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The night my foot got caught

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In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! By Monte Lazarus One of the things we enjoy every now and again is an Everblades hockey game at Germain Arena. It’s a great arena for spectators; just about every seat is good for viewing the game. Unlike the new mega-arenas, Germain is small, cozy, friendly and reasonably priced. A family of four can go for less than $100, if they don’t ... Read More »

Boaters – Look Out for Manatees

Submitted Taking their cues from the warm spring weather, Florida manatees have begun leaving their winter retreats and heading north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. So if you’re a boater enjoying spring days on the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions you to look out for manatees and follow posted manatee zones. From April 1 through November 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft. FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

What is Marco in Bloom?

Residential single family home 2015 winner, 268 Bald Eagle Drive, Kim and Mike Harless.

Submitted By now you’ve probably noticed the light pole banners throughout Marco Island displaying the signs for “Marco in Bloom.” Marco in Bloom is a citywide recognition/award with emphasis on Florida friendly landscape, water conservation, use of color and contrast, and creativity. Categories include: Residential: Single family homes personally landscaped. Residential: Single family homes professionally landscaped. Cul-de-sacs: Adopted and maintained by residents. Commercial property: Non-Residential (Zoned C1-C5). Condominiums: Multi-family dwelling unit, condo complex grounds. Institutions: Government properties, schools and houses of worship. This is a contest/recognition put on by the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC). The BAC wanted to recognize people ... Read More »

Easter Bunny’s Spring Jubilee

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was so much excitement at Mackle Park for the Easter Bunny’s party of the year, the Spring Jubilee. It was eggsactly as you’d expect! Hundreds of children and parents laughing, giggling, having fun and yes, an Easter egg hunt to end all Easter egg hunts. Lola Dial, recreation manager for the City of Marco Island, said 20,000 eggs were spread out on the Mackle Park field, roped into four age categories. Members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League guarded the eggs to be sure none disappeared while families played games, bounced on inflatables, ... Read More »

Help Protect Our Owls

These chicks check out the world, sideways. Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted At only nine inches tall when mature, the burrowing owl is a beloved Florida native and year-round resident of Marco Island. Those piercing, yellow eyes have drawn us all in, and their presence reassures us that all is well with our natural world. Recently, there was an incident in Marco Island in which a resident intentionally plugged an owl burrow. Thanks to the quick action of a neighborhood Owl Watch member, the incident was reported to the proper Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement authorities, and charges are being prepared. It is illegal to “take” (pursue, hunt, ... Read More »

Marco’s Uphill Battle for COPCN

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By Maureen Chodaba On March 22, Marco Island City Council presented a resolution to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) asking Collier County to support Marco Island’s future application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN), a certificate that would allow Marco Island to provide its own emergency medical services (EMS) paramedic and transport services. Florida state statute requires that a municipality obtain a COPCN via the county to provide EMS services. At this time, Marco Island and Collier County EMS work together in an interlocal agreement. Some concerns of the future of this agreement have come about ... Read More »

MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

Principal Scott in her office at MIA, her door is rarely closed; Walk into the administration building and she is the first staff member you will see. (Right) Principal Scott and three of her teachers (recommended by her) received the prestigious Shine Award from Governor Scott during his recent visit.

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking for. It had not been easy. After a titanic battle to obtain Collier County School Board approval and secure a building and campus, Marco Island Academy finally opened for business in August 2011. It very nearly closed up shop a ... Read More »

Get ready to RELAY!

Relay For Life teams choose their spots on the track.

By Maureen Chodaba The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, is rapidly approaching. On April 9, Mackle Park, in all its beauty and natural splendor, will be the site of this community festival and celebration of life. A team event, this year’s Relay For Life takes the theme “Relay Road Trip – Destination – END CANCER!” As you take your road trip around the Relay track, you will want to make stops at the tents, each one representing a fundraising team, and each one depicting a state. The teams have been working diligently to raise ... Read More »

Pilot Project Promotes Aquatic Diversity

Juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster have found a home on the sampler-sized
artificial dock habitat at Jim Timmerman’s home.

By Don Manley A pilot project is underway that may turn the murky waters of Marco Island’s canals into transparent, sustainable marine habitats, teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life. Ocean Habitats, LLC, has installed its artificial dock habitats in canals abutting six homes on the island. The simply designed habitats have are designed mimic mangrove roots in creating a home for organisms, such as larval and juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster, that consume phytoplankton – microscopic marine plants – that discolor water. Constructed of fiberglass, PVC pipe, polypropylene rope and crab trap floats, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen With Stan Saran

Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Stan Saran has been a Marco Island resident for a longtime. You may have heard of him. He lives in his own art gallery in what is perhaps the most colorful, bright blue building on the island. He is an artist, through and through. But unlike the average artist his mediums are limitless, his creativity inventive, and his style unbound. Coastal Breeze News met up with Stan so we could talk art and chocolate, which to him are interchangeable. He shared with us his recipe for spicy bacon chocolate cups. Entering Stan’s home is like going ... Read More »

Never Too Young For Boating Safety

Joey Puell with his MISPS membership card and his Boating Safety Education ID. Submitted Photos

By Kathleen H. Reynolds Some of the more “mature” attendants at two of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s (MISPS) recent classes were wondering just who is that bright young man studying alongside us? Well, his name is Joey Puell; he is a 13-year-old student at Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, and he has some really good reasons for wanting to enhance his boating knowledge. Some time ago Joey had an accident while on a Boy Scout boating trip. As he approached the back of the boat to get out of the water, the propeller was moving. Joey suffered ... Read More »

Flower Show Entries Top the Charts

From left: Opi DeFalco, Dale DeFeo and Connie Lowery with the winning Tillandsia
Durati.

Submitted Island Melodies were the inspiration for the Calusa Garden Club Flower Show at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The song titles and lyrics depicted summer, sunset, warmth and the illusion of a carefree lifestyle by the water. A songwriter once wrote, “A song is like an intimate conversation, one you’ll remember from beginning to the end.” If a song moves you to stand up, dance, clap your hands and sing the lyrics, then it is a “hit.” If a floral design receives a blue ribbon or the much-coveted Rosette of Excellence, it is then considered a “top ... Read More »

Team’s the Theme for Lely Softball

The Lely softball team, front row (from left) Lily Manning, Brittany Kordus, Rebecca Gates, Sivan Palacios and Payton Krumholz. Second row (from left) Priscilla Mendez, Alicia Palacios, Savannah Weiben, April Alvarado and Vanessa Palacios.

By Roger LaLonde  Team, that is what Rich Costante, Lely softball coach, stresses. When he talks about his Lady Trojans he machine guns a litany of names. Costante didn’t mention that in his first season in 2015 the Lady Trojans downed Naples and Barron Collier, a feat not done by a Lely coach in 15 years. They also won the district championship. He is quick to say, “It is not me. Before me (coach) Jess (Duesler) did a great job.” On March 25 the Lady Trojans played a gritty game with Immokalee, taking a late-inning 2-1 victory. It moved their ... Read More »

Sunrise Service Tradition Continues

The Sunrise Service drew a crowd of worshippers to the beach Easter morning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, March 27th Marco Island’s tradition of the Sunrise Service continued, drawing even more faithful to the beach early Easter morning than ever before. It was dark when people arrived at the Marco Island Marriott for the 28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach. But when they left, Marco’s glorious sun had risen, and there was a feeling of joy and community among the worshippers. A crowd of thousands filled the beach, people watched from balconies, and boats lined up on the water for this special Easter service. They sat in chairs and ... Read More »

Purim Fun Holds Important Messages

(Standing) A three-person team of kazoo players listens to their competition. Seated, from left, are judges Sue Baum, Roger Hernstadt and Larry Sacher.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On March 23 Rabbi Mark Gross led the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) in a “Midweek Madness” Purim celebration like never before. Masterfully woven through the joyous singing, dancing and even a kazoo contest, were deeper messages, such as our personal responsibility to act against injustice. Costumed guests filled the JCMI social hall. For the un-costumed few, colorful masks, beads and hats were shared. The evening began with a Feast of Esther – Hearty meatloaf and potatoes prepared by the JCMI chefs, washed down with wine, and finished with hamantaschen, traditional Purim cookies. Following ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

Rib Cook- Off Returns

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rib lovers rejoice! The Marco Island Brewery is hosting the 5th Annual Rib Cook-Off on Saturday, April 16 and it is expected to be even better than last year’s incredible event. From 12-6 PM enjoy live music and try your luck in the raffles, including a 50/50 raffle. The ribs will be judged at 5 PM, so stick around to see who wins this finger-licking competition. Think you make the best ribs in Marco? Contact Frank LaCava, Marco Island Brewery, at 239-970-0461 for contest entry information. Tickets are only $20 and include a full, and ... Read More »

Marco’s New Psychologist

Submitted Dr. Georgann Norton has been a licensed psychologist for 20 years. Last year, she opened a practice in Naples. Now she is excited to announce the opening of her office on Marco Island. Georgann works with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief and divorce, among other issues. “I love what I do and I knew that if I came here full time, I would continue my work in this great community,” says Georgann. “People think that down here in the sun and beauty of Florida, we don’t have problems,” says Georgann. “The truth is that ... Read More »

Vietnam Veteran Shares Experience With DAR

Submitted Most Vietnam veterans decline to tell their stories because the home front reception was extremely antagonistic during and after the war. So, it was an interesting experience for the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its March 17th meeting to hear the firsthand experiences of a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. Dan Walden and his wife, Pennie moved to Marco Island in 2014, three years after honeymooning here. He spent most of his career in management at UPS. The focus of Walden’s talk to the DAR was his experience as a Marine in Vietnam. ... Read More »