Real estate to the 'Max': Re/Max office celebrates a banner year
Published 04/14/2014 at 12:29 p.m. 4 Comments
Local Re/Max real estate associates have a lot of reasons to celebrate – about 430,000,000 of them. That figure, $430 million, is the total dollar volume for the brokerage group as a whole last year.
Marco Relay for Life: Annual walk 'on track' to set new record
Published 04/14/2014 at 11:56 a.m.
With their legs a little heavier, but their hearts – and wallets – a little lighter, Marco Island has put another Relay for Life into the record books.
Marco Relay for Life: All-night walk moves to Mackle Park, with help from many
Updated 04/10/2014 at 10:43 a.m. 2 Comments
Cancer is both personal and universal. It attacks people one by one, disrupting the normal functioning of the body, but also unites people through their shared response. Everyone, it seems, has been touched by this deadly disease, has a loved ...
200 cyclists enjoy 4th annual Tour de Marco
Published 04/07/2014 at 11:57 a.m.
What is a cycling event without a scandal? In the aftermath of the fourth annual Tour de Marco on Sunday morning, controversy reared its head.
Entering the artistic big leagues: Marco Island festival benefits Art Center
Published 04/07/2014 at 10:33 a.m.
Marco Island boasts many exhibits, galleries, and shows – opportunities to "expose yourself to art," as the saying goes – but over the weekend, the island took a step into the big leagues of art.
Marco Island Chamber Business Expo: Hundreds of prospects visit dozens of companies
Published 04/03/2014 at 11:38 a.m. 2 Comments
Attendance was strong at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Monday afternoon. For this 14th annual event, the official clicker showed 393 visitors with 45 minutes still to go at 5:45. The function room at the ...
Festival makes a splash: Marco Seafood and Music Festival 'great till the rains hit'
Published 03/31/2014 at 12:17 p.m. 2 Comments
The festival was going swimmingly – until that metaphor became just a little too apt. The Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, back at Veterans' Community Park for a sixth year, but with a new schedule, had a good crowd ...
The 'Enchantment' of Marco Island: Pioneering photos on display at historical museum
Published 03/27/2014 at 9:32 a.m. 1 Comment
Once you snap a photograph, it becomes, by definition, a piece of history. Of course, some pieces are more significant than others. Most photos never go beyond the family scrapbook level, and these days, their fate is likely to just ...
Italian dinner for the Irish: Spaghetti dinner at San Marco benefits Sons & Daughters of Erin
Published 03/20/2014 at 11:41 a.m. 1 Comment
What a difference a day makes. While the Knights of Columbus fish fry Friday has pulled in as many as 800 diners to the San Marco parish hall, Wednesday's spaghetti dinner drew "only" 270, said K of C Deputy Grand ...
'Mutts & Martinis': Dogs and owners pack Esplanade for Bedtime Bundles fundraiser
Published 03/20/2014 at 11:33 a.m.
No dog has a burning desire to dress up in a fancy costume. Their owners, on the other paw, eat this stuff up like dog yummies. Hundreds came out to the Esplanade on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon for "Mutts & ...
Run to daylight – Marco Island Half Marathon 'Bridge Run' starts by dawn's early light
Published 03/17/2014 at 11:56 a.m.
Alan Sillitoe's classic story of angry young men was called "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." But on Marco Island Sunday morning, the runners weren't angry, and they certainly weren't lonely.
A shell of a show: Marco Island Shell Club brings crowds to see and buy shell art
Published 03/13/2014 at 1:59 p.m.
Sure, there are learned scientific exhibits, and breathtaking artistic creations. But when the doors opened Thursday morning at the Marco Island Shell Club's 34th annual Shell Show, the line of ladies, and a few gentlemen, headed straight to the sales ...
'March After Five': Marco Chamber reaches new heights, meeting on bank's rooftop courtyard
Published 03/13/2014 at 8:56 a.m. 10 Comments
It was "After Five," but before Mutts & Martinis. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce moved their monthly networking event up a week so as not to conflict with next week's "dogs and drinks" affair at the Esplanade. They ...
Fish factory: K of C hosts first fish fry of Lent at San Marco
Published 03/10/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 1 Comment
It may not have been feeding the 5,000, but it wasn't far from it. The first fish fry of the season was thronged Friday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Over 900 diners came to be ...
A great day for a parade: Sons & Daughters of Erin celebrate St. Patrick's Day early
Published 03/10/2014 at 10:42 a.m. 1 Comment
There's a method in their March marching madness. Marco Island traditionally holds its St. Patrick's Day parade early, one week ahead of the massive St. Paddy's parade in Naples, thereby allowing bands and floats to march in both.
It's alive! Marco Lutheran Church hosts a musical 'Frankenstein'
Published 03/03/2014 at 12:41 p.m.
Dr. Frankenstein had only the best intentions – really. But his plan to ease the suffering of mankind, by making it possible to bring people back from the dead, hit some serious snags. These are recounted onstage this weekend during ...
Midway on Marco: Y Festival brings family fun to Veterans' Park
Published 03/03/2014 at 12:08 p.m.
They called it "The Festival on Marco," and for three days, the event benefitting the Greater Marco Family YMCA turned Veterans' Community Park into a carnival. Blessed by glorious weather, couples, families and groups of teenagers roamed the midway, tryi
Blessing of the fleet: Marco Island Yacht Club breaks out their dress whites and nautical caps
Published 02/24/2014 at 9:34 a.m. 5 Comments
As pleasure boating cruises go, this one was short in terms of distance, but long on pomp and circumstance. Saturday morning, the Marco Island Yacht Club held their annual Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, with a baker's dozen ...
'February After Five': Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosts Chamber event
Published 02/20/2014 at 9:44 a.m.
Each month, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce holds an "After Five" get-together, a chance for chamber members, supporters and the curious to meet, mingle and socialize in a different, pleasant location, with a buffet provided and adult beverages
The once-a-week retail emporium: Vendors wake up early to offer a little bit of everything at the Marco Island Farmers' Market
Published 02/20/2014 at 8:56 a.m. 1 Comment
As the sun peeks over the horizon, Veterans Park is a beehive of activity. Starting in the predawn darkness, a section of the park is transformed from an open strip of well-beaten grass into a once-a-week retail emporium and food ...
Property owners' forum: MIPO hears from Marriott's Medwedeff and new city manager
Published 02/17/2014 at 11:20 a.m. 20 Comments
At Thursday's Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) meeting at Mackle Park, about 70 attendees got a twofer. Marco Island Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff gave another of his presentations on the hotel's expansion plans, and new City Manager Roger He
Boatloads of laughs: Goodland Boat Parade features 'comedy' theme
Published 02/17/2014 at 10:01 a.m.
For the 18th Annual Mardi Gras Goodland Boat Parade, comedy was the theme. In all, 13 boats, filled with revelers taking the parts of Groucho Marx, Cheech & Chong, The Cat in the Hat, the Monkees, clowns, and more clowns, ...
Painting the town: Marco Island's Wet Paint Live has art lovers walking the streets
Published 02/13/2014 at 11:57 a.m.
It's official. Goodland is the most artistic corner of Marco Island. With 18 area artists spreading out all over the area for Wet Paint Live 2014 on Wednesday, seven of them chose to make the fishing village that sits outside ...
'Rhapsody in Black': Marco Island Center for the Arts holds 1920s-themed gala
Published 02/10/2014 at 1:02 p.m. 1 Comment
The Marco Island Center for the Arts was "in the black" Sunday evening. Approximately 300 members and supporters jammed the ballroom at the Island Country Club for the Art Center's annual gala, titled "Rhapsody in Black" and featuring a Roaring ...
Lowkey, laidback and down home: Jammin' in the Hammock bluegrass festival brings feel-good music to Collier-Seminole State Park
Published 02/10/2014 at 11:46 a.m.
Music lovers who wanted to hear some live picking and reconnect with the old Florida had two distinct choices over the weekend. They could join 50,000 others heading down to the Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City, taking the chance ...
Visit open house, win iPad: Marco Island homeowner raises the bar for marketing individual homes
Published 02/03/2014 at 12:23 p.m.
Ken Mitchell really wants to sell his "pad," a waterfront home on Laurel Court. So, to entice Realtors and interested buyers to come to his open house Thursday afternoon, he and his wife Linda sweetened the deal with the chance ...
'Souper Bowl': Marco Island fundraiser returns for second year
Published 02/03/2014 at 12:16 p.m. 1 Comment
They came, they saw, they sipped. Hundreds of guests got to try some savory soups, and restaurants got to expose new customers to their wares, at the second annual "Souper Bowl" event at Mackle Park. Held on the Saturday before ...
Serious drinking: 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' at Kurrents pairs whiskies and foods
Published 01/30/2014 at 1:10 p.m.
nitially, the whole idea seemed a little strange. The "Gentleman's Scotch Dinner (with the Ladies)" held Wednesday evening at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott was dedicated to pairing Scotch whisky, primarily single malts, with appropriate food items t
Marco Island Marriott holds second town hall; talks redevelopment
Published 01/30/2014 at 12:14 p.m. 53 Comments
Like everyone else, the Marriott wants to be understood. In this case, what they want understood is just what the plans are for the hotel's proposed redevelopment, to counter what Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa general ...
Swap shop: Isles of Capri holds community-wide yard sale
Published 01/27/2014 at 11:58 a.m.
Saturday morning, everyone on the Isles of Capri was buying, or selling, or both. The normally quiet residential streets of the waterfront community teemed with minivans and pickup trucks as once again, the annual Capri Yard Sale turned Marco's cross-brid
Passing the gavel: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce installs 2014 slate, graduates 2013 Leadership class
Published 01/23/2014 at 8:48 a.m. 2 Comments
Kathleen Passidomo is an instigator. At the 2014 Installation Celebration for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club, Passidomo, State Representative for District 106, which includes Marco I
Nature's way: Rookery Bay Nature Festival spreads throughout Southwest Florida
Published 01/22/2014 at 4:52 p.m.
Rookery Bay is a big place. Actually, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve stretches far beyond its namesake body of water, surrounding Marco Island and extending north to Gordon Pass in Naples and south far into the Ten Thousand ...
'January After Five': Marco Chamber holds ribbon cutting at Petit Soleil
Published 01/16/2014 at 11:14 a.m.
For the first "After Five" of the new year, and the last of chamber president Nancy Carrington's tenure, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce met at Petit Soleil in the Shops of Olde Marco. The chamber held a "ribbon ...
Tourism update: Jack Wert shares the 'state of the county' on visitors during Marco talk
Published 01/16/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 1 Comment
The state of tourism on Marco Island is strong – apparently so strong that Marco Islanders, by and large, feel they don't need to be concerned about it. Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and ...
'Boss Hawg' – Marco Island Brewery hosts Police Foundation rib cook-off
Published 01/13/2014 at 9 a.m.
The term "pig" used to be an epithet hurled at police officers, before they embraced it and made it a badge of honor. The Marco Island Police Foundation has sponsored pig roasts, cooking whole hogs, and Saturday afternoon, they held ...
Man dies from cardiac arrest at Naples triathlon
Updated 01/12/2014 at 5:48 p.m.
Event volunteer lifeguards pulled the man out of the water at about 7:30 a.m.
Island legend turns 95: Residents fill historical museum auditorium to celebrate Herb Savage
Published 01/09/2014 at 12:18 p.m. 3 Comments
You would have a hard time imagining a more inevitable combination of event and venue. Given that Herb Savage encapsulates and personifies Marco Island history, the Marco Island Historical Museum's Rose History Auditorium seemed the perfect place to hold
Resolution and resolutions: Marco Island leaders share their plans and predictions for the year ahead
Published 12/30/2013 at 12:03 p.m. 9 Comments
City Council Chairman Ken Honecker said he does not make New Year's resolutions. But what he is looking for, and what Marco Island needs in the new year, is just that – resolution, on some of the issues facing the ...
Evening with Morningstar: Show band returns to the Marriott for Marco New Year's Eve tradition
Published 12/26/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
They're putting the band back together. No, not the Blues Brothers. But Roger and Karen Raymond of Morningstar Show Band have been at it longer than Jake and Elwood of the iconic movie – and they are real, not fictional ...
One hill of a run: Over 200 runners cover five miles of hills in annual run
Published 12/23/2013 at 10:25 a.m.
Last December, it was the Chill Run, with temps down in the 40s. On Saturday, it was 40 degrees warmer, making the heat a factor, along with the unaccustomed gradients, as 245 runners ran five miles in this year's running ...
War doesn't take a holiday: Christmas Island Style salutes veterans
Published 12/19/2013 at 11:22 a.m. 14 Comments
The keynote speaker at the Christmas Holiday Veterans' Salute was himself a reminder of the sacrifices our military veterans may be called on to endure when they serve our country. Naples resident Wayne Smith was a young Air Force fighter ...
Family man: Marco Island attorney, father to nine, extends the blessings
Published 12/16/2013 at 1:38 p.m. 5 Comments
Bill Morris is a big believer in family.He'd better be, as he and his wife Pegilee have taken the concept beyond the von Trapp's and up into "Cheaper by the Dozen" territory. After starting with two children the old-fashioned, biological ...
Holiday magic: Christmas Island Style marches down San Marco
Published 12/16/2013 at 1 p.m. 3 Comments
The Christmas Island Style street parade took over San Marco Road on Saturday evening, on a night so warm it felt like it could have been the Fourth of July parade, with nighttime temperatures in the 80s and a nearly ...
Little dogs, big wins (and ears): Marco Island Papillons vie for national AKC honors
Published 12/12/2013 at 2:04 p.m. 16 Comments
Kathleen and Larry Krieder's life has gone to the dogs. The two spend much of their free time traveling to American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trials with their champion Papillons. This weekend, they will be in Orlando for a national ...
'Deck the Hulls': Marco Island's annual boat parade lights up the waterways
Published 12/09/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 3 Comments
Santa sailed the seas Saturday, or at least the Intra-Coastal Waterway. A dozen private pleasure craft, plus the Marco Island Princess and the police escort boat, toured from the MIYC to the Esplanade and back shortly after sunset in the ...
MIAAOR banquet: Marco Island Realtors install new slate at Island Country Club
Published 12/05/2013 at 12:35 p.m. 3 Comments
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. 2 Comments
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 ...