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Wet Paint Live Boosts Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Marco called, and local artists answered. The mission: To raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund by participating in the Seventh Annual Wet Paint Live on Feb. 12. Eighteen artists spread out in nine locations throughout Marco Island and Goodland to paint for the cause of education. “I have been a part of it from the beginning,” said Betty Newman while painting a whimsical mermaid in front of the gallery she runs with Judith Chinski — The Artist’s Gallery-Marco Island — at The Esplanade Shoppes. ... Read More »

Open House for Community Center


“The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has organized an Open House for all residents for the Mackle Park Community Center. The will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 5-8 PM at Mackle Park. Plans for the new community center will be available for review, and members of the committee and Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the proposed plans for the Mackle Park Community Center. Residents are encouraged to stop by to show their support and to bring their questions for discussion. Light refreshments will be served. ... Read More »

A “Vantastic” Voyage

By Melinda Gray Just minutes into one of Billy “O’s” Vantastic Tours, it becomes apparent: owner and tour guide, Billy “O” Oliver is passionate about the wildlife and colorful history of the Everglades. During my visit to Goodland in January, I was lucky enough to go on my first eco-tour with Billy “O.” My two children were dying to see some of the Everglades’ famed wildlife, and as my daughter caught sight of a dolphin from the top of the Goodland Bridge, I knew we’d be talking about this adventure for weeks. With promises of gigantic turtles and talking ... Read More »

ICCCF Golf Tournament Raises $75,000

We ended up with a full field of 150 players, including one First Tee High School Golfer per team. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Island Country Club Charitable Foundation recently held its 13th Annual Golf Classic. This year, the ICCCF partnered with the American Cancer Society-Marco Island and the Hideaway Beach “Chips Away at Cancer” team to raise more than $75,000. “(It) was by far our most successful event,” said Wes Blackwell, chairman of ICCCF. “We ended up with a full field of 150 players, including one First Tee High School Golfer per team. These kids are really the highlight of the day. They hit the ball a country mile and knock in 20 foot putts without a care in the world.” ... Read More »

‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ at Center for the Arts

Marco Island Historical Society Model-T. SUBMITTED photoS

Submitted More than 100 people attended the opening reception for the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ latest monthly exhibition — “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” The exhibit has something for everyone’s taste from large-scale pieces incorporating found objects to more traditional approaches to whimsical toys, and it features the work of six Florida artists: Paul Arsenault, Paul Hambleton, Chris Jenkins, Jo-Ann Lizio, Richard Moore and Brewster Moseley. Several of the participating artists were on hand to discuss their work at the opening reception. The exhibit will run through Feb. 27. Guests at the opening reception also were treated to a ... Read More »

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series Events Announced

The Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island has announced the second and third events of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series for 2014. On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, at 7:30 PM, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform for the eighth year, and on Sunday, March 2, at 7:30 PM, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, the retired Rabbi of Japan will discuss Jewish History in Asia. Both events will be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. On Saturday, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet, Dvorak, Rossini and Copland. The players include Matthew Sonneborn, trumpet; David ... Read More »

‘Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody’


Submitted From a Wall Street consulting firm to the pulpit of one of the nation’s largest Mega Churches, from best-selling author to radio talk-show host, Dr. Allen Hunt’s heartwarming, engaging and humorous style will inspire, encourage and enlighten you. Marco Faith and Wine is hosting Hunt on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30-8:30 PM at the San Marco Catholic Church. Women of all faiths are welcome. “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody,” based on Hunt’s new book of the same title, is an inspirational presentation that reveals how forgiveness can unleash a power in our lives that is underrated, underused and often ... Read More »

Code Enforcement returns to Police Department


by Carol Glassman The Feb. 11 meeting of the Code Enforcement Board opened with an overview of the code process by Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer. Baer reviewed the various ways cases are opened: by violations witnessed by code officers; complaints made by other citizens; and reports from other government entities, such as the county health department. Problems are then prioritized, he said, with those involving residents’ health, safety and welfare, such as a septic tank leaks, going on the fast track and being dealt with immediately. Warnings are not issued to violations involving health and safety or to repeat ... Read More »

Stars in the Arts Winners for 2014

Sonja and Jon Laidig. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The United Arts Council of Collier County has announced that Jon and Sonja Laidig of Marco Island are among the winners of the 2014 Stars in the Arts awards. Representatives from among several disciplines in the Collier County arts community are among those chosen. In addition to the Laidigs, winners include Linda Cummings, Mally Khorasantchi, Megan McCombs, the Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and the Naples Botanical Garden. The Laidigs are long-time residents of Marco Island and valued members of the Marco Island Historical Society family. Their passion for the history of Marco Island and their commitment to philanthropy ... Read More »

11th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Regatta Championships

Radio-controlled Laser sailboats have gained in popularity. There are more than 6,000 Lasers in the US alone, and regatta’s like the one on Marco Island are held worldwide, even as far away as Durban, South Africa. SUBMITTED photo

The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is gearing up its 11th Annual Midwinter Regatta Championships. Set for Feb. 28-March 2, the event has grown in size and popularity over time. In fact, the Marco Island event has become one of the biggest and best Radio-controlled Laser Regattas in the nation. This year, the event will be hosted by the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department. Dave Brawner, president of the American Model Yachting Association, will be the principal Race official. The rules of the regatta follow the 2013 International Sailing Federation ... Read More »

MICMS Girl’s Soccer Team CCAC South Division Champions


Submitted The Marco Island Charter Middle School Eagles girls soccer team played the Collier County Athletic Conference-South Division final on Saturday morning against Pine Ridge Middle School. The stakes were high as these two teams had tied 0-0 in their previous regular season match. Emily Hamilton scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute off of a goal kick from goal keeper Andrea Castilo. In the second half, Hailey Carp scored the second goal in the 33rd minute on an assist from Miranda Webb and Emily Hamilton. With their victory over PRMS, MICMS Eagles won the South ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer pave the way


by Julia Cartwright This year’s Marco Island Academy girl’s soccer season has come to a close. Eight games were played throughout the entire season, all of which were lost, though the Marco girls did not go down without a fight. The girls started practicing in October, and worked hard to be prepared for the season ahead of them. In the years past, MIA has always had a coed soccer team, as there were never enough girls to participate for two separate teams. Having a coed team proved to be a disadvantage for the girls participating. The boys got a lot ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Orchids


Fakahatchee Orchids: Lost and Found in Cuba March 1st – 5:30-8:30pm Join two local biologists for a program on their efforts to restore rare and extinct orchids to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples. $50pp includes hearty appetizers and beverages. Reservations required: Read More »

An evening with Robert Stone on Marco Island

Submitted Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a free presentation by folklorist Robert Stone entitled, “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition,” on Feb. 25, at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Cattle were introduced into the present-day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. Attendees will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions, including material culture such as Cracker ... Read More »

Celebrating Life with Martha Gallagher

Martha Gallagher. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Parish Center at the San Marco Catholic Church will be filled with music and more on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00PM. Multi-faceted performer Martha Gallagher shares her one-woman show of songs and stories celebrating the many facets of life, sprinkled with in-the-moment inspirations. The performance will benefit the San Marco Catholic Youth Group. Gallagher, based in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, is a singer of many styles of music from Blues and Jazz to Contemporary Folk to Celtic. Her instrument of choice is not the expected guitar or piano, but is rather unique. It is the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Where are our other Councilor’s?


I’m very glad to see that Larry Sacher has already conducted his first “Coffee with the Councilor”, with great success. More people attended that coffee than normally attend the City Council meetings, which shows that people really are interested and really do have many unanswered questions. Now, Mister Sacher has scheduled his second town hall type meeting, to be held on April 3rd. Councilor Larry Honig has taken a different avenue and started a website where citizens can send in questions and topics of conversation and, I assume, receive answers to those questions. That’s two of our councilors, or about ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: 2014 Independent Survey for Marco Island Voters


My name is Joe Rola. I have absolutely NO business interest on Marco except to enjoy my home and environs. I, like you, fell in love with Marco’s beach and residential charm. I am a Marco Island citizen with limited resources trying to get the word out. Issues coming before the Planning Board and eventually Council will impact the “small tropical town character” of this island. An immediate issue of concern is the Marriott Resort/Mass Mutual request for an amendment to the Marco Island Resort Planned Unit Development (PUD), on Collier Boulevard to expand beyond the agreement of 2001. Other similar issues ... Read More »

From Marco to Maasai Mara

Mara West Village.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cynthia Corogin recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club about her trip to Kenya and Tanzania, a dream of hers since watching Tarzan on TV at age 10. Corogin explained, although she felt sure it would be an adventure of a lifetime, she didn’t realize how the Maasai people would capture her heart. The village Corogin is working with is located high above the Rift Valley on an escarpment in the Maasai Mara which is in the southwest part of Kenya. A typical Maasai village is like a large, extended family. Traditionally, a village is enclosed ... Read More »

Farewell Goodland…

Remind me again why I’m leaving this place?

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom The first time I visited Goodland, I was about five years old. I don’t remember, but my mom does. She vividly recounts the story of the family going to dinner at The Little Bar and how my younger brother, still an infant, made a massive mess of himself. My mom was horrified. She spent a lot of time in the restroom with him that evening. When she tells the story even now, I can hear the embarrassment in her voice. I do, however, remember the second time I visited Goodland. It was February of 2005. I ... Read More »

Get Your Kicks on the Route to 66


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” Abe Lemons, American Basketball Coach, 1922-2002 Question: My husband is in his early sixties and I am in my late fifties. We are looking forward to retirement in a few years. What should we be thinking about now, before we stop working? Answer: Congratulations, assessing your situation before you actually retire increases the likelihood that you and your husband will have a smooth transition into the next phase of your lives. Advance planning is very important because there are so many unpredictable variables ... Read More »