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The Accidental Speaker

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »

The Condee Man Can…and has for 45 years!

Michelle, Rene and Mary Beth.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Condee Cooling and Electric recently celebrated 45 years of service to this community, and beyond. The momentous occasion was celebrated with employees and spouses over dinner at Bistro Soleil. The company was started by Don Condee, Sr. Originally from Illinois, Don (Senior as he was affectionately called by employees) had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. He found Marco Island in the early 1960’s when he flew to Marco Island with his friend Ed Husted, who worked for Deltona and had invited him to take a look at Marco as an investment opportunity. After ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Festival of Trees

Pictured here with the Calusa Garden Club’s unique little tree (left to right) are Linda Colombo, club vice president; Festival of Trees Chairman Dave Rice; tree designer and creator Connie Lowery; and Donna Kay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations for display and some for sale. The exhibition will be open 5-9 PM on December 12, 15, 16 and 18; and from 11 AM-2 PM on Dec. 13, when Santa will be making an appearance. “We hope that people will ... Read More »

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Procession honors Our Lady of Guadalupe

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re lucky, you will get a glimpse of a faithful group of residents adorned in colorful costume as they parade down the street. Some play drums, some dance, and some carry images of the Virgin Mary. The faithful make the annual trek to commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe. The walk stretches from Kretch’s Restaurant, down Bald Eagle to San Marco Road continuing to San Marco Catholic Church where Mass is celebrated. A statue of the Virgin Mary is carried the entire route to the church. In Latin America, the faithful believe Our Lady of ... Read More »

Botana Named “Citizen of the Year”

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana of IBERIABANK was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Golden Gate President’s Council at a reception on Nov. 13.  Botana, who serves as vice president and branch manager for IBERIABANK’s Golden Gate office located at 5247 Golden Gate Parkway, is well known for her volunteerism and professionalism. She has been a banker in Southwest Florida for nearly 35 years and has helped many non-profits, families and businesses. “The Golden Gate Civic Association held a strategy meeting at the start of the year to identify specific areas of opportunity for our community. Bringing businesses together to foster ... Read More »

Water Works Lunch Program

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club. The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an ... Read More »

Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek

For the 10th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, The Creek Course is the only golf course in Southwest Florida to earn this recognition 10 years in a row. The 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course is designed in harmony with the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. It was reviewed by more than 700 course raters from across the United States ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital projects. As the economy rebounds, Parks and Recreation is once again gearing up to deliver the long-awaited park. But one question remains: Does the park plan developed in 2006 meet the needs and expectations of the community today? To get ... Read More »

No Problems, Just Solutions

Young Artists Acadamy students  drawing in the gallery of Marco Islands Center for teh Arts. photo by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am so fortunate. Despite the days that close in utter weariness due to facing a multitude of challenges, most mornings dawn with the waking certainty of how fortunate I am. For one thing, I now use the word challenges, where once I would have used the word problems. One recent shine of fortune was to be invited to instruct at the Young Artists Academy at Marco Islands Center for the Arts. The Center’s executive director, Hyla Crane, was challenged with resurrecting a bygone program that instructs dedicated 12-18 year old artists Saturday mornings for ... Read More »

City Employees Rally for Local Charities

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com More than two- thirds of the Marco Island city employees have answered City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s call to step up their group charitable contributions. To date, thanks to a new program instituted by Hernstadt, 149 city employees have donated almost $35,000 to some 25 local charities, with the vast majority of the money going to support the city’s Relay for Life Team — a group of city employees who voluntarily run a series of charitable fundraisers in a friendly team competition against other Marco entities, employers and civic groups that ends each year in April. ... Read More »

Holiday Fun

Goodland’s own Eduardo, Joe and Chuckles manning their tent, set up where “Chuckle’s Bar” was once located. They sold beer and wine to thirsty vendors and visitors.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a beautiful weekend to be outdoors, and Goodland’s Margood Harbor Park was abuzz with activity on Nov. 15 and 16 for the Goodland Civic Association’s (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Seeing another year’s success, the 2014 bazaar offered 52 vendors, one-third of which were Goodland residents. They lined the walkways, selling delicious food and a colorful assortment of hand-made arts and crafts. The far-reaching tunes played by our talented local musicians, all who volunteered their time, and the mouth-watering aromas coming from the many diverse food tents, drew hundreds of people to check out the ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Charity Bash

Contestants for the Mr. MIA Pageant line up before the show. SUBMITTED photo

By Gabriella Perez In August 2014, the Marco Island Academy Manta Mentoring group, along with mentor Mr. Kirby Rients, considered creating something out of the time between lunch and classes together as a group. Mr. Rients knew he wanted to construct a mentoring group that would achieve great things, instead of neglecting this 20-minute period. So, with the brains of the students in the group and the suggestions from Mr.Rients, the Marco Island Academy Charity Bash was established. The MIA Charity Bash was created to raise money for a charity of the students’ choice, the American Cancer Society. Since August, ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Transforms Shredded Paper into FOT Scholarship Funds

$2000 Shred Party check presented to FOT President Linda Colombo (left) by Keith Dameron (center) Iberia Bank retiring VP and Branch Manager and Laura Schneider (right) incoming Branch Manager. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

Submitted Keith Dameron, retiring vice president and manager, organized and orchestrated a very successful 15th Shred Party, Nov, 8, at Iberia Bank on Bald Eagle Drive. The practical purpose of this event is to help in the prevention of identity theft. Additionally, the $3 fee per box of documents translates into benefiting a community cause. For each Shred Party, the bank has designated a Marco Island nonprofit as the beneficiary of the day’s proceeds. This year’s fortunate recipient was Friends of Tigertail Beach, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the stewardship of the unique, rich natural area that comprises ... Read More »

STOP IDENTITY THEFT FORUM

By Collier County Schools and City of Naples ID Theft Task Force   Learn how to prevent becoming a victim of identity fraud on Wednesday, November 12, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collier county School District Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail in Naples.   This program will be moderated by Jeff Lytle, former Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor, and feature speakers: Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff, Thomas Weschler, the Chief of Police for the City of Naples, Chad Parker, Lieutenant of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crime Bureau, Carrie Kerskie, P.I. ... Read More »

Arturo’s re-opens with sole proprietor Judy Barney

Longtime Marco Island resident Judy Barney has set the first week of November for the grand re-opening of Marco Island culinary mainstay, Arturo’s Italian Restaurant at 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Though the Zagat, Wine Spectator and AAA Approved Arturo’s has been in business on Marco Island for almost 19 years, Barney’s role has changed from co-owner to sole proprietor of the popular restaurant. A very familiar face to patrons, Barney has been responsible for maintaining Arturo’s public image for many years—at the restaurant and throughout the community. With the dawn of a new era, Barney promises: “Something old, something new, ... Read More »

Commissioners Rename Freedom Park in Honor of Commissioner Fred Coyle

Coyle Freedom Park. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.” Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s ... Read More »