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Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

DEP Announces New Rookery Director


Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced Keith Laakkonen as the new southwest regional administrator for the Florida Coastal Office and director at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laakkonen’s duties include managing the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as the 12 aquatic preserves within the Florida Coastal Office’s southwest region. He will also coordinate with local, state and federal agencies on coastal management, listed species conservation, watershed management and environmental education and outreach. Laakkonen, a former DEP employee, returns to the department after seven years with the town of Fort Myers Beach, where he served as environmental sciences ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »


Dr. Borofsky unveils new mission, vision and direction for the local, private nonprofit Hodges University President, Dr. David Borofsky, recently unveiled a new direction for the educational institution, including a strategic plan as well as a refined mission and vision. Faculty, staff and leadership participated in an extensive review of the University, its collective beliefs and goals for the future of the organization. The result of that work was a refocused positioning addressing the needs and wants of students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, partners and the Southwest Florida community. “This process began in February and will culminate in September when we roll out the complete plan including objectives and action steps,” said ... Read More »

Core Metrics for Better Health


STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System It can be difficult to understand all the new healthcare metrics that sometimes add confusion, not clarity, for patients, families, physicians, health care systems and payers. So it’s important to remember that all those metrics are designed to realize one goal—namely, better outcomes at lower cost, which is the value equation defined as outcome/cost = value. This equation was at the heart of discussions last week in which I participated as a member of the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for Region 4, which extends ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work, and for his efforts in the preserving the Everglades. Upon entering the gallery, the “Giants” in the exhibit name not only refers to the subject matter, but also aptly describes the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker


An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker


An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?


By Doug Browne Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. Not too long ago, my son was training with three of the top juniors in the land: Bjorn Fratangelo, Brett Clark and Gordie Watson. Clearly, Matt Browne hit far more balls with Bjorn and Brett but he was blessed to ... Read More »

All in the Family


By Darcie Guerin Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.3 million

Southwest Florida’s largest fundraiser supporting the region’s water, land and wildlife initiatives, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.3 million to benefit the organization. More than 420 guests attended the March 5 event held on the grounds of the Conservancy Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser is a key source of revenue for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 2005, the event has raised nearly $7 million with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy mission to “protect our water, land, wildlife and future” in the region. ... Read More »

Marco Teens Among JROTC Senior Staff

JPA Staff. SUBMITTED photos

Submitted Since August 18, when the halls of Lely High School were reintroduced to its students, Lely JROTC cadets have been tirelessly working toward preparing their program for the all new JPA Formal Inspection. JPA is an acronym standing for JROTC Program Accreditation. The Army JROTC program is accredited by AdvancEd as a Special Purpose Program and as such is committed to continuous improvement. AdvanceEd requires that the Army JROTC program meet five standards of quality. The purpose of the school visits is to gather information and evidence to support the continuous improvement of teaching and learning in the JROTC ... Read More »

Code Enforcement Unit Improvements

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department now manages the Code Enforcement function within the City. In keeping with our community policing model, the Department is making several changes, and would like to brief you on one very important improvement. In the past, Code Enforcement had a separate telephone number (389-5060) which was answered Monday – Friday during business hours, when code personnel were in their offices. During the evenings, weekends or time periods when code officers were in the field, phone calls were sent to voicemail. Effective immediately all calls placed to 389-5060 will be automatically routed to the Police Department non-emergency ... Read More »

Eagles Draw Art Patrons

Twenty artists were selected and every piece was available for sale to support the goals of the Foundation.

By Steve Gimmestad The streets of Marco Island were a little less crowded on Tuesday, February 10, and now we know why. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its regular “Second Tuesday Reception” by hosting the opening of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s exhibit “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Art”. This was the highest attendance of all “Second Tuesday Receptions” at the Center and the exhibit was filled wall-to-wall with supporters of this worthy cause. Patrons lined up out the door to experience artist’s work of Bald Eagles and other protected wildlife to support the foundation’s efforts. “We ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5


Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships


By Noelle H. Lowery Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Floodplain Management Plan Proceeds

Collier County is in the process of updating its Floodplain Management Plan as a requirement to maintain eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal disaster funding and to increase credit in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The county is working to better develop hazard mitigation to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Public participation has been an integral part of the process.  Public meetings were held in July and again in December along with multiple Floodplain Management Planning Committee meetings in order to work through the process of developing an up-to-date plan.  ... Read More »

MICMS Girls Soccer Wins GCAC Championship


By Noelle H. Lowery It was beautiful afternoon for a soccer game on Friday, Jan. 9. Thanks to word-of-mouth community support and the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s recreational league, a crowd of about 200 spectators gathered at Winterberry Park to watch the Marco Island Charter Middle School Girls Soccer Team win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship game against Evangelical Christian School of Fort Meyers. Led by a strong backbone of eighth graders and second-year Head Coach Patrick Baldwin, the Eagles won handily 6-1 and brought the first conference championship in any sport back to MICMS since ... Read More »

Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time. What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He ... Read More »

Goal Setting


Golf Tips Todd Elliott The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »