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Fighting a Boat Fire


By Lt. Bill Hempel  United States Power Squadrons In Florida, a 64-foot yacht that was ravaged by fire burned to the waterline. Follow up stories reported that the boat was presenting a hazard to navigation and was later towed to a nearby marina to be salvaged. There are a few lessons we can learn from this incident. Obviously, one lesson is to take all of the steps necessary to prevent fire, but when such a yacht is ravaged by fire, we can see just how horrific and all-consuming a boat fire can be. Fortunately, the subject boat was near the ... Read More »

Creating Mythical, Magical Creatures

Messy hands are a work of art too.

By Noelle H. Lowery The mind of a child is an amazingly creative place. Put the minds of nine children together, and you embark on a journey to a truly special place where Pegasus soar through the sky and three-headed creatures rule the land. That is what art instructors Mary Kane, Linda Kropp and Robert Bransterator learned during the recent “Mythical Magical Creatures” art camp sponsored by the city of Marco Island and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The three adults — all teach adult art classes as well at the Center — guided campers through a ... Read More »

City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula

Bella Maria was among  many food venders who participated in the Marco Island Farmers Market last season. PHOTO BY JAMIE BOZICNIK

By Noelle H. Lowery What started out as a budget discussion about raising the vendor rates for the Farmers’ Market from $775 per booth to $950 turned into a debate about changing the overall vendor composition of the market, even limiting and excluding certain types of vendors, such as arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, prepared foods and open-air food concessions. At the heart of the discourse during a recent special meeting of City Council were the size of the market and the reported rising concern from local restaurants about the market’s “food court,” where a number of restaurants from ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Scott Shigley


It might be time to take a deep breath and consider what can be done if the PUD amendment the Marriott is asking for is denied. From what I have read and heard if the amendment is turned down the following things can still take place without any further consideration from the city council: The Marriott can add the additional rooms they want The Marriott can add extra meeting space The Marriott can add extra parking The Marriott can add elevated stadium type lighting on the tennis courts The following things that the Marriott has offered to do if the ... Read More »

Generous Donation to MIHS


On April 17, 2014, Portrayer Bonnie Bozzo and Madeline Zorzi of Tropical T’s presented a check for $1,000 to Lori Wagor, MIHS Enterprise Manager.  This donation represents the proceeds from the hugely popular performance of “Catherine the Great” by Bonnie earlier this year. This is the third year in a row that Madeline and Bonnie have collaborated on this type of program.  They have donated the proceeds each year to the MIHS. We are extremely grateful for their time, talent and generosity to the Historical Society.  We look forward to another fabulous performance next season – we can hardly wait ... Read More »

City Council Notes


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island City Council got down to business during its May 19 regular meeting hashing out a number of issues, including the purchase of an emergency standy-by generator for its South Water Treatment Plant for $200,000, the award of the $7.625 million contract for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge project to Quality Enterprises USA and a detailed discussion on how the city creates its ordinances and resolutions. An Electric Deal Council tackled the generator purchase first, agreeing to include the purchase of the emergency standy-by generator from Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) in its FY2015 ... Read More »

On the Docket: Marriott Ordinance


By Noelle H. Lowery On Monday, June 2, at 5 PM, the Community Room at Marco Island City Complex is sure to be packed with folks anxious to hear the fallout from the first reading and public hearing of the ordinance amending the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Planned Unit Development, or PUD. Be sure to check CBN’s web site and Facebook page for coverage of the meeting. Many have been waiting for this since last August when Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff appeared before Marco Island’s Planning Board with an informational presentation about the resort’s $150 million proposal ... Read More »

Marriott Launches Web Site


By Noelle H. Lowery Rick Medwedeff is fighting fire with information and technology. The general manager of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and his staff have launched a new web site — — to help dispel continued rumor and innuendo about the resort’s proposed $150 million renovation project and to provide supporter’s of the project a platform from which to speak. “We want to get rid of some of the mystery,” Medwedeff told a room full of Marco Island media and businesspeople. “As much as there have been efforts on many parts to communicate what this project is all ... Read More »

Chestnut Street


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Maeve Binchy Knopf 2014, 368 pages Genre: Fiction/Short Story Collection Almost two years ago I wrote a Book Remarks about Maeve Binchy’s final novel, A Week In Winter, published shortly after her death in July 2012. All Maeve fans believed that was the end of the anticipation of new offerings from this wonderful storyteller. Rejoice! We were wrong. The woman who did not believe in an afterlife has endowed her readers with such. These stories were written by Maeve over three plus decades, beginning when she was a columnist for The Irish Times. Using ... Read More »

Tom Thelen’s Victimproof at MICMS


By Val Simon Living in Southwest Florida, particularly on Marco Island, most of us live a fairly privileged lifestyle. You send your children to school day after day, year after year. As a parent of two children that have been through Tommie Barfield and Marco Island Charter Middle School, I had not had much experience with bullying I never gave it much thought until my youngest daughter entered eighth grade. She would complain about this person or that person saying mean things to her or her friends. As a busy mom, my reaction was less sympathetic and more of ... Read More »

Are You Overdoing It?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Have you noticed the busy Marco streets lately? No, I’m not talking about the traffic, I’m talking about the sidewalks! Due to season and an exceptionally ill-fated winter up north, our tiny island has swollen like a sponge taking on water with seasonal residents and vacationers alike. The verdict is clear—these people want sunshine and plenty of it! They are biking, walking, rollerblading, golfing and more… only to wake up with tired, lethargic bodies that have been hibernating all winter long. I have client after client come in with some sort of ache, pain or ... Read More »

You Should Have Known


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Jean Hanff Korelitz, 439 pages Grand Central Publishing  2014 Genre:  Domestic/Psychological Fiction “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Grace Reinhart, an almost-40-year-old Manhattan couples therapist, has written a book on the brink of being published. Entitled You Should Have Known, it is based on her 15-year experience with couples in crisis. Her premise is that women negate their initial impressions and intuition about the men in their lives and tell themselves their judgment was wrong, “Now ... Read More »

Boating Safety: Carbon Monoxide


By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons® Even though boaters are normally out on the open water, carbon monoxide still poses a significant threat. This odorless and colorless gas is extremely poisonous and was almost fatal on a recent boating trip. We had 12 boats cruising lazily down the Florida Intracoastal. Suddenly, the boat in front of us started to weave side to side. Shortly after, it swerved hard to starboard and headed toward the shoals. The captain didn’t answer my hail, and when I pulled alongside, we found him lying on the deck with his wife trying to ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition

Familiarity with navigational charts is just the first step in having local knowledge. Vice Flotilla Commander Keith Wohltman looks over a chart with a class participant.

By Noelle H. Lowery My husband is a blue water kind of guy, but since we moved to this area two years ago, he has been itching to explore the backwater passes complete with their mangrove forests, shallow depths and shifting sands. So, when I heard the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 was offering a new Local Boater’s Knowledge: Backwater Edition class, I jumped at the opportunity to take it, and found the information from the class to be priceless. The Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition concentrates on six popular backwater routes through the 10,000 Islands, and was ... Read More »

MIPS Conducts Vessel Safety Checks

Moe’s sailboat gets an inspection by Jim Fahrbach....

Submitted Moe Bishop smiled as both his sail and power boats received a free Vessel Safety Check conducted by United States Power Squadron Certified Vessel safety Examiner Jim Fahrbach. Ted Reiss also of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron accompanied Jim during the free safety check. Bishop received the 2014 US Coast Guard safety stickers which can only be issued by Certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons VSC examiners. These decals, placed on Bishop’s boats, signal that he is a careful and responsible boater, committed to his personal safety and to the safety of his ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Where are our other Councilor’s?


I’m very glad to see that Larry Sacher has already conducted his first “Coffee with the Councilor”, with great success. More people attended that coffee than normally attend the City Council meetings, which shows that people really are interested and really do have many unanswered questions. Now, Mister Sacher has scheduled his second town hall type meeting, to be held on April 3rd. Councilor Larry Honig has taken a different avenue and started a website where citizens can send in questions and topics of conversation and, I assume, receive answers to those questions. That’s two of our councilors, or about ... Read More »

Bluegrass under the Hammock

Pre-show practice at the park.

By Natalie Strom The 7th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival is fast approaching. The event, which will host six different bluegrass bands, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, at Collier-Seminole State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, a Citizens Support Organization (CSO), all proceeds from the festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are accompanied by a paying ... Read More »

Veterans Park Battles Fire Ants


By Noelle H. Lowery Few insects make their presence known like fire ants. A person may not feel them crawling up his or her leg, but the telltale painful burning sting certainly cannot be mistaken. This is a familiar sensation for some who have visited Marco Island’s Veterans Park recently. Whether for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Movie Night in the Park or the Farmer’s Market, some people have had a number of stinger-to-skin encounters with the pesky little critters. According to Marco Island Public Works Director Tim Pinter, whose department is in charge of dispatching the ants, ... Read More »

City Manager search consultant resigns


By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island’s search for a new city manager has been fraught with drama. It hit Greek tragedy proportions this week when Bob Slavin, president of Slavin Management Consultants, notified Interim City Manager Gil Polanco that he was terminating his search services agreement with the city effective Tuesday, Dec. 17. Slavin also informed Polanco that one of the top six candidates — Colin Donelly, an assistant city manager for Dania Beach, FL — had withdrawn his name from consideration for Marco Island’s city manager position. “Staff will be communicating with the remaining candidates directly to complete the process ... Read More »