Tag Archives: Collier County

The Spring Fling It’s A Lollapalooza

Photos and Story by Barry Gwinn As we do every year (this will be our fifth), on Saturday, April 1st, the Goodland Civic Association threw a party to show our appreciation for the overwhelming support we get from our neighbors and friends here. Everyone was invited, everyone helped, and virtually everyone came. In the beautiful setting of Collier County’s Margood ... Read More »

ASH Offers New Treatment Options

Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expanded its physical rehabilitation and fitness center, installing an Oasis Underwater Treadmill. This hydrotherapy system gives patients the best opportunity to recover from surgical, arthritic, geriatric and chronically debilitating diseases and conditions. ASH of Florida’s physical rehabilitation team designs treatment programs focusing on sports medicine, performance optimization, fitness, weight management, surgery recovery and chronic ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Raises $200,000 for Habitat Collier

Submitted Each year, the United Church of Marco Island celebrates Habitat month in February. Throughout the month, they ask members of their congregation to come together and donate in an effort to help Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This year, their goal was to raise $100,000. By timing the donations to Habitat just right, the church not only met ... Read More »

Talking Easter Eggs?

Imagine a child, blind or visually impaired, that cannot participate in an Easter egg hunt because they are unable to see the eggs. Not Lighthouse of Collier’s youth. On Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM, Lighthouse of Collier is teaming up with Royal Scoop at their 23rd Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt and Games. The ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Shred Event

 Submitted IBERIABANK will host a community shred event on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 AM to noon at the IBERIABANK branch located on Marco Island at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will ... Read More »

This Home is a Sanctuary

By Jesus Calo All it takes is one person connecting the dots to make a difference, and seasonal resident Jane DeMado has done exactly that. As a member of the Noontime Rotary Club, she has attended many luncheons that bring speakers from various places to connect Marco Island beyond the bridge. Five years ago, one speaker spoke candidly about his ... Read More »

CHESS K-12 Expands Mission

Submitted Local youth from kindergarten through 12th grade have a great opportunity with CHESS K-12 to play chess and compete with other young players. The mission of CHESS K-12 is to provide a purposeful, challenging and enlightening environment for students to enhance their abilities to play chess. It includes promoting chess clubs in all schools with chess intramural competition, and ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation: A Year in Review

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. The annual event honored the accomplishments and successes of the foundation as well as the Marco Island Fire Department in 2016. MIFRF President, Dianna Dohm opened the ceremony with a reminder: the Marco Island Fire Rescue ... Read More »

Golden Apple Recipients

Students in six Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching. The 2016-17 Golden Apple recipients will each receive a grant (up to $5,000) from Suncoast Credit Union to allow the building of best practices. All Teachers of Distinction receive a $500 award, and ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity 8th Annual Charity Golf

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not ... Read More »

What’s Killing the Sea Turtles?

By Chadd Chustz A dead loggerhead sea turtle washed up on Marco Island Beach on Saturday night, February 25th. Maura Krause, Principal Environmental Specialist for Collier County estimated the female loggerhead to be 30 years old. Even more depressing, this loggerhead was one of four sea turtles that washed up on Collier County beaches. Causes of death were not yet ... Read More »

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 »