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Not Our Finest Hour

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those that have followed the political landscape on Marco Island during the last six months, the events leading up to the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt should not have come as a surprise. Hernstadt was not the favorite of the slate of four who swept to victory on November 8th, and ... Read More »

Everglades Update: Restorations

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Join Bob at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Grace Place: New Appointments

Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden Gate City announced that it has hired Barbara J. Wilson to lead its marketing and communications efforts and Chrissie Missal to manage the volunteer experience initiatives at the nonprofit organization. Ms. Wilson brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, business development, consulting, media relations, social marketing, development and public relations ... Read More »

Finding Neverland…The Marsh Trails

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “Second star to the right and ... Read More »

Beach Clean-Ups Show Love for Our Beaches

Submitted Join the Beach Advisory Committee and volunteers at the upcoming February beach clean-ups, which will take place on February 4th and February 18th at 8 AM, at South Beach on Marco Island. For more information click the Boards & Committees tab on the City of Marco Island website (cityofmarcoisland.com), and select “Beach Advisory Committee.” 8 Ways to Love Our ... Read More »

MIA Athletes Excel in the Classroom, Rank High in the State

By Barry Gwinn Marco Island Academy (MIA), only six years old, has been recognized by the State of Florida as an “A” high performing school, and by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of the nation’s most challenging high schools. “But how are our athletes doing?” wondered Kelly Monnot, MIA’s athletic director since August 2015 “How do ... Read More »

Defining the Dink

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com One of the most misunderstood aspects of the sport of pickleball, especially for beginners, is the utilization of the seven-foot, no volley zone, aka the kitchen. I personally don’t like to refer to it as a “no volley zone,” for two reasons. Number one, I am a “glass is half full” type of person. ... Read More »

Busy Real Estate Season Predicted

By Michael O’Rourke, MIAAOR President Everyone loves to see the full year real estate comparisons for the most recent year versus prior year. But before you dig in to all the details on 2016 in review, allow me to share an insight about what we are currently experiencing. 2015 was a very strong year for real estate on Marco Island. ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera presents Speed Dating Tonight!

Gulfshore Opera is proud to present the Southwest Florida premiere of a new American music theatre piece, Speed Dating Tonight!. An immersive, interactive comedy in one act, this extraordinary work tells the story of ordinary people looking for love in a post-millennial world.  Set in a nightclub with jazz ensemble accompaniment, Speed Dating Tonight! provides a perfect fusion of opera, ... Read More »

Marco Tennis Team Competes at State Championships

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island YMCA Women’s 18 and over 7.5 combination tennis team recently competed at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The women competed against other teams from throughout the state of Florida for the state championship title. There were a total of 18 teams present that weekend. The ladies fought hard, eventually coming in ... Read More »

A New Beginning…

Editorials and Opinions: BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Without a doubt, the most important event in a democracy is holding free elections. In democracies all around the world and in our country, leaders and representatives are elected by the votes of the citizens. This basic democratic principle does not apply in places like North Korea, Cuba and some African countries ... Read More »

Guarding Our Planet – Are We in Trouble?

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  I am worried, truly worried, about ... Read More »

JW Marriott Designation Expected to Enhance Marco Economy

By Don Manley Marco Island’s economy should receive a boost by the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa ascension to the more upscale JW Marriott brand. The resort’s new designation as the JW Marriott Marco Island, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States, took effect Jan. 1. An update on the $320 million ... Read More »

A Hometown Visit

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m from a small town in west central Iowa. My husband and I both grew up there. We were born in the same hospital where our four children were also born. For 50 years, Carroll was our home. We grew a business there. We established friendships in grade school that have lasted through ... Read More »

Center for the Arts January Exhibits

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts January exhibit features the art of Betsy Ross Koller. The exhibit will include a broad sampling of Betsy’s flower and alpine motifs, based on her years in Switzerland. The exhibit will also include work displaying idyllic charm of rural Ohio, where Betsy was born and raised. Private collectors own most of her ... Read More »

Hilton Grand Opening Set for January

Submitted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will hold a grand opening January to mark the completion of a $40 million expansion and renovation project. Among the project’s components was the addition of 23 suites to increase the room count to 310 at the 11-story resort. Included is the introduction of all-new, oversized luxury family suites with connecting ... Read More »

Planning to Give

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ~William Wordsworth Question: What are the best ways to make gifts to charitable organizations? Answer: That’s a common question that comes up each year around the holidays. For that reason, let’s review how to best fulfill your charitable inclinations and make a difference ... Read More »

Play the Percentages

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The sports of tennis and pickleball have a lot in common. As an instructor, I feel the biggest common denominator of both sports is having proper understanding of and being able to execute high percentage play. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I’ve said it before, “Unforced errors are ... Read More »

Head Tennis Coach Needed For Special Olympics

Special Olympics of Collier County is in urgent need of a head tennis coach for its upcoming season, which runs from January 7 through May 21, 2017. The coach will be responsible, along with several assistant coaches, for one practice per week, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Greater Naples YMCA. The head coach must be ... Read More »