International Forum luncheon

The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held an International Forum luncheon the first week of June at Konrad’s. Nikki McGrath and Bill Filbin welcomed 50 local realtors to the luncheon organized by the International Development Committee of the MIAAOR. According to the National Association of Realtors, 32% of foreign property buyers bought in resort areas, as opposed to […]

Embrace the student exchange program

Hosting students from various countries contributes to deeper understanding of other cultures. This can lead towards an attitude of tolerance and awareness of the similarities in people from all over the world.  The experience enriches ourselves and  our children. The Educational Homestay Program is an opportunity this summer for youths from Italy and Spain to become more familiar with the […]

Sand Bar presents check

Supporting the youth of the island, Ray Fortune of the Sand Bar proudly presents a check to Hector Diaz, Director of the Marco Eagles football team, for more than $800.00. The Sand Bar sold raffle tickets during the month of May for a chance to win a $250.00 gift card.  Tickets were $1.00 each and Sand Bar employees sold over […]

Men in Blue – Marco’s finest

After the events of 911, in which Marco Island Police Officer Al Schettino lost people he knew, Al realized that we must live life to the fullest now, as none of us will live forever, and made it his goal to live in Marco Island. This week, on June 15 to be exact, Al Schettino reached his one year anniversary […]


Settlement close with Quality Enterprises and EPA The City of Marco continues to close in on a settlement agreement with Quality Enterprises and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Major issues have been agreed to, all are double checking to assure that each party’s severable interests are satisfied in this single agreement package. S Florida’s Water Management District flags […]

We Can Help Wade Mundinger Fundraiser

We Can Help Wade. A few short weeks ago our friend Wade Mundinger suffered a disabling stoke in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport returning to Marco Island from attending his nephew’s wedding. Wade’s joyous weekend trip surrounded by friends and family ended abruptly when he collapsed and was rushed to the ICU unit of Los Colinas Hospital and was diagnosed with […]

Joe ‘Pepsodent Smile’ Capilets

“Hello Soldier!  Welcome to your death.” Joseph C. Capilets was inducted into the US Army on February 11, 1943. He was assigned to the 87th Infantry Division, ‘The Golden Acorn’, 346th Regiment. After nine weeks of basic training, Joe was assigned to S-3 Section, Plans and Training at Camp McCain, Mississippi. The 87th trained new recruits for assignment overseas. While engaged in training, […]

Health Clinic for MICMS

Doctor’s Robert and Patricia Poling volunteer their time to hold a Health Screening clinic at the Marco Island Charter Middle School for children needing health certificates prior to signing up for sports over the summer. Dozens of children came through the clinic. Parents filled out physical history forms. Children were weighed in by volunteers at one station, given an eye […]


Celebrate Independence Day at a family-fun event in historic Everglades City on Saturday, July 3. This small friendly community will have a parade, arts & crafts sale, raffle, contest for best-dressed kiddies, music, and food. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The theme this year is “Honoring Our Local Veterans” and some of them will […]


Last Sunday, beach lovers basked in the sun and frolicked in the Gulf waters, enjoying our typical June warm, sunny weather. Although tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon spill have reached the shore in Pensacola, over 700 miles from Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast, there have been no reports of oil reaching beyond northwest Florida. There is no impact on the […]