Tag Archives: Southwest Florida

Pirate Day Marco Island

Submitted Get ready for Pirate Day, taking place at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for the Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, a dunk tank and ... 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 »

Florida Landscapes the Focus of Exhibit

Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is proud to present the wonderful photographic exhibit “Reflections of Florida” by John Brady. His artist exhibit will be showing in the Pauline Reeves Gallery of the museum during January and February 2017, with an Artist Reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades on Saturday, January 14, from 1 to ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

Women’s Events at Marco Presbyterian Church

Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church kicks off the Winter Season with a seminar and luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20. Registration begins at 9 AM; the seminar is from 9:30-11:30 AM with lunch immediately following. Keynote speaker Janet Custer will present her personal testimony on how God has led her to her current position as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center ... Read More »

Dashing Through the Hills

By Maureen Chodaba The Gulf Coast Runners (GCR) recently presented the annual Marco Island 5 Mile Hill Run. In its 39th year, it is historically the longest race in the 41-year lifetime of the GCR. Climbing through the Inlet Drive-Indian Hill area of Marco Island, it is known as the toughest course in Southwest Florida. For avid runners, it was ... 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 »

Cheers for Charity Holiday

Over $15,000 was raised during Children’s Home Society of Florida’s inaugural holiday reception and silent auction on Wednesday December 7 at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Naples. Funds will benefit programs and services serving Southwest Florida’s most vulnerable children and families. Each year, Children’s Home Society of Florida helps more than 2,500 children and family members in the Southwest ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer – Mid-Season Team at 5 & 3 after strong first half

By Barry Gwinn After winning three of the five straight road games to begin the season, the Lady Rays finally got to play in front of the home crowd at Winterberry Park, where they won two out of three. On November 28, the Rays overpowered a talented St. John Neumann team, 4-1. The Rays defense was all but impenetrable, with ... Read More »

Captain Rapps’ Smoked King Mackerel Fish Dip

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This is our most favorite way to prepare the kingfish we catch here in Southwest Florida. It stores great in the freezer in small plastic containers and we can defrost it quick and easily anytime we have company. The best part about it is that you can prepare it at home even if you ... Read More »

Conservancy Hosts Wildlife Housewarming 

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites the public to celebrate the Conservancy’s wildlife ambassadors as they move into their new homes in the newly expanded outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area, now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The wildlife ambassadors are former patients, now permanent residents, unable to be released due to the extent of their injuries. On Saturday, Dec. 10 ... Read More »

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Island Country Club (ICC) has celebrated its 50th anniversary, an impressive landmark for the club and Southwest Florida. It was just last year that Marco Island celebrated its own half-century birthday. While 50 may not seem that old, in the Southwest Florida country club circuit it’s a distinction. The Island Country Club opened in 1966 ... Read More »

Susan Kubat Named Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for Third Quarter, 2016 to Susan Kubat. Susan was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Susan has worked endlessly to protect our environment. She has served as a volunteer board member and president of Friends ... Read More »

Entertaining By Mother Nature

• Submitted If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more. From December through April the Conservancy offers an exclusive eco cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very ... Read More »

Skill Development Part V: Variables – Lies

All Things Golf Todd Elliott A wise old poet once wrote, “Variety is the spice of life, that which gives it all its flavor.” If it’s variety you’re looking for, come to a golf course for all the flavor you can handle. With the exception of shots off the tee, golf courses are places of nearly limitless variation in terrain, ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Walter Kroschel Promoted

By Samantha Husted   The Marco Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employee Walter Kroschel from his position as First Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional. Walter’s golf career began as a caddy, working at the Point O’ Woods Country Club in his hometown of Coloma, Michigan. Over the years Walter honed his skills as a player and his ... Read More »

Four Opera Events Come to Marco

Submitted Gulfshore Opera (GO), now in its third season, is bringing more opera to Marco Island. This season the company plans 26 events in Southwest Florida between October and May. GO will present opera and classical vocal music concerts with a diverse offering of full-scale productions, community concerts, social engagement events and an elegant gala. Four of these events will ... Read More »

Author Randy Wayne White Exposes His Secret to Success at Marco Appearance

By Scott Shook  Randy Wayne White’s famous Doc Ford series has catapulted him to the top of the New York Times bestseller list on numerous occasions. But Randy Wayne White didn’t hesitate to give credit where credit is due when addressing a standing room only crowd at Sunshine Booksellers on Friday, October 21st. “I couldn’t give away my early books,” ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »