Center of Marco Island Fitness

By Dianne Saywell It was a family, is a family and will remain a family. We all came together a few years back during the time of struggle, loss and sorrow. We held on to each other and to the concept of the dream that the “founding father” of the Marco Island Fitness Club had wished — to keep the […]

Comment Period Extended for Backcountry Access Plan Scoping

By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve Big Cypress National Preserve has extended the public scoping period for a backcountry access plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The comment period will be extended until Feb. 28, 2014, in response to a request from the public for additional […]

Guided Canoe Trips at Collier-Seminole State Park

By Noelle H. Lowery Want to learn a little more about the flora and fauna along the Blackwater River? Want to see ancient mangroves and royal palms? Want to know how the Semi-nole Indians survived in the swamps of southwest Florida? Then take a guided canoe trip at Collier-Seminole State Park. Now available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, […]

Stretton breaks Rays record

Submitted Cole Stretton became the leading scorer in Marco Island Academy school history with a nice three-point shot at the 6:45 mark of the fourth quarter against Donahue Academy on Friday evening. Stretton ended the game with 14 points for a total of 553, eclipsing the old mark of 548 by Jared Jackson. He was named to the All-Tournament Team […]

Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Submitted Don’t let the flock pass you by! Registration still is open for dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around southwest Florida in celebration of the 10th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival Jan. 17-19. Specialty trips cover all modes of transportation, including bike rides, buggy rides, canoe trips, swamp tromps and boat tours that shine a spotlight […]

Marriott Donates $20,000 to MIA

Submitted Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa continues to demonstrate its commitment to the local community with another $20,000 donation to the Marco Island Academy. The donation comes from funds raised at the Marriott Paradise Charities Golf Classic tournament hosted by the resort. With the recent pledge, the Marriott’s cumulative contributions to MIA total more than $120,000. […]

Art-in-the- Glades Set for Jan. 18

Submitted Come to historic Everglades City on Sat., Jan. 18, from 10 AM-2 PM for Art-in-the-Glades at McLeod Park near Everglades City Hall. Artists from all over southwest Florida will offer hand-made crafts and artworks, and local musicians — including Snooker Joe Stem — will be on hand for live entertainment. The kiddies can play on the swings in McLeod […]

New Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian

Submitted December 29 was a homecoming of sorts for the folks at Marco Presbyterian Church as they installed the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof as their new senior pastor — a time to celebrate Schoof’s call and God’s plan for their church. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Fiol, who served as senior pastor from 1983-2008 gave the message and also participated in […]

HMA to Merge with Tennesseebased Company

By Coastal Breeze News Naples-based Health Management Associates Inc. (NYSE: “HMA”) announced today that its stockholders voted to adopt a previously announced merger agreement with Nashville, TN-based Community Health Systems Inc (NYSE: CYH). HMA stockholders approved the transaction with approximately 98.7 percent of the votes cast at a special meeting held today at Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples. This […]

State Parks Honor Premier University Athletics

Submitted The Florida Park Service is celebrating the Bowl Championship Series National Championship win of Florida State University and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl win of the University of Central Florida by cutting admission in half for its fans Monday-Thursday throughout January. What better way for fans to celebrate the nail-biting victories of the Seminoles and the Knights than with a […]