comments

    The Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa is pursuing plans to build a new, 138,000 square-foot convention facility on the site of its current parking lot in an effort to become more competitive in attracting lucrative convention business. To ...

  • Utility breaks away from Public Works Published 06/29/2010 at 10:43 a.m. 11 Comments

    Beginning this week, two key city departments have been de-coupled in an effort to streamline services and more effectively manage spending. The Marco Island Water and Sewer Department has now been established to function as its own utility, responsible for ...

  • Police files: Old fashion legwork meets new age technology Published 06/24/2010 at 3:43 p.m. 3 Comments

    Detective Glen Zirgibel is still a fan of old-school fingerprints, and when DNA testing first became available, he felt that there was nothing like using an individual’s one of a kind fingerprint to place a criminal at the scene. “In ...

  • PHOTOS: Camp puts kids in fire, police roles Published 06/21/2010 at 1:11 p.m.

    On the week of June 14, members of the Marco Island police and fire departments stepped into new roles as teachers, leading the first Police/Fire Youth Academy for City Parks and Recreation’s new summer camp program. The camp’s activities were ...

  • Police files: Marco’s officers busier than you might suspect Published 06/17/2010 at 1:20 p.m. 8 Comments

    Two Marco Island police officers walk into the Starbucks to meet two colleagues already there picking up coffee. As if on cue, one customer turns to another and gives the inevitable smart remark: “Oh look, all four police are here ...

  • Year-round media campaigns will help minimize tourism losses, says Jack Wert Published 06/15/2010 at 1:33 p.m. 1 Comment

    On Wednesday, members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce gathered at CJ’s on the Bay to hear Jack Wert, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, discuss the agency’s marketing strategy in response to challenges facing Island businesses ...

  • Jackson Labs topic of Marco Police Foundation luncheon Published 05/20/2010 at 4:02 p.m. 5 Comments

    At the Marco Police Foundation luncheon Wednesday city leaders, members of the business community and concerned citizens came to listen to Michael Hyde, Vice President for Jackson Lab’s Advancement and External Relations speak on the question County Commissioners will soon ...

  • City Hall green space becomes Florida Friendly Published 05/18/2010 at 12:30 p.m. 3 Comments

    The City of Marco Island has partnered with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the non-profit Water Symposium of Florida, Inc. (WSF) to pioneer Florida Friendly Landscaping practices on City Hall grounds. Florida Friendly Landscaping goes beyond simply ...

  • Woman’s Club recognizes seniors Published 05/07/2010 at 12:42 p.m.

    The Marco Island Woman’s Club held a luncheon Wednesday at the Marco Island Yacht Club to announce the local high school seniors who were selected by the club to receive college scholarships. The students each received a $2,000 per year ...

  • Turtle nesting season: What’s being done to defy the odds on Marco Island Published 05/06/2010 at 3:55 p.m.

    May ushered in the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on Marco Island beaches. Loggerhead sea turtles, already a threatened species, have a six month window to lay and hatch eggs to replace a population that has been severely tested ...

  • City honors its volunteers with luncheon Published 04/26/2010 at 3:12 p.m.

    City leaders, staff and volunteers gathered Friday at Mackle Park for the City of Marco Island’s annual volunteer luncheon. In an informal and congenial atmosphere, volunteers were congratulated as City Council Vice Chairman Jerry Gibson called them up to receive ...

  • Looking for a summer camp? Adventure awaits Published 04/22/2010 at 5:34 p.m. 1 Comment

    With the end of the school year in sight, City Parks and Recreation, the Marco Island YMCA and Island Montessori Academy are now registering children for their summer programs. Each organization constructed their camps around themes designed to stimulate minds ...

  • Islander turns 100; gets her day Published 04/15/2010 at 4:46 p.m.

    One hundred years ago on April 12, 1910, Mabel Flora Swank Ziegler was born. On Monday her friends and family gathered in her home at Henderson Court to celebrate a woman whose lifetime spans traveling to school on a horse-drawn ...

  • Relay for Life: Changing the channel on cancer Published 03/10/2010 at 11:23 a.m.

    The American Cancer Society’s Marco Island Chapter will hold its signature community event, Relay for Life, on Saturday. Cancer survivors, caregivers, and the greater Marco community will gather as part of the world’s largest movement to end the disease.

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