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Joe Irvin Says Goodbye to Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery Joe Irvin is headed home. Marco Island’s Interim Director of Community Affairs has accepted the position of special projects manager for the city of Sequim in his home state of Washington. Irvin worked for Sequim prior to coming to Marco. Irvin handed in his resignation on Feb. 27, and his last day will be Friday, March 14. Irvin and City Manager Roger Hernstadt insist his departure has nothing to do with the last three tumultuous months in Community Affairs, which included the abrupt firing of former Director of Community Affairs Bryan Milk for not reporting ... Read More »

Open Enrollment at MICMS


Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the open enrollment period for admission to the school for the 2014-15 school year. The period began March 3 and extends until 3:00 PM, Friday, March 14. Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained from the school or by going on the school’s website at Applications must be submitted in person, and can only be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. When the open enrollment period closes — should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in each grade level — a ... Read More »

City Councilor Communications


By Noelle H. Lowery City Councilor Larry Honig is the second member of the Marco Island City Council to open up the lines of communication with the community. Back in January, he launched, and now, he will hold his own town hall-style forum — “Coffee with the Other Larry” — with residents on Tuesday, March 11, at 9 AM in the Community Room at the City Hall complex. Honig wants citizens to tell him what they think about the matters the city is facing, and he wants to be able to respond to their open questions. “Of course, ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Gears Up for Batfish Bash

By Noelle H. Lowery Calling all friends and patrons of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Saturday, March 15, the Friends of Rookery Bay will hold the Fifth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay to support youth science education, environmental research activities and community outreach programs at the reserve. Held at the Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Road, Naples), the festivities will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 PM, followed by silent and live auctions and an evening for dinner and dancing. According to Craig Seibert, president of the Friends of Rookery Bay, Batfish Bash has raised more ... Read More »

Swale, Sidewalk Parking?


By Noelle H. Lowery Everyone knows parking is dicey on Marco Island — especially during season — but there seems to be some confusion out in the community about just where a person can park in a residential area and in some cases for how long. In fact, parking has been a hot topic at recent City Council meetings. Council spent about an hour listening to community complaints and business concerns about swale parking during the March 3 council meeting. True tales of residents defending their swales from restaurant patron parking and business owners standing up for their right ... Read More »

Kirk’s New Start and Bright Future

By Melinda Gray You may have already noticed that a familiar friend is back in Goodland, and they were sorely missed. Damas and Pat Kirk, and their daughter, Kelly, have returned home to update and operate Kirk’s Fish Company. The market has been back under family operation since October 2013. Their priorities are to serve the public and educate their customers about the industry. “The fisherman wanted us to come back; fisherman love to work for fisherman,” said Pat. “And people who were customers 20 years ago are finding us again,” added Kelly. The Kirks were surprised at how quickly ... Read More »

New Seasonal Ambulance for Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery In January, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted to better response times for emergency services. First, as of Jan. 15, an operational change required the Advanced-Life Support Ambulance (Medic 90) stationed with the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Department to move to the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department when its ambulance is out on a call. Then, as of Feb. 1, Collier County granted MIFRD a second seasonal ALS ambulance (Media 803), which will operate January-April for 12 hours each day, 9 AM-9 PM. It appears the additional EMS support is slowly whittling away at the ... Read More »

Chabad’s Historic Evening

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Chabad Center of Naples celebrated its 10th anniversary year at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon, featuring “An Historic Evening” as the theme. Dr. Arthur (President of Chabad) and Ellen Seigel planned and managed every detail of the event with a committee of 36 people, who assisted in helping things run smoothly for almost 1,000 guests, including local politicians from every level of government. Part of the evening was dedicated to honoring Liddy and Daniel Sexton for their ongoing generosity and support of Chabad’s Preschool of the Arts and to Carol Glassman as the 2014 Chabad Benefactor. ... Read More »

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The popularity of bocce has blossomed in recent years,” according to Marco Island Parks and Recreation Manager Mindy Gordon. “At Mackle Park, a group of residents play year round, every single day weather permitting. Groups such as the Italian-American Society of Marco Island have teams, and even some of the condo associations have formed teams now.” More than 100 people attended the recent Italian-American Society Bob Ray Memorial Bocce tournament, co-sponsored by Marco Island’s Park and Recreation Department. In fact, 16 teams signed up for the tournament this year, and it was standing-room only around ... Read More »

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 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 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 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 »