Monthly Archives: August 2011

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »