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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 of all ages. Scores of residents and visitors filled the beach, enjoying pleasant weather during the daylight hours. Children played tug-of-war, built sandcastles, and competed in hula-hoop and limbo contests. By far, one of the favorite contests of the day ... 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 and Paul O’Neill, came to make sure our sea turtles have a clean beach to welcome them ashore. Per Mary Nelson’s weekly report, the number of turtle nests was down for the month of May. Mary McIntosh of the Calusa ... 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 paying the other half. The Chamber of Commerce has successfully raised the balance of $26,000, and at the June 7th city council meeting Executive Director Sandi Riedemann and President Alex Parker presented a check for $16,000 to Marco Island City ... 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 in all directions. Why is beach clean-up so important? Because we all care about our environment! Nature has given us clean air, clean water, a beautiful pristine beach, all for free. Picking up trash on our beaches once a month, ... 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 the Hilton brought forth a site development plan that shows they’re very committed to make the hotel one of the best the area.” Alex Parker, president of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, agreed. “Ultimately, it will be a great ... 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 Alliance Committee as a way to recognize and thank a chamber member that is successful in business and also gives back to the community. Coastal Breeze News was nominated for this award because of the many nonprofit organizations it supports, ... 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 life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... 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 and locations include the island’s boat tours, Keewaydin Island, Mackle Park and South Marco and Tigertail Beaches. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Alex Parker was not surprised that Marco was selected for the 2016 TripAdvisor Top 10 Islands – ... 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 requires that a municipality obtain a COPCN via the county to provide EMS services. At this time, Marco Island and Collier County EMS work together in an interlocal agreement. Some concerns of the future of this agreement have come about ... 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 and Mary Baron, Ron and Pat Rutledge and Tom and Lori Wagor. Award winner Ben Farnsworth was recovering from bypass surgery in the hospital, but his daughter Jane attended to receive his award while he listened, and spoke to the ... 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 community, and to eat lots and lots of soup provided by the ten different local restaurants. It started as a cool, overcast day – a perfect morning for hot, homemade soup. Hundreds of people lined up, spilling out onto the ... 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 many artists and guests while a fabulously decorated buffet table offered guests a variety southern style food all cooked by Clark Shaw from “secret” family recipes.   This supreme buffet menu included: Olives imported from Spain and wrapped in cheddar ... 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 Leadership Marco’s scholarship fund. Last year through the Souper Bowl, as well as the organization’s other event Wet Paint LIVE, Leadership Marco was able to raise an impressive $20,000 for students. Each year 20 to 30 local high schoolers apply ... 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 are: Lynn Alexander, Marisa Cleveland, Patrick Corkhill, Catherine McConville, Elizabeth Novakovich, Tracey Petricca, Steven Purcell, Laura Schneider, Melissa Scott, Dianna Schearer, Ryan Williams and Rev. Dr. Mark Williams. Leadership Marco Chairpersons Charlette Roman and Lana Withers were recognized for their ... 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 on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 11 AM. Attendees buying bowls will also have the opportunity to sample fine homemade soups from Big Cypress Culinary, Ciao Bella, CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marker 8.5, Petit Soleil, Philly Grille, ... 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 Breeze News office. The book contains the history of the department, major incidents, community outreach, training, equipment, personal stories and so much more. Read More »

Art Around Marco Island

Alley Gator and Residence Beach by Karen Swanker. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Next time you’re standing in line at the library to check out a book, or in the bank conducting business, or taking in a theater performance, or visiting the Chamber of Commerce, take time to really look at and enjoy the wonderful pieces of art displayed in these unexpected places. Did you know that you could own the art as well? Original artwork by a local artist is more than just decoration; it creates a special connection between you and your community. Local Color at the Library The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the ... Read More »

Leadership 2015 Ends, 2016 Co-Chairs Chosen

Collier County Manager Leo Ochs addresses the leadership class.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff December 2, “Government Day,” marked the end of Leadership Marco 2015. On their last day of class, students spent the day learning about Collier County government, both in Naples and on Marco Island. Speakers at the Collier County Government Center included Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, Commissioner Donna Fiala and Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. Presentations were also given by the county’s director of zoning, tax collector, property appraiser and clerk of courts. Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie met with students in her courtroom, asking them to think about “how to make a difference” in ... Read More »

Chamber Gala & Awards

Allyson Richards addresses the crowd after being named Volunteer of the Year.

Submitted On December 6 the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their Christmas Gala at Bistro Soleil, and presented three annual awards. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Monte Lazarus, posthumously, and accepted by his wife Sandi Riedemann. Monte, an attorney, civic leader and magistrate, made innumerable contributions to Marco Island and the community. Jane Watt, founder and board chair for Marco Island Academy and author of “Fighting For Kids” was awarded Citizen of the Year. Marco Island’s Volunteer of the Year is Allyson Richards. Allyson is the Board President of the Greater Marco Island YMCA, and volunteers and ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »