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Strong Winds Create Challenges at Laser Regatta

By Samantha Radle On March 4-5, the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation held its 14th annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta, attracting competitors from around the country to Mackle Park’s picturesque shores. The Model Yacht Club, in conjunction with the AMYA RC Laser Class, hosted skippers from as far as the ... Read More »

Keller Williams Realtors’ Efforts Will Benefit Many

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The term “We Are Family” truly has meaning at the Keller Williams Realty firm. When the plight of little Jenny Sagan, whose mom and dad are realtors at the firm, became known to Sandy Sims and her team leader Cindy Griesse they sprang into action to assist the family. Together, with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, ... Read More »

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

Fight Like A Girl! Inspiring Fashion Show Benefits ACS Relay for Life

By Maureen Chodaba Fight like a girl! That’s the spirit! And that was the message of the 9th annual Fight Like A Girl Fashion Show at Bistro Soleil in the Olde Marco Inn. This fabulous event benefits the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. It began years ago when cancer survivor Lisa Meurge of Bistro Soleil was ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler Show Wows Marco Players’ Crowd

By Scott Shook It’s hard to say whether JRobert Houghtaling’s Florida Fiddler Show is storytelling interspersed with music or music interspersed with storytelling. But one thing is certain—JRobert totally entertained the sold-out crowd at the Marco Players’ theatre on Saturday, March 11. The show is part of the Marco Players’ Lunchbox Series that includes a box lunch and question and ... Read More »

Why Words Work

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded what would become Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the most famous names in advertising. Ogilvy, an Englishman, had worked during WWII in the intelligence service at the British Embassy in Washington. After the war, he became an advertising copywriter. Today, he is referred to as the original “Mad Man” and the Father of Advertising. ... Read More »

Which Is It?

Does Trump know Putin?  According to Trump: 11/2013: YES.  “I do have a relationship [with Putin], and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.” 3/2014: YES. “Putin even sent me a present” after Miss Universe contest. 5/2014: YES. “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who ... Read More »

Upcoming Seafood Fest and More

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We will be losing a very special Marco person and hotel manager and Tourist Development Council member when Mac Chaudhry moves upstate soon. I just finally learned to spell his name and there he goes! After 28 years with the Hilton Hotels, he and his wife are moving to northern Florida to be with their beloved ... Read More »

Live Entertainment at La Tavola – Michael D’Amore and so much more!

By Maureen Chodaba La Tavola Restaurant and Bar, located at 961 Winterberry Drive, is well known for fine food in an atmosphere of casual elegance. But did you know that they offer live entertainment six nights a week in the lounge? On Mondays and Saturdays, you can hear the magical sounds of Greg Miller’s Motown. Check out Tuesdays for a ... Read More »

Fire Department Update

Submitted The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has provided the following update in their monthly report to city council. Fire Station 51 The temporary housing facility has been delivered and is currently in the set-up phase. Staff anticipates that the station will open in mid-March. The City Attorney is waiting for a response from the insurance company relating ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Book Club Does More Than Read Books Barbara Dines would be pleased

By Barry Gwinn Barbara Dines and her husband Tom moved to Marco Island in 2007. Barbara brought along her love of reading, which was nurtured as a college English major and as an elementary school teacher in Colorado. Upon arrival, the Dines joined the Newcomers Club on the island and soon made many friends. Among them were Cindy MacQuarrie and ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

You Can Do Anything Once Every 5-10 Years

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System President Clinton officially named March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000. Since that time, this designation has led to an annual parade of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates beating their various drums for colon cancer awareness. They wear blue; they sponsor fundraising and education events; but ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Planning Board Loses a Member

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In a surprising turn of events Mr. Hector Fernandez, a recently appointed member of the Marco Island Planning Board has submitted his resignation effective immediately to Interim-City Manager Guillermo Polanco.  Fernandez was appointed to his seat by newly elected councilman Jared Grifoni earlier in February.  Hernandez owns his own architectural firm located in Naples and is a ... Read More »

Which Watch?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Someone asked me a simple question the other day regarding what would be the best watch for her to purchase, seeing that the present one she owned did not survive multiple swimming sessions in her pool. I did point out to her that it was clearly marked “Water-resistant” – not water-proof. A fact that any ... Read More »

Tournament Tough

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, many new players to the game are expanding the horizons of their participation in the sport and are thinking of competing in tournaments. First off, I want to emphasize the difference between competing in recreational/rotational play and competing in tournament play competition. The reason ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »