Business Briefs, Marco Eagle, April 7

Marco Eagle

Fiddler’s Creek receives annual Firewise community recertification

Fiddler’s Creek again has been recognized as a Firewise Community – a designation it has attained yearly since 2010 – for implementing community-wide safeguards designed to protect residents from wildfire danger.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters, the program recognizes communities that have taken action to reduce risks from brush, grass and forest fires.

Fiddler's Creek Clubhouse.

The Firewise Community USA program provides comprehensive resources to help residents and communities work together to prepare and protect their homes from the threat of wildfires.

“As we unfortunately have witnessed recently, wildfires happen all too often in Florida, especially during the dry spring months,” said Ron Albeit, general manager of The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek.

“Our Firewise Community certification assures residents we are taking every step possible to keep them, their property and the entire community safe.”

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Local Real Estate professional attends conference

Local real estate professional Natalie Kirstein of John R. Wood Properties joined an accomplished group of real estate professionals from around the world at the Luxury Portfolio Summit from Feb. 27 until March 1 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The event was invitation-only and open exclusively to sales associates who specialize in the luxury market and whose firms are affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International.

The 2017 Luxury Portfolio Summit kicked off by exploring the changing expectations of luxury consumers and what sales associates can do to better serve their clients and provide them with the “wow” that they are looking for.

Hilton celebrates Easter

This newly renovated Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating the Easter holiday weekend with a festive springtime brunch spread and a variety of fun Easter activities all weekend long.

Located at the property’s signature restaurant, The Deck at 560, Easter Sunday Brunch will include an assortment of dishes including create your own omelet station, carving station, seafood offerings including shrimp and stone crab claws, lemon Chablis chicken with wilted spinach and tomatoes, roasted pork loin with lingonberry jam, seared mahi mahi, among many other delectable entrée options and an assortment of pastries and desserts.

A special child’s buffett is also avalible and includes mac and cheese, chicken tenders and other childhood favorites.

Brunch will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adding to the family fun, the Easter Bunny will make appearances on the beach as well as during Sunday brunch, greeting guests and taking photos with eager egg-hunters.

Weddings by Phyllis receives award

Weddings by Phyllis has been selected for the 2017 Best of Marco Island Award in the weddings category by the Marco Island award program.

Each year, the program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

Scholarships Available for local students majoring in the arts

Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts.

Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts.

With the cost of a higher education beyond high school continuing to rise each year, The Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to help local students pursue their dreams in the arts.  Students living on Marco Island, the Isle of Capri and Goodland or attending school on Marco Island are eligible and encouraged to apply.

We are looking for hard working high school seniors and college students who plan to major in music, photography, art, movie making, the theater or dance.

The scholarship application offered by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts can be found on their website, 

Applications are also available on the Collier County Schools list of available scholarships.  Completed applications must be returned no later than April 30 for the student to be considered for a scholarship. Students and their parents are welcome to call Carolyn Burger for more information at 239-389-0280.

A special luncheon to honor students and award scholarships will be held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts on Saturday, May 27.