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Common ground: Planning Board begins quest to find more public parking

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:24am
Finding parking spaces sent Marco Island's Planning Board on the hunt Friday to tackle one of the city's vexing problems: too many cars with too few places to put them. The board scheduled a two hour special meeting on parking. It quickly recognized it wo

Audit Advisory Committee: Deadline close for Marco Island to complete financial certificate application

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:06am
It's been a scramble this year for Marco Island's Finance Director Guillermo Polanco to finish the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. That shouldn't be surprising. Polanco served in the dual role of interim city manager and finance director for

SW Florida weather: Stretch of drier days for week ahead

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 5:22am
After a cooler start to the morning, daytime highs Monday will rebound to near 80 degrees by the afternoon.

Editorial Cartoons: March 30, 2014

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:08pm
Countdown to Obamacare, NCAA Tournament bracket and drunk Secret Service agents are current events or personalities featured this week in our editorial cartoons gallery.

Panther found dead Saturday in Collier County

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:00pm
A panther was found dead Saturday in Collier County, marking the eighth recorded panther death in Florida this year.

Naples Daily NewsMakers: Algenol Biofuels feud; workforce concerns

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 12:58pm
Business is the topic of this week's “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle.”

Driver of Gov. Rick Scott's security detail gets in minor wreck in Naples

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 9:57am
A Florida Department of Law Enforcement driver for Governor Rick Scott was involved in a car crash in downtown Naples Saturday night.

SW Florida weather: Expect cooler and windier Sunday

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 9:03am
After a soggy Saturday, the area is in store for some nicer weather today in the wake of a cool front that moved through during the overnight.

Weather: Showers and storms in the forecast Saturday

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 9:46am
A few of these storms could produce gusty winds and frequent lightning, but it appears the primary risk for severe weather today will be across Central Florida.

Authorities hunt for South Florida couple living lavish lifestyle while collecting food stamps

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:47pm
Andrea and Colin Chisholm III owned a $1.2 million, 83-foot yacht that was docked in South Florida. They lived in waterfront homes in Minnesota and in Lighthouse Point, Fla., and had $3 million tucked away in various bank accounts. And all the while, for about a decade, the Chisholms collected food stamps, Medicaid and welfare. First they got it from the state of Minnesota, then Florida, then - for about a year - both, simultaneously.

Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:55pm
Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.

Florida Highway Patrol launches 'Staying Alive on I-75' initiative targeting distracted drivers

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:18am
A new initiative called 'Staying Alive On 75' pairs Florida troopers with law enforcement agencies in a handful of other states with the overall goal of reducing deaths on I-75 by 15 percent in the year 2014.

SW Florida weather: Cloudy, breezy Friday with scattered showers

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:04am
Expect scattered showers mainly during the afternoon and evening Friday and into Saturday.

Letter to the Editor: Why the dig on fly fishing?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:00am
Dear Captain, why the dig on fly fishing? (On The Hook, March 21, Marco Eagle)If your client had been a spin fisherman tossing a rapala off the bow of your boat would you have dished on him? I’ve never met a fly angler who would presume to bring their own equipment on board a charter without clearance from the captain, particularly when nobody else would be fly fishing. Perhaps it’s just an attempt at some home spun dry humor spiced up with the irony of the dull witted fly angler not knowing his fly had been doctored with recently live bait.

Letter to the Editor: San Marco not the answer

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:00am
This letter is in response to Bill Thomas’s letter to the rditor on Tuesday, March 25, entitled “Marriott’s proposed expansion.” Mr. Thomas states, “To help Marco residents, the city could require all “convention” trucks to use San Marco Road/SR 92 to enter and exit our Island, rather than creating an ongoing disruption (and wear-and-tear) on all of Collier Boulevard.” I submit the following points:

Letter to the Editor: Environmental impact

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:00am
While traffic and parking are receiving the bulk of coverage and discussion surrounding Marriott/Mass Mutual’s request for amendment to their 2001 PUD, the issue of environmental impact seems to have burrowed its head in the sand. Granting all of Marriott/Mass Mutual’s wishes should require a sign-off from state and local departments charged with protecting our environment.

Ex-Rick Scott fundraiser's explosive email warned of trouble with Hispanic voters

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:01pm
Weeks before resigning as a top fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, healthcare executive Mike Fernandez revealed deep misgivings about a team of advisors he said is afraid to challenge Scott and is “homogeneous in its thinking.”

Seafood Fest weekend: Change comes to annual event

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:03am
What began just six years ago has grown in popularity and become an annual signature event for Marco Island. "Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to be such a popular event," said Stan Niemcyzk, the festiva

Unveiled: The long-awaited 'Double Eagle' sculpture

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:49am
A group of board members of the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) and the Marco Island Foundation of the Arts (MIFA) and friends gathered at noon at Sarazen Park on Monday to witness and celebrate the unveiling of the Double Eagle sculpture.