Blessing of the Bikes

This year Reverend Kyle of St. Mark’s will say prayers and bless all bikes with a custom designed carbon fiber bicycle fork. So get your bike ready and head on down Friday May 20th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the St. Mark’s Parish Hall and courtyard, located at 1101 N. Collier Blvd. There will be entertainment by Shane Totten and Friends, and beverages […]

Marco Lions installs officers

“My Knights of the Blind”, that’s what Helen Keller asked the Chicago Lions Club to be nearly a century ago. Now Lions International, the largest service club in the world, has not only taken on her challenge, but also has taken on hearing and diabetes as well. This last April 26th, four Marco Island Lions traveled to Immokalee to screen […]

Indian Mound damage contested

Collier County Commissioners received a copy of a formal complaint from Wesley Garcia regarding the bulldozing of an Indian mound on Mamie Street adjacent to the Smallwood store in Chokoloskee: Contesting the Unauthorized Sale/Destruction of Tribal Property in Chokoloskee, FL, Collier County Parcel Nos.: 26082440002, 26085680005, 26088563006, 26085720004, 26085200003, and 26088585602. To whom it may concern: I am Wesley Garcia, […]

The Southern Cross

By Mike P. Usher Tonight we are going to change our viewing time from our usual 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. until late summer. There are two reasons for this: 1) The longer days of summer mean it is not fully dark at 9 p.m. and 2) the rapidly approaching rainy season means early evening clouds blot out the stars. […]

State of the jewelry biz… 2011

It was once again an interesting season on Marco Island and the rest of the planet. The 2010 holiday season was busier than 2009 and as I predicted,  silver was white hot! I did something that carried me through and surpassed the dismal 2009 season, I began manufacturing sea life silver jewelry with gold accents instead of all gold, the […]

A cultural collaborative

By Tara O’Neill In July, 2010, Kevin Donlan, manager of Publix in Shops of Marco, was looking for a way to put some empty storefronts to work for the good of the community. Conferring with David Caruso, a member of the Board of Directors for Art League, Marco Island (ALMI), an idea was seeded to use the empty store windows to […]

Summertime and easy livin’

By Joanie Fuller If you are a “year rounder” you are ready to be left alone, aren’t you? You are ready for us snowbirds to disappear so you can do what you want, when you want. No big traffic jams, no long lines anywhere, just downright easy livin’. I used to stay here all year, but then my husband suggested […]

Cayo Costa State Park

By Frances Diebler After reading about Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Gasparilla Island, there is one more island in that vicinity that must be mentioned: Cayo Costa State Park. It is located west of North Fort Myers near Boca Grande Pass and Gasparilla Island in Pine Island Sound It is accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry. What makes […]

Summer fishing patterns are on the way

By Capt. Pete Rapps As May rolls into June, we will see summer fishing patterns officially begin. The water temperatures will heat up into the mid 80’s, and the afternoon rain storms will follow shortly. With the heat arriving, the Snook have moved out of the back country where they were hanging out all winter. You will see them in […]

Do you know the golden rules of doubles?

In order to consistently win on the doubles court, we must follow some basic rules to ensure victory: Get your first serve to the player’s weakness at least 60% of the time. The serve and volley player should hit their first volley in front of the service line in order to hit a penetrating volley. The serving team must be […]