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One Million Acts of Kindness


By Natalie Strom In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where six school teachers and administrators and 20 young students lost their lives, Ann Curry of NBC News came up with the concept #26Acts of Kindness. Encouraging people through her Twitter account to commit one act for each of the 26 lives lost, she wrote on her December 18 blog, “I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of ... Read More »

Water Manager Takes On New Role


By Danielle Dodder For a relatively small city, Marco Island boasts a sophisticated water system. We’re a barrier island surrounded by saltwater and environmentally sensitive habitat. Consequently, getting water to paradise was never as simple as piping it in from Naples. Today, the city water utility encompasses an aquifer storage system, a reverse osmosis system, three drinking water facilities, two wastewater facilities and collection and distribution systems for both drinking and wastewater. Jeff Poteet is the general manager who oversees it all. On January 5, Poteet was elected president of the Florida Water & Pollution Control Association, a position that ... Read More »

Harp Ensemble heads to Marco


By Natalie Strom Hear the heavenly sounds of The Naples Harp Ensemble right here on Marco Island. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is excited to announce a performance by the “Love of Harps” musicians on Sunday, January 20, at 3:00 PM. Open to the public, the free concert will feature many harps performing a variety of programs. From Classical to Pop to Jazz music, “Love of Harps” has something for everyone. The ensemble’s main goals are “to promote the harp through performances, education, and building repertory.” Educating the Naples-area youth in the art of the harp is at the top ... Read More »

City Notes


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s City Council is facing a surprising and potentially serious problem regarding the appointment of a member to Collier County’s Coastal Advisory Committee. At a previous council meeting members were advised that several of the county commissioners had inquired about the “credentials” of City Councilman Larry Honig. Under the county’s ordinances Marco Island has three members on the nine member Coastal Advisory Committee, and one of the three has been a member of the city council. The previous city council representative was Jerry Gibson. The city, through the city manager, sent a letter to ... Read More »

Marco Water System a Winner


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Utility (MIU) Aquifer Storage and Recovery System (ASR) is located about ¼ mile north of Route 41 along Collier Boulevard. The system consists of seven wells that are filled during the rainy season of July to November with storm water runoff in a zone of porous rock 735 to 780 feet below ground. Before entering the wells, the storm water is filtered to remove small particles, disinfected to prevent bacteria growth and to prevent plugging the porous space in the rock where the water is stored. During the dryer months of February ... Read More »



AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with lymphoma for 11 years. Her sister was so thankful for the love and support of her local group that Jan started the Marco Island Support Group in her memory. The mission of the support group is to support the whole person through ... Read More »

Bonnie Bozzo Portrays Ruth Bryan Owen “A Lady of ‘Firsts’”


by Diane Bostick You probably don’t know Ruth Bryan Owen but you will be glad that you met her after seeing her portrayed by local actress Bonnie Bozzo. Mrs. Owen was the daughter of Williams Jennings Bryan who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president three times but is better known for his part in the Scopes Monkey Trial opposite Clarence Darrow. But she is well known in her own right. She was the first female representative from the south to be elected to Congress with her district stretching from Jacksonville to Key West. While there, as a friend of Marjorie Stoneman ... Read More »



Donna Fiala Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope this year brings more peacefulness, progress, happiness and good health to us all. The Marco Chapter of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 held their “Change of Watch” ceremony on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Hideaway Beach. The new Flotilla Commander is Arne Kelsey and the Vice Flotilla Commander is Skip Lee. I was honored to again be invited to view the ceremony and mingle with these distinguished servants to our community’s waterways. Not only do they hold search and rescues, as most would expect, but they monitor the weather, ... Read More »



By Monte Lazarus A small group of itinerant archeologists and paleontologists has made a find leading to significant insights into Calusa governance and structure on Marco Island. The information has been kept secret for a few years until the discoveries and translations could be verified. They appear genuine. The group, led by professors Pierre Bouchard and John Chamollion, made the discovery among ancient clamshells at an undisclosed location on the island. Experts fear that amateurs will overrun the area and ruin the remaining shells. The shells are all inscribed with an ancient form of writing that took several years ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part I


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton Roman Emperor Nero, during his reign, occupied himself with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during pending crises, much like our 112th Congress, which spent much of its time preoccupied with bickering and posturing with their counterparts and contemplating what a woman should be allowed to do with her body while avoiding passage of legislation that would guarantee a woman’s constitutional right to equal pay for equal work. Congress grudgingly avoided the “fiscal cliff,” but failed to address the major issues that confront our great, but struggling nation. Only when forced to vote last-minute legislation ... Read More »

Local Landfill Tour


By Jim Hughes It was a tour arranged by Collier County Commissioner, Donna Fiala. The local landfill is on county property and run by Waste Management. The first thing noticed is the clean road leading to the landfill and the lack of smell. The office is spotless and the personnel are dressed in clean uniforms. An orderly procession of trucks both large and small, and pickups and vans, come in and stop on scales. The driver checks in and is given a ticket to proceed to the dumping area. There are different spots to unload construction material, landscaping, appliances and ... Read More »

Canadian Club Back for Winter


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Season is back and so are the Canadians! Get acquainted with your fellow countrymen and women at the Marco Island Canadian Club Welcome Social on January 22 at BMO Harris Bank at the Esplanade. All Canadians visiting or living on the island are invited to this free event to celebrate another season in warm and sunny Marco Island. Meet, mingle and enjoy each others company on the outdoor, second floor pavilion balcony at 800 N. Collier Blvd. Cold beer, sodas, water, wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Music ... Read More »

Obituary: Barry Elkins

Barry Alan Elkins, 69, of Marco Island, Florida passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2012. Born in Hemel Hempstead, England, Barry moved to Florida in 1980. He started a satellite installation company called Satellite Solutions. In 1983, Barry fell in love with his best friend, Peggy. They married on January 15, 1985. In the past 30 years shared together they had two daughters, which he adored. Barry’s passion was traveling. He loved to go on cruises and explore different countries. Barry also enjoyed boating, fishing, playing golf and most of all spending time with his girls. He was an avid ... Read More »

Keeping Plastic’s Footprint Off Our Beaches


By Danielle Dodder Major beachfront cities like Miami are banning them outright. The resort empire that is Walt Disney World in Orlando has replaced them with paper versions. The small bits of plastic straws and drinking cup lids discarded by people quickly accumulate into a giant toxic mess on beaches globally. The unsightly litter not only ruins the beauty of a pristine beach, but also strangles the birds, turtles and fish who mistake it for food. Straws and lids are the most widely and easily littered items along most beaches, but here on Marco cooperation will hopefully trump the need ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer Grows to 300 Thanks to Parent Volunteers


By Danielle Dodder The Optimist Club of Marco Island was formed in 2008 to make organized sports accessible to a wide range of children’s ages and abilities. The fee to sign up a child is $40 and the uniforms and part of the equipment is sponsored. This season, the soccer team added 100 new kids to the program, bringing the number of participants to nearly 300 in the soccer program alone. The Optimist Club also provides football, cheerleading and basketball throughout the year. The secret behind the program’s success is a group of dedicated parents who roll up their sleeves ... Read More »

SeaWorld’s ‘Just for Kids’


Submitted SeaWorld Orlando announced their line-up for the 2nd annual Just for Kids festival featuring concerts by the Imagination Movers and Choo-Choo Soul, the Sesame Street crew rocking it out and much more. SeaWorld’s Just For Kids festival takes place on Saturdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, 2013. The 2013 Just For Kids concert lineup includes: Sat, Jan. 12 Imagination Movers Sat, Jan. 19 Laurie Berkner Sat, Jan. 26 Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve. Sat, Feb. 2 Kratt Brothers Live featuring the stars of Wild Kratts Concerts are included with park admission, with show times at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ... Read More »

Viva Florida Forever


By Natalie Strom Florida is celebrating an anniversary – 2013 marks 500 years since its discovery by the Modern World – a claim no other state can make. Searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed near St. Augustine in 1513. Five hundred(!) years later, Florida’s landscape is ever-changing and ever-growing. In honor of this milestone, Florida is celebrating its heritage with Viva Florida 500, a yearlong homage to the state that so many call home. The statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State aims, “to highlight the 500 years of historic ... Read More »

Marriott shares bugs with City


By Natalie Strom “I was a killer,” admits Jeane Lefebvre, Grounds Supervisor at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. “I thought if there was a bad bug, let’s shoot it. Anything I could spray, I would.” Recalling his early years, Lefebvre laughs as he describes his “180 degree turn” when it comes to the use of pesticides. Under the Master Gardener eye of Lefebvre, the Marriott’s grounds have been pesticide-free for 20 years. As Lefebvre battles the biggest pest invasion of his career – the spiraling whitefly – he shares his secrets for a pesticide-free landscape. For 23 ... Read More »

Far From Home


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Something is going on. Razorbills, an alcid bird or a web-footed, diving seabird, have been seen all over Florida by avid birders and beach goers. A few have been reported on Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach as well as in Caxambas Pass. Being a peninsula with one of the longest coastlines in the country, Florida has seabirds, so why is it so unusual to see the Razorbills? Historically, there have only been 14 documented sightings of this species in Florida. But since early December, there have been over 20 reports from Jacksonville to Marco Island of ... Read More »

Reasons to live here


GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller I am always getting questions about Goodland. Folks are curious about this place and about how I got here. I have even been asked by some, “Why would anyone want to live in Goodland?” I have thought about that question and when one of my readers recently told me she always looked forward to what I say, this time I thought I would say, “I love living in Goodland!” I came from a big city – Atlanta – and then Naples, and although I loved my life in both those places, I have found that a ... Read More »