Marco’s Relay For Life is #1

Marco Island may be small, but its generosity is big. Out of the 275 American Cancer Society Relay For Life events held in the State of Florida this year, Relay For Life of Marco Island came in first in fundraising by bringing in an impressive $345,000. The funds will be used for general research and programs and services with the […]

Happy 20th Anniversary, Marco Island !

For some Marco Islanders, it seems like just yesterday. For many others, they never knew it any other way. Believe it or not, it has been twenty years since our island paradise took on the status of “city.” The journey to this distinction was not an easy one. The proposal was presented to voters six times, beginning in 1980, before […]

For the Marco Island Honey Company, Local Matters

Did you know that the honey bee is a nonnative species here in the United States? According to Ray Portu, Marco Island’s premier beekeeper, the honey bee was brought over to America by European settlers hundreds of years ago. Ray is full of bee factoids. He can tell you anything you need to know about their biology, their habits, and […]

Honey Bee Hoopla at the Conservancy

In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida held a Honey Bee Hoopla event for children and their families. The Conservancy was buzzing with fun educational activities, bee related arts and crafts, and a special presentation by beekeeper and Conservancy Maintenance Coordinator, Chris Fenstermaker. “We played a couple different pollination games with the kids throughout the […]

EMS Decisions Need Reevaluation


Relationships are a two way street and one must always be aware of the needs and requirements of both negotiating partners, along with the boundaries of how far each are willing to go. Such is the case between the needs and requirements of the City of Marco Island and Collier County regarding a number of issues. Take for example this […]

City of Marco Island Honors Longtime Employees

During the August 21 City Council meeting, six City of Marco Island employees were recognized for their longtime commitment and service to the island. “It’s a special night for the city,” City Council Chairman Larry Honig said. “Until now we have not really had a consistent policy of recognizing our long service employees.” Each of the six employees, all of […]

How Jury Duty Got Out of Having ME!

The new book, “Show Me” by local author Randall Kenneth Jones, features celebrity interviews alongside humorous anecdotes from the author’s life. In this excerpt, RKJ gets “invited” to Collier County jury duty. After two hours, a dozen or so juror names were called, including mine. “Bubbles” (love her!) efficiently directed me and my potential juror pals into a single-file line […]


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An Amish Wedding


It looks like we’re pretty lucky that we didn’t get as much rain as other parts of our country. As I watch the Weather Channel, storm warnings, flooding, tornados, tropical storms, and hurricanes… and September has barely begun! Meanwhile, the leaves in the northern half of our country are already turning color. August is pretty early for the changing of […]

Rommel Reflects on Legislative Session

For Bob Rommel his first session as a freshman state legislator from Southwest Florida was both eye opening and rewarding. Rommel was elected in November 2016 to represent District 106 in the Florida House of Representatives. The 54-year-old legislator was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and grew up in that area. He owned a New Jersey mortgage company until […]