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Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The Planning Board of the City of Marco Island serves as the Land Development Regulation Commission in managing growth and development, while protecting our island’s integrity and small town character. Their recommendations are brought forward to the Marco Island City Council. This board held its regular meeting on June 3. Several important items were addressed. The board unanimously approved a time extension of a temporary use permit for Rose Marina. In the course of its ongoing construction, the marina encountered the need for an 80-day extension for the temporary use of vacant land, owned by the marina, ... Read More »

Bridge Dedication a Joyous Occasion

A crowd gathered to watch as the former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed the Herbert R. Savage Bridge.

By Don Manley Humor dispensed lovingly and a deep well of respect highlighted the dedication ceremony for what is now known as the Herbert R. Savage Bridge. The former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed to honor the man known as the city’s “unofficial mayor” for his role as a chief architect for the developers of modern Marco, the Mackle Brothers, and his decades of civic involvement, unceasing good cheer and enthusiastic support for all things Marco. “Everyone here knows how lucky we are to have Herb and Emily Savage as residents of our island,” said local historian and attorney Craig ... Read More »

Historical Society Celebrates Savage Bridge Naming

From left: Craig Woodward, Commissioner Donna Fiala, Emily and Herb Savage,
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Submitted As a prelude to the monthly Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) meeting and program, a special celebration was held to mark the renaming of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge to the Herbert R. Savage Bridge. Members and guests of the Society joined Herb and Emily in singing “God Bless America” and cutting a cake that pictured the two of them on the bridge at the dedication ceremony held May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day. Stepping up to the microphone with words of gratitude and praise for Herb’s decades-long contributions to Marco Island were MIHS board member, County Commissioner Donna Fiala, ... Read More »

Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour

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At the top of the stairs we entered a bedroom and tried to capture images of orbs.

By Samantha Husted Last month I sat down with Gina Sisbarro, “Men of Rushmore and Their Wives” writer and director. Gina has been directing and acting for over fifteen years. Three years ago Gina, always one for the dramatics, created Marco Island’s first ever ghost tour. It’s been running successfully ever since. The Marco Murder and Mayhem tour stems from Gina’s love of history and the paranormal. The tour highlights the lesser-known and darker history of the island. Although Gina was pretty tightlipped about most of her stories, she did let me in on a few secrets. Gina took me ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?

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Submitted We’ve heard of Gasparilla – it was the name of a supposedly famous pirate, and it is also the name of an island off the coast of Fort Myers. But, did he really exist? Was the island named in ancient maps long before he was reported to have marauded these coasts? And, there was our own Juan Gomez who lived on Panther Key until he died aged 120 (or was it 105?). He wasn’t a myth. The Storter family from Everglade and Colliers from Marco Island made sure he had supplies in his old age. You can learn more ... Read More »

Chamber Gala & Awards

Allyson Richards addresses the crowd after being named Volunteer of the Year.

Submitted On December 6 the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their Christmas Gala at Bistro Soleil, and presented three annual awards. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Monte Lazarus, posthumously, and accepted by his wife Sandi Riedemann. Monte, an attorney, civic leader and magistrate, made innumerable contributions to Marco Island and the community. Jane Watt, founder and board chair for Marco Island Academy and author of “Fighting For Kids” was awarded Citizen of the Year. Marco Island’s Volunteer of the Year is Allyson Richards. Allyson is the Board President of the Greater Marco Island YMCA, and volunteers and ... Read More »

CIS Ornament Contest Winners

Judges for the CIS Ornament Contest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Christmas Island Style (CIS) Ornament Contest for 2016 was underway from October 10 to November 10, 2015. With assistance from art teacher Mrs. Gigi Garraty, 115 Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students participated in this year’s CIS Ornament Contest. The theme for the 2016 ornament was a “Burrowing Owl.” On November 20, the final judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The contest judges included State Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Marco Island Planning Board Chair Charlette Roman, attorney Craig Woodward, Tom Wagor, First Florida Integrity Bank, Keith Dameron, Iberia Bank, Brandy Simpson, New Penn ... Read More »

Historical Museum and Society Win Awards

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Submitted This must be the “season” for awards because the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) have sure taken a few. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Paradise Found,” a collaborative effort of both groups, has just received the 2015 Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), a membership organization for museums and museum professionals. And that’s not all. The Historical Society also received two honorable mentions in the annual publication competition sponsored by the Southeastern Museum Conferences (SEMC), another major networking organization for the museum community throughout the Southeastern states. Pat Rutledge, ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary’s Staycation Winner

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Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its “Staycation” raffle drawing. The drawing awarded a timeshare week at Marco Island’s fabulous The Surf Club. The lucky winner was islander Craig Woodward. Craig was so happy with his success that he donated the price of an additional ticket to the club. The winning ticket was drawn from the Rotary Club’s prize bucket at its recent meeting. In making the award, President Debra Shanahan confirmed, “This is truly a historical event. We hope Craig enjoys it.” Funds raised by the raffle will be used for the Rotary Club’s community ... Read More »

Awards, Awards, Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Whether it be the highly respected statewide newspaper organization, Florida Press Association (FPA), or the national organization, the Association of Free Community Papers, Coastal Breeze News is a solid favorite among readers and publishing peers. It is evidenced time and time again by the awards it receives competing against other weekly newspapers. The latest winnings include four awards from the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Awards Competition. “Coastal Breeze News writers and staff are dedicated and care for the community they serve,” said publisher Valerie Simon. “It shows in their writing and comes through on ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center is now in the beginning stages of construction on 951/Collier Blvd, immediately north of the Walmart Shopping Center. You may have noticed the area being cleared, with lots of heavy machinery on site. For those of you who might not recognize the name, it’s the Kite Realty Company’s newest addition to that intersection (they already own the Shoppes at Eagle Creek, where the Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Panera Bread and Hoots are located). On this new site will be retail shops including Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross, a pet store and more, plus a couple ... Read More »

MIHS: Passing the Torch

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Submitted At its annual meeting and holiday luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of MIHS leadership as current president Tom Wagor transferred the gavel to the incoming president Pat Rutledge. Retiring board members Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of MIHS for all of their contributions during their board service, which included the fundraising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed new Board of ... Read More »

Passing the Torch at the Marco Island Historical Society

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At their Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of Society leadership as current President, Tom Wagor, transferred the gavel to the incoming President, Pat Rutledge. Retiring Board members, Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of the Historical Society for all of their contributions during their Board service, which included the fund raising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed to their ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has yet to set a date to review and consider the proposal. An initiative of the MIHS, the proposal will help mark the 50th anniversary of modern Marco, which begins January 2015. Society members believe it is a good time to ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves MIHS Alley Name Proposal

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

‘Vintage Movies’ Draws a Crowd

MIHS Curator of Collections Austin Bell (right) and Craig Woodward (courtesy of Bernadette Lapagliaco).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On an otherwise quiet Tuesday evening in July, the Rose History Auditorium was filled almost to capacity as islanders and visitors alike came to hear Craig Woodward’s fascinating introduction of three vintage movies from Marco Island’s recent past. The Marco Island Historical Society sponsored the “Vintage Movies” event. Among the films shown were “Florida’s Emerald Island, Marco Island” (ca. 1982), “Marco Island” (ca. 1986-75) and “Marco Island: “Get Away From It All and Have it All” (ca. 1982). Woodward served as the tour guide transporting the audience back to the early days of modern Marco ... Read More »

FPA Awards Announced

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association. Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its labor with these latest honors from the FPA. The 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, hosted by the FPA, recently announced its random list of winners. The list can be found at www.flpress.com. Award placement will be announced in July at ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze Earns Seven National Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) announced the winners of its annual Best of the Best competition at an industry conference held at Disney World in Orlando over the weekend of April 4. Publications from across the United States and Canada were represented. There were over 1,400 individual entries in 83 categories.   Coastal Breeze News received: First Place: Andrew J. Shapiro award for Cancer Awareness. This is the third year in a row Coastal Breeze News has won this prestigious award – winning first place, then second the following year and first place ... Read More »

CBN Columnists Talk History

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a big year for Florida; so many reasons to celebrate. The year 2013 marks the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Florida, the 85th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 90th Anniversary of Collier County – all of which are noteworthy in their own right. So, plan on parties throughout the year. Some may be similar to the night of May 8th, where a full auditorium celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Collier County thanks to the efforts of the Collier County Museums. The evening was held at North Collier Regional Park and promised four ... Read More »