Tag Archives: Samantha Malloy

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean

By Maria Lamb The “Love your Beach” Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13 at 8 AM at Marco Island’s South Beach. Publix Supermarket will be the proud sponsor. Monthly beach cleanups are coordinated by Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee. Why is beach clean-up important? Save a marine life. Small pieces of plastic, referred to as “chokables,” are deadly ... Read More »

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 »

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, ... Read More »

Chamber Moves Forward After ‘Game Changers’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday evening, January 28, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held its Installation of 2017 Board of Directors and Graduation of Leadership Marco Class of 2016, at the elegant Hideaway Beach Club. Chamber President Alex Parker III welcomed guests and spoke of what he called the “game changing” events of 2016. Parker began with ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

By Maureen Chodaba The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island). The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the ... Read More »

Volunteers Step Up at Evening Beach Clean-up

Submitted The evening beach clean-up after Labor Day brought many residents to the beach, along with young members of Cub Scout Pack 234. According to Megan Olsen, Assistant Cub Master, “One way for the boys to earn their Bobcat badge is to perform community service. The beach clean-up was a good lesson for the boys. They did find a lot ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated ... Read More »

Love Your Beach Clean-Up

Submitted On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 9 AM, come to South Beach for a community beach clean-up and show your love for Marco Island’s beautiful beaches! Please bring your children and invite your friends and neighbors – we all can make a difference. • Clean beaches are important for their recreational value, and also as a clean nesting place ... Read More »

Large Turnout for Evening Beach Clean-up

Submitted “Our beach is so beautiful and it’s sad to see the trash people leave behind.” Cristina Leske, beach clean-up volunteer. Trash was expected on the beach the day after Memorial Day. The Beach Advisory Committee coordinated the evening clean-up and was joined by over 25 volunteers from Marco’s Sail and Power Squadron. Long-time residents and frequent beach volunteers, Jean ... Read More »

Love Your Beach, Support a Beach Clean-Up

Submitted Publix Super Market volunteers joined members of the Beach Advisory Committee for the May 14th beach clean-up. Their mission was to collect plastic straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic cups and lids and glass bottles. Armed with plastic buckets, grabbers and plastic gloves, this group of determined volunteers wearing their “Love Your Beach” green t-shirts, panned out ... Read More »

Thank You

On Nov. 21 we celebrated the Marco Island 50th Anniversary with a musical party at Veterans Community Park. In spite of some inclement weather a larger number of Marcoites turned out and had a great evening. I would like to thank the many sponsors and volunteers who worked together to make this event happen. The following is a list of ... Read More »

50th Anniversary Celebration Concert in the Park

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department and First Florida Integrity Bank hosted a free Concert in the Park in honor of the City’s 50th Anniversary. The celebration was plagued by rain off and on throughout the day. Those that persevered were well rewarded with a great line-up of musical entertainment. First up ... Read More »

CJ’s Partners with BAC for Beach Clean-up

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday August 23 CJ’s on the Bay was closed. But that didn’t mean owners and employees took the day off. For the fifth year in a row, Curt and Jacquie Koon closed their restaurant for the day, so that employees and their families could volunteer with the Beach Advisory Committee’s (BAC) beach clean-up. Following the hard ... Read More »

Community Center Unveiled

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The building design for the new Mackle Park Community Center was unveiled at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) meeting Tuesday, August 18th. The total square footage of the center, including covered areas, is 12,054. The overall consensus of the committee was positive. The committee, in a motion by Dr. Carlos Portu, agreed to ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Alex Galiana

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island is a great community. This is the first in a series which profiles some of the City employees that make it that way. Meet Alex Galiana. Alex works for the Parks and Recreation Department as the Administrative and Facilities Manager. He is tasked with overseeing all the duties and facilities that go into the ... Read More »

Teen Beach Bash Marks Summer’s Start

Submitted The countdown is over, summer is here! “Every year we celebrate the beginning of summer,” said Lola Dial, Teen Center Recreation Leader for the City of Marco Island. This celebration is Marco’s annual Teen Beach Bash on South Beach, put on by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lola runs the event, free for kids grades six through twelve. ... Read More »

Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Competition has drawn to a close. Over sixty beautiful photographs were submitted showcasing landscapes, insects, birds, alligators, deer, lizards, flowers, sunsets and more. This year’s judges had the difficult task of choosing the winners from a great field of entries. Winning photos are seen here. ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories ... Read More »