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Blue Mangrove celebrates

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Happy Birthday to you! On December 6, Blue Mangrove Gallery appropriately celebrated its sixth year in business. The Golden Birthday was honored by a wine and cheese event at the gallery, featuring well known artist Tara O’Neill. Six years ago, Christie Marcoplos, owner of Blue Mangrove Gallery called on her friend and artist, Tara O’Neill to present her work for the opening of the gallery. “I was [Christie’s] first opening act,” explained O’Neill. “When I opened my studio in the Esplanade, it seemed redundant to both of us to have my art in both places. But ... Read More »

REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community

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By Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com  On Wednesday, November 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a church which first opened 46 years earlier in November of 1966, many old timers came together to celebrate the life of a Modern Marco pioneer – Helen Tateo. She and her husband, Vince, moved to Marco Island in August of 1966, just a little over a year and a half after the official grand opening of the Island on January 31, 1965. They had first visited in February of 1966 and within eight months moved here permanently, bringing with them their three young sons: Paul, age ... Read More »

CELEBRATING CITYHOOD Honoring Fifteen Years as the City of Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On August 28, 1997, by just 181 votes, Marco Islanders elected to become a city. Seven members were subsequently elected to the City Council, a City Manager and staff were hired, and the huge task of becoming a city was underway. With the invaluable assistance of 75 citizens who volunteered to serve on various start-up committees, the structure of the city took shape. The new City Council took on everything from architecture to zoning. It was not easy. There were serious problems with the Island’s infrastructure. Bridges and roads needed repair, storm drainage was inadequate, ... Read More »