A Race For Charity

Throughout Marco Island, people donned their best hats and gathered at their favorite spots to take a shot at picking the next Kentucky Derby winner. Keith and Jennifer Reeves, owners of the Sunset Grille at the Apollo Condominiums on South Collier Boulevard, closed the popular eatery to support the Optimist Club of Marco Island. The club, along with Reeves and […]

A Need in Our Own Backyard


It’s such a kind gesture for so many to donate heavily to the children in Immokalee, but one of the problems we have is that very few ever donate to the children of East Naples, and there are so many more children in this area, and many parents are farm workers who work at 6 L’s Farms right here in […]

Sailing Toward Success

Ryan Garraty can check off one huge accomplishment in his young life and he now has sights set on a new objective. The Marco Island Charter Middle School seventh grader had his heart set on earning a spot on the 2018 United States Optimist Dinghy Association Team in the 11-to-12 age group. He achieved that goal recently at the organization’s […]

Owls Wing It

The Audubon of Western Everglades (AWE) Owl Watch Marco program held a mid-season update on the burrowing owls at Mackle Park. In addition, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Kyle Plussa was present to talk about wildlife law enforcement and how volunteers and monitors can best help FWC in reporting suspected violations. According to Alli Smith, the lead […]

Help Support Marco’s July 4th Fireworks Tradition

Greetings! As a community, Marco Island is moving forward with plans for the 2018 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. During last year’s budget discussions, the City Council […]

Moving Forward on the Veterans Community Park Plan

Almost ten years ago a committee of volunteers set out to create a conceptual plan for what a completed Veterans Community Park would look like someday. That conceptual plan was based upon the input of citizens who came together from 2008 and 2009 to discuss what the vision should be for the property that was purchased to protect that last […]

Swim Lessons Create Confident Swimmers

May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills. This year, the Greater Marco Family YMCA increases the […]

‘Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen’ Book Debut

Naples resident and author Roy Eaton has debuted his first ever cookbook titled, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen.” The book follows the life of Stefanie Eaton, Roy’s late Greek-American mother. From her upbringing to the food she loved to cook, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen” pays homage to her talents as a chef and a homemaker while simultaneously providing readers hundreds of […]

More Interference and Obstruction

More than a series of unfortunate events. But the necessary, and at least partially corrective, actions seem quite obvious: At least two councilmen need to resign, or be removed. And a new law firm for the City must be retained. These actions should occur within weeks. Kudos to the Marco Police Chief and the Collier County Sheriff’s office. And to […]

Conditional COPCN Suggested By Advisory Board

The city’s quest to control their own standards for emergency medical services, along with providing patients with emergency hospital transport, went before the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority Advisory Board on May 1. The city received a 3-2 vote in favor of their application. That application, however, has to go before the Collier County Board of Commissioners later this month. […]