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Optimist Club Hosts Lokahi Luau Awards Dinner

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The theme for the Second Annual Marco Island Optimist Club Annual Awards Dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate as members of the community descended on the JW Marriott for an evening of good fun and enjoyment. The Hawaiian phrase “Lokahi” Luau, which signifies unity and family was the theme of this year’s event and featured the ... Read More »

All Roads Lead to Resurfacing Programs

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com When Marco Island Public Works Director Tim Pinter recently briefed council on his plans to spend just over $600,000 in 2017 to continue with the planned repaving program for the island, Councilman Howard Reed made pointed inquires as to what it would take to make a more aggressive approach and spend about a ... Read More »

Pickleball and More!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Have you heard that work is just about completed on the building of an ark like the one we read about in the Bible? It has been constructed in Kentucky, and is ready for a grand opening. The reason I know a little about this is because some of my Amish family have taken busses down ... Read More »

Keep Your Game Up When We Slow Down

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com For those of us residing here on a year-round basis, summertime, aka “off season,” is a time when we get our little slice of paradise back and things calm down. Traffic has thinned out. We now see more Florida license plates than out-of-state plates. No more long lines at the grocery store. We can ... Read More »

Get to Know the Civil Air Patrol

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Saturday, May 6th the greater Marco community is invited to attend an open house at the Marco Island Executive Airport for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol unit. The men and women of the local squadron will be showing off their newest aircraft with all of the high tech equipment that allows them ... Read More »

City Hall Staff Changes and Challenges

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the departure of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt a number of changes have occurred within City Hall, with departures of personnel and some shuffling of the chairs on the deck to insure the functions to service residents’ needs are still being met. Guillermo Polanco was assigned the responsibilities as Interim City Manager in February, in ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... 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 »

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, April 24, 2017 on the Marco Island Princess from 5 to 7 PM. The Marco Island Princess is docked at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island and will not leave port during this event. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had lots of praise for this month’s ... Read More »

Presentation by Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary’s Carl Way

Submitted At the final meeting of the program year, Calusa Garden Club members enjoyed an educational presentation by Carl H. Way, Marco Island resident and chairman of Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary and Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. Way presented a slide show with information and potential plans for the Nature Preserve, and also outlined how the Marco ... Read More »

Wonders of Sand Dollar Island at Low Tide

By Maria Lamb Early one morning in March, at low tide, Alli Smith, intern biologist and Collier County anchor steward for Audubon, Florida was on Sand Dollar Island for a bird survey. She was hoping to catch Wilson’s plover in their courtship rituals. She started at Big Marco Pass (locally known as Sand Dollar Island) and walked the lagoon side ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Celebrates 34 Years

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The greater Marco Island community came together on Tuesday, March 21st as the JW Marriott Beach Resort hosted the 34th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Karen Blake, co-chair of the event welcomed a sell-out crowd to the Palms Ballroom at the newly branded JW Marriott property as they continued with a tradition over three decades old in ... Read More »

Ad Hoc Parking Committee to Form

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The age-old question of parking will once again be reviewed, as Marco Island City Council at its last meeting moved forward to establish an Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee. The committee was proposed by Councilor Charlette Roman, who formerly had held a seat on the Planning Board, which had previously looked at a number of issues concerning ... Read More »

Renowned Anthropologist Defines Calusa

Submitted What do we know about the indigenous tribe known as the Calusa? Get an update on April 4, at Rose History Auditorium, from acclaimed anthropologist, researcher and professor Dr. William Marquardt. His lecture, which begins at 7 PM, will briefly review what has been learned about the Calusa over the past 30 years and also cover the newest discoveries ... Read More »

Naples Teen Competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Kaitlyn Sokolich of Naples was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Kaitlyn learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local area. Kaitlyn submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

A Happy Hour With a Cause

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gino’s Trattoria from 5 PM to 7 PM. Gino’s Trattoria is located at 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Bill “Captain Hope” Morris said, “Gino’s always has great food and their staff is more than friendly. This will be ... Read More »