Tag Archives: volunteer

Protect Our Burrowing Owls: Your Input is Needed!

By Maria Lamb Recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and specialists joined law enforcement staff at the Marco Island Library’s Rose Hall for an open-house style meeting on our burrowing owls with residents, realtors, lot owners, builders, conservation groups and other interested parties. Stations were set up around the room with FWC staff answering questions on protection, ... Read More »

ITC Camp Call for Actors

Submitted The “Sun Will Come Out” on Marco when the Island Theater Company (ITC) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show, “Annie.” ITC is calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show. If you have a “performer” in your family age 8-18, this is an opportunity to get them onto the stage. If acting isn’t ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Donates To Teen Court

Submitted On May 30, 2017, Ms. Carol Fritsch, Collier County Teen Court Coordinator spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise about Teen Court. To her great surprise and delight, at the end of the presentation, the Sunrise Club President, Neil Snyder, presented Ms. Fritsch with a $1,000 donation. The donation will go toward scholarships as ... Read More »

Chamber Awards Students at ‘After Five’

By Allison Ouverson Fourteen high school students and their families were recently celebrated at the Chamber’s “After Five” event at CJ’s on the Bay. The students received scholarships from Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Education Committee handed out $18,000, funded by proceeds from events like Wet Paint Live and Souper Bowl. The Chamber’s Executive ... Read More »

A Thank You 72 Years in the Making

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For 72 years one of Vernon “Bo” Sigo’s greatest hopes would be to have the opportunity to say thank you to one of the men he believed helped him to survive a combination of 32 sorties and 42 missions in B-17s during World War II. When he spoke of that desire to Rick Wobbe, one of ... Read More »

Optimist Club Hosts Lokahi Luau Awards Dinner

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The theme for the Second Annual Marco Island Optimist Club Annual Awards Dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate as members of the community descended on the JW Marriott for an evening of good fun and enjoyment. The Hawaiian phrase “Lokahi” Luau, which signifies unity and family was the theme of this year’s event and featured the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Volunteers Needed

Marco Island’s government could not function without the key volunteer boards and committees appointed by city council. And one of the most important is the Audit Advisory Committee. This committee oversees the city’s financial functions, recommends and works with the city’s public accounting firm, and implements policies and practices that help keep our financial situation one of the most stable ... Read More »

A Taste of Marco: A Delicious Event!

By Maureen Chodaba The Espalanade was the place to be last Sunday for A Taste of Marco, an annual event of mouthwatering desires. Although weather predictions included the threat of thunderstorms, the day proved to be a bright and sunny one, as the crowd enjoyed this fundraiser for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The non-profit organization offers services and initiatives ... Read More »

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

By Nikkie Sardelli Thank You, Supporters! Wow! Can it be true that season is coming to an end? I think this season has flown right by – but it was certainly a successful one! The Marco Island Relay For Life Event, presented by Robert J. Flugger, was held April 1st. It was the first time hosting the event at Veterans ... 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 »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Launches Emergency Pet Care Program

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department invites you to join them on April 17 at 9 am at the dog park at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace as they launch the Emergency Pet Care Program. This program, a complimentary service for the people and pets of Marco Island, is one of the first of ... Read More »

Temporary Station 51 Up & Running

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the need to deal with increasing demands for service, a rise in traffic in the mid-island area and the potential for delayed responses, Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy put together a plan to reopen the formerly decommissioned fire station on West Elkcam Circle. With the assistance of on duty personnel and a volunteer effort, ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  What has readily become the biggest event of the season, the three-day Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival lived up to its reputation of great food and great music. “Each year we make a few changes and build on what works,” commented Stan Niemczyk, festival founder and chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Marco Half Marathon and 5K

Submitted Grab your sneakers and mark your calendars for the Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk, which will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk will begin at 7:45 AM. The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Learns About the Draft

By Chris Curle  DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution, so it’s expected that America’s military history would be very much on the minds of Marco’s DAR chapter. And that was the theme of Michael Eckers’ presentation at the chapter’s January meeting at Hideaway Beach Club. Michael Eckers is the author of several books on American military history, including ... Read More »

Food Pantry Serves Local Families

Submitted The Marco Island area is lucky to have its own food pantry, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which serves Marco Island, Goodland and the Isle of Capri. Located at the Family Church Marco at 1450 Winterberry Drive, no one is ever turned away. Families can pick up needed food on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from ... Read More »