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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 Milk. The application process is extremely detailed and information from a variety of sources must be presented in a precise manner while meeting strict requirements. “The slightest oversight can cause the application to be rejected,” said Carla Mickes, a retired ... 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 you may be asked to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” So what about all this truth? Being truthful is not easy especially when having to come to terms with two opposing views of “the ... 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 into the process. Now is the time to get involved. Community Redevelopment Area: “Adopted in 1969, it is intended to help communities revitalize downtowns, preserve historic structures, and otherwise enhance the designated CRA district.” Questions to which YOU should know the answers ... 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 compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who participate. From March 1 to 31, Curves of Marco Island will collect non-perishable items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area. The goal, according to Deborah Spalvins of ... 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. We will be celebrating the fifth observance of the Calusa Heritage Day. We will carpool from the Publix at Elkcam Circle and Collier Blvd. At 9 a.m. and lunch will be at 11 a.m. at the  Tarpon Lodge located across ... 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, and the Tutor Corps of high school students from Immokalee who work with these children. Rotating from station to station, the kids experienced arts and crafts and beach programs presented by Big Cypress National Preserve, Rookery Bay, and Friends of ... 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.  Homesteaders tried to make a living by commercial fishing in the rich estuaries, burning buttonwood trees to make charcoal for sale in Florida’s largest city, Key West, or planting garden crops of vegetables and fruits to be shipped by vessel ... 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 current President of Iran was one of the student leaders of the hostage-takers. I traveled to Iran on many occasions from 1975 to 1979 and befriended a number of businessmen and their families. Some of them have visited me in ... 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. Now let’s address trash on vacant lots.  This includes the illegal dumping of landscape debris, building material, garbage, abandoned appliances, and just about anything else that may be considered refuse. Vacant lots are private property and enjoy the same rights ... 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 Chokoloskee was to catch his first Snook,  make a legal slot- sized Snook, and to cook it that same evening.  He asked if I was up for the challenge.  Of course I was!  Now there was a lot on the ... 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.  The meeting hall is located on Mango Avenue and the membership meets the third Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner and meeting.  The GCA’s next event will be their famous pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and ... 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 most points. Unfortunately, when we view USTA amateur tennis or other local leagues, it is not obvious that one teammate fully trusts his sidekick on the doubles court. Specifically, when one player decides to make the bold move and poach, ... 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 manages his time. He replied, “I treat everything with a sense of urgency.”  He said, “For example, I respond to every email with importance, immediately.  One email is no less important than the other.” Seeing our goals and priorities of ... 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 scraps.  Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) do not catch large fish like we would catch and keep to filet for our meals. The only one of seven species of pelicans to dive for their meal, Brown Pelicans feed on small fish ... 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 is again about revenge, with a few twists and some tight direction by Martin Campbell, who gave us Casino Royale. The story is based on a 25-year-old BBC mini-series, and is replete with corpses, soon-to-be corpses, later-to-be corpses, double-dealing, triple-dealing, ... 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 considered for changes. Charter Amendments Update General administrative changes and updates to bring the current Charter up to date (Yes 3,844 votes; No 2,115 votes) Term Limits, commencing with the 2014 election no Councilor may serve more than 8 years ... 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 which is 20 miles long and 3 to 5 miles wide reaching from Alligator Alley south past the Tamiami Trail and into the Ten  Thousand  Islands.   Information from the website, fakahatcheefriends.com, notes that the strand is the “main drainage slough ... 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 how you got that way, but in this article, you’re already there. If you are unable to negotiate a more manageable mortgage so you can stay in the home, you have to consider other options, like a ‘deed in lieu’, ... 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 a lot of detailed information on the environmental issues affecting choices and the wide range of product solutions, most of which do not cost any more than ordinary ones. It’s simply a matter of knowing the right places to look ... Read More »