1. Tuesday: Weeki Wachee redux

The intense rain storms of a few weeks ago did more than saturate the Island. They also forced the cancellation of Dr. Lucinda Vickers’s much anticipated lecture about Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Mermaids, one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions.

Dr. Vickers’s lecture has been rescheduled, this time for 7 p.m., July 11, in Rose History Auditorium, Marco Island.

Located about 45 miles north of Tampa, Weeki Wachee is a natural spring so deep that the bottom has never been found. In the late ‘40s, stunt swimmer and attraction promoter Newt Perry built a theater into the Spring’s bedrock with viewing windows under the surface of the water and a system of air hoses and airlocks to enable highly trained swimmers to stage underwater performances without having to surface for air.

Dr. Lucinda Vickers earned a doctorate in creative writing from Florida State University and is currently a professor in the literature department at Tallahassee Community College. Dr. Vickers’s lecture is free to Marco Island Historical members and $10 for nonmembers; all are invited to attend. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, across from the library.

Information: 239-389-6447 or

2. Starts Monday: Boating safety course

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Aux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island announces a summer session of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) the most comprehensive basic boating instruction offered.

The class begins on Monday, July 10 and is taught over four weeks, on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 until 9:30 p.m., and includes a section on Florida specific boating laws and regulations.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will qualify to receive a Florida issued Boater Safety Identification Card (FBSIC). Classes are taught at the USCG Aux Station, Caxambas Park, 905 Collier Court, Marco Island.

Information: 239-394-5911 or

3. J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase continues

The J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase is on stage every Monday, from 7 until 10 p.m., now through Aug. 28 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Advance tickets are $30 each for reserved seating and $35 at the door. Buy individual tickets or a package at or call the box office at 239-642-7270.

Each show includes a performance, intermission, Q & A with the musician, and jam session. During the shows, the musicians will share personal stories about Florida heritage that inspired their songwriting and their musical talents.

Performers are Roy Schneider (July 10), Nate Martin (July 17), Ray Cerbone (July 24), Captn Jac (July 31), Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore (Aug. 7), Andy Wahlberg (Aug. 14), “Sawgrass” Cindy Hackney (Aug. 21) and Joerey Ortiz (Aug. 28).

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