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Taking a Positive Focus on the Future


2017 will be looked back upon as a year that leaves us scratching our heads, giving thanks for dodging a bullet and leaving some wondering what could have been if we had done some things differently. Some were left to wonder why we couldn’t attract a better group of candidates for the open position of city manager. We paid thousands […]

Holiday Season in Full Swing

Christmas keeps getting better and better on Marco Island. Two events from Christmas Island Style have started the holiday season off right. A record crowd descended on Veterans Community Park on a sultry Saturday evening for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Residents and visitors mingled with neighbors and friends, listened to live music, and enjoyed performances by local children. The […]

MIAAOR Installs 2018 Officers and Directors

The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) recently held its annual installation banquet and award ceremony at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. The association, now in its 42nd year, acts as a network for it’s over 700 members. The annual ceremony acts as a celebration of the group’s achievements over the past year. Members are able to […]

A Parade of Pets, Holiday-Style

Christmas Island Style’s Holiday Pets on Parade brought out residents and their adorable pets, sporting festive holiday wear. The dogs (and one cat) paraded up and down the red carpet, some needing a little coaxing and encouragement. “This event has really grown in popularity,” said Master of Ceremonies Stan Niemczyk, a member of the Christmas Island Style Committee. “It really […]

Snook Inn Changing Ownership

Last week the word spread like wildfire around the island that the iconic Snook Inn was being sold. For 32 years it has been under the management of the Passini and Banks family and has grown into one of the most recognizable venues on the island. Dennis Passini and his then wife Laurie made their way south to Marco Island, […]

BROADWAY at the JW Marriott

Broadway on the Beach held audiences rapt attention with its cabaret-like, Las Vegas circa the Rat-Pack-years ambiance, abundant humor, personal stories, and expertly sung and played musical selections. A specially erected, waterfront tent at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort served as an elegant stand-in for the supper clubs of yesteryear. The four-night run marked not just the Broadway […]

Sing-along Brunch Supports Toys For Kids

Kiwanis Fundraiser Planned

Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Blvd. will be the place to be on December 17 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM as the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island hosts a holiday brunch fundraiser for their Toys For Kids drive. Since 2004, the club has provided a Christmas gift to every child at Manatee Elementary School, personally presented by Santa and Mrs. […]

Planning Board Debates Site Plans and Lot Coverages

For Samiur “Sami” Rahman, his transition to that of a full-fledged restaurant entrepreneur came one step closer to reality when his plans to convert the old Sami’s Quick Stop into the all new Sami’s Pizza and Grill passed the Marco Island Planning Board. On Friday, December 1st representatives for Rahman received a 7-0 vote in favor of approving his upgraded […]

Holiday Treasure Hunt at the Blue Mangrove Gallery

Bring your holiday gift list and treasure hunt for them at the Blue Mangrove Gallery. Owner Christie will be more than happy to give you suggestions. Their selections are elegantly handcrafted by Florida or U.S. artisans. There are many gift items that are unique, colorful, whimsical, and also practical. Christie will also gift wrap the gifts for you! It is […]