The Best Of: Turtle season is here
Published 04/06/2008 at 9:54 p.m.
There are very few animals that are as beloved here in Florida as our sea turtle. They’re fascinating creatures and we go to great lengths to ensure they have successful nesting seasons every summer. If you’re enthusiastically anticipating their arrival ...
The Best Of: Calling on weather-watching aficionados
Published 02/26/2008 at 11:11 a.m.
There are some people out there who count weather-watching as one of their hobbies. They are the type of people who keep The Weather Channel on mute while doing housework and any long-distance phone conversation requires a two or three ...
The Best Of: Best locations for watching wildlife
Published 02/20/2008 at 1 p.m.
One of the benefits of living and visiting Southwest Florida is that there are entirely too many opportunities to get outside and do something in the fresh air. Aside from the boating and golfing and biking and canoeing, there’s hiking ...
Only on Marco: V-Day — Few deals that will turn into a big deal
Published 02/12/2008 at 12:07 p.m.
Once a year a special holiday rolls around that has practically no real significance to you and your partner: it’s not your wedding anniversary, your first date anniversary or even your engagement anniversary! It’s not the day your first child ...
Only on Marco: Get some cash for your excess
Published 02/04/2008 at 12:14 p.m.
If you’re anything like me, and in this sense I’m sure a lot of people are, about once a year you look around your house and wonder how so much stuff got into it.
Only on Marco: Welcome to Marco, buy some sunscreen
Published 01/22/2008 at 3:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Protecting your skin from sun damage may not be a novel concept, but a lot of you visitors seem to think that easy access to the rays is an open invitation to bask with impunity.
Around Town: City managers 101
Published 01/07/2008 at 4:27 p.m.
In light of the current city manager search and the issues raised by the position’s former occupant, a copy of the profession’s code of ethics might come in handy for those of you who keep your finger on the pulse ...
Dome house relies on permit to survive
Published 12/19/2007 at 4:42 p.m.
It’s not exactly what many people would consider a sound investment, but to John Tosto and his family, restoring their home on Cape Romano is worth the money.
The Best Of : Get your spook on
Published 10/25/2007 at 3:16 p.m.
If there’s a holiday that threatens to be more anti-climactic for kids than Christmas day, it’s Halloween. Unlike Easter or Thanksgiving, Oct. 31 is inherently a day for child-like antics and escapism —wearing a costume you’ve planned out all month ...
The Best Of : Best opportunity to meet a celebrity
Published 10/18/2007 at 4:07 p.m.
The word “celebrity” seems to have fallen on hard times recently. Before the Britneys and the Paris Hiltons came around, who rely on notoriety to maintain their fame, there was a time when “celebrity” referred to people who were luminaries ...
Island Update: East Winterberry bridge replacement
Published 10/11/2007 at 4:20 p.m.
After City Councilors decided to replace the East Winterberry bridge in 2005, the project has proceeded through several incarnations, obstacles and timetables.
The role and importance of estuaries
Published 06/15/2007 at 11:08 p.m.
The Noontime Rotary of Marco Island welcomed speaker Randy McCormick from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve on Thursday to hear his lecture on the role and importance of estuaries.
Best Of: Worst of exotic invasive plants
Published 06/14/2007 at 7:49 p.m.
It’s a common headache in Southwest Florida — lot owners often face the daunting task of clearing exotic species from their property. The prospect is not appealing. These plants are often tangled in a dense, heaving morass of swamp water, ...
Island Update: What’s up with ... Marco Man
Published 06/14/2007 at 7:48 p.m. 9 Comments
After having been featured in the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts ArtQuest 2006 celebration, a tall, bright blue sculpture named Marco Man that was prominently displayed in the Island Center Business Plaza was purchased by the city for a ...
Vegetation removal leads to faceoff between couple, city
Published 06/13/2007 at 8:44 p.m. 3 Comments
A Key Marco couple have petitioned the circuit court of Collier County to order the city of Marco Island to process a permit application for vegetation removal. They claim city officials have refused to do so “to teach the Grados ...
Vegetation removal leads to faceoff between couple, city
Published 06/12/2007 at 12:22 p.m.
A Key Marco couple have petitioned the circuit court of Collier County to order the city of Marco Island to process a permit application for vegetation removal.
Only on Marco: Red tide relief!
Published 06/11/2007 at 1:50 p.m. 1 Comment
Some of you may be enterprising enough that you wish to go exploring on your own in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. So if you thought it was suffering from red tide, think again — there’s no red ...
View from above: Collier Boulevard roadwork continues
Published 06/08/2007 at 12:01 p.m. 5 Comments
The city of Marco Island is in the middle of a three-year project to improve Collier Boulevard. The work addresses concerns many had that while under Collier County’s control, the roadway was left to crumble with the rest of the ...
Island Update: What’s up with .... the new teen center
Published 06/07/2007 at 1:55 p.m.
After deciding last summer to move ahead with longtime plans to create a teen center, the city of Marco Island is hard at work getting approval for a temporary site that should serve island kids well until a permanent structure ...
Possible removal of vegetation near South Seas creates concern
Published 06/07/2007 at 1:31 p.m. 5 Comments
“Not in our backyard” was the refrain from about 15 condo owners who met, alongside city officials, with county Coastal Project Manager Gary McAlpin to discuss the removal of vegetation near the South Seas condominiums.
Daily Survival: Keeping you hurricane prepared
Published 06/07/2007 at 12:43 p.m.
I know that Florida residents could use another hurricane preparedness story like a bullet in the head, but shouldn’t you be reassured that the press and other agencies are working this hard to make sure you make it through it ...
Keewaydin Island to accommodate the least tern
Published 06/05/2007 at 1:09 p.m.
For the fifth year in a row, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will be closing off a small portion of Keewaydin Island to accommodate the summer nesting season of the least tern.
Daily Survival: Answering the call
Published 06/04/2007 at 12:03 p.m.
Sometimes it takes an accident to prepare us for emergencies — the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol managed to pick up and effectively respond to a distress call emitted from a boat off Goodland.
New law ensures fuel will flow after a storm
Published 06/01/2007 at 1:02 p.m.
As of May 25, specified gas stations throughout Florida were required to obtain a generator or access to one to maintain the availability of fuel after a hurricane. The legislation, set into motion after the catastrophic 2005 hurricane season, was ...
Island Update: What’s up with ... Collier Blvd. expansion project
Published 05/31/2007 at 2:21 p.m.
Work on the third phase of the Collier Boulevard expansion project is progressing swimmingly, said city Project Engineer Tim Pinter.
Hurricane survival help
Published 05/31/2007 at 2:15 p.m.
As most seasoned Floridians know by now, hurricane season starts today and will continue through Nov. 30, leaving plenty of time for the numerous storms government meteorologists have predicted to find their way to land.
Only on Marco: Something to talk about
Published 05/31/2007 at 1:47 p.m.
Residents who are looking to take advantage of something that was designed specifically with them in mind need look no further than Orion Bank’s In the Round lecture series.
Better coastal management topic of discussion
Published 05/30/2007 at 2:27 p.m. 4 Comments
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting the first of several statewide and nationwide meetings to obtain ideas on better coastal management.
Memorial Day a time for voicing thanks
Published 05/28/2007 at 7:15 p.m. 1 Comment
On a day when saying thank you wasn’t always an easy task, Marco Island residents turned out at the cemetery on Elkcam Circle to do just that. With the help of the island’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370, veterans ...
Daily Survival: Hurricanes command respect, so prepare
Updated 05/24/2007 at 3:29 p.m.
There’s something so unnerving about the beginning of hurricane season. The National Weather Service forecasts the expected severity and number of storms, the state automatically prepares for catastrophe and residents (hopefully) stock up on supplies that will see them through ...
Island Update: What’s up with ... the new police headquarters
Updated 05/24/2007 at 3:32 p.m. 2 Comments
The Marco Island Police Department’s days in their current headquarters are numbered — major construction on the site has been completed and employees can start looking forward to moving out of the 3,000 square foot space into which the 40 ...
Tax holiday helps you prepare for a hurricane
Updated 05/23/2007 at 4:31 p.m.
The 2007 hurricane season is quickly approaching and to encourage residents to prepare themselves for a storm, the state of Florida is eliminating the sales tax on items necessary to see homes, businesses and people through the days following a ...
Area blood supply expected to dip to critical levels
Updated 05/22/2007 at 4:29 p.m.
Although the agency is usually just getting by, the Naples Community Hospital blood center is preparing to struggle through another summer, a time when the blood supply is traditionally even lower due to the drop in population.
Published 05/17/2007 at 4:45 p.m.
The island has been waiting a long time to have a bricks-and-mortar structure to house their adolescent students and they’ll finally have their wish granted for the 2007-2008 school year.
Energetic Marriott conventioners do cleanup project at Rookery Bay
Published 05/17/2007 at 3:33 p.m.
The effort was part of "Spirit to Serve Day"
Be on the lookout for Bridezilla
Published 05/17/2007 at 3:27 p.m.
A young adult's bank account can take a hit when he or she is requested to make an appearance at a number of summer weddings.
Resident concerned about water quality in canal off Magnolia Court
Published 05/16/2007 at 4:42 p.m. 18 Comments
City officials have said that the foul smell and the white substance is the result of hydrogen sulfide and calcium carbonate in the groundwater coming into contact with the air outside.
Despite 300 rows of teeth, the creature is a 'gentle giant'
Published 05/15/2007 at 3:55 p.m.
Whale sharks are can weigh up to 10 tons.
Water district completes cleanup work at Picayune Strand State Park
Published 05/14/2007 at 8:07 p.m.
Contractor Cross Construction Services from Lutz (near Tampa), managed to haul away 534 truckloads of debris from the 55,000-acre area.
Keeping the kids occupied after school lets out
Published 05/14/2007 at 8:02 p.m.
Looking for a camp? There are many to consider.
Elliott's improvemnt more steady as he recovers from burns
Published 05/14/2007 at 7:34 p.m.
After a recent setback. Cameron Elliott is making progress again in dealing with injuries sustained in a January explosion aboard his sailboat.
Island Update: What’s up with ... the new water meters
Published 05/10/2007 at 4:30 p.m.
As part of its utility maintenance program, the city is in the process of changing out all residential and commercial water meters to ones that are a bit more technologically advanced.
Take precautions should shifting winds carry brushfire smoke
Updated 05/10/2007 at 4:34 p.m.
In light of the ongoing series of brush fires in Collier County and central Florida, the Collier County Health Department has alerted residents and medical facilities to the respiratory dangers these wildfires pose.
The Best Of: Put some thought into your gift for mom
Updated 05/10/2007 at 4:29 p.m.
Spring has sprung, and each year brings the most formidable of personal holidays: Mothers’ Day. How exactly do you go about showing your appreciation to the woman who not only carried a parasitic you in her body for nine months, ...
May is Clean Air Month in the Sunshine State
Updated 05/08/2007 at 3:32 p.m.
Clean air is a benefit to everyone. And in conjunction with the Governor Charlie Crist’s proclamation that May is Florida’s Clean Air Month, power plants statewide are making changes to reduce emissions that are harmful to the environment and public ...
Daily Survival: Rookery folks make the offseason fun, too
Updated 05/07/2007 at 4:30 p.m.
If luxuriating in Marco’s surrounding habitat is half the reason you came to Florida in the first place, I’ve got two events at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that should tickle your fancy.
The Best Of ...: Facts to ponder while pounding down those Coronas
Published 05/03/2007 at 8:30 a.m.
It should come as no surprise that the local and national population of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans has grown. And as it has done so, the Cinco de Mayo celebration has developed into something that is treated not only like a ...
Family, friends remember Kristen Stone
Updated 05/01/2007 at 2:34 p.m.
A somber tone accompanied a flow of emotion Monday afternoon when family and friends of Lely High School freshman Kristen Stone gathered at the United Church of Marco Island for a memorial service.
Only on Marco: Want a free 55-foot boat? Call Gerry
Updated 04/30/2007 at 3:30 p.m.
We get a lot of unusual requests in this office for stories. Sometimes a request is significant enough to cover as a story, sometimes it’s good enough gossip for a column, and other times it’s a good excuse to sneak ...
Mood somber at Lely High after fatal traffic accident
Updated 04/30/2007 at 11:08 a.m. 6 Comments
A Marco Island family and local students struggled to deal with the loss of a loved one Friday after a fatal traffic accident Thursday evening.