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Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

The Condee Man Can…and has for 45 years!

Michelle, Rene and Mary Beth.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Condee Cooling and Electric recently celebrated 45 years of service to this community, and beyond. The momentous occasion was celebrated with employees and spouses over dinner at Bistro Soleil. The company was started by Don Condee, Sr. Originally from Illinois, Don (Senior as he was affectionately called by employees) had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. He found Marco Island in the early 1960’s when he flew to Marco Island with his friend Ed Husted, who worked for Deltona and had invited him to take a look at Marco as an investment opportunity. After ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Installation of Officers and Directors

Donna Fiala swears in the new Board of Directors. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman Marco Island realtors celebrated the season and installed their 2015 officers and directors last week during an elegant dinner and awards presentation at Hideaway Beach Club. Susan Ackerson accepted the gavel as the organization’s incoming president, a position she also held in 2010. “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve this association as your president…I know that we have work to do; it will go smoothly because of the people involved. The directors and officers of this association are dedicated to making the right decisions that are fair to all involved,” Ackerson said. ... Read More »

Planning Board Votes for Rental Ordinance

By Pat Newman In a 4-2 vote, Marco Island’s Planning Board passed a controversial rental ordinance at its Dec. 5 meeting. Charlette Roman and Jack Patterson voted against the proposal with Bill Trotter, Marty Roddy, Irv Povlov and Frank Mulligan voting to approve the ordinance with a few modifications to be made by staff before sending it to City Council for debate. Chairman Monte Lazarus was absent from the meeting, with Roddy stepping in as acting chairman. The decision was made to move forward after another two-and-a-half-hour line-by-line dissection of the document and a final round of public comment. Roman ... Read More »

“Up Close and Personal” at the Center

Submitted Columnist Randall Kenneth Jones will be at the Marco Island Center for the Arts as part of its 2014-15 “Up Close and Personal” Series on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5:30-6:30 PM. A virtual “love letter” to his adopted Naples hometown, Jones’ engaging presentation promises to blend humor and thought-provoking insight with unexpected surprises gleaned from his column, “Business Class.” The column is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders and business-savvy celebrities including Barbara Corcoran (ABC’s Shark Tank), Erin Brockovich (Consumer Advocate), Jack Hanna (wildlife superstar), Phil Beuth (former President of Good Morning ... Read More »

Kretschmer Family Freezes for a Reason

The Kretschmer family, Bruce Jr., left, Ellen and Halley before taking the Polar Plunge. Inset: Edward Cantwell, Ellen’s brother, with his Special Olympics medals. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Halley Kretschmer took the plunge, so did her mother, Ellen and brother Bruce Jr. It was the Polar Plunge, into the icy waters of Cedar Beach at Mount Sinai, N.Y. on Nov. 24. The Marco Islanders were “Freezin’ for a Reason,” to support Special Olympics of New York. “In late November of 2012, I was studying for finals (at the University of Miami) when I came across a posting for the plunge. I majored in special education and follow the Special Olympics avidly,” Halley said. “Hurricane Sandy had postponed the plunge into December, giving us enough ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

MIA Rays TD Club Secures New Football Uniforms

The Rays football team gets support from their booster club with a down payment on their new uniforms. Pictured (l-r) are Touchdown Club Treasurer Michael Hook, Touchdown Club President Wayne Purvis, Ray’s Head Coach Greg Fowler, MIA Principal Melissa Scott and MIA Board Chairman Jane Watt. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The MIA Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, gas presented a check as a deposit for new home and away uniforms for the Marco Island Academy football team. Touchdown Club Board of Directors Wayne Purvis and Michael Hook presented the check to MIA Board Chairman Jane Watt, Principal Melissa Scott and Head Football Coach Greg Fowler. The new uniforms come on the heels of other donations by the Touchdown Club to the program this year, including a hydration system for the players, video equipment for coaches and knee ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Oh, Christmas Tree

Mr. and Mrs. Clause hugged and smiled the night away as they posed for photos with children and grown-ups, alike.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Palpable Christmas cheer and an impressive crowd of more than 1,000 people filled Veterans’ Community Park on Saturday, Nov. 29, for Marco Island’s Annual Christmas Island Style tree lighting ceremony. Radio personality Dave Elliott emceed the event, and the evening’s entertainment included a charming dance recital by Spotlight Dance Studio, Center Stage Studios, Island Dance Academy and the Hurricane Softball Dancers. The crowd enjoyed the night’s festivities as popular local musician Jim Long performed staple holiday tunes and a bit of rock and roll. Reminiscent of the parking lot outside a super bowl venue, the party ... Read More »

Pet Parade Boat Parade

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Boat Parade Winners were: Best in Parade: Thunderbird,  captained by Otis Tavlin and Nancy Anderson Best Holiday Spirit: Capio,  captained by Mike Richards Most Creative: Tenne Sea Walts, captained by Bob Herndon Most Entertaining: Therese Joann, captained by Joe Giannone and Dale Rod Read More »

Santa’s Workshop Remembering the Little Angels

Some of the toys that grace the base of the Christmas Box Angel monument at the Marco Island Cemetery.

By Don Manley A solemn remembrance of young lives ended too soon to bring comfort and healing to the loved ones who mourn their passing. That mission is at the core of the annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service, which was held recently at the Marco Island Cemetery. As the Saturday sun gave way to the evening moon, Ed Beck welcomed the array of friends and family who attended what was the 15th such service at the cemetery’s Christmas Box Angel statue. The service is held each Dec. 6, the day Richard Paul Evans cited in his book “The Christmas ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

Festival of Trees

Pictured here with the Calusa Garden Club’s unique little tree (left to right) are Linda Colombo, club vice president; Festival of Trees Chairman Dave Rice; tree designer and creator Connie Lowery; and Donna Kay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations for display and some for sale. The exhibition will be open 5-9 PM on December 12, 15, 16 and 18; and from 11 AM-2 PM on Dec. 13, when Santa will be making an appearance. “We hope that people will ... Read More »

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain Breaks Ground

Joel Garcia Zamora, left, Robert Engler and Reinaldo Batista Perez, in ditch, of Crystal Waterscapes in Naples, prepare to install piping for the Freedom Fountain at the Veterans
Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com After seven years of fundraising, the Freedom Fountain is becoming a reality. Construction on what is touted as the crown jewel of Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park began in mid-November, and has an expected completion date of the end of February. When completed, the roughly $200,000 Freedom Fountain will stand 10-feet tall and have a 26-foot circumference. Topping it will be the bronze, 9-foot tall, in-flight American eagle currently perched outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located behind City Hall. An artist’s rendering of the Freedom Fountain is on permanent display at both ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Turns ‘40,’ Celebrates at Swamp Heritage Fest

Jack Shealy demonstrates the art of poleboating.

By Pat Newman Alligators, panthers and bobcats, oh, my! Add Frank Hamilton Cushing, Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas historical re-enactors to the mix, plus swamp buggies, cypress pole boats and live music, and you have the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. The event marked the preserve’s 40th birthday and brought together a diverse group of people with a shared appreciation of Everglades’ history and protection of its resources. Representatives from the Miccosoukee and Seminole tribes were on hand, demonstrating traditional beading, carving and weaving crafts and ... Read More »