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The 6th Annual ACS Fashion Show and Lunch at Bistro Soleil

By Melinda Gray Ladies and gentlemen dressed to impress came out to the Bistro Soleil at the Olde Marco Inn to socialize and enjoy the 6th Annual Fashion Show and Lunch Tuesday, March 4. Lisa Meurgue, cancer survivor and owner of the Bistro Soleil, and her friend Joyce McFarland, owner of Marco Island Clothing Company, started the event after Meurgue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The show was a huge success its first year, and each year since. “I really wanted to do something for the cause, so my friend Joyce and I decided to do this fashion ... Read More »

Goodland Civic Association Does Good

The morning started bright and foggy. SUBMITTED photoS

By Nancy Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist When the Goodland Civic Association members volunteer, they come in a large, boisterous group; ready to go and ready for fun! For their generous volunteer efforts, they did not just include their own fishing village but the community at large. On Saturday, Feb. 8, a couple dozen Goodland Civic Association members ventured a few minutes down the road and volunteered to clean up Marco Island’s beach. Led by Association President Greg Bello, they arrived a little after 8 AM at the South Beach access. Rina Lazo from Marco Island Civic Association ... Read More »

Celebrating the Eagles

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Sunday, March 16, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation will celebrate Paleo and Calusa, the island’s resident nesting Bald Eagle couple, at its Fourth Annual Nest Fest. The event begins at 5:30 PM with a cocktail hour at the Island Country Club and dinner to follow at 6:30 PM. Valet parking will be available, and Sound Check will entertain guests with live music. Tickets are $75 per person. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and bet yet, according to Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation. “Nest Fest started out ... Read More »

Women of Marco Faith and Wine hear about Forgiveness

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A group of about 225 women came together one evening to see Marco Faith and Wine’s first presentation of 2014, Dr. Allen Hunt. Marco Faith and Wine was formed to offer women an opportunity for fellowship in a casual venue. Dr. Hunt is not only a best-selling author and a national radio talk-show host, he is the former pastor of one of the largest mega-churches in the United States and, is now vice-president of Dynamic Catholic Institute. His presentation to the guests of Marco Faith and Wine was based on his latest book, “Everybody Needs ... Read More »

New American Legion Post on Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A new American Legion post has been chartered on Marco Island. A temporary charter for American Legion Post 404 was presented by the Indianapolis-based national headquarters of the American Legion on Feb. 18. American Legion Post 404 has 28 charter members and is headed by Commander Lee Rubenstein, First Vice Commander Hugh Messner, Finance Officer Ray Rosenberg, Post Chaplin Mike Stapleton, Adjutant and Sargent-at-Arms Bill Horton, Trustees Bruce Novark and Judge Advocate Al Bozzo. Rubenstein’s goal is to have 100 member by May, and the post will leave its charter roll open until May 1. ... Read More »

Panther kitten rescued in Collier County

He now lives at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Dave Parkinson, Lowry Park Zoo

Submitted by FWC A team of panther biologists rescued an approximately week-old Florida panther kitten at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County in mid-January. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida discovered the kitten while conducting research. The one-pound male kitten had a dangerously low body temperature and was nonresponsive. “We want to give any panther kitten the best opportunity to survive in the wild,” said FWC veterinarian Dr. Mark Cunningham. “But clearly this kitten was in poor condition and almost certainly would have died without intervention.” Biologists ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm Confirms Recipient For The Family Gift


Morris Law Firm Confirms Recipient For The Family Gift The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. is pleased to announce the gift of an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World has been made to a Naples family. While the firm is not at liberty to disclose the name of the recipient, firm officials want to describe the family so that all interested in the firm’s anniversary gifting program will know as much detail as possible. The award was made as part of the firm’s 30th anniversary celebration. The winning family consists of a father, who will be referred to ... Read More »

Progress Continues at MIA

Principal George Andreozzi often spent time in the classrooms. PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com With the news of Marco Island Academy receiving its accreditation, the board of the local high school is now turning its attention to its search for a new principal. The current principal, George Andreozzi, announced his retirement earlier this school year, and he has been in and out of the office of late as he recovers from hip replacement surgery. He has been principal of MIA since November 2011. According to Jane Watt, the chair of the board of directors for MIA, a team has been put together to find the school’s next principal, and ... Read More »

Frankenstein: A New Musical

The cast of ‘Frankenstein: A New Musical’ SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming production of “Frankenstein: A New Musical.” Based on the Mary Shelley novel, the music is by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson and original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen. This collaboration between the Island Theater Company and the Marco Lutheran Church is a true community theater project. From music director to set designer to actors and so on, they have linked their creative arms together to put on this very special production, while offering the community a beautiful, and at times, heart ... Read More »

34th Annual Marco Island Shell Show

Tables were filled at a recent Tuesday workshop. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Shell Club is once again working hard in preparation for their annual Marco Island Shell Show, this marking the show’s 34th year. It will be held March 13-15 at The United Church of Marco Island. Each year, scholarships are awarded in conservation and education in line with the club’s mission statement: “To promote the study, conservation, science, history and appreciation of seashells and mollusks in all their forms.” The scholarships to Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of South Florida will depend largely on proceeds from the upcoming Shell Show. “The ladies and ... Read More »

Scholarships Available For Marco Island Students Majoring In the Arts


Once again the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is announcing the availability of scholarships for high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in some area of the arts during the 2014-15 school year. Since 2007, the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to Marco Island students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. The cost of a higher education beyond high school continues to rise each year, and the Foundation for the Arts awards these scholarships to help students to pursue their dreams in the arts. Perhaps you know of a ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club to Host 3v3 Tournament


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Soccer Club (aka Surge) is kicking off its spring season with a Live 3v3 Tournament on Saturday, May 3, at Mackle Park. “The Marco Island tournament is going to be a great opportunity for our kids to get out and play, as well as an introduction to families who haven’t experienced the fun atmosphere of 3v3 soccer yet,” said tournament organizer Patrick Baldwin, vice president of the Marco Island Soccer Club. “We are expecting 40-plus teams from the area, including adult teams, to compete, which will be great for generating business for ... Read More »

Marco Island-Naples Among Top for Homeownership


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A recent national study on homeownership ranked the Marco Island-Naples area sixth among the nation’s small metropolitan areas (with populations under 500,000) for homeownership. Conducted by San Francisco-based consumer advocacy group NerdWallet, the analysis was spurred by the new rental reality facing many Americans seeking a place to live. A recent report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies indicated that one in four households are spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent. This comes as no surprise to Jamie Ortiz, the NerdWallet analyst behind the homeownership report. It is no ... Read More »

ATF to the rescue


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” – Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” The community of Henderson Creek In East Naples is proud to be following in Bob Barker’s footsteps, and with the help of Animal Task Force of SWFL, Inc., (ATF) nearly every home with a dog or cat has had their pets spayed or neutered. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is on a mission to promote animal welfare which includes spaying and neutering pets and providing food and education to low income neighborhoods. Kelly Hyland and Cindy Harrold are ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach Hosts Buddy Day 2014

Employees from the Greater Marco Family YMCA organized games for the Buddy Day event.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a day of discovery. It was a day of celebration. It was a day of bonding. It was Buddy Day 2014 at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. Some 168 second-graders and 200 adult volunteers participated in the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee’s annual Buddy Day event, which rewards children enrolled in the Guadalupe After-School (G-A-P) Program for their hard work and dedication to reading and academic achievement. The students and adults spent the day at Hideaway Beach learning about sea life in the Gulf of Mexico from Rookery Bay volunteers, studying coastal and migratory ... Read More »

Success at ‘Discover Tigertail’

Mary Nelson talks about the significance Tigertail Beach holds to nesting sea turtles.

Submitted On Saturday, March 1, Friends of Tigertail hosted its annual “Discover Tigertail Beach” event. The weather was delightful, and the attendance was impressive with 200 people, including local residents and many national and international visitors. A part of this year’s event, FOT launched a new program dubbed “Question Quest.” A fun scavenger hunt, it served not only as an educational element, but as a facilitating tool for the self-guided tour through the nine information stations. At the beach entrance, FOT greeters presented the guests with a pencil and the scavenger hunt sheet, explaining that each numbered question corresponded with ... Read More »

Marriott’s Lights for Hope


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A cool breeze kissed the palm trees in the courtyard at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up” played softly in the background. People mixed and mingled quietly. Their conversations moved from warm greetings to happenings of the day to discussions of cancer. All were anticipating the moving ceremony to come — the Seventh Annual Marriott Lights of Hope. Sponsored by the Marriott, its Spirt to Serve committee and American Cancer Society-Marco Island, it also serves as the kick-off for ACS’s Relay for Life campaign on Marco Island. This year’s ... Read More »

New Maven of Center for the Arts

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Hyla Crane has the soul of an artist, and the heart and mind of an educator. This combination has served the Connecticut native well in her career heading up education programs for non-profit theaters and museums throughout the Northeast, and it will make her a shining star as the new executive director of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Her first day on the job was Feb. 17. “She has the spirit and love of art and the other humanities that we espouse here,” explains Rosemary Wick, president of the Center for the Arts ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum Tabled


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com After sitting through the first three hours of the March 3 Marco Island City Council meeting, many in the audience were relieved the one agenda item they came to hear about — the referendum for the Mackle Park Community Center project — was on deck. It took councilors less than 30 minutes, though, to unanimously table the issue. “We have to table this to get more information — more information to do the job right,” said Councilor Amadeo Petricca. At issue in the discussion was the language of the resolution which would have set the ... Read More »

2nd Annual Harbor Arts & Music Fest


The Goodland Arts Alliance, 501(c)3, along with Collier County Parks and Rec is sponsoring its 2nd annual outdoor Harbor Arts & Music Festival at MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave., Goodland on Sunday, March 9, 10am-4pm. The venue, MarGood Harbor Park, has great historic and environmental significance, the property was purchased with Florida Forever funds in 2005. Today native landscaping and lovely walkways wrap around a charming harbor-front. The park also features a museum/exhibition hall, 2 open-air pavilions, and a canoe/kayak. Proceeds from this event will go towards fulfilling the GAA’s long-range goal to establish a true and cooperative ... Read More »