MIAAOR banquet: Marco Island Realtors install new slate at Island Country Club
Published 12/05/2013 at 12:35 p.m.
Installation banquets tend to follow the script, even if the script is unwritten. The outgoing president thanks the team, without whom "I couldn't have done it," the incoming president thanks his or her predecessor.But most of what anyone is likely ...
12 Dogs of Christmas? Canine Christmas Parade actually featured 75 dolled-up Marco Island dogs
Published 12/05/2013 at 12:24 p.m.
Christmas has gone to the dogs. And the dogs have gone strolling down the "catwalk."Over 75 costumed canines took their turn on the red carpet Tuesday evening, during the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade. The official ...
Santa arrives: The Man in Red kicks off the season at Shops of Marco
Published 12/02/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Santa has a new ride. Unlike years past, when he has dropped from the sky via helicopter for his annual visit to the Shops of Marco, he showed up Friday evening in a shiny red sleigh that was actually the ...
Lighting up the holidays: Crowds throng Marco Island's Veterans Park for annual celebration
Published 12/02/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 1 Comment
If there were any doubt the Christmas season is underway, Marco Island made it official Saturday evening. A crowd filled Veterans' Community Park on a beautiful night, chowing down with friends and families at some football-style tailgate parties, took in
The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public
Published 11/29/2013 at 4 a.m. 94 Comments
Approximately 200 Marco residentsclistened for about 40 minutes as Marco Marriott general manager Rick Medwedeff laid out the hotel’s plans and then asked questions during a Q&A session. The Marriott, he said, desperately needs more space to move with the ...
Boogie and Blues: MICMS supporters pack Hilton ballroom
Published 11/25/2013 at 3:44 p.m.
MICMS pack the Hilton for some Boogie and Blues.
Avow Hospice Regatta Shore Party
Published 11/21/2013 at 4:05 p.m.
Get social at the Shore Party.
Chamber meets at Arturo's for After Five, tree-lighting
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:55 p.m.
Islanders turn out for annual Arturo's treelighting at After Five.
Marco motorcyclists make Christmas merrier for children in need
Published 11/18/2013 at 4:37 p.m.
They were the over-the-hill gang, or maybe the over-the-bridge gang. About 80 motorcyclists set out from Porky’s Last Stand on Marco Island Sunday morning, Harleys thundering. Although the bikers carried no wrapped presents, what they were doing indirectly was delivering ...
Businesses meet customers at annual chamber event
Published 11/18/2013 at 2:54 p.m.
Marco Home Show draws businesses and customers together.
Goodland's Holiday Bazaar offers a down-home Christmas
Published 11/18/2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Despite a dismal, gloomy weather forecast, the sun shone and the rain stayed away at the Goodland Civic Association’s Holiday Bazaar. Open Saturday and Sunday, the open-air event provided a great opportunity to find some Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers ...
MIYC Fall Regatta designed to be 'spectator-friendly'
Published 11/15/2013 at 4 a.m.
The Marco Island Yacht Club will host its annual Fall Regatta this weekend, off of Residents' Beach, for viewing by landlubbers.
Marco Veterans Day observance honors service members
Published 11/14/2013 at 4:25 p.m. 6 Comments
Bugles were heard on Marco honoring veterans.
In the 239: On (paddle)board around Smokehouse Bay
Published 11/11/2013 at 2:12 p.m.
The third annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge brought standup paddleboarders and others to Smokehouse Bay this weekend.
An event-full season: Never a shortage of things to do in Southwest Florida
Published 10/29/2013 at 12:41 p.m.
For those of you who live in Southwest Florida full time, there are two distinct seasons. You have the laid back, steamy months of summer, when you can get a table on Third Street South, drive on uncongested roads, and ...
THE MAIN EVENT: Locals to step into the ring, along with international boxers
Published 10/28/2013 at 12:28 p.m. 73 Comments
Laydeeez and gentlemen! Coming to Marco Island, a premier primetime presentation of the pugilistic arts, featuring courageous combatants, local lads Rob "the Macedonian Mauler" Popoff and Jimmy "the Irish Assassin" Downey, augmented by an international be
Too cute to be scary: Kids try out costumes at Mackle Park Halloween Spooktacular
Published 10/28/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Hundreds thronged Mackle Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. A quick look around showed the sort of sights and creatures you can't usually see unless you first slug down a pint of Old Overcoat.Zombies, mutants, pirates, Death h
Nightmare at the Fairgrounds: 'Asylum for the Criminally Insane' is crazy, scary fun
Published 10/23/2013 at 4:13 p.m.
Just don't say you weren't warned. Make sure you have fresh batteries in your pacemaker and keep the smelling salts handy before you take that portentous first step, and become a guest in this particular house.
Marco Island Charter Middle student wins statewide essay contest, four-year tuition
Published 10/21/2013 at 1:31 p.m. 2 Comments
It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. Words have their value too, as Marco Island Charter Middle School student Madison Hopkins found out. In her case, they are worth a college education – plus an invite to ...
Majestic Rays: Marco Island Academy celebrates Homecoming, crowns king and queen
Published 10/21/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 4 Comments
For a new school such as Marco Island Academy, there are many firsts and milestones, as they build their traditions. Friday night, MIA notched another, as they held their first homecoming with an actual senior class. The football game Friday ...
Hilton waiter honored for saving a guest's life
Published 10/21/2013 at 9:11 a.m. 6 Comments
What does a hero look like? A hero looks like an ordinary person, the guy next door, who answers the call and does something extraordinary when extraordinary circumstances require.
'October After Five': Marco Island Chamber 'off the Rock' at Erin's Isle
Published 10/17/2013 at 12:38 p.m.
Many of Marco Island's movers and shakers moved the off the island en masse Wednesday evening for "October After Five," the regular monthly social of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. This month's event took place at Erin's Isle, ...
Chili is hot at the Esplanade – Hundreds turn out for Fire-Rescue Foundation chili cook-off
Published 10/14/2013 at 11:03 a.m. 1 Comment
They came, they tasted, they voted. Over 300 paying customers, either chili lovers, fire department supporters, or both, showed up Saturday afternoon at the Esplanade for the "First Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off," to benefit the Marco Island Fire-Resc
Strideaway through Hideaway: Kiwanis Family 5k gets runners out early
Published 10/14/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 1 Comment
They called it the "Family 5k." The footrace organized by the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island on Saturday morning was designed to be family-friendly. Starting and ending at the county's Tigertail Beach Park, and running through the uncluttered, tree-shaded s
Survey mailed to Capri property owners; Capri Fire Advisory Committee 'town hall' meeting lightly attended
Published 10/14/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
Has the question of fire department consolidation finally reached the saturation point? With barely more people in the audience than sitting at the table in the Capri Civic Center building on Thursday evening, the fire-rescue department's advisory committ
Bingo bango! JCMI Monday night bingo opens season with record turnout
Published 10/10/2013 at 9:46 a.m. 1 Comment
Along with the car-carrier semis seen unloading vehicles around the island, another sure sign that season is approaching is the return of Monday night bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the bingo s
'Sunrise, Sunset': Marco Island Center for the Arts heads into season with new exhibits
Published 10/10/2013 at 9:22 a.m.
Or maybe it was "Sunset, Sunrise." Tuesday evening, The Marco Island Center for the Arts bade farewell – again – to former executive director Lynn Holley, who returned from California just for the event, and rhapsodized on the delights of ...
Marco Island Planning Board defers decision on bypass for Smokehouse Bay Bridge
Published 10/07/2013 at 1:01 p.m. 7 Comments
Monte Lazarus said he needed more information. The newly-minted vice chairman of the City of Marco Island Planning Board, stepping up to fill the vacancy created by former member Bob Brown being appointed to City Council, indicated at the Planning ...
Paul Boland's position as head pro at Island Country Club marks return to area
Published 10/07/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Paul Boland came to the Island Country Club from Lely Resort, by way of New England. The new head golf professional at Island Country Club is no stranger to the area, and returning to Southwest Florida was a homecoming.
The top of the world: Marco Island man sets his sights on Everest ascent
Published 10/03/2013 at 11:48 a.m.
Six down, one to go. Marco resident Christopher De Beers has set his sights high, and he is closing in on attaining his goal. The 38-year-old is systematically climbing the highest peaks on each of the world's continents, and he ...
New name in real estate: Prudential Florida Realty becomes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida
Published 09/30/2013 at 2:07 p.m.
It would be prudential to remember this name: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty. Effective Oct. 1; Prudential Florida Realty is affiliating with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). The Florida arm of the company, with 40 office
Tuning into nature: Rookery Bay hosts National Estuaries Day
Published 09/30/2013 at 11:34 a.m.
Rookery Bay is all around Marco Island.There was a strong Marco presence at Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on Saturday for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's celebration of Estuaries Day. This is appropriate, with th
Blessing of the animals: St. Mark's nods to St. Francis with service for four-legged friends
Published 09/26/2013 at 11:07 a.m. 5 Comments
Pets, no doubt, are a blessing to their owners. And on Tuesday evening, some of those pets had the favor returned.As he has for eight years, ever since taking the helm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Father Kyle Bennett celebrated ...
New interim city manager: Marco Island City Council chooses finance director Polanco for temp job
Published 09/24/2013 at 2:43 p.m. 15 Comments
In a display of unity and consensus not always apparent from Marco Island's City Council, the seven councilors chose Finance Director Gill Polanco as the new, temporary city manager, and agreed to work with a second headhunter to find a ...
Tigertail Beach volunteers participate in global coastal cleanup
Published 09/23/2013 at 1:07 p.m.
When it comes to keeping our beaches clean, people really do want to do the right thing. Well, not all people – not the ones who go to the beach and leave the trash behind that makes beach cleanups a ...
CJ's celebrates fifth year at 'the heart of the rock'
Published 09/23/2013 at 11:14 a.m.
It was a birthday party for a five-year-old, but the guests were doing more than a little drinking. CJ's on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday afternoon, with a party around the outside bar in the ...
Waterways Advisory Committee will advocate for kayaks and paddle boarders, too
Published 09/23/2013 at 11:08 a.m.
Since the Waterways Advisory Committee is tasked with looking over Marco Island's many miles of waterways, it needs to be concerned with human-powered watercraft as well as power and sailboats, said committee chairman Richard Shanahan.
WINE & DINE: Marriott's Kurrents holds dinner to highlight food pairings with NZ wines
Published 09/19/2013 at 11:41 a.m.
To the great wine producing regions of the world, make a mental note to add one you may not have considered – New Zealand. The island nation on the other side of the globe is creating noble vintages in many ...
Marco Island City Council votes to start manager search over with new consultant
Published 09/19/2013 at 9:58 a.m. 6 Comments
The City Council meeting Monday was a two-for-one special, with a "special-called" meeting at 3:30 preceding the regular City Council meeting at 5:30. The special-called meeting was supposed to give the councilors the chance to review finalists for the ci
MIPD called to bridge for potential jump
Updated 09/16/2013 at 5:15 p.m. 2 Comments
Apparently, someone thought it was a good idea. At 7:14 Sunday evening, Marco Island Police Department received a call from the Collier Sheriff’s Office, with a report of an individual threatening to jump off the Jolley Bridge. “We did encounter ...
Crawling with turtles: Marco's 'Turtle Lady' works to protect endangered loggerheads
Published 09/16/2013 at 1:17 p.m.
It's not easy being a sea turtle. It's estimated that only one in a thousand sea turtles, the ones that do successfully hatch, survive to maturity. They fall prey to a host of predators, including raccoons, crabs, fish, and seabirds.
Straw poll to be held on Capri fire consolidation
Published 09/16/2013 at 11:13 a.m. 3 Comments
The meeting of the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Department Advisory Committee on Friday afternoon had a little of everything, with enough drama and raw emotion for an episode of "Days of Our Lives."
Marco Island Code Board deals with building safety, sewer cases
Published 09/12/2013 at 1:01 p.m. 8 Comments
The derelict house at 923 North Barfield Drive moved closer to its date with a wrecking ball at Tuesday's Code Enforcement Board meeting, but City Attorney Burt Saunders cautioned the board they need to proceed by the book, crossing all ...
Marco Island Center for the Arts buzzes with activity on a summer evening
Published 09/12/2013 at 11:43 a.m.
There was a lot going on Tuesday evening at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. For starters, the regular "Second Tuesday" opening reception for the gallery's exhibits bore the tantalizing title "Salon de Garage," featuring a sale of artwork ...
Soaking up information: Tommie Barfield kids explore Florida's aquatic environment
Published 09/09/2013 at 11:09 a.m.
The rainstorm was only fitting. The fourth and fifth grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary were getting a look at the wonders of Florida's natural environment, focusing on the water which makes life possible here, thanks to a visit from ...
Paddling into history – Marco Island woman supports Diana Nyad in Cuba to Key West swim
Published 09/05/2013 at 11:42 a.m.
When she staggered ashore onto U.S. soil Monday afternoon, it was the culmination of a magnificent obsession. After five attempts and 35 years, distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally realized her dream of an open water swim across the Florida Straits ...
Marco Island City Council passes first reading of budget, millage; discusses city manager search
Published 09/05/2013 at 11:39 a.m. 8 Comments
In a lengthy session, the City Council approved a budget and millage rate for the city, and after a spirited debate, opted to stay the course with the executive search firm in the quest for a new city manager.
Playin' it 'to the Hilt': Musician Jeff Hilt gives Marco some island music
Published 09/02/2013 at 10:13 a.m. 1 Comment
It could have been a slow night at the Old Marco Pub & Restaurant, before the 22 ladies in the bachelorette party showed up. It was August on Marco Island, and the rain was coming down, sometimes in a drizzle ...
Budget hawk: Fay Biles keeps a close eye on Marco Island's purse strings
Published 08/30/2013 at 11:43 a.m. 5 Comments
Anyone who wants to spend the taxpayers' dollars on Marco Island has to get past Fay Biles first. While the opposition of a slight, octogenarian woman might not seem a formidable obstacle, appearances can be deceiving. The president and animating ...
A representative sampling: Many ways to reach out to Marco Island's elected public servants
Published 08/29/2013 at 11:31 a.m. 1 Comment
Your elected representatives are eager to hear from you. Whether you need help in cutting through governmental red tape, want to vent your concern about a problem – the classic one is potholes – or would just like to weigh ...