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Impressive Performance Continues for Marco Real Estate

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Recently the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported its best May passenger total in its 34-year history, having served 629,321 fliers for an increase of 3.7 percent over May 2016. Well a good number of those folks must be coming to Marco Island. During the month of May ... Read More »

Cuban-born Tenor a Big Hit

Submitted “Memorable concerts don’t merely deliver what’s expected; they also take audiences beyond what they can envision.” ~ Gerald Klickstein  Marco Island Center for the Arts was thrilled to introduce to island audiences Cuban-born, Miami based tenor Anibal Cruz with guest appearances by his sons, Anibal Cruz, Jr. and Alex Cruz, as well as his daughter-in-law Liset Mercantete. This sold ... Read More »

Waterways Group Reviewing Water Quality

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many islanders the rain events during the first week of June were their first exposure to the effects that tropical depressions can bring here to Southwest Florida. The temporary flooding of streets and the need to find alternate routes around the island during the 18” of rainfall we received was somewhat trying. That heavy rainfall ... Read More »

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

By Coastal Breeze News Recently a call to the community was made by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to help fund Marco Island’s incredible July 4th fireworks display. The amount of $26,000 was needed in order to provide residents and visitors with the same quality fireworks that were enjoyed in past Independence Day celebrations. The Marco Island community has ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

By Scott H. Shook When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the ... Read More »

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR A CURE

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »

DAS to Find Homes for ‘Pocket Pets’

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is Collier County’s only open-admission animal shelter. This means no domestic animal is turned away, whether a stray or an owner surrender. For every pet that comes into the shelter, a forever home must be found. DAS works hard to promote the adoption of homeless animals, including holding adoption events, monthly promotions and public. ... Read More »

Help Save Christmas on Marco Island!

Submitted For over 30 years now the island has celebrated the Christmas holiday with programs and events brought by the hard work of a committee of volunteers known as Christmas Island Style. The events have grown, and include everything from Santa’s arrival in a helicopter to festive activities such as the Canine Holiday Pet Parade, holiday decorated boats cruising the ... Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

Rookies Says Goodbye to Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Longtime Marco Island restaurant Rookies Bar & Grill has closed. The restaurant officially shut its doors in May after over 24 years in business. Rookies originally opened in 1992, back when Marco was a completely different island. The laid back bar and grill quickly became a staple for locals and visitors alike. Perhaps best known ... Read More »

Imagine…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of you who are my age may remember the John Lennon song, “Imagine.” It has been playing in my mind since very early this dark and dreary Sunday morning, watching the latest updates from London, England. Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try No hell below us, above us, only skies Imagine ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

Cash on the Sidelines?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We always underestimate the future.” ~ Charles F. Kettering, Inventor (1876-1958); General Motors head of research from 1927-1940. Question: Before the presidential election I moved a significant percentage of my portfolio to cash. I’m still waiting for a market drop to get back in. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Answer: If it makes ... Read More »

Bonnie Hauke Makes a New Friend: A visit to Joe Douglas

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I can’t remember a day quite like this since I became a reporter two years ago. Bonnie Hauke couldn’t either. Neither could Joe Douglas. Bonnie Hauke is an accomplished artist who also loves the village of Goodland. She was married here on a sailboat, fortuitously to a sign painter, Kevin Hauke, whom she helps with ... Read More »

Facets of the Underground Railroad Come to Light

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I recently wrote about the Capitol Building from my trip to Washington D.C. in March. We arrived when the cherry blossoms were at their peak and blooming throughout the area, not just in the Tidal Basin. There are hundreds of pink, flower-laden trees framing the water and monuments nearby including the Jefferson ... Read More »

Jim Nantz and Others Speak Up For Alzheimer’s

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Recently, Charlie Rose interviewed Jim Nantz, an award-winning sportscaster about his advocacy role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. I missed the show but watched the video online (charlierose.com/videos/30494?autoplay=true). Nantz spoke from personal experience about the importance of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for a prevention or cure. He told of his ... Read More »

Eagle Lakes Community Park 

Eagle Lakes Community Park, located at 11565 Tamiami Trail E., has something for everyone. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, play sports or work on your fitness, this is the park for you. Eagle Lakes Community Park is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s birding trail list. The park offers three retention ponds that ... Read More »

Choose Your Setting

By Don Manley  Ever had your picture taken with an iconic European scene in the background? If the answer is no, R. Clark Lindberg can make that happen for you without leaving the familiar setting of Marco Island. The well-known photographer on the island and throughout Collier County has set up operations on the second floor of the Marco Island ... Read More »