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Hurricane Prep Guide

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Roughly 15 years ago, the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) released a Hurricane Preparation Guide. In June, board members decided to dust off the old guide and created a revised, refined and updated version. The new free, 16-page guide was available to the public at the end of July. It was a labor of love for MICA member Jim Curran, taking eight weeks of research, writing and editing. The guide focuses solely on preparing for hurricanes on Marco Island. It includes a storm surge map of Marco, tips on how to prepare for a storm, ... Read More »

Minto Communities, The Isles of Collier Preserved Recognized

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Minto Communities won eleven Southeast Building Council (SEBC) Aurora Awards and four Florida Sales & Marketing Council Excel Awards for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Awards were presented at the SEBC’s 2014 Southeast Building Conference held in Orlando, July 24-25. Minto received four Grand Awards for Best Community Site Plan, Best Recreational Facility/Special Amenity for the Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve, as well as Best Kitchen for the Jasmine Grande model home and Best Attached Home for the Hibiscus Grande Retreat model. Additional awards recognized Minto for detached single-family ... Read More »

‘Love That Dress!’ Tickets on Sale

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tickets for Love That Dress!, benefiting PACE Center for Girls, are now on sale for $30. Tickets to Love That Dress! are limited and are only sold on-line at www.lovethatdress.org. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available. With the support of presenting sponsor White House Black Market and many more generous contributors, Love That Dress! is expected to raise more than $75,000 to help abused, neglected and abandoned teenage girls served by PACE. Guests can stake their claim on thousands of deeply discounted new and gently worn dresses and accessories, bid in the lavish silent ... Read More »

Summer Sojourn

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local resident Peter Vale has completed his first year studying theology in Rome, and he has been given a summer assignment in Sweden. Vale is spending four weeks at Kristus Konungen (“Christ the King”) Parish in Gothenburg, which is the second-largest city in Sweden next to Stockholm and sits a little more than halfway down on the country’s west coast. Vale reports it’s a very active parish, with four priests and two daily Masses (three when it’s not summer). He said: “I plan on doing all of the usual things (serving Mass, helping out in ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve Volunteer

The Friends of Rookery Bay celebrated a $10,000 donation  earlier this year from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet
skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine
Research Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

By Gabriella Perez As a student attending Marco Island Academy High School, there are many opportunities available for me to improve my academic experience and better prepare myself for the college years ahead. One of these opportunities involve volunteer work, which not only helps my community but provides me with volunteer hours and experience required to graduate. As a teen living in Florida and being near the ocean, it also gives me an advantage to help with ongoing programs and events that may not be offered anywhere else. One of the programs I have experience with offers a wide range ... Read More »

MIA Ready to Kick Off 2014 Season

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By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Back in the spring junior Cole Stretton, outstanding in basketball and football, predicted that the football team will be the talk of the school this year. That was after the basketball team won its first district basketball title and the football team had recorded one win last season against some very tough foes. This is a new season, and new head coach Greg Fowler is impressed by the work ethic of the team. Fowler and his staff have worked with the players on a new option-based offense and 3-5 defense. “The kids are picking up the ... Read More »

Change-of-Command for Marco Island Civil Air Patrol

By Lt Colonel Richard Niess, CAP The Marco Island Civil Air Patrol recently held its Change-of Command Ceremony at the Marco Island Executive Airport. The ceremony included the incoming Squadron Commander Capt. Robert Corriveau assuming command from the outgoing commander Lt. Colonel Lee Henderson, who has been the commander since 2006. The change of command ceremony is a military tradition that represents great symbolism to this formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The passing of the Colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its ... Read More »

Sweet Victory

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. So of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do an update on all of the exciting things ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions in August?

Basic “Summer Fun Health Care Tips” apply. Keep hydrated, use skin and lip protection,  sunglasses for eye protection and don’t overdo the your time in the sun... FILE PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Few would argue that certain times of the year usher in a renewed focus on health and physical fitness. Each Jan. 1, the “new year” leads to countless New Year’s Resolutions — whether we adhere to them or not. Exercise, eat healthier, etc. Though Southwest Florida enjoys a certain amount of “summer” throughout the year, in most northern areas the pools open on Memorial Day weekend. To prepare, countless Americans diet in anticipation of exposing more skin in the months ahead. Plus, the wise ones buy sunscreen in preparation for the “ray ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: Part Two North of the Isles of Capri

Henry Lowe holds the top part of an old carbide light.
PHOTOS BY CRAIG WOODWARD

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Heading north of Isles of Capri on the hiking trail that was formerly the old Marco Road, I was joined by Henry Lowe and Steve Purcell in an expedition to locate and explore Henry’s former home site, which his family occupied starting in 1939. The old Marco Road began from its intersection with U.S. 41, in the location of today’s Hitching Post, and ended at a ferry crossing in the current Isles of Capri. The road was built around 1912 as part of the Naples-Marco segment of the developing Tamiami Trail which by 1915 was ... Read More »

Code Board Takes Tough Stance

Attorney Craig Woodward argued on behalf of two clients at the Code Enforcement meeting: Matt Walthour of Island Bike Ship and Michael and Janet Grella who own a vacant lot at 1221 Osprey Court.

By Carol Glassman On Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 1 PM at City Hall, the Code Enforcement Board will meet in a workshop with City Council to discuss replacement of the board with a magistrate to hear cases. Meanwhile the July meeting, postponed for several weeks, covered a variety of cases. At the July 29 meeting, respondent Marlene Church attempted to use the board’s postponement of the meeting to request yet another continuance for her defense against the city’s charge of illegally operating a bed and breakfast establishment at 727 Fairlawn Court. This area is zoned only for single-family dwellings. The ... Read More »

PRAC Tackles Farmers’ Market Issue

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a scene unfamiliar to the members of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Twenty community members attended the committee’s special workshop Aug. 5 focused on the future of the Farmers’ Market. These 20 individuals were all market vendors. In attendance representing city staff were City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the city’s Recreation Facilities Manager and Farmers’ Market Manager Alex Gliana and Community Events Coordinator Samantha Malloy. Sandi Reidemann and Jacquie Koon of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce were present. The workshop came on the heels of rising concern over suggested changes ... Read More »

Work Begins on Smokehouse Bay Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Despite a small glitch, work has begun on the city’s $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. On Aug. 4, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises USA began traffic pattern modifications to close the southbound portion of the bridge, which will allow work to begin on the major utility relocations and directional boring for the 20” water main under the channel. The bridge project received the green light for the Marco Island City Council earlier this summer after years of debate over its cost and design. The deal was sweetened in June when Marriott International Inc. offered to ... Read More »

Acting Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery Since 2009, many Marco Islanders have gotten to know Al Schettino while he was out on patrol or walking the halls of one of the island schools. Now, they will get to know him as the Acting Police Chief of the Marco Island Police Department. On July 25, City Manager Roger Hernstadt announced that Schettino was appointed to the position, roughly two months after former Police Chief Don Hunter left the department to start his own private security firm. When Hunter handed in his letter of separation from the city in May, Hernstadt asked both Schettino ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County launches 2014-2015 after-school programs

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has opened enrollment for after-school programs at its five site locations: –          Main Campus (7500 Davis Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34104) –          Manatee Middle School (1920 Manatee Rd. Naples, Fla. 34114) –          Tommie Barfield Elementary School (101 Kirkwood St. Marco Island, Fla. 34145) –          Immokalee Middle School (401 N Ninth St. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) –          Immokalee High School (701 Immokalee Dr. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) The Club, which provides after-school programming for youth ages six to 18, has programs which focus on five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, ... Read More »

Water flow study at Naples Airport

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The large pond along Airport Pulling Road at Naples Municipal Airport may take on unusual colors during the next month, but there is no cause for concern. University of Florida researchers are adding dye to the waters to test computer models that predict water flow. Testing will continue for three to four weeks and will occur during or immediately following rain. The dye, the safest used for water tracking, typically creates a reddish tint and may take more than 100 hours to dissipate. Underwater gabions – walls created with baskets of rocks – were installed in the pond earlier this year ... Read More »

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday with BOGO Admission at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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On August 8 the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer “buy one, get one free” admission in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Featuring hands-on activities and presentations this special opportunity will help you learn about Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s prescribed fire program, and how this careful process actually helps prevent wildfires and rejuvenate plant and animal communities. Take today to acknowledge Smokey’s lasting influence, and gain awareness about the Reserve’s unique ecosystems and how we ... Read More »

Princess Cruises Debuts “Chocolate Journeys” in Partnership with World-Renowned Chocolatier Norman Love

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New Program Offers Guests the Most Delectable Chocolate Experience at Sea Princess Cruises today announced a delectable new partnership with internationally acclaimed master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love. “Chocolate Journeys,” the line’s new onboard chocolate experience will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by one of the top names in artisan chocolate. Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a notable career as a pastry chef for many luxury resorts, Love has since received wide-spread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry ... Read More »

Florida’s Butterfly Orchid

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All about Encyclia tampensis by Jim Longwell, Award-Winning Exhibitor Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to come and learn about one of Florida’s most beautiful native orchids – Encyclia tampensis – also known as the “Butterfly Orchid.” A dazzling presentation will be given by Jim Longwell at the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on August 21, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.) Encyclia tampenses are native to Florida (as well as the Bahamas and Cuba) and can be found growing attached to trees. They flower ... Read More »