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Rescuing Skipper: A Dolphin Explorer Tale

About an hour after the Dolphin Explorer’s Bob Erickson and Meredith Barnard spotted Halfway and Skipper in Little Marco Pass, the cavalry arrived, complete with a net boat captained by Larry Fulford, a commercial fisherman with more than 30 years experience with dolphin capture and release efforts.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Finding one specific dolphin in the waters around Marco Island is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. At least that is what I thought on the morning of Sept. 4 when I set out with researchers from Sea Excursion’s 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project to find one female baby dolphin whose tail had somehow become entangled with a foot of wire leader from a fishing rig. These same researchers were the ones who spotted the baby dolphin — Skipper — and her entanglement in early August while aboard one of their Dolphin ... Read More »

Put a Cork in It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you want to take a real life “hands on” approach to ending hunger, Meals of Hope is the way to go! This 501c3 organization was designed as a way for communities to come together to end hunger in their communities and beyond. So far, more than 22.5 million nutritious meals have been packaged and distributed. Locally, Neil Snyder has been dubbed “Captain Hope” by fellow Rotarians as the man in charge of the Meals of Hope campaign. His wife, most recent president of the Kiwanis Club, also joins the effort. In fact, more than ... Read More »

Preps for Upcoming Season

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] If you stop by Arturo’s this month, you will note one of Marco Island’s favorite Italian restaurants is closed for its annual vacation. You also will note, though, that the restaurant is alive with activity as it prepares for its 19th season. “We had a great season last year,” says Arturo’s co-owner Judy Barney. “But, more importantly, we are looking forward to an even better season this year…We recognize that September is the slowest month of the year. One year, we opened in September, and then I remembered why we usually closed down to take ... Read More »

Strideaway through Hideaway – Kiwanis 5K Fun Run/Walk

The start of last year’s race...PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Drs. George Sarantos and his lovely wife, Melissa, joined Kiwanis, they quickly took up a particular cause: the Eliminate Project. “When you join a philanthropic organization like Kiwanis, you know something will come along to touch your heartstrings. We knew the Eliminate Project was where we wanted to concentrate our efforts,” said George. Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This disease kills more than 60,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers each year as well. MNT is known for repeatedly sending tiny newborns into painful ... Read More »

Academy Faces 1st Major Football Test

MIA Head Coach Greg Fowler talks to his team on the sideline. PHOTO BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde [email protected] How good is the Marco Island Academy football team? It will get a major test in hosting Community School at Winterberry Park at 7 PM on Friday night, Sept. 19. The Seahawks have manhandled three opponents, outscoring them 139-8, with its most recent a 42-7 win over Fort Myers Canterbury. Marco Island has won two straight, outscoring its opposition, 84-6, with its most recent victory over Somerset Academy Charter High, 35-0. The game was called midway through the third quarter when the Somerset coach took his team off the field following a skirmish that resulted in ... Read More »

Daring to Dream

In her brown bomber  jacket and white silk scarf, Janina Birtolo became Amelia Earhart for the night’s captive audience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium hosted a packed house for the presentation of “Daring to Dream,” an original dramatic portrayal of the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. The allotted hour flew by as local actress and writer, Janina Birtolo, delivered a fast-paced memoir, simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, detailing the famous aviatrix’s exploits. With her one-woman-show, Birtolo kept listeners at the edge of their seats from the moment she took the stage, appearing as if she’d just touched down from another soaring flight. Fully-costumed and impossibly energetic, she virtually ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The stone crab boats are lined up for Everglades City’s annual blessing of the fleet on the Barron River. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again, but do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on Oct. 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event runs 1-4 PM with ... Read More »

An Invitation to Learn About Boating around Marco Island

Kathleen Reynolds uses the mariner skills learned from the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron accompanied by fellow Squadron member Rhonda McAuliffe Gloodt. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A few years ago, I would look at my boating friends mournfully, hoping they would invite me along on their outings. (Thankfully, they frequently did.) It dawned on me one day that I really didn’t have to wait on anyone; I was fully able to create and join in the fun on my own. It just took a little courage, a little coin and finding out where to start. By poking around on the internet, asking people and looking into the notices in the local papers, I very luckily came to know our own Marco Island Sail and Power ... Read More »

2015 Galmour Puss Calendar on Sale Now

Milo with his winning cover photo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Milo, a stunning young grey and white cat, won the judge’s vote to be the new cover photo for the 2015 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar benefitting For the Love of Cats. Milo’s photo was one of more than 125 photos entered into the online photo contest this spring. Judging was done by a panel appointed by Jan Rich, president of For the Love of Cats. Milo’s guardians, Tom and Gracie Micheline, received the grand prize for the photo contest of a $50 gift certificate to Vergina’s Restaurant in Naples along with a free calendar. “We adopted Milo from For ... Read More »

Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Looking for a free, family-friendly activity on Saturday, Sept. 27? Then head to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a day of free staff-narrated boat tours, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek and marine critter touch tanks and other live animal presentations. The event runs 10 AM-3 PM. Following a short hiatus in operation which began Sept. 15, this event — Rookery Bay’s Grand Reopening Estuaries Day — is part of an annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. The day’s activities aim to recognize the importance of the ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of land lines and the ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Telephone plans with companies such as Verizon and AT&T are good only for talk and data in the US. You can purchase an international plan with ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

DEP to Host Gulf Recovery Webinar

Submitted Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) funding and projects webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 1 PM. The webinar is part of the ongoing efforts to restore and recover the economies of the Gulf Coast states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council recently announced the process by which council members may submit projects for funding consideration under the council-selected restoration component. The submission window for ... Read More »

Parking Meters on Marco?

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By Pat Newman Parking meters may be making their debut on Marco Island if a proposal to install 10 meters on Elkcam Circle is approved by City Council. The recommendation came after Guy Verdi, owner of the Philly Grille on Collier Boulevard, appealed to the Marco Island Planning Board that his planned expansion was jeopardized by updated parking requirements. “We need to expand, or close our doors. I feel like Marco Island is putting us out if business,” Verdi told board members at their Sept. 5 meeting. City Manager Roger Hernstadt explained that it was his and the Planning Board’s ... Read More »

Celebrating the High Holy Days

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Roger Blau President of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island The Jewish “High Holy Days” (not “holidays”) are known as the “Jewish New Year,” but there is no resemblance of Rosh Hashanah to the secular “New Year” which most American Jews celebrate along with our Gentile neighbors and friends. The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are solemn holy days. They do not include celebrations and champagne at midnight. The Jewish High Holy Days begin this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24, and conclude at sundown on Saturday, October 4. ... Read More »

McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »

In Memory of 9/11

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s been 13 years since the world changed forever with the attacks on our soil on Sept. 11, 2001. Each year, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation pays homage to those events with a gathering. This year’s breakfast was held at San Marco Parish Hall. Following brief comments by Dianna Dohm, president of the Fire Foundation, a short video was shown. The presentation was a compilation from “yet to be released” videos from the new 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber event. Particularly touching were the shots of the final bodies recovered by the ... Read More »

Raymond Returns to Running a Year After Accident

Roger Raymond is off and running again, leading the Marco Island Charter  Middle School cross country team. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde On Sept. 12, Roger Raymond finished what he started exactly a year ago. He completed his normal run, something he couldn’t do on Sept. 12, 2013. He actually laid down on the spot where he sustained his serious injury. This time he got back up, finishing his run, instead of a trip to a hospital. On Sept. 12, 2013, trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car, Raymond fell as he went into an alleyway along side Marco Floor Covering, just off San Marco Road on Marco Island. The result, Raymond broke his right ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

Jones Reflects on 30 Years of Service

Marco Island Fire Rescue  Division Chief Don Jones with wife, Elaine. PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

By Val Simon [email protected] No words can express 30 years of selfless service to the Marco Island community coming to a close. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Don Jones, having embarked on his life as a firefighter, Sept. 8, 1984, is retiring. Chief Murphy had this to say: “Division Chief Jones committed himself to the fire and medical service, his community and to the people that called us in their time of need. His commitment and partnership with businesses and Marco Island Charter Middle School certified thousands over the years in CPR, and those individuals did go on to ... Read More »