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City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for the City of Marco Island’s general operations, .0878 mils for the special voted debt and 1.4000 for the Hideaway Special Taxing District. The percentage increase in property taxes is 4.95% more than the rolled-back rate of 1.9024 mils. Councilors Honig ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Attendees at 3rd Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival. Submitted Photos

Submitted  The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) is celebrating its 5th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival by way of making it a two-day event, March 11 and 12, 2017. Formerly a one-day outdoor arts festival, 2017 promises more great art, more great music, a wider variety of food, and even more wide-spread advertisements and promotions reaching into art communities throughout the country. Held in picturesque waterfront MarGood Harbor Park, juried by a selection committee of five professional artists, with musical line-ups coordinated by JRobert Houghtaling and Tom “Cello Man” Porter, this event has garnered great praise from past participating artists. ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Previous years’ Spammy Jams. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Excitement is building for Spammy Jammy 2016, which will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland. For more than twenty years the annual Spammy Jammy celebration has been encouraging locals to appease the Southwest Florida hurricane gods in a unique way- with great music, creative Spam sculptures, PJs and lots and lots of fun. This one-of-a-kind event has become a beloved tradition, which locals look forward to all year. Spam is considered a hurricane-preparedness staple. For years now we have been lucky storm-wise, and have not needed to open ... Read More »

Governor Having Love Affair with Goodland? It sure looks that way after second visit in two months

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By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA). He was there at the invitation of founder and board chairman, Jane Watt, to confer awards on four of the school’s outstanding educators and to see for himself why this school was doing so well. It was about noon when he concluded his visit to MIA. Before leaving, he asked directions and distance to Goodland. The Governor had made the acquaintance of Patti Kirk eight years before, when both worked out at the same Naples fitness center. He had enjoyed meals at ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

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 »

All Sailors Welcome at SAMI Regatta SUBMITTED PHOTO

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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

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

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 »