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Mertens Nominated to Science & Technology Congress

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Submitted Mercedes Mertens, a 9th grader at Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA on June 28th- June 30th, 2015. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day Duck Derby Combo Pleases Participants and Marco Y

Judges and onlookers cheering on the ducks as the near the finish line.

By Don Manley The little yellow duckies showed no indication that onlookers’ cheers were going to affect their pace as they traveled the length of the Greater Marco Family YMCA pool. But that’s always the case with the plastic faux waterfowl that comprise the annual Dottie’s Duck Derby fundraiser, which benefits the Y’s aquatics program. This was the 20th anniversary of the derby, which was started by the event’s namesake, Dottie “Miss Dottie” Weiner. The Y’s pool and aquatic center, where the derby is held, are also named after the woman who started its “Learn to Swim” classes in 1972 ... Read More »

Our SwampLife is Wild…

Barbara Johnson shows her appreciation for our wild life.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Literally, just outside our doors is a world foreign to many; a vast wetlands we call the Everglades. Thanks to Bob McConville, this world becomes a little less unknown. Bob is a Master Naturalist and shared some insight with us on April 23rd at the Rose History Auditorium. Through pictures, stories and fun facts, Bob let us know quite a bit about the wildlife around us. The breadth of his knowledge is vast and there is so much to impart about his talk. We have limited space here so let’s explore just a few of these ... Read More »

MICMS Qualifies for 8 Events in Collier County Track & Field Championships

Marco Island Charter Middle School’s Degan Rash, readies to throw in the shot put at the South Division Track and Field qualifying events at Lely High School. Rash was surprised by Gulfview Middle’s Jett Su in suffering his first loss of the season.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The day was sunny and very warm when the South Division Track & Field competition began at Lely High School on Saturday. Withstanding the heat, members of the Marco Island Charter Middle School track team qualified in eight events for the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships this Saturday at Golden Gate High School. The 3200 meter race and the field events begin at 8 AM, with further track competitions beginning at 9 AM. The South Division qualifiers will meet up with the top four finishers in each category from the North Division to ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop

Mike Matthews. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

New Line of Museum Jewelry

Ari Kathein, Lori Wagor and Avital Kathein.

Submitted The Smithsonian may have the original Marco Island artifacts, but here is the next best thing: a line of fine jewelry fashioned after some of the Island’s most famous archeological finds. A collaborative effort of the Marco Island Historical Society’s Gift Store (MIHS) and Golden Gate Jewelers, the jewelry includes a Key Marco Cat pendant, a favorite mascot of Islanders, as well as a Calusa mask made into necklaces, earrings, rings, and cufflinks. The jewelry is available in several different sizes, in either solid sterling silver or 14kt. gold, and can be customized with precious or semi-precious gems (diamonds, ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

Bo Really Does Know

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s rain has left the sweet smell of summer in the air and my mind once again turns to the promise of long lazy days ready to fill however I see fit. My calendar is nearly empty and my ideas are many. Mmmm, delicious. For many artists, season is a rapid juggling act of shows and festivals, press-releases and newsletters, business, business, business, with precious little time for the creative process. But summer, summer I could paint with one slow continuous brush stroke. I love summer. For the past few summers, as the barometer begins to ... Read More »

Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Packs Up Until Next Season

The gang from Clay Guild, Writer’s Guild, Angela’s Gourmet Pasta, Katherine’s Bead Designs and Cardzbynikki bid adieu.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com (Insert heavy sigh here) Well, another season of the farmer’s market is in the books. April 22nd was the final takedown and many hugs and, yes, even a tear or two on the last day. Let’s hope the summer goes quickly cause there are many people that will be missed. “Many of these vendors don’t have a store,” said Amanda Kuck, a farmer’s market regular. “The only place I can get some of this great stuff is right here. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s still kinda hard when they’re gone.” ... Read More »

An Author’s Website on Agenda

Lisa Wroble. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For the May 13 meeting of the Marco Island Writers, Inc., Lisa Wroble, Children’s Educator, Author, Speaker, and Writing coach will lecture on “Building your Author Website.” Lisa has been writing for nearly 30 years, and publishing for children for 25. She launched her writing career with two acceptances to the same Christian children’s magazine and continued focusing on magazine pieces for 6 years. In 1996 her first children’s book was published. She has since authored 27 nonfiction books and over 1500 articles for or about children. When she isn’t researching or writing, she teaches workshops for at-risk youth, ... Read More »

Marco Island High Schoolers Are DAR Award Winners

(LtoR) Sandro Mendoza, his daughter Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza and DAR member Joanie Shields

Submitted Three Marco Island high school students received medals, certificates and scholarships at the April 16th meeting of the Marco Island Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. DAR Regent Karen Lombardi noted, “The focus of the national DAR is education, so what better way to demonstrate this than to meet and greet our Marco Island scholars!” Joanie Shields introduced the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner, Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza, escorted by her father, Sandro. Andrah is the first Marco Island Academy student to win this award. Andrah is a straight A student who loves science, especially robotics, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Nead

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Dear Council Members: As Manager of Cozumel Condominium at Cape Marco I would like to present our strong opposition to the proposed Rental Ordinance. Cozumel Condominium requires rentals to be minimum of 90 days which instills a sense of ownership in our renters; many of whom return year after year and have never been a problem. Also most condominiums on Marco Island have in house management companies to handle any problems that might occur day to day. Also, most of our owners who rent their homes use the services of rental agencies on the island which do a great job ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr Wm. & Kimberly Harris

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Once again the city of Marco Committee Members are trying to penalize those of is that own property & do properly maintain their property & inform our renters of the ordinances of the City of Marco. There are a few individuals that do not inform their renters of these ordinances & do not properly maintain their property.  For this they are going to make us all suffer their consequence. Thus they are going to make all of us owners pay more.  Causing us to increase our rental fees.  This will only deter people from coming to Marco to rent. Causing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli

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Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rod Thole

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It’s a Matter of Trust. With the outbreak of emails, and letters again being sent to Marco Island City Councilors, on “reconsideration” of the rental ordinance, it becomes abundantly clear that the Council is again breaking trust with the electorate. The matter of exempting condominiums was debated over many months. Deliberations occurred with considerable input of the citizenry. Condominium owners wrote letters and emails, they appeared at City Council meetings to plead their case, and they met with individual Councilors to explain why including condominiums was poor public policy. Now all of that citizen involvement and input, and the decision ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi

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Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. Not too long ago, my son was training with three of the top juniors in the land: Bjorn Fratangelo, Brett Clark and Gordie Watson. Clearly, Matt Browne hit far more balls with Bjorn and Brett but he was blessed to ... Read More »

Catch Mercury if You Can!

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By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As the too bright Moon in the east is nearly full, we might as well look westward to a slightly darker sky. Venus is unmistakable as it floats high in the west; it is in fact the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon. Below Venus, and a little to the right and just above the horizon lies the planet Mercury. Mercury is much more difficult to locate than Venus; at the time and date of the chart it’s only a little brighter than Polaris. During the next several days it will ... Read More »