“Marco in Bloom” Nomination Forms Are Now Available!

The City’s Beautification Advisory Committee has released the nomination form for the coveted 2011 Marco In Bloom Landscape Awards, which will be given at the City Council meeting on April 4, 2011. These awards recognize properties and owners in 5 categories that have made a special effort to contribute to the beauty of Marco Island. The categories are: Residential single […]

A Taste of St. Mark’s…Food & Faith Festival, Celebrate St. Mark’s Ministries

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, 4-7PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host “A Taste of St. Mark’s…Food & Faith Festival, Celebrate St. Mark’s Ministries.” The festival is filled with Food Stations, Fun Activities, and will highlight the many ministries of St. Mark’s. To kick-off the festival The Right Reverend Dabney T. Smith, Fifth Bishop of Southwest Florida will bless the […]

White Cane Day for Lions Club

More than three-quarters of a century ago Helen Keller was the principal speaker for the Lions Clubs’ annual conference in Chicago. At the time the Lions were a group of businessmen who met for social reasons only. Helen gave them a challenge-“I make you my “Knights of the Blind”, she said. Since that time, the Lions International is the largest […]

YMCA SwimFlorida Team

Greater Marco Family YMCA SwimFlorida Team comes home a winner after a recent swim meet held in Ft. Myers. Team participants included Mike Franchino who took First place in the Seniors Division. Other awards went to Susan Faremouth, 3rd place Girls 10 and under, Madison Bonfitto, First Place, Girls 10 and under, Lauren Faremouth, 3rd Place, 8 and under Girls, […]


A star-studded array of top Country & Western performers for the Everglades Seafood Festival on February 5-6 has just been announced. Headliners on stage include Big Bottom, Josh Gracin, Joey & Rory, and LoCash Cowboys. They will be supported by Casey Weston, Weathered Souls, and Wild-Eyed Country Boys. The annual Seafood Festival in Everglades City attracts fans from all over the state […]

Holiday Lights Contest Winners

14th Annual Marco Island Christmas Home and Business Decorating Contest Winners for 2010 are: First Place for winning holiday house decorations are Albino and Julia Martinez at 975 Leo Ct. and First Place for winning business is Marco Island Florist at 178 Barfield Dr. The final judging took place Friday the 17th. House Decorating winner received a yard sign designation […]

Monthly Beach Clean Up Successful

Despite the blustery weather this past weekend, the City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s monthly beach clean up stayed on schedule! Staff from the Sandbar along with Kevin Donlan, Publix Store Manager and Beach Advisory Committee chairman, gathered at the South Beach Access at 730 am Sunday morning to walk the beach. Publix provided the bags, gloves and bottled […]

Tia Nielsen: Living is Giving!

Earlier in the year, Tia Nielsen, a local 5th grader attending TBE, found giving to those in need at 6L Farms a worthwhile and fulfilling feat. So, when her initial fundraiser was done, Tia set another goal for herself: Christmas presents to the children at 6L Farms. Tia worked endlessly collecting the needed items and Christmas gifts. Her dad’s large […]

Left Bank is coming

By Tara O’Neill Show of hands, please: how many of you are familiar with Marco Island Foundation for the Arts? Better known as MIFA? Hmm, it’s true that their office and Local Color Gallery are a little hard to find, tucked into the side corridor at the Esplanade, and perhaps they don’t get quite the media coverage that the larger […]

A tribute to Mom

For most of us, the holidays are a time for happiness and celebration. We enjoy seeing and getting together with loved ones, going to parties, shopping and taking the opportunity to catch up with those that we may have not seen throughout the year. The trend seems to be to do lots of shopping, and just taking in the holiday […]