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Marco lives up to ‘Most Beautiful’ expectations

The odyssey of Dan and JoAnne Shaub began in New York City where they packed their Saab and headed south. Since they accepted the Mission Possible assignment they were off to the six cities nominated to be designated “America’s Most Beautiful” in a contest jointly sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally.  Marco Island was one of the six nominees, and a group of greeters was on hand to meet them at the Marriott Resort on Monday, June 27. The Shaubs spent two days in Coral Gables, first stop on the “Best of The Road” contest. From there they took ... Read More »

Bridge progress excites

FALL OPENING MARKS NEW TRADITION By Danielle Dodder A projected fall completion of the Judge Jolley Bridge has more than local motorists excited. The prospect of a new bridge has become a challenge Southwest Florida runners have been chomping at the bit to take on, something the city of Marco Island is leveraging to create what they hope will be a cherished annual event. Roger Raymond is a local fitness educator, avid runner and member of the Gulf Coast Runners group. “The challenge of running a new bridge for the first time is always exciting. The uniqueness of it will ... Read More »

City hosts Fourth of July Fireworks

Old Glory will be flying, kids will be playing and grown-ups will be celebrating another commemoration of the birthday of our nation’s independence on July Fourth. Second U.S. President John Adams was the founding father who first suggested celebration and fireworks, and we are proud to continue the great tradition that began several hundred years ago. It is especially important to honor our independence even as so many throughout the world yearn for the freedoms so dearly fostered and maintained by Americans throughout the centuries. This year there will once again be spectacular fireworks shot from a barge off the ... Read More »

A different kind of City Manager

Dr. Jim Riviere is a city manager from a different mold. His education did not specialize in the elements commonly associated with city management; his background is in the world of business. He is calm, laid-back and amiable. So far his abilities have met all the tests. The city is doing well, and looks superb. So superb, in fact, that Marco Island is one of only six cities nominated to be chosen as the Most Beautiful City in America in a contest sponsored by USA TODAY and Rand McNally. After a year on the job Riviere can point to a ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness Seminar, be prepared!

The City of Marco Island Police and Fire/Rescue Departments are offering a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar on July 11th from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Marco Island Community Room. The presenter will be Jim von Rinteln, an Emergency Management Expert. It has been predicted to be a higher than average hurricane season for activity, however, these forecasts cannot predict landfall of storms. Topics to be covered include: What to expect before, during and after a storm:  Should you stay or go?  City services before, during and after a storm.  Preparing for evacuation.  Designing  personal hurricane plans for you and your family.  Evacuation ... Read More »


By Donna Fiala How many of you still wear a flag on your car? It seems we all had them on our car and on our lapel after September 11th, and now we rarely see them, except for Brian & Shirlee Barcic from The Duchess. Well, the 4th of July is fast approaching us. Let us all remember our patriotism and wear the flag! I haven’t taken mine off the car since 2001 except to change to new, fresh flags. By the way, whenever you are finished using the flag on your car because it looks tattered, please take it ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus There may be nothing in the world more annoying than single minded fanatics who focus on something in everyday life and make a fetish of it. I know because I’m one. It started innocently enough. I was on a cruise some years ago on an anonymous cruise line. Let’s call it “Prince”. Like airlines and other businesses where brand loyalty is extremely important, cruise lines have set up their own loyalty programs. They hook you on their, sometimes ephemeral, awards. It’s taken very seriously by the companies and us goofy consumers. For example, I knew a guy ... Read More »

Local student honored in the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program

11 year old, Tia Nielsen of Marco Island, known as the ‘Fireball Fundraiser’ has been selected as a store winner in the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Tia, was recognized for her efforts and commitment to improving her community. Kohl’s will be featuring Tia on an in-store poster and her nomination is now being considered for a regional scholarship.  Kohl’s Cares, recognizes and rewards young volunteers who help make their communities a better place. Given these uncertain times, Kohl’s Cares Program offers scholarships to stand-out kids so they can continue to do great things. This nomination was for all her work ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News brings home awards

At a conference held in St. Petersburg, Florida by the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) and the Community Papers of Florida (CPF), the annual Awards of Excellence competition winners were announced. Coastal Breeze News was the recipient of 9 coveted awards from that competition! “In total we have earned 15 prestigious awards in the past 18 months from these organizations which set the industry standards. Our publication truly offers a fresh perspective, written by the community, for the community. We are very proud of each of our contributors. Their passion is evident in their work! After the winners were ... Read More »

Independence Day July 4, 2011…

By Tarik Ayasun I was not yet living in America when on August 28, 1963, a young preacher in Atlanta named Martin Luther King Jr., uttered the following words: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. . . . I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out ... Read More »

World War II War hero Abraham Thompson

By Carole Thompson Roberts My father died on December 15, 2010; but not before celebrating his 95th birthday a month early. A cousin presented him with a quilt memorializing his life including his service in the United States Army Air Corps as a navigator during World War II. He was delighted with this wonderful gift which was on display recently in the lobby of the Iberia Bank on Marco Island along with a fine collection of memorabilia from veterans and their families. I would like to share my father’s story with you. On my father’s 50th mission over Friedrichshafen, Germany ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® launches its new Real Estate Magazine

The Marco Island Real Estate Guide, the official publication of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors®, makes its inaugural debut on June 30, 2011. The real estate guide is a full color magazine of listings featuring properties on Marco Island and in Naples. The magazine also features information about products and services from Affiliate members of the association. Be sure and pick up your copy at one of the many convenient distribution points and look for the next issue to be out early fall! Other association news – Your local Marco Island Realtor® Association has teamed up with the ... Read More »

Cathy Callahan retires

Two words – dedication and compassion – describe Cathy Callahan who recently retired from the Marco Island Charter School. Cathy has been with the school for over a decade following her career in education devoted particularly to those with the greatest needs. Her departure will be a deep loss of a major player in the superb performance of the Charter School Cathy was born in New York City, and spent her earlier years in Westchester County. After elementary and high school she received her college degree from Fordham University, and began working at an inner city school in Yonkers, New ... Read More »

A move made sense for Makeup Scents

The Makeup Scents store at Naples Outlet Center had been one of the most popular stores in the complex. “So many of our regular customers were coming from Marco Island anyway it made sense to move to the island. We had an opportunity to open at the Esplanade so we made the move,” said Lillian Mead, Makeup Scents owner/manager. Lillian had called Prime Outlets, now the Naples Outlet Center, home for many years. “I worked with Jones New York for 12 years. Then, I owned and operated Makeup Scents at that location for another 10 years.” The youngest of six ... Read More »

You’re on Goodland time!

By Natalie Strom As we enter the month of July, the little village of Goodland has begun to wind down for the next few months of summer. We all know what this means:  intense heat, lots of mosquitoes and mini monsoons that seem to pop up out of nowhere. This is why we have snowbirds. Summers in Southwest Florida certainly are not for everybody. As the snowbirds flock back up north many of our local businesses begin to slow down. Some change their hours and some close altogether. To give you an idea of what’s left to do in Goodland, ... Read More »

Meet MIA teacher- Kirby Rients

By Danielle Dodder Before Kirby Rients began teaching his students to communicate, the Minnesota native got his own start early, working at a radio station at the age of 15.  “It was the middle of nowhere. I think you might have lost our signal when you left the parking lot,” he jokes. But its very smallness gave a young Kirby a hands-on chance to get involved in many aspects of radio, and he was hooked. Kirby grew within the industry through college, moving from the station in the sticks to the much larger Twin Cities market.  He had his own ... Read More »

Su’s Garden, a Marco Island treasure

By Joan Kelly Piyun Su is proud of the long history she has with Marco Island. Su’s Garden celebrated 30 years on the island in June. Su’s Garden is located at 537 Bald Eagle Drive with the gold Chinese lions marking the spot. Her regular customers are like family. Many know just what they want to order, sit and relax while it is prepared. “It is very simple,” Piyun Su noted. LUNCH Carry out as well as dine in is very popular. The carry-out menu for a complete lunch is now $6.95. You get the choice of soup or appetizer, ... Read More »

“Real Estate Best Buys” Radio Show

Of course, everyone wants to find real estate best buys. And now you can by tuning in to 98.9 FM every Sunday morning at 10 AM for a brand new radio show aptly called, “Real Estate Best Buys.” Co-hosted by Jeff Popick and Jeff Tumbarello, two leading success stories in real estate today, the show is sure to be entertaining and enlightening … and quite possibly enriching. Jeff and Jeff will highlight the very best deals available in Collier and Lee counties. The show also offers an interesting opportunity for sellers … if you are trying to sell your property ... Read More »


A Speed and Agility Summer camp will be held by the Marco Island Eagles Football Program from July 11-28 Monday – Thursday from 5-7 PM at Mackle Park. This year’s camp will include a professional trainer leading the children ages 7-14 in drills preparing them for the upcoming season. This camp is open to all boys and girls interested in improving their Agility and Speed even if they choose not to play football. For more information and to register go to   Read More »