Tag Archives: Marco Island

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Who Let the DOGS OUT? | Mutts & Martinis at the Esplanade

By Maureen Chodaba  Who let the dogs out? Marco Island, that’s who, as dozens of gussied up canines and their well dressed owners recently took to the stage at the Esplanade! The event was a benefit for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Awards were given to Lori Harris and Isabella for Best Dressed, Best in Show to Paige Wood of ... Read More »

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

MIHS Receives Prestigious NEH Grant

Submitted When Austin Bell received a phone call from a Washington, DC area code on December 6, 2016, he thought about ignoring it. He was literally in the middle of installing the Marco Island Historical Museum’s new Pioneer Era exhibit and wasn’t expecting any calls, but something told him to answer. “I thought it was probably another robo-caller,” says Bell, ... Read More »

Furnish Your Home with Quality

By Jesus Calo  The good life starts with a good night’s sleep. Being the only mattress store on the island makes for good business, but that does not stop Marco Island Mattress (MI Mattress) from expanding its showroom with a full line of furniture. The best deal cannot be found online but inside the Marco Island store. After over a ... Read More »

Optimist Club to Host Lokahi Luau

Submitted The Optimist Club of Marco Island will host its second annual awards benefit dinner on April 22nd at the JW Marriott on Marco Island. Building on the vision for the organization to unite the families on Marco Island around youth sports, the theme for the dinner is a “Lokahi Luau.” In Polynesian, Lokahi means to “unite families,” and that ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Fire Extinguishers on Your Boat

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  The US Coast Guard has regulations for the minimum number of extinguishers the average boat needs to have onboard. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend you carry an additional extinguisher above the minimum. US Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire ... Read More »

Spring Has Sprung, Your Diamonds Shouldn’t

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Spring is in the air, and so is the humidity. The crowds are beginning to wane and traffic is becoming bearable. It’s also time to clean and check your fine jewelry. By fine jewelry, I mean your gold, platinum and gemstone jewelry. It’s time to check the important components that hold your gemstones in the ... Read More »

Marco Real Estate Builds Momentum

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® During the month of February our market continued to realize an increase in activity when compared to prior year same time frame, according to the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service.  Closed sales for home-sites and condos surged ahead of prior year. Properties under contract ... Read More »

Stick and Move

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” ~ Zen Proverb One day, a couple of years ago, I backed out of my driveway to run a few errands. Seatbelt on. XM Radio tuned in. Sunglasses in place. I was headed down a main thoroughfare here on the island when ... Read More »

Nominations for Marco in Bloom

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The deadline to submit your nominations for the 2017 Annual Marco In Bloom Awards is Wednesday, April 19. Through Marco in Bloom Awards, the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) will recognize the individuals, businesses, organizations, and neighborhoods that beautify Marco Island. Further information and applications are available online at www.cityofmarcoisland.com. To nominate a property, complete an ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

BINGO at JCMI

Maria Galton from Canastota, New York receives her big winnings from Marvin Klein, Bingo Committee member, at Monday’s Bingo held weekly at the JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive. Bingo was closed April 10 for Passover but will resume on April 17 – doors will open at 5:30 PM and the first game is called at 7 PM. Call 239-642-0800 for more information. Shirley Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, ... Read More »

Breaking News: Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament

The Italian American Society and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department hosted 16 bocce teams for the annual Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament. In addition to the first place team (pictured), the other winning teams are: Second Place: Carol Forest, Bill Forest, Fran Kavcic and Zanka Grajazl. Third Place: Lilia and Gino Pasquinelli, Giovanna Pedrelli and ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Raises $200,000 for Habitat Collier

Submitted Each year, the United Church of Marco Island celebrates Habitat month in February. Throughout the month, they ask members of their congregation to come together and donate in an effort to help Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This year, their goal was to raise $100,000. By timing the donations to Habitat just right, the church not only met ... Read More »