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Eagle Sanctuary Property in the Spotlight Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] On Monday, Sept. 8, the Marco Island City Council will be asked to sign a letter of support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. This will be the second time in three weeks that Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation, will appear before council seeking its written support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at 665 Tigertail Court, which also is known as Tract K. When Way first appeared before City Council during its regular Aug. 18 meeting, he explained that he was asking for the letter of support as part of ... Read More »

Vibrant Ljubljana

A ride along the river in Ljubljana is a peaceful diversion.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I have two words for people who say the capital cities of Europe are old and stagnant: visit Ljubljana (lyoo-BLYAH-nah). The capital of Slovenia and located approximately in the center of this small country, it is young and vibrant. With a population of about 280,000, the 60,000 students in this city help invigorate it. It is a captivating city in which to spend some time. Major rebuilding after an earthquake in 1895 has made this city an architectural delight with a mixture of some original and restored Baroque and Vienna Secession (art nouveau), along with ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Going Out on the Edge for Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Too often companies are weary of being different and yet when seeking marketing advice, the first request managers make is to set the company apart from the competition. Leaders must decide what they want. Being unique often means taking a risk in advertising, whereas being safe may mean simply redundantly promoting a business through traditional branding. I endorse taking a chance, but make sure that chance is well researched. Recently, listening to the radio I heard an ad for a church attempting to connect with young audiences in need of entertainment-styled sermons, but it ... Read More »

The Croatian Istrian Peninsula

Along the Lungomare in Opatija.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber [email protected] The Croatian portion of the Istrian Peninsula is located in northwest Croatia, along the Adriatic’s Gulf of Kvarnar. Historically, this area was ruled first by the Romans, followed by the Venetians and then the Austrians. For a while in the 1920s, the Italians regained control. Although Istria became part of Yugoslavia in the 1940s, many towns still have two official names — one Croatian, the other Italian. A small part of the peninsula also lies in Slovenia and Italy. While visiting Istria, the town of Opatija was our home base. I could easily write of ... Read More »

City Sets New Seating Verification Process

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The city of Marco Island staff have begun a new restaurant/food service seating plan verification process for businesses and organizations within the city service areas. This new process includes a visit from a city staff member to verify that an establishment’s seating and use are in line with paid impact fees and that any grease traps are compliant to state of Florida guidelines. Other areas of inspection will include spacing of seats and isles to ensure compliance with ADA standards. Furthermore, it is the city’s intent to obtain an indoor and outdoor seating plan of each establishment as part of ... Read More »

Everglades City Celebrates Stone Crab Season

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Stone crab season has finally begun! Restaurants and fish markets will be serving up the tasty delicatessen that is the stone crab claw beginning October 15. Many of those claws may very well come from Everglades City where a slew of commercial stone crabbers work and live. What has now become a tradition, the Annual Blessing of the Fleet, took place on September 28 at the historic Rod and Gun Club. The Blessing, which began five years ago by Everglades City transplant, Tod Dahlke, has become one of the city’s favorite days of the year. It ... Read More »

One Million Acts of Kindness

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where six school teachers and administrators and 20 young students lost their lives, Ann Curry of NBC News came up with the concept #26Acts of Kindness. Encouraging people through her Twitter account to commit one act for each of the 26 lives lost, she wrote on her December 18 blog, “I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of ... Read More »

READY TO BAG IT, MARCO?

The second annual Meals of Hope, Kids Against Hunger event will take place Saturday, November 12th at Marco Island Charter Middle School. Within a mere two hours, hundreds of local volunteers will package over 100,000 meals in assembly line style. Each volunteer will have a specific job to do. Adults, children, students and seniors will all work together, there is something for everyone to do. Steve Popper, a Naples resident and Rotarian, brought the Kids Against Hunger project to Southwest Florida a few years ago. Since then, he has formed Meals of Hope which is able to buy supplies in ... Read More »

St. Petersburg, an Imperial City

Vickie Kelber  St. Petersburg, designed by Peter the Great to emulate a grand European city, has also been known as Petrograd and Leningrad. In 1991, by a majority vote of 52%, its name was returned to the original St. Petersburg. It served as the capital of Russia from 1713-1728 and 1732-1918. Although Peter studied in Amsterdam and used it as his model in fashioning his city, St. Petersburg’s 68 rivers and canals, 42 islands, and 300 bridges have earned it the nickname, “Venice of the North.” Of great consequence in the city’s history was the siege of Leningrad. During World ... Read More »

Places of Worship

First Family Baptist Church 1450 Winterberry Dr. 239-394-1646, fbcmarco.org Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 991 Winterberry Dr. 239-642-0800, marcojcmi.tripod.com Marco Lutheran Church 525 N. Collier Blvd. 239-394-9073, marcolutheran.org Marco Presbyterian Church 875 W. Elkcam Circle 239-394-8186, marcochurch.com New Life Community Church of God 590 West Elkcam Cir. 239-394-3469, newlifemarco.org San Marco Catholic Church 851 San Marco Rd. 239-394-5181, sanmarcochurch.com St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1101 N. Collier Blvd. 239-394-7242, stmarksmarco.org United Church of Marco Island 320 N. Barfield Dr. 239-394-6572, [email protected] Wesley United Methodist Church 350 S. Barfield Dr. 239-394-3734, wesleymarco.com Capri Christian Church 111 East Hill St., Isles of Capri 239-642-6233, caprichristianchurch.com St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church 13520 U.S. 41 E. Naples ... Read More »