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Golfers Sizzle in ?K of C Tournament

Eagle Country Club pro Johnny Schwaller gets ready to hammer a drive. Watching the shot are, from left, Bill Cataldi, Don LaPato, Jack Hannigan, Dan Moll and Lee Cataldi. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The afternoon sun sizzled, and so did the scores in the 42nd Annual Marco Island Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament on March 13 at the Eagle Creek Country Club. Joe Fatony and Dick Shanahan chaired the event. “It was a great turnout,” Fatony said. “We had a number of entries sign up today, giving us a total of 122 players.” Funds from the event go to disabled children, veterans’ programs and the needy through St. Vincent DePaul and the Catholic Charities Food Bank, Fatony said. Alan Green, Al LaRochelle, Dave Robertson and Vic White won the ... Read More »

MIPO Educates Residents on Fire/EMS Issues

By Maureen Chodaba On March 10, the Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) in their dedication to integrity, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in city government, held a public forum to address and educate the public of the present issues regarding emergency medical services for Marco Island. MIPO Chair Linda Turner welcomed the audience and was followed by opening remarks from physician, Dr. Gerald Swiacki. Dr. Swiacki discussed the importance of rapid response times in emergencies. He stressed that every minute can make a difference in life or death situations. Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy then took center stage as he ... Read More »

CurePSP Walk Raises Funds, and Awareness

Approximately three hundred people came to Mackle Park in support of CurePSP .

By Don Manley Al and Heather Geraci have made a pilgrimage to Marco Island at about the same time for three years running to support a cause. The couple has made the trek from their Ft. Lauderdale home to participate in the annual CurePSP Awareness & Memorial Walk, a fundraiser benefitting CurePSP, a national nonprofit that helps fund research, educate healthcare professionals, and provide programs and services to support PSP suffers and their families. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, PSP, is a progressive, incurable and difficult to diagnose brain disorder, similar to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s diseases, that eventually leaves its ... Read More »

2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

PHOTO BY TONY SMITH

By Coastal Breeze News Staff This is the ninth year the City of Marco Island will hold its amateur photo contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what began as a celebration of Earth Day has grown into a photographic tribute to the beautiful Southwest Florida area in which we live. It’s a great competition if you’re a nature lover, a photography aficionado, or you “accidentally” captured that perfect shot. The photo contest begins now and runs through May 6th. You can enter up to four times in varying ... Read More »

Team Effort Makes a Good Burn

Cass Palmer, District 6 Fire Management Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches over the line of fire. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Most often when we hear about wildfires it is in connection to the great harm that they cause; Homes destroyed, people and animals injured or killed, and beautiful trees forever erased from nature. Yet fires are actually beneficial to Florida’s landscape, and play an integral role in its ecosystems. Periodic fire tends to favor understory species that require a more open habitat. A mosaic of burned and unburned areas tends to maximize an “edge effect” which promotes a large and varied wildlife population. Deer, dove, quail, and turkey are game species that benefit from prescribed fire in ... Read More »

Charter Girls Breeze to GCAC Track & Field Championship

Village School’s Ashby Beckner has a half-step lead in going over the hurdle, but MICMS’ Susan Linn took over in the last 20 yards to win.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) girls blew away the competition in winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on March 10. The girls garnered 220 points in their victory. The Charter boys, without some key competitors, came in third, with Village School of Naples winning the title. All but relay results were reported. For the girls they had star power in most every event. Ryenn Hart took care of her specialties in the 800 and 1600 meter events where the girls swept the top four places. Following Hart in the 800 ... Read More »

Marco Island State Grant Success

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island will be the recipient of nearly $1.3M in grants from the State of Florida, enabling the city to fund three projects for the benefit of the island. The projects approved are: • Renovation of Fire-Rescue/EMS Facility ($250,000) • Storm Water Master Plan Drainage Improvements ($299,140) • Marco Shores Alternative Water Solution ($750,000) Governor Rick Scott completed his review of the state budget on March 15 and made his veto decisions early without impacting the three submitted City of Marco Island projects that were recommended for funding by the Florida State Legislature. This is ... Read More »

Nancy Garousi Awarded Golden Apple

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com For 26 years the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, through Champions For Learning, has honored over 23,000 teachers in Collier County. The prestigious teaching award is sort of like the Oscars for instructors. Instead of a golden statuette of a person, the teachers are awarded a life-size golden apple. On February 18, five special teachers from all over the county were presented with the Golden Apple in a surprise classroom visit. Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Champions For Learning board members, as well as volunteers and other sponsors presented the educators with their well-deserved accolades. ... Read More »

Yoga Magic

A magical yoga moment. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I used to have season tickets to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball games. If you’re a basketball fan you might recognize the current coach of the Chicago Bulls as former ISU head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Fred is a “home grown” Iowan. He was raised in Ames, Iowa, home of the ISU Cyclones, where he was ... Read More »

Pythons and Gators and Crocs, Oh My!

This 13-foot Burmese python is very visible in an open field, but well disguised when it reaches habitat shrubbery and trees.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist   Join Bob on March 8th at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) Rose Auditorium for a presentation about the 2016 Python Challenge results and an update on area dolphin activity. Also, there will be a baby gator and baby crocodile on hand so you can compare the differences of the two species. All area school students and MIHS members are free, and a $5 donation would be appreciated from others. January’s event sold out – so come early to get a good seat!   Burmese pythons, alligators and crocodiles…Believe it or ... Read More »

Young and Old Support ALS Odyssey Walk

Mary Jo O’Regan treated the walkers to an impassioned version of “The ALS Odyssey Anthem.”

By Don Manley Finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – and supporting those afflicted with the disease and their families is a cause that drew both young and old to Marco Island recently. The reason was the first annual “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk” fundraiser, which benefitted the ALS Association Florida Chapter. Held at Mackle Park, the event drew about 80 walkers and raised $5,500 for the organization. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is an incurable and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the disease progresses, voluntary ... Read More »

Wet Paint LIVE

Twenty artists participated in Wet Paint LIVE, a fundraising event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was almost like a scavenger hunt. But instead of looking for landmarks or hidden treasures, you were on the hunt for artists. On February 16th, 20 different artists could be found scattered all over Marco Island and Goodland painting various scenes “en plein air,” or in the open air. The artists were participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraising event, Wet Paint LIVE. The paintings created that day were auctioned later in the evening in order to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. The participants started at around nine in the morning, ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Fine Art Auction

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Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, Inc. is sponsoring a fine art auction on March 10, 2016. The auction will take place in Rose Hall Auditorium, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145. Hamilton Fine Art Auctions will present a variety of original and limited edition artwork, sports memorabilia and jewelry with opening bids generally 50% to 60% less than traditional framed gallery prices. Past Hamilton auctions have often been real bargains for buyers. At least one purchaser confirmed that a painting he bought at a previous auction was appraised at more than ten times the auction ... Read More »

Chasing Windmills

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com The essence of portfolio management is the management of risks, not the management of returns. All good portfolio management begins and ends with the premise! – Benjamin Graham (1894-1976), author of “The Intelligent Investor.” Question: Should we be worried about the economy heading into a recession? Answer: My answer might be “yes” if stock market volatility alone indicated the likelihood of a recession. Luckily, the economy and the stock market aren’t always connected. Presumably, financial markets move on information signifying company valuations like earnings, growth and profitability. Reality tells us that individual investors who participate ... Read More »

A Genuine Imitation

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Like a preacher from the pulpit, I have tried to inform, warn and hopefully educate the naïve to the pitfalls of buying fine jewelry; I think it is safe to say if the price is really cheap, so is the “fine” jewelry you just purchased. It can begin with poorly informed salespeople, for instance the woman you meet while on vacation in Mexico, selling her wares from a horse blanket on the ground; it will probably result in the gold ring not exactly being solid gold. And then you can get the exact result from ... Read More »

Local Gem

One of the ponds at Freedom Park surrounded by Florida flora. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber The joy of discovering someplace new doesn’t always have to involve a long car, train, ship, or plane ride. In the past, I’ve written a few columns on some of the wondrous places right in our own backyard including Shark Valley, Loop Road, and Bird Swamp Rookery. Following all of the rain we had earlier this year, a friend and I set out to hike through Picayune Strand State Forest. As we feared, the ground was too saturated to walk on and another option we explored was also too wet. We then decided to head for ... Read More »

Try Not To Breathe

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Try Not To Breathe By Holly Seddon Ballantine Books, February 2016 – 369 pages Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Anyone who enjoyed “The Girl On The Train” might like this book very much. I didn’t care for the Hawkins book, but I found this one intriguing. The protagonist, Alex Dale, is a self-destructive barely functional alcoholic with an enlarged liver whose life revolves around her wine consumption and urinary incontinence. When we meet her in 2010, she has drunk her way through college, marriage to police officer Matt, a miscarriage, and a steady job as a ... Read More »

Condo Fees

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com This week 380 condos are for sale on the island, ranging in price from $89,900 for an efficiency unit at Coquina Gardens to a Belize penthouse listed for $7,245,000. Just as condo prices vary greatly, so do condo fees. The Coquina Gardens efficiency condo fees are $2,136 per year, and the penthouse has fees of $18,000 per year. The median condo fee for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the island is $7,200 per year. Annual condo fees on the island vary from less than 1% of list price, to over 3% of ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Remains Strong

By Dick Shanahan, President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January 2016 activity to January 2015 activity. For all property types, volume sold listings January 2015 was $60,295,000, compared to $45,726,850 in January 2016, a 24.16% decrease. However, median sale price comparison was up 37.20%, from $410,000 to $562,500 for all property types according to Dick Shanahan, president. The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in January 2016 compared to January 2015 rose by 8.13% (266 v. 246). ... Read More »

Roaring Gulch: a Humorous, Tune-Gilled Journey Into the Old West

The cast of the Island Theater Company’s  production of “The Saga of Roaring Gulch.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley A colorful spoof centered on the “Code of the Old West” unfolds in song and dance in the Island Theater Company’s production of “The Saga of Roaring Gulch.” The play opened Feb. 25, and runs March 17-20 and March 31 through April 3 at the Rose History Auditorium, located inside the Marco Island History Museum. Written by the late Jack L. Canon, the comedy is set in the mythical, small town of Roaring Gulch where the evil Bart Black has designs on young school mistress Hilda Heartfelt. However, his competitor for Hilda’s heart is the town’s marshal, ... Read More »