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Keeping Old Traditions Alive

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently celebrated my 60th birthday. (Wow! Where did the years go, though I’ve been told I’m still a puppy by Marco standards!) Enough said about that. From now on, I stop celebrating every year. Traditions involving jewelry are a subject I still remember. I may be a baby boomer from the 1950s, but I’m not totally senile. Today’s generation hasn’t a clue about traditions of any kind. It’s a shame. I’m talking about presenting a delicate solid gold signet ring engraved with graceful interlocking script initials to a daughter or granddaughter for her ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marriot Ordinance denial

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One Marco Islander’s Opinion:   Under the leadership of Councilor Petricca and Councilor Batte, our City Council must be commended for recognizing the inadmissibility of the proposed Marriott expansion petition.  Their petition was rejected because it had been written by the petitioner, the Marriott itself. Hopefully, this means the City of Marco Island is finally starting to demand respect for and compliance with our laws, agreements and procedures.  Regarding the latter, the correct procedure is contained in the mission statement of our Planning Board that reads in pertinent part: “…THE PLANNING BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR [reviewing Comprehensive Plan changes] AND ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... 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 »

Goodland Remarks

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Writing about the village you live in can be very strange, but also quite amazing. Sometimes I have so much to say that I don’t know where to begin, and sometimes there is nothing to say so I don’t know how to begin. Sometimes I worry that what I’ve said is too much or that I share too much of myself. Sometimes I think what I wrote was total crap. And then there are the ones where I receive feedback. These are the best of all. It let’s me know what people in the village think ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

Many people are not aware that Assembly of God Church, which has been located on 951/Collier Blvd., has sold their property to First Baptist Church of Marco Island. First Baptist members, young and old alike, have been busy cleaning up the property, getting rid of the trash, mowing, weeding, discarding and getting it ready for the new occupants. First Baptist also bought the property behind the Assembly property, which was slated to become low-income housing; so now they own all 67 acres. Pastor Neptune, of First Baptist, has some exciting plans for the future of this property, which he shared ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Coastal Comments

So often I have heard people on Marco Island say something about not knowing where their tax dollars go. I thought I would just outline a few services that Marco taxes pay for, such as our wonderful library, the Caxambus boat ramp, maintenance, etc., the new 951 boat launch and expanded parking, Tigertail Beach maintenance and operations, South Beach maintenance, Department of Animal Services, Jail, the State required Sheriff’s Department for such things as SWAT team and general assistance and surveillance, Court System, 911 Emergency Service, Emergency Operations for major events such as Hurricanes and cleanup after major storms and ... Read More »