Community

Fire Rescue Report

Submitted The following information is contained in the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s monthly report. The full report may be found on the city’s website, cityofmarcoisland.com, as an attachment to the June 5 city council meeting agenda. Seasonal Ambulance  The part time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) was removed from the island the end of April and is scheduled to return ... Read More »

Council Hears From Legislative Lobbyist

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At Monday evening’s city council meeting members of the board had the opportunity to meet with the city’s lobbyist, Ron Book who has successfully brought back to the community revenues through state legislative efforts. Book was originally hired by the last council on the recommendation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt. The city had previously not ... Read More »

Commissioners Continue Discussions on Sports Complex

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Over the last almost two years the Board of Collier County Commissioners has been moving forward on evaluating the need and details surrounding the construction of a major sports facility within Collier County. On June 13 they met in a joint meeting with the Tourist Development Council to discuss issues such as funding and how to ... Read More »

Liver Cancer Update

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Since the mid-1980s, liver cancer death rates have doubled in the U.S, making this the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. For 2017, it is estimated that there will be about 41,000 new cases and 29,000 deaths in the U.S. Liver cancer accounts for the fifth leading cause of cancer death ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

A Guide to Local Summer Camps

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Looking for ideas to keep your child busy, and happy this summer? Look no further! There are a variety of summer camp offerings that provide everything your kids need to have a great summer. Camp Mackle Due to the temporary facility changes, this year’s Camp Mackle is located at the Family Church of Marco Island ... Read More »

TDC Workshop Open to Public

Submitted  The Collier County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop with the Tourist Development Council at 1 PM on Tuesday, June 13, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net. Two or more members of the ... Read More »

Community Development Director on the Job

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since early 2014 the operations of both the Marco Island Planning Department and the Building Services Department have reported separately to the office of the city manager. That change came about after the departure of the former community development director just prior to the hiring of former city manager, Roger Hernstadt. When Hernstadt assumed his role ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

Life After Cancer

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island June is National Cancer Survivors month, and the American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit would like to recognize all the cancer survivors who have stayed strong through their cancer journey. We recognize that it is a long and difficult road to recovery. The American Cancer Society believes that whether you’re still ... Read More »

Bonnie Hauke Makes a New Friend: A visit to Joe Douglas

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I can’t remember a day quite like this since I became a reporter two years ago. Bonnie Hauke couldn’t either. Neither could Joe Douglas. Bonnie Hauke is an accomplished artist who also loves the village of Goodland. She was married here on a sailboat, fortuitously to a sign painter, Kevin Hauke, whom she helps with ... Read More »

Jim Nantz and Others Speak Up For Alzheimer’s

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Recently, Charlie Rose interviewed Jim Nantz, an award-winning sportscaster about his advocacy role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. I missed the show but watched the video online (charlierose.com/videos/30494?autoplay=true). Nantz spoke from personal experience about the importance of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for a prevention or cure. He told of his ... Read More »

Joint Council/Commissioner Meeting Held

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The joint meeting of the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council took place last week at the County Commissioners Chambers in Naples. During a previous city council meeting and at the first workshop leading up to the joint meeting, Chairman Larry Honig had conveyed to his city council colleagues that the ... Read More »

SUMMER PROTECTION

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island To Florida residents, protecting ourselves from the sun happens all year-round, especially as the summer rays start to become stronger this time of year. As many have heard time and time again, “Wear your sunscreen!” However, exactly what type of sunscreen? And how do you choose from the plethora of options ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve to Expand Goodland Facility

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Goodland is awash in saltwater coming from the west and freshwater coming from the east. During the rainy season, the freshwater wins, often bringing with it an alligator or two. For the rest of the year, salt water prevails. But always, at some point, the rivers from the land and the tides from the ocean ... Read More »

Tribute in Celebration of Phyllis P. Marco

Submitted County Commissioner Donna Fiala, guests, Marco Island Historical Society Board, Historical Museum staff and friends of Phyllis Marco gathered on the beautiful Marco Island Museum grounds to acknowledge Phyllis’ many contributions to Marco Island with the dedication of an outdoor bench in her honor. Phyllis  and her husband Eddie arrived on this island’s shores 35 years ago at a ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway’s Top Professionals

Submitted Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Florida Realty named their #1 Listing Sales Professionals for April. Kathryn Hunt has been recognized. Kathryn successfully closed $2,550,000 in volume sales for the month. Kathryn was named to the prestigious BHHS Honor Society, which represents the top ten-percent of sales professionals in the BHHS Network. Jon and Suzan Busch were also recognized as #1 ... Read More »

Planning Board Recommends Density Credits Be Abolished

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Most islanders would tell you they don’t understand the term “density credits,” what they are and how they might be applied. Others would explain they are the source of all evil regarding growth, while another sector would tell you they are the key for successful growth for a developer, especially one wishing to develop a piece ... Read More »

First Annual Yoga Fest Empowers Marco

By Maureen Chodaba Kerri Lampos of RevivalYoga Fitness Studio believes in empowering men, women and children through yoga, an ancient practice of self-care and healing for both the body and mind. Yoga is a revival of one’s positive energy, uniting the physical and spiritual components of well-being. Embracing that divine intention, Lampos and Revival Yoga recently presented the First Annual ... Read More »

Where Did All Those Kids Come From? Goodland Changes Gears

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Monday morning March 13th dawned clear and cold in Goodland. The early morning temperatures were to be in the 50’s all week. At 9:00, as happens every Monday, the ladies of Joanie’s’ Juke Box popular exercise class began filing out of the Goodland Community Center into the chilly morning air to return to their homes. ... Read More »