Monthly Archives: February 2010

Grants Committee Forms to Assist Parks Department

A new committee of volunteers formed under the Marco Island Parks and Rec Department to assist the park with grant applications. There are a handful of grants available on the state and national level which provide funds for specific projects. The committee is comprised of Chairman Carla Mickes, Bob Bowe, Barbara Murphy, Steve Stefanides, Brian Hauser and Parks Director Bryan ... Read More »

Truth Never Happens in Real Time

A friend of mine wrote a book and the first sentence is “Truth Never Happens in Real Time.” I always thought it presented an interesting theory. There are all sorts of sayings about “truth”… “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” “The truth will set you free,” “the plain truth” or while taking the stand in a court of law ... Read More »

TOWN CENTER = Community Redevelopment Area?

IBERIABANK’s “In The Round” #35 Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, City Councilor Bill Trotter and City Manager Steve Thompson will be presenting and answering questions from our guests about Marco Island’s C.R.A. project as we kick off IBERIABANK’s  “In The Round” lecture series for 2010. Every Islander needs to know all of the pros and cons of the coming C.R.A. project and have input ... Read More »

Curves of Marco Island Hosts Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

Club offers freebies for both existing and potential members who participate Marco Island, FL (Grassroots Newswire) March 1, 2010 – Curves of Marco Island is encouraging women in the area to show their philanthropic strength by participating in the annual Curves Food Drive. And, even though donating food to families in need is its own reward, the club is offering ... Read More »

A Rare Opportunity

The Marco Island Historical Society is sponsoring a field trip on Saturday, March 13, 2010, to the Rendell Research Center on Pine Island. This will be a full day of demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities presented by the Florida Museum of Natural History. The keynote speaker will be George Burgess, an internationally known shark and sawfish expert. Admission is $5. ... Read More »

Breezin’ Through

Marco Chamber After 5 The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Business After Five February was hosted by AVOW Hospice of Naples and M&I Bank located at the Esplanade. Co-sponsors for the event were J Robert, Kretches, M&I Bank, Marco Island Equipment and Publix. [nggallery id=6] Read More »

Kids and Their Buddies Spend a Meaningful Day

On Tuesday, February 9, 114 second-graders from the Guadelupe After School Program (GAP) in Immokalee (Pinecrest and Highlands Elementary Schools) were welcomed by Big Buddies at the 18th Annual Hideaway Beach Buddy Day, for an excursion filled with fun and learning. The kids paired up with adult buddies from Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Verona Walk, Eagle Creek, The League Club, ... Read More »

The Silver King

After the Civil War, there were few rugged pioneers who chose to settle on the old shell mounds that the islands of Southwest Florida offered and attempt to eke out a living. Few were willing to endure mosquitoes, heat, and almost total isolation, with towns and villages accessible only by boat and no railroad or roads within hundreds of miles.  ... Read More »

Iran: Hostages to Nuclear Weapons – Part I

Many Americans today may recall the events that took place in Iran between the years 1960 to 1979, and the accompanying terrible images in newspapers and on TV of 53 Americans being held hostage by so-called student demonstrators in the American Embassy for 444 days. Some, including the author of this article, strongly believe that Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, the sixth and ... Read More »

Code-Alert: Vacant Lots

This is a series of articles to educate citizens on various code violations occurring throughout the City. Let’s talk about vacant lots specifically, respecting the rights of the property owners.  A previous article by Code Officer Liz Carr talked about the times that trash containers may be placed at the curb and the placement of landscape debris at the curb. ... Read More »

How to Catch a Snook

Prior to last Snook season I received a call from a gentleman that lives in the Tampa area.  After a very pleasant conversation,  he explained to me that he had an 18-year old grandson that loved to fish. His grandson had never caught a snook, and  had never eaten fresh fish! The object of coming all the way down to ... Read More »

Goodland Tides

Goodland, especially during the winter season, is a bit more active as neighbors migrate from all points beyond and once again meet and greet one another. The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) is the main community organization and is one of the many ways for the people of Goodland to care for one another and the community in which they live.  ... Read More »

Essential Doubles Strategy Guide – Part 2

When we analyze good doubles teams, the one true barometer of success is how much one teammate trusts the other. Look no further than the Bryan twins of California, who are the best tandem in the world rankings. They communicate on every point, they switch with ease, and they show their appreciation for one another with a huge smile after ... Read More »

A Sense of Urgency

At times the responsibilities and obligations of life seem overwhelming and I wonder how those who are so active in work, in the community, and within the family do it.  How do they get it done?  What is their secret?  Keith Dameron, VP-Manager of Iberia Bank, is active in the community and volunteers untold hours graciously.  I asked Dameron how he ... Read More »

Please Don’t Kill Pelicans with Kindness

Would it surprise you if you were told feeding pelicans the bones and heads of your catch-of-the-day is killing them with kindness? It was surprising to me years ago when I first became involved with rescuing local wildlife. Many pelicans, hundreds in fact, are sick and injured every year because of the cumulative effects of feeding on fish carcasses and ... Read More »

Edge of Darkness

Aging, balding Mel Gibson is on the redemption trail. After a 7½-year screen absence, connected to some well-publicized personal problems, he has returned to a familiar milieu. He’s back in the revenge/thriller mode following his earlier tracks in Mad Max 1-3, Lethal Weapon 1-4, Braveheart, The Patriot, Payback, Ransom, and his abbreviated film version of Hamlet.   Edge of Darkness ... Read More »


At the Tuesday, February 16 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, The First Reading of the Seawall Ordinance was deferred to the March 1 meeting. Dr. James Riviere, who had served as the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee, summarized the ballot results of the votes from the January 26 election when the seven following amendments were ... Read More »

Discover the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk

Taking CR92 to Tamiami Trail and heading east, the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is only about 20-25 minutes from Marco Island.  If time is an issue this trip provides the southwest Florida adventurer an ideal vista of what the Everglades is all about without traveling too far into the glades. The boardwalk is part of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve ... Read More »

Short Sale, Walk-away or Deed in Lieu – eenie, meanie, mynie, moe

Why would you ever want a short sale instead of just a regular sized sale?  Because if you owe more money than your house is worth, your house is considered to be ‘upside down’ or ‘underwater’ and no, that’s not a new exercise regimen or a way of giving birth. There are a million stories in the naked city about ... Read More »

Sustainability and What Does it Mean to Me?

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a 400-member coalition of furniture industry leaders and visionaries formed to promote sustainable practices. Members assist in accomplishing this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting high standards. The Council offers  interior designers a course focusing specifically on environmentally friendly furnishings themselves and other interior design issues. There is ... Read More »