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Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

New Public Relations Director for Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today appointment of local attorney William G. Morris as Public Relations Director for the Center. Morris is past president and a current member of the Board of Directors. Morris is a volunteer providing services that were previously provided by paid staff. The appointment is intended to streamline communication between the Center and the press. Morris will be responsible for preparing and transmitting information about Center events to local media and to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Morris assumes these responsibilities in addition to his volunteer efforts as a director and full time employment as a Marco Island attorney. The ... Read More »

A Super Day for a Souper Bowl

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The beautiful Southwest Florida winter weather brought the Marco Island community out in droves on Saturday, Jan. 31, to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Souper Bowl-Marco 2015. The event, which raises funds for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund through the sale of original, hand-painted soup bowls, entertained and fed more than 1,000 islanders. In fact, folks were lined up a half-hour before the 11 AM start, and received a front row seat of the event preparations, which included CJ’s on the Bay Chef Laura Owen testing all of the soups to make ... Read More »

Construction, Charity Abounds in Collier County

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The HUGE Reef Project has begun! Surely you have all read about the kick-off event and the project, but many of you did not know that attending these initial events were Florida Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Nancy (everybody loves) Richie, Marco Island City Council Vice Chairman Bob Brown, City Council Chairman Larry Sacher, City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Bernadette (need I say more than Bernadette?), many members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and of course, yours truly. Have you been watching the huge piles of construction material that comes and goes every day of the week ... Read More »

Cutting the Ribbon on Xcel Fitness

The ribbon cutting marked the official grand opening of Xcel Fitness Spa, one of the newer businesses on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce membership rolls.

By Don Manley It’s a case of so far, so good for Xcel Fitness Spa, Marco Island’s newest, large-scale exercise center. Located in a 6,300-square-foot space in the Shops of Marco, off San Marco Road, Xcel has attracted a loyal following since opening last Feburary, said the business’ owner, Eddy Hoyo. “Here we are 11 months later and business is great,” he said recently. “We had a great summer sign-up from residents and season’s starting now, and we’re getting a great response from our out-of-towners. So we’re looking forward to a great season and growing Xcel in the best it ... Read More »

Sponsors Needed

Submitted Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite local businesses to consider an affordable $50 sponsorship for the Eighth Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of fine art plein-air painting followed by an evening of celebration and live auction to benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Marco Island serves as the backdrop for this Feb. 11 event, with up to 20artists capturing the essence of the island community while painting from several picturesque locations. The public is invited to visit the artists as they create their works around the area, and a map of ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2015

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Right now, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are preparing to go to battle in the University of Phoenix Stadium during the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1. On Marco Island, nine restaurants and one culinary arts program are prepping for their own competition, as they get ready to participate in Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mackle Park from 11 AM-1 PM. A bowl pre-sale event only for parents of students who created a bowl is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30. Bowls are $10 each. Now ... Read More »

Dick Shanahan: 2015 Chamber President

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By Don Manley It would be hard to top the community involvement of Dick Shanahan. The long-time Marco resident has been part of virtually every civic and fraternal organization to be found on the island, often serving as president — in some cases, multiple times. However, the presidency of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce had been one job he has not held, at least until now. Shanahan will be sworn in as the organization’s president for 2015 at its annual installation dinner, set for Jan. 18 at the Hideaway Country Club. “My goals are to continue the growth pattern ... Read More »

Local Artists Create for Souper Bowl 2015

A sampling of the artist made bowls auctioned during the 2014 Souper Bowl-Marco Island event.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Eight local artists are letting their creative juices flow for Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015. Each artist has designed and painted his or own soup bowl for the event’s silent auction, fashioning one-of-a-kind pottery to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its third year, Souper Bowl-Marco Island has raised more than to $26,000 during it first two events through the sale of more than 1,800 soup bowls. Thanks for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, seven scholarships were awarded last year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Marco: Helping Hands Sending Kids to College

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It takes a lot of money to send a kid to college these days. In fact, the College Board recently reported that for the 2013-2014 academic year the cost of one year at a moderately-priced in-state public college was $22,826, and annual private college tuition averaged $44,750. For those college-bound students seeking financial aid, the need translates to student loans, grants and scholarships, and on Marco Island, scholarships from local charitable organizations are shining examples of how people in a community can lend a hand to help college dreams come true. So, how many of ... Read More »

2014 Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Competition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme for this year’s Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Contest was the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. Sixth and seventh graders at Marco Island Charter Middle School submitted 75 works of art to be considered by the judges. This year’s first place winner will have their design on the official 2015 Christmas ornament. The judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Distinguished judges made the rounds around the room to view each entry before voting for their favorites and tallying up the votes. The judging was done by State Representative ... Read More »

I Do Windows!

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Sherri Medeiros has a knack for seeing things more clearly, especially when it comes to her business, See-Thru Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Scratch and Waterstain Removal Inc. For 15 years, See-Thru has offered professional cleaning and glass restoration services to homeowners and businesses on Marco Island and surrounding communities. “I especially enjoy providing superior service to a diverse and interesting clientele,” Sherri says. “I love when a client looks through the clean glass and is amazed at the difference we made. I employ a professional team of window cleaners and pressure washers, many of whom have worked for my company ... Read More »

John R. Wood Properties Holds Ribbon-Cutting, Adds Agents

Local real estate professionals, Managing Broker George Percel and Chamber supporters lined up to welcome the newest John R. Wood real estate office.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Wednesday, July 16, was a good day for John R. Wood Properties. That was the day that the legendary John R. Wood cut the ribbon on the real estate firm’s new Marco Island office, located at 1000 N. Collier Blvd. As managing broker of John R. Wood-Marco Island, George A. Percel welcomed everyone to the ribbon-cutting, including founding owner John Wood, representatives from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). Wood toasted the opening, citing the positive impact the real estate industry has had on the Florida ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Chamber Announces Scholarship Recipients

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s May After Five event delivered a special surprise to seven lucky Lely High School seniors. Held at CJ’s on the Bay, this year’s Chamber of Commerce Scholarship winners were announced at the monthly gathering. In what has now become tradition, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce was honored to announce the 2014 recipients. A chamber committee held the daunting task of choosing the scholarship winners. So many students were qualified that narrowing it down to seven was incredibly difficult. In the end, those chosen proved to be quality students and ... Read More »

Become a ‘Marco Island Specialist’

The Marco Island Specialist Designation class welcomes new agents and seasoned veterans. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors is offering a new designation for local Realtors. Agents who complete the four-module course “to learn all things Marco Island” will receive a “Specialist Designation” through the MIAAOR. Currently, the local Realtor group is conducting its inaugural class now, and the course will be offered twice a year, May and October. “The ‘Marco Island Specialist Designation,’ like any other leadership development course, will help each Realtor member garner more knowledge about their surrounding area and those businesses who support our real estate community, ultimately benefitting the clients they ... Read More »

Terracina Grand Breaks Ground

(Left to right) John Schwaner, vice president of sales and marketing for The Goodman Group; Peter Hendrickson, executive director of Terracina Grand; Mark Fisher, vice president of JBG Design & Development; Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner; Betty Becker, president of Resident Council for Terracina Grand; Dr. Ronald Garry, medical director and geriatrician; John Goodman, chairman of The Goodman Group; and David Slutzker, regional director of operations for The Goodman Group. PHOTOS BY RANDALL KENNETH JONES

By Randall Kenneth Jones As the shovels hit the dirt at the Jan. 15 groundbreaking of Terracina Grand’s new two-story memory care building near the corner of Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road, those in attendance were left to wonder. Is this construction project just another in a long list of new development projects popping up in Collier County — or was Terracina Grand literally breaking much more important ground in an effort to proactively plan for the future residential and medical needs of those requiring specialized memory care in our community? Afterwards, few would argue that the latter was ... Read More »

Marco Island Chamber Year in Review

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Submitted What a year for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Once again, in its 36th year, the Chamber devoted itself to helping the needy as well as representing the business community and fostering tourism and commerce. 2013 saw the Chamber build on the success of past programs and institute new ones for the benefit of the Marco Island community. President Nancy Carrington reflected on her year in office: “With a professional staff of only three people, supported by 35 superb non-paid volunteers, our Chamber produced outstanding results. Our ‘Souper Bowl’ brought out the imagination and talent of students from ... Read More »

Upland Adventures

White sand banks of the Blackwater River, a result of quartz  erosion from the Appalachian Mountains. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville I’m always telling my family and friends that the two best months of the year in Florida are November and April. So, when I woke up on November 13 and it was 30 degrees outside with a windchill of 24 degrees, I thought, “What!!! In Florida?? Mid November!?” You bet. Along with my wife Cathy (also a Master Naturalist and a full-time nurse at Physician Regional’s Marco Island Clinic), I took a trip to Florida’s panhandle to explore a few upland habitats. We experienced that cruel weather while staying in the Destin area. When we stepped out ... Read More »