Tag Archives: work

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

Seeking Unsung Hero Nominations

Submitted The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island announced today it is accepting nominations for the quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. Chairman ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

HO6 Unit Owner’s Policy

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com After the extensive rains a couple of weeks ago, and now that we have entered that time of year when tropical weather returns to Marco Island, it is a good time to review your various condo insurances. As a condo owner, Florida law states you are required to have at least $2,000 of ... Read More »

Some Insights on Picking a Childcare Center

By Isabel Arce Finding the right childcare center is one of the most important decisions parents can make when they are considering putting their child into daycare. All children deserve, and thrive under, good nurturing care. It is worth it to take the extra steps to find them quality care. As a director and owner of Little Ducks Day School ... Read More »

Growth Management Wins National Award

Collier County’s Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, the county also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide. Following ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Blue Zone

Fiddler’s Creek has been designated a Blue Zones Project community by the Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida, in recognition of the community’s demonstrative commitment to promoting a healthful lifestyle. The Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida is a region-wide well-being initiative focused on making each community a healthier, happier place to live, work and play. “Fiddler’s Creek has long advocated wellness through a variety ... Read More »

A Restoration Project to Honor All Veterans

By Jesus Calo Marco Island Cemetery is home to a veterans’ monument with a special past. A result of an Eagle Scout project by two boys a decade ago, it has been a gathering place for veterans and their loved ones each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Harsh elements and time have caused the original monument to become worn and ... Read More »

Soapfest: A Weekend of Stars

By Jesus Calo This past Memorial Day weekend, it was a holiday filled with stars as the Soapfest Charity event officially kicked off May 27-29. This was the charity’s 18th year that brought daytime actors from the greater Los Angeles area to Marco Island to raise money for local organizations. On Saturday morning, the first event of the weekend was ... Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

A Larger-Than-Life Celebration of Florida’s Birds

By Maria Lamb  The first thing you notice when parking in front of the Donna Fiala Wellness Center at Eagle Lakes, East Naples is a towering seven-foot tall cotton-candy pink roseate spoonbill installed on a front entry wall of the Center. Your eye is drawn to it immediately. Denise Santos, artist from Goodland was commissioned to create a series of ... Read More »

Encouraging Young Writers

Submitted  The Marco Island Writers’ motto “Writers Helping Writers” has long included efforts to encourage young writers. For some years, a percentage of the proceeds of the sales of the group’s annual anthology, “Short Stories and Poems of Marco Island Writers,” support the Early Learning Coalition of Florida, and the Mount Kisha English School in northeastern India. In recent years, ... Read More »

Memories in Pen and Ink…

By Don Manley  Profound moments, family gatherings, oft-repeated sayings, shared wisdom and even run-of-the-mill times are just some of the remembrances of grandparents that can warm hearts and elicit smiles long after that person has departed this Earth. Ivan Klipstein has memorialized memories of his late grandmother, Georgia Olsen with pen and ink in the form of a picture book ... Read More »

Community Development Director on the Job

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since early 2014 the operations of both the Marco Island Planning Department and the Building Services Department have reported separately to the office of the city manager. That change came about after the departure of the former community development director just prior to the hiring of former city manager, Roger Hernstadt. When Hernstadt assumed his role ... Read More »

Striving for Excellence

By Don Manley Michael Grossi has found that taking the road less traveled can truly make all the difference. He credits taking that approach and striving for excellence as being key to his becoming valedictorian of Marco Island Academy’s class of 2017 with a 6.0 grade point average and an associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University under his belt. ... Read More »

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

‘Alien: Covenant’ – In Space No One Can Hear You Groan

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Alien: Covenant” is the latest entry in the 38-year-old franchise simply known as “Alien,” a film series that blurs the line between Sci-Fi and Horror. The franchise was responsible for launching a number of careers, and becoming a source of inspiration for many stories in the sci-fi and horror genres. However, the latest movie is difficult ... Read More »

‘Dear Teen Me’

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “He knows you love him, but he’s just not into you like that.” This book slayed me! I mean…wow! On a scale of stars, with five being the best rating, I would trade a bottle of my favorite champagne for five more stars just to give this book two five star reviews! This book is a ... Read More »