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By Natalie Strom On a sunny morning in mid-May, a few lucky onlookers witnessed a flock of at least thirty Roseate Spoonbills wading among the mangroves along State Road 92. The sighting was incredibly rare for a number of reasons. The bright pink birds were brazenly wading near the noisy, 45-mph roadside that connects Marco Island to the Goodland Bridge. The area, just east of the Steven’s Landing development, is also currently undergoing a restoration process, as over 225 acres of mangroves are dying at that location. To learn more about these awe-inspiring birds and what constitutes a healthy ... Read More »

Contractors meet with City Manager

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An overflow group of Marco Islanders attended a meeting on May 29th called by City Manager Jim Riviere to discuss the proposed “outsourcing” permitting functions to Collier County. Mr. Riviere led off the meeting by stating that city and county representatives had held talks about “shared services”. The goal was to avoid duplication and save money. City council Chairman Larry Magel and members Jerry Gibson and Wayne Waldack attended the meeting but did not comment. Mr. Riviere dispelled rumors that there was a deal in place between the city and the county to begin on ... Read More »

YMCA’s Waterwise Works

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island YMCA recently wrapped its annual Waterwise Program for third grade students at both Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary schools. As the end of each school year approaches, Miss Dottie, Aquatics Specialist at the Y, teaches these students the importance of boating and water safety. With the help of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95, the fifteen-plus year program was, once again, a success. “I designed the program over fifteen years ago,” explains Miss Dottie. “Every third grade class at Tommie Barfield has been ... Read More »

City Notes

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s Planning Board and staff are developing a comprehensive pro- posed parking plan for submission to the city council. Recognizing existing parking problems, particularly at the south end of the island, and difficulties reaching beach access points, planners have begun examining a number of available options to accommodate traffic needs. The proposed plan will be island-wide, but separated into modules. For example, beach access will constitute one module, while midtown parking and Old Marco parking will constitute other modules. The various components will be woven together into an overall plan, segment-by-segment. With respect to ... Read More »


      By Donna Fiala Shirlee and Brian Barcic report that they went to the new, upgraded and upscale Sam Snead’s Tavern located in Lely Resort! They were so impressed with the service, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, the prices and the great food that they will invite their friends to go with them the next time. They tell me the Creamed Mushroom and Spinach soup was just fantastic, but they only serve it on Monday, I guess. They have different home-made soups every day of the week, so call ahead to ask what their soup of the day ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus I hate posts. Concrete posts. You know the ones I mean. The ones that are in a road, or “protecting” a gate, or just there. The common belief is that they are fixed in place. I know better. They were devised by fiends, and they move around when nobody is there to watch. They reveal their ugly cemented bodies when we back up our cars, or when we’re otherwise not looking for a monster slab that has no purpose except to cause us great material and psychological damage. Just the other day I was being extremely ... Read More »

68 hour non-visit…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, we were able to travel freely and do business with our customers in Tehran. In 1976, I was working for an export company located in New Jersey. My sales territory included Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt. I had to make frequent trips to these areas to visit our customers and take orders. While traveling to the area was difficult at times due to complicated flight arrangements, it was not considered dangerous. My company had two major distributors located in Tehran who purchased tractor tires from us ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Celebrates

By Natalie Strom The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95, gathered on the evening of May 15th for an evening cruise, celebrating a successful season of servicing. Gathered aboard the Good Fortune II, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s cruising vessel, the excursion was Captained by Arne Kelsey of both the Conservancy and Flotilla 95. The sunset cruise included great food, fellowship and facts about the Southwest Florida ecosystem. On one of its last tours for the season, the Good Fortune II left out of Shell Island Road, depositing into Henderson Creek. The three-hour ride cruised along the outskirts ... Read More »

Honorable tribute to Frank Jerome

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  A more honorable tribute to Memorial Day could not have been found for Frank Jerome, a 95 year old Navy veteran living on Marco Island. Frank is known to many as a guard at Hideaway Beach where he worked for over 20 years. A World War II Navy veteran and torpedo man, Frank awoke Saturday morning at 7:00 AM to a group of volunteers at his door. Many of those volunteers were veterans themselves. Their mission was clear; to help an elderly veteran with yard work which had, in this tropical climate, been too much ... Read More »

Robert Daniel Madonna

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  IN MEMORIAM: September 19, 1956-April 15, 2012  Robert D. Madonna was a science teacher for Collier County Public Schools for 20 years, on the high school level, in Immokalee, Everglades City and in Naples at Lely High School. Mr. Madonna leaves behind his beloved wife, Joan Leindecker Madonna, his daughter and son, Joanna and Robert and extended family. He was a passionate fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and, of course, ‘Da Bears.’ Bob coached baseball and soccer for the Marco Island YMCA, Lely High School and Gulf Coast Little League. He was a popular teacher and ... Read More »

Turn that keg into a six pack!

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres I’m constantly asked what is the best way to get abs? The truth is, there is no “best” way or “only” way to go when it comes to getting a toned midsection. Everyone is different and make take a different approach when it comes to leaning down; that being said, I have a few suggestions that tend to work for most people. Here are my top five tips to chiseling your own six pack: Tip #1: Watch what you eat. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how ... Read More »

MIFA Scholarships

Submitted  On Wednesday, May 9th, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awarded scholarships to four Marco Island students. Each student received a $1,000.00 scholarship to be used towards higher education in the arts. These students included Jacob Sheldon, son of Trevor and Dawn Sheldon, Christopher Niemczyk, son of Stan and Donna Niemczyk, Connor Hegarty, son of Danny and Eileen Hegarty and Michael Rimes, son of Andy and JoAnn Rimes. Michael Rimes was not able to leave school to attend the reception but his parents represented him. Jacob Sheldon is a graduating senior who has attended Lely High School, Lorenzo ... Read More »

Commissioner turned Principal

By Natalie Strom Students and staff at Tommie Barfield Elementary School visited with Collier County Commissioner, Donna Fiala, as she was their “Principal for the Day” on Tuesday, May 15th. TBE Principal, Dr. Jory Westberry, led Commissioner Fiala on a tour of the grounds, giving her a chance to see the inner workings of the school. The duo made their rounds through the tech lab, music room, art room, regular class rooms and offices. Commissioner Fiala spoke with students, teachers, custodial and cafeteria employees, and even had a chance to listen to reading time with the kindergarten class. Visiting ... Read More »

Butterfly season opens with a bang

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Even though butterfly season is year round in Southwest Florida, June starts the full blown season of butterflies. Butterflies are cold blooded insects and need at least 60 degree weather to warm their bodies to become active and fly. As temperatures begin to rise, so does their population and activity. When we have cool and cloudy weather I’ve seen butterflies remain motionless for days, hiding on the underside of leaves. So bring on the warm summer weather. Butterfly numbers and species this early in the season seem to be unusually high and I have noticed ... Read More »

Home Front

BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Author: Kristin Hannah.  Publisher: St. Martins Press, 2012.  Kristen Hannah’s style of writing is not my favorite for various reasons. It somehow reminds me of the “Chicken Soup for the…” books. All the girls have either raven or auburn hair, smiles are always gentle, eyes sparkle, skirts swing gently around shapely legs, feet always slip into shoes…in other words, everybody is perfect. Nobody has dirty brown hair, smiles are not snaggle toothed, eyes aren’t dull, and nobody just plain puts on a pair of shoes. I can only stand such kind and gentle writing for ... Read More »

Capri: Then and Now

By Joan Kelly THEN The Capri Broadcaster published by the Capri Community, Inc. started in 1969. We have various copies of the newspaper starting with volume 2 issue 1 on March 1970. In the next few issues of the Capri Then and Now you will find highlights of the publication. The big issue at the February meeting in 1969, was a vote on a combination heating and air conditioning unit for the Community building. It was decided to continue the monthly $2 chicken dinners as a fund raising activity to retire the mortgage. There was not enough interest to have ... Read More »

Marco Men’s Club honors board members

By Julia Barnett The Marco Men’s Club honored their outgoing and incoming members of the Board of Directors at their Installation Dinner Dance on Saturday May 19 at Hideaway Beach Club. The event included cocktails, dinner and dancing, in addition to welcoming the new board members, and distributing awards. Meeting the second Thursday of each month, the Marco Men’s Club is a social club of over 500 members, all residents of Marco Island, the Isles of Capri, and Goodland. They are essentially a social network, and the club consists of members with different hobbies and lifestyles. In addition to the ... Read More »

Our grandchild’s First Communion

By Janet Stapleton Our granddaughter, Erin, is 7 years old. She is the youngest daughter of our son, Mike and our wonderful daughter-in-law, Julie. They have five kids, Timmy,14, Moira,12, Daniel,10, Joey, 9, and Erin, 7. We call them the FAB FIVE! Erin is a little hoot and sometimes a little devil! She attends the School of the Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY, which is an educational ministry. They educate special needs children and adults of all faiths. This is Erin’s second year at Holy Childhood. She just loves it! Erin is such a blessing to our family. Her brothers ... Read More »

Marriott’s Spirit is to Serve

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa participated in the corporation’s annual Spirit to Serve Day on Wednesday, May 16th. On this day, every Marriott around the world took part in some form of service to its community. The Marco Island Marriott chose to provide lunch to members of the Marco Island and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Departments and the Marco Island Police Department. “Serving our first responders is a great way to give back to these people who give so much to us,” explains Chris Major, General Manager of Golf. “This is why ... Read More »

There’s an App for That – Part II

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber In continuing to explore travel apps for smart phones and tablets, here are some that will help you once you are at your destination. There are numerous apps that offer guidebooks for specific locations. Rather than focusing on the traditional such as those offered from Fodor’s, these emphasize recommendations from locals. Many of them are fairly new, so their list of cities available may be limited. The Concierge Insider Guides from the Intercontinental Hotels Group are free; they hope that after using their app you will consider a future booking at one of their hotels. ... Read More »