Monthly Archives: December 2012

Red Tide Update

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According to the Harmful Algal Bloom Reports, low to very low concentrations of the Florida Red Tide organism have been found along the Marco Island beach area. Tested weekly, the week of December 1 – 7 reported the findings of small patches of red tide in Tampa Bay, Pine Island Sound and alongshore of the Marco Beach area. According to ... Read More »

Sandy survivors move to Marco and meet Bedtime Bundles

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By Julia Barnett  When the unexpected happens and disaster strikes, what do you do? What can you do, really, except gather your family, pick up the pieces, and find some help from a caring hand and a friendly face. The aftermath of the storm that struck the Northeast the week before Halloween, given the name ‘Sandy,’ involved such disaster and ... Read More »

Tigertail timeline

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In December of 2011, Collier County announced its plans to update the board¬walks on Tigertail Beach to the tune of $750,000. New bathrooms were also planned at a cost of $100,000. One year later, renovations are still under way, bud¬gets have been changed and the county’s timeline for completion is still somewhat up in the air. Tourist tax dollars are ... Read More »

Personnel problems plague PD

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For a relatively small police department of 33 full-time officers, 2012 was a turbulent year of personnel changes, with several high-ranking officers resigning, lawsuits against the City and a slate of junior officers joining the force. Matt Goetz and Pete Beucler’s careers developed within the Marco Island Police Deparment, but effectively ended this month due ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Advisory Group Grapples Gators

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are those who like animals and then there are those who LIKE animals. Walking in the footsteps of Steve Irwin, the famous crocodile hunter known for declaring “CRIKEY” at every new challenge, Kevin Hennings has set up the non-profit, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). “The primary principle of the Florida Wildlife Advisory Group is ... Read More »

BUSINESS BRIEF: Sunshine Auto shines

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Have you ever taken your car, spitting and coughing, into a repair shop and felt like you were being robbed at gunpoint by the time you left? “Not at Sunshine Auto,” says the new owner Bobby Stolinas. In fact, as the new owner, Bobby has revamped the auto shop and changed the entire business philosophy ... Read More »

Monitoring Marco’s Mangroves

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By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  It is no secret that there is a serious problem with the mangroves that exist along San Marco Road leading to the Goodland Bridge. The problem has existed for decades. A sign has been erected explaining the issue in hopes of increasing public support. Scientists have been consistently studying the area and have come up with ... Read More »

Reading is FUNdamental

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  For over eight years, the Marco Island Kiwanis Club has given books to area students through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. More than 32,000 books, in fact. Three times per year, books are donated to the students at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary. The club also provides for special requests from Manatee Elementary ... Read More »

35TH Anniversary celebration and Christmas gala

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff   Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 35th Anniversary and the beginning of the Christmas Season on December 2nd at Bistro Soleil in Old Marco. 184 celebrants, including most living past chamber presidents, enjoyed soft breezes on the terrace while sipping cocktails and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. It resembled a school reunion as old ... Read More »

Pets on parade

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 2nd Annual Christmas Island Style Pets on Parade brought over 60 canines and their human companions to the Esplanade on December 4. Dogs dressed in holiday attire and special costumes paraded across the red carpet for judges to choose the top three winners in the categories of Most Festive, Funniest Costume and Most Original. ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to ... Read More »

Marco’s PPK finalist

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On September 17, 2012, nearly 70 kids arrived at Mackle Park for The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition. The PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15. Abigail Meredith of Marco Island won the female ages 10-11 category, advancing to the sectional finals held ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway update

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By Patty Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com  The planned River of Grass Greenway will be a safe, non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami. It will provide opportunities for education, stewardship, and preservation of the environmental, historic, and cultural assets of this unique area. It will offer activities such as bicycling, walking, bird-watching, photography, fishing, etc. Addressing the ... Read More »

Festival of Chanukah, when faith trumps fate

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By Carol Glassman As Jewish families gathered to light the first candle of Chanukah on Saturday, December 8, it was mind-boggling to recall how far they have come in so many ways. More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to adopt their religious ways. A ... Read More »

Thinking ahead: Developing an EcoConscience

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” – “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law” The Native American creed reminds us that everything that we do has consequences for something else. What we do ... Read More »

Ugly Holiday Sweater

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What is Christmas with an ugly sweater? How about an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party? One such party took place recently at the Keller Williams office for Relay for Life teams of the American Cancer Society. In addition to pizza, cookies and refreshments, tickets were drawn for raffle prizes. Raul Medina, Chair for the 2013 Relay ... Read More »

Solidarity among the sisters

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By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com The “Early Birds”, a group of women who gather for exercise at 6:30 AM at Curves planned a special morning for one of their members, Friday, December 6th. Bonnie Kirkley had been absent from the group since her diagnosis of uterine cancer in October. Bonnie is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments almost daily following ... Read More »

Blue Mangrove celebrates

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Happy Birthday to you! On December 6, Blue Mangrove Gallery appropriately celebrated its sixth year in business. The Golden Birthday was honored by a wine and cheese event at the gallery, featuring well known artist Tara O’Neill. Six years ago, Christie Marcoplos, owner of Blue Mangrove Gallery called on her friend and artist, Tara O’Neill to ... Read More »

It’s better to give, especially to Santa!

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By Danielle Dodder Kids usually obsess over what Santa will be leaving for them, but Olivia Waters paused to consider sharing some holiday cheer for the jolly red man while out on Black Friday shopping with her mom, Michele. The Waters family lives in Naples but came to Marco for dinner and Santa’s arrival at the Shops of Marco. Olivia ... Read More »

Snook sends to troops

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Sending packages overseas for the holidays is a great way to help someone in need this season. For Brenda Truitt, it is especially meaningful as her son was an active Marine until December of 2011, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During his time overseas, Brenda would send him boxes once or twice a month ... Read More »