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Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

Historic Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Veterans Park


By Don Manley The annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park will take on a new look this year. For the first time, it will be a blended ceremony involving all of Marco Island’s military organizations: American Legion Post 404, VFW Post 6370, Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla and the Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island squadron. Set for 11 AM, November 11, the ceremony will also include a number of other firsts. One will be the color guard, which will be comprised of representatives from military organizations, carrying flags representing the four branches of the military, as well ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Dawn Kuhn)


I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center. When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island. There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park ... Read More »

Veterans and Community Support Essential for Proposed Veterans Community Park Building


By Don Manley Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt discussed the facts surrounding the community building the city is considering erecting at Veterans Community Park with members of American Legion Post 404 on Tuesday afternoon at the organization’s monthly meeting. The topic generated controversy recently thanks to reports that the name “veterans” had been attached to the building’s name as part of the city’s effort to have $2.5 million in funding for the proposed project included when Florida’s legislature establishes its fiscal 2016 budget. Some Marco military veterans are concerned that community members may have the false impression that they ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Linda Colombo


Dear Councilors and Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am not in favor of the proposed building at Veterans’ Park. When the people of Marco voted on a referendum to buy the property I believe most of us were envisioning a place to enjoy with various venues. For example, a band shell, a walking path on the water’s edge and a performing arts, center.   Many designs were bantered about and considered by P&R. I understand the price tag on those desired plans is unaffordable at this time. ... Read More »

Governor Vetoes Veterans Community Service Center


By Coastal Breeze News Staff A lobbyist hired by the City of Marco Island last year has been hard at work seeking funding for various projects earmarked by the city. Among the projects on the list was a new multi-purpose building at Veterans Park dubbed the Veterans Community Service Center. “Unfortunately, we learned that despite our successful efforts to encourage the Collier County Delegation to the State of Florida the legislature to include $2.5 million to match city funding for the veterans community park service center in the state budget submitted to the governor – and the legislature supported and included ... Read More »

Design, Use of Mackle Park Community Center Discussed


By Noelle H. Lowery It was supposed to be a discussion about the size and design of the proposed new Mackle Park Community Center. As happens often times when the subject of Mackle Park comes up, though, the joint workshop between the Marco Island City Council and its Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) — held Tuesday, Jan. 20 — quickly devolved into a discussion about projected programming numbers, competition with private community and business organizations, and whether or not the sole focus of this project should even be Mackle Park. The workshop was a culmination of more than ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

“And in the ring we have…”


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island has been home to an international boxing show since 2011 thanks to Marco Island policeman Richie Stoltenborg. Originally held in a tent at Veterans Park, it has grown in popularity, and it is now held at the Marco Island Marriott. Each year, Team New Jersey battles Team Ireland for the Championship belt. “The criteria to making one of these teams that travels internationally is staying out of trouble, staying off the streets, stay in school and in the gym,” says Richie. “Amateur boxing builds character, self-esteem and self-confidence. Hopefully, next year we will ... Read More »

2015 Galmour Puss Calendar on Sale Now

Milo with his winning cover photo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Milo, a stunning young grey and white cat, won the judge’s vote to be the new cover photo for the 2015 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar benefitting For the Love of Cats. Milo’s photo was one of more than 125 photos entered into the online photo contest this spring. Judging was done by a panel appointed by Jan Rich, president of For the Love of Cats. Milo’s guardians, Tom and Gracie Micheline, received the grand prize for the photo contest of a $50 gift certificate to Vergina’s Restaurant in Naples along with a free calendar. “We adopted Milo from For ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist


By Noelle H. Lowery During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... 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 »

Farmers Market Focus Arrowhead Beef: Florida raised & grass-fed


By Natalie Strom Beef – it’s what’s for dinner. And now you can purchase it at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Newcomer to the Wednesday market at Veterans Park is Arrowhead Beef, offering farm-direct, hormone-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef from Florida. What a mouthful! And what a concept! Co-founded in 2010 by George Fisher and Tom Pellizzetti, Arrowhead Beef, LLC is a cooperative of family farms located near Chipley, Florida. Every family-owned farm that is a part of the co-op raises French cattle known as Parthenais. “Our cattle’s bloodline goes back to the 1890s,” explains Steve Dunn, Market Ambassador ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts


By Natalie Strom Artwork abounds at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Every Wednesday, from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM, a mix of Florida’s finest artists set up booths amidst florists, food vendors, and vegetable stands at Veterans Park. A part of the cultural hub of Marco’s community, the Marco Island Center for the Arts sets up shop, showcasing multiple artists and mediums. The non-profit entity focuses on collaboration and education of the arts in all forms. Over 40 years ago, the Art League was formed on Marco Island. It found a home at 1010 Winterberry Drive and expanded over ... Read More »

Upgrades to Veterans Park


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The journey to a completed Veterans’ Park has been seven years in the making so far, from the initial proposal by the local VFW Post to completion of the first phase: a series of flags, benches and paving stones. An ambitious plan for a new Veterans’ Memorial Fountain and Flag Plaza for Veteran’s Park got the green light at the December 20 city council meeting. Phase II of the Veterans’ Park Memorial will include the installation of a fountain and flag plaza. The committee’s goal is to dedicate these enhancements next Veteran’s Day; November 11, ... Read More »



By Natalie Strom Typically, when visiting a farmer’s market, patrons are looking for the freshest fruits and vegetables they can find. The Marco Island Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Wednesday at Veterans Park from 7:30 AM until 2 PM, is no different. With a wide array of fruit and veggie stands to choose from, shoppers can find exactly what they are looking for. Inyoni Farms of North Golden Gate Estates sets up a stand every Wednesday at Veterans Park. Specializing in offering the freshest produce, owner Nick Batty is very particular when it comes to his product. “Everything ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Big Flag Fly’s Again

  At the City Council meeting today, following Councils approval of Phase II construction plans to enhance Veteran’s Park, Big Flag Committee Chairman, Dave Rice announced to the audience that in honor of the veteran’s at today’s meeting that the Big Flag at the Jolley Bridge is again flying. A vehicle severely damaged the pole, requiring the purchase of a new and improved flag pole.  Stated Rice, “I had a wish for the Holiday Season that the flag would fly for Christmas and my wish came true. City Staff liaison, Tim Pinter has accomplished in record time, the coordination of purchasing ... Read More »

Jog over the Jolley

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Lace up your running shoes and sprint over to Veterans Park on on November 17. Make sure to be there bright and early to join in on the Jolley Be Good 5K Run/ Walk. The race returns for another year, taking participants up and over the Jolley Bridge and back again. The Jolley Be Good 5K starts at 7:30 AM at Veterans Community Park at 901 Park Avenue on Marco Island. The 3.3 mile route goes down Collier Boulevard, over the Jolley Bridge and returns by the same route. A one-mile walk will take place ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Herbert Jermanok

OPEN LETTER TO CONDO OWNERS TO QUESTIONS FOR CONDO OWNERS Don’t let scare tactics divert your attention from the important issues; Do we want a convention center that will bring a multitude of tractor trailers up and down Collier Boulevard disrupting our quality of life and disrupt traffic? Do we want a shuttle service from Veterans Park and Mackle Park which will bring thousands of day trippers to our beaches? Do we want a 40,000 square foot Mackle Park which will add to our Debt? Do we want CRA Midtown density which we thought was cancelled and is now back?  THE ... Read More »

Marco Re-enactors sponsor Historical Tours

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Historical Society Re-enactors are taking on a new role. Beginning this November, the program is being expanded to offer historical tours of Marco Island. Sponsored by the Re-enactors, proceeds from the tours will go towards the Marco Island Historical Society. Fun and entertaining for both individuals or groups, all tours begin at the Marco Island Historical Museum. “Every tour starts out with a short viewing of the University of Florida film, ‘Domain of the Calusa,’” explains Betsy Perdichizzi, founder of the MIHS Re-enactors and well-known for her portrayal of Tommie Barfield. “Then we ... Read More »