Tag Archives: Southwest Florida

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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From left: Harry Lamberson, Raymond Jean, Louise Jean, Susan Lamberson, Anna Lawton
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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

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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

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• 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

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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

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McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

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

Photos by Samantha Husted: Walter Kroschel with Director of Golf Paul Boland.

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

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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

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Randy Wayne White entertains the crowd at Sunshine Booksellers. White was introducing his latest book, “Seduced.”

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

Photo by Steve Stefanides
McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

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 »

Show Me Shows Readers a Positive View

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Submitted Featuring a foreword by the Emily Post Institute’s Peggy Post and an introduction by Erin Brockovich, Randall Kenneth Jones’s Show Me is a result of more than 50 years of research: 50-plus years of living a life, 10 years of journaling about that life, and four years as a Southwest Florida newspaper columnist writing about people who, at one time, Jones assumed ... Read More »

Economic Summit Returns

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Submitted Last year the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® hosted Marco’s first-ever Economic Summit. The event was such a success that the Economic Summit will return for its second year on Wednesday, November 9 from 1- 4 PM at Rose History Auditorium. Attendees will hear the latest local real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest ... Read More »

Real Story Behind the TDC Numbers

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Completion of the JW Marriott project expected to boost slight drop in tourist tax dollars.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The impact that Marco Island has on the tourist tax income levels within Collier County was on full display earlier this week when Jack Wert, the executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau shared a memo from personnel at the Research Data Services Group. Much discussion was spent on the reduction ... Read More »

Learn From the Best at Pickleball Academy

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The popularity of pickleball keeps growing in Southwest Florida. But although we may all love the sport, most of us can use some help with our game. Now players who want to improve their play have an opportunity to learn from top instructors at the U.S. Open Pickleball Academy in Naples. Two of the school’s ... Read More »

Collier and Lee Building Industry Hosts the 6th Market Trends

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The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association will host the joint 6th Annual Market Trends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. The program will begin at5:30 p.m. with networking, immediately followed by Land Solutions’ presentation “What is Really Happening in New Home and Land Sales in Southwest Florida.”  The presentation will include detailed statistics and ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this ... Read More »

Butterflies Thrive at Calusa Park

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Monarch butterfly feasting on milkweed

Submitted “If you plant nectar plants, butterflies will come,” remarked Calusa Garden Club member Susan LaGrotta. Calusa Park’s Butterfly Garden on Winterberry Drive is thriving, attracting a kaleidoscope of butterflies sipping the sweets from their favorite nectar plants and laying their eggs on the plentiful hosts plants. This small gem of a garden is maintained year- round by members of ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education ... Read More »