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TOM WILLIAMS

Title: Correspondent - Marco Eagle
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Recent Work

  • Mother Nature offers a special tribute for Marco on Memorial Day Published 05/23/2013 at 2:37 p.m.

    As our American History continues to unfurl there is an inspiring fact that must never be forgotten. It is a reality that should be remembered more than once a year, and it is a privilege to be honored every minute ...

  • Remembering Marco Island's Lady Christmas Published 12/21/2012 at 1:24 p.m.

    Lady Christmas was born in the land of Christmas trees and real silver tinsel. She came from the mountains and valleys where ornaments began and mistletoe and red holly berries where natural decorations

  • Veteran's Day – It began as a fight for freedom in lands far away Published 11/08/2012 at 4:44 p.m.

    The official end of the first World War began on the 11th hour, of the 11 day, of the 11th month of 1918. When the Great War ended Western Europe was wrecked. It was the end of the horrible beginning ...

  • Superstition, St. Elmo's fire, and the haunted lighthouse of Cape Romano Published 10/25/2012 at 1:37 p.m.

    [No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyWP BC Serif Drop Cap D arkness falls fast in the tropics, but as the shadows begin to lengthen, and the sunset begins to disappear earlier every day, even Marco Islanders can feel the effects of October ...

  • Home is where the heart is for Marco Island's burrowing owls Published 10/22/2012 at 2:44 p.m. 1 Comment

    There certainly is no place like home, and as humans living on Marco Island we share our particular brand of paradise with a feathered friend that for centuries has been known for wisdom, patience, and the ability to use forethought ...

  • Children's art graces cover of new Marco Island Marriott menus Published 06/29/2012 at 8:44 a.m.

    With summer almost upon us and school on Marco winding down until August, Marriott's Marco Island Beach Resort Director of Restaurants Yosseff Oualidi made a special welcome on Saturday morning to congratulate the winners of a very special artist competition.

  • ESSAY: Pelican population and growth alarms experts Published 04/01/2012 at 2:38 p.m. 1 Comment

    "The pelicans in the Marco area are getting bigger,” related Chief Ornithologist Derek Berger from the Everglades National Seashore Foundation. “The population of the native Brown Pelicans is increasing and so is the size of the individual birds.” The Brown ...

  • A Halloween story: Skeletons discovered under the Marco River Published 10/27/2011 at 2:32 p.m. 2 Comments

    An ancient burial chamber was found late last Wednesday under the southern end of the new Marco Island Bridge. A routine test piling was drilled and filled with concrete during the construction of the new causeway and after the six ...

  • PHOTOS: Islander Chris Quinton recounts dangerous nightly missions in Iraq Published 11/11/2010 at 5:05 p.m. 2 Comments

    When Chris Quinton arrived in Baghdad, it was an entirely different world than his home on Marco Island. The mercury was hovering around 110 degrees, and the air in the ancient city smelled like an equal mix of rotten garbage ...

  • Waterspouts: The weather witches of Marco Published 07/17/2010 at 9:30 p.m.

    It has been said that tornados are the finger of God. For many, the Wicked Witch of the West in the “Wizard of Oz” is not nearly as terrifying as the tornado that touched down in Kansas and swept away ...

  • 2 txt or not 2 txt Published 03/12/2010 at 1:37 p.m.

    In November 2001, text messaging was born. The concept began in Europe, traveled to Asia, and grew at an exponential rate, but few realize that text messaging is a way for wireless providers to make more money and increase their ...

  • Super Bowl Sunday 1985: A smuggling day for Marco Island Published 02/05/2010 at 2:25 p.m.

    Twenty-five years ago was a Super Bowl Sunday I will never forget, and a day that brought the whispers and rumors of a drug smuggling trade floating to the surface of Marco Island’s waterways.

  • Time in a bottle Published 01/14/2010 at 3:43 p.m.

    When Dave Zillinger’s telephone rang this past November and an unknown voice reached into the present from the past, Zillinger felt as though time stopped and then rushed backward.

  • Tom Williams: Spreading a little Christmas joy, $50 at a time Published 12/29/2009 at 2:07 p.m.

    Long ago, there was a tropical island and a town named Collier City. For many years, the island flourished, but catastrophe struck when the clam beds ran dry, the pineapple plantation failed and everyone began to worry about paying their ...

  • On the Menu: Starbucks maintains famous presence on Marco Island Published 11/09/2009 at 3:04 p.m.

    Once upon a time, in a land far away, a group of monks discovered a beautiful tree with red and green berries.

  • On the Menu: Vacation dining with value at the Marco Beach Hilton Published 10/13/2009 at 8:32 p.m.

    At the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, a simple philosophy of good inn keeping is apparent in the atmosphere and lends a positive and heartfelt approach to their cooking and hospitality.

  • Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort helps in Lighting the Way Published 10/13/2009 at 7:23 p.m. 2 Comments

    On October 19, Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort, in partnership with Marriott’s Crystal Shores Vacation Club and the Ritz Carlton, in Naples, will host a Torch Relay fund-raising event for the benefit of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

  • Today’s Islander: Rick Popoff Published 10/06/2009 at 9:11 p.m.

    We came on a vacation in 1984 and never left. We love Marco!

  • Dropping the big one Published 10/01/2009 at 3:53 p.m.

    1939 was the year Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that an atomic bomb was possible.

  • Surviving the Third Reich Published 09/24/2009 at 4:47 p.m.

    For many, the nightmare of Nazi Germany is an episode from a history lesson or a war movie.

  • On the Menu: It’s Dolphin Tiki time Published 09/22/2009 at 9:35 p.m.

    Located at Angler’s Cove at 1001 Bald Eagle Drive, the Dolphin Tiki Waterfront Bar and Restaurant is ready to celebrate autumn and the falling temperatures with cooler breezes off Marco Bay, nightly happy hour specials, and favorite menu items that ...

  • On the Menu: Southern style Published 09/01/2009 at 5:05 p.m.

    Since September is upon us and kids are back in school, now is the time to reflect on summer vacations, summer reading, and the bright and inspiring moments that can never be forgotten.

  • Today’s Islander: Linda Henell Published 08/25/2009 at 8:49 p.m.

    Meet Linda Henell

  • Marriott-a-wish Published 08/20/2009 at 1:28 p.m. 2 Comments

    Six-year-old Calista Biggs and her family were welcomed like royalty at Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort, Aug. 2.

  • On the Menu: Shades of amber at the Sunset Grill Published 08/18/2009 at 9:18 p.m.

    With a new chef, an exciting summer menu, and a completely new board-of-fare arriving with the cool breezes of October, the Sunset Grill located at 900 S. Collier Blvd. in the Apollo condominium is definitely carving up a sharp culinary ...

  • The Big Cypress Jetport and the most ambitious aviation plan ever Published 08/07/2009 at 12:24 p.m.

    When the age of supersonic flight dawned and the invisible wall that many thought to exist was shattered by sonic booms, extreme courage and the racing technology that was rapidly moving forward after World War II, the great minds of ...

  • On the Menu: Snook Inn Published 08/04/2009 at 8:54 p.m.

    Long long ago, when Marco Island was a young township named Collier City, the Doxee Clam Factory was busy at work harvesting, steaming, and canning clams. As America’s culinary interests became hungry for more and more seafood, John Harvey Doxee ...

  • On the Menu: Summer of the Chinese zodiac at Su’s Garden Published 07/21/2009 at 8:41 p.m.

    Everything about Su’s Garden at 537 Bald Eagle Drive is an escape into an adventure and an episode of cultural diversity away from the norm.

  • Moon Walk: Apollo 11 landed on the moon 40 years ago Published 07/17/2009 at 1:56 p.m.

    On July 16, 1969, the Earth stood still. At least, it seemed that way to most Americans and millions more around the world.

  • A la Carte: Guy Harvey’s Island Grill has the recipe for success Published 07/07/2009 at 8 p.m. 1 Comment

    With the age of searching for the perfect dining experience upon us, there can be little doubt as to the four main components of any popular restaurant.

  • 5 flags of our forefathers flew over Florida Published 06/17/2009 at 2:54 p.m.

    Flag Day in America is quite simply a tribute to honor the birthday of the Stars and Stripes.

  • On the Menu: Prescription Cocomos Published 06/09/2009 at 9:38 p.m.

    Sometimes we all just need to get away. Everyone needs a break, a dream and a special place to go. On occasion, an ultimate vacation is captured in the minds eye, a perfect meal is conjured with exotic cuisine and ...

  • The Shops of Olde Marco: Much more than just the spirit of shopping Published 06/05/2009 at 9:43 a.m.

    When modern Marco was young and the Mackle Brothers were developing “The Last Paradise,” the Shops of Olde Marco Village were created in 1972 and became an instantly popular.

  • A la Carte: A renaissance at Ristorante DaVinci Published 05/26/2009 at 8:45 p.m.

    The definition of renaissance is rebirth or revival, and the ultimate renaissance man was Leonardo da Vinci. The Renaissance era was born in Italy during the 14th century and rapidly grew into a new age of art, literature, and learning ...

  • Memorial Day is more than a memory on Marco island Published 05/26/2009 at 11:28 a.m.

    No greater sacrifice can be made than to go to war on behalf of freedom.

  • Australian and American reunite after 30 years Published 05/16/2009 at 1:53 p.m.

    The year was 1981 and the setting was Paris, France. It was summer in the city of lights and two newly arrived 19-year-old girls from Australia were frustrated

  • On the Menu: May is for Mexico at Amigo’s Café Published 05/12/2009 at 9:45 p.m.

    With the arrival of May, many in America look forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican victory over the French in 1862 is even more famous than Mexico’s official holiday of independence celebrated on Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo ...

  • Gray wolves of the Gulf Published 05/01/2009 at 5:36 p.m.

    German U-boats that once prowled the Gulf of Mexico have left a legacy of mystery, tragedy and intrigue — and 56 sunken ships that still rest on the sandy seafloor today.

  • On the Menu: Stan's Idle Hour is the real dea Published 04/28/2009 at 9:51 p.m.

    When Stan Gober worked for the telephone company in sweet home Alabama, he had no idea that he would later become the unofficial mayor of a “Drinking Village with a Fishing Problem,” a Marco Island icon that would bring generation ...

  • Savoring the view from above Published 04/17/2009 at 4:14 p.m.

    Island Hopper Helicopter Tours & Aerial Adventures offers a unique view of paradise.

  • On the Menu: Marek’s historic Collier House Published 04/14/2009 at 8:18 p.m.

    In 1870, the W.T. Collier family arrived on Marco Island on their sailing schooner, the Robert E. Lee.

  • Waiting 42 years for glory Published 04/10/2009 at 4:02 p.m.

    Former Marco Islander Gary Mortellito was recently awarded a Purple Heart, but it was not for his military service in Iraq or Afghanistan

  • Giant squid discovered south of Caxambas Pass Published 03/27/2009 at 5:30 p.m.

    Throughout the years, there have always been reports of strange occurrences out on the South Florida waters, but with the latest discovery, south of Caxambas pass, marine biologists from around the world are now flocking to Marco Island.

  • A la Carte: Seafood fest feeds Marco this weekend Published 03/24/2009 at 8:51 p.m.

    All of Marco’s maritime traditions and the harvesting of Neptune’s bounty can be tastefully experienced at the first annual Marco Island Seafood Festival on March 28 and 29.

  • Marriott employees ‘spirit to serve’ goes far beyond hospitality Published 03/24/2009 at 6:55 p.m.

    Hope really does float. It rises and shines above turmoil. It lights the way through the darker parts of life and offers inspiration. Hope is an island and an oasis where we keep our dreams. Hope is a place we ...

  • A la Carte: A new sparkle on the beach Published 03/17/2009 at 10:05 p.m.

    There is a new restaurant on South Beach, but this open-air, fresh and sunny, beachside bistro is not wedged into the throngs of Miami, but is located on our very own 600 South Collier Boulevard. Perched above the sea grapes, ...

  • Quick Info Published 03/13/2009 at 4:13 p.m.

    “The natives here appear to eat a huge abundance of fish, clams and oysters and not much else.”

  • A la Carte: Japanese style and steel at the Tokyo Inn Published 02/17/2009 at 9:17 p.m.

    The development of Japanese culture and integrity follows a path of diligence that might have began with folklore but finishes with the finest steel found anywhere.

  • Abandoned mines and shrimp boats that ignored the warnings Published 02/16/2009 at 10:50 a.m.

    The warnings are clear on the nautical charts, but when mariners read “Danger Unexploded Ordinance,” it’s hard to imagine what really happened in our aquatic backyard between Marco and Key West and what still lingers today in the watery depths.

  • A la Carte: The secrets of Sasso’s Published 02/03/2009 at 9:26 p.m.

    Imagine a restaurant with an ever-changing theme but with a unique consistency that creates an unmistakable signature. Consider a secret to modern success found in the revisiting of an old world legend and the excitement produced when a special individual ...

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