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MIFA Scholarships Help Young Artists

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Submitted Encouraging the next generation of artists, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) awards student scholarships each spring. MIFA scholarships up to $1,000 are available to local students who major in an area of the arts. Both graduating high school seniors and college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isles of Capri, are eligible to apply. Scholarships are not limited to painters and sculptors.  Students who study any of the vast and varied aspect of the arts – such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts- are encouraged to apply. Interested students must complete ... Read More »

Governor Goes to Goodland, Dines at Kirk Fish Market

The governor’s lunch came from this display case.

By Barry Gwinn At about 12 noon on Friday, March 4th, one of the most well-known and easily recognizable men in Florida came to Goodland, ate lunch, and left. And almost no one in Goodland knew anything about it – except for Patty and Kelly Kirk. They knew all about it. Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy Friday morning. Done before noon, Scott’s thoughts turned to lunch and to Patty Kirk, an old friend. Patty and Damas Kirk, along with their daughter, Kelly, own and run the Kirk Fish Company in Goodland. They sell fish. At ... Read More »

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Submitted On April 9th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. Although racers of top standing will be competing, novice racers are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. A $45 entry fee is now being accepted. Registration and check in start at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 8th at the Marco Island Marina (1402 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island) with a skippers meeting starting at 6 PM. Racing will start Saturday at 10 AM and the courses ... Read More »

ART ON MARCO

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A festive reception was held the evening of January 27th at The Local Color Art Gallery as host to the artists and sponsors of the 9th “Wet Paint Live” fundraiser sponsored by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Opening remarks were made by the Chamber’s executive director Sandi Riedemann who introduced the artists and sponsors. Wine and champagne greeted the many artists and guests while a fabulously decorated buffet table offered guests a variety southern style food all cooked by Clark Shaw from “secret” family recipes.   This supreme buffet menu included: Olives imported from Spain and wrapped in cheddar ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »

Wine Wednesdays at Marco Island Florist & Gifts

Laura Duncan was in charge of the wine table, conveniently situated right in front.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On the last Wednesday of each month, from 3-5 PM, Marco Island Florist and Gifts, located at 178 S. Barfield Drive, hosts its popular Wine Wednesday event. All are welcome for an evening of complementary food pairing, music, conversation, and of course, wine. On Wednesday, January 27th, guitarist Bob Kibbler set the tone for the evening with his country and folk melodies. Executive Chef Mike Duncan, of Goodland’s Marker 8.5, provided the food for the event, while his wife Laura provided the wine. The featured artist this month was photographer Frank Steiger. Frank showcased a beautiful ... Read More »

Golf Carts Galore at Goodland Christmas Gala

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By Barry Gwinn On a balmy Thursday night, December 17th, Goodland golf cart owners showed up in droves to show case and parade their brightly lit and cleverly decorated golf carts. Goodland may be the only place in Southwest Florida where licensed golf carts with licensed drivers are given free rein on the village streets. The golf cart parade is the brain child of Greg and Alicia Cameron who started this tradition last year at Goodland’s Marker 8.5 Restaurant, which the Cameron’s own. Only about 9 golf carts showed up then, but everyone enjoyed it so much, the Camerons resolved ... Read More »

Community Steps Up to Assist Injured Musician Merrill

The bar area was jammed  for much of the day at the Little Bar, with revelers and music lovers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Goodland community and friends from near and far turned out in large numbers during the day-long Merrill Fest benefit held at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant. Goodland musician Merrill Allen, who has entertained at the Little Bar since 1993, sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in a September 7 propane explosion on his boat, which was docked at the Old Barge Marina in Goodland. Allen returned home recently after being treated at Tampa General Hospital Regional Burn Center. But he still faces a long road in recovering from his injuries. Merrill Fest was the ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Announces August Art Exhibition

The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the opening of its August 2015 Art Exhibition “Electric Summer Nights.” The exhibition is an all medium event including photography, watercolor, oil, clay, acrylic and even a quilt.   The exhibition is judged by Viviana Dominguez. Viviana is a fine arts conservator specializing on murals, paintings, works of art on paper and historic finishes. She has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of preserving prominent private and public arts collections. She includes the Smithsonian Institution and the J. Paul Getty Conservation Institute among her clients.   Prominent ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

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By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award Winners Surprised and Humbled

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By Don Manley Shock at haven been selected is a common shared reaction for the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award. “I’m very excited, said Carole Roberts, who is one of the eight recipients this year. “I think it’s great. I can honestly say I was totally surprised.” Now in its seventh year, the Spirit of Marco Island Award is presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. The award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of time, talent and financial support to the community. Roberts is joined this year by attorneys Neil and ... Read More »

MI Half Marathon Takes off at Sunrise

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The sun just broke over trees as the horn sounded for the start of the Marco Island Half Marathon Run last Sunday. Runners assembled in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the event which benefits many local organizations. The Half Marathon originated as a way to give back to the community of Marco Island and was held in memory of Carole Sbertoli, a realtor, who suddenly passed away in August, 2007. “We have 465 runners on the course this morning,” said Race Director Jennifer Barstow. “It’s down a bit from last year, but we expected that. ... Read More »

9th Annual Digital Scavenger Hunt 2015

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By Andy Battaglia & Gene Burson Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron held their Digital Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 14th. There were twentythree who participated in the Scavenger Hunt! At 9:30am Fire Chief Mike Murphy and his wife Barbara arrived at the Calusa Marina dock in Goodland via jet skis to deliver the “hunt list” to Co-Captains Rhonda McAuliffe-Gloodt and Carol Einhart, who hosted this year’s hunt. The Digital Scavenger Hunt was originated by Past Commander Tippy Cavanagh and John Cavanagh in 2007 as a fun on-the-water squadron activity. The weather was perfect as the fleet picked up their ... Read More »

Scholarship Program

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) presents scholarships to area students majoring in an area of the arts. High school graduating seniors as well as college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isle of Capri are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1,000 if they will be studying the arts such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts wants to remind students and parents about this scholarship opportunity. Students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application and return it to MIFA no later than ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island

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By Laurie Harris Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!   The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition classes are for you. In the Boater’s Local Knowledge class you will gain knowledge of navigating around Marco Island and the surrounding areas. Since Marco is an island, you need to know when you are returning to port vs. going ... Read More »

The Man Who Put Man on the Moon

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Submitted Rocket scientist Darrell Loan took the Marco’s Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution out of this world at its Jan. 15 meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Loan, a part-time Marco resident, was one of the few “rocket men” whose brilliance, imagination and dedication put the first men on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong, followed by Buzz Aldrin, July 20, 1969. Loan’s exploits are recounted by long-time Marco resident Tom Williams in “Surrounded by Thunder,” his historical narrative about the golden age of America’s space program. Williams’ book is fact, written from several years of interviews with ... Read More »

Is Consolidation An Option for Collier County?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It appears consolidation may still be an option for the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD) — along with Collier County’s other three dependent fire districts — especially if Collier’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has a say in it. During the December 9 BCC meeting, the topic of fire-rescue district consolidation came up twice. The first time was the consideration of an agenda item which would establish the EMS Fire Districts Merger Ad Hoc Committee enabling fire district commissioners, union leaders and county staff to discuss a mass fire and EMS merger over the ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Homegrown Clams

Nick spent most of the day covered head-to-toe; the process of  getting into a wetsuit proved more complicated than I thought. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Does the average seafood lover ever wonder about what is involved in bringing their favorite oceanic edibles to the table? As a seafood lover myself, I’ve always gravitated to the surf items on any menu, but I’ve never really put much thought into how that delicious shellfish came to land on my plate. Where do the clams in my clam chowder come from? I’m a city girl from Ohio, which means they’ve always originated in a can, and until now, that was okay. But since moving to Florida, all of the seafood I’ve eaten has ... Read More »