Letter to the Editor: More Responsive Care

Dr. Tober recently discussed issues facing EMS and Marco Island. With the shared dedication of emergency personnel in mind, I would like to expand on a few points. 1) The County has 26 ambulances in service. With a Marco COPCN, and the negotiated interlocal agreement between Marco FD and the County, Marco will add three needed ambulances to the system […]

TBE Opens After Being Closed All Summer – NOT!

YES, Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) is about to open for the 2018- 2019 school year, but NO, it wasn’t closed all summer. In fact, there was a whirlwind of activity initiated from the minute the students left on the last day of school until the minute they arrived back for Meet the Teacher on August 14, or on their […]

Meet Ryan Roberts

As the Marco Island Academy faculty welcomes students back to school, Ryan Roberts settles into her role as the new MIA Director of Athletics & Activities. The energetic Upstate New York native with an infectious smile is no stranger to Southwest Florida, having experience teaching and coaching at both Everglades City and Lely High School. At a glance, her office […]

New Independent Primary Care Office in East Naples

Dr. Carlos Portu is pleased to announce the opening of his new Independent Primary Care office in East Naples near the intersection of US 41 and Collier Boulevard. The new facility, located on the second floor of the freshly renovated Mustang Center, promises to deliver much-needed primary care services and management of complex medical patients to the rapidly growing 951 […]

Editorial & Opinion: Cast Your Vote

More Straight Talk

We live in paradise on Marco Island and everyone that drives across the Judge Jolley Bridge attests to that as soon as they arrive and speak to any of us locals. Therefore, it is surprising that as a community we become embroiled in so many controversies. Some we unfortunately bring upon ourselves, while others are a result of trying to […]

FWC Officer Kyle Plussa, a Friend to Owl Watch Marco, Injured in Crash

Officer Kyle Plussa is no stranger to the volunteers and monitors for Owl Watch Marco. Officer Plussa is well known for his passion for the protected species of Marco Island. He is Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) go-to-officer for the burrowing owls, gopher tortoises, sea turtles, manatees and nesting shorebirds. Officer Plussa was involved in a terrible traffic accident when […]

Hotels Coming to East Naples


Recently I found some fascinating information in Ohio Amish Country that I’d like to pass along to people who want to bring new development and restaurants to our area. While here in Berlin, Ohio, I went into a place called Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio. No wonder you haven’t heard of it – it’s a tiny village with 150 people […]

It’s Never to Early to Be Prepared

Campers Learn About Planning for Emergencies

While children attending the ever-popular Camp Mackle, run by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during the summer, last week gave them an opportunity to learn a little more about planning for emergencies. Kelli DeFedericis, the city’s Flood Plain Coordinator visited the 160 or so attendees of the day camp […]

Showing Respect for a Fallen Officer

The law enforcement community came together to pay their respects to 29-year-old Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, who died from a gunshot wound received in the line of duty. The funeral procession from the funeral home to Germain Arena included the entire Fort Myers Police Department, and members of police departments from throughout Southwest Florida, New Jersey and Ohio. […]

Our Voices, Our Story: Native Born

The Collier Museum at Government Center hosted its last presentation of “Our Stories, Our Voices: Native Born.” Seminole Tribe member and Tribal Judge, Tina Marie Osceola, spoke candidly about her upbringing in Collier County. The purpose of the lecture series was to share Collier County’s diversity and educate attendees about Native American culture in our area. Given an invisible microphone, […]