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Upcoming Events at Wesley United Methodist Church

Arts & Craft Festival plus Strawberry Treats Friday and Saturday February 24 & 25 9:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. · Artists and Crafters from across the country · Enjoy fresh strawberry pie at the Wesley booth     Nearly New Rummage Sale Saturday, March 3, 2011 8:30a.m. – 12:00 noon We are accepting donations* for the rummage sale. Drop off: Thursday, March 1st between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 2nd between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you need to donate your items immediately, please call Marsha at 389-6713 to make arrangements. *No clothes, shoes or large appliances included in the sale The ... Read More »

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on Presidents Day Monday, February 20

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will reopen weekends through May 27. Come back and jump into the fun at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides take you to a drop pool Heated family pool Tadpole Pool, a children’s activity wading water area with a fish slide and more Turtle Cove, a pool for ages 5 – 12 years old with lily pads and ropes for climbing Sunny’s Lazy River, 1200 feet long All pools except Tadpole wading area are heated Cost: The park is offering a special discount this year to Collier County residents ... Read More »

Discover a Natural Treasure

Discover a natural treasure on the corner of Marco Island. The Friends of Tigertail Beach are hosting “Discover Tigertail” at 400 Hernando Drive on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is free. Browse through these information stations at your own pace: “Everything You Want to Know about Loggerhead Sea Turtles” with Marco Island’s own Turtle Lady, Mary Nelson “Shelling 101” with shell enthusiasts Joan & Burt Robbins “Birds of Tigertail” with Beverly Anderson, Research Specialist – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve “Meet the Creatures of the Lagoon” with Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer Naturalists Carole Talkowski, ... Read More »

PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED FOR BAREFOOT-WILLIAMS AREA — Weather permitting, burning planned Feb. 14-24

Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) have released plans for prescribed burns this month. Weather permitting, prescribed fires will commence around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 through Feb. 24 along Barefoot-Williams Road, near the KOA Campground and Artesia neighborhood in East Naples. Residents of adjacent areas will see and possibly smell smoke from the fire, and fire activities may temporarily inconvenience boaters in the area as well as motorists along Barefoot-Williams and also possibly Tower Road. Fire personnel will contact residents in the area to ensure their safety while traveling near activity areas and will carefully ... Read More »


Carol Greenberg and 70 friends from Southwest Florida gathered on Monday, February 13, 2012, to make about 200 no-sew blankets for Meals On Wheels recipients. Most of these blankets were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul Meals On Wheels program so that the meal recipients would receive a blanket “made with love” on Valentine’s Day. “We make blankets at Christmas for children, so we thought we would do the same for Valentine’s Day for shut-ins,” says Carol Greenberg. “These were made with love and prayers for those who receive the blankets.” The blankets were distributed during daily delivery of meals ... Read More »

Charlette Roman exploring Kice Island

On Monday evening, February 13, Charlette Roman presented a program, “Marco’s Natural Magic,” to approximately 130 guests at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The presentation was sponsored by Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club. Decorations were floral arrangements made by the Club in the afternoon Ms Roman took the guests on a virtual tour of our local surroundings – the ABC Islands, Jolley Bridge sandbar, Kice Island, Sand Dollar Spit, and Tigertail Lagoon. Her beautiful pictures of these areas and their inhabitants led to many oohs and aahs from the audience. Preceding the program a reception was held, with refreshments supplied ... Read More »

Visit Everglades City on March 10

Historic Everglades City is buzzing on Saturday, March 10, with something for everyone. Art-in-the-Glades opens at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod Park (next to City Hall on the Circle) where the playground is a diversion for kiddies while adults browse among arts & craft stalls. Live music will entertain all ages. For information, phone 695-2905. Then, at 1:00 p.m. the Everglades Homes Tour starts. You can visit historic private houses, open to the public especially for this event. Included are some of oldest buildings in Collier County, dating from the early 1920s when Everglades City was the county seat and headquarters for the completion of the Tamiami Trail. For tickets, Finally, ... Read More »

MIFA Announces Scholarships Available

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) will award scholarships to deserving students who reside on Marco Island, have demonstrated excellence in visual, literary or performing arts, and intend to study (or continue study) one of the arts at the college level. Up to 3 scholarships will be awarded, each a maximum of $1000. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are graduating from high school, or have completed one or more years of study at the college level. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors, MIFA’s website: www.marcoarts,org. Completed applications must be sent to Marco Island Foundation ... Read More »

More than 500 Participants Expected to ‘Walk to Create a World Free of MS’ During the UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero

More than 500 people are expected to walk and volunteer to create a world free of MS during this year’s UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero in Naples. The 3.1 mile walk will take place on February 25th at Lowdermilk Park located at 1301 Gulfshore Boulevard. “The MS Walks brings the community together with passionate participants to raise awareness and funds for those living with MS,” said Karen Dresbach, President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter. “Dollar by dollar, MS Walk is changing lives. Our goal is to raise more than $800,000 in hopes of finding ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida christens Good Fortune II pontoon boat for Rookery Bay eco-cruises W. Brooks Fortune Foundation, Magic Under the Mangroves provide funding

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces the launch of its new Good Fortune II, a 45-passenger pontoon boat which offers enhanced eco-cruise experiences through Rookery Bay. Three narrated cruises are offered daily and the boat is available for private charters.  A ceremonial launch and christening of the Good Fortune II was held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Good Fortune dock, located off of Shell Island Road in Naples. The boat, which replaced the original Good Fortune cruise boat, was made possible through a gift from the W. Brooks Fortune Foundation and proceeds from the “Float the Boat” live auction portion at the 2011 Magic Under the Mangroves™ fundraising event. A former ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Sail!

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is once again gearing up for its annual Regatta. The 9th Annual Marco Island Mid-Winter R/C Laser Championship Regatta is set to take place March 2nd to the 4th at Mackle Park. The event has grown in size and popularity over time and this year proves to be no different. The Marco Island Model Yacht Club was formed in 1993 by Commodore, George Domenech, and fellow friends, John Moulton and Tom Schwartzburg. Bonding over their fondness of model yachts, the men endeavored to begin sailing their 1/4 scale model sailboats ... Read More »

Community Health Fair

By Monte Lazarus  Want a healthier life? Don’t we all? Here’s an opportunity, thanks to the City of Marco Island and numerous medical professionals and businesses. On Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM the city will be holding a Community Health Fair at Mackle Park. Debbie McCabe, on behalf of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is spearheading this event. She says that the purpose is, “to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle” – hence the event’s motto: “Strengthen an Island Lifestyle”. The program includes free (yes, FREE!) health screenings for: blood pressure, skin cancer, hearing, vision ... Read More »


The paint hadn’t dried, but 120 art aficionados had been fed and watered and were in the mood for a live auction at the Marco Island Center for the Arts.  This was, after all, “Wet Paint Live”, an ingenious event in which 21 artists spend just one day painting in and around Marco Island and have their pieces auctioned off for charity.  The painters worked everywhere from the Isles of Capri to the top of the Jolley Bridge to the Esplanade to Goodland and points in between. On February 10, Chris Lombardo, celebrated auctioneer and partner in the law firm ... Read More »

VALENTINE’S DAY: Where and when did it begin?

By Jane A. Marlowe The custom of sending love letters and tokens of love is generally believed to have originated in Medieval England and France. Folklore recounts a belief that on February 14, half way through the second month of the year, birds begin to pair. Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules relates, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.” French and English literature of the 14th and 15th centuries refer to the custom of proposals and messages of love to one’s beloved on that special day. There were three St. Valentines ... Read More »

Party in the Park

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Marco’s Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting an old fashioned Party in the Park this weekend at the Veterans Community Park on Park Avenue. This event will provide a number of activities for islanders throughout the weekend. Starting on Saturday morning, islanders will be able to stroll through a village of arts and crafts vendors selling their wares in addition to educational displays by 15 of the island’s most active non-profits who will explain their programs. Island businesses such as Walkers Marine will have boats on display and will be prepared to discuss the services ... Read More »

Thanks from Afghanistan

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Recently, Coastal Breeze News featured several businesses and individuals that helped make the 20th Anniversary wedding vow renewal extra special for Marine Master Chief Chris Aldis and his wife, Paula Aldis. Chris served in Afghanistan at the time of the ceremony and was on a two week leave for R & R. Two decades ago the couple had eloped between deployments due to money and time constraints but their dream was to have a beach wedding. It took many local businesses to make their dream wedding come true. In this issue, we are featuring three ... Read More »

2nd Annual Doubles Open returns to the Hideaway Beach Club

Read My Tips Doug Browne Entries have already rolled in from the Player’s Club, Fiddler’s Creek, Eagle Creek, and Island Club and of course, Hideaway Beach for the 2nd Annual Open Doubles event at Hideaway Beach beginning Friday, March 2nd. Due to the success of last year’s event, past participants already sent in their entries last week; the first sixteen teams in each division are automatically placed in the draw and each one after number 16 will be placed in a waiting list!  Here are some of the key particulars:   New, new, new – 4.0 doubles for men and women.  In 2012, ... Read More »

Earth Day 2012 photo contest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The City of Marco Island is hosting a photo contest in honor of Earth Day 2012. The contest opens Wednesday, February 1st and runs through April 6th. The theme of the contest is Southwest Florida Native Flora and Fauna. The contest is open to any amateur photographer, 14 years or older, who resides in Collier County full or part-time. Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist for the City of Marco Island commented, “We live in such a beautiful and diverse area, why not celebrate it through photography? The Southwest Florida and Everglades’ environments with all of the ... Read More »

Saving Marco’s Mangroves

By Natalie Strom What is it that holds Marco Island together? It took years of dredging and filling, building roads, constructing bridges and paying countless dollars in taxes to build such a beautiful island. Yet, all of this construction is not the glue that holds Marco together. As a barrier island, Marco, Goodland and the surrounding areas are truly held together by our mangroves; and they are dying. Driving along State Road 92 from Marco Island to the Goodland Bridge, it is clear that the mangroves on either side of the road are in trouble. The area, known as ... Read More »

Hideaway Chips away at Cancer

By Vincent Giannone  In its seventh annual run, Hideaway Beach hosted the much anticipated “Hideaway Chips Away at Cancer.” The event consisted of many different opportunities for members of the Hideaway Beach community to donate to the American Cancer Society. This year, the committee was hopeful for an even greater response from the community which raised over $120,000 in 2011. An amazing sum! Bill Dean, chairman of the “Hideaway Chips Away at Cancer” committee, was very happy with the turn out for the January 29th event, with 95 players for the Golf Tournament and 165 for the dinner and auction ... Read More »