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NEW LOCATION! Veterans Community Park Meeting

In the last edition, Coastal Breeze News reported a meeting seeking public opinion on future enhancements at Veterans Community Park was scheduled for April 19th at 5:30 PM. This meeting WILL take place on that date and time, but the location has been changed to the Community Center at Mackle Park (not IberiaBank). For several months, PRAC has sought public feedback on future amenities at Veterans Community Park. Dr. Gerald Swiacki, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee will give a brief history of Veterans Community Park and then take public comment on future enhancements. Some members of the Parks ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council held its regular meeting on April 4. Chairman Brown was present, as well as Councilors Batte, Honecker, Honig, Petricca, Rios, and Sacher. Councilor Sacher was supported by his colleagues when he asked to move the action items up on the agenda since he could not be certain that he would be present for the entire meeting as he was recovering from surgery. A resolution was passed authorizing a “piggyback contract” for the city to enter into an agreement and accept the bid from Preferred Materials, Inc. for the annual street and roadway ... Read More »

$250K Boost for Marine EMS

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By Maureen Chodaba Governor Rick Scott recently signed the 2016-2017 state budget, providing funding of $250,000 for a Marine Fire Rescue Facility on Marco Island. To find out more about the existing facility, community needs and how the state funds would be used, Coastal Breeze News spoke to Fire Chief Mike Murphy. The present facility, built in 1965, is located at 751 E. Elkcam Circle. The station responds to approximately forty percent of all emergency calls, and also houses the fire/rescue boat, which responds to 911 emergencies on the waterways surrounding Marco Island and the 10,000 Islands. The boat is ... Read More »

Gentle Giant Release

Photos by Samantha Husted
Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »

Alberta’s Canadian Rockies, Part I

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Canada’s Rocky Mountains are located in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Within Alberta, the locations of Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff provide many opportunities for alpine experiences. The landscape includes peaks, valleys, canyons, rivers, glacial lakes, forests, waterfalls, and lots of wildlife. I will write about Banff, the larger, more commercial of the three in a future column. Lake Louise and Jasper serve as the gateways to the Icefields Parkway, surely one of the most scenic drives in the world. Lake Louise, with the stately Chateau Lake Louise facing the Victoria Glacier at the ... Read More »

Tis the Season…Two Aquatic Friends Return

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM join Bob McConville at the Rose Auditorium for a discussion about the sea turtles and manatees found in our area. Meet special guest, Master Naturalist Nancy Anderson, a manatee specialist. MIHS members and MIA students are free. A $5 donation is requested for all others. Ah, the first day of spring! Thoughts of warmer weather have many of us planning adventurous days at the beach or on the water. Our eyes will scan the surface, looking for anything that might arise from below. All of a sudden there’s ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

The Pull of the Moon

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
The full moon sets over the Gulf at an early morning Beach Yoga class

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com She is our moon. Our tidal pull. She is the rich deep beneath the sea, the buried treasure, the expression in the owl’s eye, the perfume in the wild rose. She is what the water says when it moves. – Patricia A. McKillip The moon. Most of us have gazed at it on a clear night. Maybe even marveled at its changing shape, created by shadows and illumination. Some blame it for changes in mood or behavior. And a chosen few have walked atop its desolate surface, staring back at the Earth, tiny and ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Company = Better Sleep

Richard and Gregory Sumer. Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Toss…Turn…Toss…Turn! How many of us have had such sleepless nights? In my never-ending quest to achieve physical fitness, I now wear a Fitbit all day long, including to bed at night. It not only counts my steps taken and calories burned during the course of a day, it now records my hours and quality of sleep. And what does it say about that quality of sleep? In my case, the word is restless! I turn to the internet in times of insomnia. I tend to Google any and every topic that comes to my mind. On one ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »

Sea Breeze South Shuffleboard Tournament

From left: Winners Mike Spinelli (first place), Gail Stoller and Jack Sullivan (second place), and Anita Sullivan (first place).

Submitted  On March 23, twelve teams gathered for the Sea Breeze South Annual Shuffleboard Tournament to compete for the prized trophies. Players and spectators watched and played as some teams won, while others were eliminated in the competition. The original 48 players soon dwindled to 24, and eventually the final three teams were ready for the play-offs. During the lunchtime break, grilled hamburgers were served with all the fixings. Joe Mazzoni, (the chef) cooked up an astounding 84 burgers for the crowd. In the final playoff were Gayle Stoller and Jack Sullivan vs. Anita Sullivan and Mike Spinelli. The winning ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek, Manatee Elementary Partnership

Submitted Photos From left: Donna Oyhe, Arlene Greenburg, Kathy Slater and Kathi Gunzenhauser.

Submitted In 1997, Fiddler’s Creek responded to Collier County Schools’ “Building Bridges” program by forming a partnership with nearby Manatee Elementary School in which residents of the master-planned community collected toys to help students in need have a brighter Christmas. Today, that partnership has flourished; while the community’s support still includes the toy drive, Fiddler’s Creek residents organize an annual school supply effort, collect funds through an annual Turkey Trot to help teachers purchase classroom supplies, and volunteer in classrooms as mentors and aides to work directly with kids in the Title I school. Title I schools are those with ... Read More »

Files and Piles: Should It Stay or Should It Go Now?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau  Question: How long do I need to keep my financial documents? I have tax returns, investment statements, credit card bills and loads of other paperwork. I’m not sure if I need to hang on to it any longer. Help! Answer: Here we are on April Fools’ Day, the first day of the month when individual tax returns are due. It’s likely that you’ve at least started on your taxes and have already tackled stacks of documents, e-files, and scanned receipts from the ... Read More »

Villagers’ Views

‘’The Hump,’’ photograph by Jim Freeman.

Submitted  Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 13th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historically-significant fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by guest artist, renowned photographer Jim Freeman. Recognized as the 2015 Artist of the Year by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, O’Neill enjoys thinking ‘outside the gallery’ and invites all to enjoy fine art and fine fare in a venue like no other. The Bozicnik family, owners of the famous waterfront ... Read More »

Comments Sought on Oil & Gas Survey

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Submitted  The National Park Service is seeking public comment related to scientific or technical information that would aid in the agency reaching a decision on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Co. in Big Cypress National Preserve. This EA is a revision of the EA released by the NPS on November 29, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives: The EA is available at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=352&projectID=53498&documentID=71803.  Additional documents related to this proposed project are at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=53498.  You can provide comments online or by mail. Before including ... Read More »

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson The good news is that “Eligible” is not one of the “Gone Girl” or “The Girl On The Train” wannabes that are pervasive these days. The other news is that while it is a satisfying read, it is not even a shadow of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic satire on the social mores of early 18th century England. P&P purists, be forewarned that you will find no subtlety and very little romance in “Eligible.” Sittenfeld’s satire is fairly in-your-face and quite humorous. Austen’s ... Read More »

Marco Island ?Writers Meet

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Submitted by Maggie Gust March Meeting The Janice Hardy Workshop at our March 9, 2016 meeting was an astounding success. Many members of the general public joined us for the workshop and were excited and satisfied at the end of the evening. Thanks to Janice for sharing her passion for writing and inspiring us, as well as to all participants for their interest and support. April Meeting Second  Wednesday To keep those creative juices flowing, please join us Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM. The topic is “Widen Your Scope as a Writer.” Pauline Hayton, our Anthology Book ... Read More »

Kingfishers Support Clubfoot Project

Kingfishers (from left) Front row: Cheryl Duey, Durell Buzzini, Patricia Lloyd and Sue Haviland; Back row: Marly Rydson, Brian Knudson, Tom Lippert, Kevin Holloway, John
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Submitted On March 17, 2016, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club was treated to a very special meeting, one that was organized and run by the club’s “Kingfisher” members. The Kingfishers are Rotarians who are members of Rotary Clubs other than the Marco Island Noontime Club, but spend significant time here on Marco during season. “The Kingfishers are such an important part of our Rotary Club,” said Lynne Minozzi, Noontime Rotary Club president. “We look forward to their return every year.” In addition to a delightful program with a definite Irish flair, the Kingfishers presented Lynne Minozzi with a generous ... Read More »

Historical Artist Clark to Speak

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Submitted Merald Clark, one of Florida’s leading historical artists, will speak about his specialized expertise at Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 PM. The Europeans first encountered the Calusa when there were no cameras, cell phones, or “eye in the sky” to record life events for Florida’s indigenous peoples. Thanks to historical artists like Merald Clark, long-lost civilizations, like the Calusa, are brought to life, through artwork. Clark is well known for his works of art depicting the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa. His lecture will focus on the process he uses ... Read More »