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Caxambas Republican Club

The Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida announces their November and December schedules as follows: Wednesday, November 23 will be a Pre-Thanksgiving Social. Wednesday, December 28 will be the December Social. All socials are held at CJ’s On the Bay on Marco Island from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Club’s General Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 13 at Rose Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome to attend. Guest speaker for the evening will be Senator Garrett Richter. Having been elected to the ... Read More »

Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host an informational meeting about the new Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. The park, which is expected to open in January, will provide an opportunity for people using non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to access quiet backwaters in the reserve. The park is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department. A short presentation will be provided on the ... Read More »

Marco Island Property Owners

The intent of Marco Island Homeowners is to act as an advocate for ALL property owners on Marco Island. To better reflect the mission statement of the organization, starting immediately, Marco Island Homeowners’ name has been changed to MARCO ISLAND PROPERTY OWNERS. This is done to dispel any misconceptions that the purpose of this mission is on behalf of single family homes only. Virtually all issues affecting homeowners, also affects all property owners, whether it be utility charges, density, growth and, especially, city spending and city debt. Civic organizations and individuals have expressed deep concern that our city officials are insensitive ... Read More »

Learn about the Monroe Station & the Trail

When the Tamiami Trail was completed across the Everglades in 1928, Barron Collier set up six patrol stations along the road to help motorists. One of these historic buildings is Monroe Station, once a popular wayside stop in the desolate Big Cypress east of Ochopee. It became a popular meeting place for hunters who still leave their trucks there when negotiating the Loop Road on swamp buggies. The building has been closed and boarded up for many years but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can hear about the history of Monroe Station, the gladesman culture that favored it, ... Read More »

Adult Softball

The City of Marco Island Adult Softball season got underway on Nov 10 with games being played at both Winterberry Park and Tommy Barfield ball field. This year there will be 8 teams competing every Thursday night at 6:15 and 7:30 pm. This year’s teams are Cocomo’s, Davinci’s, Joey Pizza, Nacho Mama’s, Islander Pool, Marco Island Brewery, NeNe Kitchen and Kretch’s. In the first week of games at TBE, Last season’s regular season champions, Cocomo’s came out in mid-season form and defeated Joey’s 15 to 7 and Davinci’s defeated Islander Pool 20 to 9. At Winterberry, the balls were flying ... Read More »

Home BancShares, Inc. and Centennial Bank Announce Agreement to Acquire Vision Bank Branch Locations

Centennial Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Home BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ GS:  HOMB), announced today the signing of a definitive  agreement to acquire all of the banking locations of Vision Bank (“Vision”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly traded Park National Corporation (“Park”), ticker  symbol PRK. Vision’s main office is located in Panama City, Florida.  This is a strategic expansion for Home BancShares and Centennial Bank by acquiring 17 convenient bank locations in the Gulf Coast communities of Baldwin County, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.  Centennial Bank plans to purchase only the banking locations, along with the majority of the performing loans and related other ... Read More »

Florida Hot Rods And Hogs Show

Mark Sunday, December 4, on your calendar to attend the largest single day car and bike show in Florida! The Florida Hot Rods and Hogs car and bike show will be held at the Lee Civic Center, Fort Myers. The one-day event is sponsored by Seminole Immokalee Casino and will have 105 acres of show cars and bikes. In addition, there will be 65,000 square feet of indoor exhibitor space, two stages, and a swap meet. General admission for the 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. event is $12.00. A donation of nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the ... Read More »


Come tocon Saturday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Art-in-the-Glades when hand-made crafts and local artworks will be on offer. Let the kiddies play on the swings in McLeod Park while you browse among the booths under the pavilion and then enjoy hotdogs and baked goods for lunch while you listen to live music. Vendors are invited to set up a table. For information, call Marya on (239) 695-2905 or see DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 80 on I-75, drive south on SR-29 for 18 miles, cross US-41 and continue south on SR-29 for 4 miles. McLeod Park is next to Everglades City ... Read More »

Authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

DARCIE GUERIN, CFP®, Associate Vice President, Resident Branch Manager at Raymond James on Marco Island, FL has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame design)® in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Ms. Guerin has worked at Raymond James since 2005 and is responsible for helping her clients achieve their own unique goals by managing their assets, protecting their wealth and building financial legacies. These marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the ... Read More »

Clam Pass Nature Walks Resume December 1

Join a Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteer guide for a free guided walk on the boardwalk, beach, and back bay areas of this beautiful Collier County park and learn about the secret lives of the flora and fauna of this captivating and biologically-rich area. Some recent photos taken during free Nature Walks at Clam Pass Park sponsored by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida include: Nature Walks resume December 1. Clam Pass County Park offers a beautiful beach and a scenic boardwalk through a unique habitat. Beginning December 1, 2011, the Conservancy sponsored nature walks resume on the boardwalk. Learn about ... Read More »

Concert to Benefit Meals-On-Wheels

St. Vincent de Paul announces an upcoming concert by World Famous Pianist Jan Mulder to benefit their Meals-On-Wheels program. The concert will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Euro Grand Piano Gallery in the Imperial Square Shopping Mall, Naples, FL, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a meet-and-greet with Jan and his family. Tickets are available by phone at 239.775.1667 for a minimum donation of $30 per person. Seating is limited. The St. Vincent de Paul Meals-On-Wheels program is the largest Collier County provider of nutritious meals for seniors, the homebound and infirm serving 85,000 meals last year. Read More »

Monthly Beach Clean-Ups – Keeping It Clean For Everyone!

Have you noticed how nice the Marco Island beach looks? This is largely due to the monthly beach clean-ups organized by the City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) and its chairman, Publix Manager, Kevin Donlan. He and BAC member and Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) board member, Bernardo Bezos, who volunteers the MICA beach vehicle, and other BAC members, are on the beach once a month with a sponsoring local business. The amount of trash collected and removed from the beach and dunes really has made a difference for all beach-goers! At the last BAC beach clean-up, a ... Read More »

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Park Web Site Announced

A new Web page is available on the Collier County Government Web site to provide information on the county’s plans to locate an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Park as well as gather input from those interested in helping search for a potential ATV Park site. The new site can easily be reached at Currently the site includes a brief background on the reason the county is involved in locating an ATV Park site, a map showing some potential park locations, comments received to date and a way to provide comments and be added to an e-mail distribution list to ... Read More »

Santa’s Calling – Christmas Island Style Event

It’s time once again for Christmas Island Style/ Greater Marco Family YMCA “Santa’s Calling.” This special holiday program utilizes the information that you, the parent submit, to ensure a memorable call from the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus or one of the elves on staff. Obtain your “Santa’s Calling” application form at the Customer Service desk and return your completed form to the desk by December 17, 2011. On Sunday, December 18 Santa will begin to call area boys and girls starting at 6 p.m. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is not responsible for providing any gifts. Read More »

Kiwanis Induction Dinner

The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island held its Annual Officer Induction Dinner/Dance recently at the Hideaway Beach Club. It was a beautiful night for cocktails around the pool and then a delicious dinner in the ballroom. Dance music was supplied by Smokin’ Joe and Konnie. Club officers for the 2011-12 year are John Coff, President, Dennis Pidherny, Sec-retary and Bryan Hauser, Treasurer. Everyone is welcome to attend the Ki-wanis Club of Marco Island meetings held every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Porky’s Last Stand on Bald Eagle Drive. Read More »

Calusa Garden Club

At the November 14 meeting of the Calusa Garden Club, Chris Burt and Karen Anglin from the Island Garden Center presented a program entitled “Planting by the Compass on your Patio or Grounds.” They stressed the importance of knowing the hours of sunlight in each area before choosing the proper plants. They also brought a wide variety of plants of different heights and different sunlight requirements to use as examples. The Calusa Garden Club meets on the second Monday of each month from October through March at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield. Read More »

4th Annual Christmas Island Style Ornament Contest

Bette McGilvray & Barbara Dasti Co-Chairs for Christmas Island Style Ornament Contest would like to report: 46 drawings from Charter Middle School Students entered our 4th annual CIS Or-nament contest for 2012. The 2012 theme was a “CRAB”. The judging took place at The Marco Island Center for the Arts Friday Novem-ber 18th. The winners were chosen and will be introduced at the CIS Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3rd. All winners will be recognized at the CIS Awards Ceremony in January 2012. Read More »

Childhood memories come to life

By Vincent Giannone Having always been a history buff, it’s difficult for me to admit that there are some areas of study that I haven’t read into very much. One area in particular is the history of steam locomotives and diesel engines. Unknown to me at the time when preparing for a normal public interest piece, I would meet an inspiring Marco Island resident who would educate me more than I could have imagined via the historical accuracy, precision and detail that he put into designing and developing a real to life model train layout. Skip Merriam, the creator and ... Read More »

Veterans Day celebration leads to surprise reunion

By Natalie Strom The Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park on November 11th was certainly one to remember. Special Guest Speaker, General James K. Guest, would definitely agree. During his speech he explained to the large crowd why this particular Veterans’ Day was so special to him. “Veterans’ Day is a day to remember the life-long friendships that were forged on the battlefield. This is one of the greatest benefits of being a veteran,” General Guest told the crowd. With that he invited two men onto the stage, both who served under him during the Vietnam War. VFW Commander ... Read More »

Celebrate the Swamp!

The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is open! Join us at the Center for Swamp Heritage Days December 2nd & 3rd.  Be one of the first to see the new historical swamp buggy exhibit. Also learn about swamp heritage through exploring the Rob Storter folk art collection located at the Welcome Center and Oasis Visitor Center auditoriums. Park Rangers, volunteers and a local expert will share swamp heritage through programs, activities, and a sing along in the Welcome Center auditorium.  The Centers are open 9:00 to 4:30. For more event information contact the Welcome Center at 239-695-4758 or see our website at ... Read More »