Author Archives: Jacentia Kinsey

City Hall Staff Changes and Challenges

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the departure of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt a number of changes have occurred within City Hall, with departures of personnel and some shuffling of the chairs on the deck to insure the functions to service residents’ needs are still being met. Guillermo Polanco was assigned the responsibilities as Interim City Manager in February, in ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

Relay’s Battle Against Cancer Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For the last 30 years the American Cancer Society has brought cancer survivors, families and friends together to walk hand in hand to fight for awareness regarding the ravages of cancer and the toll it takes on families and those fighting the disease. This year will see over 5,200 communities, spread over 20 countries come together ... Read More »

Tragedy Lingers From Picayune Fire

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides It’s hard to believe that about a month ago the scene along Benfield Road was one of an inferno, rather than the serene and quiet area that Todd and Monique Waldeck had fallen in love with close to 30 years ago. The only evidence one could see from the narrow single lane road was the charred ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Who Let the DOGS OUT? | Mutts & Martinis at the Esplanade

By Maureen Chodaba  Who let the dogs out? Marco Island, that’s who, as dozens of gussied up canines and their well dressed owners recently took to the stage at the Esplanade! The event was a benefit for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Awards were given to Lori Harris and Isabella for Best Dressed, Best in Show to Paige Wood of ... Read More »

ICC Prepares for Golf Course Renovations

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) recently held a “Demolition Day” themed golf tournament event and BBQ to celebrate its upcoming golf course renovations. The ICC golf course will be closed from now until December 1, 2017 as it undergoes a complete modernization and refurbishment initiative. Golf course architect Dave Wallace designed the original course over 50 years ... Read More »

The Spring Fling It’s A Lollapalooza

Photos and Story by Barry Gwinn As we do every year (this will be our fifth), on Saturday, April 1st, the Goodland Civic Association threw a party to show our appreciation for the overwhelming support we get from our neighbors and friends here. Everyone was invited, everyone helped, and virtually everyone came. In the beautiful setting of Collier County’s Margood ... Read More »

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as ... Read More »

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

News From The Nest Three Times a Charm!

By Linda J. Turner, Communications Director Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary In the bald eagle nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary are, not one, not two, but three eaglets! This is the first time in many years that more than two eaglets have hatched on this property. All three eaglets appear to be healthy, eating well ... Read More »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

Never Give In, Never Give Up

By Don Manley Don Camplese personifies the concept of resilience in the face of difficulty. Rather than quitting after cancer cost him the use of his left arm, the avid golfer has adapted and is again enjoying the game, only in a one-handed fashion now. In fact, the Hideaway Beach Club resident is displaying some of the same skill he’d ... Read More »

Marco Players Deliver with ‘Driving Miss Daisy

By Scott H. Shook The Marco Players tackled a popular and familiar subject when they took on “Driving Miss Daisy” this winter. “Driving Miss Daisy” won four Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Tandy). Taking on a subject your audience is so familiar with could have backfired on the local theatre group. But the three ... Read More »

Volunteers Shine at Spirit Awards

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 9th Annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards drew a sellout crowd to the Bistro Soleil restaurant on a recent Sunday evening, as friends and co-workers assembled to pay their respects to the six recipients of the Noontime Rotary’s selections this year. Each year the Rotary Club of Marco Island recognizes individuals within the community who ... Read More »

Rib Cook-Off Showcases Talent

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Brewery is once again hosting the Annual Rib Cook-Off, offering Marco’s talented chefs the chance to show off their barbeque skills. The event will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 12-6 PM. There will be music, raffles, and prizes. The judging will take place at 5 PM, and the competition promises ... Read More »