Leadership Marco’s Media Day

By Members of Leadership Marco  The 2011 Leadership Marco Class rubbed elbows with representatives of media giants Gannett and EW Scripps. The group met early in the morning at the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors office to be transported to the offices of the event sponsors: Naples Daily News (NDN) and the Marco Eagle. The class toured their $100 […]

Pearl Harbor to September 11

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun  It has been ten years since America was attacked by a band of terrorists who on that day wanted to destroy America; kill as many Americans as possible and fire the first shot in the Holy Jihad which they declared against America. Despite recent efforts on the contrary by some who are trying to re-write history, […]

Positive changes for Island Animal Hospital

By Natalie Strom  Island Animal Hospital has been busy making some major changes. With a brand new facility and the introduction of new alternative therapies for pets, current patients as well as newcomers will certainly be pleased with their experience. After a twenty-year veterinary career in the northeast, Dr. James Bowen and his wife Donna moved to Marco Island and […]


COASTAL COMMENTS  Donna Fiala  “There’s No Place Like Home”  As our Winter Residents prepare to come back, the Property Appraiser, Abe Skinner, also has prepared and sent out our TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices. For those residents up north it must be a relief to see OUR property taxes for Florida versus their tax bills. What a tremendous difference! Comparing […]


By Monte Lazarus  (The story you are about to read is true. Names and some dates are redacted in the interest of national security….)  Fall 1956. I was fresh out of the United States Army, and my Sainted Mother was complaining to the kitchen clock, stove and refrigerator that I did not yet have a job – or was even […]

Old rule, new complaints prompt code sweep

By Danielle Dodder  Like a grumpy, sleeping hound, there’s many an old city ordinance better left alone. City code enforcement would happily overlook the occasional sandwich board put out by small business owners hoping to drive customers in, but a recent spate of complaints has resulted in a blanket enforcement of Section 30-527, Prohibited Signs. Code Compliance Supervisor Liz Carr […]

DOLLARS AND SENSE: TRIM bills, millage votes and budget wrangling

By Danielle Dodder  “Nobody trusts government on any level anymore.” City Council Vice Chair Larry Magel sums up the collective headwinds facing anyone wrangling public money these days. Magel, along with fellow councilors and budget subcommittee members Wayne Waldack and Bill Trotter, spent 37 hours meeting with city staff, studying the fine print, and voicing opinions on proposed items in […]