Tag Archives: work

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

The Search is On

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The search is on in earnest for a replacement for former City Manager Roger Hernstadt, nearly three months after his departure. Council has chosen the Mercer Group out of Atlanta, Georgia to assume that responsibility and their representative, W.D. Higginbotham Jr. appeared before council on May 1 to review his intentions on how to proceed in ... Read More »

An Artsy End to the Season

By Don Manley Another sign that another “Season” has reached an end is Tara O’Neill’s annual art show. The painter’s self-proclaimed “home-grown art extravaganza” has become a tradition in Goodland over the last 14 years, helping to herald summer’s approach. The Little Bar Restaurant’s dining rooms, screened-in porch, patio and sculpture garden again became gallery space, displaying the works of ... Read More »

Scholarships Awarded to Students and Aspiring Artists

By Allison Ouverson An intimate group of family, friends, and teachers gathered at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on Friday, April 28th, to support winners of the High School Student Scholarship & Merit Competition as they accepted their awards. Art made by high school students from Collier County filled the galleries and surrounded the reception with a textured ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Can the Democrats Come Back?

I voted for President Ronald Reagan in 1980. That may come as a surprise to many who know me because I am a Democrat, and proud of it. When I was hired to be press secretary to Frank Lautenberg in his first U.S. Senatorial race, I confessed that fact to our campaign manager. That background, I believed then and now, ... Read More »

TDC Position an Important One

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In the last several weeks there has been a swirl of controversy surrounding remarks made by Councilman Victor Rios in his role as a representative of Marco Island on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The council is authorized by Florida Statue 125.0104 to advise the Board of County Commissioners pertaining to support of ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: The Gavel is Passed 

It is with great excitement that I pass the president’s gavel to Dave Rice, a leader and motivator in the Marco Island community. I am also excited to work with our new board members and look forward to my new role as secretary of the board for the Caxambas Republican Club. My husband Jim Lane and I came to Marco ... Read More »

Summer’s Almost Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness the county is emptying out…and so is our volunteer corps! I’ve always marveled at the winter residents who arrive and immediately go to work helping our community, like the Fire Rescue Foundation, both hospitals, the sheriff’s office, the police department, the schools, The Shelter for Abused Women, the homeless shelter, the library, the museum, ... Read More »

MIA Students Get Crash Course in Robotics

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate This winter, Frank Wood has gotten a second wind and hit his stride. His classroom is filling up with additional equipment and a lot more shelving to put it on. His engineering students never look at the clock during class, except to make sure they have enough time to complete what they are doing. ... Read More »

Where Did All Those Kids Come From? Goodland Changes Gears

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Monday morning March 13th dawned clear and cold in Goodland. The early morning temperatures were to be in the 50’s all week. At 9:00, as happens every Monday, the ladies of Joanie’s’ Juke Box popular exercise class began filing out of the Goodland Community Center into the chilly morning air to return to their homes. ... Read More »

Charter a Boat on Your Next Vacation

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Summer is approaching fast, and with it we’ll see family trips, great fishing spots, and lots of fun in the sun. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or even new to the fishing experience, then chartering a boat on your next vacation offers many benefits that you are sure to appreciate. Chartering is a ... Read More »

But I Like to Drive…

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” ~ Henry David Thoreau  Question: What are your thoughts on how artificial intelligence may impact the economy and society? Answer: Artificial intelligence (AI) is an innovative advancement that’s changing our world. AI makes predictions based on compilations of loads and loads of relevant data. The goal ... Read More »

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

‘Going in Style’ – Star Power: The Movie

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Going in Style” is this year’s latest comedy, with a shocking amount of star casting behind it. The film features Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, and costars Ann-Margret and Christopher Lloyd. I think you can see where most of the budget went. I just wish it went to a more polished script. Normally during ... Read More »

MIA Students Build Mini Reefs – Build it and the fish will come

By Maria Lamb Marco Island Academy science teacher Jerry Miller’s class was a hub of activity on May 4. That day his students paired up in teams to construct mini reefs, to be installed under docks in various locations on Marco Island. According to Miller, “The students are doing something positive for the community by helping restore the quality of ... Read More »

A Happy Hour for a Cause

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s May “Happy Hour for Hope” will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Susan and Tom Ackerson are hosting this event, offering drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain ... Read More »

Accountability

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org  “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ~ Molière Let us get right down to the nitty gritty of human performance. This message is specifically for those who complain about the progress of their golf games without analyzing their actions, and honestly ... Read More »

An American Dream on Marco

By Jessica Hernstadt As a boy growing up in Italy, Luigi Carvelli never dreamed that by the age of thirty-five he would be the owner of four successful restaurants, with nearly three hundred people in his employ. Luigi, along with his brothers Sal, 44, and Francesco, 33, and cousins Adamo, 41, and Francesco Serravalle, 34, are the owners of three ... Read More »

Enhancements to Island Plaza Begin

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Construction has begun on some of the improvements planned for the Island Plaza, which sits at the intersection of Bald Eagle and Collier Boulevard. Those improvements will involve an architectural embellishment, which is presently being erected with a pedestrian node for walkers and bikers who frequent the mid-town district. Island Plaza Investments, LLC, who is part ... Read More »