Wear IT for Safe Boating


Each boating organization on Marco Island has it’s own special appeal to the public, be it kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, boating education, etc. Members of one organization might like to participate in some of the activities held by another organization. We thought that this would be a good way for boating members to be introduced to other boating organizations on […]

Boaters Need a Hurricane Plan


Every boat owner should be prepared for tropical storm and hurricane forecasts. Owners should develop a hurricane plan in advance of possible tropical season weather activity. The plan should include contact information for the owner and any caretaker (in the absence of the owner); alternate caretakers just in case; where the boat keys are stored; what plan for storage has […]

Conservancy Offering Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will be welcoming nature-lovers aboard the Good Fortune II for enlightening summer eco-cruises led by Conservancy naturalists and Coast Guard-certified captains. The two-hour eco-cruises will depart at 10 a.m. from the Conservancy’s Rookery Bay location, south of Naples along Shell Island Road, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the months of May, June and July […]

Elections Office Wins High School Voter Challenge

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was honored with an Image Award and Judges Award by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association last week. The awards recognized the office’s outstanding efforts during the fifth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge, which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Through planning and coordinating with the Collier County […]

What is it? A lobster.

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Phyllosoma is the larval stage of lobsters. The name is derived from the Greek words phyllon, leaf, and soma, body. They are unusually large, flat, transparent and unique among crustacean larvae. It’s said to be the longest-lived larvae in the ocean and can span the entire Caribbean on its way to settle in Florida. After passing through many phyllosoma stages, […]

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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The Florida Department of Transportation is observing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  More than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver licenses, and many visitors ride motorcycles in the Sunshine State due to Florida’s great weather and roads. Safety is FDOT’s top priority and throughout the month the department is working to raise awareness […]

Tamiami Trail Book Available

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Just in time for the 90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail, a collection of memories by the people who worked and lived on the road all those years ago is available again. The book was compiled by the late Maria Stone who conducted interviews and produced a “written oral history.” However, Maria only printed 100 copies in 1998, all of […]

Challenge Grant Nets $3M for Clinic

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Last fall, the Neighborhood Health Clinic (Clinic) – a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization providing Collier County’s working, uninsured resident’s affordable medical and dental care – was awarded a $1.5 million Challenge Grant for 2018 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. As a Challenge Grant, the Clinic was responsible for raising $1.5 million in funds to receive the matching funds from […]

Letter to the Editor: One Marco Islander’s Thoughts


Watching the video of last Monday’s City Council meeting, (07 May, 2018), so many “Duh?”s happened that I was reminded of a lesson taught by Mrs. Faye, my wonderful fifth grade teacher.  I’ll share it with the reader at the end, but first let’s go to the video! 1)    Chair Grifoni denied Councilor Batte’s request to make a comment, apparently […]