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Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Big Cypress Tourism Boosts Local Economy

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,112,290 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2015 spent $87,185,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,225 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $124,524,400. “Big Cypress welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We are one of the most visited national park areas in Florida, and are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the preserve as a way to introduce our ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

MIA Cheers for Champions

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Submitted  On May 16 at 10 AM, a planning meeting for the first Marco Island Academy Cheers for Champions fundraiser will be held at the school in Room 303. Athletic Director Kelly Monnot invites parents and community members to take part in planning this event that will benefit the athletic programs at the school. The Cheers for Champions fundraiser will take place May 21 at Kretch’s Restaurant, from 6:30 to 10 PM. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions and music. There will be a cash bar. The deadline for tickets or to be part ... Read More »

Celebrate Israel’s 68th Anniversary

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Submitted  On Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4 PM, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in a multi-cultural celebration to honor the 68th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence. The event, sponsored by the Israel Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, will be held on the lawn area of the Mercato, near Vanderbilt Beach Road and Tamiami Trail North in Naples. Admission is free, and everyone is invited! There will be activities for all ages including Israeli singing and dancing, crafts, a Mount Masada climbing wall and, of course, Israeli food. All proceeds benefit ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

Kingfishers Support Clubfoot Project

Kingfishers (from left) Front row: Cheryl Duey, Durell Buzzini, Patricia Lloyd and Sue Haviland; Back row: Marly Rydson, Brian Knudson, Tom Lippert, Kevin Holloway, John
Mariotti, Charles Strasser and Mark Hagen. Submitted Photo

Submitted On March 17, 2016, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club was treated to a very special meeting, one that was organized and run by the club’s “Kingfisher” members. The Kingfishers are Rotarians who are members of Rotary Clubs other than the Marco Island Noontime Club, but spend significant time here on Marco during season. “The Kingfishers are such an important part of our Rotary Club,” said Lynne Minozzi, Noontime Rotary Club president. “We look forward to their return every year.” In addition to a delightful program with a definite Irish flair, the Kingfishers presented Lynne Minozzi with a generous ... Read More »

Fundamentally Speaking

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As an instructor and competitor in both tennis and pickleball, I have noticed a difference in how these two games are played. Here at the Marco Island Racquet Center, both sports are mostly played as doubles. As I watch games and matches being played, I see a significant difference when observing tennis in how much, or how little, all four players are participating in the point as compared to pickleball. The fundamental strategy of all doubles in both sports is for players to work together as a unit. Even though the two sports are very similar, ... Read More »

Rib Cook- Off Returns

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rib lovers rejoice! The Marco Island Brewery is hosting the 5th Annual Rib Cook-Off on Saturday, April 16 and it is expected to be even better than last year’s incredible event. From 12-6 PM enjoy live music and try your luck in the raffles, including a 50/50 raffle. The ribs will be judged at 5 PM, so stick around to see who wins this finger-licking competition. Think you make the best ribs in Marco? Contact Frank LaCava, Marco Island Brewery, at 239-970-0461 for contest entry information. Tickets are only $20 and include a full, and ... Read More »

Marco Beaches Need More Sand

Following rain, water puddling and pooling on Marco’s beach. Submitted Photos

Submitted Marco Island Central Beach Re-Grading Project Collier County Coastal Zone Management Director, Gary McAlpin recently provided the Marco Island City Council an update on the upcoming regrading of the Marco Island Central Beach. Marco Island is blessed with beautiful wide beaches, but the width and flatness of the beach present its own unique set of problems. The flatness and width of the beach create ponding and algae formations where standing water puddles, and the surface is excessively hard after drying. These conditions greatly reduce the use of this beach for sea turtle nesting. Also, recreational use of this beach ... Read More »

MIHS Musical March Entertainment

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) brings world-class entertainment to Rose History Auditorium that will delight island music lovers. Oldies but goodies take the stage in two unique, one night only performances. Get your tickets early so you don’t miss this special opportunity to walk down memory lane. March 23 –  Liza and Judy, Together Again  Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are certainly one of the most famous mother and daughter entertainers the world of show business has ever seen. Unlike the usual tribute show, this spectacular theatrical production brings Liza and Judy together again with the amazing sound-alike ... Read More »

Island Angels Turn Dreams Into Reality

Sarah Reveland, Mitchell= Weis, Annie Palys, Areesa Chaudhry, RJ Munoz, Nicole Cholka, Jennifer Gammon and Sabrina Rod celebrate the donation from the Island Angels. PHOTO BY KYLE CHOLKA

By Don Manley Marco’s Island Angels charitable organization has made some dreams come true for Nicole Cholka and her modified curriculum-special education class at Lely High School. A little more than $22,000 was raised for the program at an Island Angels benefit, with the lion’s share of the money going toward purchasing new appliances for the Breakfast Café that operates from the kitchen at the classroom’s rear. As part of the curriculum, Cholka and her class prepare and deliver breakfast for the school’s staff every school day. The practice imparts such important life skills as cooking, grocery planning and purchasing, ... Read More »

Marco Island State Grant Success

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island will be the recipient of nearly $1.3M in grants from the State of Florida, enabling the city to fund three projects for the benefit of the island. The projects approved are: • Renovation of Fire-Rescue/EMS Facility ($250,000) • Storm Water Master Plan Drainage Improvements ($299,140) • Marco Shores Alternative Water Solution ($750,000) Governor Rick Scott completed his review of the state budget on March 15 and made his veto decisions early without impacting the three submitted City of Marco Island projects that were recommended for funding by the Florida State Legislature. This is ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Fine Art Auction

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Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, Inc. is sponsoring a fine art auction on March 10, 2016. The auction will take place in Rose Hall Auditorium, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145. Hamilton Fine Art Auctions will present a variety of original and limited edition artwork, sports memorabilia and jewelry with opening bids generally 50% to 60% less than traditional framed gallery prices. Past Hamilton auctions have often been real bargains for buyers. At least one purchaser confirmed that a painting he bought at a previous auction was appraised at more than ten times the auction ... Read More »

American Hero To Speak at JCMI

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Submitted You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. This mantra has helped inspire the most elite combat unit in the world to push past their limitations and succeed in every environment imaginable. But you don’t have to be part of a Special Ops force to benefit from their training when the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) presents an inspiring evening with top motivational speaker and former U.S. Navy SEAL, and American hero, David Rutherford on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30 PM. A top tactical training expert, author, speaker and popular ... Read More »

Discover Pepper Ranch Preserve

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Submitted Conservation Collier is offering free, guided hikes led by master naturalists at selected Pepper Ranch Preserve trails on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, April 23. Pepper Ranch Preserve is a 2,512-acre Conservation Collier preserve property that was acquired with the goals of protecting and restoring the native habitats for the benefit of wildlife, providing aquifer recharge, and to provide current and future residents an opportunity for nature-based recreation and education. Wildlife documented on the preserve includes the endangered Florida panther, gopher tortoises, crested caracaras, Florida sandhill cranes, white-tailed deer, bobcats, wild turkey and more! There are approximately 10 miles ... Read More »

Poker Run/Pig Roast Fundraiser

Submitted Saturday, February 20th is Team BMO’s Poker Run/Pig Roast fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Come to the Twisted Spoke Saloon at 9 AM and enjoy a breakfast of biscuits and gravy and coffee or juice for $5, or coffee and a Dunkin Donuts’ donut for $2. The Twisted Spoke Saloon is located at 5091 Tamiami Trail, East Naples. Kickstands go up at 10:30 AM. Each rider is $25, and passenger is $15; with the donation a t-shirt and dinner is included. The Poker Run will stop at Gators, Stan’s, Marco Island Brewery, Henning’s and then ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Rear Commodore Carol Bryant with friends, Karen and Ed Booth, past commodore. The Booths talked Bryant into joining the club.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Cruise Club rode the waves when it celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary on January 14 at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Change of Watch highlighted the evening. Members of the Bridge include new Commodore Tom Dines, outgoing Commodore Neil Blaaboer, Vice Commodore Lynn Stiles, Rear Commodore Carol Bryant, Treasurer Betty Thatcher and Secretary Palma Klein. Past Commodore Bill Berry recalled his days as just the second commodore of the club. The first commodore was the late Harry Shook. “In those days it was a small group of around ten boats,” he recalled. “Boats then ... Read More »