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Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

Erin’s Isle Hosts Chamber After Five

The chamber’s president-elect Alex Parker, with Katie O’Hara (left) and past president Jacquie Koon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 21 islanders left the rock to attend the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce After Five Networking Event at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Irish Pub in Naples. The monthly networking event allows guests to mingle and hand out business cards while socializing at a local venue. Ninety-one guests were in attendance, according to Sandi Riedemann, Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. She says, “Erin’s Isle always does a nice job. Everything was delightful.” Erin’s Isle opened its dining area and treated guests to a lavish buffet. Fresh roasted turkey and pork, ... Read More »

Getting Fired Up for Souper Bowl 2016!

Joann Herndon (left) and Ann Vreeland help to get ready for Souper Bowl 2016. In the background, Barney Halaschak at the kiln.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016 is around the corner, and volunteers are busy firing up the ceramic soup bowls they anticipate will sell out at the event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 11 AM – 1 PM at Mackle Park. Expectations are that it will surpass last year’s sell-out. The chamber’s Donna Niemczyk tells us that organizers “plan on having 1,200 bowls this year” for the anticipated crowd. Now that the soup bowls have been painted, firing parties are taking place. On Friday October 16 volunteers ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Celebrates 35 Years


Submitted In celebration of its 35th anniversary, and to honor its valued customers, Marco Island Florist and Gifts is giving a complimentary rose to every person who comes into the shop on Saturday, October 17, between 9 AM and 5 PM. Throughout the day refreshments will be served and the shop will feature a design table where residents can watch professional floral designers at work and learn decorating tips and flower names. Those who stop by can also enter a drawing to receive a flower arrangement delivered to their home or office every month for a year. “We’ve enjoyed helping ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Law Enforcement Day

The day starts with a tour  of the police station. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 7, 2015, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco 2015 class attended their fifth session- Law Enforcement Day. In the morning, the Marco Island Police Department’s Chief Al Schettino and Captain Dave Baer welcomed the students at breakfast, and provided them with an overview. The Leadership Marco students were given station tours at the police department, and had the opportunity to learn about various law enforcement topics and procedures. Some of the subjects presented included traffic stops, crime scene processing and marine enforcement, which is particularly relevant to island living and the ... Read More »

Kiwanis Reconvenes With Tim Clune at the Helm

Chamber President Dick Shanahan was the weekly speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on September 24.

Submitted On Thursday mornings if you drive by Stonewalls at 7:30 AM you will find a packed parking lot. If you venture inside you will find a room full of some of the nicest people you can find, and a breakfast worth waking up early for. After a brief summer respite, Kiwanis has resumed their weekly breakfast meetings. On September 24 the gavel was passed from Dianna Dohm to Tim Clune, this year’s Kiwanis president. Tim told us that the goals for this year are to “continue helping the children of our community.” Kiwanis fundraising events include the Seafood Festival, ... Read More »

Lutgert Networks

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served to guests.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Lutgert Insurance and Lutgert Title hosted a meet and greet networking event. The event was held at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Marco Island location at the Esplanade. Over 30 people, including realtors, insurance agents and members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce were present. “Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the most successful business entities in the world,” said Lutgert Title Marketing Director Craig Kelley. “Lutgert Insurance has been on the island for a number of years, and Lutgert Title is excited about its new opportunity. We’re very happy to join this ... Read More »

On Education Day, Leadership Marco Goes Back to School

Students find time for a group photo in between tours at Lely High School. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Wednesday, September 9 brought another day of learning to the Leadership Marco Class of 2015. The Leadership Marco (LM) students started their Education and Youth Day in Naples, with a breakfast and tour of Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, which offers programs of study from airplane mechanics to veterinary assisting. LM student Steven Purcell said he found it “amazing all the options students have,” also noting that the classes seemed more job-oriented “catering to careers in all areas.” The Leadership Marco class travelled to Lely High School, where they met with Lely’s new principal, Ryan Nemeth. After a presentation, ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: A Good Kind of Summer School

from left) Dianna Shearer – Independent Brokers Realty, Cathy Price McConville – Physician’s Regional Marco Island, Tracey Petricca – Coldwell Banker, Elisabeth Novakovich – Naples Daily News, Laura Schneider – Iberiabank.

By Steve Gimmestad The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together. Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment. Leadership Class of ... Read More »

Networking, Food and Fun at the Chamber’s July After Five

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, Nikkie Sardelli. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano hosted the Chamber’s After Five networking event on July 15, which attracted 95 attendees, a great summer turnout. A few new faces were seen along with the familiar ones. This was Nikkie Sardelli’s first After Five event. Nikkie is the newest addition to the Marco Island American Cancer Society, filling the position of Coordinator- Division Office and Event Support. She thought the After Five event was “wonderful” and a “great way to meet everyone in the community.” Owners Juan and Marisol Cortazar and Arturo Perez outdid themselves. The food was plentiful and ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Souper Bowl Marco 2016!

Desiree Buhelos helps volunteers paint bowls for the upcoming Souper Bowl Marco 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff While many folks were sleeping on Saturday morning, July 11, volunteers filled the Mackle Park Teen Center, painting bowls for the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016. The fundraising event is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Leadership Marco scholarship fund. Hand painted ceramic bowls are sold to event attendees, who can then sample a variety of delicious soups prepared by local restaurants and chefs. Over $20,000 was awarded to Marco Island high school students last year. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jada Shigley and Desiree Buhelos. They are preparing ... Read More »

Fourth of July Fireworks Ready With a Bang

By Don Manley Marco Island’s annual Fourth of July community fireworks display is all set to go. Also on tap are the same Independence Day festivities at Residents’ Beach that have become a tradition for island residents and visitors. Fundraising for the fireworks display, which is put on by the City of Marco Island, was spearheaded by the Marco Island Civic Association and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Sandi Riedemann, the chamber’s executive director, said the $42,000 cost of this year’s fireworks display was secured about two weeks ago, thanks to a $21,000 contribution from the City of Marco ... Read More »

Glory of the Grape – All Praise for Chef Laura

The Chamber’s Sandi Riedemann and Donna Niemczyk greet guests at the Glory of the Grape event on June 7.

Submitted There was no shortage of wine lovers at the annual Glory of the Grape event. And if you weren’t a wine lover on arrival, you were by the time you left. The sold-out event, to benefit the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, took place at CJ’s on the Bay on Sunday, June 7. Five stations were set up in the restaurant, where there were 16 carefully selected wines, paired with complimenting hors d’oeuvres. CJ’s Chef Laura Owen had been planning the event for two months, tasting between 45 and 50 wines before making the final selections. Chef Laura tells ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support of Marco Island Referendum Petition on Rental Ordinance 15-01


Rental Ordinance Circulating for Marco Island Voter Signatures After receiving petition approval from the Marco Island City attorney, the Committee to Repeal the Ordinance has sent electronic versions of the petition and ordinance to concerned residents and organizations for distribution. The Committee chose multiple distribution channels including email from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (link available for petition download with instructions); the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (links for download); website download, and hardcopy versions of the petition at many public locations. What Interested Voters and Taxpayers Can Do Residents who have received an electronic copy of the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald R. Swiacki


Regarding the Petition to Repeal the Rental Ordinance Shame on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.   The Chamber has aligned itself with the Realtors in an effort to damage the homeowners of Marco Island. The Chamber is assisting in gathering petition signatures to repeal the rental ordinance. They are attempting scare tactics to gather signatures by telling homeowners that their property values will decrease if the ordinance goes into effect.   On the contrary, property values will increase because it will create accountability for rental properties. A person wishing to buy a house or a condo will know that they can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Property Owners Board of Directors


The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) rejects the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s petition drive to repeal the recently passed Rental Ordinance The Chamber of Commerce, together with a group of self-interested realtors, has made the political decision to support a challenge against the City Council’s passage of the Rental Ordinance. The Chamber has acquired a mailing list of Marco Island voters and is actively soliciting voters to sign a petition demanding repeal of the ordinance. The Chamber claims this is to improve the quality of life on Marco Island. The Chamber’s definition of quality of life appears to be ... Read More »

Marco Students Benefit from Chamber Scholarships

Marco Island Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ten Marco Island high school graduates were made very happy by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The ten were chosen to receive scholarships thanks to the Chamber’s Leadership Marco committee which hold events such as Wet Paint Live to fund the scholarships. Students from Lely High School, Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann applied. The Education Committee is tasked with reviewing the applications and interviewing candidates, then naming the recipients. The 2015 scholarship winners and their families were celebrated at an event held at CJ’s on the Bay on Wednesday, May 20th. Dick ... Read More »

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


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 »