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Patriotism Reigns in Memorial Day Ceremony

Photo by Don Manley
Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, addresses attendees.

By Don Manley The sacrifices of America’s military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving were honored in word and song at Marco Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included music from the Marco Island Strummers, the Marco Island Academy Singers and ... Read More »

Chamber Raises Fireworks Funds


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each July 4th Marco Island residents and visitors enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on the island. This year, the total cost for the Independence Day fireworks display will be $52,000, a $10,000 increase from prior years. Marco Island City Council voted to contribute $26,000, half of the expense, with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce ... Read More »

Planning Board Update


By Maureen Chodaba The Planning Board of the City of Marco Island serves as the Land Development Regulation Commission in managing growth and development, while protecting our island’s integrity and small town character. Their recommendations are brought forward to the Marco Island City Council. This board held its regular meeting on June 3. Several important items were addressed. The board ... Read More »

Sun Times to Close


Submitted In April of this year, the Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle joined the Gannet company, which also includes the News-Press and Marco Island Sun Times. The media conglomerate announced on June 6th that they will cease publishing the Marco Island Sun Times July 7th. Affected employees were notified by letter. It is anticipated that the employment for affected employees ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What ... Read More »

Letter to the editor


To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor


Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board ... Read More »

While Venezuela Failed, Peru Prospered

A student protestor in Venezuela. Submitted Photos

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun This is a brief tale of two South American countries. One of these two countries is Latin America’s sixth-most-populous country: Venezuela. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves surpassing the previous long term leader Saudi Arabia, today Venezuela is now an economic and social basket case. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela totaled 297 billion barrels as of ... Read More »

Local News From the Nest

Submitted Photos. The young fledgling being fed in the nest.

By Linda J. Turner Director of Operations Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation This past February 21, the resident bald eagles, Paleo and Calusa, hatched an eaglet at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, formerly known as the Marco Eagle Sanctuary. In a little over three months, this healthy eaglet rapidly grew to the size of the adult female eagle. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Howard Reed Announces Candidacy for City Council


I am Howard Reed and today I announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife and I have been Marco Island residents since 2005. I have been a frequent speaker at City Council meetings. Last year I had the privilege of sharing a leadership role in the citizens’ petition to repeal the destructive and divisive rental ordinance. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area


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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. ... Read More »

For Vale, Havemeier Paths Lead to Head of Their Class

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 ... Read More »

Cheers for Champs Has MIA Looking Ahead


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 ... 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 ... Read More »