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Police Foundation Rib Cook-Off Another Success

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As soon as attendees exited their vehicles at the Marco Island Brewery on April 22 their senses were flooded with the wonderful aroma of ribs being cooked on five different cookers. Those five teams would all be taking part in the 6th Annual Marco Police Foundation Rib Cook-Off. “The community gets to come out and help ... 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 »

Relay’s Battle Against Cancer Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For the last 30 years the American Cancer Society has brought cancer survivors, families and friends together to walk hand in hand to fight for awareness regarding the ravages of cancer and the toll it takes on families and those fighting the disease. This year will see over 5,200 communities, spread over 20 countries come together ... Read More »

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

Volunteers Shine at Spirit Awards

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 9th Annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards drew a sellout crowd to the Bistro Soleil restaurant on a recent Sunday evening, as friends and co-workers assembled to pay their respects to the six recipients of the Noontime Rotary’s selections this year. Each year the Rotary Club of Marco Island recognizes individuals within the community who ... Read More »

Artist Diane Reed Eiler Creates in Many Mediums But There’s Nothing “Medium” About Her Work

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Long time Isles of Capri resident Diane Reed Eiler has established her reputation for vibrant watercolors, stunning acrylics and beautifully created oil paintings. Recently, at the beautiful home of JR Rognrud, a showing of Eiler’s work was displayed in a gallery setting overlooking wide expanses of blue Gulf water from the second ... Read More »

The Python Invasion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There have been numerous reports of sightings of Burmese pythons, and the efforts to eradicate them from the Everglades has been fierce. Professional snake hunters have even been hired to join in the hunt. Last year the 2016 Python Challenge, presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, resulted in the removal of 106 Burmese ... Read More »

Claus Garden Club Donates Floral Designs for ACS Fundraiser

Submitted The Ninth Annual Bistro Soleil-Marco Island Clothing Company luncheon and fashion show fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life featured floral designs donated by Calusa Garden Club members. At the March 7 event, the beautiful floral designs were displayed as table centerpieces and then raffled off to attendees at the luncheon. Calusa Garden Club meets the second ... Read More »

Author Kidd Speaks at Library

Submitted  Recently, local residents and visitors were treated to a rare opportunity when award-winning and bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd gave a presentation on Marco Island. A full house greeted Ms. Kidd at Rose Hall at the Marco Island branch of the Collier County Library. Ms. Kidd shared memories of her childhood in Sylvester, Georgia. She recalled the importance of ... Read More »

ENCA Luncheon – Lipman Farms ‘How About Them Fresh Tomatoes?’

By Jesus Calo  With the subtropical climate in our area, the topic of agriculture receives plenty of attention from our local community. The health food industry has been working diligently to provide the freshest produce to its consumers, but where are we really receiving our food from? It is thanks to family-owned farms that we can have peace of mind ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail – A Feel Good Event: Friends of Tigertail Beach team with TBE for a day of fun

By Scott Shook Overcast skies and pleasant temperatures welcomed visitors to Discover Tigertail, a program for attendees of all ages to become acquainted with Tigertail Beach. Organizers of the event, held Saturday, February 25, benefitted from the weather conditions that kept everyone comfortable as they took part in the various programs that awaited. The weather was also conducive to bird ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

By Linda Colombo The Friends of Tigertail Beach presented their twelfth Breakfast & Birds for the community on Saturday, January 28th. Over sixty attendees arrived to share donuts and hear information about the birds they could be spotting that morning. Vice President Susan Kubat and member Fran Huxley, who are also beach walkers for the Conservancy, gave their talk on ... Read More »

Stepping Into Fashion with the CCW

By Samantha Husted On January 25, the San Marco Council of Catholic Women (CCW) celebrated their annual fundraising fashion show event. Nearly 300 women attended the show, which included a lunch catered by Frisco’s and countless door prizes. The theme this year was “Stepping into Fashion.” Shoes, an essential part to any stylish outfit, were at the forefront. Each table ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Fashion Show

Submitted  Mark your calendars for the annual Bargain Basket Fashion Show on February 16, 2017. Preparations are underway to bring a unique fashion show to the United Church of Marco, with all clothing selected from the Bargain Basket thrift shop. This fun event is a seasonal favorite among locals and visitors. This year attendees will enjoy a French themed runway ... Read More »

A Smallwood Step in History

By Jesus Calo The Historic Ted Smallwood Store and Museum held its much-anticipated first annual “White Pelican Celebration” with a considerable number of attendees and entertainment. Cars lined up on the lot at the entrance of the water’s edge location. A little rain and chilly breeze over the weekend was not enough to disrupt the three-day event. In fact, it ... Read More »

Caxambas Republicans Celebrate Election Victories

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A who’s who of local Republican politics assembled on January 17 at the Marco Island Yacht Club as the Caxambas Republican Club President Litha Berger called the first meeting of 2017 to order. Berger recognized State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, who quickly addressed those assembled before she departed for another meeting, but not before she graciously thanked ... Read More »

JW Marriott Designation Expected to Enhance Marco Economy

By Don Manley Marco Island’s economy should receive a boost by the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa ascension to the more upscale JW Marriott brand. The resort’s new designation as the JW Marriott Marco Island, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States, took effect Jan. 1. An update on the $320 million ... Read More »

Center for the Arts January Exhibits

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts January exhibit features the art of Betsy Ross Koller. The exhibit will include a broad sampling of Betsy’s flower and alpine motifs, based on her years in Switzerland. The exhibit will also include work displaying idyllic charm of rural Ohio, where Betsy was born and raised. Private collectors own most of her ... Read More »

Conference Addresses Water Challenges

Submitted Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has announced the lineup of speakers for this year’s conference, held at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, Ft. Myers on January 13, 2017. This year’s theme “Cooperative Solutions: Working Together to Address Water Challenges” recognizes our region’s need for all elements of society to cooperate in the pursuit of actions that will ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a member-owned club by holding a Crystal Ball dinner dance on December 9. Over 80 members attended, many of whom were charter members of the club when it was founded in the fall of 2001. In his welcoming remarks, Dave Everitt, chairman of the Yacht Club Board of Directors, ... Read More »