Building permit applications top 5000 in Marco

By Noelle H. Lowery The City of Marco Island’s Building Services Division is a very busy place. On any given day, the office is bustling with contractors and property owners applying for building permits, while phones ring and building officials meet to discuss plans and inspections. In fact, the department is on track to receive more building permit applications […]

Smallwood Family Suffers House Fire

By Natalie Strom The descendants of one of the most famous settlers of Chokoloskee and Everglades City are in need of assistance. Kenny Smallwood, great-great grandson of pioneering settler Ted Smallwood, and his family lost their home on October 25. Ted Smallwood is known as the man who built the historic Smallwood Store, once a busy trading post for early […]

Sweeping the Beach into the Fall

By Nancy Richie A sunny, somewhat cool (relatively speaking for Floridians) Saturday morning in mid-October on Marco Island’s beach could not have been more perfect for a fall beach “sweep.” With clouds on the Gulf horizon, the fall sun, now slanted south of the equator moving toward the winter solstice, shed soft light across the beach. Another magical morning on […]

City Council to BCC: Don’t combine TDC, CAC

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island City Council is concerned about the city’s level of influence at the county level. The reason: It has been suggested that the Collier Board of County Commissioners may combine its Tourist Development Council and Coastal Advisory Commission into one entity with the hope that it will curb an overgrowth of county-based advisory […]

Marv Needles: Forty years of serving and selling Paradise

By Natalie Strom Marv Needles, owner of ERA Flagship Real Estate has seen Marco Island change dramatically nearly his 45 years as a permanent resident. He has been a part of that change, selling homes, building futures and creating a community through hard work and volunteerism. A long and successful career, Needles and his team at Flagship are excited […]