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Greater Marco Family YMCA Postpones “Sports Celebrity Speaker Series” event scheduled for Aug 31, 2011

The Greater Marco Family YMCA regretfully announces the postponement of the Sports Celebrity Speaker Series event scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Major League Baseball great Luis Tiant was the scheduled speaker and was forced to cancel due to Hurricane Irene and its impact along the east coast of the US. This event will be rescheduled for the first week of December 2011. Tickets already purchased for the event will also be honored at the rescheduled time and day. The first of four events in this series will be held in November 2011 and will feature sports celebrities from the ... Read More »

Cancelled: Marco Island Executive Airport Taxiway temporary closing

CANCELLED. Commissioners/Board Members, please be advised that due to taxiway construction soil mixing activities within 200ft. of the runway for the tie-in of taxiway connectors, scheduled for next week, we will be issuing a runway closure NOTAM for the following time period: Effective:  0700 Local – Tuesday 09/06/11 Ending:  1900 Local – Thursday 09/08/11 During this time period, the runway will be closed to all aircraft operations and will not re-open until the associated construction activities are completed within the 200ft. zone.  All of our customers and tenants located at Marco Island Executive Airport may relocate aircraft to Everglades Airpark ... Read More »

Water Disinfection during September by MI Utilities

Marco Island Utilities (MIU) will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for the potable (drinking) water supply. From September 1 through September 30, 2011, MIU will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines allows MIU to perform an annual water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. The process will start at 9:00 AM on September 1, 2011. This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause adverse health effects. However, during this period customers ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  The Marco Island Kiwanis is again focused on helping children on our Island and others nearby. They have been collecting used printer cartridges all year and getting points from Staples Office Supplies to buy supplies for school aged youth whose families cannot afford to buy them at this time, what with the down-economy and the jobless rate. For the young people receiving these school supplies (and for the teachers as well who might try to buy them with their own money, as my granddaughter/teacher does) it is a true blessing. It helps them to get a good foothold ... Read More »

Remembering 9/11

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A ‘Celebration of Courage’ will take place at the Marco Island Marriott on Sunday, September 11, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This year’s event will include an expanded presentation to commemorate this significant anniversary. The Master of Ceremony will be Dave Elliott, radio host at WGUF (98.9). Dave will introduce the featured guest speaker, retired NYPD Sergeant Dennis Bootle. On that fateful day, Dennis was dispatched to the scene when the first plane hit the North Tower. Attendees will hear what it was like to ... Read More »

Behind the Badge-Don Hunter

By Danielle Dodder Marco Island’s Police Chief Don Hunter is famous for a long stint as Collier County Sheriff. Like many of the officers now reporting to him, he came out of retirement to take the job on Marco. Unlike many of them, his backstory doesn’t include the traditional ‘boots on patrol’ career path. This “accidental sheriff” (his words, not ours) took time out from assessing what it means to have just grabbed the tiger of Marco politics by the tail to share how his early view of our justice system from 32,000 feet can help build the island’s unique ... Read More »

American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The treatment for cancer can be a long, arduous journey. Not only emotionally, but treatment options may require travel. The treatment process is demanding in itself at best and is often debilitating. Going back and forth between doctor’s offices and medical facilities, enduring treatment regimes that can last for weeks or months, the American Cancer Society has found a way to help patients and their families lighten their load through this difficult time. Like a shining beacon, two Hope Lodges are available to help patients navigate it all. The American Cancer Society Benjamin Mendick Hope ... Read More »

Summer Swing

By Jim Curran  The Island Country Club hosts part two of “summer swing” intra-island tennis social series ~ another rousing success! On a sunny Friday morning, August 19, the Island Country Club courts were packed with players from the four major tennis facilities on the island. Over 40 players took part in the second phase of this newly organized summer tennis social series that includes the Island Country Club, the Hideaway Beach Club, the Racquet Center and the YMCA Tennis Center. Players rated 3.5 and 3.0 levels of play combined in a mixed doubles format to play tennis and enjoy ... Read More »

Cousteau Ocean Futures Society partners with MIA

By Natalie Strom As school has just begun in Collier County, students attending the new Marco Island Academy Charter High School should expect a unique learning experience during the school’s inaugural year. Jane Watt, Chairman of the Board of Directors for MIA, has developed an educational program based on the idea of using the diverse ecosystem of Southwest Florida as a learning tool. With the help of a hard-working staff, volunteers and the community, Watt’s dream is becoming a reality. This dream, however, would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Richard Murphy, Director of Science and Education ... Read More »

Leadership Marco

Leadership Marco is a program which is run by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Participants are enrolled in nine bi-weekly full day sessions. Atten- dance at all sessions is mandatory. The participants are given the opportunity to learn all aspects of living and working on Marco Island. The schedule includes in depth informative visits and tours relating to everything from the history of Marco Island, to media, hospitality ,youth, education, parks and recreation, law enforcement, tourism, health care/fire rescue, transportation, environment, volunteerism and government. The kickoff session was held July 27 and was chaired by former Leadership Marco participants ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Tomorrow begins yet another heroic diet. I know, I know. It’s number 756 on my all-time list of diets, each of which previously failed after I turned thirty. This time it is dead (oops, wrong word) serious. This is a doctor prescribed diet. The alternative is a gurney surrounded by 17 Draculas all seeking to jab an IV (with a huge square needle) into a convenient vein. Thanks very much; I’ll take the diet. Any of you who have gnashed your teeth as your bathroom scale spins out of control – always upward – knows that the ... Read More »

Spay and Neuter Clinic labor day special

In celebration of Labor Day, Collier Spay Neuter Clinic (CSNC) will be offering special price incentives for owners to schedule their pets for spay and neuter during the clinic’s two-day No More Labor Day for Pets event. On Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, pets owners can take advantage Collier Spay Neuter Clinic’s (CSNC) No More Labor Day for Pets extreme savings on spay and neuter services nearly half the cost. Reduced fees will save family an average of $100. No More Pet Labor Day event promotion prices:  • Flat fee for all cats and dogs. • $40 male ... Read More »

Rookery Bay interns analyze Sea Turtle data on Cape Romano

In a presentation held at Rookery Bay on August 10th, summer interns presented information regarding the sea turtle nesting habits on and around Cape Romano. Known for its “bubble house,” Cape Romano is a part of the Ten Thousand Islands chain. Along with Cape Romano’s beach, Morgan Beach, Blind Pass and Kice Island were also a part of the study. Interns Sarah Flickinger and Andy Fallon not only analyzed Loggerhead Sea Turtle data in this area but they also monitored these areas daily for the presence of sea turtle nests and other activity. Since 2002, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine ... Read More »

A “Sunday drive” in the country

By Jane A. Marlowe  New Englanders love “Sunday drives” even when it’s not Sunday. How freeing to avoid the interstates and highways and meander along quiet, country roads. There was always an apple orchard at the end of the road with a fragrant bakery shop or a roadside nursery with a riot of color on display. Of course, no self-respecting New England country town would be without its own inn. Inns with names like Silvermine, Westleigh, Cambridge, Washington, The Three Bears. Here in Southwest Florida it is not so easy to find country roads which lead to apple orchards and ... Read More »

Do your part! Let’s keep our beaches healthy and beautiful!

Nancy Richie It’s mid August and that means we are 2/3 through the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season. Beachfront property managers have been doing a great job with lighting compliance for our sea turtles by shading or turning off lights that shine on the beach by 9 PM nightly and giving constant reminders to their residents and visitors about the lighting and beach equipment rules on the beaches of Marco Island. To date there are 65 nests with 20 hatched. Though the number of nests is higher than the past few years, it has been a season of ... Read More »

Best laid plans

Richard Alan Again, things are a bit tricky on the rock surrounded by water, a new bridge, torn up streets, detours everywhere, all this with an unpredictable season in the future. I chose this moment in time to move my jewelry business because of the alignment of the planets and tea leaf readings and yes, I factored in this marvelous economy we have been experiencing. I figured it would take a few days to clear out Front Street. I figured wrong, it took two weeks. Set up the new shop in Island Plaza and get it running in a couple ... Read More »

Style your wedding

By Xiomara Martinez HomeX Décor Every bride wants her wedding to be special, but this year’s wedding trends take things a step further by encouraging brides-to-be to incorporate their own style, culture and ethnicity as wedding decor with traditional gowns, cake designs and flower arrangements. Whether it’s using sequins, beads, or luxurious jewel colors to add rich texture to an Indian-or Moroccan-inspired table, mixing fabrics like organza and silk, or choosing an historic landmark, lakeside park or even a beautiful backyard as a setting for the big day, today’s bride has free rein to showcase her glorious personality. From simple ... Read More »

Benefits of personal training

Crystal Manjarres Q. I’ve been considering hiring a personal trainer… what are the benefits? A. I’m so glad you asked! Everyone can benefit from a personal trainer- anyone from a novice to an experienced athlete. Age doesn’t matter either; my husband and I have trained children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged adults, and mature adults. Like I said before, anyone can benefit! We all have different goals and an experienced and knowledgeable instructor can help you to achieve those goals. A trainer is able to motivate you and help you to get the most out of every workout– unlike when you ... Read More »

City employees receive CERT training

By Natalie Strom  The scene at Mackle Park on August 18th looked as if a mini-tornado had just come through. Debris littered the areas surrounding the basketball hoops. There were injured victims everywhere and fires had started at two different locations. Power lines were down and a victim was even found in a tree. This scene was the perfect scenario for the Marco Island Fire Department’s CERT training exercise. Approximately 30 city employees received certificates as Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) members after the successful completion of this training exercise. To become a CERT member, one must take a 16-hour ... Read More »

Francese style

Chef Bob Aylwin  As my summer winds down here on Put-In-Bay Ohio, I’m starting to think of the things I will miss the most when I return home to Marco Island; the absolutely incredible sunrises off the bay; the spectacular “Perry’s Monument” that towers over the island; the crisp northern air each night blowing through my bedroom window. Although I’ll miss all of these I believe that I will miss the fresh Lake Erie perch that I have had the pleasure of cooking each and every day. If you have never had Lake Erie perch then you are unfortunately missing ... Read More »