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Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

Tragedy Lingers From Picayune Fire

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides It’s hard to believe that about a month ago the scene along Benfield Road was one of an inferno, rather than the serene and quiet area that Todd and Monique Waldeck had fallen in love with close to 30 years ago. The only evidence one could see from the narrow single lane road was the charred ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as ... Read More »

Optimist Club to Host Lokahi Luau

Submitted The Optimist Club of Marco Island will host its second annual awards benefit dinner on April 22nd at the JW Marriott on Marco Island. Building on the vision for the organization to unite the families on Marco Island around youth sports, the theme for the dinner is a “Lokahi Luau.” In Polynesian, Lokahi means to “unite families,” and that ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Family’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Helps Research

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you are part of a large family with siblings. You keep in touch: phone calls, emails, Facebook pictures, and maybe get together for family vacations or reunions. You enjoy each other’s company most of the time. They’re family. They are there for you when you need someone to talk with. They have your back. ... Read More »

WHAT A CROC! Crocodile, That Is

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Ah, spring! Love is in the ... Read More »

Should the Tax Tail Wag the Dog?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frederic Chopin, Composer Question: How much will the possibility of tax reform influence financial markets, and should I wait until this is completed before reviewing my estate planning documents? Answer: There’s an old adage on Wall Street; “Don’t’ let ... Read More »

Farmers’ Market Offers a Fresh Taste

By Maria Lamb Store bought vegetables and fruits just don’t taste as fresh as the field grown varieties found at the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. Stop by and you will find produce like fresh broccoli, sweet corn, giant sweet onions, Japanese long eggplants, and the list goes on. Did you know that Florida grows a third of the country’s tomatoes? ... Read More »

Beach Yoga Gives Back

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Experienced yogis, novices and curious first-timers are all welcome to experience the many benefits of yoga at a community beach class. On Saturday, April 15, come to beautiful South Beach on Marco Island at 8:30 AM and enjoy an hour of community yoga on the beach. Yoga practice takes on new dimensions on the soft ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Breaking News: Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

From Big Flag to Caxambas Republican Club President

Submitted In 2011, the Big Flag campaign spawned from an idea to put a giant American flag where the new Jolly Bridge met land on the Marco Island side of the bridge. Former Big Flag Chairman Dave Rice was quoted as saying, “We will never take any public money for the operation or the upkeep of the flag. We’re going ... Read More »

It’s a Shoe-In: Mission Accomplished for Puss ‘n Boots Shoe Drive

Submitted For the Love of Cats has successfully collected over 2,500 pairs of shoes that will turn into a $1,000 donation from Funds2Orgs by purchasing all the shoes collected. The shoe collection drive, aptly named Puss ‘n Boots, was held every other Friday starting January 6, 2017 to raise funds for their TNR, spay/neuter, rescue and senior cat adoption programs. ... Read More »

Former Bridge Trolls State Fundraiser to Help One of Their Own

By Scott H. Shook The massive 7,230 acre fire in Picayune Strand State Forest in early March hit particularly close to home for Marco Islanders Caroline Snyder and JRobert Houghtaling. Their longtime friend and fellow “Bridge Troll” Steve Thomas was fighting for his life—and for his home as the fire raged. Thomas survived, and he saved his home. But his ... Read More »

Marco’s Future

Since “Gotham” (Marco Island) became a City, The residents have endured all sorts of “Calamities” since the voters had the delusional idea of “local control.” The cartoon like cast of characters voted into office by the alleged “well informed” citizenry became the laughing stock of the County. We have endured inept, inane, hypocrites, pedophiles, drunks, megalomaniacs, use to bes, wanna ... Read More »

When Life Changes, So Should Your Beneficiaries

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Don’t let the possibilities be suffocated by procrastination. Go! Now!” ~ Robert H. Schuller, American Author (1926-2015) Question: My neighbor’s husband recently passed away and from what she’s told me it appears that things didn’t unfold as she thought they would. He told her she’d be “okay” and that’s not the case. How often ... Read More »