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Public Forums for District 19 Special Election

The Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance will host a series of public forums to provide the candidates who are running in the June 24 Special Election for the Congressional District 19 seat in the U.S. Congress, an opportunity to share their positions with the electorate. At each forum, the individual candidates will be asked by moderators to respond to a series of questions about themselves and their positions. The public is encouraged to submit questions in advance by e-mail to: or written on cards that will be provided at the start of each event, scheduled as follows: March 11, Tuesday, ... Read More »

FL & MS Receive Fishery Disaster Relief

As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget, Congress approved $75 million in fishery disaster relief funds. Today, NOAA Fisheries announced Mississippi will receive $10,941,828 and Florida will receive $6,316,533. The allocation comes after the Department of Commerce declared six fishery disasters in 2012 and 2013. Two separate disasters were declared in the Southeast U.S. The first was in September 2012 for the Mississippi oyster and blue crab fisheries due to floods, and the second was declared in August 2013 for the Florida west coast oyster fishery due to excessive drought conditions. NOAA will work with the eligible states ... Read More »

Marco Island #1

As thrilled as we were in 2013 to come in as the #3 island in the US according to TripAdvisor, the 2014 results are in and MARCO ISLAND takes #1 in the TOP 10 ISLANDS – UNITED STATES! Here’s the Complete list Top 10 Islands in the U.S.: Marco Island, Florida; Chincoteague Island, Virginia; Anna Maria Island, Florida; San Juan Island, Washington; Maui, Hawaii; Kauai, Hawaii; Island of Hawaii, Hawaii; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Islands, as well as reviews and candid traveler photos, go ... Read More »

2014 Walk For Wishes®

The 4th Annual Walk For Wishes® 5K Walk/Run, to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, will be held on April 5th, 2014 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Alico Arena located at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers. The fundraiser begins at 7:30. Pre-registration fees for the Walk for Wishes are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 years of age and younger.  Event-day registration is $30 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children 12 and younger. Registration is available online at to sign up as an individual or to register a team. Corporate and ... Read More »

New Harry Chapin Website

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest has launched a new website to better connect with its supporters and to inform the community of its work in helping to fight hunger in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. The website – – has a clean and simple design so visitors can navigate easily through pages while learning how they can help the food bank by donating food and/or funds, volunteering their time and becoming involved in other ways. The food bank distributes more than 1 million pounds of food each month.  For every dollar donated, about $6 in ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Acquires Cristello & Company Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has broadened its reach in Sarasota again with the acquisition of Cristello & Company Real Estate. The transaction adds its sales professionals and team members to the statewide company. The transaction represents the next steps in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s ongoing growth strategy following the recent acquisitions of Elite Preferred Realty in the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch areas in November and Main Street Realty International in Orlando in December. The new Sarasota Branch Sales Office is located ... Read More »

Historic Split

Narodni trg, the People’s Square, in Split is a popular place to stop for refreshment. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Along the beautiful Dalmatian coast between Dubrovnik and the Istrian Peninsula is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Split, a major ferry and cruise ship port. The drive north from Dubrovnik passes through the fertile Neretva Valley known for high quality citrus fruit. Fruit and honey stands line the road. The drive also traverses that small portion of Bosnia that is that country’s only outlet to the sea. A local guide told us that for at least five years there has been talk of building a bridge to connect Dubrovnik directly with the rest of ... Read More »

Homerun into Our Hearts

World War II veteran, Owen Carr and Pearl Harbor survivor, Walt Tucker throw out the first ball. They’re assisted by Ed Adams, Jim Lane and Toni Macchiarolo. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA WRIGHT AND FRANK STEIGER

By Val Simon The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team made a visit to Marco Island to play an exhibition game against a select group of resident players deemed the Marco All-Stars. The Warriors came to the island once before on November 11, 2011. They didn’t just come and swing a bat; their spirit and drive hit a homerun right into our hearts. After several requests from numerous people that they should return, return they did. The game started off with a presentation of colors by the local VFW Post #6370. World War II veteran and amputee Owen Carr, and ... Read More »

Movies in the Everglades

K.C. Shulberg remembers when his dad Stuart and uncle Bud were making their celebrated film “Wind Across the Everglades” (Warner Brothers, 1958) starring Burl Ives, Gypsy Rose Lee, and a young Christopher Plummer. The area and ambiance left a lasting impression on him, inspiring him to now plan a new film in southwest Florida. On Friday, February 28, at 5:30 p.m. he will recall memories and stories of the movie industry from his youth before showing clips from his upcoming project in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church (102 Copeland Avenue South, Everglades City, FL, 34139). His presentation will be followed by a screening of the full-length “Wind Across ... Read More »

AMIkids Garden at NCH

The young men from the AMIkids Big Cypress program with their Program Manager Anthony Bowens spent their Saturday helping community volunteers at NCH’s SAFE garden in the interior courtyard of the cancer patient wing. The young men learn horticulture skills from the knowledgeable volunteers as they help weed, trim and plant the vegetables that have been specially selected for their cancer healing properties. The cancer patients love opening their curtains so they can watch the young men working and learning in the garden. The volunteers always say that they cannot do it without the boys and the boys all say ... Read More »

Patty Quinn Joins Sandlin Team

Patty Quinn has just joined the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus as our new Closing Manager. Patti has over 10 years of Real Estate Closing experience on Marco Island. Patty’s exceptional communication skills and attention to detail help ensure a smooth and timely closing in addition to giving our clients the personal attention they deserve. “We are thrilled to have Patti on our Team. She provides our clients with superior expertise in their closings as well as a total commitment to protecting them and accomplishing their goals,” Alan & Linda Sandlin announced. Read More »

A Parade of Comedy

A large crowd filled every inch of the outdoor deck at Old Marco Lodge. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray On Saturday, Feb. 15, boaters, volunteers and a large audience gathered to participate in the 18th Annual Mardi Gras-Goodland Boat Parade. This year’s theme was “Comedy,” and 13 boats were decorated and entered into the event. The parade cruised through Goodland Harbor — now officially Buzzard’s Bay South — and ended at the new boat park. Each year, proceeds are donated to Avow Hospice Inc., and help support services provided by their Marco Island office. Donations were collected through t-shirt sales, raffles, auctions, crafts and direct contributions. Last year, the popular event raised $18,000 for hospice. Committee ... Read More »

My Life in Paradise Begins…


GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray The first time I visited Goodland was just a few short months ago. My mother moved here a year earlier, and insisted I visit soon. So I planned to fly down with my two children, stay with my mom for a month and then return to snow-covered Ohio. My plans went out the window from the moment I woke up on my first morning in Goodland. I knew I would move proverbial mountains to make this paradise my home. Over the last few years, my mother would visit Goodland, post beautiful pictures online, and swear ... Read More »

The Quest for the Marco Green Diamond Ring


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Want to have some fun and intrigue? While experiencing a rare idle moment, I came up with the idea of why not give something valuable away for free to generate (instigate) some controversy, get people talking, and who knows, I’ll also get some new faces and former faces I have not seen in the shop for a while. My staff, which includes my wife and shop dog, Toby, finally decided my cheese had totally slipped off my cracker, to give away a $10,000, 18-karat gold, 1.43-carat oval green diamond ring for free! I decided ... Read More »

Wet Paint Live Boosts Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Marco called, and local artists answered. The mission: To raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund by participating in the Seventh Annual Wet Paint Live on Feb. 12. Eighteen artists spread out in nine locations throughout Marco Island and Goodland to paint for the cause of education. “I have been a part of it from the beginning,” said Betty Newman while painting a whimsical mermaid in front of the gallery she runs with Judith Chinski — The Artist’s Gallery-Marco Island — at The Esplanade Shoppes. ... Read More »

Farewell Goodland…

Remind me again why I’m leaving this place?

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom The first time I visited Goodland, I was about five years old. I don’t remember, but my mom does. She vividly recounts the story of the family going to dinner at The Little Bar and how my younger brother, still an infant, made a massive mess of himself. My mom was horrified. She spent a lot of time in the restroom with him that evening. When she tells the story even now, I can hear the embarrassment in her voice. I do, however, remember the second time I visited Goodland. It was February of 2005. I ... Read More »

Mullet Mayhem

By Natalie Strom It was the 30th Annual Mullet Festival. Thirty years of celebrating the bait fish that grew Goodland from an old, empty pineapple farm into a full-fledged fishing village. The weekend-long event began on Friday, Jan. 25 and wrapped up at sunset on Sunday, Jan. 27. Friday’s kick-off was all about getting folks in the mood to dance, drink and filet some fish. Saturday’s festivities honored that tradition with the usual mullet filleting contest. Buckets of mullet were prepped by some of the fastest fish handlers in town, and then the mullet went to the fryer or ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today Part 2

The “New” Star of the Everglades, at the time moored at Boat Haven in Naples, then owned by Capt. Jim Martin. (c. 1971). PHOTO S BY JIM MARTI N

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports fishing for tourists in the Ten Thousand Islands. That boat was retired and replaced by a new vessel, a beautiful yacht with a colorful history. After finishing its service in charter fishing, the new boat was owned and lived on ... Read More »

Parties, Pancakes and Parades

Boat parade 2013. The theme: musicals. We chose “Hair,” and came in 2nd to last!

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom Suddenly, it’s the end of January 2014. Where did the time go? When did the slow days of summer suddenly slip away? I guess I was too busy on my Fucillo HUGE KIA cruise to notice, but it is here: “Season.” Thus, the celebrations in Goodland — and all over South Florida — have begun. Ready to party? Because I am! (Big surprise.)   30th Annual Mullet Festival Stan’s and Son’s 30th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival kicks off on Friday, Jan. 24, and continues until the sun sets on Sunday, Jan. 26. The usual festivities of ... Read More »

That Four-Letter Word


Artful Life Tara O’Neill Inspiration for this column came from participating in my first outdoor art festival of the 2013-14 season. The Goodland Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Goodland Civic Association, was an unqualified success according to organizers, vendors and visitors. (I received many kind congratulations on the event, but must state again that other than showing up, I had nothing to do with it. Kudos to Connie Fulmer, Noreen Seeger, Natalie Strom and their hardworking team of volunteers.) This is one of my favorite events for several reasons. Unlike the more formal juried shows I do, this one is ... Read More »