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Birds of Paradise


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Skimming along our beaches and resting in our rivers, bays and canals, these birds are a common sight on Marco Island. Their presence is especially breathtaking in the early mornings and as the sun sets over the island. Black Skimmers slice our mirrored waters, cutting the surface like silk. With their bright orange-red beaks and legs, they add a certain majesty to the waters that surround us. This bird is one of the most tropical in North America… Really, who needs a toucan? Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) are gull-like in size, about 11 ounces and ... Read More »

Sweetness in the Air


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy With August winding down it’s time in Florida to set our sights on – fall? Most of us have been trapped for months, scurrying from our air-conditioned cars to our air-conditioned homes, trying not to be overcome by heat exhaustion or dehydration; working in our gardens only in the wee hours of the morning to escape the burning rays of the hot Florida afternoon summer sun. Never mind the increasing number of mosquitoes that take up residence in the rainy season. The only good thing about working in the garden in the midday heat is ... Read More »

Sicilian Hospitality


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It only took less than an hour before the whole village knew the Americanos were in town. My friend Al and I accepted our mutual friend or “gum bade” Davide y (of Davide’s cafe) invitation to spend a week with his “family” in the seaside resort village of Tres Fontane in southeastern Sicily. Little did we know the hospitality included the whole village! It is my first time in Sicily, I have visited mainland Italy numerous times for both business and pleasure and made several lifelong friends but never experienced anything like this. Every ... Read More »

Glamour Puss Cat Calendar 2014 Winners


Submitted For the Love of Cats is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Glamour Puss Cat Calendar Contest. There were so many wonderful cat and kitten photos and accompanying stories. All 121 entries can be viewed at The grand prize winner was Robert MacKenzie. The photo of his four rescue cats, each sitting on a chair cushion on his lanai, amazed and captured the hearts of the judges. This winning photo is now the cover art of the 2014 Love of Cats Cat Calendar. MacKenzie wrote: “My four rescued male cats are pictured on my screened lanai, ... Read More »

Trinidad, West Indies


CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler Ah, Trinidad! We spent over five weeks there from May 17 until June 25, when we left Chacachacare Island, which was formerly a Leper Colony (yes it is spelled correctly). We sailed to the north coast of Venezuela, South America. All of the Caribbean Islands have a unique charm and beauty about them. However, we could not think of one that we seriously imagined living long term, say for a year or so, until we visited Trinidad. No, it was not the most beautiful. No, it does not have miles and miles of white sandy ... Read More »

The Chained Princess


SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Tonight we look at the sky in the same place as we did last time; being two weeks later, the sky has obligingly rotated westward about 15 degrees bringing new stars into view. Nearly centered in the chart is Andromeda, the chained princess. Her mother, the nearby Cassiopeia, had a disagreement with the gods, ultimately resulting in Andromeda’s confinement to a rocky beach. She was rescued by her future husband Perseus just before being devoured by a sea monster (the nearby constellation of Cetus). Andromeda the constellation is rather unusual in that it ... Read More »


Gayle C Henning, 76, passed away peacefully at her home on Marco Island, FL, on September 5, 2013. Gayle was born in Springfield, MA, where she met Richard Henning. They married and lived in southern California until Richard retired in 1991. Gayle was preceded in death by her son Kurt in 1995. Gayle is survived by her loving husband and many loving relatives and friends. Gayle will be honored with a graveside service on September 10th 11:00AM, at Hillcrest cemetery in Springfield, MA, where Gayle will be buried next to her son. May they be joined together for eternity. Read More »

Capri Fire Department Supporters Invited to County Commissioners Meeting


On May 2, 2013 the Isles of Capri fire/rescue advisory committee voted 3-2 to delay any negotiations with the East Naples Fire Department until the fall, when more of the residents have returned. On May 14, 2013 the Advisory committee made a motion to have the county give us more information so we could be prepared when the residents returned this year. The Board of County Commissioners declined to accept that advice and directed the county to move forward with negotiations. On July 11th Commissioner Henning made a motion that passed 5-0 to proceed directly to merge, bypassing a period ... Read More »


Joseph C. Capilets, 91, of Naples, FL, formerly of Marco Island, FL and Amagansett, NY, passed away on September 1, 2013. He was the beloved husband of 69 years to the late Nina Capilets. “Joe” was born 3/19/22 in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant in Company D 396 Regiment 87 Infantry Division. He is a recipient of a bronze star. He was part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army during WWII. As a young man Joe was a minor league pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. At home he was an avid tennis ... Read More »

Celebrating 25 Years of Service


By Natalie Strom It was a silver anniversary celebrated with a bronze award. Captain Paul MacMillan of the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department celebrated 25 years of service with his fellow comrades on August 30. Gathering with his squadron, his wife Dana, Fire Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne and many other members of the department, MacMillan received a handsome trophy in honor of serving the City of Marco Island for 25 years. With no plans of retirement, MacMillan will continue his role as one of Marco’s bravest. Coastal Breeze News congratulates Captain Paul MacMillan and extends a heartfelt ... Read More »

Flying with Fogarty


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The wind comes in from the Gulf. You are standing on the beach and you feel it in your hair. You raise your arms and you close our eyes. Your arms become your wings and you are FLYING! Have you dreamed that dream? Have you sailed among the clouds with an eagle as your companion? Have you gazed down at the Ten Thousand Islands with your flying comrades – the birds? You can do it. Pilots do it all the time. Pilots do it in jumbo jets and they do it in graceful light single ... Read More »



To the Editor My wife and I walk around Mackle Park on a daily basis. This summer we have observed the transformation of the Park from a largely swampy and bare field to what appears to be world class playing fields. We have seen how the kids love these fields. We are confident they will flock in even greater numbers to the new fields. Marco Island has made a bold investment in our city’s youth. My hat is off to the City Council for having the foresight and courage to appropriate the money for this. Special recognition should be given ... Read More »

Time to Get Snook-ered


By Nancy Richie The Florida Snook season opens September 1, 2013 for a limited harvest in both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean state and federal waters. The season closes December 1 in the Gulf (including Monroe County and Everglades National Park) and December 15 in the Atlantic (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River). The bag limits (catch/harvest per day) throughout the state are one-fish-per-person-per-day. Size limits differ on either side of the Florida peninsula: In the Gulf of Mexico, the snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length; in ... Read More »

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic the Common Core Way


By Noelle H. Lowery A couple of weeks into the new school year, parents are noticing some differences in their children’s’ schoolwork. Gone are the days of rote memorization and recall. Traditional prescriptive lessons ending with a multiple-choice quiz are a thing of the past. Bye bye, multiplication tables. They have been replaced with the Common Core State Standards for K-12 education specifically in English, Language Arts and Math. In their final stages of implementation in Florida schools CCSS are specific and rigorous standards and expectations for each grade level. Their focus: comprehension, analysis, explanation, writing, group work and ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy: Hopping Hurdles, Learning Lessons


By Natalie Strom Marco Island Academy has reason to celebrate this school year. Since its inception in 2011, the charter high school will see its first set of senior students graduate. This major milestone has set in motion a series of gainful changes and is squashing some serious challenges. As MIA has aged, so has its grade level offerings. Three years ago, the school opened its doors to freshman and sophomores. The following year added juniors, and this year, finally the seniors. “Quite a few of our graduates have been here since the beginning,” beams MIA Board Chair Jane ... Read More »

Annual International Coastal Clean-up


Submitted Calling all volunteers! The 28th Annual International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Clean-up, to be held at Tigertail Beach and hosted by The Friends of Tigertail Beach volunteer organization, will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 8 AM until noon. Volunteers will meet at the kiosk at Tigertail Beach. Work gloves, garbage bags and water will be provided, courtesy of Keep Collier Beautiful! Remember to wear shoes that might get wet. And don’t forget sunscreen! Those who sign up early will recieve a free Coastal Clean-up T-shirt! All Youth Participants will be given a certification for their volunteerism. For further ... Read More »

Rays dominate Oasis in 44-0 home opener


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Academy Rays gave Head Football Coach Andy Delgado a birthday gift he will not soon forget: a 44-0 victory over Oasis Charter High School. “It was a big success,” says Delgado. “The kids played a fundamentally sound game.” In the last year, MIA has played Oasis three times, and are up on the Cape Coral school 2-1. Oasis struck first last August beating MIA 55-6. MIA has dominated the Sharks in the last two games, though, including a 35-7 thumping in the spring by the Rays. MIA’s defense dominated from the first ... Read More »

TBE teacher is home again

By Noelle H. Lowery Lauren Burgin tried leaving Marco Island and Florida behind, but the sunshine — and Tommie Barfield Elementary School — brought her back. Her family moved to Marco Island when she was two years old. She went to TBE, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Lely High School. In fact, her parents, Tom and Nancy Mitchusson, still live on the island, and her brother, Kyle Mitchusson, is in his first year at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “I very much enjoyed growing up on the island,” says TBE’s newest first grade teacher. “Spending weekends on ... Read More »

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with tradition


by Carol Glassman At sundown on Wednesday, September 4 the Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashonah begins as Jews all over the world celebrate the observance of the Jewish New Year 5774. Actually, many observant Jews will begin to celebrate with Selichot services after midnight of Sunday morning, August 31. At this time penitential prayers are said before the High Holidays and for the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Erev (evening) Rosh Hashanah (the New Year or, literally, the ‘head’ of the year) begins at sundown Wednesday and continues on Thursday and ... Read More »

The High Holidays


By Rabbi Edward Maline Jewish Church of Marco Island Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year begins the evening of Wednesday, September 4 and ends the evening of Friday, September 6. It is one of the holiest days in the Jewish Calendar. It celebrates an event of cosmic importance – The Creation of the world and of Man. No other religion, to my mind, celebrates on one of its holiest days an event of such cosmic importance. Rabbis, in their sermons, are mandated by our tradition to address worldly concerns that have pertinence to all humanity and to offer spiritual perspective ... Read More »