Tag Archives: Marco Island Chamber

Christmas Island Style Collectible Ornaments

Photos by Coastal Breeze News Staff: Judges hold the winning entries.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Every year students at Marco Island Charter Middle School are challenged with creating a new design for a Christmas Island Style collectible ornament. The theme for the 2017 ornament was a “Hibiscus Flower” and it received 137 entries. That made the task of choosing a winner very difficult for the judges. Judging took place at ... Read More »

A Day of Gratitude

Photo by Maria Lamb

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy There’s something about water that draws us in. The vista of a lake; the intimacy of a pond. Even a puddle can entice the temptation to connect ... Read More »

Marco Mourns Loss of Dick Shanahan

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island lost one of its most respected citizens late Thursday afternoon with the passing of Richard “Dick” Shanahan when he lost his battle with a disease that he had committed so much time and effort to beating. During the last several years Shanahan and his wife Debra have chaired the Imagination Ball of the American ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers – September Hiatus

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) thanks Joanne Tailele for her August 10th presentation on loglines and pitches. MIWI is taking some time off, and there will be no September meeting. MIWI will be back in October with a panel presentation on First Page Critique. In the meanwhile, everyone is invited to visit MIWI postings on the Marco Island Chamber ... Read More »

Sand Jam 2016: A Hit From Start to Finish

Photo by Frank Steiger

By Don Manley The evening weather wasn’t at its most cooperative, but the rain, thunder and lightning held up long enough for Marco Island’s Fourth of July fireworks at Residents Beach to occur. The annual Marco Island Civic Association’s Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam celebration started early in the day, with a variety of activities, games, music and food for beachgoers ... Read More »

Large Turnout for Evening Beach Clean-up

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Submitted “Our beach is so beautiful and it’s sad to see the trash people leave behind.” Cristina Leske, beach clean-up volunteer. Trash was expected on the beach the day after Memorial Day. The Beach Advisory Committee coordinated the evening clean-up and was joined by over 25 volunteers from Marco’s Sail and Power Squadron. Long-time residents and frequent beach volunteers, Jean ... Read More »

Chamber Raises Fireworks Funds

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each July 4th Marco Island residents and visitors enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on the island. This year, the total cost for the Independence Day fireworks display will be $52,000, a $10,000 increase from prior years. Marco Island City Council voted to contribute $26,000, half of the expense, with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce ... Read More »

Love Your Beach, Support a Beach Clean-Up

Submitted Photos Publix volunteers, Beach Advisory Committee members, city staff, MICA and local residents at the May 14th beach clean-up.

Submitted Publix Super Market volunteers joined members of the Beach Advisory Committee for the May 14th beach clean-up. Their mission was to collect plastic straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic cups and lids and glass bottles. Armed with plastic buckets, grabbers and plastic gloves, this group of determined volunteers wearing their “Love Your Beach” green t-shirts, panned out ... Read More »

Marco Hilton to Get Facelift

A rendering of how a portion of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s pool area will appear, post-renovations. Submitted Photo

By Don Manley  The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s $40 million renovation and expansion project is a plus on many levels, according to Bob Brown, chairman of Marco Island City Council. “Any time one of the major hotels in the area does any renovations, it benefits not only them, but tourists, residents, the community as a whole. Certainly ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News Named Chamber Champion

Photos by Cherie Logan and Samantha Husted

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News has been named the second quarter Chamber Champion by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.  On April 20, publisher Val Simon was surprised with the award at the Chamber After Five event at Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The Chamber Champion is selected by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your ... Read More »

Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

Photos by Scott Schilke

By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities ... Read More »

Marco’s Uphill Battle for COPCN

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By Maureen Chodaba On March 22, Marco Island City Council presented a resolution to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) asking Collier County to support Marco Island’s future application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN), a certificate that would allow Marco Island to provide its own emergency medical services (EMS) paramedic and transport services. Florida state statute ... Read More »

Spirit Award Winners Honored

The Rotary Spirit Awards drew a crowd to Bistro Soleil on February 21, 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Spirit of Marco Island Award Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction was held on February 21st at the Bistro Soleil Restaurant in Old Marco. Two individuals and three couples were honored for “service above self.” Noontime Rotary President Lynne Minozzi and Spirit Award Committee Chair Al Diaz presented awards to Tarik Ayasun, George ... Read More »

Souper Bowl IV Exceeds Expectations

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday February 6, the day before the actual Super Bowl, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their fourth annual “Souper Bowl” event in an effort to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. And though Beyoncé wasn’t available to perform at the Mackle Park Airnasium, hundreds of people showed up to support their ... Read More »

ART ON MARCO

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A festive reception was held the evening of January 27th at The Local Color Art Gallery as host to the artists and sponsors of the 9th “Wet Paint Live” fundraiser sponsored by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Opening remarks were made by the Chamber’s executive director Sandi Riedemann who introduced the artists and sponsors. Wine and champagne greeted the ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2016 is Here!

Some of the beautiful hand-painted bowls which will be sold and filled with soup, at the Souper Bowl February 6. PHOTO BY LANA WITHERS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Souper Bowl is back and we’re not talking football. On Saturday February 6th, 10 different local restaurants will set up shop at the Mackle Park Airnasium, bringing with them 20 gallons of soup each. The event, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in order to benefit ... Read More »

Parker Installed as Chamber President

Leadership Marco students graduated on January 17 at Hideaway.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Hideaway Beach Club was again the beautiful setting for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Installation of the 2016 Board of Directors and Graduation of Leadership Marco Class of 2015 on January 17. Executive Director Sandi Riedemann welcomed guests, and along with 2015 President Dick Shanahan, graduated an enthusiastic Leadership Marco class. Calling themselves graduates ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Returns!

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Submitted The year, the students and staff from Tommie Barfield Elementary, Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and Marco Island Parks and Recreation have joined the Souper Bowl committee to hand paint one thousand bowls for this “Souper” annual event. The beautifully decorated bowls will be available for sale at Mackle Park for $15 each ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue 50th Anniversary Book

Submitted City Council Chairman, Bob Brown, was presented with the 50th Anniversary of the Marco Island Fire Rescue commemorative book by Dianna Dohm, Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president. The book is available for sale at Fire Station 50, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Historical Museum, Keep in Touch, Mutual Bank of Omaha and the Coastal ... Read More »