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Summer Double Dip at Marco Players

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Submitted  The enchanting story of the mystical Florida Fiddler, as told by Native Floridian J.Robert, takes you on a musical journey from Orange Blossom Special and Suwanee River to Margaritaville, Hot Hot Hot and Rhythm’s Gonna Getcha! J.Robert – Florida Fiddler Show will be held Saturday, July 9 and again on Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 PM. Square One Improv puts you in the driver’s seat for a hilarious, completely improvised performance! Every show is different because it’s based on your suggestions, including songs and musicals created on the fly! There are two shows left Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride – Marco Players 42nd Season

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Submitted The Marco Players, Marco Island’s oldest, intimate black-box community theater announces the 2016-2017 season line up which cruises into summer with some cooling comedy and music and then picks up the speed with a full offering of evening, Sunday matinees, and Saturday lunch box shows. The Marco Players Theater celebrates its 42nd season with shows about taking chances and starting over, shows that will enlighten, entertain, educate, make you laugh and touch your heart. Mark your calendar for September 8, 2016 when the box office opens, but even better, visit our website to join The Marco Players’ mailing list ... Read More »

Tricia Wins Glamour Puss Calendar Cover!

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Submitted After an intense 72-day online photo contest, with over 100 entries and over 6,600 votes from avid supporters, Tricia emerged as the Judge’s favorite for this year’s Glamour Puss Calendar Cover. Tricia was rescued by For the Love of Cats and adopted by Nancy Nash in August 2007. The national photo contest was open to all owned cats and was promoted by email and social media campaigns. The 2017 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through the online photo contest by a panel of judges and in consideration of vote ... Read More »

Red, White and Bully Event Promotes Bully Breed Adoptions

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Submitted  Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is promoting the adoption of bully breed dogs during the month of July. All bully breed dogs can be adopted for only $25. Some of the most common bully breed dogs are American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, American Bulldog, and Bulldogs. “We see a lot more bully breed dogs at the shelter than any other dog,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “I am hopeful that this promotion will help shine a positive light on these great pets and find many of them a forever home.” DAS takes in close to ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed!

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Submitted  The Friends of Rookery Bay Reserve are looking for volunteers to help make phone calls and other tasks related to securing auction items for our two major fundraisers. If you appreciate air conditioning this time of year and enjoy event planning, join our amazing team! Contact Donna Young at volunteer@rookerybay.org to find out more about these positions and what else is involved. Hours are flexible! www.rookerybay.org. Read More »

Traditionally Speaking

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark Over the years, traditions in all sports, have changed. Two of the most ‘old school’ and honorable sports are tennis and golf. I was recently watching a broadcast of vintage Wimbledon matches on The Tennis Channel. The show included an interview with the great Rod Laver, aka, “The Rocket”, about how the game has changed since his day, both in regards to the speed, spin and power of today’s game, as well as what it was like to play at the Grand Slams back in his era. Some of the clips and films they were ... Read More »

2016 United States Open Recap

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott I hope everyone got a chance to watch some of Sunday’s US Open coverage at Oakmont Country Club.  Dustin Johnson showed why most of the golf world believes he is the most talented golfer playing the game today.  His ability to drive the golf ball long and straight gives him a superior advantage over most of the field.  Dustin has had multiple disappointing finishes in major championships, but he was more than up to the challenge at Oakmont.  Congrats to Dustin, and his whole team. With that being said, those who watched understand that unfortunately the ... Read More »

Florida Recognized for Outdoor Family Fun

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Submitted Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total—more than any other state. Recreational boating plus saltwater and freshwater fishing contribute more than $20 billion annually to Florida’s economy. The top four locations on the list are: No. 1 Everglades National Park; No. 2 Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys; No. 3 Blue Springs State Park, St. Johns River; and No. 4 Lake Kissimmee State Park. The additional five Florida locations on the list are: ... Read More »

Pivotal School Board Election Spurs Candidates Forum

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Submitted  How about 50% of your tax dollars may be invested in public education will be considered at a School Board Candidate Forum held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  JCMI is located at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco, and everyone is invited to attend. The upcoming School Board elections are critical ones, the results of which may well influence whether $57,000,000 in federal funding is refused by Collier County, how technology is used in our schools, and the general approach to school district governance.  The results of these elections ... Read More »

Beyond Off-Duty

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Dave Smith addressing the crowd of officers from various stations and organizations.

By Don Manley and  Samantha Husted Maintaining a state of readiness isn’t only an on-the-job requirement for law enforcement personnel. It’s increasingly become necessary when the workday’s done, given the uptick in gun violence and potential dangers police and their families may face from those with sinister intentions. That was a key element of a recent seminar attended by officers from several local police agencies that was conducted by well-known law enforcement trainers and authors Dave and Betsy Smith. The Tucson couple brought more than six decades of combined experience as police officers to bear in presenting a free, day-long ... Read More »

FWC Seeks Input On Manatee Zones

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a rule development workshop to gather additional public input on potential changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Collier County Commission Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail E (third floor) in Naples. The FWC has been working with a Local Rule Review Committee as well as Collier County and other local governments to review potential changes to the rule, which was last revised in 1997. The public workshop offers an opportunity for people to ask ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

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By Maria Lamb It has been a successful nesting season, according to Owl Watch Project Manager, Jean Hall. The volunteers recorded a high chick count of over 350+ chicks from 85+ adult pairs. Some pairs had no chicks or the nest failed for some reason. The group has until mid-July for a final count. For 15 years, former Marco Island environmental specialist, Nancy Richie collected the burrowing owl data and with a group of local volunteers also maintained the sites. The Owl Watch Group of Marco Island, under the coordination of Audubon of the Western Everglades has decided to continue ... Read More »

Summer News

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness, it’s awfully warm out there, but we have a beautiful paradise to enjoy. *Very soon we should start seeing the installation of landscaping along the 951 median connecting Mainsail Dr. to Fiddler’s Creek. No sooner will they finish that section than we again apply to the FDOT for another grant to continue the process until we finish the project all the way to U.S. 41 E. With the summer rains, the landscaping should take hold easily once the project starts. *You might have noticed that a few of our favorite restaurants are closing for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Droning on Agai

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Please, not another LTE from Councilor Rios “droning “on again about Veterans’ Community Park! You must think that you are a crusader for all Marco Island citizens with your constant LTE’s and the television news blurb airing of all your disagreements.   You are not.  You are embarrassing. Please learn to work with City Council, Gerard Baio Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ian D. Small

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My wife and I are English and since our retirement we have been lucky enough to spend our last fifteen winters on Marco Island. Can you imagine yourself happy with a situation where the USA was a member of an “American Union”, comprising Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, seven countries in Central America and twelve countries in South America? The government of the Union would be based in, say, Equador and would have authority to pass laws which the US Congress had no option but to accept. The Court of Justice , based in Honduras, would have precedence over your Supreme Court. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Our Parks

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Dearest Members of Our Community, It has been quite a while since I’ve written something for publication in our local news media, but some recent events have left me compelled to do so in the hopes of helping people understand in its entirety an issue which has come before our city councilors. As a Member of PRAC, I have had the honor of participating in an extensive discussion regarding one of our city’s most valuable features: Veterans Community Park. As a committee, PRAC has spent hundreds of hours visiting local groups, holding workshops, and reviewing surveys within our home town ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Soapfest Charity Weekend

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To all of you who volunteer at “Soapfest”, I’d like to say, “Thanks”. Year after year, my roommate, Frankie Bianca and I travel to Marco Island for a weekend of outstanding events. It’s the hightlight of our year! You see, we’re two of the special needs kids who begin the weekend on Saturday morning, painting with the stars.  It’s so much fun, sitting at a table with one of the “soap stars” and painting a picture with them. They are terrific people; can you imagine they travel from Los Angeles or New York just to be with us. I think they ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor: Response to Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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Dr. Swiacki, I understand you are running for City Council and as such I read, with great interest, your Letter to the Editor regarding Goodland Road. I have to offer many corrections to the assertions you have made, and I hope you take these corrections in the spirit of getting a better understanding of the facts. I am a native son of Collier County – going back to 1963. I am also a professional civil engineer with 25 years of experience in the state of Florida; having owned a civil engineering and land surveying company that has continuing engineering and ... Read More »

Marco Dining Scene Gaining Well-Known Additions

The sign may say Seven–0–One Bistro, but it will soon be replaced by one advertising the new occupant, Joey D’s Italian Restaurant, which will open later this year.

By Don Manley  A pair of popular, multi-location restaurants are coming to Marco Island. Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Pinchers Crab Shack both plan to open their eateries during the latter part of 2016, in spaces that formerly housed two recently closed restaurants. Pinchers will be located off S. Collier Boulevard in the Marco Walk Plaza, where it will occupy a building that was home to O’Donoghue’s Bar and Grill. Joey D’s will be located off Bald Eagle Drive in the former home of the 701 Bistro, which replaced longtime occupant Porky’s Last Stand. This will be the 12th location ... Read More »