Tag Archives: community

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 »

Crime Rate Down on Marco Island

Submitted  On February 9, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI’s UCR program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies with a primary objective to generate reliable information for use in ... Read More »

Super Bowl V Returns

By Samantha Husted Despite construction and limited parking, hundreds came out to Mackle Park to participate in the annual Souper Bowl event. The Souper Bowl, now in its fifth year, is a Marco Island Chamber of Commerce organized event. Traditionally the Souper Bowl takes place the Saturday before the actual Super Bowl, an event that is notably lacking in soup. ... Read More »

Swing Through Time In Hollywood

Submitted The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s (FDD) Hollywood Swing Through Time- themed Gala takes place March 4 from 6–11 PM at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The evening features an elegant cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Guests can take part in the unique Diamond Drop, where they can win diamond earrings from Yamron ... Read More »

Dr. Guidry Resumes His Medical Practice And almost loses it: Part 2

By Barry Gwinn Dr. Guidry opened his medical practice in Marco Island in 1998, having bought an existing practice on Collier Boulevard. The practice took off, and in 2000 he was able to purchase the building at 1310 San Marco Road, next to the firehouse. He still has his office there today. In 2002, he brought in Mitchell Shaw, D.O. ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Coffee with the Chiefs

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 9 AM at Wake Up Marco, 912 N. Collier Boulevard. Coffee with the Chiefs is the perfect opportunity for Marco Island residents to personally meet with the Chiefs and to voice any questions ... Read More »

Busy Woman’s Club Takes a Fun Break

By Debbie Roddy After hosting their first major fundraiser of the year, an extremely successful 17th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on January 24, the Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) took a well-deserved break to just have fun at their annual Cards & Games Party on February 9th at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Carolyn Atkins and Arleen Soldano, event ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Opens Time Capsule at 50th Anniversary

By Jesus Calo In celebrating its 50th anniversary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church unveiled its time capsule, marked to be opened on February 10, 2017. This was history in the making, as the time capsule was planted underneath the pulpit 25 years ago inside the Parish Hall. As guests celebrated the anniversary of the church building itself, it is known that ... Read More »

Not So Newlywed Game Sure to Entertain

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today JW Marriot will host Marco Island’s first “Not So Newlywed” event on March 8, 2017 at 6 PM. The event will be patterned on television’s popular Newlywed Game, but instead of newlywed panelists, the participants will be some of Marco’s best known and “not so newlywed” couples Not So Newlywed ... Read More »

L is For…?

“L Is For…?” takes place at La Serenata, a moderately upscale retirement community in Southwest Florida. Relax and spend some time with Louise (Mary Bryan), a Southern Belle who appears to be a cleaning fanatic, and Mark (R.E. Joyce), a lonely widower from Upstate New York. What is she up to? Will he even notice? Come see for yourself what ... Read More »

Nominate the Artist of the Year

Submitted  Since 2014, every spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has recognized an Artist of the Year. The non-profit organization is requesting nominations for the Artist of the Year from the public. This special honor recognizes the art or activity of a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our ... Read More »

Marco Half Marathon and 5K

Submitted Grab your sneakers and mark your calendars for the Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk, which will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk will begin at 7:45 AM. The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco ... Read More »

Spirit of Marco Island Award Winners Chosen

Submitted The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island is proud to announce that John DeRosa, Louise Russell and Bruce Graev were selected as the first three recipients of the 2017 Spirit of Marco Island Award. Three additional recipients will be announced in the next few weeks. John DeRosa was taken by complete surprise at a recent Knights of Columbus social ... Read More »

Singing’ Broadway Comes to Town

Submitted And here they come! Singin’ Broadway, sponsored by Centennial Bank, is a special concert event featuring some of South Florida’s most talented singers performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. They will be singing their way into your hearts and you’re sure to be dancing along in your seats. The performers include: Carl Back is a seasonal Marco Island ... Read More »

Spineless Behavior

I would like to begin by thanking Marco Island City Councilors Batte and Brown for showing the citizens of Marco Island that they have dignity, intelligence and class in their performance on the City Council. Unfortunately, they are the only ones serving on the council who do. They are quite obviously the only councilors who have backbones. I was outraged ... Read More »

COUNCIL ACCEPTS MANAGER’S RESIGNATION 5-2

At the outset of the meeting on Monday night the Marco Island City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt.  Hernstadt has served the Marco community for 3 years, and has been a highly visible member of the community in addition to his wife Jessica who volunteered for numerous charitable organizations. Hernstadt came to the community after many ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Gala – Elegance Meets Creativity

By Coastal Breeze News Staff During a season of formal events, the Marco Island Center for the Arts annual gala stands apart from the rest. The Gala takes place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 6 PM at the Marco Island Country Club. The Gala is a fundraiser that supports the Center for the Arts’ mission to promote education and ... Read More »

The Challenge of Service

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com About two weeks ago, the Marco Island City Council undertook some pretty important business, whose significance is unfortunately overlooked for the most part. On January 23rd the newly elected four councilors selected their choices for service on a number of advisory committees to coincide with their 4-year terms on council. Those individuals are ... Read More »