Tag Archives: Isles of Capri

Newcomers Club Honors Outgoing President

By Maureen Chodaba The Newcomers Club of Marco Island has been fostering friendships for Marco Island women since 1970. The club recently honored outgoing club President Jodi Pree with a luncheon at the elegant Hideaway Beach Club. Hosted by incoming club President Jaye Spencer, the event was attended by several past presidents of the club, board members, club volunteers and ... Read More »

Republican Club Kicks Off 2018

By Maria Lamb You are invited to the Caxambas Republican Club’s Kick-Off Party for a Winning 2018 on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7 PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Join us for an evening of free pizza and refreshments. Meet our new board members and hear what is in store for the ... Read More »

Treasure Hunter Captain Carl Fismer Brings Treasure to Isles of Capri

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When you hear that world-renowned treasure hunter Captain Carl Fismer, with 47 years of treasure hunting experience, is going to be the honored speaker at the Isles of Capri Community Center, you can bet your doubloons you’re going to be there to hear him! Capt. Carl, also known as “Fizz” to his ... Read More »

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten ... Read More »

Southern Kingfish Association Tournament First Event on Isles of Capri

By Jory Westberry If you like fishing, excitement, sunshine, laughter, libations by the water, luscious food, suspense and good times, the place to be was dockside at the Pelican Bend Restaurant on Saturday, March 25th for a rollicking good time. This was the initial foray into Isles of Capri as the site for the 2017 Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament ... Read More »

CMI Bingo 

Linda Chamberlain is handed her winnings by Bingo Committee member Paul Kurtzman, and Marilyn Flynn of the Isles of Capri is handed her big money by Bingo Committee member Marvin Klein. Bingo is played at JCMI every Monday, a complimentary supper is served. Open to the public – doors open at 5:30 PM. Read More »

Another Great Place to Dine on Isles of Capri? You Bet!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Thirty-five years ago, Grandpa Mikey Cooper moved his family “lock, stock and barrel” from the Tennessee hills to tropical Isles of Capri. Extended family from Oklahoma pitched in to help rehab “Poor Paul’s Fish Camp,” formerly an original 50s bait, tackle and grocery store, to create the remodeled Pelican Bend restaurant. There ... Read More »

Executive Auto’s New Roadside Service

By Samantha Husted Tara O’Neill checks in on Samuel Falla’s progress with one of her drawing class assignments. For the past 23 years Marco Island native Dwain Naftal has driven Bald Eagle Towing’s bright red tow truck. Recently Dwain traded in his trademark tow truck for a Mercedes service van that operates out of Executive Auto Repair. “It’s a little ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Rios’ White Paper

Councilman Rios’ white paper presented at the August 15, 2016 City Council meeting recommended approval of a $6 million assessment to be levied just to the customers of Marco Island Utilities (MIU) at Marco Shores along Mainsail Drive and Isles of Capri to build two pipelines. As explained herein, if and when the pipelines are ever needed, the $6 million ... Read More »

Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run

Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and ... Read More »

Exhibit, Talk Celebrate Isles of Capri

Submitted Artist Donald Sunshine’s “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time” is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum. This collection of watercolors celebrates the rich history and community of the Isles of Capri. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist and has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of ... Read More »

Bocce 2016

By Joan Kelly Bocce took over the Isles of Capri four days a week and on weekends when the team competition took to the court. Red and blue balls beat up the poor little white ball, playing in rain or shine, wind or calm, heat or cold. The measuring tape came out, as balls were close. At times there was ... Read More »

MIFA Scholarships Help Young Artists

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. ... Read More »

The Great Backyard Bird Count

By Joan Kelly The weekend of February 12 to 14, the National Audubon Society held the Great Backyard Bird Count together with many societies in other countries. As birders we decide to participate for the three days. We did our birding at our favorite spots, Eagle Creek Park, Freedom Park and at home on the Isles of Capri, counting 43 ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has ... Read More »

Isles of Capri, Marco Swimmers Shine in Meets

By Roger LaLonde Lely and Marco Island Academy swimmers made a big splash in district meets last week. With just three swimmers on the MIA team, coach Kamal Farhat has made the most of their ability. All three will compete in regional races at the Sarasota YMCA pool on Saturday, October 31. Kasey Bersh, Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick qualified ... Read More »

Donna Fiala is back!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Well here we are after a long, very hot rainy summer, and ready for the breezes that come with October, which is only a couple weeks away. It seems a lot more of our residents stayed in town longer this year and are coming back earlier as well. I can’t blame them. Even in summer it is ... Read More »

Westberry Among Changing Guard

By Don Manley Jory Westberry is moving on to the next phase of her life after 14 years as the principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE). Last week’s end to the school year also marked the close of her tenure at TBE, as well as her 25-year career with the Collier County school district. The move is a painful ... Read More »

Audubon Counts Birds

Submitted Audubon worldwide counted birds on the four day weekend of February 13 through 16. It was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and involved 116 countries, with individual volunteers sitting on their back porches or tramping through their forests, and reporting the number of birds of every species spotted. 42,862 persons in the US participated, identifying 620 species. ... Read More »