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Wetland Restoration Webinar Series

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) has announced its newest monthly restoration webinar series as part of its efforts to tackle some of the biggest challenges for wetland restoration and to share insights and lessons learned from experts in the field. Twenty five experts including restoration practitioners, regulators, policy makers and academics have formed a working group to develop a series of 13 informational webinars. Webinars will be held monthly starting this month and will run through September 2015. Each will begin at 3 PM (EST), 2 PM (CST), 1 PM (MST) and 12 PM (PST), and will be ... Read More »

Audition Call! The Marco Players announces 40th Anniversary Season Shows!

Calling all actors! Be part of The Marco Players’ 40th 2014-2015 Season. Established in 1974, the oldest not-for-profit community theater on Marco Island will kick off the celebration with a 70’s theme. “Can you dig it?” All those interested in auditioning for TMP’s shows are encouraged to contact us at [email protected] or call Beverly Dahlstrom, President/Artistic Director at 239-404-5198 to schedule a private audition. Visit to learn more about cast openings, preview of scripts and rehearsal dates. Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

New at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

Diane Reed Eiler- Sunseekers

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “What do you see when you see Marco?” That was the question asked of 59 artists for the new exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts — Over the Bridge: Your Vision of Marco. Entries cover a wide range of artistic disciplines, including acrylic, clay, fabric art (including batik, quilting and trapunto stitchery), jewelry, metal sculpture (cold cast), mixed media, oil, pastels, photography, shells craft and watercolor. In La Petite Galerie, the Center is featuring the quilting and jewelry making of Marco Islander Linda Kropp. Each of Kropp’s quilts tells a story in ... Read More »

Work Begins on Smokehouse Bay Bridge


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Despite a small glitch, work has begun on the city’s $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. On Aug. 4, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises USA began traffic pattern modifications to close the southbound portion of the bridge, which will allow work to begin on the major utility relocations and directional boring for the 20” water main under the channel. The bridge project received the green light for the Marco Island City Council earlier this summer after years of debate over its cost and design. The deal was sweetened in June when Marriott International Inc. offered to ... Read More »

The Question of a Public-Private Partnership

Bob Olson addresses the Marco Island City Council during the June 21st  reading of the Marriott’s PUD amendment. Olson spoke frequently against the Marriott PUD amendment in the months leading up to its final approval on June 16. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] During its June 16 regular meeting, the Marco Island City Council put to rest the debate over the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation project, approving the PUD amendments by a vote of 6-1. Even so, new questions rose about the Marriott’s offer to give the city $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff made the offer during the project first appearance before City Council on June 2. The $1 million contribution to will cut the construction schedule by eight months, eliminate any potential ... Read More »

Who is Quality Enterprises USA?


Smokehouse Bay Bridge is not the first project Naples-based Quality Enterprises USA Inc. has contracted to do for the city of Marco Island. “Quality Enterprises USA has been working on contracts and projects for the city since 2002,” says Public Works Director Tim Pinter. “QE has always provided the city with an excellent work product. They have worked with us to overcome several large unforeseen situations with the numerous projects they have completed. They have always been more than professional in their dealings with the city.” In fact, Quality Enterprises was responsible for the construction of Marco Island Utilities’ high-service ... Read More »

A closer look at the Marriott’s $1 Million Offer


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] On June 2, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared another hurdle 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 second reading of the PUD amendment will be held Monday, June 16, at 5:30 PM, during the next regular City Council meeting. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise ... Read More »

Conservancy Marks 50th Anniversary

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces the opening of the new Eva Sugden Gomez Environmental Planning Center and Sustainability Courtyard, the new headquarters for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The event marks the completion of the final phase of construction and $20 million renovation of six new buildings at the Conservancy Nature Center. Each building was designed to meet and exceed LEED certification standards, transforming the 21-acre campus into the premier Nature Center in the southeastern U.S. The public is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida during an Earth Day festival from 10 a.m. to ... Read More »

Mackle Park Summer Camps 2014

Big Red Transportation This summer we will be providing “Big Red” van transportation for all of our off campus summer enrichment camps. Call Mackle Park for more information and fee schedule. 239-642-0575. Enrichment camps include: Fishing Camp 101, Paddle Boarding Camp. Police/Fire Academy, Theater Camp, Jr. Chefs Camp, Face Painting 101, Gator Fitness Camp, Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Marco Island Center for the Arts Workshop, Play with Clay, Mythical, Magical Creatures, Creating Art with Nature, iPhone Photography, Strut Your Stuff, Make and Learn to Play Your Own Guitar. For prices, age groups and more information on any programs Parks ... Read More »

United for Care Applauds Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Bill

United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Florida Amendment 2 allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the state, expressed its approval of the Florida Senate’s passing of SB1030, a bill that would legalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana that has proven effective at reducing convulsions in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. The strain, commonly known as Charlotte’s Web, is high in a non-euphoric compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD, and is low in THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces 2014 Summer Calendar

Art by Linda Soderquist. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its schedule of events for the summer 2014. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard (CR951), less than 10 miles from downtown Naples, on the way to Marco Island. From May 1 through Oct. 30, the center is open 9 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday, adding Saturday hours for Nov. 1 through April 30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities. DAILY PROGRAMS ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

Join your friends and come to the Marco YMCA on Saturday, April 26 and celebrate Healthy Kids Day and cap off the day’s activities with the Duck Derby at the Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Activities, games, arts & crafts are on the schedule from 10am to 1pm. The 19th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby races are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Race your rubber ducky down the pool with the help of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. For more information, contact Steve Reynolds, Communications Coordinator at 239-394-YMCA, ext 228. Read More »

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

PHOTOS by Frank Steiger Photography

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past five years, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival ran over a weekend, Saturday and Sunday. This year, the schedule was changed to Friday and Saturday, and by all accounts, being open on Friday was a huge success! “We had a steady flow of guests on Friday with a spike early evening at 6 PM,” said Stan Niemcyzk, founder of the Marco Island festival, which has become one of the biggest events the island holds annually. Entertainers performed all day, including the ever-popular Jim Long, with the internationally acclaimed “Satisfaction,” a Rolling ... Read More »

Chair Yoga Class

Certified yoga instructor Grace Ballenger, today announced that a new chair yoga class has been added to her weekly schedule at Flowing with Grace Yoga & Meditation Studio in North Naples. This gentle and therapeutic class is specially designed for beginners and those with specific physical needs and concerns. Chair yoga will be held weekly on Friday mornings 10: 30am until 11:30 am, beginning February 21. The 60-minute class costs $10. Loaner mats, blankets, blocks and straps are provided. Dress comfortably: clothes that move and breathe are recommended. Beginners through experienced are welcomed. Additional offerings: After Hours Yoga & Meditation Flow on Monday evenings at 6:15 ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Series

The popular Health Plus Lecture Series continues at Iberia Bank!  To date, twenty three medical presentations have been made to the public through this series  which is sponsored by IberiaBank and Physicians Regional Healthcare Center.  Here is the schedule of upcoming presentations: Wednesday, January 29 Brain Attack: Treatment Options Eric Eskioglu, M.D., Neurosurgery, Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgeon  Brian Mason, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurosurgeon Tuesday, February 11 Salt Kills Surender R. Neravetla, M.D., Heart Surgeon Tuesday, March 18 Sinus & Allergy Relief: More than Just Sniffles Leela Lavasani, M.D., Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon Tuesday, April 15 Memory Loss: Normal Aging or ... Read More »

Coffee with the Councilor


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Bill Harris is a concerned citizen of Marco Island. He attends almost every City Council meeting, and tries to keep track of anything that may interest his fellow Marco residents. He also keeps a log of promises made by those running for and/or presently serving on the City Council. “One such promise that was made by the majority of those last elected to the council, was transparency in government, and Town Hall meetings where the citizenry can ask questions and get answers,” explains Harris. To date, though, this promise has gone unfulfilled. That’s why Harris ... Read More »

Optimist Eagles Battle the Tigers in First Home Game


Submitted On Saturday, August 31st the Marco Island Eagles U-10 and U-12 teams had their first home games of the season with both team playing the Golden Gate Tigers. The U-10 team opened the day with a great start being able to control the Tigers on defense and scoring touchdowns when they had the ball on offense. Touchdowns by several of the Eagles players put points on the score board early in the game and once the youngest Eagle team started to fly, they never looked back. Players that were key to the high flying victory this week was every ... Read More »

Utility Rates Resolution Approved


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] It is almost official. The Marco Island City Council voted at Monday’s meeting to approve a resolution for utility rates increases for the next five years. Pending a final vote on the increases themselves by the city council, the first increase would be for seven percent and would be effective as of November 1, 2013. Subsequent annual increases range between 2.1 and 2.3 percent, and would become effective on October 1 for the next four years beginning in 2014. This move came after two years with no rate hikes and was done in conjunction with ... Read More »

There’s No Place Like Home


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom [email protected] I recently traveled back home to visit my family and old friends. A quick five-day trip to celebrate a friend’s baby on the way, meet another friend’s new two-month old and spend quality time with my three siblings, dad and grandparents suddenly took a turn for the worse when, only two days in, I was knocked to the ground with an awful stomach virus. Unable to fly back to Goodland, I was at the mercy of my family, of which my dad, primarily helped take care of me. He let me borrow his Nissan Leaf – ... Read More »