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Joint Council/Commissioner Meeting Held

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The joint meeting of the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council took place last week at the County Commissioners Chambers in Naples. During a previous city council meeting and at the first workshop leading up to the joint meeting, Chairman Larry Honig had conveyed to his city council colleagues that the ... Read More »

Planning Board Recommends Density Credits Be Abolished

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Most islanders would tell you they don’t understand the term “density credits,” what they are and how they might be applied. Others would explain they are the source of all evil regarding growth, while another sector would tell you they are the key for successful growth for a developer, especially one wishing to develop a piece ... Read More »

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment and ... Read More »

Float Plans Save Lives

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  It was 9:30 PM and Jim’s wife was getting worried. Her husband and three friends had gone off fishing earlier that day and should have been home by now. Jim never mentioned that they might be later than his normal return home time of 5:30 PM. In fact, Jim really hadn’t mentioned much about this ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Furnish Your Home with Quality

By Jesus Calo  The good life starts with a good night’s sleep. Being the only mattress store on the island makes for good business, but that does not stop Marco Island Mattress (MI Mattress) from expanding its showroom with a full line of furniture. The best deal cannot be found online but inside the Marco Island store. After over a ... Read More »

Marco’s Future

Since “Gotham” (Marco Island) became a City, The residents have endured all sorts of “Calamities” since the voters had the delusional idea of “local control.” The cartoon like cast of characters voted into office by the alleged “well informed” citizenry became the laughing stock of the County. We have endured inept, inane, hypocrites, pedophiles, drunks, megalomaniacs, use to bes, wanna ... Read More »

If I Had the Tools…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes, the month of March in Southwest Florida… In like a lion, out like a lamb? I’d say it’s more in as a tyrannasaus rex and out like a rabid bull alligator. This March has been like no other I can remember in decades. The island is packed, and many folks have pushed impatience ... Read More »

The Python Invasion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There have been numerous reports of sightings of Burmese pythons, and the efforts to eradicate them from the Everglades has been fierce. Professional snake hunters have even been hired to join in the hunt. Last year the 2016 Python Challenge, presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, resulted in the removal of 106 Burmese ... Read More »

Temporary Station 51 Up & Running

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the need to deal with increasing demands for service, a rise in traffic in the mid-island area and the potential for delayed responses, Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy put together a plan to reopen the formerly decommissioned fire station on West Elkcam Circle. With the assistance of on duty personnel and a volunteer effort, ... Read More »

Spirit of Marco Island Award Recipients Named

Submitted The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island has announced the names of three additional selections for the 2017 Spirit of Marco Island Awards. The honorees are Scott and Jayme Lowe and Gayle Thawley. They will be formally recognized at an Awards Dinner to be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Scott and Jayme Lowe were both caught by surprise ... 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 »

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 »