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Full gallery »Marco Island Fourth of July, 2013

  • Eddie Caray, right, gives it his best shot in the hotdog eating contest. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Skimboarders glide at the water's edge. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Hannah Adams, about to turn 10, shows how to hula hoop at neck level. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The swimsuit competition gave many girls a chance to show off their gymnastic ability. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Travis Wildey wears his colors in his hair. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Avorie Anderson, right, and her friends get their own fireworks show going. Marco Island celebrated our nation's Independence Day Thursday, with an all-day beach party at Residents' Beach capped off by fireworks over the Gulf. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island’s community celebration of the Fourth of July is two stories, or one story in two chapters. First, there’s the daytime beach party, Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam at Residents’ Beach, put on by the Marco Island Civic Association, with help from Lola Dial of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Act two comes after dark, when the professional fireworks are fired off from a barge anchored offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, augmented by more than a few amateur pyrotechnic displays launched from the beach itself.



Full gallery »Everglades City Independence Day celebration, 2013

  • The Oriental Guide, a high official in the Araba Shrine Temple of Fort Myers. Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Sheriff's Office color guard leads the parade past City Hall. Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Oriental Guide, a high official in the Araba Shrine Temple of Fort Myers. Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Sheriff's Office color guard raises the flag in front of City Hall. Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country, celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday, with a parade, proclamations, a community fair, and fireworks in the evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Everglades City got a jump on the rest of the country Saturday, beating them to the punch with their Independence Day celebrations. The festivities have a distinct small town flavor, with little of the glitz seen in larger metropolitan blowouts. This is a celebration of the natives, by the natives and for the natives.



Full gallery »Spammy Jammy, 2013

  • The 'Man of Spam' was sculpted by Laurie Diefenthaler, who then had to fly herself, to Alaska. Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dana Fisher, expecting in September, gets a painted pig from Tessera Chesterfield.  Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Mayor of Spamtown, Ray Bozicnik, with First Lady Amy Bozicnik. Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Sandy Bryson sports the latest in Spam-themed attire. Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lisa Kiefer goes with the domestic evening look. Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Stevie Grandmaison lays down the bass for the Raiford Starke Band. Spammy Jammy brought Spam, sleepwear and silliness to Goodland's Little Bar for the traditional season-ending blowout Saturday night. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Little Bar in Goodland hosted Spammy Jammy 2013 Saturday night. The band played all night for the quintessentially Goodland festival that marks the summer closing of the Little Bar, and supposedly keeps Southwest Florida safe from storms.



Full gallery »Marco Island Parks & Rec Advisory Committee

  • City Councilor Larry Sacher proposes holding free concerts at Veterans' Community Park. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee convened for their monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, but in the absence of a quorum, could not hold an official meeting. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Committee chairman Paul Mayer reacts to Councilman Larry Sacher's remarks. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee convened for their monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, but in the absence of a quorum, could not hold an official meeting. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • City Councilor Larry Sacher proposes holding free concerts at Veterans' Community Park. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee convened for their monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, but in the absence of a quorum, could not hold an official meeting. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Recreation Supervisor Alex Galiana goes over improvements at city parks. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee convened for their monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, but in the absence of a quorum, could not hold an official meeting. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Beach Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie chairs the workshop. Marco's Beach Advisory Committee held both a meeting and a public workshop Thursday morning in the city's Community Room. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • FWC biologist Kristina Shope reports on shore birds. Marco's Beach Advisory Committee held both a meeting and a public workshop Thursday morning in the city's Community Room. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary Nelson details the state of the Marco sea turtle to the workshop. Marco's Beach Advisory Committee held both a meeting and a public workshop Thursday morning in the city's Community Room. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gabrielle Otie, 13, listens during the beach workshop. Marco's Beach Advisory Committee held both a meeting and a public workshop Thursday morning in the city's Community Room. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Tara talks, June 2013

  • Tara draws a raffle winner with help from Lisa Marciano and Lori Wagor. Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tara talks. Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Stephanie Millman won 'House of Blue.' Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Pink House Motel' by Tara O'Neill. Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Suzanne, from left, Eli, Ken, and Sarah Rafferty with Barbara Harwood. Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Goodland artist Tara O'Neill spoke to a gathering at the Marco Island Historical Museum on her one-woman show there on Friday, June 21. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

When she first saw Goodland as a teenager, Tara O’Neill said she thought it was “the most exotic, tropic, Swiss Family Robinson place I’d ever seen.” Despite being forbidden to go there by her mother, she went, and her love affair with the fishing village continues to this day. For the past three months, she has had a one-woman show of her Goodland-centered paintings, entitled “A Villager’s View,” on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum, and on Friday, before the show is taken down, she gave a talk there, on art, and Goodland, and how she combined the two.



Full gallery »Rookies golf benefit, June 2013

  • Heather Shanosky, Jackie Maffucci, Michele Richmond, Leo Rill, Missy Canady. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mike Moriarty, 10, and dad Brian. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gail and Bruce Devlin, Avery's grandparents. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rookies Rookies Bar & Grill owner Bruce Bell. Rookies sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Vip Grover and Chuck Hoffman. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • John Fuchs practices putting. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored a golf tournament Sunday morning at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery McCaskill, a 3-year-old leukemia patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Avery McCaskill didn’t attend the golf tournament held for her. She’s only three years old, not much of a golfer, and besides, she needed to keep her strength for the after-party at Rookies. Rookies Bar & Grill sponsored the tournament on Sunday at the Lely Mustang Golf Club to benefit Avery, who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.



Full gallery »Gideons memorial

  • Erin's Isle owner Mike Ward, left, with Hibiscus general manager Al Cooper. The restaurant hosted a musical celebration of entertainer Bobby Gideons Sunday evening in their new location inside Hibiscus Golf Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco stalwarts Debra and Dick Shanahan, Monte Lazarus and Sandi Riedemann. Erin's Isle hosted a musical celebration of entertainer Bobby Gideons Sunday evening in their new location inside Hibiscus Golf Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bobby's son Mike Gideons with wife Christine. Erin's Isle hosted a musical celebration of entertainer Bobby Gideons Sunday evening in their new location inside Hibiscus Golf Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ray Jones sings one of Bobby's songs. Erin's Isle hosted a musical celebration of entertainer Bobby Gideons Sunday evening in their new location inside Hibiscus Golf Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Erin's Isle hosted a musical celebration of entertainer Bobby Gideons Sunday evening in their new location inside Hibiscus Golf Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Bobby Gideons had a lot of friends. The longtime Marco-area entertainer was honored Sunday evening in just the way he would have wanted a jam session where many of his musical collaborators played the songs he loved, told stories, and had a great time.



Full gallery »Marco Island Beach Cleanup, June 2013

  • JJ and Stacey Mrozinski, right, new owners of Capt. Brien's, brought a crew of 20 to South Beach to help. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dianna Dohm, left, leads a crew from cleanup sponsor Mutual of Omaha. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Morgan Mrozinski, 12, displays a straw she found on, and removed from, the beach. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Bernardo Bezos displays a found pole. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chamber of Commerce marketing director Katie O'Hara 'walks the walk' hunting for debris. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Cleanup coordinator Diane Hoover adds trash to the ORV piloted by Bernardo Bezos, while George Schmidt rides shotgun. Marco's Beach Advisory held their regular beach cleanup on Sunday morning, with 60 volunteers scouring the sand and dunes for what less considerate beachgoers leave behind. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Many hands made quick work of the litter along a long stretch of Marco’s beach Sunday morning. Those hands, swathed in disposable just not at the beach plastic gloves donated by Publix, along with collection bags and bottled water, or in sturdy gardening gloves brought from home by the veteran beach cleanup volunteers, belonged to 60 concerned citizens of all ages. The cleaning crew mustered at the South Beach public access point before 8 a.m., and fanned out to the north and south. This is a wonderful time to get out on the beach on any nice morning, and knowing you are walking with a purpose, leaving the beach better than you found it just adds to the experience.



Full gallery »Common Threads, Goodland

  • Raissa Kaninda, 10, practices her sewing. Donna and Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Donna Inglis helps Kyala Conner, 9, with the fine points of chopping onions. Donna and her husband Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kyala Conner, 9, shows the bathing mitts the girls sewed. Donna and Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The girls work at the collection of sewing machines. Donna and Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Zakiyaa Lumpkin, 10, and D'Asia Williams, 13, play an electronic game. Donna and Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jemila McIntyre, 10, practices her sewing. Donna and Jim Inglis of Goodland opened their homes to a group of girls Georgia, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The girls traveled a great distance to get some sewing instruction and not just in miles. Five young ladies, with their two chaperones, came down from their homes in Athens, Georgia, to the Goodland home of Donna and James Inglis, as part of the Young Designers Sewing Program. The girls, all black, from the lower end of the socio-economic stratum and considered “at-risk,” came and stayed with the Inglises, spending three days and nights in Goodland, getting intensive instruction not only in sewing, but also cooking, deportment, and even fishing.



Full gallery »Memorial Day, Marco Island, 2013

  • Herb Savage leads a singalong of 'God Bless America.' Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Strummers bandleader Wes English plays for the event. Marco turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Former Army Air Corps pilot George Miller shows his seniority with the insignia on his cap. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marine Corps vet and city council chairman Joe Batte uncovers. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Police officers bow their heads for the prayer given by Rev. Thomas McCulley. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

With speeches, songs, flags, and uniforms, Marco Island came together Monday to honor those who gave their lives in the nation’s armed conflicts. Several hundred gathered at Veterans’ Community Park under a blue sky dotted with white clouds to honor members of the military who never came home from foreign wars, led by those who did come home. Jim Lang, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6370, served as master of ceremonies, and the VFW provided the color guard for the event. That was led by Lee Henderson, “Colonel Henderson” from his position as head of the Marco Civil Air Patrol, who will be the next post commander for the VFW.



Full gallery »May After Five, Marco Island Chamber

  • Guests load up their plates in the buffet line. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Karen Urbanik, from left, Sandy Boy, Kathleen Reynolds, and Mancy Boyer enjoy their food and each other's company. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Megan and Matthew Calabrese use game equipment for their own ends. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lesa Saffen of Water Walkers Paddlesports enjoys the evening and the view. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CJ's on the Bay co-owner Curt Koon keeps the buffet stocked. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CJ's on the Bay's 'Chef Laura' Owen takes a break after the guests have been fed. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

he Barbecue on the Bay, held annually as the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s May “After Five” social gathering, serves as the quasi-official end of season marker on the island. Area businesspeople and merchants have been going flat out for months, and with the snowbirds largely flown to their northern coops, this is the chance for locals to relax and unwind. So on Wednesday afternoon, Chamber members and supporters gathered at CJ’s on the Bay to catch up with their counterparts, and enjoy picnic food, perhaps along with an adult beverage. But the highlight of the affair focused on the younger generation.



Full gallery »Debate over proposed community center for Mackle Park

  • Bud Palmer, president of the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club, presents a representative “big flag” to Tim Pinter, public works director, at Monday’s city council meeting. The actual first “big flag” will be retired and replaced with a new one on Memorial Day. Representatives of the Big Flag Committee to the left are Keith Dameron, in back, Bonnie Garrett and Leo Sutera. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Council Chuck Kiester, left, listens as Councilor Larry Honig makes a motion Monday to approve in concept Mackle Park’s Community Center, subject to approval of financing and ratification of a contract. The motion was voted down. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Laura Brock of Mayer, Hoffman, McCann delivers results on the city’s Fiscal Year 2012 audit Monday during Marco Island’s City Council meeting. Brock’s report disclosed two concerns uncovered during the audit. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Public speaker Richard McGuiness asks representatives of Royal Concrete Concepts about construction of two new buildings at Mackle Park. The community center was discussed Monday during Marco Island’s City Council meeting. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Realtor lunch features Marco Island city manager as speaker

  • Michael Hilton, right, Rachel Dehanas and Brett Brown wait in line for the brunch buffet during the general membership meeting held at Hideaway Beach on Tuesday. Brown is an RPAC Trustee, an organization for politics and advocacy for real estate agents. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere listens to questions after speaking at the general membership brunch for Marco Island real estate agents on Tuesday. Riviere was guest speaker at the event held by Marco Island’s Area Association of Realtors. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bette McGilvray, incoming 2014 president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, holds a drawing for two iPads given away during the general meeting brunch for area real estate agents. Drawing a winning ticket is Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Recognized by Gary Verwilt, right, Bill Filbin in the center and Gerry Rosenbloom are distinguished in the 2012 Florida Realtors Honor Society. The honor was given at the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors general membership brunch held at Hideaway Beach on Tuesday. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Marco Art Center gets a facelift

  • Art League president Rosemary Wick looks chic as she lends moral support, despite having to come by wheelchair. Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Executive director Lynn Holley takes on the tricky bit around the sign. Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Organizer Dave Rice clowns with the eagle sculpture in front of the gallery. Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Cheryl Coffin creates a composition in red, white and blue. Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joan Geberding rolls on the front of the building. Supporters of the Marco Island Center for the Arts gave the group's headquarters on Winterberry Drive a bright new look at a paint party Saturday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The art scene on Marco Island got a lot brighter this weekend. Specifically, the headquarters building of the Marco Island Center for the Arts received a makeover Saturday, with volunteers applying a splashy multi-colored paint job on the formerly white building. Over two dozen volunteers came out to lend their support, their brushes and rollers, transforming the plain vanilla gallery on Winterberry Drive to a tutti frutti palette of colors reminiscent of Italian ceramics.



Full gallery »Hilton earns Diamond Award, 2013

  • Kate Hendricks and Christina Maselli, both five years old, enjoy the pool at the Marco Hilton. The hotel was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Marco Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry presents awards and gifts to Gloria Trevino, left, and Maria Garxa of the hotel's housekeeping staff. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • AAA Motor Club Manager Doug Harper, left, presents a plaque to Marco Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • The Marco Hilton was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • AAA Motor Club Manager Doug Harper, center left, presents a plaque to Marco Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • AAA Motor Club Manager Doug Harper, center left, presents a plaque to Marco Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa was honored with the AAA Four Diamonds award in a ceremony Wednesday at the hotel. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

The Four Diamonds that the “Three A’s” awarded to the Marco Hilton made Mac Chaudhry one happy manager. AAA, the American Automobile Association, presented a plaque to Chaudhry and the senior staff of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa on Wednesday afternoon, recognizing the hotel for earning, once again, the coveted “Four Diamond” status in the annual AAA ratings. In a ceremony at the hotel attended by almost two dozen of the Hilton’s managers, from white-toqued chefs to spa director Rachel Coleman, Chaudhry credited his employees with the win.



Full gallery »Capri Fire Advisory Committee pushes to proceed with hiring of full-time chief

  • City of Marco Island Assistant Fire Chief Chris Byrne speaks to the group. The Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Advisory Committee met Friday at the firehouse to consider hiring a new chief, in case they do not consolidate with another department.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Former advisory committee chairman Joe Langkawel follows the discussion. The Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Advisory Committee met Friday at the firehouse to consider hiring a new chief, in case they do not consolidate with another department.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Collier County Bureau of Emergency Serivces Director Dan Summers speaks to the assemblage. The Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Advisory Committee met Friday at the firehouse to consider hiring a new chief, in case they do not consolidate with another department.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ochopee Fire Chief Alan McLaughlin, who splits his time with the Capri department, weighs in during the meeting. The Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Advisory Committee met Friday at the firehouse to consider hiring a new chief, in case they do not consolidate with another department.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chairman Jim Hughes, left, and members Dan Sansevieri and Ben Hilbun participate in the discussion. The Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Advisory Committee met Friday at the firehouse to consider hiring a new chief, in case they do not consolidate with another department.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Marco Island Code Compliance Board

  • Anadenia Liy asks Marco Island’s Code Compliance Board for a time extension on connecting to the city’s sewer system. Liy asked for the extension Tuesday, citing financial problems. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Five members of Marco Island’s Code Compliance board listen to testimony by respondents who violated city codes. Seated from left at Tuesday’s meeting are Phil Kostelnik, Dawn Henderson, Rony Joel, Chairman Lou Prigge and Dick Adams. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Willard Giansanti, a local builder, explains repairs needed for 815 Rose Court to come into compliance and make the house livable. Giansanti spoke before Marco Island’s Code Compliance Board on Tuesday. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Multiple problems with this gravel parking area caused enough frustration that City Councilor Larry Sacher spoke for neighbors Tuesday and asked Marco Island’s Code Compliance Board to fine the property’s owner to the fullest extent. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Mad Hatter Mother/Daughter Tea Party

  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: Marco Parks & Rec Teen Recreation Leader Lola Dial as the Mad Hatter. The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: It didn't take long for young Caitlin Raymond to give her cupcake the taste test. The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: Celina Alber, 7 attends her first tea party and readies for her first sip.  Her Mom & sisters were at the party too. The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: Elizabeth Hobbs dressed perfectly for the occasion glances towards her Mom.  The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: Jennifer Raymond, center lines up for baked treats by Marco Park & Rec's Lola Dial to accompany her tea. The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.
  • May 11, 2013 Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party: Mindy Gordon, Recreation Manager Marco Parks & Rec impersonates the Red Queen here with Alexis Malloy.  The event is held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Marco Eagle-Daily News.

As is traditional on the Saturday before Mother’s Day Mackle Park was decked out for a mother/daughter social. With a Mad Hatter theme the kids enjoyed everything from arts and crafts, dances, costumes, staff and volunteers in character plus a formal tea party complete with home made finger sandwiches and treats. Lots of the girls were decked out in fancy dresses and hats and it looked like a great day out for those in attendance.



Full gallery »MIA does Shakespeare

  • From left, Jessica Lang, Josiah Hurtley, and Maxine Cox share a moment of revelry. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Annmarie Grossi as Viola ponders her situation. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Director Jacquielynn Wolff works with the actors on improvisational games. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jessica Lang is tipsy as Sir Toby Belch. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Annmarie Grossi as Viola, left, delivers a message to Bianca LaRochelle as Countess Olivia, right. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Director Jacquielynn Wolff works with the actors. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival debuts their inaugural production, 'Twelfth Night,' over the next two weekends at Marco Lutheran Church, with a cast of students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

In partnership with Marco Island Academy, with a cast made up of students largely drawn from the Island’s new high school, MISF opens “Twelfth Night” tonight (Friday) at Marco Lutheran Church, with a schedule of performances over the next two weekends. Director Wolff has been working with English classes at MIA, doing readings of the play, and bringing it to the stage allows the students, as well as the audience, to hear Shakespeare in the format for which it was written.




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