Photos by CHERYL FERRARA

  • One of the largest homes currently under construction in Collier County, architect William Lewis says its conception brought about an end to an otherwise dry spell for building on Marco Island.
  • Looking overhead, this cupola rises multiple stories above the great room of a mansion designed by William Lewis and being built on Laurel Court. Lewis uses the cupola as a signature feature for his homes and to provide open space and light.
  • Architect William Lewis of WHL Architects stands in a maze of walls being constructed following his design for a Marco Island “MacMansion” on Laurel Court.
  • Architect William Lewis of WHL Architects stands in a maze of walls being constructed following his design for a Marco Island 'McMansion' on Laurel Court.
  • Looking overhead, this cupola rises multiple stories above the great room of a mansion designed by William Lewis and being built on Laurel Court. Lewis uses the cupola as a signature feature for his homes and to provide open space and light.
  • Donated by Anthony Dallman-Jones, this artwork is valued at $800. Silent auction items helped raise money for a new charter high school on Marco Island during a fundraiser at Hideaway Beach on Saturday.
  • Watt, Love: brokering a partnership. Marco Island Academy Board President Jane Watt (left) and Marco Island Family YMCA Executive Director Cindy Love discuss their partnership to build a charter high school on YMCA property at a kickoff fundraiser on Saturday.
  • Board President Jan Watt (left) and Tara Hagan receive roses for their groundwork developing Marco Island Academy at a fundraiser on Saturday at Hideaway Beach.
  • William Browning of Terrapin, an environmental consulting and strategic planning firm, speaks about the impact of natural lighting and eco-friendly buildings on students and the community at the Marco Island Academy fundraiser on Saturday.
  • Eighth grader Sierra Rose (seated left) attends the Marco Island Academy fundraiser on Saturday with Wendy Rose and friends David and Dawn Vergo (standing).  During the program, Sierra sang 'What a Wonderful World' for attendees.
  • Wanda Day, president of Marco Island Sunrise Rotary, displays photographs of the eight Haitian children who received lifesaving heart surgeries as part of the club's Gift of Life program. Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, four children have been found and four are still missing.
  • Pupils Maddie Paoletti (left), Edwin Kindred, and Heather Francis work with their teacher Henry Hill (right) to bake bread as a fundraiser to help earthquake victims in Haiti. So far, Winterberry Christian Academy pupils have raised $3,760 through the fundraiser and hope to reach a total of $5,000.
  • Charlene Garcia holds up crutches beside a box of donated blankets that have been collected to the Greater Family Marco YMCA for victims of Haiti's earthquake. The Y is still accepting first aid supplies, tarps and rope.
  • Joseph Bonhomme and Diemila Tanelus, 24-year employees at the Hilton Marco Island Resort & Spa, sit and discuss the losses of family and friends in Haiti. Mac Chaudhry (standing) praised the staff of the Hilton for their work in raising $23,400 for Haitian relief.
  • Wanda Day, president of Marco Island Sunrise Rotary, remembers those who were lost and cherishes those who were found in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Of the eight Haitian children who received lifesaving heart surgeries as part of the club's Gift of Life program, four children have been found and four are still missing.
  • Jack and Grayce Studley walk a rather attentive one-year-old Irish setter named Porsche into the pavilion at Mackle Park to participate in Dog Day Afternoon, a fundraiser organizer hope will move them closer to their $48,000 goal for an off-leash dog park.
  • It may look like these two poodles, Rocky and DeVille, owned by Ginger Schoen are mirror images, but they are actually several years apart in age.
  • Saturday was a time for children like Sydney Koszo to make new friends. Dog Day Afternoon in Mackle Park was a fundraiser to help build an off-leash dog park at the site.
  • Joanne Nestor gives 2-year-old Dalmatian Samantha a big hug as a reward for her good behavior during the Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser.
  • Nancy Dowdell takes a picture of Nacho 'the rat dog' as part of fundraising efforts on Saturday during Dog Day Afternoon events in Mackle Park. Nacho is accompanied by owner Val Simon and daughter, Jessica.
  • Pint-size dog owner Caitline Moyer proudly shows off pink-leashed Annabelle at Saturday's Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser in Mackle Park.
  • Organizers Carrie Canfield, Lenise DeLuca and Terri DiSciullo take a quick break from cooking at Saturday’s Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser in Mackle Park.
  • Struppi is one wet and cool pooch after receiving a shampoo and bath from a group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at the Dog Day Afternoon.
  • Betty Chesney gives Bandit West a nice neck rub at Dog Day Afternoon at Mackle Park on Saturday. Chesney, who lost her dog six months ago, came to the event to be around dogs. “I’d take them all home,” she said.
  • Mario, held by owner Trisha Ross, struts his stuff in a rather dashing plaid hat and matching neckwear at Dog Day Afternoon at Mackle Park on Saturday.
  • M.A. Kline shows off her two Portuguese water dogs, Bearto and Tango. Kline said President Obama has a dog like these to look forward to when his pup, Bo, grows up. She brought her two 'boys' to Dog Day Afternoon at Mackle Park on Saturday.
  • Sports stylish soft harnesses, Ulysses, 5, left, with owner Ana Nino and Rookie, 1, with owner Dianne Sakuta seem to take the activity around them in stride during Saturday’s fundraiser at Mackle Park.
  • Many hands work up a lather for Chip, this small breed dog being shampooed by members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
  • Brothers Luis, left, and Sebastian Nario brought their two pals, Frank and Joey, to meet and socialize with other dogs during Dog Day Afternoon.
  • Daniel Proehl rests with his dog, Lucky, at the Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser on Saturday at Mackle Park. Lucky was rescued from a shelter and given to Daniel as a birthday present.
  • Esplanade's quiet times
During most hours, the bar at CJ's on the Bay is a quiet place.
Cheryl Ferrara, Special to the Eagle
  • Esplanade's busy times
. . . but on Thursday evenings or during community events, the Esplanade can be full of people, activities and music.  
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  • Marco's Esplanade, a social place
On Thursday evenings and during special events, people enjoy the culture, music and social atmosphere of the Esplanade's outdoor bar.    
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  • Workers at the corner of Shenandoah Court move water lines in preparation for central sewer construction to begin on Heathwood Drive April 14, 2009.      
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  • Working on the septic tank replacement program, contractors prepared this septic tank on Peach Court for abandonment Tuesday.
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  • Workers decommission a septic tank on Peach Court Tuesday. This tank will be filled with crushed stone and abandoned.
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  • Mike Minozzi
  • Alan Brown of the Beautification Committee and Patricia Mastronardi, administrative assistant to the Parks & Recreation Department, are honored for their services at the Marco Island City Council meeting on Monday. 
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  • City Manager Steve Thompson at the Marco Island City Council on Monday recognizes Dr. Fay Biles for her loyal attendance at government meetings.    
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  • Monday, City Council gave the 2009 Marco in Bloom Landscaping Awards to, from left, First Baptist Church, institutional; Marbelle Club, condominium; Barry and Margaret Grass, residential; James and Jolaynne Holmes, cul-de-sacs; and Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, commercial.
  • Alan Brown of the Beautification Committee and Patricia Mastronardi, administrative assistant to the Parks & Recreation Department, are honored for their services at the Marco Island City Council meeting on Monday. 
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  • During the Marco Island City Council meeting Monday, Mike Minozzi, a former city councilor details the more than two decade history of pursuing the S.S. Judge Jolley Bridge expansion.
  • City Manager Steve Thompson at the Marco Island City Council on Monday recognizes Dr. Fay Biles for her loyal attendance at government meetings.    
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  • At their weekly 'power lunch', from left, Bob Stakich, Bud Davis, Tom Barnard, John Dougherty and Mike Gavin discuss the pending S.S. Judge Jolley Bridge expansion. Stakich is a former Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce president.  Davis is the retired regional manager for Marriott.  Barnard was head of Deltona Real Estate for many years.  Dougherty is vice president for the company that owns Marco Island Hilton Beach Resort and Mike Gavin is a retired attorney.
  • Sanitasole on Barfield Drive currently offers daytime adult care but will be considered for an adult living facility at the City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6.
  • Richard Robinson, of Triad Health Care Systems and Sanitasole, will operate the first licensed assisted living and nursing care facility on Marco if City Council approves his petition for a conditional use permit on April 6.
  • Although Phase 1 is completed on the Marriott Vacation Club on South Collier Boulevard, owners are looking for extensions to complete Phase 2, Phase 3 and the public access walkway.
  • Christina Martinez writes the names Pearl and Angel Diaz on the T-shirt of Alexandra Diaz at the March 27 and 28 Relay for Life. Alexandra said the two names represented her grandmother and uncle, victims of cancer.
  • With spirit stick in hand Christy Willems, representing Team Mexico sponsored by M&I Bank, walks a lap during opening ceremonies on March 27 for Relay for Life at Mackle Park.
  • Hector Diaz and Christian Pipitone help organizers light the more than 600 luminarias that line the walking track at Mackle Park during the March 27 Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.

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