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Something New is Cooking in the Island Country Club’s Kitchen

Rudiger Loose, left, general 
manager of the Island Country Club, and Kurt Beattie, the club’s executive chef. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley While not obvious to diners in the Island Country Club’s dining room, a revolution, of sorts, has taken place behind the swinging doors that lead to the facility’s kitchen. It’s there that the club’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art kitchen is making life infinitely easier for executive chef Kurt Beattie and his staff, saving time and effort in the preparation of meals, while also helping to reduce the club’s energy costs. “Probably 85 percent of it is brand new,” said Beattie. “We couldn’t do anything with the footprint of the kitchen, so what we did was go ... Read More »

Marco Y’s New Youth Development Center Dedicated in Grand Style

Marco Y board member Paul Tateo prepares to apply the giant scissors the ribbon at the  dedication ceremony for the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s new youth development center. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley A dream has been realized with the opening of the new youth development center at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The $1.2 million, 5,750 square-foot facility was dedicated recently in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony that included remarks from Marco Y CEO Cindy Love, as well as several board members. The event also included a color guard from Marco’s American Legion Post 404, music by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band, and the presence of a host of community members and officials from city government and the fire-rescue department, as well civic organizations and the business ... Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »

New Uniforms, New Vigor as Rays Football Team Begins Season

Marco Island Academy football gets into swing when the Rays travel to Tyler, Texas to play in a football weekend showcase on August 28.

By Roger Lalonde Heading into its fourth season, the Marco Island Academy Rays football team is looking to put major stings to its opponents. Coach Greg Fowler, in his second season, expects his team to be competitive in every game. Taking a page from the Naples and First Baptist Academy’s play books, they, too, will play an out-of-state team to open its season. And it won’t be home cooking. The Rays will travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the 2015 Brook Hill Football Classic. Game time 7:30 PM, on August 28. Their opponent, Edgewood, Texas High School. The Rays ... Read More »

Vets Honored with Day at Tigertail Beach

Tigertail is a myriad of  adventures all in one place. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF), in partnership with Tigertail Beach Paddleboard and Kayaks will host a morning out on the water for Veterans of all ages, offering camaraderie and a safe, fun environment to interact with civilians. Everyone will be meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Tigertail beach on Marco Island, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission is: Enhancing lives by providing boating opportunities and marine related activities for people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk, others with special needs, and Veterans. Tigertail Beach Paddleboard and Kayaks is providing the use of their equipment ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue


Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

Police and Fire Departments Open Doors

Sharon McCarthy, the Marco police department’s administrative assistant, selects a toy badge for Ocean Musgrave, 5.

By Don Manley Children’s laughter and the smiles of adults were in generous supply as they toured the facilities of Marco Island’s police and fire-rescue departments. They were there for the departments’ June 20, joint open house, which gave the community the opportunity to chat with the island’s emergency responders and gets a bird’s eye view of the equipment they use on the job. Held at police headquarters and fire-rescue department Station 50, located behind city hall, the open house was indeed kid friendly, with vehicle displays – including fire-engine tours, fire safety games and prizes. There were also free ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!


By Steve Gimmestad “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

Remaking the Marriott


By Don Manley Everything is on target with the $250 million expansion and improvement project at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. Among the multi-phase project’s enhancements are expanded meeting space, additional guest rooms, a new exhibit hall, a revamped roster of restaurants and more. “It’s going great,” Rick Medwedeff, the Marriott’s general manager said of the project. “We are moving right on schedule. We have a substantial number of construction workers here working to get this project done. We have a lot to accomplish during the 90 day window. What we’re very excited about is, ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »


Playing is an Opportunity to Learn at the Lighthouse of Collier Summer Camp! Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Summer Camp for blind/visually impaired children. The camp is free for blind and visually impaired campers and is made possible by the very generous donations of American Comfort Limousines, Betsy and Dale Peck, Naples Children & Education Foundation, Special Needs Children’s Fund, Karleen Putnam, Wasmer, Shroeder & Co. and United Way of Collier County. In addition, programming sponsors are Naples Zoo, Home Depot, Naples Art Association, Naples Botanical Gardens, Greater Naples YMCA, City of Naples Fire ... Read More »

Fiala Community Center No Longer a Bucket List Wish

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala receives a standing ovation before a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Donna Fiala Community Center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on May 21. Located off U.S. 41 in East Naples, Fiala had fought for the construction of the center for more than 10 years.

By Roger LaLonde Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala received a standing ovation as she came to the podium at the opening of the Donna Fiala Community Center on May 21 at Eagles Lakes Community Park off U.S. 41. The center had been on the commissioner’s bucket list for more than 10 years. She got to scratch it off in style. For her efforts, a petition to name the center after her was successful. Family, friends and government officials all made the day special for the once young lady coming to Naples from East Cleveland, Ohio. One speaker described Fiala as ... Read More »

Astronomy for Amateurs

Looking Southeast, 11:00PM May 29. Saturn is well up in the sky while 
the glorious summer Milky Way is beginning to rise. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher I was lent a small book by a good friend recently; this book was written to introduce a novice to Astronomy. What makes this particular book worthy of note is that it was published in 1903. Its original title is Astronomy for Women by Camille Flammarion written in French; the edition I have is an English translation, re-titled Astronomy for Amateurs. It reads very much as a modern introductory book with a couple of notable exceptions; first, the language is more ornate and “flowery” than is typical today and gives the book a ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much


By Steve Gimmestad Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

Bruce Graev, President of the Noontime Rotary Club presents George Abounader & Cindy Love-Abounader with the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award, while fellow club members look on. Left to right: Rachel DeHanas, George & Cindy Abounader, Bruce Graev (holding the certificate), Kathy & Ian Small in the foreground.

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of ... Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement – COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Futch and Reams were working a resource detail focusing on hunters taking turkey over bait in northern Collier County.  They observed fresh tire tracks on a road leading to an area known for illegal hunting activity. They located a vehicle and observed a turkey yelper (a device hunters to use to mimic the sound of a female turkey) and other hunting related items in the vehicle.  The Officers then heard a gunshot.  Officer Reams stayed with the vehicle and Officer Futch followed fresh shoe prints heading in the direction of the shot.  The shoe prints led to an area ... Read More »

Model Railroad: Skip Merriam’s Love Not Lessened Over the Years


By Don Manley Skip Merriam developed an interest in childhood that has stayed with him for a lifetime – model railroading. The nature of his hobby can’t be missed upon entering the garage of the Marco Island home he shares with his wife. Instead of a car or two, the space is dominated by a 14-foot by 7 ½-foot model train layout sure to inspire awe in anyone who enjoyed model railroading in his youth. “Trains have been a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember,” said Merriam. “I’m just totally fascinated with them, ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!


By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »