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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

PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

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 »

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

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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 steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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 steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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 steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »