Coastal Life

Wear IT for Safe Boating


Each boating organization on Marco Island has it’s own special appeal to the public, be it kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, boating education, etc. Members of one organization might like to participate in some of the activities held by another organization. We thought that this would be a good way for boating members to be introduced to other boating organizations on […]

Boaters Need a Hurricane Plan


Every boat owner should be prepared for tropical storm and hurricane forecasts. Owners should develop a hurricane plan in advance of possible tropical season weather activity. The plan should include contact information for the owner and any caretaker (in the absence of the owner); alternate caretakers just in case; where the boat keys are stored; what plan for storage has […]

Eagerly Awaiting as the JW Marriott Nears the Finish Line


Rich Lutz is experiencing anticipation akin to being the father of an infant who has yet to take its first steps. As director of engineering for the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort since 1997, he has been responsible for overseeing a $320 million renovation and expansion project there that began in 2015 and will be completed in mid-June. “It […]

AAUW Turns 40

At the AAUW Spring Luncheon at Bistro Soleil, the ladies celebrated their 40th Anniversary, awarded scholarship money to six deserving Marco Island women, and installed their executive officers for 2018-2020. “We exceeded our fundraising goals in February at our Time, Talent, & Treasure Auction. We usually give $1,000 to each recipient. The goal was to give $1,500 this year. We […]

Spirit Awards Event Raises $50,000


The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island recently held its 10th Annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards Dinner at Bistro Soleil. Honorees included Rene and Tish Champagne, Dianna Dohm, Gary Landis, Philip Penzo, Carl Titgemeier, and Lee County Electric Coop. In addition, the event raised $20,000 for college scholarships and local charitable causes and another $30,000 for wheelchairs for disabled […]

Rotary Sunrise Partners with Our Daily Bread for Diaper Distribution


The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise opened it’s Baby Basics Diaper Distribution Site on Marco Island in October 2016 with support and assistance from the Lutheran Church. However, with client growth and natural synergies of those supported, Sunrise Rotary has formed a partnership with Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Family Church of Marco Island to distribute their diapers on […]

Learn to Shower Yourself with Love


Revival Yoga Fitness Studio on Marco Island will be hosting a three-hour workshop focused on exploring practical ways to embrace and share gratitude, kindness and self-love. This conversation will be led by Roy Burns, an Atlanta native now residing in Southwest Florida. Roy Burns’ eclectic background of military service and holistic practices contributes to his unique ability to facilitate engaging […]

Nesting Waterbirds Need Space


It’s nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beachgoers and boaters to give these birds and their young space to help keep them safe. “This is a critical time of year for nesting birds and their young,” said Craig Faulhaber, avian conservation coordinator for the FWC. “By taking […]

Pack 234 Races at the Pinewood Derby


The Cub Scouts from Pack 234 recently held their annual Pinewood Derby at Mackle Park on Marco Island. This is the 65th year for the Pinewood Derby for the Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts from Troop 234 assisted, earning community service hours. The scouts had fun racing the cars that they had built with their families, to earn patches […]

Win $5,000 in the Lionfish Challenge!


Attention recreational and commercial lionfish hunters: Registration for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) 2018 Lionfish Challenge is open. Register at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. This year’s Challenge begins on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 19, and will run through September 3. Join us for the Challenge kickoff at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival and the Lionfish World […]


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