Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation

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 »

RC Laser Championship Regatta Competition Returns to Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th, the Marco Island Model Yacht Club (MIMYC) in conjunction with the City of Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation, will hold the 14th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta at Mackle Park in Marco Island. This popular competition draws people to Mackle Park from far and ... Read More »

The Challenge of Service

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com About two weeks ago, the Marco Island City Council undertook some pretty important business, whose significance is unfortunately overlooked for the most part. On January 23rd the newly elected four councilors selected their choices for service on a number of advisory committees to coincide with their 4-year terms on council. Those individuals are ... Read More »

Gordon’s Service Will be Missed

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At the City of Marco Island Council Meeting on February 15, 2016, Chairman Bob Brown presented a Proclamation to Recreation Manager Mindy Gordon, for her service to the city. There was not a dry eye in sight. After her parks and recreation departmental report to the council, Mindy announced that she is leaving to become ... Read More »

A Great Day for Bocce!

By Don Manley The thrill of victory had Jim Guilford and his teammates beaming at the conclusion of the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament. He, along with Peter Pereene, Joe Deo and Jerry Leeman captured the championship, outpointing 15 other four-person teams in the single-elimination contest held Feb. 28 at Mackle Park. They also captured the crown and the trophy ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Farmers Market

By Pat Newman Marco Island’s Farmer’s Market opened for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday with an updated layout and 100 booths offering fresh produce, food options, art, homemade crafts and a friendly ambiance. Veteran’s Community Park, located at 901 Park Ave, is the market’s home for the next five months. This is the fifth year the traditional gathering of vendors ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Sans

Albert Einstein said, “Our death is not an end if we can live on in children and the younger generation.” Tony Sans wore many hats on Marco Island: lifeguard at Residents Beach, Parks and Recreation employee, Sports Camp counselor and Code enforcement compliance officer. It is with great sadness we report Tony passed away on Tuesday, April 22. Tony was ... Read More »

Open House for Community Center

“The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has organized an Open House for all residents for the Mackle Park Community Center. The will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 5-8 PM at Mackle Park. Plans for the new community center will be available for review, and members of the committee and Parks and Recreation staff will be ... Read More »

Beautification Community Forum

Submitted The city of Marco Island’s Community Beautification Advisory Committee will hold a community forum on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1-4 PM in the city’s Community Room. Several educational stations will be set up with representatives from Rookery Bay, NEER, UF/IFAS Master Gardener, UF/Collier County, Landscape Entomologist, Mobile Irrigation Lab, local landscape companies, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Beautification Advisory Committee, ... Read More »

GAA Call To Artists…

The Goodland Arts Alliance is sponsoring its second annual outdoor Harbor Arts & Music Festival at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland on Sunday, March 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The festival is open to all artists of Collier and Lee Counties, either full-time or seasonal. The booth fees are $35 for members, $55 for non-members, A selection committee ... Read More »

Optimists Opt for Camp Mackle

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Optimist Club of Marco Island is certainly known for its successful sports programs such as soccer, football, cheerleading and basketball. Many of the Optimist programs utilize Mackle Park’s fields and recreation areas which are run by the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Division. On Thursday, May 9th, OCMI President Eddie Webb and Treasurer ... Read More »

Do you know how to make 2nd Set adjustments?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Nothing was more apparent last week during the big tennis exhibition showdown at Hideaway Beach than when veteran Franco Mata continually made strategic changes to confuse his young opponent and dominate the second set. In particular, he altered his speeds and placements and thus disrupted his foe’s tempo. As we delve into future CTA/USTA league ... Read More »

Far From Home

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Something is going on. Razorbills, an alcid bird or a web-footed, diving seabird, have been seen all over Florida by avid birders and beach goers. A few have been reported on Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach as well as in Caxambas Pass. Being a peninsula with one of the longest coastlines in the country, Florida has ... Read More »

Mangrove Snapper Fishing

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com The first three articles of the “Lady Anglers Corner” in Coastal Breeze addressed the many benefits sport fishing provides, tackle selection and what conditions and structure to look for when seeking fish. Now it’s time to start fishing using the skills mentioned in previous articles to your benefit! This author suggests testing your skills ... Read More »

Explore Our Island History!

Join us for a really unique “Olde Florida” treat. The Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting Coastal Cruises through the mysterious mangroves of the Ten Thousands Island. On the way, you will probably see dolphins cavorting with the tour boat. When you arrive at Fakahatchee Island, a naturalist will point out unusual plants on the path up the ancient shell mound ... Read More »

Collier County Advisory Committee openings

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies representing the following: Employers in Local Jurisdiction (Term expires on October 1, 2014); Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (Term expires October 1, 2015); and Alternate Member. One of the above must be a resident of Immokalee. ... Read More »

Pathways to Safety & Fitness

By Danielle Dodder It’s almost too easy to see cycling enthusiasts as hobbyists living in their own little niche of speedy bikes and neon, zipping down their path on the side of the road, but for the group of them who make up the city’s volunteer bike paths committee, concern for creating a safe riding environment extends to the entire ... Read More »

Wheeling into 2013

PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour If you are reading this, either the world didn’t end, or you snuck out of your bunker and hopefully pedaled your bike to the closest newsstand and grabbed this issue of Coastal Breeze. Whatever the reason, I am happy we are all still alive and you have found the time in your renewed life ... Read More »