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Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 2

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides This is the second installment of the eight profiles of those men and women who have chosen to run for the four open council seats in the November 8th general election for the Marco Island City Council. Three of the four eligible councilors who could have run for re-election have chosen to do so. Councilor Larry Sacher has chosen not to seek a second and final four-year term; incumbent Councilors Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second four-year term. Newcomers Jared Grifoni, Fred Kramer, Howard Reed, Charlette Roman and Dr. Jerry Swiacki ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand

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Which Plan: Midtown Development Plan (2012) meets Veterans Community Park Master Plan (2009)? As past board members of Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) we do not know where to begin with regard to city sponsored Plans. We have reviewed the Veterans Community Park Master Plan, as well as, recommendations and options brought forth by the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) to date. The 2009 Master Plan offered many scenarios including band shell, restrooms and parking with sensitivity to maintaining green space. http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16152 We also were intimately informed by city staff of the Midtown Development Plan (2012) as members of ... Read More »

Annual Realtors Luncheon

At the end of the luncheon members of the Realtor Support Network raffled off prizes.

By Samantha Husted  On September 8th the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their annual membership luncheon and tradeshow at the Hideaway Beach Club. The morning kicked off with the tradeshow. Colorful displays set up by the Realtor Support Network lined the inside of the club. MIAAOR members sipped on their ice tea as they perused the many booths, saying hello to familiar faces and networking with new supporters. This year it seemed like the affiliates were competing for the most creative display, many incorporating mini games, balloons, candy and other fun takeaways into their booth. The law ... Read More »

City Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory ... Read More »

Changes to MICA’s Residents Beach Pass Policy

MICA staff member Elaine Felipe helps residents Volker and Elke Eynck obtain a new MICA Residents Beach Pass and photo IDs. This year there will be no car stickers and a photo ID is required. Photo by Steve Stefanides

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The combination of initiating a new beach pass process and the slight delay in getting out the 2016-17 Membership Dues Notices have kept the ladies at the Marco Island Civic Association busy this last week or so as they wade through the annual onslaught of renewals of those coveted documents. The Board of Directors of MICA earlier this summer decided to not issue window stickers for automobiles, but instead will now require all beach members to present a picture ID card for entrance into the MICA Residents Beach property on Collier Boulevard. Under the new provisions, ... Read More »

City Update: Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory and Empire Bagels located at 277 ... Read More »

New Hotel Proposed – Updated meeting information

Rendition of proposed hotel. Submited

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is about to undertake a review of a major project which may continue to enhance the Town Center District of the island. Earlier this year Hendricks Commercial Properties Group received approval for an upgrade of its property known as the Island Plaza at the corner of Bald Eagle and North Collier Boulevard. Small Brothers Marco, LLC is now proposing to build a hotel in the Town Center District of Marco Island. The location for the 165 room hotel would be on land that has previously been used as the staging area ... Read More »

Leigh Plummer Park- Native Plants Thrive Thanks to Garden Club

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Calusa Garden Club founder Eva Schliesser still active, tends to her native plants.

By Maria Lamb   “It is my goal in life to educate our community about our beautiful native plants and to help get rid of the exotics.” – Eva Schliesser, Calusa Garden Club founder It started with an initial inquiry to the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department by then club members, Eva Schliesser, Naomi White and Jeanne Key, about the possibility of volunteering to do planting, pruning and weeding at the Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. This simple request turned into: can they add more desirable plants? In 1984, the Calusa Garden Club, working with the Collier Country Parks and ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for the City of Marco Island’s general operations, .0878 mils for the special voted debt and 1.4000 for the Hideaway Special Taxing District. The percentage increase in property taxes is 4.95% more than the rolled-back rate of 1.9024 mils. Councilors Honig ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held a regular meeting on July 1. All board members were present. Parking issues on our little piece of  paved paradise have been a continuing saga of much recent attention. The Planning Board took a positive step toward resolving a part of this issue, specifically as it applies to the Marco Walk plaza. Marco Walk, located at 599 South Collier Blvd., is a very popular venue for shopping and dining, particularly dining with outdoor seating. When a building permit was recently filed for a new restaurant with outdoor seating to ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Luxury Condos

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 357 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Fifty-seven of these condos are listed for more than $1 million and 16 are listed for over $2 million. The units listed for over $2 million are all on the beach. They are concentrated at Cape Marco in buildings aptly named Belize, Veracruz and Cozumel. They are also found at the center of Marco’s crescent beach in the luxurious Madeira complex and in the private gated community of Hideaway Beach in the two Riviera buildings. These 16 luxury condos come ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What IS the perfect world? Let’s face it – our unemployment rate is very low, so it looks like that is good for the people living here, but surely it must have also brought people who are new to the area ... Read More »

Island Plaza to Receive a Face Lift

A rendering of the clock tower that will grace the front of Island Plaza.

By Don Manley Work should begin shortly to spruce up the more than 30-year-old Island Plaza with an updated appearance. A groundbreaking was held this week for the approximately $2.3 million project being undertaken by the plaza’s owner, Hendricks Commercial Properties Group, based in Beloit, Wis. Located at the corner of North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive, Island Plaza is home to a Bealls Outlet store, a CVS Pharmacy, Jet’s Surf Shop, Davide Italian Cafe & Deli and other retailers, with office space located on its second floor. Plans include the addition of a clock tower near Jet’s, updated ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

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On March 21, 2016, I came before City Council as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to report on our findings regarding the development of Veterans Community Park. Under the direction of City Council, our committee was instructed to receive citizen input regarding further development of the park. This issue had been an agenda item for PRAC since February 2015 and continues to remain on the agenda. At every meeting citizens were asked for their input regarding their concerns and desires. For the past eight months, there has been considerable outreach by PRAC to several civic organizations and ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

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By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Memorial Day Events

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Two important community events take place on Marco Island this Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. At 10 AM join the City of Marco Island to dedicate the Herbert R. Savage Bridge (formerly known as the Smokehouse Bay Bridge). Herb Savage, as one of the original architects working with the Mackle brothers, helped develop the vision of Marco Island. He is also a veteran, having spent more than 20 years with the military, both in active service and in the reserves. The bridge dedication ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Marco Lutheran ... Read More »

A Passion For Pickleball

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The Zing Zang Championship Court.

By Wayne Clark   During my career as a tennis coach, I have been to several United States Tennis Association (USTA) -sanctioned tournaments. I have also been to many professional tennis tournaments. I have attended the professional events as a spectator, as a coach, as a director of ball boys and ball girls, and as a vendor providing racquet-stringing services for the players. Professional tennis tournament events are very different than regular USTA-sanctioned events. It’s the big leagues! In addition to tennis tournaments, I have attended a couple of Unites States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) sanctioned pickleball tournaments, but ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6. Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations. Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of office space at 291 S. Collier Blvd. (San Marco Residences) for their physical therapy practice. The current zoning at this location restricts businesses to those specifically associated with tourism and hotel guests. The couple would like to purchase two units ... Read More »