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Lely’s 2017 Varsity Softball Recap

Submitted by Rich Costante Head Softball Coach April Alvarado is in the running for a NFCA All-American and All-Region honors which have yet to be announced. An incredible year in the classroom with five Lely Softball girls named Academic All-Americans! For full stats, check out www.maxpreps.com. Final Record: 14-14, 6A District-12 Runner-Up  Season Highlights: Named an Academic Team Champion (8th ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

By Scott H. Shook When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the ... Read More »

Independence Day, Southwest Florida-Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are a number of family-friendly Independence Day festivities taking place in Southwest Florida, making it the ideal place to celebrate the birth of our nation. Try one of the following local favorites for an unforgettable time. Sand Jam at Residents’ Beach, Marco Island  The Marco Island Civic Association will hold its annual July 4th ... Read More »

The Flaw of Averages*

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.”  ~ Cicero, Roman politician (106 BC – 43 BC) Question: While I’m getting closer to retirement the markets keep making new highs. I’m concerned about what could happen to my retirement funds if there’s a big drop. What are your thoughts? Answer: You’ve ... Read More »

‘The Whistler’ by John Grisham

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Moving on, though, was difficult, at least for Lacy. She was too emotionally involved in the case to simply close it and open another file.” A judge who collects rare first edition books…Love her! Being investigated for skimming money from a casino on Native American land? No! “The Whistler” opens in Florida with judicial misconduct investigator ... Read More »

HO6 Unit Owner’s Policy

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com After the extensive rains a couple of weeks ago, and now that we have entered that time of year when tropical weather returns to Marco Island, it is a good time to review your various condo insurances. As a condo owner, Florida law states you are required to have at least $2,000 of ... Read More »

The Chicks of Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb According to Ricardo Zambrano, a biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there are approximately 400 least tern nests and 600 black skimmer nests at the tip of Sand Dollar Island. These birds lay an average of two to three eggs in a season. Last year, the Sand Dollar Island nesting colony had the largest ... Read More »

Some Insights on Picking a Childcare Center

By Isabel Arce Finding the right childcare center is one of the most important decisions parents can make when they are considering putting their child into daycare. All children deserve, and thrive under, good nurturing care. It is worth it to take the extra steps to find them quality care. As a director and owner of Little Ducks Day School ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

On a Professional Level

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As I have now had the opportunity to experience my second U.S. Open Championship Pickleball Tournament, and I have had the privilege of watching and interviewing the world’s top level championship players, I have come to the realization of the fact that pickleball is truly a legitimate, professional competitive sport. The level of dedication, ... Read More »

UPDATE: Hilton Fire Causes Evacuations

Update on Hilton Fire: The following update was received from Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy: The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has had contact with the Marco Island Hilton today. The Hilton has advised that the damage from the electrical fire is greater than originally predicted. Out of concern for safety the Hilton will remain closed indeterminately until all ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders recently experienced a significant weather event, as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain fell on the island overnight on June 5. By 9 AM on June 6, Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge. Major intersections and side streets were impacted. Marco Island Police closed flooded roadways ... Read More »

Raiford Starke Kicks off Florida Songwriter Showcase

By Scott H. Shook Florida Fiddler JRobert opened his ambitious Florida Songwriter Showcase Monday night, June 5, at the Marco Players’ theatre, when he presented Raiford Starke, the singer-songwriter whose stage name represents the name and location of two of Florida’s most notorious prisons; the Florida State Prison in Raiford and the Bradford Correctional Facility in Starke. Starke’s performance is fittingly stark…and ... Read More »

Memories in Pen and Ink…

By Don Manley  Profound moments, family gatherings, oft-repeated sayings, shared wisdom and even run-of-the-mill times are just some of the remembrances of grandparents that can warm hearts and elicit smiles long after that person has departed this Earth. Ivan Klipstein has memorialized memories of his late grandmother, Georgia Olsen with pen and ink in the form of a picture book ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Condo Market: A Quick Review

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The Marco Island condo market has had some big swings over the last two decades. Over the last 20 years the median condo price rose from $200,000 in 1997 to a peak of $635,000 in 2005, then dropped to a low of $300,000 in 2011. Since then the median price has been growing ... Read More »

Celebrating the End of School With A Bash

The City of Marco Island Parks & Rec recently hosted an End of School Bash at Mackle Park. The free event provided lots of food, fun, and entertainment for the island’s 6th-12th graders. Although it was a steamy day, the kids kept busy playing football and basketball, and challenged each other with the ever-popular inflatable obstacle course and joust.  For ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

Food Business 

The Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee is hosting two free information sessions for those looking to start or expand their food-based business. Any interested culinary entrepreneur is invited to attend one of two upcoming sessions hosted at the Naples Business Accelerator offices at 3510 Kraft Road in Naples. The two free sessions will be held: June 20 from 6-7:30 PM June 28 from 12-1:30 PM ... Read More »