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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 »

Fans, Competitors Swarm Naples for Pickleball Champions

By Scott H. Shook  Over 15,000 fans and 1,300 competitors descended on East Naples Community Park during the week of April 23-30 for the second annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. It was a weeklong party for many in attendance. For Veronica and Bob Cates of the Villages, the week-long event was an opportunity for them to compete and spectate. Many ... Read More »

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

MIA Athletics Annual Fundraiser Inspirational Guest Speaker Not to be Missed

By Don Manley Marco Island Academy (MIA) is gearing up for its second annual Cheers For Champions Benefit Dinner. The fundraiser, which benefits the school’s athletic programs, will be held May 20 at the Hideaway Beach Club. As with last year’s debut, the event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a cash bar and speakers, but the location ... Read More »

CBS Sports Excited About Pickeball

By Scott H. Shook For the second straight year, CBS Sports Network signed on to cover the finals of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, held at East Naples Community Park, April 23-30. In fact the network was so excited about last year’s experience, they decided to double their coverage this year. “CBS loved it so much that they expanded to ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Gifting Dreams

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its last big luncheon as season comes to an end. This is the highlight of the year for the woman in attendance as they coined “Our Reason for Being” as the appropriate theme for the May luncheon. In accordance with tradition, the event began with the club motto, which states, ... Read More »

Soapfest: Star Struck for Charity

By Jesus Calo It’s that time of the year again as season slowly winds down. On Memorial Day Weekend, the Island Theater Company will host its annual Soapfest Charity Weekend event. The weekend affair brings daytime actors from the greater Los Angeles area to our island and raises money for local organizations. The weekend officially kicks off on the morning ... Read More »

Art on Marco Island

Submitted  The artists of The Local Color Art Gallery at the Shops of Olde Marco can not only create wonderful works of art for your home or condo, but can also put on a colorful and creative First Friday open house for their guests and patrons. This past May 5th was no exception. The theme was “Run For The Roses” ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Growth of Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The popularity of the sport of pickleball is growing in leaps and bounds. Last year’s inaugural US Open tournament, held at East Naples Park, had some 800 entries. This year they had over 1,200 entries! With the increased attendance of the tournament, East Naples Park has raised the bar and installed a permanent, state-of-the-art ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »

Again a Hit with Players and Fans

By Don Manley  This year’s event may be recently completed, but organizers are already considering what they’d like to see at the 2018 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Adding courts at the tournament’s home, East Naples Community Park, to enable an additional 500 participants to take part in the one-week long event will be among the topics included in the ... Read More »

Condo Rental Periods

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 408 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. One of the considerations when buying a condo is how often you may want to rent your condo during the year and the minimum number of rental days allowed. Many new buyers rent their condo for a few weeks or months during ... Read More »

Judy Kenney Named To President’s Circle & Receives Top 25 Award

Submitted  Judy Kenney, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Florida Realty, has been named to the prestigious President’s Circle for 2016 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The award recognizes the network’s top three percent of residential sales professionals who in 2016 exemplified great sales achievement in closed residential GCI. Additionally, Judy was recognized as the #24 Top Producer in the BHHS Florida ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach took almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »

Shorebird Stewards Ready for Summer Nesting Season

By Maria Lamb A new group of shorebird stewards received their training Saturday, April 22 at Tigertail Beach. They heard from Audubon biologists Adam DiNuovo and Alli Smith on the importance of protecting the nesting colonies and how to share basic beach biology with beachgoers during the summer nesting season. Adam DiNuovo, program manager of Audubon Florida’s Collier Stewardship Program, ... Read More »