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Nest Fest Raises $11,000

By Noelle H. Lowery On March 16, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation raised more than $11,000 during its Fourth Annual Nest Fest — the most money raised at a single function by the organization to date. “It was a great success,” says Carl Way, the foundation’s chairman and founder. “We thank all those that supported our cause.” The event was held at the Island Country Club. The event is one way the foundation helps fund its efforts to protect and maintain the habitat for Marco Island’s resident mating pair of Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa. The foundation leases the ... Read More »

MIA Art Show Set for April

By Noelle H. Lowery April is a very important month for Rob Eder’s art history class at Marco Island Academy. His students will be showing roughly 30 original art works at the La Petite Galerie at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. These are not just any old paintings or sketches, and patrons definitely will not see any pottery. What they will see are computer-enhanced watercolors of guitars — bright, colorful, authentic guitars. Part of a class project, Eder divided his class into working groups who then created their own guitar design companies complete with corporate name and ... Read More »

Make World Water Day Every Day

The 110,000 acres of RBNERR are a great place to explore by paddleboard,
kayak or boat.

By Natalie Strom News flash! Water is essential to our everyday lives! Oh, you already knew that? Good. Well, did you know that you can celebrate what keeps you alive on March 22 with the rest of the world. That’s right. It’s World Water Day, and the best way to celebrate the liquid locally is by taking a trip to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) where its specialty, of course, is water and water research. Head out to 300 Tower Road, just off of US-951, and you will find the Reserve tucked away in a hidden paradise ... Read More »

Marco Faith & Wine Presents Christina King


Submitted Author, national radio host, international speaker, featured guest of EWTN and mother of eight, Christina King’s highly dynamic and interactive style will inspire you to embrace the beauty of faith and God’s plan for your life. King will present “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” at San Marco Church, Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 PM. The Marco Faith and Wine event is sponsored by Coastal Breeze News. “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” is an encouraging and inspirational presentation describing individuals as unique treasures in earthen vessels that God can, and does, work through — even though we might be “cracked.” King uses ... Read More »

Sue Monk Kidd Comes to Marco Island

Sherrie Meek, Maureen Brennen and Susan Schalier drove down from Naples for the book signing event.

By Noelle H. Lowery Recently, the Marco Island Center for the Arts and Sunshine Booksellers joined forces to bring renowned author Sue Monk Kidd to Marco Island for a book signing event for Kidd’s latest release — “The Invention of Wings.” It was a natural partnership, after all. While Rosemary Wick, president of the Center’s board of directors, is a close friend of Kidd’s, the owners of Sunshine Booksellers — Stuart and Theresa Unsworth — have represented her for years. To say the partnership and the event were unprecedented successes is an understatement. Tickets sold like proverbial hotcakes, and ... Read More »

Big Cypress Annual Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Big Cypress National Preserve invites aspiring poets to submit their poetry for the Second Annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences. The preserve is accepting poetry submissions through April 14. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, and poems will be displayed on the Big Cypress National Preserve website and Facebook page. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 30. Here ... Read More »

Publix supports Bedtime Bundles

The Publix staff’s enthusiasm encouraged shoppers to donate  over $8,500 worth of bagged groceries for Bedtime Bundles.SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Dianna Dohm Publix kicked off its “Culture of Caring” campaign by assisting Marco’s hometown organization, Bedtime Bundles, with its semi-annual Spring Food Drive. Together, Publix staff and Bedtime Bundle volunteers collected over $8,500 of bagged groceries for migrant children, their families and the underserved of Collier County. Publix manager Hugh Hackett and his assistant manager Melanie Cortes worked closely with Karen Saeks, founder of Bedtime Bundles, to develop the contents of the grocery bag which included rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit. The Marco Island community came out in force to support both Publix and Bedtime Bundles. “I have ... Read More »

3rd Annual Festival on Marco

Nick Ciletti, morning news anchor of NBC-2 News, rides the mechanical bull.

Submitted Three days of fun, excitement and literally something for everyone,” such was the description of the 3rd Annual Festival on Marco by Marco Island Charter School Principal George Abounader. The festival was held at Veterans Park. Festival attendees could do anything from riding a mechanical bull to enjoying the various midway amusements — including a huge ferris wheel — to taking a chance at the midway games and other rides offered by Tolve Amusements. The Kriger Orthodontic stage lineup on Friday night was dedicated to Marco Island Charter Middle School and the numerous volunteers who donated time to the ... Read More »

Isles of Capri March Madness

The Beach Bums handed over their crown to the Hurricanes. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

By Joan and Carl Kelly The Isles of Capri bocce season ended on March 14 with a celebration. Eighteen teams participated with the top eight teams battling it out this week for the championship. It all came down to last year’s winners: the Beach Bums vs. the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes came from fourth place to win the tournament. Division A winners were Island Breeze, Ann and Eddie Hall, and Kay and Gene Brady. Division B winners were the Magnificent Frigates, Joan Kelly, Mary Ann and Lynn Fisher, and Fran Mc Cormack. The grand prize went to the Hurricanes: Darla and ... Read More »

10th Annual Walkathon for PSP

Submitted On Saturday, April 5, the 10th annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk will take place at Mackle Park. This walk continues to benefit the programs and services of CurePSP in support of families affected by PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy), CBD (corticobasal degeneration) and MSA (multiple system atrophy). CurePSP Foundation for PSPICBD and Related Brain Diseases is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, headquartered in Timonium, MD. PSP is a brain disease in the category of “neurodegenerative” diseases, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig diseases. CBD has no known cause, treatment or cure. It affects nerve cells that control ... Read More »

MIAAOR Open House Weekend


By Bette McGilvray President of Marco Island Area Association of Realtors The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors has announced a two-day real estate event. “Discover Marco Island & Surrounds Open House Weekend” will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, from1-4 PM. It was the Idea of MIAAOR Board of Director Ralph Iorio, broker of Assist to Sell, to organize this event. MIAAOR President Bette McGilvray also will lend a hand with the organization. The event includes properties on Marco Island, Goodland, Isles of Capri and communities on the 951 corridor of Naples FL. Now that Marco Island has ... Read More »

Jennifer J. Edwards speaks at TBE


Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, spoke to approximately 100 second graders participating in the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida program at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Marco Island Thursday afternoon. After participating in their own mock-election for Mayor, students had the opportunity to meet with Edwards and learn how real elections occur at the county, state and federal levels. After hearing from Edwards, students were put to the test on their elections knowledge through a trivia session quizzing them on various elections facts including the legal voting age, location of their precinct and Marco Island’s Early Voting location. Junior Achievement of ... Read More »

Fiddler’s New Floor Plan


Lennar Homes has introduced the Sophia floor plan, a Mediterranean-style residence located within the single-family home village of Millbrook at Fiddler’s Creek. The Sophia is a one-story, move-in ready home offering 2,032 air-conditioned square feet. This residence features three bedrooms, three baths, a den and a two-car garage. The home is designed on a split floor plan to ensure privacy and the den is large enough to accommodate an alternate fourth bedroom. Fiddler’s Creek residents have the opportunity to join The Golf Club, featuring The Creek Course, a championship golf course that is currently ranked in Golfweek’s 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

Mary Wiley of Naples was the big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Stage 2 Comedy


Back again, by popular demand…the Island Theater Company brings the popular Stage 2 Improv comedy show to Marco Island March 22nd. The show is sponsored by First National Bank of the Gulf Coast. Stage 2 Improv is a Naples-based improvisational theatre group featuring scenes, games and songs that are created right before your very eyes! If you liked the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway”? and the improv troop The Second City, you’ll love this! The Island Theater Company production of Stage 2 Improv will run at 7:30pm . Tickets are $20 and on sale at Centennial Bank / ... Read More »

Purely Abstract


Combine drawing, painting and a variety of three-dimensional materials for an unusual and distinctive Purely Abstract result with Shirley Blake. The Bonita Springs resident and award-winning artist has more than 30 years working in various media, with the last 15 years focusing on abstract acrylic painting and collage. Blake encourages everyone to try abstract art because it’s a great opportunity “to do your own thing.” The Purely Abstract workshop, which is geared to students of all levels, meets on March 31-April 3rd from 9:30-3:30pm. The cost for members is $200 and for nonmembers $250. For more information, contact the Marco ... Read More »

AMIKids Donate Bikes


We have a lot going on at AMIKids Big Cypress. This week we dropped off 16 more bikes to the kids at Everglades School. The motto of Bikes for Tykes, of which we are a a part, is “A Bike for Every Kid.” At least in Everglades City, we are not going to stop until every kid that wants a bike has one! Our students get bikes that need fixing from Bikes for Tykes and we work on them in our bike shop at the school. After we get enough ready we deliver them. The students learn mechanical skills. We ... Read More »

Stars in the Arts Award

Jon and Sonja Laidig, Stars in the Arts Winners Stars in the Arts.

The United Arts Council of Collier County honored the winners of the 2014 Stars in the Arts awards at a luncheon on March 7th at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples. Among the winners saluted were Jon and Sonja Laidig of Marco Island, Florida nominated by the Marco Island Historical Society.   Read More »

SUN-N-FUN Open for Spring Break

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open for spring break from Saturday, March 22 through Monday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is offering a special discount to Collier County residents. With a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address, you and your party will receive $2 off any 48-inch or taller entry. Guests less than 48-inches tall enter for $5.50; children age three and under enter free. For more information about Sun-N-Fun Lagoon or other public pool facilities, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online at The public may call Sun-N-Fun Lagoon at 239-252-4021.   Read More »

Florida Joins States in BP Lawsuit

Governor Rick Scott joined the multi-state federal litigation currently pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit against BP and others was filed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Pensacola. The complaint names BP, Anadarko, and Transocean as defendants responsible for the environmental harm caused by the oil spill. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010, and caused significant harm to Florida’s natural resources and prevented citizens and visitors from enjoying those resources. The case Florida filed is separate from ... Read More »