Tag Archives: island

Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Bikes

By Scott H. Shook With summer break upon us, many of the island’s children will be bicycling, whether it be to the Y, racket center, or to a friend’s house. Here are some ways parents can help their kids bicycle safely. Kids need to make sure they obey the law when riding on the island’s bike lanes and shared use ... Read More »

Celebrating the End of School With A Bash

The City of Marco Island Parks & Rec recently hosted an End of School Bash at Mackle Park. The free event provided lots of food, fun, and entertainment for the island’s 6th-12th graders. Although it was a steamy day, the kids kept busy playing football and basketball, and challenged each other with the ever-popular inflatable obstacle course and joust.  For ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

A VIEW ON STILTS

By Jesus Calo  Come for the view and stay for a delicious meal, Stilts Beachside Bar & Grill at Marriott’s Crystal Shores is the sunniest beachside restaurant location featuring stunning views of the Gulf. Stilts has been frequented by seasonal visitors and locals looking to clock out and check into island time. No matter where you sit, you have a ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

Evolution of a Butterfly

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences in my life, but none better than the magnificent creation of friendships over my lifetime. This is especially true in regards to those families I’ve become close with and observed the growth and additions to those families. Moving away from some of those friends was especially ... Read More »

Ad Hoc Parking Committee to Form

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The age-old question of parking will once again be reviewed, as Marco Island City Council at its last meeting moved forward to establish an Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee. The committee was proposed by Councilor Charlette Roman, who formerly had held a seat on the Planning Board, which had previously looked at a number of issues concerning ... Read More »

Second Chance Sandbar Closed for Summer Nesting Season

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

Land Development Code Update Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides One of the most perplexing and complicated issues to be tackled by the city staff and Planning Board in the last year is moving forward. The consultant hired to review the Land Development Code (LDC) has completed Phase 1 and had 33 issues identified for review. Those issues were forwarded to the City Council at their ... Read More »

Defining the ‘Good Old Days’

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Over the years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many organizations and activities on the island since moving here fulltime in 1990. Purchasing on Marco in 1986 was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my lifetime and I truly enjoy calling Marco my home. One of those organizations ... Read More »

Thrill…her

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s no coincidence that 95% of my business is all about the ladies. I don’t count the guys, who bring in a hundred or so watches a week to replace dead batteries. Nine times out of ten I won’t see them again until the watch dies 365 days later. Personally speaking, in my 40-plus years ... Read More »

Island Pedaler: Tour de Marco Returns

By Scott Shook For the first time during winter season, bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and riding abilities will be riding in the Tour de Marco. The seventh annual riding of the popular bicycle tour, which benefits the Marco Y, will be held on Sunday, February 26 this year. Heavy early registrations have organizers excited about this year’s turnout. “We’re ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »

Discussion on Hotel to Come Before Council

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  If the representatives of Small Brothers, the corporation which is proposing a potential hotel at the corner of Park Avenue and West Elkcam Circle thought they would have the opportunity to change some minds by holding a Town Hall Forum to allay fears regarding their proposal, they were disappointed on January 10. Approximately 150 residents showed ... Read More »

Tapas and Live Tunes

By Don Manley Tapas anyone? For Marcoites, answering in the affirmative to that question likely meant a drive off-island to enjoy the Spanish dining style. That is until last September’s opening of Mermaid Blues, located in The Collection at Olde Marco. Tapas are the assortment of appetizers in traditional Spanish cuisine that has evolved into a sophisticated style of cuisine ... Read More »

Planning Board Has Full Schedule

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board will reconvene on Friday, January 6 to undertake a fairly full agenda of items. A number of fairly complexed issues will be before the board when it meets at 9 AM in council chambers on that date. At the last city council meeting on December 5 one councilman opposed the board ... Read More »

A Full Plate for City Council in the Year Ahead

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council has before it a number of challenges and opportunities as it enters 2017. Those members and city staff will have their plates full during the next several months. With the election behind us, the task of governing is now front and center, as a myriad of decisions face the newly constituted ... Read More »

2017 Brings Change to Marco Chamber

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The New Year started with some big changes for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. On January 1, 2017, Executive Director Sandi Riedemann-Lazarus retired. “Sandi has been a great asset to the Chamber, and we wish her all the best in her transition to retirement. We sincerely appreciate her years of dedicated service,” said ... Read More »