Tag Archives: Collier County

Smiles and Tears as Chaudhry Departs

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Mac Chaudhry the day had to be bittersweet last Sunday. The longtime manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa would gaze out amongst 150-200 family, friends and co-workers who would assemble in the newly renovated dining facility to wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. ... Read More »

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

Marco Fire Rescue Partners With Children’s Coalition

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Water is a major component of what makes Marco Island so special. With over 100 miles of canals, thousands of swimming pools and approximately five miles of beach, residents and visitors flock to the water on a regular basis to enjoy a number of recreational activities that include swimming, boating and a number of water sports ... Read More »

Realtors Announce Dick Shanahan Award

Submitted The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® announced a new annual award in memory of Dick Shanahan, 2016 President. Dick exemplified duty, commitment and service to the Realtor® Association and to the greater Marco Island community. The new award will be called the “Richard Shanahan Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Service Award” and will be presented annually at ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Learn Boating Safety

Submitted United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Marco Island, Flotilla 95 Flotilla Commander (FC) Doug Bartlett presented several topics related to Recreational Boating Safety to the Cub Scouts of Pack 234, Marco Island, at their January meeting. Using several visual aids, Bartlett engaged the youngsters by having them try on life jackets, make emergency calls on a marine radio, and ... Read More »

Agricultural Tours in Collier 

Join the University of Florida/IFAS for a tour of farms and other agricultural operations in Collier County. The tour is Wednesday, March. 15, departing from Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, Florida . Two tour times are available: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not only will this change give us a chance to showcase ... Read More »

PUFFIN LOVE: Atlantic Puffins of Maine with a Marco Connection

By Maria Lamb Atlantic Puffins are often called “sea parrots” due to their flashy bills of red, yellow and blue during mating season. They have earned the moniker of “clown of the sea” with tears of clown markings on their oversized faces. From a distance, puffins can resemble the dark-tuxedoed penguins. Puffins are small seabirds measuring 10 inches from their ... Read More »

SAMI Welcomes New Bridge

Submitted The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) recently held its 47th annual Change of Watch ceremony and dinner at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Forty-three members and guests participated in the ceremony and enjoyed a delicious dinner afterward. Seven SAMI past commodores in attendance were recognized: Don Mills (1983 and 1984), Russ Rainey (1991), Pat Rainey (1994), Tom Collins ... Read More »

Garrett Richter Promoted

Submitted First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted President Garrett S. Richter to Chief Executive Officer – President. With his term as Florida state senator complete, Mr. Richter will now lead the day-to-day operations of First Florida Integrity Bank. His promotion to Chief Executive Officer will provide consistency in the leadership direction of the bank. Mr. Richter is one of the ... Read More »

Marco Tennis Team Competes at State Championships

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island YMCA Women’s 18 and over 7.5 combination tennis team recently competed at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The women competed against other teams from throughout the state of Florida for the state championship title. There were a total of 18 teams present that weekend. The ladies fought hard, eventually coming in ... Read More »

Recycling, Not to be Confused with Bicycling

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s admit that we all have pet peeves; some of mine are irksome and some bring out downright ire. Take, for example, on one of my trips to the mainland on a recycling day, I noted that about 90% of the residents have their recycling carts out. That’s not an official number, ... Read More »

Shrink Your Water Bill

The Beautification Advisory Committee of Marco Island will hold its annual presentation entitled, “Shrink Your Water Bill.” Discover ways to limit your irrigation while still having an attractive landscape. Nic Nikolich of Collier County’s free Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab service and Master Gardener Maria Schoenfelder will enlighten you with new information. Learn about Florida-friendly landscaping, pick up some landscaping tips ... Read More »

Free Seminar on Traffic Citations

Submitted The Clerk of Courts Traffic Division is holding a free public seminar explaining everything you need to know about the traffic citation process. The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Collier County, Dwight E. Brock, is the speaker for the event. Seminar topics will include: Traffic citations and their classifications; Traffic Options: Pay, school or court hearing; Affidavit of ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival

Submitted Mark your calendars for the 2017 Seafood Festival in Everglades City, February 10 through 12. In addition to a variety of delicious seafood, visitors will enjoy music, arts and crafts, and a fun fair for all ages. Last year’s Seafood Festival saw an estimated 40,000 people visiting Everglades City, a historic rural town, and the first seat of Collier ... Read More »

A Full Plate for City Council in the Year Ahead

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council has before it a number of challenges and opportunities as it enters 2017. Those members and city staff will have their plates full during the next several months. With the election behind us, the task of governing is now front and center, as a myriad of decisions face the newly constituted ... Read More »

Marco Police Urge Caution

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Captain Nick Ojanovac of the Marco Island Police Department urged residents and visitors to be especially alert now that season has arrived and the roadways are much busier. “Our motorists and others riding bicycles, motorcycles and other recreational means of transport, in addition to pedestrians, need to be aware that the intensity of traffic and potential ... Read More »

Holiday Donation

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department presented The Shelter for Abused Women and Children with over $1,000 in gift cards and toys today. “The Shelter is an integral part of our community and we consider them part of our family,” said Police Chief Al Schettino. “I’d like to thank everyone for generously donating during this holiday season to this worthy ... Read More »

Marco Spirit Walks For Alzheimer’s

Members and friends of the Marco Spirit Team, captained by Barbara Markel, walked in the recent 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at North Collier Regional Park in Naples. Walkers included Barb and Jack Markel, Joyce and Rich Kaelin, Shirley Woolaway, Illona Hirschmann, Beth Reckord, and Michael Carrigan. The members and friends of the Memory Loss/Caregiver Support Group of Marco Island ... Read More »

JCMI Presents Jewish Film Festival

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with The Jewish Federation of Collier County, presents its 17th Annual Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Film Festival, showing the newest best award-winning films on the Jewish circuit. All films will be presented at JCMI, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, starting at 2 PM, and followed by a reception and refreshments. Please ... Read More »

Growing Number of Panthers Killed by Cars

Submitted  A driver hit and killed the 31st panther of 2016 on Tuesday, breaking the all-time record for the number of Florida panther road kills in one year. This breaks the 2015 record of 25 deaths due to vehicle strikes with more than three weeks left in 2016. Florida panther deaths on our roadways are continuing in this upward trajectory. ... Read More »