Tag Archives: Monday

Mercer Group Withdraws From Manager Search

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The search for a city manager took another turn on Monday morning when councilors received an email from W.D. Higginbotham, Jr. of the Mercer Group from Atlanta, Georgia. The email was all business as Mr. Higginbotham informed council that they would be severing their relationship effective immediately. The Mercer Group had been contracted with back in ... Read More »

Long Awaited Joey D’s

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides If you were anywhere near 701 Bald Eagle Drive on Monday at 5 PM your thoughts had to reflect back on the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams” and the catch phrase, “Build it and they will come.” That certainly was the case when the doors opened at 5 PM and islanders poured into the newest ... Read More »

Keeping Marco’s Beach Healthy is Easy as A-B-C

By Maria Lamb The Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s (BAC) new educational outreach program, “A Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach,” was launched in August 2016. BAC kicked this program off with a presentation and shell-craft with day campers at Camp Mackle. On July 12, BAC returned for crafts and a presentation at the camp’s temporary location at the Family ... Read More »

Slow-Pitch Softball Keeps Seniors Active & Fit

By Maria Lamb Be careful, lots of new guys hurt themselves by doing too much too fast. It’s the advice given by the seasoned players to the newbies showing up at the pick-up games for the first time. Player safety is the number one concern, as injuries at this age take much longer to heal. A lot of the players ... Read More »

Joey D’s to Open Monday at 5 PM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been waiting patiently for a number of months now as the opening of the Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Bar has been anticipated since the start of the year. On Monday evening, July 17 at 5 PM their long wait will finally be over, as Joe DiPascali will return to the island where ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Selection or Default?

It is my understanding that the process  of  interviewing candidates for Marco Island City Manager has hit a bit of a snag.  Two candidates, Messrs. Gruber and Hamaday were remaining for interviews on 17 July, to be followed for the public’s “Meet & Greet” on 18 July.  Finally, on the following day, 19 July, City Council was to make the final selection between ... Read More »

Florida Songwriter Showcase Offers Something for Everyone

By Scott H. Shook The famous line from Forrest Gump about life being like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get, could almost have been written about JRobert’s Florida Songwriter Showcase that is enjoying a 13-week run at the Marco Players Theatre. It’s true that like a box of chocolates, the Songwriter Showcase offers its ... Read More »

A Living Tribute to Our Veterans

By Maria Lamb The Blue Star Memorial Marker program is a tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Services. The markers are a unique way for local garden clubs to show their support for the service men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our freedom. The Calusa Garden Club of ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

By Scott H. Shook When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

Summer Reading Fun With Collier Libraries

Check out the Collier County Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” and the Collier County Public Library has planned a variety of fun activities that emphasize the benefits of building upon reading. Programs and events are organized by age levels for kids, teens and adults. You can participate by reading a book or ... Read More »

Cross Training

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Wikipedia defines cross training as “an athletic training in sports other than the athlete’s usual sport. The goal is improving overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to negate the shortcomings of another.” It has become a catch phrase in sports. Growing up, I played all sports. Back ... Read More »

Landscaping Help for MIA

Submitted Marianne Foley, Scholarship Chairperson for the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, was in discussions with Chris Zumstein, guidance counselor of Marco Island Academy, about applicants for the Calusa Garden Club scholarship, when Mr. Zumstein surprised her with a question: “Would Calusa Garden Club members be interested in helping Marco Island Academy with its landscape plans, and work with ... Read More »

Marco Island Computer Service

By Coastal Breeze News Staff You may have noticed some extra activity in the storefront right next door to the popular Sand Bar. Coastal Breeze News recently stopped by to meet the occupants, Marco Island Computer Service, owned by local resident Jason Penrod. The business was originally started by Pete Bailey in 1985, before being purchased by Jason Penrod. Jason, ... Read More »

Kretch’s: A 30-Year Family Tradition

Submitted Family owned and operated, Kretch’s Restaurant has been serving up fine cuisine and excellent service in a pleas- ant, island atmosphere for 30 years. Husband and wife team, Bruce and El- len Kretschmer, and now son, Bruce, Jr., have a long history of preparing fresh, made-to-order dishes of sautéed, broiled, baked or fried fish, steaks and chops, ribs, chicken ... Read More »

Cocomo’s Grill, Where the Food Speaks for Itself

Submitted Scott and Bonnie Gibbs were in the restaurant business for many years before they purchased Cocomo’s Grill in 2004. They had a passion for creating and serving the finest quality food, while offering a dynamic and diverse menu to their many customers. That passion translates today into a restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes for the many ... Read More »


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 »

Calusa Garden Club in Action

Submitted At its March business meeting, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island inducted two new members. Making this meeting even more special was the garden tour at the home of Florida Master Gardener Donna Kay, which served as the horticulture workshop prior to the business meeting. Donna Kay’s yard is a prototypical tropical garden hammock, giving visitors a true ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

David Kastenholz, from Brookfield, Wisconsin was Monday night’s big winner. Sue Baum, Bingo Chair, hands him his winnings. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 PM, complimentary supper, open to the public!       Read More »

Raymond James Financial to Join S&P 500

Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) announced today that it has been selected for the S&P 500® index effective at the open of trading on Monday, March 20, 2017, under the GICS Investment Banking and Brokerage Sub-Industry Index. “We are honored to be included with this prestigious group of companies,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “This represents a significant ... Read More »