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Two Great Weekends with seafood, music and fun!

by Patricia Huff Lots of excitement, live music, fresh seafood and fun will be coming to Everglades City during the February 4-6 weekend. The annual Seafood Festival will be starting with “Family” night on Friday. There will be no alcohol served during this evening when the carnival starts for the kids at 5 pm. However, we will have live music throughout the evening with great artists (Jesse Thompson Project, “Let’s Hang On” and The Gruv Monstrz) beginning at 6 pm. Then at 10 am on Saturday, February 5, the opening ceremony will be followed by singers Casey Weston, the “Weathered ... Read More »

LCEC partners with City to remove cul-de-sac hazards

The City of Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) recently completed a survey of the condition of all 304 cul-de-sac circles in the City. While compiling the data, the BAC identified over 100 cul-de-sac circles in which trees and other landscape material pose an immediate hazard to the safety of residents, and threaten to interrupt electric service. Data and photos were presented to LCEC and other stakeholders at a BAC workshop. Due to the possible threat these trees pose to service, LCEC agreed to review the findings to determine if the utility could be of assistance in tree removal. On ... Read More »

The Bravest v. The Finest

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, March 5, the Marco Island Fire Foundation and the Marco Island Police Foundation will hold a free admission community “Fun Day” featuring a softball game between Marco Island’s first responders – the police (“Finest”) and Firefighters/EMS (“Bravest”). Festivities will begin at the ballpark on Winterberry Drive at 10:00a.m. with games for kids, followed by a home run hitting contest between selected ballplayers from the teams. The softball game will start at noon. A mystery celebrity will throw out the first ball, and there will be more surprises. In addition to free admission hot dogs, hamburgers, ... Read More »

“Threatening our signature crop”

By Yvette Benarroch Citrus greening has seriously affected citrus crops in the United States, Asia and Africa.  The disease was detected in Florida in 2005 and it is threatening our citrus industry.  This will have environmental, economic and social impacts in our State. What is citrus greening? Citrus greening is bacterial disease that slowly weakens and kills all types of citrus trees and it is one of the most serious citrus diseases in the world. It just affects citrus plants and it doesn’t represent a threat to humans or animals. What causes citrus greening? Citrus greening disease is caused by ... Read More »

Build it and they will come

By Joan Kelly On January 15th, John Paalman from the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, spoke and presented two plaques in recognition of the two houses built by Marco Lutheran Church in 2008 and 2009. One was for the Fortilus family and the other the Calzadilla family. John also explained that the gift of a house keeps on giving. With 1350 Collier Habitat for Humanity houses the mortgage money keeps coming in so that there are funds to help build more houses. There is still a need for more houses and more money. All applicants ... Read More »

Capri gets proactive with Neighborhood Watch

By Joan Kelly At the monthly Capri Association meeting on January 11th the speaker was Capri resident and Gulfcoast Protective Services owner Kevin Martin. The residents crowded the hall to hear Martin, who has 25 years of security experience, make suggestions and a plea to organize and protect against break-ins. Kevin Martin proposed that a Neighborhood Watch be formed with two block captains on each street. With trained people in place and everyone on the street aware of the problems he expects that the attempts at theft and vandalism will decrease. It is better to be proactive than reactive, having ... Read More »

Sailing Association of Marco Island 2011 Change of Watch

The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) held its Forty-First Annual Change of Watch Dinner, Thursday, January 20, 2010 at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Don Mills, a lifetime member, Past Commodore and Skipper of “Sea Plus”, was Master of Ceremonies along with Russ Rainy, also a Past Commodore, who gave the invocation and conducted the flag ceremony. A dinner at the MIYC preceded the formal program and installations of the 2011 Flag Officers. Herman G. Diebler, 2010 Commodore thanked all of his 2010 outgoing Flag Officers for a job well done. He presented his bridge Vice Commodore Barbara Fleicher, ... Read More »

Curves adds Zumba to shake up the circuit!

Curves of Marco Island rings in New Year with new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness® classes; Marco Island residents can try it free for a week Zumba® at Curves! Hold on to your sports bras –Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness® is here! Millions have lost weight and shaped up with Curves, the leader in women’s fitness, and Zumba, the dance-fitness experts. Now, the two have created the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba with the proven strength training of Curves for one wildly effective workout. It’s definitely NOT your Mother’s workout—BUT even your Mother can do it! ... Read More »

Taxes: A Bargain?

The last few years have been tough as almost the entire world plunged into recession. Unemployment rates are up; property values are down. Some families lost their savings. 55 million Americans are living under the poverty line. Some pensions vanished as companies plunged into bankruptcy or complete failure. However, even though the recession is technically over and corporations are getting back into the hiring mode, everyone is concerned about taxes. What does this all mean for Marco Islanders? As the City of Marco Island moves into 2011 there have been significant changes in procedures and policies of the city government ... Read More »


by Donna Fiala Recently I was invited to spend a few hours with the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department and even ride in a Fire vehicle. No, it wasn’t a fire truck, but one of the supervisor’s vehicles. It was such a wonderful experience and everyone was so helpful as they explained how the department works and what they do in the community. I wouldn’t have missed that day for anything. It was heartwarming to see how well Fire and EMS worked together. These folks are a shining example of how things SHOULD be done between departments. Councilman Jerry ... Read More »

Fifteen seconds of fame

By Monte Lazarus Andy Warhol, in 1986, said, “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” Little did Andy know but, on November 9, 1946, I actually celebrated 15 seconds of fame. It happened on a Saturday. At Yankee Stadium, the “Football Game of the Century” was ready for kickoff. There were about 80,000 fans to see unbeaten #1 Army against unbeaten #2 Notre Dame. Some of the greatest college stars were on the two teams: Davis, Blanchard and Tucker for Army and the great quarterback, Johnny Lujack for Notre Dame. Notre Dame was determined to atone ... Read More »

“As time goes by”

Guest Commentary – Clayton Leitz Everyone – and I mean everyone is dragging their feet. Days, weeks, months and years go by without an answer why Marco Island Cemetery, Inc. can not have above ground burial with a beautiful garden memorial building at approximately 12 feet high. Let’s just stick with the facts. Contacted Pastor Thomas McCulley, May 2009 about a mausoleum at the cemetery. August 4, 2009 – letter of OK from the Church and Cemetery Board. Contacted planning Kris Van Lengen to clarify rules and restrictions concerning Mausoleum. A letter to Pastor McCulley, New Life Church of God ... Read More »

Florida Land Barons pay a visit to Marco Island

By Gina Sisbarro The Marco Island Historical Society presented the “Florida Land Barons of the Gilded Age” on Sunday, January 23, an original play adapted and narrated by Marco’s own first lady of history, Ms. Betsy Perdichizzi. As I gathered up a plate of brownies and some sparkling green froth to drink, I watched volunteers hurry back and forth from the storage room, opening up folding chair after folding chair to accommodate the larger than expected number of theater goers who came out for the performance. Ms. Perdichizzi, who apologized for the late start, served as narrator and looked elegant ... Read More »

The clay lady

By Tara O’Neill I think there may be more than 24 hours to a day in the world of clay artist Sandy Moore Howe. First, the former Fulbright Scholar is indeed a clay artist extraordinaire; her innovative treatments of the material continues to stretch the imagination and delight the eye. Add to that her work at the Art League of Marco Island: instructor in ceramics, Clay Guild backbone, Festival Chairperson, Gallery Committee member and tireless volunteer. For the last year she has been a member of the thriving Artist Colony at the Esplanade and now she takes up a booth ... Read More »

The Marco Island Academy fills two key positions in staff

Mr. Roger Raymond, known for the successful athletic department he runs at MICMS, will become the Athletic Director the Marco Island Academy while maintaining his role at MICMS. The academy’s board of directors notes it is pleased to welcome Mr. Raymond and acknowledges the asset he will be to the program. Mr. Chris Pellant of Minnesota was the chosen from several qualified applications for the position of Principal. In a press release from Marco Island Academy’s founder, Jane Watt, it was noted Mr. Pellant served as a Charter School Specialist at the state level for the Minnesota Department of Education. ... Read More »


Everglades City School principal Bobby Jones is retiring after serving 11½ years in the only school in the state to have all 12 grades in one establishment. He is most proud of what he has achieved: Lower drop-out rate Attendance rate rose Implemented a uniform dress code Implemented the AVID program for 9th through 11th grade students. School made a “B” grade this past school year for FCAT scores He plans to spend his time now golfing, fishing, and traveling. His position will be filled by Mrs. Cherise Brummer who joined the school as Assistant Principal this fall. Thank you, Mr. Jones, for all you’ve done. We hope you have a ... Read More »

St. Katherine’s Greek Festival

by Carl Kelly Geia sas! (YAH-sas)Every year St. Katherine’s members welcome Collier County to share for three days in their heritage, the food, the wine, the pastries, the music, the dance, authentic costumes, the fellowship. Geia sas! Festival dates are February 11, 12, 13. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children under 12, and everyone gets in free on Friday the 11thbetween 11 am and 3 pm. Parking and shuttle are free. Call 239-591-3430 for more information. Read More »