Tag Archives: Submitted

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

MIHS Receives Prestigious NEH Grant

Submitted When Austin Bell received a phone call from a Washington, DC area code on December 6, 2016, he thought about ignoring it. He was literally in the middle of installing the Marco Island Historical Museum’s new Pioneer Era exhibit and wasn’t expecting any calls, but something told him to answer. “I thought it was probably another robo-caller,” says Bell, ... Read More »

Art Extravaganza!

Submitted Award-winning artist and devout Floridian Tara O’Neill is hosting her 14th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 1-4 PM at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place in the delightfully unique historic fishing village of Goodland. A solo exhibition until 2013, O’Neill has since shared the spotlight with an assortment of respected area artists. ... Read More »

Supporting Lupus Awareness

Submitted The Marco Island/Naples Lupus Support Group held a Purple Party in the Park at Sugden Regional Park in Naples on March 11. The purpose of the gathering was to raise awareness and help raise funds for research of the cruel and unpredictable malady. Approximately 250 people turned out to offer support and walk the one and a half mile ... Read More »

Adult Student Talent on Display

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view artwork in all mediums produced by the Center’s very own adult students, on display until April 18, weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. The “Adult Student Show” was judged by artist, photographer and gallery manager Kelly Fisher. She said, “The artists of every medium put forth ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Raises $200,000 for Habitat Collier

Submitted Each year, the United Church of Marco Island celebrates Habitat month in February. Throughout the month, they ask members of their congregation to come together and donate in an effort to help Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This year, their goal was to raise $100,000. By timing the donations to Habitat just right, the church not only met ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club in Action

Submitted At its March business meeting, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island inducted two new members. Making this meeting even more special was the garden tour at the home of Florida Master Gardener Donna Kay, which served as the horticulture workshop prior to the business meeting. Donna Kay’s yard is a prototypical tropical garden hammock, giving visitors a true ... Read More »

Endocrinologist Jasper Opens Offices

Submitted Josephine V. Jasper, M.D., a board certified endocrinologist with twenty-five years experience, has opened offices in Marco Island and Naples. Dr. Jasper specializes in diabetes, thyroid disorders, erectile dysfunction, infertility, menopause and all other hormonal disorders. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Jasper was rated Top New Jersey Doctor 2015, and America’s Best Physicians 2016. The Naples office is ... Read More »

Emerald Beach Wins Bocce Tournament

Submitted On March 22, the Emerald Beach and Sunset House condominiums competed fiercely in the 5th annual bocce tournament at Mackle Park. The trophy known as “Palini” returned to its original home at Emerald Beach, after spending three years in the Sunset House social room. Each condo brought their top 12 players to compete. The best three out of five ... Read More »

‘Team of Five’ Humanitarians Honored by MICA

Submitted The Marco Island Civic Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards on Marco Island. This esteemed award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island, the people who do so much for so many; the wonderful, positive people you do not hear much about. Recent recipients have included Maria ... Read More »

MIYC Members Participate in Charity Regatta

Submitted Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) members raced in and provided boats to operate the 41st Southwest Florida Charity Regatta, organized by the Gulf Coast Sailing Club (GCSC) and held on March 18-19 in Naples. A portion of net proceeds from the event will support the Children’s Bereavement Program of Avow, and other charitable causes, such as Freedom Waters Foundation ... Read More »

It’s a Shoe-In: Mission Accomplished for Puss ‘n Boots Shoe Drive

Submitted For the Love of Cats has successfully collected over 2,500 pairs of shoes that will turn into a $1,000 donation from Funds2Orgs by purchasing all the shoes collected. The shoe collection drive, aptly named Puss ‘n Boots, was held every other Friday starting January 6, 2017 to raise funds for their TNR, spay/neuter, rescue and senior cat adoption programs. ... Read More »

Oil & Gas Exploration to Begin in Big Cypress

Submitted March 27 was the date set for the Burnett Oil Company to begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge had yet to rule whether the work could proceed. The National Park Service approved seismic surveys on 110 square miles of sensitive wetlands in Big ... Read More »

Update on Parliament Wildfire in Big Cypress

Submitted The 26,371-acre Parliament Fire in Big Cypress National Preserve, as of press time, is 60% contained. With winds predicted to be calm and the likelihood of fire growth diminished, fire crews are strengthening containment lines and suppressing lingering hot spots. To date, “No injuries have been reported on this incident despite the fact that over a hundred personnel were ... Read More »

Help Nesting Sea Turtles

Submitted March is the beginning of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, when female sea turtles leave the ocean to dig nests and lay golf ball-size eggs in the sand. People can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches at night by leaving the beach as natural as possible. To do this, beachgoers should remove beach furniture and other obstacles ... Read More »

Boaters Go Hunting: Scavengers On The Water

Submitted Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron recently held its 11th annual Digital Scavenger Hunt. Organized and scored by club members Mona and Rick Kelso, the marine scavenger hunt tested the skills, the visual acuity and most vividly the imaginations of six boat crews. At 10 AM the crews boarded their craft and opened the sealed packets that contained the ... Read More »

CHESS K-12 Expands Mission

Submitted Local youth from kindergarten through 12th grade have a great opportunity with CHESS K-12 to play chess and compete with other young players. The mission of CHESS K-12 is to provide a purposeful, challenging and enlightening environment for students to enhance their abilities to play chess. It includes promoting chess clubs in all schools with chess intramural competition, and ... Read More »

Here Come the Birds

Submitted Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »