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New Season for “ART FLICKS” Film Program

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of its fourth annual, highly successful “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films. To be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 AM, the series features free theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Kicks Off 2017

By Maureen Chodaba  Back in 2007, when Naples resident Stephen Popper was asked to help ship food to a poor school in Haiti, he willingly and enthusiastically accepted the endeavor. But Popper felt a strong urge to help those in his own backyard. In August 2007, a food packing event was held where Popper and a team of volunteers packed ... Read More »

Garrett Richter Promoted

Submitted First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted President Garrett S. Richter to Chief Executive Officer – President. With his term as Florida state senator complete, Mr. Richter will now lead the day-to-day operations of First Florida Integrity Bank. His promotion to Chief Executive Officer will provide consistency in the leadership direction of the bank. Mr. Richter is one of the ... Read More »

A Smallwood Step in History

By Jesus Calo The Historic Ted Smallwood Store and Museum held its much-anticipated first annual “White Pelican Celebration” with a considerable number of attendees and entertainment. Cars lined up on the lot at the entrance of the water’s edge location. A little rain and chilly breeze over the weekend was not enough to disrupt the three-day event. In fact, it ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2017: A Peek Inside the Bowl

By Don Manley  The time is rapidly approaching for the pouring of succulent piping hot soups from local restaurants to be poured into one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Souper Bowl raised a record $16,000 last year, up from the previous record of $12,000 in 2015. The event’s ... Read More »

AAUW Celebrates 10 Years

By Maureen Chodaba  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization of 170,000 women throughout local communities and college campuses. The AAUW provides $4 million annually in grants, fellowships and awards for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The AAUW works diligently to improve the future for all. On February 3, the Marco Island branch of AAUW ... Read More »

Marco Bay Yacht Club Celebrates Commodore Ball

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The Marco Bay Yacht Club is an organization rich in history on Marco Island and is the oldest and one of the most active boating organizations on Marco Island. Its roots date back to 1968 when it organized by the Marco Island Development Corporation and called the Marco Island Yacht Club. It was reorganized in 1972 ... Read More »

Celebrating Southwest Florida’s Natural Habitat

By Jesus Calo  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted its 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on January 13-15. Guests had the opportunity to partake in over 30 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Guided field trips, birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours were ... Read More »

MIFRD Update

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department (MIFRD) responded to 246 emergency incidents during the month of November 2016. These numbers continue to reflect an overall call volume increase over the prior year. During November, the department experienced 53 overlapping emergency incidents greater than two at the same time. The part-time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) responded ... Read More »

Guarding Our Planet – Are We in Trouble?

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  I am worried, truly worried, about ... Read More »

Strategies Beat Predictions and Hunches

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ Earl Weaver (1930-1993), Baseball Hall of Famer and “the sorest loser who ever lived.”  Question: What will happen to the markets during 2017? Answer: Strategists, economists, and even Certified Financial Planners™ are notorious for trying to predict markets. Over my career, it’s ... Read More »

Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Shakespeare is a drunken savage with some imagination whose plays please only in London and Canada.” ~ Voltaire (1694-1778) This is the time of year when we are inundated with book lists. After the holiday “Must Buy/Read/Give” lists, the “Cozy Up This Winter” lists appear. Generally those books are mysteries. On those frigid winter days here ... Read More »

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix. Gradually, those cells start to develop pre-cancerous changes, but only in some women will this develop into cancer. Having regular Pap tests will detect changes in these cells, and if any changes occur, a doctor will be able to closely monitor the ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Reaches Milestone

Submitted WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, has announced that Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts has reached the prestigious WeddingWire Rated™ Black Level, by earning more than 100 wedding reviews for wedding and events in Naples and Marco Island. The WeddingWire Rated™ program recognizes wedding professionals who have received positive newlywed reviews about their business on WeddingWire. Within ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past ... Read More »

VFW Picks Essay Contest Winners

Submitted The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Marco Island Post 6370 recognized six local students for their entry and participation in the National Patriot’s Pen 2016 essay contest. Each year the VFW recognizes excellence among youth through this program. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades submit their entries based on the appointed theme to their local post. Each ... Read More »

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Identity theft in the United States has reached epic proportions. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission received over 490,000 consumer complaints about identity theft, an increase by 47 percent from the year before. The Department of Justice has estimated that in 2014, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. So what can we do ... Read More »

One Million Gallons in a Month? Marco man faced with $10,700 water bill.

By Barry Gwinn Don Mills fought the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. As a high school principal, he presided over a Long Island high school riven by racial animosity, at one point, facing down a group of students who were attempting to burn down the school. Retiring in 1980, Mills and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Marco ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

Lady Rays Banged Up, But Hang In Against First Baptist

By Barry Gwinn On December 20, in their last game before Christmas break, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team (8-6-1) stood toe-to-toe with First Baptist Academy (12-2) the division’s second ranked team, and gave as good as they got. This action-packed game was witnessed by over 50 spectators, an unofficial record crowd. The final score was First Baptist ... Read More »