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US 41/CR 951 Project Celebration


Submitted Local driving just became a lot easier with the completion of roadwork at the intersection of US 41 and SR/CR 951 (Collier Boulevard). On Friday, December 4 at 10 AM the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the US 41 and SR/CR 951 Intersection Capacity Improvements and SR 951 Resurfacing Project. The project was a joint engineering endeavor of Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation. There will be a tent set up for the ribbon cutting ceremony on the Northwest corner of US 41/Collier Boulevard, next ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: What We Leave Behind…


By Hector Fernandez So there has been much ado lately about discussions, ideas, opinions and plans for some kind of facility, building, offices, veterans’ facility, etc. at Veterans Park. It seems that some of the speculation and rumors were laid to rest at this past week’s PRAC meeting where City Manager Roger Hernstadt presented some of those ideas. So as usual, I am going to look at this issue from an architectural point of view. I like to divorce the hearsay and sticky political mumbo jumbo from things. After all, after the years have passed and we are all long ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)


To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Dawn Kuhn)


I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center. When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island. There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dawn Kuhn


I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center.  When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island.  There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park and Bonita ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01


In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Summertime Fun


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Marco Island Fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen on Marco! They were truly amazing! Brian & Shirlee Barcic and the whole Barcic clan from Pennsylvania through Georgia were there, plus their great friends Larry & Annette Garafoli and Jose & Andrea Lima. We all agreed these fireworks were the best ones ever! Thank you to all who made this possible for all of us to see and celebrate our Freedom because of those who gave us that freedom. Along with the planned Fireworks, Mother Nature also demonstrated her ability to join in with the “dance ... Read More »

Catholic Heart Work Camp Experiences Grenada

Rain Forest – Seven Sisters Falls.

Submitted by Lisa Meurgue Pope Francis has proclaimed to the youth of the Catholic Church, “Go forward. Make noise. Do not be afraid!” That is exactly what the San Marco Catholic Youth Group did this past week. San Marco participated for the fourth year in Catholic Heart Work Camp. Various groups have traveled to Tampa and Belize in recent years. This year, the destination was “The Spice Island”, Grenada, in the Caribbean, one hundred miles off the coast of Venezuela. Catholic Heart Work Camp’s mission is “to share the love of Christ as they serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the ... Read More »

Safe Summer Driving

Safe summer driving can 
help avoid tragedy during the “100 Deadliest Days.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Summer driving is so dangerous that the automotive safety industry labels the time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days.” Although Marco’s crash statistics drop in summer months, along with its population, there are still hazards that are unique to summer. Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department Al Schettino tells us that it is reasonable to expect more young drivers on the roadways during the summer. Teen drivers, in particular, pose an increased risk to themselves and others on the road. “The lack of experience puts teen drivers at a disadvantage; they ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense


About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15


Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Briggs Boardwalk

Roughly midway on the trail, Briggs Boardwalk visitors  stop to look for water birds in the brackish marsh. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

By JOAN AND CARL KELLY Briggs Boardwalk, founded in 1960, is one of oldest trails in Collier County. It is located on Shell Island Road off Route 951, south of US 41, on the west side of the road. This walk is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is a short, well defined, self-guiding trail with a diverse landscape. Starting off, you will walk through oak scrub, then pine flatwoods, a hammock and some fringe marsh. In the marsh look for the mosquito fish. About mid-way on the walk there is a roofed birding station overlooking a brackish ... Read More »

New Memories and Fresh Interiors

Traditional interior.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com As Marco Island celebrates its 50th anniversary, a whole new group of excited condo owners are creating new memories and fresh interiors. This week 318 condos are listed for sale on the island, representing $243 million of real estate, and making the average list price of a condo on Marco Island $764,000. In the first four months of 2015, 60% of these active listings came on the market. If no new listings came on the market the current inventory would be sold out in 6.9 months. Over the last twelve months, 550 condos ... Read More »

The Goodland Scholarship Fund Goodland’s Gift to High School Graduates

Front entrance - Little Bar parking lot, shortly before visitors arrive. SUBMITTED photos

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com Most visitors to Goodland don’t exactly know what to make of us. Most would agree with the aphorism that Goodland is “a drinking village, with a fishing problem.” We have our share of that, I guess. It may be time for a new adage. Something like “Goodland takes care of its own.” Since the mid 1980’s, the Goodland Scholarship Fund has been raising money and dispensing scholarships to Goodland kids who want more than a high school education. It was founded by Betty Bruno as Village Productions. From all that I have heard, Bruno ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp


By Vickie Kelber   In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli


Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi


Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Until Next Year


By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »