City Thanks Volunteers

By Natalie Strom Without the support of volunteers, the City of Marco Island would be a much different place. No fool to this fact, the city honored its volunteers at a luncheon held on April 25th at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. A lovely lunch of chicken salad, wraps, BBQ beef sandwiches, meatballs, pasta […]

Mini Golf Moves in on Marco

By Julia Barnett Marco Island is a paradise. Amazing beaches, fine restaurants, local plays, shows, music and events all add up to a diverse and culture-rich experience. There was something missing, however—mini golf. A long beloved pastime of many and a great activity to do with the family, there has been talk of putting a mini-golf or putt-putt course on […]

YMCA Aquatics: ‘Thank You, Miss Dottie’

By Noelle H. Lowery Laughter. Music. Splashing. Hugs, and even a couple of tears. All of these marked a very special weekend at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The festivities began at 11 AM with the annual Healthy Kids Day, a kickoff to summer activities to help kids be “active from head to toe.” The event was complete with […]

Conservancy Hosts GRAND Reopening

By Natalie Strom When planning the large-scale transformation of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Nature Center, not one penny of the $20 million creation was used in vain. From the wood planked entrance that bridges a natural Gopher Tortoise sanctuary to the intricately planned Dalton Discovery Center, information and learning tools are available at every turn. The Conservancy, located […]


By Nancy Richie Dozens of donated plants were replanted in the City of Marco Island’s Calusa Park Butterfly Garden by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee members: Susan LaGrotta, Linda Colombo and Bob Kennedy. Joining them in their labor of love were Alex Dubicki, Paul Crain, and, loyal supporter and favorite dog, Barron. The Waterway Cove complex in “Old Marco” is […]

To the Graduating Class of 2013

By Roy Eaton During the next month, over four million students will be graduating from various schools, colleges, and universities across our land. As you listen to your commencement speakers’ addresses, I’m sure some of you will be focused more on receiving your diploma and the summer freedom that awaits, than on the advice that will be given. I’m sure […]


Donna Fiala My friend (a friend to all of us, actually) Arlene Coff, mentioned the other day at the Marco Island Kiwanis Club’s Stone Crab Claw Dinner that she had a great idea for the old K-Mart store. So many people hope something moves in there soon, so I was eager to hear her idea. She said “A Bowling […]

Situational awareness…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun People, young and old, are packed on both sides of the road at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It is a public holiday in Boston and the perfect day for a marathon. Two young men carrying black backpacks walk amongst the crowd stop and drop off their deadly loads on the curb, […]

The Chill Test

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill How do you know when it’s finished?” Ask the writer, the painter, the musician, and you may just get a chilly answer. Oh, not the cold-shoulder type – only a reference to the practice of letting a work “get cold.” That is, walk away from it, put it in a drawer, on a shelf, or […]

Mother’s Day Beginnings

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Did you know there is more than one date Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world? In the United States we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of May, but in other countries it is other days in May, as well as in other months of the year. In the end, it doesn’t really matter on […]