Community Affairs Director Suspended

Amid concerns regarding a potential conflict of interest concerning an undisclosed business relationship with an applicant for a zoning change, Marco Island Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk has been suspended without pay effective immediately, pending an internal investigation. Mr. Milk was hired as the city’s planner on January 4, 1999.  He later served as the parks and recreation director until […]

Friends of Tigertail host “Breakfast & Birds”

by Barbara Parisi  Friends of Tigertail Beach will host its Sixth Breakfast & Birds event entitled, “Identify our Winter Wading Birds and Shorebirds” on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Please bring your breakfast, binoculars and enthusiasm! There will be a presentation reviewing the physical and behavioral characteristics of the respective birds as an aid to identification at the Tigertail beach kiosk at […]

Our 2014 Tennis Wish List

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Each December, I get excited about Chanukah and Christmas, and I love to smell that crispness in the air. Our kids come home from Virginia and South Carolina, and we are able to celebrate the festivities. Oh, by the way, that includes cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl. The big decision […]

Jupiter Rises in the East

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Tonight, mighty Orion has heaved himself above the horizon, but first, let’s look at the heavenly river Eridanus. Composed of mostly dim stars, the Eridanus is supposed to represent the Nile or the Euphrates. It arises near the foot of Orion and winds thru many twists and turns into the deep southern sky, […]

20” Telescope: Part 2

By Mike P. Usher Last month, I announced the completion of my new home-built 20-inch telescope. This month, we will discuss how it’s put together. I’m not going to give any fine details. Those will be found in a 475-page book called The Dobsonian Telescope, available from First of all, this telescope is a reflector; virtually all really large […]

Water, water everywhere!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville From the freshwater rivers of Alabama and Georgia that flow into our state to the rain produced sheetflow of central Florida and the showers The Everglades send to our local area, there is a consistent supply of clean water for us to enjoy and utilize. More than 100 rivers crisscross our state; many of which are […]

There’s A New Sheriff in Town

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin   Question: “With Janet Yellen as our new Federal Reserve Chairwoman, what can we expect?” – From Jennifer F. of Marco Island  Answer: As Janet Yellen takes control […]

The Southern Dalmatian Coast

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Croatia’s mainland coastline is 1,100 miles of drama and beauty. Offshore, there are 1,200 islands in the Adriatic. The beauty is almost indescribable: deep turquoise water dotted with both rocky and green islands, large bays, isolated coves, rugged ridges and bluffs, dark forests, fertile fields and orchards. Dalmatia encompasses a long part of the […]

Winter Show in the Garden

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy The Dombeya burgessiae (Seminole) puts on one of the best flower shows of any shrub in Florida. It is sometimes called the Tropical Hydrangea because its flowers are similar to the Hydrangeas we know from up north. The flowers are pink to rose color and bloom from fall to spring. Blooming all winter here in Naples […]

Late December-January Fishing Forecast

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps We are now approaching our coolest month of the year. Gulf water temperatures typically average in the mid-to-high 60’s into January. The days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid-70’s, can make for some awesome fishing! January is another month that you should keep […]