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Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »

Florida Lifestyle at the Charter Club of Marco Beach®

Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing—Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing— 
and free lessons with USCG captains. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many owners at The Charter Club of Marco Beach® have been enjoying this six-acre beachfront playground for years. Now the world is discovering what vacation homeowners have known all along—that The Charter Club of Marco Beach® is among the top vacation destinations anywhere. Imagine starting the day with breakfast on your private balcony overlooking Marco Beach, watching staff hoist the sails on the resort’s fleet of Hobie Cat sailboats. Later you may choose to enjoy a sailboat, paddleboard, kayak or windsurfer—all free to you as our pampered guest. USCG captains are available to teach you how to sail or ... Read More »

Building Paradise: Q&A with Herb Savage

Herb Savage sits in his office where he keeps memorabilia, amazing photographs and architectural plans. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Many Marco Island residents know Herb Savage. The man has lived here since 1979, but his legacy on Marco Island supersedes that date. As the official architect to the Mackle Brothers, Savage helped create the vision that is now Marco Island. Approaching his 95th birthday on January 6, Coastal Breeze News asked Savage to sit down and share some of his memories of building an island, thoughts on how Marco has grown over the years and how it feels to be surprised by a birthday party thrown in his honor at the Rose History Auditorium at ... Read More »

FINDING LOST TREASURE

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenws.com Ron Lord is a familiar face on Marco’s beaches. He’s also a familiar face on the beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs and Sanibel. However, it’s probably not his face that you’ve noticed, but rather the large metal detector he carries, searching for lost treasure. Ron has been combing the beaches of Southwest Florida for 35 years. “I moved to Naples when Marco Island was just a swamp,” Ron explains. “When I got here, you still had to take the ferry to get onto the island.” The then-fishing guide was sent to Vietnam and upon return was ... Read More »

OUR BEACH CONTINUES TO BE UNAFFECTED BY OIL SPILL

Last Sunday, beach lovers basked in the sun and frolicked in the Gulf waters, enjoying our typical June warm, sunny weather. Although tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon spill have reached the shore in Pensacola, over 700 miles from Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast, there have been no reports of oil reaching beyond northwest Florida. There is no impact on the beaches of Marco Island. According to Mac Chaudhry, GM of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort, “Our guests are having a great time enjoying our beautiful, pristine beach.” According to the June 14 update at www.colliergov.net, observations by NOAA continue to ... Read More »