Art at the Marco Island Library

By Karen Swanker The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist will exhibit for two months. March and April 2013 will feature the works of Marco Island artist Joan Scherer. Joan Scherer, artist and art educator, has been […]

Planting Seeds of Kindness

That was the theme of the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon held by NCH Healthcare System at Hideaway Beach Club in honor of the Marco Healthcare Center volunteers. The luncheon was marked by words of gratitude from Dr. Allen Weiss, President and CEO of the hospital, and Amanda Smith, Director of Volunteer Services, as well as Lauren Turner, Volunteer Coordinator and Diann […]

MIA Makes its Move

By Natalie Strom – natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy has finally made the move to its permanent location. Students left for Spring Break and came back to a new school on March 18th. The site, made up of modulars connected by decks, is located on San Marco Road and has been years in the making. But in only one week’s time, the entire […]

Spring Jubilee

With 20,000 plastic eggs on the field at Mackle Park ready for plucking, and children lined up in droves, City Councilman Ken Honecker declared “GO!” And they were off! In mere seconds, all eggs were stuffed in baskets, bags and buckets. The City of Marco Island Parks and Rec Deparment provides this treat for area children annually. “It’s a popular […]

Huckabee Wildfire

The National Park Service is working to contain a wildfire within the Big Cypress National Preserve. The exact cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway to determine the origin. It was ignited on March 29 at approximately 1 PM. As of April 3, roughly 20,000 acres have been burned with 50% containment. Weather conditions today will […]

Smokehouse Bridge Goes to Bid

By Noelle H. Lowery – noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Now, the real work begins. After nearly four years of design, planning and debate, the Marco Island City Council has instructed city staff to complete the bid package for the $11.5 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project and put it out for bid. The measure was approved during a special meeting last week by a vote […]

Community Center Exploring Alternative Options

By Noelle H. Lowery – noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island may be on the verge of closing the Mackle Park Community Center debate. During a special workshop last week, the Marco Island City Council unanimously authorized city staff to explore the costs of two alternative construction methods to the current $4.8 million plan for a new Mackle Park Community Center. In addition to looking […]

Potpourri…

It is getting increasingly difficult to focus on events taking place around the world. It seems like a new story pops up every day in a different part of our troubled globe. Today things are much different from the “good old days” when the world was neatly divided up by the two super powers: USA and the Soviet Union. Whenever […]

Flying Down To Rio

Rio de Janeiro in January and February tends to be steamy… sorry, gentlemen, this refers to the weather, not the girls. More about them later. My splendid daughter invited me to escort her to Rio, since her husband works about 80 hours a week and prefers traveling to Europe anyway. I went out of my way and did her the […]

Tours, Buildings and Exotic Cars

By Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Some of you have taken one or more of my County Government tours to acquaint yourself with what goes on behind the scenes in county government such as the landfill and gas to energy plant, water and wastewater treatment plants, parks, museums, the jail, etc. I am in the planning stages for next year’s tours and […]