Tag Archives: place

Free Seminar on Traffic Citations

Submitted The Clerk of Courts Traffic Division is holding a free public seminar explaining everything you need to know about the traffic citation process. The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Collier County, Dwight E. Brock, is the speaker for the event. Seminar topics will include: Traffic citations and their classifications; Traffic Options: Pay, school or court hearing; Affidavit of ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Comes to Marco Island

On January 11, 2017, Gulfshore Opera brings to Marco Island an opera scenes program with five nationally recognized soloists and piano/chamber ensemble. Due to the expected demand for seats and request for a chance to meet with the performers at the following reception, the performance and after performance reception for premium ticket holder will take place in two locations. “Great ... Read More »

Top Musicians to Play at Smallwood Festival

Submitted Another amazing musical event will take place during the White Pelican Celebration on January 7th and 8th at the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee when we welcome these gigantic snowy birds to their winter home in our backyard. A line-up of top Florida musicians donating their time to entertain us includes the Florida Boys, Raiford Starke, J Robert & The ... Read More »

Tapas and Live Tunes

By Don Manley Tapas anyone? For Marcoites, answering in the affirmative to that question likely meant a drive off-island to enjoy the Spanish dining style. That is until last September’s opening of Mermaid Blues, located in The Collection at Olde Marco. Tapas are the assortment of appetizers in traditional Spanish cuisine that has evolved into a sophisticated style of cuisine ... Read More »

Jr. Firefighter of the Year Named

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department celebrates National Fire Prevention Week by naming one student from Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) the Jr. Firefighter of the Year. That special student is chosen by the firefighters based on their ability to write the best essay on any given fire prevention topic. This year the theme was, ... Read More »

JCMI Film Festival Presents ‘To Life!’

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will present the second film of the season of its Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival. The movie, “To Life!” will be shown at the JCMI on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2 PM. The movie, in German with English subtitles, takes place in post WWII Germany and tells a touching ... Read More »

A Full Plate for City Council in the Year Ahead

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council has before it a number of challenges and opportunities as it enters 2017. Those members and city staff will have their plates full during the next several months. With the election behind us, the task of governing is now front and center, as a myriad of decisions face the newly constituted ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

It’s a Work in Progress

Ask The CFP®  Practitioner Question: During the holiday break we took the advice offered in your last column and held a holiday huddle to review family finances. Although awkward at first, I think everyone was a bit relieved now that we’ve discussed the “what ifs.” What’s next? Answer: Now it’s “go time!” If you have a plan in place, be sure ... Read More »

A Cruise in France on the Seine River

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A river cruise on the Seine in France offers the unique opportunity to explore and discover places of extraordinary history and scenic beauty. I had this opportunity following a similar journey on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Paris to Normandy, as described in a prior issue of the Coastal Breeze News. Our ten-day Seine trip from ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is looking for volunteers! At this time we are in need of more docents for our educational programs and school programs, as well as visitor services volunteers at our admissions desk, Nature Store and greeters. The next new volunteer orientation will take place at 11 AM on January 24th in the Environmental Learning Center, ... Read More »

Seeking Soviet Spies on the Subway

By Barry Gwinn During the 1960s, the Cold War with the former Soviet Union had reached fever pitch. The epicenter in the U.S. was New York City where diplomats from the Soviet Union and its satellite nations were stationed. Many of their establishments were well-staffed with spies placed there by the First Chief Directorate of the KGB. J. Edgar Hoover ... Read More »

Rookery Bay 7th Annual Adventure Race

By Samantha Husted  On December 10, the Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve held it’s seventh annual Adventure Race. It was a chilly, windy Saturday morning, but the water at Henderson Creek was calm. Forty-seven eager participants, ranging in age from nine to 65, suited up and grabbed their kayaks, ready to put their skills to the test. The race consisted ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a member-owned club by holding a Crystal Ball dinner dance on December 9. Over 80 members attended, many of whom were charter members of the club when it was founded in the fall of 2001. In his welcoming remarks, Dave Everitt, chairman of the Yacht Club Board of Directors, ... Read More »

I Dream of Africa

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Here I was, face to face with a cheetah. The magnificent animal looked relaxed and happy. Hard to imagine that out of view, but close behind this captivating scene, was a large parking lot, almost filled with cars. It was the first Saturday of the month when Collier County residents have free entry to the ... Read More »

A Journey Through France on its Rivers

Global Traveler Dave Pattison River trips are a relaxing and scenic way to experience the joy of travel, and I discovered this on a recent three-week journey through France from Province to Normandy, via Paris. On a two-segment trip sponsored by Vantage Deluxe Travel, I traveled first on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Avignon to Chalon and then, after a ... Read More »

Santa Claus Rally & Holiday Huddle

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind . . .” ~ A Miracle on 34th Street What does the term Santa Claus Rally mean? The Santa Claus Rally is a catchy phrase and it is cheery to think that even Wall Street receives a visit from Old Saint Nick. Many ... Read More »

New Walk to Run Program at the Y

Submitted Personal trainer Maddy Wyers brings enthusiasm and a ready smile to her new job at the Greater Marco Family YMCA (Y). She is spearheading a new program, the Marco Walking Club, which embraces walking, jogging and running. Wyers says the aim is to attract people of all levels and ability at the two sessions. On Fridays, the group meets ... Read More »

Expanded von Arx Wildlife Hospital Opens

The new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and guest education areas are now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The expansion includes state-of-the-art wildlife recovery areas and new structures that allow the Conservancy staff and volunteers to best serve the growing number of sick, injured and orphaned native animals brought to the Conservancy ... Read More »

FWC Celebrates the 75th 

Anniversary of the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area. (Not to be confused with Babcock Ranch) Saturday, January 21st, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Free Admission There will be a variety of exciting hands-on activities for families to enjoy, all at no charge. There will be a kids’ fishing clinic, Kayak 101, K9 demonstrations, kids’ nature activities tent, ... Read More »