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Leadership Marco: Media Day

2015 Leadership Marco class with the WINK morning news crew (front from left) Rob Spicker, Joey Sovine, Jen Stacy and Therese O’Shea. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

By Steve Gimmestad August 26 and class was in session once again. It was Media Day and the Leadership Marco Class of 2015 had a 7:15 AM breakfast (sponsored by Stepping Stone Ecotours) and then hopped aboard the bus and headed off-island for a trip to Naples. First stop was WINK studios and a behind-the-scenes look at the news team. “It was a great day,” says Cathy Price McConville (a nurse at Physician’s Regional on Marco). “Bob and I watch WINK news every morning so we really felt that we were meeting members of our family. They were all ... Read More »

2016 Imagination Ball Date and Theme Set

Bill and Karen Young. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The 2016 American Cancer Society’s Imagination Ball, Marco Island’s prestigious gala event, will be March 5, 2016 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. Dick and Debra Shanahan will chair the gala for the fourth year. “Each year we try to present a new, fun and different theme to draw the community together to stop this deadly disease. This year’s theme, Wash Away Cancer, promises to offer a tropical atmosphere with a beautiful ballroom set on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Debra Shanahan. The proceeds from the Imagination Ball will fund continued research into the best practices ... Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »

Marco Island Lions Club

Submitted In June of 1917, a Chicago insurance executive in his late thirties named Melvin Jones, called together a group of local businessmen and suggested that they form an outreach organization for the community to do something for others. His message reached willing minds, and they very shortly began meeting for this purpose. They initially borrowed their name from a member organization called Lions, remembering that the lion, as king of the jungle, was fierce, loyal and strong. However, the name is not for an animal, but is an acronym meaning liberty, integrity and our nation’s safety. Later, at the ... Read More »

Parks and Rec Packs in the Programs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mackle Park has several exciting events planned for the coming weeks. From a barbecue to glamour spas, to Halloween haunts to football and more! The City of Marco Island has a variety of programming available, listed below are just a few. For more information or registration, call 239-642-0575. Back to School Open House and Barbecue: The Teen Center will be serving up hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks for area teens. Music and games will be provided. The staff would like to welcome new and returning teens. Sunday, September 12 from 1:00-3:00 PM (6th-12th grade). Yang, ... Read More »

Mistakes Mar Game in Lely’s Loss to Gulf Coast

Lely quarterback Jacques Carter (9) whips a sideline pass to Lik Estilien (12) in the Trojans 24-12 loss to Gulf Coast. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde When you walk into the Trojan Stadium for a football game, blazing in red is “We are Lely.” If the football team can fulfill its potential they will more than fulfill the slogan. They are not there yet. There were two good football teams at Lely on Friday night. The Trojans were hosting Gulf Coast. However, both played like it was a season opener, Gulf Coast winning 24-12 in a game riddled with mistakes. Gulf Coast had size up front, often mowing down Lely blockers as Gulf Coast seemed to know only how to run right ... Read More »

Texas Team Takes Sting out of Rays, Winning 41-28

The Marco Island Academy football team outside Brooke Hill School, site of tonight's game and the American Freedom Museum which they visited

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy Rays stung Edgewood, Texas early, but the Bulldogs bounced back to take a lead it never relinquished in the Brook Hill Texas Football Classic in Bullard, Texas on Friday night, August 28. Both teams provided plenty of offense in a 41-28 Edgewood victory. The Rays rang up 348 total yards, while the Bulldogs tallied 446. Injuries hampered Patrick Michel in his early MIA days, but healthy, he showed the explosiveness the coaching staff knew he had. He rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 3, 22 and 55 yards. Also a stalwart ... Read More »

Division Chief Scott Schultz, Pioneer of Training Program, Retires

Chief Scott Schultz (held up in center) retired after 34 years with the fire rescue department. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On August 27, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department held a retirement ceremony for Division Chief Scott Schultz. His retirement ends his 34 year career with the Fire Rescue Department, which is celebrating its 50th year of service. The ceremony, led by Fire Chief Michael Murphy and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne, included special traditions unique to firefighters. Fire Chief Michael Murphy presented Schultz with his duty fire helmet. A golden axe, which was a gift from the Professional Firefighters of Marco Island, was presented to Schultz by Captain Dustin Beatty. His retirement celebration cake was ... Read More »

Why We Need to Save the Florida Panther

Work Day at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. PHOTOS BY TOM TROTTA

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern United States. Only 120-180 remain, all in South Florida. Tom Trotta, a Florida Master Naturalist and President of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, explains why we need to save the Florida panther. Trotta shares 3 important reasons: The Florida panther is a symbol of the wilderness- from the Calusa people (e.g. the Marco Cat) to Florida’s school children (who voted the Florida panther as the state animal). How do we explain to our children and future generations why we didn’t take action ... Read More »

Calling all Chili Chefs

Marco Island Fire Chief  Michael Murphy, second from left, with last year’s Chili Cook-off winners. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s that time of year. Chefs! Bring out your very best chili recipes and prepare to man your ladles! The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 10th at CJ’s on the Bay from 1-5 PM. The event draws chili chefs from neighboring fire rescue department, along with restaurants, businesses, service organizations and individuals. Space is limited, only 15 spots are available. Each chef is given a booth, table, chairs and an opportunity to win one of three trophies. Chefs must provide a minimum ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »

Lely vs. Gulf Coast


by Roger Lalonde In sloppy football, Gulf Coast downs Lely. In a game that was exasperating, full of mistakes and exciting, Gulf Coast downed host Lely 24-12 on Friday, Aug. 28. With five turnovers in the first half, the Lely defense bent but didn’t break, but the Lely offense did. A crucial turnover came after the Lely defense had made two crucial stops as Gulf Coast was about to score in the second quarter. With 1:03 left in the second quarter the defense held at the four yard line. Trailing just 10-0, Lely surprised most everyone by trying a pass ... Read More »

MIA in Texas Classic

Cayden Couture gains yards in the Rays Brook Hill Texas Football Classic game.

by Roger Lalonde In a high-scoring battle, it was Texas (Edgewood High) over Florida (Marco Island Academy), 41-28, Friday night in the Brook Hill Texas Classic in Bullard, Texas. The MIA Rays saw Edgewood take it to them early, with the Rays trailing at half time, 28-14. The teams swapped touchdowns in the second half for the final score. Chuck Ludwigsen, an assistant coach, said there were many Marco-area residents at the game, along with local Texas people related to the players. Saturday we will have full results and many photos taken on the game and the overall experience. Read More »

Lely Senior Night

by Roger Lalonde Lely High School senior football players and cheerleaders will be honored before Lely’s home game against Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug.28) Here are those that will be introduced before the game begins.  Katie Schiller (captain) Escorted by: Her dad Richard Schiller & mom Susan Schiller Activities: Varsity member of cheerleading, cross country, soccer and track since freshman year Thank/College: Thank her parents for being persistent motivators, her sisters & brother, her friends and all of the coaches and teachers she has met in her past four years at lely high school. Plans on attending Florida ... Read More »

Rays in Texas

The Marco Island Academy football team outside Brooke Hill School, site of tonight's game and the American Freedom Museum which they visited

As coach Greg Fowler gazed at the Brook Hill football field this morning (Friday), the 50-yard line seemed a long way to the end zone. Yes, but the Marco Island Academy football team has already traveled 1,200 miles just to play in the Brook Hill Texas Football Classic in Bullard, Texas. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the Rays will go up against the Edgewood, Texas Bulldogs. The schools are similar in numbers, but not in experience. It may seem strange, but the fourth-year Rays have 17 starters back with many key players among them. Edgewood will be playing with many sophomores ... Read More »

Rays Travel to Texas for Season Opener

MIA football team barrels through banner to open its preseason game with Gateway Charter School on August 21.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler gave his Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team a passing grade after a 26-21 preseason home loss to Gateway Charter on August 21. The Rays travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the Brookhill Football Classic against Edgewater, Texas at 7 PM on Friday, August 28 The statistics didn’t count in the preseason battle against Gateway Charter School, but overall Fowler was pleased. “We probably ran for 200 yards and threw for 150,” Fowler said. “We made adjustments at half time that gave us momentum that we expect to carry forward [against Edgewater].” Fans ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Island Life Comes to Marco

Kevin and Amanda Ray and their daughter Alyssia, of
Iowa, enjoy some beach time on Marco Island.

By Don Manley The allure of Marco Island’s upscale, subtropical, waterfront lifestyle will once again be on display for a national audience thanks to HGTV. “Island Life,” the cable network’s new show that depicts the experiences of families moving to their island dream home, has filmed two episodes on Marco this month. The show follows the families during their realtor-assisted search for a home that fits into their budget, whether it be something ultra-affordable or the sky’s the limit. The show also shines a light on each island’s natural wonders, dining, shopping and other amenities. “I think “Island Life” really ... Read More »

Community Center Unveiled


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The building design for the new Mackle Park Community Center was unveiled at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) meeting Tuesday, August 18th. The total square footage of the center, including covered areas, is 12,054. The overall consensus of the committee was positive. The committee, in a motion by Dr. Carlos Portu, agreed to review the plans in more detail during a workshop to be held on September 1st at 3:00 PM. The architect, Victor Latavish, AIA, who also designed the Fiala Community Center in East Naples, will be present. The plans include an ... Read More »