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Full gallery »MIYC Blessing of the Fleet, 2014

  • Commodore Bob DeFeo, left, Chaplain Ed Sellers and Safety Officer Dave Everitt take their places as the shore crew. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The size of the crew wasn't necessarily dependent on the size of the boat. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lois Dixon's 'Tri Power' sports a colorful display of nautical flags. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chaplain Ed Sellers sprinkles water from his asperges to perform the blessing. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lois Dixon's 'Tri Power' sports a colorful display of nautical flags. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Commodore Bob DeFeo watches the yachts come in. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Saturday morning, the Marco Island Yacht Club held their annual Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, with a baker’s dozen of the club’s vessels passing in review before their officers, and receiving the blessing of the chaplain. The MIYC bridge, those of them in attendance, broke out their dress whites and snappy nautical caps, and saluted as the boats passed, carrying on a centuries-old tradition.



Full gallery »Marco Island Farmer's Market, 2014

  • The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Worker Maria de los Angeles prepares for the day at Capri Produce. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary Cruz sells flowers from Marco to Sanibel. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Workers tote coolers of produce first thing in the morning. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Workers prepare for the day at Capri Produce. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Orlando Leon puts up the sign at Naples Bread & Pastry. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

As the sun peeks over the horizon, Veterans Park is a beehive of activity. Starting in the predawn darkness, a section of the park is transformed from an open strip of well-beaten grass into a once-a-week retail emporium and food court, with nearly 90 different vendors hawking their wares. They erect their canopies, set up folding tables, open box after box of vegetables, flowers, bagels and jars of honey, arrange the merchandise into tempting displays, move their vehicles out of what will soon become a pedestrian mall, sneak a sip of coffee, set out their cashbox to make change, and await the customers as the sun comes up.



Full gallery »After 5 at Chop 239

  • Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Catherine Flynn serves a tropical drink. Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Pam Williams, from left, Paulina Williams, Pat Byers and Kay Fulford. Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fred Kramer, Tricia Fusco, Peter Hui, and Susan Ackerson. Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Laurie Kosak and Linda Flores hit the buffet. Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Monte Lazarus hears no evil as spouse Sandi Riedemann,  chamber executive director, tends to business. Chop 239 in the Esplanade hosted the chamber's 'After 5' gathering Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Each month, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce holds an “After Five” get-together, a chance for chamber members, supporters and the curious to meet, mingle and socialize in a different, pleasant location, with a buffet provided and adult beverages available. The After Five events also give host businesses the chance to introduce their services to Marco’s business leaders. Wednesday evening, Chop 239 put their “best food forward” and sponsored an After Five.



Full gallery »Goodland Boat Parade, 2014

  • The number 10 boat channels 'The Cat in the Hat.' The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • 'Jumpin' John' Mincieli and his crew of pirates must have missed the memo on the theme. The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • This entry hit a wide array of comedians. The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • This entry hit a wide array of comedians. The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • A female clown 'moons' the crowd. The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • The Cheech & Chong entry, a crowd favorite, trails a cloud of smoke. The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade, with a comedy theme, raised funds for Avow Hospice Saturday in the laid-back fishing community of Goodland. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

The 18th annual Goodland Boat Parade was held Saturday in Goodland.



Full gallery »Wet Paint Live, 2014

  • Mary Moran paints at the Goodland Boating Park. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Chinski, center, shows her painting of a Goodland canal to Charlene Higgins, from left, Carol Petrelli, Lynn Tuttle and Ginger Finlayson. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Chinski left her studio behind to paint this Goodland canal. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tara O'Neill's palette is a work of art itself. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gail Trent Risner found her ideal subject next to Mar-Good Harbor Park. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gail Trent Risner found her ideal subject next to Mar-Good Harbor Park. Wet Paint Live 2014 had artists scattered all over Marco and Goodland Wednesday, painting canvases to be auctioned off that evening at the Rose HIstory Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Wet Paint Live, sponsored by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce and their Leadership Marco program, combines painting “en plein air” and fundraising. Participating artists choose a spot, put up their easel, and create a painting in one day from start to finish. The resulting works are signed, framed, and delivered to the Rose History Auditorium for sale to the highest bidder. This was the seventh annual outing for the Wet Paint Live event.



Full gallery »Art Center Gala, 2014

  • Sisters Heide Berge and Ruthi Barber. 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • New executive director Hyla Crane introduces herself. 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • President Rosemary Wick, right, receives a gift from event chairman Sue Darrow. 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Guests crowd the tiny dance floor. 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Barry Newman belts out the oldies. 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Rhapsody in Black,' a gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, brought a Roaring 20s feel to the Island Country Club on Sunday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Marco Island Center for the Arts was “in the black” Sunday evening. Approximately 300 members and supporters jammed the ballroom at the Island Country Club for the Art Center’s annual gala, titled “Rhapsody in Black” and featuring a Roaring 20s theme.



Full gallery »Jammin' in the Hammock, 2014

  • Zachary Miller plays his fiddle with the 
 Bugtussle Ramblers.  'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Doug Gerdon plays mandolin with the Bugtussle Ramblers. 'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Russ Morrison, left, and Gary Mackey pick under one of the park's chickee huts. 'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • 'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Linda Kallinger of the Bean Pickers plays barefoot fiddle onstage. 'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Gary Mackey takes part in an impromptu jam session. 'Jammin' in the Hammock' returned to Collier-Seminole State Park over the weekend, bringing bluegrass music lovers together for laid-back tunes in a natural setting. 
 Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Music lovers who wanted to hear some live picking and reconnect with the old Florida had two distinct choices over the weekend. They could join 50,000 others heading down to the Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City, taking the chance of backing up for miles on State Road 29, and hear country bands in a sea of beer and bikers.



Full gallery »iPad open house

  • Linda Mitchell acts as bartender, pouring a glass of wine.  Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ken Mitchell, center, talks with his guests. Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gordon and Lorrie Bouchee went home with a new iPad Mini. Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realtors Mary Bartos, left, and Angelica Andrews chat in the living room. Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Linda Mitchell chats up Marv Needles. Ken and Linda Mitchell of Laurel Court raised the bar for real estate open houses Thursday, offering refreshments including an open bar, live music, and door prizes including two iPad Minis to attendees.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Ken Mitchell really wants to sell his “pad,” a waterfront home on Laurel Court. So, to entice Realtors and interested buyers to come to his open house Thursday afternoon, he and his wife Linda sweetened the deal with the chance to win door prizes including two iPad Minis.



Full gallery »'Souper Bowl,' Marco Island, 2014

  • Leah Tschida, 5, samples loaded potato soup from Stonewalls. The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Laura Owen ladles out CJ's stuffed pepper soup. The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wanda Hewley selects her unique bowl. The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco artists Carolyn Burger, from left, Karen Swanker, and Betty Newman with the bowls they painted for auction. The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Margo Levenda, from left, Barney Halaschak, Lindy and Marianne Betancourt and Terry Levenda concentrate on their tasting. The 'Souper Bowl,' Saturday at Mackle Park, brought together and charitable giving. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Hundreds of guests got to try some savory soups, and restaurants got to expose new customers to their wares, at the second annual “Souper Bowl” event at Mackle Park. Held on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, the fundraiser for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco scholarship fund provided more fun and excitement than the one-sided snoozefest the football game turned out to be.



Full gallery »Gentlemens' dinner

  • Restaurant manager Dennis Rowley with the varieties being sampled. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ellice McCoy of Southern Wine & Spirits prepares to try a Rob Roy. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The varieties being sampled are displayed before the festivities. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ellice McCoy of Southern Wine & Spirits sips a 15-year-old single malt. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Restaurant manager Dennis Rowley, cold sober, breaks into song. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Glenlivet brand ambassador Craig Bridger savors a single malt Scotch. The 'Gentleman's Scotch Dinner' held at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott Wednesday evening paired selected Scotch whiskys with complimentary foods. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The “Gentleman’s Scotch Dinner (with the Ladies)” held Wednesday evening at Kurrents restaurant in the Marriott was dedicated to pairing Scotch whisky, primarily single malts, with appropriate food items to create a gourmet dining experience and perhaps, in the long run, build awareness and sales for Chivas Bros. distilleries and their Glenlivet brands. But for many, even dedicated drinkers of the Highlands’ distilled essence, Scotch is typically downed before the meal, which is then accompanied by wine. That is, if further alcohol is desired, and to be fair and accurate, it generally is.



Full gallery »Marriott town hall, 2014

  • The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Architect Malcolm Berg, left, and Marriott general manager Rick Medwedeff address the audience. The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marriott general manager Rick Medwedeff addresses the audience. The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ray Seward rises to speak during the Q&A session. The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marriott general manager Rick Medwedeff addresses the audience. The Marriott held a second 'town hall' meeting Wednesday evening to inform residents of the hotel's proposed expansion plans. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Like everyone else, the Marriott wants to be understood. In this case, what they want understood is just what the plans are for the hotel’s proposed redevelopment, to counter what Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa general manager Rick Medwedeff called “rumors and misinformation” he said abounds in the community and the media.



Full gallery »Isles of Capri yard sale, 2014

  • Corporal Jim Spartz of the Collier Sheriff's Office patrols on his ATV. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • A crowd flocks to the cookout at Capri Christian Church. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Rich Christian, right, serves peppers and onions to Al Harmsen. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Resident Craig Stropparo watches the crowd pick over his belongings. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Buyers inspect the merchandise at a home on Tahiti Drive. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Litczy Alcerro cuddles up to a stuffed dog. The Capri Yard Sale, a community-wide swap shop, brought hundreds of vehicles to Isles of 
 Capri Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Saturday morning, everyone on the Isles of Capri was buying, or selling, or both. The normally quiet residential streets of the waterfront community teemed with minivans and pickup trucks as once again, the annual Capri Yard Sale turned Marco’s cross-bridge suburb into one gigantic swap shop.



Full gallery »Pirate Day, Marco Island, 2014

  • Marco Island Historical Museum’s Manager Lisa Marciano guards the plank that leads to the treasure at the museum’s second annual Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Tigers and friendly pirates Kate Mullen, clockwise from left, Mason Mullen, Joel Anderson and Mia Mullen hide in the vegetation at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Jan. 25 Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Marco Island Historical Museum volunteer Kathy Miracco welcomes families to the museum’s Annual Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Keegen, left, and Tamara Morgan are happy to be at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Jan. 25 Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Face painter extraordinaire Michael Bey holds a mirror for pirate Joel Anderson at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Jan. 25 Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Kacie, left, and Kira Swanson choose their booty after successfully completing their treasure map at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Pirate Day on Jan. 25. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Argh matey, Saturday, Jan. 25 was picture perfect for The Marco Island Historical Museum’s Second Annual Pirate Day. Parents, grandparents, babies, toddlers and kids strolled the grounds in search of fun and treasure. Eight pirate-themed activities ranged from making paper parrots and make believe hooks to face painting and knot tying. The two most popular events, however, were the face painting and walking the plank to the treasure chest.



Full gallery »Marco Island Chamber Installation, 2013

  • Incoming chamber president Jacquie Koon speaks to the assemblage. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Members of the 2013 Leadership Marco graduating class with Dianna Dohm , next to Lori Wagor at left, filling in for Jennifer Stanley. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • State Representative Kathleen Passidomo inducts chamber officers including, from right, President Jacquie Koon, President-Elect Dick Shanahan, Immediate Past President Nancy Carrington, director Susan Ackerson, Treasurer Jada Shigley and director Alan Brown. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • State Representative Kathleen Passidomo inducts chamber officers including, from right, President Jacquie Koon, President-Elect Dick Shanahan, Immediate Past President Nancy Carrington, director Susan Ackerson, Treasurer Jada Shigley and director Alan Brown. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jacquie and Curt Koon share the dance floor with outgoing president Nancy Carrington. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Installation Celebration and Leadership Marco Graduation Ceremony Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Kathleen Passidomo is an instigator. At the 2014 Installation Celebration for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Sunday evening at the Hideaway Beach Club, Passidomo, State Representative for District 106, which includes Marco Island, performed a dual, or rather a triple role. She was a member of the 2013 graduating class of Leadership Marco, and performed the induction ceremony for the chamber’s new executive committee and board of directors.



Full gallery »Chamber After 5, Marco Island, Jan. 2013

  • Mary Zachrich and Dina Schleifer. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Randy Bayard and Amy Wilson. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • David Longfield-Smith, left, Vip Grover, David Hyatt, and incoming chamber president Jacquie Koon. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bill Filbin, center, holds court at the long granite counter. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Katie O'Hara rings the bell to get everyone's attention. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • LIsa and Denis Meurgue find another use for the scissors as they prepare for the ceremonial grand opening. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

For the first “After Five” of the new year, and the last of chamber president Nancy Carrington’s tenure, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce met at Petit Soleil in the Shops of Olde Marco. The chamber held a “ribbon cutting” for this seven-days-a-week breakfast and lunch bistro, launched by Denis and Lisa Meurgue to fill the idle hours left them between operating the nearby Bistro Soleil, and manning their booth at the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday.



Full gallery »Jack Wert talks tourism on Marco Island

  • Rick Medwedeff, left, speaks with Mac Chaudhry and Alan Sandlin after the presentation. Jack Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jack Wert is introduced by Chamber of Commerce executive director Sandi Riedemann. Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jack Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • One of the ads being run to entice visitors to the area. Jack Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jack Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jack Wert gives his presentation with the assistance of PowerPoint. Wert, Collier County tourism honcho, came to Marco Island Tuesday evening to present a tourism update at the Rose History Auditorium. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau came to the island at the invitation of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening, to present a tourism update. The audience who came to view the presentation, not quite two dozen unless you count Jack, would have filled your average conference room to overflowing, but left plenty of room in the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum.



Full gallery »Police Foundation Rib Cook-off, 2014

  • Steve Stefanides concentrates on savoring some ribs. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Brothers Ross and Chris Broxson display their take on the ultimate ribs. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mark Canady tries his hand at beanbag in the parking lot. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Heidi Moss nibbles on a rib. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • John Campbell shows off his second place medal. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bernardo Bezos won this guitar, plus a cooler full of booze. Now, he said, he needs to learn to play. Barbecue chefs competed in the third annal Rib Cook-off Saturday afternoon at Marco Island Brewery, to benefit the Marco Island Police Foundation scholarship fund. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The term “pig” used to be an epithet hurled at police officers, before they embraced it and made it a badge of honor. The Marco Island Police Foundation has sponsored pig roasts, cooking whole hogs, and Saturday afternoon, they held the third annual MIPF Rib Cook-off at the Marco Island Brewery, with proceeds benefiting the organization’s scholarship fund.



Full gallery »Morningstar

  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Roger and Karen Raymond of Morningstar Show Band will rock out the old year, and ring in the new, in the ballroom at the Marriott, as they have for over 30 years.
  • Roger Raymond, Morningstar Show Band leader and running enthusiast, at this year's Hill Run. The band will play New Year's Eve at the Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Roger Raymond (center) with Rich Rahlf on and Chris Melville. Submitted

They’re putting the band back together. No, not the Blues Brothers. But Roger and Karen Raymond of Morningstar Show Band have been at it longer than Jake and Elwood of the iconic movie and they are real, not fictional characters. This New Year’s Eve, Morningstar Show Band will rock out the old year, and ring in the new, in the ballroom at the Marriott, as they have for over 30 years.



Full gallery »Hill Run, Marco Island, 2013

  • Runner Leah McCarthy runs dressed as a candy cane. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Runners prepare for the start. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • First place finisher Jesse Armbruster heads for the finish line. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Runners approach the finish line. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Last December, it was the Chill Run, with temps down in the 40s. On Saturday, it was 40 degrees warmer, making the heat a factor, along with the unaccustomed gradients, as 245 runners ran five miles in this year’s running of the Hill Run.



Full gallery »CIS salute to vets, 2013

  • FILE Wayne Smith spent over five years as a POW in North Vietnam. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • With New Life pastor Thomas McCulley in the background, veteran 'Capt. Ray' Yerich listens to the tributes and reminisces. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • VFW Post 6370 Commander Dave Gardner points out the insignia marking him as a combat medic. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A reception was held before the event. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Veterans Lee Rubenstein and Jim Richards listen to the program. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Keynote speaker Wayne Smith, right, speaks to Herb Savage and Lois Bolin before the event. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The keynote speaker at the Christmas Holiday Veterans’ Salute was himself a reminder of the sacrifices our military veterans may be called on to endure when they serve our country. Naples resident Wayne Smith was a young Air Force fighter pilot flying his 90th combat mission when he was shot down over North Vietnam on January 18, 1968. He spent five years and two months 1,882 days as a prisoner of war, sharing time with John McCain in the “Hanoi Hilton” and enduring physical and psychological torture. Smith spoke to the gathering at the Veterans’ Salute, a Christmas Island Style event, in the Rose History Auditorium Tuesday evening, an event blending patriotic spirit and Christmas spirit.




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