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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »