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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 »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Should the Tax Tail Wag the Dog?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frederic Chopin, Composer Question: How much will the possibility of tax reform influence financial markets, and should I wait until this is completed before reviewing my estate planning documents? Answer: There’s an old adage on Wall Street; “Don’t’ let ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity Promotes Butrum

First Florida Integrity Bank, a Naples-based, full-service community bank serving the local banking needs of individuals and business owners, announced today that Brad Butrum has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President – Credit Manager. Mr. Butrum has 14 years of experience in the banking industry. He began as a Vice President – Credit Manager when he joined ... Read More »

John R. Wood’s Luxury Portfolio Summit

Local real estate professional Natalie Kirstein of John R. Wood Properties joined an accomplished group of real estate professionals from around the world at the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was open exclusively to sales associates who specialize in the luxury market and whose firms are affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of ... Read More »

A Snapshot of the Savages

By Don Manley It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find two people more steeped in all that is Marco Island than Herb and Emily Savage. Herb, 98, is known by some as the city’s “unofficial mayor” for his role as a chief architect for the Mackle Brothers, developers of modern Marco, and his decades of civic involvement, unceasing ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

Advanced Technology

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Before moving to Marco, I grew up and lived in Houston, where I had the privilege, of witnessing many spectacular events held at the Astrodome, which back then was called, “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” I attended more Houston Astros and Oilers games than I can remember. I saw Billy Jean King defeat ... Read More »

Renowned Anthropologist Defines Calusa

Submitted What do we know about the indigenous tribe known as the Calusa? Get an update on April 4, at Rose History Auditorium, from acclaimed anthropologist, researcher and professor Dr. William Marquardt. His lecture, which begins at 7 PM, will briefly review what has been learned about the Calusa over the past 30 years and also cover the newest discoveries ... Read More »

Raymond James Financial to Join S&P 500

Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) announced today that it has been selected for the S&P 500® index effective at the open of trading on Monday, March 20, 2017, under the GICS Investment Banking and Brokerage Sub-Industry Index. “We are honored to be included with this prestigious group of companies,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “This represents a significant ... 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 »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... 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 »

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 »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »