by Xiomara Martinez Concentrating on Vacant Homes Even though as a ‘Stager’ we bring in furnishings, I don’t believe it’s necessary to fill your entire vacant home with furniture in order to sell it. Contrary to this statement, to compete in today’s down market, where supply exceeds demand, staging the entire house is ideal. There are options offered as to whether to purchase or rent furniture […]

Business Profiles

Guitars, Repair and Service “Show Your Axe” One of Marco Island’s most interesting destination points is Bob and Kathy Duffy’s shop, Guitars, Repair & Service, virtually a musical museum. Bob Duffy, a cabinet maker by trade, has, for 40 plus years, built and restored vintage and antique guitars. Bob opened the shop 5 years ago and during that time his […]

The Ever Popular Hoot’s

Tucked away in a corner of a small two story strip mall diagonally across from the Marco Island Post Office lies the ever popular restaurant, Hoot’s! It is a favorite spot of both residents and visitors alike. Hoot’s gets quite busy during season with friendly folks who are always happy to enjoy delicious food, great service and affordable prices. They […]

Medicare – SHINE offers help

By Joan Kelly SHINE leader Hallie Devlin spoke to about 75 people at Marco Lutheran Church at the yearly Medicare update event on November 8. SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, offers counseling services from enrollment in Medicare to assistance with long-term care options, prescription resources, supplemental policies and more. It is funded by Florida Department of Elder Affairs. […]

Superintendents Art Gallery Night

Collier County School District Superintendent, Dennis Thompson, and Pat Carroll of the School Board presented Stephanie Simon with a certificate for outstanding achievement in art. Linda Cummings from the Superintendent’s office, is given three selections from each school. One is chosen to be displayed during the Superintendent’s Art Gallery Night. The winning pieces will hang in the Dr. Martin Luther […]

The Great ‘Visit Florida’ Beach Walk!

VisitFlorida started the Great Florida Beach Walk Sweepstakes, now touted as the biggest beach walk in the world according to the website. The Sunshine State boasts over 825 miles of beautiful sandy beach and participants only had to choose one to walk and document through photographs. On November 6th, nearly 4000 participants across the state of Florida walked one […]

Kiwanis beach clean up

Submitted by Pat Holmes The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has been helping families of the area since 1993. The list includes scholarships for college students, supporting local daycare facilities, toys for kids program, terrific kid program for elementary students, RIF (reading is fundamental) program at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary, supporting the Lely band and sports and providing […]

Tis the Season

By Hillary Braden Never had the Christmas experience been more real for our small family. After living as a faithless person, I had given up on so many things. Unfortunately, with four young children Christmas was never an option; until it needed to be cancelled. I had hit a very difficult time, unaware of the importance of normality in a […]

Students hear about Pearl Harbor

Walt Tucker, a Pearl Harbor survivor recently spoke with a few 5th graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary. Walt described how the military dropped sacks of flour for training exercises. One morning, they heard the planes coming and when he looked up, he saw big ‘meatballs’ on the planes. He knew right away this wasn’t a drill, the meatballs were emblems from […]

Frasier Firs Arriving Soon!

Boy Scout Troop #234 has been selling Christmas Trees on Marco Island for the last 16 years! As usual, the trees will arrive the day after Thanksgiving, November 26th, and be ready for purchase under the big tent at the corner of San Marco Road and Bahama. Each year, 200 frasier fir trees make their way to Marco Island from […]