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Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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So why am I running for City Council? To begin, I have been on the Island since 1992 and full time since 2009.  My husband Jim and I both worked on the east coast and for twenty years and came to the Island on weekends.  We started with a small condo on Smokehouse Bay, sold the condo in 2001 and bought a house knowing we would live here to begin a second career for both of us. I enjoyed a wonderful career as executive staff for several companies in geriatric care services from nursing homes, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s Dementia ... Read More »

Get Out and Vote on Mackle Park Referendum

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The time has come for Marco Islanders to cast their ballot and let the City Council know where they stand on the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center to replace the current 25-year-old center. The referendum question: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” It is a question that — in some way, shape or form — the Marco Island community has been dealing with since 2005 when the city released the Mackle Park master plan. Since the ... Read More »

FOT Quarterly Beach Clean-Up

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Submitted Saturday, July 12, proved to be a sunny, 82-degree day for the Friends of Tigertail Beach Quarterly Cleanup. Seventeen enthusiastic volunteers collected eight bags of debris weighing approximately 60 pounds from the parking lot, playground, boardwalk and beach. FOT Board members Dick Stone, Susan LaGrotta, Ray and Kathy Apy signed in volunteers, provided water bottles, trash bags and T-shirts. Joe Parisi, membership chairperson, spoke with potential new members. While Art Dobberstein collected trash on his paddle board in the lagoon, three lone volunteers filled three bags of garbage along the boardwalks. The most unusual item, found by Joan Robbins, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Andrea Cooper

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Dear City Council, I recently emailed the council with a plea for you to reconsider down sizing the Marco Island Farmers Market. Thanks to those of you who responded. Since then, I have spoken to many of the shop owners of the stores in the Marco Town Center plaza.  They tell me that their business is more profitable the day of the farmers market.  They make more money because people from Marco Island and Naples shop in the stores and eat in their restaurants after the market. I encourage the council to slow down on making this very important decision ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Last week, during a meeting with people from the fuel industry, I questioned whether all this oil that everyone seems to be drilling for is sent out of the country for other counties to use. They said something about sending the Florida oil to refineries. “That wasn’t the question,” I stated. “Does it stay here, or is it sent to foreign countries?” They said it all stays here. I felt a little uneasy about their answer because I’ve heard just the opposite, but took them at their word. My question now is: We continue to hear about ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Scott Shigley

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It might be time to take a deep breath and consider what can be done if the PUD amendment the Marriott is asking for is denied. From what I have read and heard if the amendment is turned down the following things can still take place without any further consideration from the city council: The Marriott can add the additional rooms they want The Marriott can add extra meeting space The Marriott can add extra parking The Marriott can add elevated stadium type lighting on the tennis courts The following things that the Marriott has offered to do if the ... Read More »

On the Docket: Marriott Ordinance

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Monday, June 2, at 5 PM, the Community Room at Marco Island City Complex is sure to be packed with folks anxious to hear the fallout from the first reading and public hearing of the ordinance amending the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Planned Unit Development, or PUD. Be sure to check CBN’s web site and Facebook page for coverage of the meeting. Many have been waiting for this since last August when Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff appeared before Marco Island’s Planning Board with an informational presentation about the resort’s $150 million proposal ... Read More »

Marriott Launches Web Site

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By Noelle H. Lowery Rick Medwedeff is fighting fire with information and technology. The general manager of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and his staff have launched a new web site — www.good4marco.com — to help dispel continued rumor and innuendo about the resort’s proposed $150 million renovation project and to provide supporter’s of the project a platform from which to speak. “We want to get rid of some of the mystery,” Medwedeff told a room full of Marco Island media and businesspeople. “As much as there have been efforts on many parts to communicate what this project is all ... Read More »

Miami Museum Bound

Take a trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Miami with friends of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The all-day event is scheduled for May 31st from 7am-7:30pm. The price of $115 includes a round trip luxury bus ride, which meets in the parking lot of the Art Center, admissions to both museums, and lunch at the Perez. The PAMM is dedicated to 20th century and contemporary art, as well as exhibits from cultures of the Atlantic rim, which is defined as the Americas, Western Europe and Africa. The ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

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Dear Chamber Members, Our Planning Board approved and, by a 6-1 vote, sent the proposed Marriott expansion to the City Council for action.  The proposal has changed in two major respects:  the height of the new tower would be 111 feet, rather than 125 feet; and the number of parking spaces has been set at over 1200, with discretion given to the city manager to increase the number if necessary. There are other stringent limitations on the Marriott, including setbacks, vegetation, drainage, hours of construction and severe penalties for violations. Once again, Marriott General Manager, Rick Medwedeff, has asked for assistance from the business ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support for the Marriott

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Support for the Marriott “How can we help” Dear Editor, The owners of the Marco Island Marriott would like to spend $150,000,000.00 in our community to improve their property—our response should be “How can we help”. The Marriott is already the largest employer on Marco Island, their expansion will help create even more local jobs—”How can we help” A Marriott expansion will increase revenues in the form of increased impact fees, increased property tax revenue, and increased bed tax (for improved beaches & museums)—”How can we help” The Marriott (formerly the Marco Beach Resort) has always been the anchor of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jim Ciolino

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Referring to the article, “Parking problem,” dated 3/11/14 Marco Eagle page 6A, there are two reasons that Marco Island has a parking problem. One is over population; Deltona Development Corporation designed this island for only twenty thousand people, not fifty thousand that we have during the seasonal months. Marco does not have a parking problem during the other nine months of the year. The planning board should have recognized this problem thirty years ago. The high rises on the beach where not part of Deltona’s plan for Marco Island. The other reason is that MICA with the help of Collier ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... Read More »

FOT Nabs 240 lbs of Debris at Clean Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friends of Tigertaill Beach are wrapping up season with a flurry of activity. On March 24, FOT hosted its annual Membership Appreciation Dinner, with more than 50 attendees, including three of the founding members. Then on Saturday, April 12, FOT held the Annual Bay Days Beach Clean Up. A whopping 240 lbs. of trash and debris were collected in a total of 22 large garbage bags by some 70 volunteers. “Keep Collier Beautiful” provided the volunteers with garbage bags, plastic gloves, water bottles, item tally boards and event T-shirts. It was an astonishing mix of ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Marriott Expansion Project

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By Noelle H. Lowery It took three hours and a number of conditions and alterations but the city of Marco Island Planning Board finally approved the long-debated expansion plans for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa during its April 4 meeting. The revised plan passed by a vote of 6-1 with Dr. Bill Trotter as the lone dissenter. The plan now heads to City Council for review and final approval, most likely for the April 21 agenda. “I’m ecstatic,” says Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. “We are truly excited that we a 6-1 vote. It is a strong ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New Life Community Church’s Pastor the Rev. Thomas McCulley and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor the Rev. Kirk Dreiser. The guest soloist is Dawn Birch of the duo Billy Dean and Dawn. The prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. The Marco ... Read More »

Old Florida Festival Nears

Collier County Museum invites visitors and guests to step back into the past at the Old Florida Festival, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from10AM to 5PM at the Collier County Museum. The annual family-style event, now in its 25th year, brings together over 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers, and living history performers to recreate over ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for members and seniors, $5 for children (10-18 years old), and free for children under 10. Free public parking is available and VIP parking at the Collier County ... Read More »

This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ~ Joseph Brodsky By Ann Patchett 306 pages, Harper-Collins 2013 The title is deceptive. This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage is a collection of essays about Ann Patchett’s life — not “simply” about her happy marriage. The road to that happy marriage had some significant detours. This is probably the most fun I have ever had reading a biography. From the first page, I felt that I was catching up with an old girlfriend over a very long lunch. ... Read More »

Marriott to Hold 2nd Town Hall Meeting

Submitted The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa invites the community and local media to attend its second town hall meeting on Jan. 29, 2014, from 5–6 PM, which will discuss the resort’s redevelopment plans. “As we move forward with the redevelopment plans, it’s important to us that the community is involved and on board,” General Manager Rick Medwedeff says. “Our goal is that these meetings will garner feedback from our neighbors and ensure that they have all the right facts.” The Town Hall meeting will be held in the resort’s Islands Ballroom with light refreshments. Those ... Read More »