Hilton waiter honored for saving a guest's life
Published 10/21/2013 at 9:11 a.m. 5 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.
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. 5 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. 1 Comment
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.
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. 4 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 ...
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. 11 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. 19 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. 38 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. 9 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. 6 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 ...