Tag Archives: Marco Island Chamber

Letter to the Editor: Chamber Requests Removal of Rios From TDC

Our understanding of the mission of the City Council is to protect the interest, safety and reputation of the citizens, businesses and visitors of Marco Island. Each of you have a seat and represent the Island on our county boards. The words and actions of our City Council have a direct economic impact on our quality of life and your ... Read More »

Beach Yoga Gives Back

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Experienced yogis, novices and curious first-timers are all welcome to experience the many benefits of yoga at a community beach class. On Saturday, April 15, come to beautiful South Beach on Marco Island at 8:30 AM and enjoy an hour of community yoga on the beach. Yoga practice takes on new dimensions on the soft ... Read More »

From Big Flag to Caxambas Republican Club President

Submitted In 2011, the Big Flag campaign spawned from an idea to put a giant American flag where the new Jolly Bridge met land on the Marco Island side of the bridge. Former Big Flag Chairman Dave Rice was quoted as saying, “We will never take any public money for the operation or the upkeep of the flag. We’re going ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Planning for the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival has been underway for months. All this effort means that everything you LOVE about the Seafood and Music Festival will remain, but, a couple of BRAND NEW features will surely knock your socks off! Being coined as “events within an event,” it couldn’t be more ... Read More »

Get Ready for Marco Island’s Seafood & Music Festival

By Dianna Dohm The island’s most attended and highly anticipated event, the annual Seafood & Music Festival, returns on March 24-26 to Veteran’s Community Park in the center of Marco Island. It has been eight years since Stan Niemczyk, a Rotarian with the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary club, realized his dream for a major fundraiser, and created the Marco Island ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island churches, for more than three decades, have come together to hold a prayer breakfast, acknowledging the need for God’s blessing in our community’s affairs. The 34th Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 AM at the JW Marriott Beach Resort, Palms Ballroom. Music ... Read More »

Smiles and Tears as Chaudhry Departs

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Mac Chaudhry the day had to be bittersweet last Sunday. The longtime manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa would gaze out amongst 150-200 family, friends and co-workers who would assemble in the newly renovated dining facility to wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. ... Read More »

Super Bowl V Returns

By Samantha Husted Despite construction and limited parking, hundreds came out to Mackle Park to participate in the annual Souper Bowl event. The Souper Bowl, now in its fifth year, is a Marco Island Chamber of Commerce organized event. Traditionally the Souper Bowl takes place the Saturday before the actual Super Bowl, an event that is notably lacking in soup. ... Read More »

Chamber Moves Forward After ‘Game Changers’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday evening, January 28, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held its Installation of 2017 Board of Directors and Graduation of Leadership Marco Class of 2016, at the elegant Hideaway Beach Club. Chamber President Alex Parker III welcomed guests and spoke of what he called the “game changing” events of 2016. Parker began with ... Read More »

Busy Season in Progress

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The last tour of this season is coming up on Wednesday, February 15th at 3 PM, and this will be an unusual tour. We will tour the medical examiner’s facility. I bet many of you didn’t even know we had a medical examiner in Collier County. It is located in the Industrial Park off Airport Road, ... Read More »

Networking After Five

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held its first Monthly After Five networking event for 2017 on January 18. Hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society, the event was well attended by old and new faces.  Pinchers, the newest addition to the Marco restaurant scene, served up a delicious buffet for guests. Dianna Dohm, a ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Collectible Ornaments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 »