A Community Says Goodbye

They say the best judge of a person’s impact in their community lies in the friends they leave behind. If that is true, then Reverend Kyle Bennett leaves behind a community that thought a great deal of him if last Sunday was any indication. On Sunday, December 31st, the last day of 2017, the community came out in strength to […]

Fast Boats & Fundraising at the Fort Myers Offshore Fun Run

Boat lovers got an eyeful recently when some of the fastest boats in Southwest Florida convened for a fun run from Sanibel to Marco Island. Fort Myers Offshore (FMO), a Floridabased nonprofit organization completed its 12th annual holiday fun run on December 30. The group raises college scholarship funds for local students in need. seventy-four boats participated in the event. […]

JW Marriott Donates $120,000 to Food Bank

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has reached the culmination of their #ReturnToParadise campaign relief efforts by donating an impressive $120,163.55 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Since reopening after Hurricane Irma on October 2, 2017, the resort pledged multiple ways to contribute to the effort including 10 percent of the resort room rate when the […]

Looking Back at 2017

For Marco Island, 2017 will remain a year with a mixed bag of accomplishments and settling into the role of governing while dealing with a number of perplexing issues. COPCN Debate The debate over how to proceed on the issue of an application for a COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) regarding the establishment of a city run Emergency […]

Amateur Boxing for a Good Cause

Pugilism, international style, will return to Marco Island with the Frank Gervin Memorial Boxing Show. The annual contest, which features amateur boxers from Ireland against competitors from Florida and New Jersey, is set for January 28 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort’s Palms Ballroom. The show serves as a fundraiser for the Marco Island Boxing Club, a nonprofit […]

Red Tide: What You Need to Know

Southwest Florida residents were concerned to learn that a bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis (K. Brevis) has been observed locally. But what exactly is red tide, and what can you do to protect yourself? What is Red Tide? A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In […]

Emergency Pet Care Program Returns

The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department (MIFRD) is once again offering its Emergency Pet Care Program. Join firefighter/ paramedic Heath Nagel and Christopher Bowden at the Mackle Park Canine Cove dog park at 9 AM on January 17th to learn more about pet CPR and other emergency pet care options. There will be presentations, guest speakers, snacks and more! MIFRD […]

A New Season Has Begun


My goodness time flies by quickly. It seems it was only a couple months ago that I was saying Happy New Year to you in my column, and here it is again! So, as I write and listen to the celebration on TV, I will say Happy New Year and I hope this year is the best year ever! May […]


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The ‘Dreamers’ We were all “dreamers” at one time or anotherWhen we were young enough to hope and believeIf we worked hard and were good studentsThe dreams for our future come true.This was our America!This is the America they want too! They know no other place to goThis has been their homes, their school, their churchesThey want to work, marry, […]