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A Gift in Memory of Father & Son

Submitted Avow Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of $325,000 from the estate of Al Greene to honor the memory of Al and his son, Jamie. The gift will support Avow’s hospice and palliative care services with a special focus on Avow’s music therapy program. According to Nancy Gibbs, the Greene family attorney, “Al ... Read More »

Weeki Wachee Redux

Submitted The intense rainstorms of a few weeks ago did more than saturate Marco Island. They also forced the cancellation of Dr. Lucinda Vickers’s much anticipated lecture about Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Mermaids, one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions. By popular demand, Dr. Vickers’s lecture has been rescheduled, this time for July 11 at 7 ... Read More »

Peak Hatch for Black Skimmers at Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb There are over 1,000 nesting pairs of threatened least terns and black skimmers at Marco’s colonies on Sand Dollar Island. The beach is covered in least tern and black skimmer chicks. It is also peak hatch for the black skimmer chicks. According to Brad Cornell of Audubon of Western Everglades, “The July 4th weekend is the last ... Read More »

Recognizing Our Volunteers

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Through Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s volunteer program, hundreds of individuals help with preservation, restoration and management of the mangrove estuary. Annually, volunteers donate over 18,000 hours of their time to Rookery Bay. One of our volunteers, Gary Lefebvre, lives nearby in Isles of Collier Preserve. He was born in Australia to an Australian mother ... Read More »

Rotary Clubs Sponsor Tomorrow’s Leaders

Submitted Marco Island’s Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs sponsored attendance of five local students to the recent Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) conducted at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The S4TL program is supported by 149 Rotary Clubs from Citrus County to Naples, across to Sebring, and up to east of Lakeland, Florida. S4TL provides high school students entering ... Read More »

July Awareness – What is Hemochromatosis?

By Maureen Chodaba July is National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month. You may ask, and rightfully so, what is this hemo-chromo-something that I have never heard of and why do I need to be aware? For my family, hemochromatosis has been a household word since 1990. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hemochromatosis affects over one million Americans. Based on ... Read More »

July is Hot With Cool Guitarist Mark Fogel

Submitted According to brilliant bluesman B.B. King, “Playing guitar is like telling the truth.” On July 25, come hear for yourself, when Marco Island Center for the Arts presents superb guitarist Mark Fogel to island audiences. This will be a must-see show for anyone that likes groovy guitar based music. Mark Fogel is a New York born guitarist and a ... Read More »

Southwest Florida Summer Golf

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The summer season in Southwest Florida has officially arrived. The hot and sticky mornings, followed by afternoon rain and lightning, and then more hot and sticky conditions to finish out the day. Most activities in Southwest Florida are developed to be outside. In the summer months it can be tough to maintain all our ... Read More »

Cuban-born Tenor a Big Hit

Submitted “Memorable concerts don’t merely deliver what’s expected; they also take audiences beyond what they can envision.” ~ Gerald Klickstein  Marco Island Center for the Arts was thrilled to introduce to island audiences Cuban-born, Miami based tenor Anibal Cruz with guest appearances by his sons, Anibal Cruz, Jr. and Alex Cruz, as well as his daughter-in-law Liset Mercantete. This sold ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... Read More »


The Clark Family Foundation recently made a $50,000 gift to the Guadalupe Center, which provides year-round educational programs to more than 1,300 children a day in Immokalee. A portion of the funds will be used to add a bike path to the Early Childhood Center’s existing playground so that children can ride their tricycles safely and be shaded from the ... Read More »

A Guide to Local Summer Camps

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Looking for ideas to keep your child busy, and happy this summer? Look no further! There are a variety of summer camp offerings that provide everything your kids need to have a great summer. Camp Mackle Due to the temporary facility changes, this year’s Camp Mackle is located at the Family Church of Marco Island ... Read More »

James L. Helmer | Rest in Peace

James L. Helmer, long time Marco Island resident and realtor, went to heaven June 2, 2017. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Services will be private. At the family’s request, please make a donation in his name to woundedwarriorproject.org. Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

Understand Impact Physics to Improve Your Game

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golfers want information to be communicated in a simple, understandable form, because human performance has its own sociological complexities. We do not need other complex information clogging the brain when trying to hit a golf ball. Golfers enjoy simple swing thoughts that work more often than not. However, how we get to those solutions ... Read More »

Avow Receives Significant Donation 

Avow hosted an Armed Forces Appreciation Day breakfast program at the Ispiri community center on Avow’s Naples campus for over 150 veterans. During the event, the Raymond James Family Wealth Planning Group, led by Tom LaMacchio and Nadia Keric, facilitated a $90,011 donation to Avow’s new “We Honor Veterans” program on behalf of their clients, William and June Wigal. The ... Read More »

Dementia Respite Coming to Marco

By Maureen Chodaba By definition, dementia is a general term for a decline of mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life. Dementia is not one specific disease, but an overall term that encompasses several different forms of the condition, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and other types. The disease can exhibit ... Read More »

Best Summer Ever at the Y

Submitted The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and the Greater Marco Family is offering day and specialty camps to make sure kids and teens in East Naples and on Marco Island are adventurous, active and healthy this summer. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer ... Read More »