Councilors’ Involvement Revealed in Niblock Investigation 

The recent explosive news concerning the allegations contained in the battery charge against Marco Island’s former City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock has raised a larger issue of what some sitting city councilors knew, and did to keep the incident quiet before it became public. Witness statements contained in the Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigative report indicate that on February 2nd, […]

Tradition Meets Technology at Marco Island Canvas

Ed Skrzynski decided high-tech was the way to go when he purchased Marco Island Canvas and Upholstery in 2008. So after buying the business from his father, also named Ed, Skrzynski took an enterprise that was then focused on traditional services and injected with 21st Century technology to expand offerings and boost revenues. The decision is one that Skrzynski hasn’t […]

Sign Ordinance Under Review

If you attended the Marco Island Planning Board’s meeting on April 20 you probably could of heard the popular 1970’s song that includes the catchy lyrics, “signs, signs everywhere a sign,” playing in your subconscious. The Planning Board has been working on a referral from the city council to address an issue brought to their attention by Council Chairman Jared […]

Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing Becomes Heated

Collier County District 4 Commissioner Penny Taylor held an informational town hall meeting to discuss the contentious issue of the development of affordable housing in East Naples. Hundreds gathered at the South Regional Library to hear from the commissioner and to voice their own concerns regarding the topic. The evening began with a presentation by Taylor in which she clarified […]

Pickleball Returns


The East Naples Civic Association and the East Naples Foundation will be holding their Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, May 4th at 8:30 AM, shotgun start, and hosted by Royal Palm Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the East Naples Education and Youth Programs. The East Naples Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Win a two-year lease on a 2018 Audi for […]

Is YOUR Life Worth More Than A Weekly Cup of Coffee?

Letter to the Editor

Marco Island citizens are concerned about how much it will cost them to control their own ambulance service. At the present time, Marco Island’s Fire Rescue Department costs citizens about 0.65 mils in property tax. This is about 1/3 of what the rest of the county pays on average. Ochopee pays 4.5 mils and Immokalee pays 3.75 mils. There are […]

Respecting Those Who Protect Us All

More Straight Talk

When I was growing up in Penacook, New Hampshire, we’d walk every day to school. We didn’t have a bus to pick us up for the three quarters of a mile walk or our mothers to take us each day in the back of a big SUV or fancy automobile. Most families didn’t have the luxury of having two cars, […]

Care Needed to Find Affordable Housing Solution

Letter to the Editor

After reading several media accounts detailing town hall meetings riddled with contention regarding the potential repurposing of the land deemed Manatee Regional Park, I feel compelled to share my research. Naples and the surrounding area is in desperate need of more affordable housing. For those of you who do not know, Collier County has an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC). […]


The Life You Save

The other day I went to a town hall meeting regarding the ambulance service on Marco Island. I learned several important things. The Governor recently signed a bill allowing Marco Island residents to decide whether we want Marco Island to have control of our ambulance service. At the present time, Collier Country has total control of our ambulance and Emergency […]


Response to ‘Why the Mulligan’ re. Veterans Community Park

As Chairman of the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, I feel compelled to respond to last week’s letter to the Editor “Why the Mulligan” and address public commentary surrounding our community’s need to refresh the Master Plan for Veterans Park. ( I was always a precocious child. Often my zeal to accomplish a goal invariably ended in less […]