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 ...
Still on the job: Habitat for Humanity celebrates birthday of long-time 93-year-old volunteer
Published 08/28/2013 at 2:35 p.m.
The Habitat for Humanity crew celebrated Bob Caliga's birthday Tuesday, but they didn't make a big deal of it.
'The walls come tumbling down': Marco Island's seawalls focus of Waterway Advisory meeting
Published 08/26/2013 at 11:32 a.m.
The controversy over climate change, global warming and sea level rise strikes pretty close to home on Marco Island. This is an issue where Islanders are perfectly sincere when they say, "not in my backyard." Even if mean high tide ...
'What can Brown do for you?' New Marco Island councilor says he is ready to hit the ground running
Published 08/26/2013 at 10:34 a.m. 4 Comments
Most new members to the Marco Island's City Council get there by going through a lengthy process including multiple public meetings and debates, giving the electorate the chance to evaluate where they stand, and how their positions on issues compare ...
New face on the dais: Bob Brown selected to fill Magel's City Council seat
Published 08/22/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 13 Comments
It was the shortest election campaign on record. Within 20 minutes of the start of their meeting, Marco Island's City Council filled the gap in their ranks left by the sudden resignation of Councilor Larry Magel on Aug. 14.
Marco schools welcome students back for new year
Published 08/19/2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Monday marked the first day of the new school year at Marco Island’s public schools, as it did all across Collier County. Chaos, for the most part controlled chaos, reigned in and around the schools as students and parents tried ...
Bringing down the house: Milk asks Marco Island Code Enforcement Board for authority to raze derelict home
Published 08/15/2013 at 2:05 p.m. 11 Comments
The house at 923 North Barfield Drive, said Marco’s Community Services Director Bryan Milk, under whose jurisdiction code compliance falls, has a host of structural and safety issues, where the only reasonable solution is to level it. From the foundation ...
Marco Island school leaders talk about the coming year
Published 08/15/2013 at 2:02 p.m. 2 Comments
Marco Island will be bustling — or bussing — with active children on Monday morning, with the first day of school. Our local Island educators shared their first day of school woes and worries and dreams for a great school ...
Larry Magel resigns from Marco Island City Council
Updated 08/14/2013 at 7:14 p.m. 20 Comments
In a written statement to the Council Chairman, Magel announced, “I will be moving from Marco Island in September, and as such will no longer be a permanent resident of the City of Marco Island. In accordance with provisions of ...
Marco Island Pension Board looks for ways to maximize investment gains
Published 08/12/2013 at 12:38 p.m. 1 Comment
Police and Fire Pension Boards met for their regular quarterly meeting on Thursday. The retirement funds of the city’s uniformed first responders at stake
Financial reality: Budget Sub-Committee prepares to deliver spending target to full City Council
Published 08/12/2013 at 11:15 a.m. 1 Comment
Talk about a long, hot summer. Members of the Budget Sub-Committee of the Marco Island City Council have not only sat on the dais through lengthy regular City Council meetings, plus workshops and closed "executive sessions" to deal with lawsuits ...
Gov drops in on top cops – Scott speaks to Florida Sheriffs Association banquet at Marco Marriott
Published 08/08/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 1 Comment
The Governor dropped in on Marco Island Tuesday evening, but he couldn't stay for dinner. The occasion was the Summer Conference of the Florida Sheriffs Association, which had been meeting at the Marriott since Sunday. The FSA held their concluding ...
Marco Island City Council undoes rejection of Smokehouse Bay Bridge bids
Published 08/08/2013 at 9:37 a.m. 5 Comments
The Marco Island City Council voted Monday to rescind their earlier rejection of all bids for construction of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. But they made it clear that the design that was chosen and bid on, which they will be ...
Collier teachers protest bonuses at school administrators' retreat
Updated 08/02/2013 at 11:02 p.m. 8 Comments
The teachers figured somebody needed to learn a lesson. More than 50 Collier County teachers, support staff and community members showed up outside the entrance to the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa on Friday afternoon, holding protest signs ...
Public gets first look at Marco Island Marriott expansion plans
Published 08/02/2013 at 6:55 p.m. 44 Comments
The Marco Island Marriott unveiled plans to expand Friday.
'Conventional wisdom?' Marco Island Planning Board, public to hear Marriott expansion proposal
Published 08/01/2013 at 12:10 p.m. 10 Comments
Perhaps not all the summer fireworks on the island happened in July. At the city's Planning Board meeting Friday morning, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort general manager Rick Medwedeff is scheduled to present the company's long-awaited plans for expand
New hands at the helm: Capt. Brien's new owners steer their own course
Published 07/29/2013 at 4:20 p.m. 7 Comments
For JJ and Stacey Mrozinski, running a restaurant is a family affair. As the new owners of Capt. Brien's Seafood & Raw Bar, the couple comes from a background of family restaurant ownership, and have their own kids helping out ...
'The model of a public servant': Marco Island's Bill Trotter reflects on years of public and private sector experience
Published 07/25/2013 at 9:41 p.m. 8 Comments
After eight years on City Council, Bill Trotter knows a lot about how Marco Island city government works – or doesn't work. He served as council chairman, represented the island on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and was instrumental in making ...
Marco Island civic groups hold fundraiser preparing for Meals of Hope event
Published 07/18/2013 at 9:20 a.m. 1 Comment
On Nov. 7, hundreds of volunteers will converge on Marco Island Charter Middle School. Through the Meals of Hope program, they will package nutritious, low-cost meals to feed the staggering number of families who, right in this area, do not ...
Consolidation, but not this minute: Capri Fire Advisory Board will hang on a little longer
Published 07/15/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Longterm, the writing is on the wall. The Isles of Capri Fire/Rescue Department will be consolidated with the East Naples department, and the separate Isles of Capri Fire Advisory Board will be no more. But the fast track to immediate ...
Pathway to safety: Marco Island Bike Path Committee moves forward on bike lanes
Published 07/15/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 6 Comments
Marco's Bike Path Ad-Hoc Committee may have set a record for a city advisory board at their meeting Friday morning at City Hall. Gavel to gavel, except there were no gavels in sight, the meeting began at 9 a.m., or ...
From Secret Service to sweet sounds: Retired 'security specialist' turns his talents to building guitars
Published 07/12/2013 at 4 a.m.
Jim Farlow doesn't want to know how much he makes per hour. What he makes is guitars, original, one-of-a-kind acoustic instruments, and he charges thousands of dollars for them.
A day in the life: Marco Island Code Enforcement Board hears reality of compliance staff
Published 07/11/2013 at 12:04 p.m. 14 Comments
A day in the life: Code Enforcement Board hears reality of compliance staff
Keeping it public: Marco Island Audit Advisory Committee hears about Sunshine, narrows list of providers
Published 07/11/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 3 Comments
You could think of them as heroes. The City of Marco Island is mandated by state law to conduct an annual audit of its operations, and the city's Audit Advisory Committee is charged with shepherding the process. In a classic ...
A big role for a little lady: 8-year-old 'Les Miz' actress has proud grandparents on Marco Island
Updated 07/11/2013 at 11:37 p.m.
From the barricades of 19th century Paris to the quiet streets of Marco, Les Miserables has a local connection. Like revolutionaries assailing the barricades, the story of love and obsession set in a bygone era of France has taken the ...
Life's a beach: All-day Independence party brings thousands of Marco Islanders, visitors out to celebrate
Published 07/05/2013 at 4:15 p.m.
Marco Island's community celebration of the Fourth of July is two stories, or one story in two chapters. First, there's the daytime beach party, Uncle Sam's Sand Jam at Residents' Beach, put on by the Marco Island Civic Association, with ...
Selling the dream: Marco Island's Prange real estate team sets the pace for high-end sales
Published 07/02/2013 at 1:56 p.m. 2 Comments
They cover the waterfront. If you look at the sales of top-shelf homes on Marco Island, on the beach in Hideaway Beach Club, on the waterways, or for that matter in the estates area of Caxambas, Jim Prange and his ...
First to the Fourth: Everglades City holds Independence Day festivities early
Published 07/01/2013 at 12:25 p.m.
Everglades City can be a little sleepy in the summertime. The one-time county seat, now relegated to a tiny fishing village surrounded by the Everglades National Park, woke from its slumbers and got a jump on the rest of the ...
Spammy Jammy: Sacrificing cheap meat to appease the Hurricane Gods
Published 07/01/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
It really is a little bar. Although the public areas of the Little Bar in Goodland stretch through several dining areas and out to the patio, the barroom itself is tiny, and that's where the action is when the band ...
Red, white and BOOM! Marco hits the beach for an All-American Fourth of July
Published 06/27/2013 at 1:02 p.m. 1 Comment
The snowbirds don't get to have all the fun. One of Marco Island's iconic events takes place long after the Ohio and Ontario license plates have vanished from city streets, and the locals have time to relax and enjoy their ...
With no quorum, Marco Island Parks & Rec Advisory Committee holds discussion-only session
Published 06/27/2013 at 12:37 p.m. 1 Comment
Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee held a non-meeting meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Without a quorum in the absence of members Litha Berger, Val Simon and Gerald Swiacki, the PRAC was unable to vote on any questions, and limited ...
From dogs to ultralights, Marco Island's beaches face issues
Published 06/27/2013 at 12:07 p.m. 13 Comments
Wednesday morning, the city's Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) held two meetings for the price of one. The first, at 9 a.m., was the regular monthly meeting of the group, tasked with helping to protect, preserve and improve Marco's "crown jewel," ...
Marco Island Waterways Committee works to finalize seawall owner's manual
Published 06/24/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 2 Comments
Marco Island's Waterways Advisory Committee cracked the books at their meeting Thursday morning, reviewing the city's committee handbook, which contains instructions for all of Marco's advisory boards, and working to finalize their own baby, the seawall o
Sprucing up the shore: Volunteers get out early to keep Marco Island's beaches sparkling clean
Published 06/24/2013 at 8:58 a.m.
Many hands made quick work of the litter along a long stretch of Marco's beach Sunday morning. Those hands, swathed in disposable – just not at the beach – plastic gloves donated by Publix, along with collection bags and bottled ...
Musical memorial: Erin's Isle hosts 'jam session' to remember entertainer Bobby Gideons
Published 06/24/2013 at 8:44 a.m.
Bobby Gideons had a lot of friends. The longtime Marco-area entertainer was honored Sunday evening in just the way he would have wanted – a jam session where many of his musical collaborators played the songs he loved, told stories, ...
Foursomes for a cause: Rookies sponsors golf tournament for young leukemia patient
Published 06/24/2013 at 8:35 a.m.
Avery McCaskill didn't attend the golf tournament held for her. She's only three years old, not much of a golfer, and besides, she needed to keep her strength for the after-party at Rookies. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored the tournament ...
Tara talks: Goodland artist explains herself to gathering at Marco Island Historical Museum
Published 06/24/2013 at 8:32 a.m.
When she first saw Goodland as a teenager, Tara O'Neill said she thought it was "the most exotic, tropic, Swiss Family Robinson place I'd ever seen." Despite being forbidden to go there by her mother, she went, and her love ...
Cafe de Marco hosts dinner to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims
Published 06/20/2013 at 10:32 a.m.
Hurricane Sandy? Fuhgeddaboutit. Marco has its own Hurricane Sandy. The powerful "Superstorm" last October skirted the area, but unleashed its full fury on the Northeast including, notably, the Jersey shore. Sandy was the second costliest hurricane ever i
Marco Island City Council approves communication software suite in narrow vote
Published 06/20/2013 at 8:23 a.m. 2 Comments
The City of Marco Island took a step toward making city government more accessible and responsive Monday evening at the City Council meeting, a step into "the cloud" and hopefully into the future. It was a contentious and hotly debated ...
Concerned over building inspections, construction trades pack Marco Island City Council meeting
Published 06/19/2013 at 3:28 p.m. 13 Comments
Monday afternoon, the Marco Island City Council chambers were packed with a standing-room-only crowd as the meeting began, largely made up of people who generally do not attend council meetings. The audience was heavy on bluejeans, deep tans and company ...
Author, author: Marco Islanders publish a pair of new books
Published 06/17/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 1 Comment
Two new books by Marco Island authors couldn't be more different, yet they share some similarities, as well. Tom Williams, with two novels to his credit, has written a non-fiction book, a historical look at the early days of the ...
A common thread: Goodland couple opens their home to teach sewing and more to underprivileged girls
Published 06/13/2013 at 11:05 a.m.
The girls traveled a great distance to get some sewing instruction – and not just in miles. Five young ladies, with their two chaperones, came down from their homes in Athens, Georgia, to the Goodland home of Donna and James ...
Marco Chamber hosts Glory of the Grape
Updated 06/11/2013 at 5:19 p.m.
Islanders enjoyed the Glory of the Grape, an annual fundraiser for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, with samplings from the Pacific Northwest.
Marco Planning Board considers options for beaches and restaurants
Published 06/11/2013 at 4 a.m. 6 Comments
At Friday’s meeting of the Marco Island Planning Board, there were enough city councilors present that it could have been a city council meeting, too. With councilors Larry Honig, Larry Sacher, Ken Honecker and Amadeo Petricca all sitting in the ...
A day to remember – Marco Island's Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen warriors
Published 05/28/2013 at 8:36 a.m.
With speeches, songs, flags, and uniforms, Marco Island came together Monday to honor those who gave their lives in the nation's armed conflicts. Several hundred gathered at Veterans' Community Park under a blue sky dotted with white clouds to honor ...
'After Five': Marco Island Chamber of Commerce announces scholarship winners at BBQ on the Bay
Published 05/23/2013 at 4:43 p.m.
If you listened closely, you could hear the sound of a collective "ahhhh." The Barbecue on the Bay, held annually as the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce's May "After Five" social gathering, serves as the quasi-official end of season ...
Capri Fire Advisory Committee pushes to proceed with hiring of full-time chief
Published 05/20/2013 at 12:47 p.m.
The ongoing saga of the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Dept. had another episode Friday, with a meeting of the department's advisory committee at the firehouse on Capri Blvd. Committee members discussed differing scenarios for hiring a full-time chief, and th
Marco Island Center for the Arts gets a colorful facelift
Published 05/20/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
The art scene on Marco Island got a lot brighter this weekend. Specifically, the headquarters building of the Marco Island Center for the Arts received a makeover Saturday, with volunteers applying a splashy multi-colored paint job on the formerly white ...
Marco Hilton's AAA Four Diamond streak continues
Published 05/20/2013 at 8:18 a.m.
The Four Diamonds that the "Three A's" awarded to the Marco Hilton made Mac Chaudhry one happy manager. AAA, the American Automobile Association, presented a plaque to Chaudhry and the senior staff of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & ...
The Bard on the rock – High school students stage 'Twelfth Night'
Published 05/09/2013 at 12:31 p.m.
"The play's the thing." The famous line from Hamlet rings true for the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival. If you're going to stage a theatrical production, Shakespeare is the gold standard, and for their inaugural play, festival founder and director Jacqu