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Obituary In Memory of John Alexander Burback

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John Alexander Burback passed away on July 28th, 2016. John is survived by his wife Barbara, mother Marilyn, daughter Jennifer, her husband Bid and their son Lane, son Larry and his wife Debbie, and three brothers and five sisters in Minnesota. A memorial service will be held at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island on Saturday August 27th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John’s memory to Avow Hospice Naples (avowcares.org) or For The Love of Cats Animal Rescue (fortheloveofcatsfl.com). In October of 1983, John Burback was hired ... Read More »

What’s New ?in City Government Communications

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By Maureen Chodaba Communication is the key to transmission, conveyance and disclosure of information between individuals. In the operation of any legislature, it is the path of transparency among those in positions of authority and the citizens of that protectorate. And so it is with the City of Marco Island as government communications just became more effective and clear. Some may remember the days before the construction of the Community Room at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, when meetings of city government were held at Mackle Park. A handheld microphone was passed from councilor to councilor in the course of the ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Beaches

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Marco Beaches I’m not usually a complainer. Having said that, people should know that a lot of money was spent moving sand around our Marco beach this summer. This was done to fill in low areas that were accumulating rain water. Big loud machines worked night and day from Residents Beach to South Seas Towers. After several weeks of this, it seems to have helped one area and moved the problem to another. All the walkers from Tigertail Park, who walk around the lagoon to the gulf, now are walking through slippery odorous muck on a dry day, and watery ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education

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By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education began with the Greeks and Romans over 1,000 years ago and declined during the 1800s with the Progressive belief that students “learn by doing,” rather than memorizing. Classical education is based on the Trivium subjects, which are grammar, logic and ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas

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By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a very small area. Marco Island benefits by having two CWAs. The Big Marco Pass CWA, which includes all of Sand Dollar and parts of Tigertail lagoon, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area in 1988. This FWC-managed area protects shorebirds ... Read More »

The Wall Street Dollies: Investing in Friendship

Kathy Sullivan outlines the bucket list and challenges. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Understanding the ups and downs of the stock market can be a challenge. The jargon itself can prove to be baffling. For 20 years, a group of Marco Island women have been meeting to learn about the market and do some investing of their own. The Wall Street Dollies are proud to be one of the longest existing investment clubs in Florida. The group originally started as a mini club within the Newcomers Club of Marco Island. Original member, Phyllis Marco, said, “Two other clubs said we would never survive. Here we are 20 years later!” The ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and other upcoming issues. One of the responses we received was from Mary Nelson, a monitor with the Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Program, who is also known locally as the “Turtle Lady.” Mary told Coastal Breeze News how much she ... Read More »

Sailing Center’s Summer Program Ends

The MICSC summer camp participants in action. Photo by Mary Lee Cale

By Don Manley Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program. “Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program. The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, including private lessons. For the ... Read More »

Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Coach Jim Watt fires up his U10 team up before the big game. As always, he has their undivided attention.

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), both soccer players par excellence. Watt is national sales manager for a thriving family business, King’s Company (commercial lumber), which has now gone global. He is constantly on the road keeping his customers happy and signing up new ... Read More »

Lely Opens with Island Coast

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A Lely defender flies to block a Noah Reich field goal, but is a bit late as it sails 42 yards through the uprights. The holder is and will be Hakeem Durity.

By Roger LaLonde It is a new head coach, with mostly new assistants, looking to begin a new day with the Lely football program. It starts with Lely’s first fall game at 7 PM August 19, hosting Island Coast. Maurice Belser gained his first experience with the Trojans in its spring game, shortly after replacing Culmer St. Jean. Belser chose to replace many long-time coaches as he puts his mark on this year’s team. New coaches include Derek Woods, linebackers, Cliff Cook, defensive backs, Bill Dunne, defensive linemen, Allen Carter, offensive coordinator and Talise Simeon, receivers. Returning is Mike Cassio, ... Read More »

MIA Opens at Home Against Gateway Charte

Coach Damon Coiro sets up play during practice.

By Roger LaLonde The lightning warning went off, forcing the Marco Island Academy football team to practice under a pavilion, behind Marco Island Charter Middle School on August 15. The team is hoping they will provide its own lightning when it opens its season at home against Fort Myers-Gateway Charter at 7:30 PM on August 19 at Winterberry Park. The Manta Rays lost 12 starters from a year ago, but is steadily building its own leaders. “Bon Deese has been phenomenal,” Coach Damon Coiro said. “He and Tyler Gresham are all in to bring success to the team.” Deese and ... Read More »

Travel “Here & There” Without Leaving the Island

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By Don Manley The opportunity to take a virtual journey, as portrayed with canvas and paint, to select locations in the U.S. and Canada is the focus on the most recent art installation at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Entitled “Here & There,” the show features 30 pieces works created by artist William Ward Moseley of Eagle Creek. He specializes in landscapes, some with buildings and some without, depicting scenes from across North America, skillfully painted in a realistic, impressionist style. Moseley is represented by galleries in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and his landscapes have been on exhibit in ... Read More »

MIPD Professionalism Exhibited

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Monday mornings at the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) are fairly routine for Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff. August 8, however, was not one of those normal Mondays; Schettino was called out from a staff meeting to take a call from an individual who had used the direct line to threaten lives and property at the Marco Marriott Resort by the use of explosives and sniper fire. In return for not initiating the attack he wanted the City of Marco Island to pay an undisclosed amount of cash to avert the incident. “Every potential ... Read More »

Looking For Pierre – a Dapper Dolphin!

“Homeland” will be in storage during the Mackle Park construction.

By Maria Lamb Pierre, an artist-created fiberglass dolphin, was last seen looking dapper wearing a beret and scarf of brightly painted squares. He was created in 2003 by Geoffrey Stephenson, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School, with his art mentor Sidney Ann Pitchford. Pierre was part of the Dolphin Debut, which brought 36 life-sized dolphins to life in the hands of local artists, who contributed their time and talent to help raise money for the Marco Island YMCA and the Art League of Marco Island. The auction raised $123,000 for the two organizations. For six weeks the “celebrity ... Read More »

Shorebird Stewards Make a Difference

Shorebird Stewards Dave and Kim Francisco, Terry Wilson, Dominique Rossetti (FWC) and Karol Tenace. Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted Lucky Birds: Volunteers from the Collier Shorebird Stewardship Program, wearing bright green shirts with bold letters, “Ask Me About The Birds,” were the “boots on the sand” ensuring a successful nesting season at Big Marco Pass (BMP), also known as Sand Dollar Island. They worked around challenges posed by the Hideaway and Central Beach dredging projects, the effects of Tropical Storm Colin, and heavy traffic from party boats and dogs at the tip of the Pass, just to name a few. Their presence made a big difference, especially during long holiday weekends, acting as extra eyes and ears for ... Read More »

Chess, the Battle Game of All Ages

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By Wade Keller The battle was set. Round nine, the final game of the World Chess Open would begin at 4:30 afternoon on July 4. There were over a thousand players, competing in separate ratings at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia. I was in the Under-1400 rating with 118 competitors. After eight rounds my score was 5-3, meaning 5 wins, 3 losses. As I set up the chess pieces I was thinking, Got to have this final game. Score of 6-3 will be with the winners. Got to win. In tournaments the computer decides who plays who based on wins/losses/draws. ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® (MIAAOR) for Marco Island-only properties comparing January – July of 2016 to January – July of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $415,338,824 for the period January – July 2016 v. $533,789,590 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – July comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 5.31% (1,170 v. 1,111). New single family listings coming ... Read More »

Helping Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls

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Submitted As part of Truly Nolen Pest Control’s mission statement, and in the spirit of adding value to the lives they touch, Pest Control Technician Rafeal Rodriguez takes that statement to another level by making a difference for Marco Island’s burrowing owl population. Over the last few weeks, Rodriguez has visited many burrowing owl habitats and trimmed the weeds to allow the owls to have easy access to their homes. “Our company always encourages our employees to give back to the community and we help clean up Tigertail Beach every three months as part of that effort,” said Joe Jayne, Marco Island service ... Read More »