Welcome to the Marco Sportfishing Club

The Marco Sportfishing Club is a social club which promotes backwater and gulf fishing camaraderie, tips, contests, fishing trips and tournaments. The club is non-profit, non-commercial, and meets the first Thursday of the month at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. President Pete Arcidiacono runs a structured meeting incorporating lots of laughter, fun, and education regarding fish and fishing in […]

Meet Officer Hector Diaz

Officer Hector Diaz was born in New Jersey and came with his family to Jacksonville, Florida, when he was ten years old. He graduated from the St. Augustine Police Academy in 1991 as Class President, and then served as an Officer in Jacksonville for the following seven years. He was only the fourth Officer to be hired by the newly […]

Kiwanis’ Terrific Kids

by Pat Holmes The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has begun another year of saluting the Terrific Kids in our area’s elementary schools. Recently, they were joined by the children of Tommie Barfield Elementary School along with the children from the Manatee Elementary School. Teachers from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades select a child from their classes each month to be honored as […]

Pink or Scarlet?

When Sean Kelly saw this pink ibis on Isles of Capri, he said, “She’s wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Actually, ibis may show pink for either of two reasons other than breast cancer awareness. One: About fifty years ago, several scarlet ibis, natives of South America, were released in south Florida and interbred with their close cousins, the […]

Hideaway Beach re-nourishment project making progress

By Hillary Franks With approximately fifty percent of the project completed, Hideaway Beach is looking forward to bigger and better beach days. The Hideaway Beach Re-Nourishment Project started officially on June 21 of this year. The project will be completed in early December 2010. The goal is to bring more sand to the beach and keep it there, thus giving […]


Here in Southwest Florida, citizens care how our local elected officials, as well as state and federal officials, are taking care of government. Have your say in what policy decisions will be made and who will be making them for us. Most of you don’t need a reminder, but for those of you who are busy working and caring for […]

Will the Calusa ever haunt Marco Island?

By Virginia Carlin That season is here again with all the familiar Halloween symbols—goblins, witches, jack-o-lanterns from carved out pumpkins. There’s something in our nature that makes such vestiges of these beliefs and practices continue into our modern times. And, of course, the mysterious always intrigues us. Most people today don’t believe in ghosts or witches, yet it is human, […]

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: This is to address a disturbing situation that is occurring on Marco Island – that is, the opposition to establishing a charter high school on Marco Island. The Marco Island Academy is so much a win-win benefit to not only our children (the future of Marco) but to the community at large as well. To oppose this is […]

Beware the Bubbameister and such

Growing up was accompanied by learning fired at us from all angles. Most of it was real; other stuff, fired by kids and relatives, was not so real. One of those, and, seemingly most important was the maternal bit of wisdom, from mothers, grandmothers, and other female persons. These were later discovered to be “bubbameisters” or “old wives’ tales.”  The […]

Everglades City turns out to bless the crab boats

by Bonnie Woodward If you’d like to get a glimpse of “small town America” again and feel like you’re back in “the good ole days”, next year you must visit Everglades City for the blessing of the crab boats! As you may already know, most of the stone crab in this area comes from the commercial fishermen based in Everglades […]