Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to […]

Regatta Sails on Slow, But Steady Winds

• Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Sailing Regatta was recently held off of the Marco beach on a sunny Saturday, with winds perfect for sailing. Ten large sailboats (30-50 feet) competed around a three-mile triangular course set off of the Marriott Marco Island Resort. Mark boats identified the course by placing yellow blow-up buoys. The first turn […]

Station 51 Replacement

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Firefighters respond to a number of incidents each year, some are memorable, while others tend to fade as time passes. July 7th of this year the crew from Station 51 was returning from a routine medical call to their quarters on East Elkcam Circle.  That crew immediately recognized that something was amiss at their station […]

Hero House Fundraiser

• Submitted The Brandi Tramazzo Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors held a fundraiser at the SpeakEasy. Hero House provides a Marco Island vacation for veterans who return home and need time to reconnect with their families and recover from deployment. For more information go to www.btherohouse.org

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in […]

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply […]

Entertaining By Mother Nature

• Submitted If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more. From December through April the Conservancy offers an exclusive eco cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very […]

Practice Makes Perfect

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As someone who is a full time/year round resident, who continues to play and compete in the sports of tennis and pickleball during the off season, I find that my game tends to get in a bit of a rut, simply because I am playing and competing with the same handful of players day […]

Susan Kubat Named Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for Third Quarter, 2016 to Susan Kubat. Susan was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Susan has worked endlessly to protect our environment. She has served as a volunteer board member and president of Friends […]

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over […]