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What You Should Know!


Public / Private Partnership to develop parking spaces in swales. In my last article I wrote that parking spaces developed in swales should not be dedicated to a specific business, but should be dedicated to public parking to alleviate the City’s parking problem. If parking spaces are dedicated to a specific business that would maintain the present parking problem. Why ... Read More »

Community Service


For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »

City Council Election


It seems disingenuous for Amadeo Petricca to claim to be for taxpayers when he refused to vote for the roll-back millage rate the last two years. The roll-back rate would have kept tax revenue constant. Instead, Amadeo Petricca voted to raise collected ad valorem tax revenue for FY2016 and FY2017 by approximately 2.3 million dollars! He also claims to be ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Battle Firefighters in Annual Tug-of-War

A tug-of-war between firefighters Stoller, Correa and Esquerete vs. the Webelos Den, as the rest of the pack cheers them on.

By Megan Olsen Recently, members of the Marco Island Fire Department faced off against Cub Scout Pack 234 at the annual tug-of-war. Firefighters Dan Stoller, Alex Correa and Richard Esquerete arrived at Wesley United Methodist Church on their fire truck to greet the scouts. The firefighters graciously battled it out with each of the dens individually before taking on the ... Read More »

Music from Marco to Norway and Back


By Don Manley Joerey Ortiz has once again left behind his usual gigs on Marco Island and elsewhere in Collier County to experience music’s universal nature. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is back home after spending one month playing dates in Norway, while visiting his brother and fellow professional musician, Gilbert, a former resident of Marco who moved to that ... Read More »

MIA Rays/MICMS Eagles Invitational Lely Teams Take Best in Tournament


By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, October 1, Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) hosted the 4th annual Rays/Eagles Invitational Cross Country Tournament at Mackle Park. On a sun splashed and still day, 331 kids from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties, came to show their stuff and ... Read More »

Coconut Bowl


Submitted The annual Coconut Bowl rivalry between Lely High School and Naples High School was played October 7th with a home field advantage. It wasn’t enough though, the Trojans lost to the Eagles, 42 to 34. This was the 43rd Coconut Bowl game between the two teams. A reunion party took place the following night, put on by alumni of ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

Submitted Photo
Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
Fun Night.

By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Facing Lewy Body Dementia With Courage and Love

A glorious wedding day in 2012. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Years ago, the word “dementia” was rarely heard. Senility was the more common expression. The term “senile” would conjure up an image of a forgetful old codger whiling away the time in a rocking chair. In today’s world, dementia is becoming more of a household word, but many are still unfamiliar with the correct definition. Dementia is ... Read More »

Admiralty House Goes Green

Photos by Samantha Husted
All of the lighting both interior and exterior, as see here, has been replaced with LED bulbs.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past eight years, Admiralty House, a 43-year-old 17-story condominium on Marco Island, has been making strides to become more energy efficient. “Our goal was to improve the infrastructure of our 43-year-old building with the best products available,” said Frans Jungslager, board president and retired electrical engineer. “Offering long life, less maintenance and the ... Read More »

Bella Florals Comes to Marco

Photo by Don Manley
Bella Florals owner Theresa Chambers (left) and assistant floral designer Bjenana Ninkovic, in the Front Street storefront that will soon house the business. Hair courtesy of Sascha’s Salon, Marco Island.

By Don Manley Theresa Chambers’ passion is unmistakable when she is discussing her business. “I enjoy making people happy through what I can do for them,” said the owner of Bella Florals by Theresa. “That’s how I work. That’s why I do what I do. It really is true. I don’t just say it.” Chambers opened the newest addition to ... Read More »

Back in the Kitchen with Marion

Marion adding the Pigs in a Blanket to the oven. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Marion Nicolay has once again welcomed me into her home and her kitchen. Last time I met with Marion she taught me how to make a simplified version of Beef Miroton, or red wine sauce served over roast beef. The recipe for Marion’s Beef Miroton can be found on our website, As we ... Read More »

Local Author & Friend to Owls


Submitted  Marco Island children’s book author Roseanne Pawelec announced today that a total of over $1,000 has been donated to Audubon of the Western Everglades from sale proceeds of “Ollie Finds a New Home, the Story of a Burrowing Owl on Marco Island,” since the book was launched last fall. “It is so gratifying to play a part in supporting ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

Older home being demolished for new construction.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Experience Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing


Submitted Internationally known holistic healing practitioner, Mark “Dr. DREAM” Peebler brings his Tibetan Healing Bowl Experience to Marco Island on October 17. Attendees will feel energized and inspired, as the bowls unlock stuck energies and connect the mind, body and spirit. The event, one of many being held nationwide, supports villages in Nepal devastated by earthquakes. The earthquakes destroyed all ... Read More »

Local Parkinson’s Services Added


By Don Manley The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is expanding the services it offers for people in the Marco Island area who are afflicted with the neurological disease and their families. “We’re definitely very interested and committed to bringing about an awareness of our programs and services and educational opportunities to the Marco Island population,” said Chris ... Read More »

SpeakEasy to Host Happy Hour for Hope


Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope’s last “Happy Hour for Hope” for this year will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island from 5 PM to 7 PM. The SpeakEasy is graciously hosting this event with drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, ... Read More »

Walking in History’s Footsteps

Robert N. Macomber

Submitted Florida author and historian, Robert N. Macomber recently embarked on a historical expedition to Santiago de Cuba, researching the battlefield sites of the Spanish-American War for his upcoming novels. His trek to eastern Cuba will be repeated in a Military History Expedition March 6-11, 2017, open to anyone interested in walking in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps. Macomber’s “eyeball recon” research ... Read More »

Marco Players Opens With The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club.jpg: From left: Nancy Martin (Lucille), Victor Caroli (Sam), Patti Caroli
(Ida), and Casey Cobb (Doris).

Submitted The Marco Players Theater begins this season with “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Written by Ivan Menchell in 1990, the main characters, friends for years, are deciding on another glass of wine, but their choices parallel a much larger theme: how we ... Read More »