Tag Archives: Florida

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Seeking Unsung Hero Nominations

Submitted The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island announced today it is accepting nominations for the quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. Chairman ... Read More »

Council Hears From Legislative Lobbyist

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At Monday evening’s city council meeting members of the board had the opportunity to meet with the city’s lobbyist, Ron Book who has successfully brought back to the community revenues through state legislative efforts. Book was originally hired by the last council on the recommendation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt. The city had previously not ... Read More »

Righting an Environmental Wrong

By Don Manley Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by ... Read More »

A Friend Goes Quietly Into the Night

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Rick Feinman will probably always be known as the good humored titan that wore the colorful pants at his wife and daughter’s two restaurants here on Marco Island. Even some of his staff lovingly nicknamed him “Shrek,” after the kind, loving and protecting DreamWorks character that has been beloved by children and adults since he came ... Read More »

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR A CURE

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he ... Read More »

AKA…Mosquitoes

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... Read More »

HO6 Unit Owner’s Policy

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com After the extensive rains a couple of weeks ago, and now that we have entered that time of year when tropical weather returns to Marco Island, it is a good time to review your various condo insurances. As a condo owner, Florida law states you are required to have at least $2,000 of ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

FOF name Stevens to new post

The Friends of Fakahatchee have named Francine Stevens to the new position of Executive Director for the group.  The Friends of Fakahatchee is a 400-member citizen support organization that contributes almost $80,000 and 10,000 volunteer hours annually to support Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In announcing the appointment, Patrick Higgins, president of the FOF, said: “With the growth of our ... Read More »

Update on Officer Josh Ferris’ Crossing for a Cure!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On June 17th Marco Island police officer Josh Ferris embarked on a 50-mile, open-water, paddleboard adventure from Bimini in the Bahamas to Dania Beach, Florida. In these photos, Officer Ferris nears the end of his amazing journey. Ferris, an active paddle boarder, made the journey as a fundraiser for the Piper’s Angels Foundation, which helps people in ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »

TDC Workshop Open to Public

Submitted  The Collier County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop with the Tourist Development Council at 1 PM on Tuesday, June 13, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net. Two or more members of the ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Bikes

By Scott H. Shook With summer break upon us, many of the island’s children will be bicycling, whether it be to the Y, racket center, or to a friend’s house. Here are some ways parents can help their kids bicycle safely. Kids need to make sure they obey the law when riding on the island’s bike lanes and shared use ... Read More »

Help Save Christmas on Marco Island!

Submitted For over 30 years now the island has celebrated the Christmas holiday with programs and events brought by the hard work of a committee of volunteers known as Christmas Island Style. The events have grown, and include everything from Santa’s arrival in a helicopter to festive activities such as the Canine Holiday Pet Parade, holiday decorated boats cruising the ... Read More »

A Larger-Than-Life Celebration of Florida’s Birds

By Maria Lamb  The first thing you notice when parking in front of the Donna Fiala Wellness Center at Eagle Lakes, East Naples is a towering seven-foot tall cotton-candy pink roseate spoonbill installed on a front entry wall of the Center. Your eye is drawn to it immediately. Denise Santos, artist from Goodland was commissioned to create a series of ... Read More »

Encouraging Young Writers

Submitted  The Marco Island Writers’ motto “Writers Helping Writers” has long included efforts to encourage young writers. For some years, a percentage of the proceeds of the sales of the group’s annual anthology, “Short Stories and Poems of Marco Island Writers,” support the Early Learning Coalition of Florida, and the Mount Kisha English School in northeastern India. In recent years, ... Read More »

Why Yoga?

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga?” ~ Leslie Kaminoff The origin of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years, and across thousands of miles to northern India. What began as ancient texts of songs and rituals for Vedic priests, has been examined, ... Read More »

Marco’s JW Marriott Tops List

By Don Manley The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort can claim bragging rights among its waterfront competitors in the Sunshine State. “Jetset Magazine,” an Arizona-based, international lifestyle periodical aimed at the ultra-affluent, has placed the resort at the top of its list of the 10 Best Beach Resorts in Florida. Released recently, the list describes the resort as being ... Read More »

It’s Mango Time on Marco Island

By Maria Lamb Marco Island is rolling in mangos this time of the year. You’ll find a mango tree in almost every backyard or side yard, surpassing even citrus and bananas in popularity. If you don’t have a mango, your neighbor for sure is going to have one loaded with fruit. And the trees will be producing more fruit than ... Read More »