Kicks and Crabs at Karate Fundraiser

By Natalie Strom It was blue crabs and blue skies at the Greater Marco Family YMCA on Saturday, March 16th. The Second Annual Karate Dojo All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab Fundraiser lasted four hours – from noon to 4 PM – and the amount of blue crabs consumed was unbelievable. Just as unbelievable is the fact that Sensei Nick has taught […]

Plastic Bags in Paradise

By Natalie Strom Remember the 2000 Oscar winning movie “American Beauty” with its iconic floating plastic bag image? Picture that scene. Now, imagine 90 billion more of them doing the exact same thing. According to the Retail Bags Report to the Legislature by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), that is the number of plastic bags used in […]

The Freedom Fountain

Plans for a beautiful new fountain and flag plaza to enhance the entrance to the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Community Park are underway. The Phase II enhancements are part of the original master plan for the park. The flag area, which features the American, POW/MIA, State and City flag, and now sits in a grassy area, will be enlarged with […]

Paradise Property Lands Marinas Contract with Collier County

By Noelle H. Lowery Paradise Property Management is expanding its footprint in Collier County. In February, the Marco Island-based firm was awarded a 10-year contract with the county to operate the marinas at Cocohatchee River Park Marina, Caxambas Boat Park, Port-of-the-Islands Marina and Goodland Marina. Cindy Blatt, owner of Paradise Property Management, managed the Paradise Grill at Residents’ Beach for […]

Rolling with Red Tide’s punches

By Noelle H. Lowery Red tide blooms have been rolling along the coastline of southwest Florida since early last fall, and Marco Island has not been immune to their effects. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Marco Island started presenting “very low” to “low” concentrations of red tide in early December. By mid-February, those concentrations crept […]

2013 Shell Show Shines

The Marco Island Shell Club hosted its 33rd Annual Shell Show from March 14th to the 16th. Awards were given in many categories, both scientific and artistic. Patrons could view the award-winning designs and purchase many others created by members of the Shell Club from November through March.