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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area

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I ask council to take a close look at a tentative decision to locate the proposed stoplight at Saturn. Let’s go back to the beginning. The primary need for a light is to provide safe access to traffic traveling North on Collier from the Bayside area. Traffic from and to the area from the South is expeditiously handled now and will continue to be handled by easy access from Seaview Ct., Saturn and Collier. This needs no change. • The sketch of the Saturn concept provides some interesting facts. For openers, the Saturns do not line up. It will be ... Read More »

Bridge Dedication a Joyous Occasion

A crowd gathered to watch as the former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed the Herbert R. Savage Bridge.

By Don Manley Humor dispensed lovingly and a deep well of respect highlighted the dedication ceremony for what is now known as the Herbert R. Savage Bridge. The former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed to honor the man known as the city’s “unofficial mayor” for his role as a chief architect for the developers of modern Marco, the Mackle Brothers, and his decades of civic involvement, unceasing good cheer and enthusiastic support for all things Marco. “Everyone here knows how lucky we are to have Herb and Emily Savage as residents of our island,” said local historian and attorney Craig ... Read More »

Lely’s Top 100 Scholars

From left: Sophomores Ella Kerchner, Tia Nielsen, Mariah Olcheski,  Molishka Heriveaux, Jordan Vann and Pilar Forrest. PHOTO BY TRESA NIELSEN

By Maureen Chodaba “These are the cream of the crop of Lely High School,” said National Honor Society advisor, Professor Brian Milner as he welcomed the attendees to the annual Lely High School Top 100 Dinner at the Marco Island Hilton on May 26. Sponsored by the Lely High School National Honor Society (NHS), the event honors the top 25 academic achievers in each class. NHS President Diana Alas said, “The National Honor Society enjoys celebrating the successes of the brightest students at Lely and believes they truly deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. Students can enjoy seeing the ... Read More »

A Figurative Jaunt to Italy, North to South

Terry Braden of Marco Island, left, and  Sandy Franchino, owner of the Café de Marco on Marco Island. Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley The destination: Ario, the Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa’s signature restaurant. The journey’s purpose: a spring “tour” of Italy via the palate, the taste buds and the tummy. It was an assignment that about 20 diners gladly accepted. They sat down to a sumptuous, four-course meal, expertly prepared by chef Tsvetan Vladimirov, that was a gustatory representation of the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Sicily and other regions of Italia. Each course was accompanied by an appropriate fine wine produced in that country. Selections were curated by Luca Turiello, of Boca Raton-based Palm Bay International Fine Wine & ... Read More »

Kane Grand Opening

Chicken yakitori, served with spicy peanut sauce.

By Samantha Husted On June 3 the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa officially welcomed in their newest dining addition, Kane Tiki Bar and Grill. Kane is located just steps away from the beach where the South Pacific meets Southwest Florida. Its placement is part of a well thought out plan to align the restaurant with the setting sun. “Our architect really had a thought in mind,” said general manager to the Marriott, Rick Medwedeff, in his address to the audience. “He was going to align the structure of Kane to a specific point that ties to the sun ... Read More »

Aquí, Hablamos Español MIA’s award-winning Spanish teacher insists on it.

Governor Rick Scott’s Shine Award recognizes outstanding and inspirational contributions made by Florida educators.
Rients and three of his colleagues received
this prestigious award from the Governor during his visit to MIA on March 4th

By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott came to town and didn’t stop until reaching the campus of Marco Island Academy (MIA). One of the reasons he came was to see for himself how this small high school (opened in 2011) could have risen so rapidly in the state’s academic rankings. (The Florida Dept. of Education has ranked MIA as an “A” school for the past two years. Since then, the Washington Post has rated MIA as one of the 255 most challenging high schools in the nation.) Another reason the Governor came was to personally present ... Read More »

For Vale, Havemeier Paths Lead to Head of Their Class

PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE
MIA’s Haley Havemeier, salutatorian and Stephen Vale, valedictorian wait for
graduation exercises to begin.

By Roger LaLonde Taking different paths, and reaching lofty goals, Stephen Vale and Haley Havemeier stood at the top of their class at the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation ceremonies on June 3. Vale took the podium as valedictorian and Havemeier followed as salutatorian. They both chose MIA for similar reasons, but at different times. Havemeier first went to Lely High School her freshman year. Vale spent much of his last two high school years in a dual enrollment program with Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). He earned a whopping 62 college credit hours, graduating from FSW two weeks before ... Read More »

Cheers for Champs Has MIA Looking Ahead

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By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy is always looking ahead. While just the basketball team has won a district title, the school held its first Cheers for Champions dinner on May 28. The dinner was about supporting all sports. Attendees, 130, enjoyed dinner at Kretch’s Restaurant, athletes modeling worn out uniforms needing replacement and auction items that added to the school’s coffers. Overall, $40,000 was raised, school founder Jane Watt said. The school does not receive Collier County Schools support for the sports program. Each year more than $80,000 is needed, Watt said. Each sports team has its own way ... Read More »

Understanding the ?Fertilizer Ordinance

By Amber Crooks, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Conservancy of Southwest Florida  With the approval of a fertilizer ordinance in the City of Marco Island this past March, ordinances are now in place all the way up the coast to Sarasota and beyond. In fact, over 90 Florida municipalities have adopted fertilizer rules since 2008. Why have so many cities and counties across Florida placed such importance on the proper application of fertilizers? Fertilizer products containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous can contribute to polluted water. Once applied to your lawn, these nutrients may make their way through the soil ... Read More »

When It Rains, It Drains

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Are we protecting Marco’s waterways from stormwater runoff carrying loose soil, gravel and trash from construction sites?

Submitted It happened just last week on Little Hickory Bay in North Naples. A local news station reported that paint was dumped down a drain leading to a canal. It was paint leftover from a multi-million dollar project dumped by unsupervised workers. Can it happen in Marco at a construction site near you? Marco Island is surrounded on all sides by water. Marco River, Factory Bay and Big Marco Pass to the north; Barfield Bay to the east with the Gulf of Mexico to the west; and Roberts Bay and Caxambas Pass at the south end. We have 100 miles ... Read More »

Island Plaza to Receive a Face Lift

A rendering of the clock tower that will grace the front of Island Plaza.

By Don Manley Work should begin shortly to spruce up the more than 30-year-old Island Plaza with an updated appearance. A groundbreaking was held this week for the approximately $2.3 million project being undertaken by the plaza’s owner, Hendricks Commercial Properties Group, based in Beloit, Wis. Located at the corner of North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive, Island Plaza is home to a Bealls Outlet store, a CVS Pharmacy, Jet’s Surf Shop, Davide Italian Cafe & Deli and other retailers, with office space located on its second floor. Plans include the addition of a clock tower near Jet’s, updated ... Read More »

Good Wine, Good Food Make for Glory of the Grape

Photos by Roger LaLonde
“Salute!” offered by Perry Baptiste, Lisa Gandy and Martha Ross at the Glory of the Grape

By Roger LaLonde Wines paired with outstanding food made for a cheery party at the Glory of the Grape at CJ’s on the Bay on June 5. The event benefitted the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 130 partygoers were not disappointed. Classic auction items made the night even better.   Read More »

Surge Youth Soccer Tryouts

Sweetbay Memorial Cup championship winners- Surge U8 boys

Submitted Surge Soccer Club youth tryouts and registration for the 2016/17 season is this Saturday, June 11, from 10-11:30 AM at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Surge Soccer Club has partnered with the Florida Fire Juniors to give boys and girls in East Naples and Marco Island the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a professional environment with the best coaching staff in Southwest Florida. The 2016/2017 season runs from September 2016 to May 2017 (9 month program). The following programs are available: •  SURGE FFJ Pre-Academy – Boys & Girls U7 & U8 (2009, 2010 ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cragin Anderson, as he lugged his board to the shore at the end of their run. “We ended paddling back from the last stop, in the current. The total paddle was three ... Read More »

Nikki Davis Awarded by Rotary

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Bill Morris (right) presents Joy of Giving founder Nikki Davis with the Unsung Hero award. Val Simon (left) nominated Nikki for her tireless work, bringing gifts to more than 1,000 local children annually.

Submitted  The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2016 to Nikki Davis. Nikki was honored for her service to the Marco Island community and for placing “service above self,” actions consistent with Rotary Club aspirations. Specifically, Nikki was recognized for her work with the organization she founded, the Joy of Giving, which raises money so that needy children may enjoy gifts from Santa during Christmas. Nikki began the Joy of Giving in 1988 after moving to Marco Island. She missed her family and friends over the holidays, and rather than feeling ... Read More »

Soapfest Returns

Soap stars aboard the Marco Island Princess for the “Cruisin’ Boozin’ & Schmoozin” tour. Photo by Jesus Calo

By Samantha Husted  This year Marco Island celebrated Soapfest’s 17th birthday. The annual fundraising event, which benefits several children’s charities and the Island Theater Company’s scholarship fund, featured 11 daytime celebrity actors from some of television’s most popular soap operas. The soaps and the stars included: “Days of Our Lives” (Melissa Archer), “The Young and the Restless” (Kate Linder, Jeff Branson, Christian LeBlanc, Sean Carrigan), “General Hospital” (Ryan Paevey, Brytni Sarpy, Donnell Turner, Robert Palmer Watkins) and “Guiding Light” (Tom Pelphrey). Soap operas have long been a form of daytime entertainment. Many of the longest-running scripted television shows are a ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Curt Koon, president of the Marco Island Police Foundation.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Chief Al Schettino, wearing a black band across his shield, brought sobering statistics to the Marco Island Police Foundation’s “Lunch with the Chief” attendees on the number of police shot and killed in the line of duty. He recently attended a memorial service and candlelight vigil in honor of fallen law enforcement officers with the Naples Police Department and the Collier County Sheriffs Department. In March alone, there were 16 killed across the country. Since the beginning of 2016, 37 have been killed by gunfire, two in Florida. All law enforcement officers in Collier ... Read More »

MIA’s Cruz Awarded Scholarship

From left: Debbie Orr, Duneshka Cruz and Barbara Markel at the awards ceremony. Submitted Photo

Submitted  The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2016-2017 academic year, was presented to Duneshka Cruz, a senior at Marco Island Academy (MIA). The scholarship was presented to her at the MIA Awards Ceremony by Barbara Markel, a representative of the local P.E.O. Chapter. Duneshka was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter GT of Marco Island. She will be attending the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, where she plans to study Forensic Science and Pre-Med. The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. The program ... Read More »