Community

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 »

The Problem of Denial

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Recently one of my friends stopped me in a parking lot. She needed advice about her mother’s memory loss and subsequent denial of the problem. “It’s so hard,” my friend said, “because my mother won’t go to day care or a support group, and her care is all on me.” I commiserated, sharing a similar ... Read More »

A Happy Hour for a Cause

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s May “Happy Hour for Hope” will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Susan and Tom Ackerson are hosting this event, offering drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain ... Read More »

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment and ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach took almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »

BIG TIME AT GOODLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Lindsey Graham Comes to Town

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Yes, Goodland has a church. It has only about 35 members, a 61-year-old pastor, no board of elders, and only one deacon, but it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. (I will be doing a later article on its history.) We’re not just Collier County’s favorite tourist destination. On Sunday, March 12, ... Read More »

Garden Club Visits Vizcaya

Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island went on a field trip last month to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens as well a stop at the Ancient Spanish Monastery.  There were forty-one who “got on the bus” for the drive to the Miami area. It was a beautiful day for the docent tour of the gardens and museum. Vizcaya ... Read More »

Alan & Linda Sandlin Awarded

Submitted  Alan and Linda Sandlin recently returned from a weekend on campus at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where they were awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, “in recognition of outstanding and significant achievement.” Dr. Robert Clutter made the presentation at the Alumni Distinguished Awards Banquet, which included the following acknowledgement: “The Sandlin’s formed the Sandlin Team of Realtors in 1982. ... Read More »

A Taste of Marco: A Delicious Event!

By Maureen Chodaba The Espalanade was the place to be last Sunday for A Taste of Marco, an annual event of mouthwatering desires. Although weather predictions included the threat of thunderstorms, the day proved to be a bright and sunny one, as the crowd enjoyed this fundraiser for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The non-profit organization offers services and initiatives ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Aside from the usage of tobacco, your diet is one of the most important cancer risk factors that you have the ability to control. According to the American Cancer Society almost half of Americans don’t read product labels! Even though this is one of the best things you could do ... Read More »

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, ... Read More »

Family’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Helps Research

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you are part of a large family with siblings. You keep in touch: phone calls, emails, Facebook pictures, and maybe get together for family vacations or reunions. You enjoy each other’s company most of the time. They’re family. They are there for you when you need someone to talk with. They have your back. ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

By Nikkie Sardelli Thank You, Supporters! Wow! Can it be true that season is coming to an end? I think this season has flown right by – but it was certainly a successful one! The Marco Island Relay For Life Event, presented by Robert J. Flugger, was held April 1st. It was the first time hosting the event at Veterans ... Read More »

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament

The Italian American Society and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department hosted 16 bocce teams for the annual Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament. In addition to the first place team (pictured), the other winning teams are: Second Place: Carol Forest, Bill Forest, Fran Kavcic and Zanka Grajazl. Third Place: Lilia and Gino Pasquinelli, Giovanna Pedrelli and ... Read More »

How We Give Back

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The most vital part of what we do as an organization is giving back to those touched by cancer. A large focus is placed on patient services, and how the funds raised are being distributed and used. As a community, this question comes up frequently, and for good reason. People want ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »