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The Dining Diary – Snook Inn

Snook Inn has dockage aplenty. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Ms. Vittles I find Thursday’s are a great night to dine out. Busy enough to make a place lively but not stand-in-line busy. This week’s choice is another dining landmark – Marco Island’s own Snook Inn. Snook Inn is celebrating 30 years on the Island and still has the same owners. No matter your mode of travel, Snook Inn ... Read More »

Marco Writers to Meet

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Submitted The July 8 meeting of Marco Island Writers, Inc., will include an Ice Cream Social and Book Swap. Members and guests are asked to bring books to swap. Leftover books will be donated to the Bombay Book Den. Also, there will be continuing discussions regarding problems writers face. Thanks to Gwen DeCrow, founder and former president of MIW for ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”

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Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for ... Read More »

May Real Estate Prices Up!

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare May 2015 to May 2014. With inventory decreasing 14.55% from a year ago for all properties, volume sold also decreased from $83,435,064 in May 2014 to $72,929,740 in May 2015, according to Susan Ackerson, President. As always, please contact a ... Read More »

Summer Theater Camp at Island Theater Company

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Summer’s here… what are the kids going to do???? How about the Island Theater Company (ITC) summer camp? We’re setting the stage for summer fun! Back by popular demand…this exciting and fun three-week theater program will introduce young people to all aspects of the theater, including creating props and costumes, music, choreography, and technical aspects of putting on a show. ... Read More »

Collier County Sees an Increase in Permit Applications, Building Inspections

Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen an almost 30 percent increase in the number of permits issued between January and May 2015 compared to the same time last year, the latest figures from the county show. Collier County saw 3,487 permits applied for in May 2015, an increase of 501 permits from May 2014 and a slight decrease from ... Read More »

Ambassadors of the Environment Camp Returns to MIA

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the second year, student campers ages 14-18 explored, kayaked, researched, and discussed and debated environmental issues at the Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) Summer Camp Program on Marco Island. The AOTE Summer Camp Program is offered by Marco Island Academy (MIA) in collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society’s team, led by Dr. Richard ... Read More »

Rental Ordinance Fate

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not since the issue of sewers were in front of city council has there been a hot button issue like the Rental Ordinance. An outpouring of letters and emails were lining every editor’s inbox, as well as those of City Council and the City Manager. There were lengthy sessions of public comment at council meetings. ... Read More »

Governor Vetoes Veterans Community Service Center

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A lobbyist hired by the City of Marco Island last year has been hard at work seeking funding for various projects earmarked by the city. Among the projects on the list was a new multi-purpose building at Veterans Park dubbed the Veterans Community Service Center. “Unfortunately, we learned that despite our successful efforts to encourage ... Read More »

Keith Wohltman, USCG Auxiliary, Shares Lifesaving Tips With Newcomers Club

L to R: Newcomer President – Jacky Childress, Program Chair – Kim Flaugh, Guest Speaker – Keith Wohltman-USCG Auxiliary, Newcomers VP – Kim King, & Betsy Wohltman

On Wednesday, June 10th the Newcomers held their monthly luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The ladies enjoyed reconnecting with their Newcomers friends, sharing more than a few laughs, and welcomed three new members to the club. After a delicious lunch, the ladies were treated to an informative, fun lecture “Suddenly in Command” by Keith Wohltman of the USCG ... Read More »

Bridezillas…Chapter One

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net They say it’s all about the dress, and many a bridezilla have been revealed on more than one reality show. I have had the pleasure of experiencing more than I can count, firsthand in my jewelry stores over the decades, before it was even in fashion. For those of you who have no idea what ... Read More »

Tulip Time in Holland

Tulip time in Holland. PHOTOS BY ART MANBURG

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber One of the best times to visit Holland is when the flowers, for which it is known, are in their full splendor, on display at Keukenhof Gardens, from mid-March through mid-May. Although people often use the terms “Holland” and “the Netherlands” interchangeably, Holland refers to only two of the twelve provinces that comprise the country of ... Read More »

Memory Man

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David Baldacci, Genre: Suspense Grand Central Publishing, April 2015, 406 pages   A horrific scene is encountered by the reader at the very beginning of this latest novel from the prolific Mr. Baldacci. It is the memory of the murder of Amos Decker’s family in their own home – his wife Cassie, almost 10-year-old daughter ... Read More »

What is an architect?

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA So you may be asking yourself; “What is an Architect?” “What do they do?”, “Do I need one for my project?” Let me start by providing some background on what an Architect is and the services they provide. Architects have been with us for a very long time. The role of the Architect traditionally ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

Zebra longwing, Florida state butterfly.

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems ... Read More »

Missing the Man

Darwin Wesley Teague:
My dad, who taught by example and remains with me in spirit. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland   As Father’s Day approaches, I suppose it’s only natural that my thoughts float to memories of my dad more frequently than usual. He passed away nearly two years ago of complications from a ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

Coach Naomi, thinking about the job ahead.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team ... Read More »