Tag Archives: deal

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 »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County 

Officer Plussa was conducting fisheries inspections of shoreline fishermen near the Jolley Bridge when he saw two subjects fishing behind some mangroves. A resource inspection revealed that neither subject possessed a fishing license. One subject provided identifying information to the officer cooperatively while the other provided a series of different number sequences, claiming that they were his driver license number. ... Read More »

Planning Board Has Full Schedule

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board will reconvene on Friday, January 6 to undertake a fairly full agenda of items. A number of fairly complexed issues will be before the board when it meets at 9 AM in council chambers on that date. At the last city council meeting on December 5 one councilman opposed the board ... Read More »

A Full Plate for City Council in the Year Ahead

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council has before it a number of challenges and opportunities as it enters 2017. Those members and city staff will have their plates full during the next several months. With the election behind us, the task of governing is now front and center, as a myriad of decisions face the newly constituted ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers

Submitted  At the December gathering, Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) President Liz Noyes stimulated a thoughtful discussion on the power of selecting the right word and the importance of revision.  Afterwards there was social time to usher in the holidays and salute to the achievements of 2016. For our January 11, 2017 meeting, we will meet at Marco Lutheran Church ... Read More »

Golf Range Finders – The Technology Age

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 2005 I started my professional career in the world of golf at The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida–a fresh, new face hired by John Carroll, a true golf professional legend. John is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, professionally and personally. John taught me how to be ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides After a protracted discussion on a conditional use permit to allow a nautical boat garage, and the subsequent discussion for the provision for a passive dock along the seawall on that property, the Planning Board finally approved the petitioner’s request. This was the second such request in the last two years for a similar layout for ... Read More »

On Becoming Santa

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Dennis MacDonald first began growing his beard about three months ago. His friends down at Wake Up Marco, a local coffee shop, had been encouraging him to enter the Ernest Hemmingway lookalike contest that takes place annually in Key West. Dennis liked the idea and decided to pursue it. “I had the beard and ... Read More »

The Holiday Season Starter

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style will kick off the holiday season in grand fashion as Santa and Mrs. Claus drop by the Shops of Marco on Friday, Nov. 25th to greet the island’s children and their parents as Marco begins its month long celebration of the Christmas Holidays. The Christmas Island Style Committee pulls together everything, from ... Read More »

MIA Competes at State – Again

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 5, the best runners in the State of Florida competed on the storied permanent cross country course at Apalachee Regional Park in eastern Tallahassee. It is one of the few permanent cross country courses in the U.S. Its layout is considered so ideal that in addition to the Florida high school championships it has ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand

Which Plan: Midtown Development Plan (2012) meets Veterans Community Park Master Plan (2009)? As past board members of Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) we do not know where to begin with regard to city sponsored Plans. We have reviewed the Veterans Community Park Master Plan, as well as, recommendations and options brought forth by the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Amadeo Petricca

Dear Marco Island Voters and Residents, I am a candidate for re-election to the Marco Island City Council. I continue to challenge the City on financial matters greatly affecting you — the taxpayer. For months, the City has been negotiating with a developer to build a hotel (165 Rooms) near Veteran’s Community Park, where by, the City will transfer 131 Density ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

When another during-the-break backroom deal hired King Roger, you could see the conspiracies that would follow. King Roger negotiated behind doors to build a 165-room hotel near Veteran’s Community Park, and to add 131 Density Credits to the developer’s 34. Then develop portions of the park. City Council was not aware of the back room negotiation, and were only made ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they ... Read More »

Olympic Golf

ALL THINGS Golf Todd Elliott The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally here, and for the first time since 1904 golf will once again be a featured event. So beyond the usual fare of swimming competitions, track and field, diving, judo, gymnastics and many other sports less popular to the general American audience, golf will be part of the Olympic ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state ... Read More »