Youth in Government Program

Marco Island Charter Middle School students motivated to learn more about how Florida’s state government works will have a chance to learn and participate in this pro-gram. Since 1957, the Florida YMCA Youth in Government has brought students to-gether from across the state to serve as part of a youth-run, youth-led model government process. For 55 years, delegates have written […]

Catching crabs with Stephen Finn

By Natalie Strom The other day I caught up with friend and fellow Goodlander, Stephen Finn, aka “Crabby Stephen.” Visitors to Stan’s Idle Hour will recognize Stephen as the guy on the corner selling blue crabs, stone crabs and smoked mullet out of his most awesome, army-green jeep. During a dog play-date with my B.B. Wrinkles, and Stephen’s Bella, […]

In search of Dalí

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Salvador Dalí is an artist whose work my husband and I enjoy. Perhaps it is his quirkiness and symbolism or his immense talent and sheer genius. He was able to paint in any style; some of his classical works are as affecting as his surrealist pieces. His double image paintings that suggest optical illusions are […]

My day with the UPENN tennis team

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne There is just nothing like being a college coach. In this case, a part-time assignment but nevertheless, an experience that I will never forget. In my everyday life as a club pro, it is illegal to talk to my players when they compete in match-play. Whether it is a USTA/CTA match, coaches are prohibited to […]


SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Shining high in the sky in the southeast is the bright star Procyon in the otherwise non-descript of Canis Minor – the little dog. Canis Minor posesses but two stars – Procyon being the brightest. Procyon is larger, hotter and brighter than our Sun, but the primary reason it’s the seventh brightest star […]

WATCHABLE WILDLIFE: Let’s respect what we have

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Located on the edge of the Everglades and surrounded by Rookery Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands’ unique mangrove and estuarine environment, Marco Island’s subtropical climate and diverse habitat allows many wildlife species encounters. In abundance and not found in many places, wildlife such as, Bottled-nosed Dolphins, West Indian Manatees, Loggerhead, Green, and Kemp-Ridley Sea […]


CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler My husband and I never sailed or ever thought about this subject until one day out of the blue he said, “I want to learn how to sail”. “Okay” I said. “Why?”? We didn’t live on the water at that time. We weren’t associated with other sailors or owned a boat. I was perplexed. We were […]

Not a grand tour……yet

PEDAL IN PARADISE  By Matt Walthour  A few of the big tours have come and gone already. We have seen some great racing already this year, the Paris – Nice race was packed with some fast speed and great victories. Coming up on April 1st, is the Belgian classic, Tour Des Flanders. If you don’t think you can quite make […]

Spring fishing is on its way!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps As March rolls into April, our average air temperatures will typically range between 61 and 86 degrees. This will, in turn, keep our average water temperatures up into the mid to high 70’s. Snook are on the move from the back country to the near Gulf river mouths. Best bets for catching Snook during this […]

The shoulder season starts

ART UNCOVERED  Tara O’Neill  Here we are, at the end of another March. The working residents of southwest Florida have had a busy season and most are downright tired. (Me? I’m exhausted.) Part time residents are planning their spring departures. Soon, more visitors will be leaving than arriving. It’s a time when year-rounders dare to dream of how to wile away […]