School Board Should do the Right Thing for MIA

Dear School Board Members: It is with a sad heart that I write this letter, for it seems to me that since the very inception of the Marco Island Academy (“MIA”) High School, you have been fighting it every step of the way and for the life of me, I cannot understand why. Maybe I am mistaken, but here is […]


What’s up with the money? To address: What’s up with the roads?

Mr. Grifoni mentioned that that he led the charge to REALLOCATE over one million extra dollars into this year’s roadway repair and maintenance budget while following through on his promise not to raise the millage rate. What GENERAL FUND ACCOUNTS did you reallocate funds from, to transfer to the roadway repair and maintenance budget account? Respectfully submitted, Amadeo Petricca Marco […]


Creative Accounting to Pay for Roadway Repairs?

This is a follow up to my previous letter to the editor. I researched the source of the $1 million Mr. Grifoni reallocated to the Roadway Repair and Maintenance Budget for FY 2018 while following through with his promise not to raise the millage rate. Mr. Grifoni worked with the Finance Director to locate surplus funds in the Water and […]

Alex Weitz Jazz Ensemble to Visit Art Center

The Marco Island Center for the Arts will present saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz and his jazz ensemble, for the first time on Marco Island! The concert will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5:30 – 7 PM in the Art Center. Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute […]

2018 Teachers of Distinction

Champions For Learning hosted the 28th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. During this event the community honored and thanked the Golden Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, and Collier County Public Schools Teachers of the Year. Champions For Learning invited each Collier County School to put forward an educator and best practice to […]

The Battle of the Racquets

The battle for availability of court time and parking bubbled to the surface at last week’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The issue between tennis and pickleball players at the Marco Racquet Center became a front and center discussion item. Marco Island is not alone dealing with this issue. The demand for court time and space is a problem […]

TBE Kindergarteners Learn the Ins and Outs of Earth Day

Kindergarteners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) learned all about the importance of wildlife conservation recently. In honor of Earth Day, the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary hosted a special presentation for the students, in which they were encouraged to think critically about their carbon footprint. “Today we’re teaching children about Earth Day, the importance of it—about conservation […]

Eagerly Awaiting as the JW Marriott Nears the Finish Line

Rich Lutz is experiencing anticipation akin to being the father of an infant who has yet to take its first steps. As director of engineering for the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort since 1997, he has been responsible for overseeing a $320 million renovation and expansion project there that began in 2015 and will be completed in mid-June. “It […]

Tony Smith: How One Marco Islander Discovered the Artist Within

Creativity exists within everyone. How we choose to act on our creative impulses, however, is another matter. Some spend their whole lives suppressing their desire to paint, sing, dance, or sew. Others are simply unaware of the talent they possess. For Tony Smith, the only difference between an artist and a non-artist is that the artist chooses to create. Smith, […]