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Island Pedaler: Tour de Marco Returns

By Scott Shook For the first time during winter season, bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and riding abilities will be riding in the Tour de Marco. The seventh annual riding of the popular bicycle tour, which benefits the Marco Y, will be held on Sunday, February 26 this year. Heavy early registrations have organizers excited about this year’s turnout. “We’re ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, ... Read More »

Start Planning Today for Future Care

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The beginning of a new year is a good time to think about getting organized in the legal and financial areas. So when looking for a program for our Alzheimer’s Association memory loss/caregiver support group on Marco Island, I thought about elder law. As a long-distance caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer’s in the late ... Read More »

Member’s Talent on Exhibit

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts February exhibition is a Members Only Show, showcasing the work of member-artists. The exhibit is currently open, and runs through February 28, 2017. The Center’s Main Gallery will feature work in a variety of medium available for viewing enjoyment and purchase. The exhibit will be judged by Barbara Anderson Hill. Hill has ... Read More »

Art and Authors Make Their Mark on Marco

Submitted What’s new at The Local Color Art Gallery? This month a new member has joined the gallery. Children’s book author Shirley DeLong has co-authored (with her daughter Lauren) an adorable series of three books titled “No Sniveling.” Book one features Floppidy Loppidy, a super-sweet bunny plagued with extra-long ears that result in endless teasing and many silly and dramatic ... Read More »

Expect Fun at Shamrock Dinner Dance

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Get ready, Marco Island, for the Sons and Daughters of Erin’s annual Shamrock Dinner and Dance, one of the island’s most-loved events, and a guaranteed good time. The event will take place on Saturday night, February 25 at 6:30 PM at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center. The evening will include music by Moose ... Read More »

The Gravity of Falling

Keeping You Safe Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com Losing your independence after years of self-reliance is often a hard pill to swallow. Due to the natural ageing process, these golden years are often overlooked altogether. As you can imagine, it’s very important that while you and your loved ones continue to age, being properly prepared and informed is vital. I am ... Read More »

Youth Chess Players Compete

By Wade Keller Local youth of all ages have a great opportunity available to play chess and compete with other players through CHESS K-12 on Marco Island, a club for students in kindergarten through high school. On Saturday January 28, the first big tournament was held at the library, with twelve students competing in four rounds. All players received a ... Read More »

New Season for “ART FLICKS” Film Program

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of its fourth annual, highly successful “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films. To be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 AM, the series features free theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in ... Read More »

Garrett Richter Promoted

Submitted First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted President Garrett S. Richter to Chief Executive Officer – President. With his term as Florida state senator complete, Mr. Richter will now lead the day-to-day operations of First Florida Integrity Bank. His promotion to Chief Executive Officer will provide consistency in the leadership direction of the bank. Mr. Richter is one of the ... Read More »

Breakfast and Birds

Submitted Friends of Tigertail (FOT) will host the 12th “Breakfast and Birds” on January 28 from 9 AM to 11 AM at Tigertail Beach. Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn how to identify the beautiful wading birds and shorebirds that forage in the Tigertail lagoon during the winter. Binoculars are recommended. The program is free ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Recognizes Generosity, Professionalism

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Police Foundation hosted its first Luncheon with the Chief of 2017, with newly installed President Dick Adams wielding the gavel presented to him by Curt Koon, outgoing president from 2016. The first order of business was to recognize the efforts of the Sunset Grill, who hosted a fall fundraiser for Sergeant Mark Haueter ... Read More »

Aquamarine…Soft to Vibrant Caribbean Sea Blue

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I have always had a fondness for the natural gemstone aquamarine. It also happens to be my birthstone, but there is much more to it than that. Often times a customer will claim to own a really fine “Aqua” they may have purchased cheap on a cruise ship or abroad. Eight out of ten times ... Read More »

Shrink Your Water Bill

The Beautification Advisory Committee of Marco Island will hold its annual presentation entitled, “Shrink Your Water Bill.” Discover ways to limit your irrigation while still having an attractive landscape. Nic Nikolich of Collier County’s free Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab service and Master Gardener Maria Schoenfelder will enlighten you with new information. Learn about Florida-friendly landscaping, pick up some landscaping tips ... Read More »

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Identity theft in the United States has reached epic proportions. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission received over 490,000 consumer complaints about identity theft, an increase by 47 percent from the year before. The Department of Justice has estimated that in 2014, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. So what can we do ... Read More »

Pirate Day Marco Island

Submitted Get ready for Pirate Day, taking place at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for the Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, a dunk tank and ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

10 Free Flowering Trees 

Residents in your state can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2017. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. “These beautiful trees will beautify your ... Read More »