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Changes in the season are for the (shore) birds

Nancy Richie  Have you noticed? There is a change in the way the morning and afternoon light hits Marco Island and in the way the air feels lighter on your skin. It must be fall in southwest Florida. To many, it means time for the first “snow birds” to arrive with the Island roads, restaurants and shops getting pleasantly busier. For regular beach goers and birders, the change means time for a different type of “snow bird” to arrive on the beach – seeing the end of the spring and summer shorebird nesting species, changing to the fall migration and ... Read More »

The Mystery of an 1890 Envelope Postmarked “Malco”

Craig Woodward  It was like an episode from PBS’s popular TV show – History Detectives, a local historical item with a large mystery behind it. The item: a very rare envelope with a most unique cancellation showing it was postmarked at Malco Florida and mailed in 1890 to a St. Clair Whitman of Cedar Keys, Florida. “Malco” was the official name of the first post office established on Marco Island October 20, 1888 at the request of Capt. W.D. “Bill” Collier (the builder of the Old Marco Inn). Capt. Collier, when asked why the name was “Malco,” said the post ... Read More »

Ground-breaking Ceremony Planned for Collier & Davis Boulevards Improvement Projects

A brief ground-breaking ceremony will be held for the Collier & Davis Boulevards Road Widening Improvement Projects on Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.  A tent will be set up on the grounds of 8770 Davis Boulevard, Naples. The tent location is near a building in the process of construction and across the street from Taco Bell.  (A diagram of the location is included at the end of this news release.) All are welcome to attend. County Manager Leo Ochs will preside over the event.  Speakers include District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta, District 3 Commissioner Tom Henning, District 1 Commissioner ... Read More »

Marco Island Police Department Halloween Safety Tips

The Marco Island Police Department wants to work with you to make Halloween safe! We will have several extra Police Officers on duty during traditional trick or treat hours.  Additionally your Police Officers will be supported by Code Compliance Officers, Reserve & Auxiliary Police Officers, Police Volunteers as well as members of the Marco Police Foundation – Neighborhood Watch group. Please consider the following suggestions: • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on ... Read More »

An Historic Win!

Lely High School has a brand new title to add to their list of athletic achievements as the Varsity Girls Volleyball team is the new District Champion! Congratulations to Coach Selvey and each of the team members! The team will play for the Regional Championship next week.   Read More »

Surrendered Chihuahuas Up For Adoption at DAS

DAS is looking for forever homes for 11 lovable Chihuahuas that will be available for adoption on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The 11 Chihuahuas came to DAS earlier this month after being surrendered by their owner.  The dogs are healthy and happy, but will need patient and loving families to help them blossom.  “They’re a lovable bunch of dogs, but they’ve only ever known one owner, so they’ll need time to adjust to new things,” said Senior Shelter Technician June Dunfee.  Dunfee has been the primary caretaker of the Chihuahuas since their arrival at ... Read More »

Marco Y hosts Summer Swing III

By Jim Curran Thursday, September 15th tennis players from all over the island gathered at the YMCA for phase III of the first ever summer season intra-island tennis club social. This was the third location visited in this program that involves four of Marco Island’s most popular tennis clubs. Those already visited were the Island Country Club and Hideaway Beach Club. The YMCA hosted this one, and the Racquet Center recently hosted the final chapter in this series. Over 50 players, male and female, entered this event and were greeted with a delicious arrangement of food and refreshments. The weather ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market starts November 2nd

As their brand new logo says, “A fresh slice of paradise” can be had at the Marco Island Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market will fill Veteran’s Community Park to capacity when it starts back up for season Wednesday, November 2nd. The Market will be open each Wednesday until the end of April 2012. “It’s is a popular event with residents and visitors alike. Farmer’s Market is open from 7:30AM to 1:30PM. This year, over 100 vendors will ply their wares including fruit, vegetables, seafood, specialty dishes, baked goods, art, crafts, flowers and greenery and much more! Although vendor and non-profit ... Read More »

Veteran’s notes

Honor a Hero: Call for Photos Campaign If you have a photo of anyone who died in the Vietnam conflict or know someone who does, you can help honor a hero. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall known as “The Wall That Heals” will be installed on Marco Island at Veterans Community Park from December 7 through 10. If you have a photo of someone killed in that conflict, bring it to the information center at The Wall. You will be asked to fill out an information form about that person. The photo and the information will be uploaded to ... Read More »


Donna Fiala By the time you are holding this copy of the Coastal Breeze, we will be congratulating a most happy couple: Mr. & Mrs. Dick Shanahan! This marvelous occasion will take place and be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 21st, and we are just delighted to see the joy on their faces as they start a new life together! With all these two wonderful people do for the Island and Islanders, I’m surprised they had time for a wedding, but I can tell you this……………they didn’t have time for a Honeymoon. Nope, they are working the very next day at ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus I’ve now reached the Age of the Physician, where every move is monitored, and your waking hours are spent being poked, prodded and provoked by doctors desperately trying to pay off their medical school loans. According to my records I have seen every “ist” in Collier County and elsewhere, beginning with anesthesiologist and ending with zygapophysic (which may not exist, although I honestly believe I visited one). Next week I’m graduating from “ists” to “”ians”. My first will be a veterinarian, just in case someone missed something. The entire process includes yielding gallons of blood to the ... Read More »

PEE WEE’s blast past First Baptist in final game

The youngest Eagles football team won this past Saturday by scoring a victory over First Baptist. While each team member was important, several made this their game of the season. When the Eagles were already up by 12 points at half time, coaches reminded the team that they still had another half to play and they needed to stay focused to keep the lead. Cooper Nettles was added to the defense this week and it was a move that proved a game changer, Cooper intercepted 2 passes with one being returned for a pick 6 and got several tackles. QB ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club hosts district meeting

  On Friday, October 14, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club hosted the Fall District IX Meeting of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The event was held at the Hideaway Beach Club with approximately 120 attendees. A continental breakfast was served. The invocation was by Reverend Kevin Koenig of Marco Lutheran Church and the colors were presented by Lely High School’s JROTC. Jerry Gibson, Chairman of Marco Island City Council, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Following lunch, Charlette Roman presented her original informative program, “Marco’s Natural Magic,” which featured photographs she had taken in and around Marco Island. The pictures ... Read More »

Marco Island featured in Where to Retire magazine

Marco Island, FL, has been selected by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the feature story “8 Treasured Islands for Serene Living.” The November/December issue will be available nationwide on October 18, 2011. Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said many retirees dream of relocating to an island. “Some of the most beautiful and diverse islands are right here in the United States. They provide a tranquil setting away from the big city, and retirees can still choose their ... Read More »

Terrific Kids

The 2011-2012 Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Terrific Kid program got off to a great start in October. Families of the children receiving the awards joined the club and Vice Principals of each school attended the Thursday morning meeting to watch the presentation. Manatee Elementary School 3rd grader, Madison Case, 4th grader, Cassandra Alonso and 5th grader, Jessica Reyes were selected by their teachers for the Terrific Kid awards. Tommie Barfield Elementary School 5th grader, Kaitlin Creedon, 4th grader, Dominic Moller and 3rd grader Jack Smith were nominated by their teachers and received the Terrific Kid awards. All of the ... Read More »


Patricia Huff On Sunday morning, October 16, my husband and I bicycled to Chokoloskee and followed a rough sandy road to the Smallwood Store & Museum. Although it was just after ten in the morning, many visitors from outside Florida and from Europe were walking around taking photos and admiring the Museum artifacts indoors.  They were greeted by Alice Morrow from behind the counter.  She, as well as the other employees, has been out of work since April. The tourists had no idea that the road had been closed for six months; they were just visiting south Florida and had ... Read More »

Let’s talk TPMS

  Tim Gorman & Keith Pershing  In last month’s article we discussed (link) what to do to wake up your dead car! As we mentioned, it’s important to check your tire pressures and make sure they are in safe condition (tread depth aside.) One indicator for proper tire pressures is your TPMS sensor. Keith says, “Tire Post Mental Syndrome monitor.” Tim wisely retorts with a smile, “Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor, TPMS.” “Yes,” says Keith, “But the light on the dash makes me mental!” So, what is so important about this special monitor? The light on the dash of a car is ... Read More »

Prevent Cancer

Crystal Manjarres  Q. What are some effective ways to prevent cancer?  A. One of the most preventable ways to avoid cancer is avoid cigarette smoke. Do not smoke, do not inhale the smoke of those who do, and if you currently smoke—stop immediately. Smoking easily tops the list of the most preventable cancers, and for good reason—you are literally signing your death sentence with each drag you take; true, some people smoke and do not get cancer, but do you really want to play Russian Roulette with the big C? If you currently smoke, take action now to stop, and if ... Read More »

PHILLY GRILLE, known for variety

Joan Kelly Philadelphia bred Guy and Lisa’s PHILLY GRILLE is making a statement. Here you can order authentic steak sandwiches (also called Philly Cheese Steak) “with or without.” In contrast the menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chef Guy is continually creating, so there are always new menu items. A new kids’ menu is being offered. Fresh soups are made daily. Take out is available. Philly Grille is located at 1000 N. Collier Bvd. (between Radio Shack and Sunshine Booksellers) Heritage Square Shopping Center – Phone: 239.394.2221, fax: 239-394-2220 – – Lunch is served 11AM to 2PM. Dinner 5PM ... Read More »

GE Technology reduces energy use and increases productivity

GE and Marco Island city officials today announced that data from an ongoing, nearly two-year demonstration project in Marco Island proves the capability of GE’s new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor(MBR) wastewater-treatment technology to reduce energy costs and increase productivity, among other key benefits. GE’s LEAPmbr system, introduced in July 2011, is the result of a multi-year development effort. It was driven by GE’s product innovation and development capabilities and more than 25 years of experience with proven, highly reliable MBR technology in diverse applications around the world. Data from Marco Island demonstrates the cost and efficiency savings of the GE LEAPmbr ... Read More »