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Happy Fourth of July America So, What Can You Do For Me Today?

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By Roy Eaton John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Honorable words that were meant to unite Americans and reawaken our national pride and love for country embedded in the soul of every person who enjoys the liberties extended to all who call America their home. Sadly during the past 56 years, the content and spirit of those words have been ignored by many of us who have opted to alter and interpret the exhortation for personal gain. An unacceptable number of ... Read More »

Daniel Hodsdon on the Pipes

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the Coastal Breeze News sat down with 18-year-old Marco Island resident, Daniel Hodsdon and his grandfather Terry McCreanor. Hodsdon, now on the verge of beginning his freshmen year of college, has been playing the bagpipes since he was in middle school. The bagpipes have allowed Hodsdon a world of opportunity, both as a musician and a performer. Over the years he has been asked to perform for private parties as well as local events such as Relay For Life and the annual Christmas Parade. Inspired by Jonathan Davis, lead singer of metal band Korn, ... Read More »

Galiana Shines at MIA, Governor agrees

Lori Galiana at work in her classroom. Submitted Photos

By Barry Gwinn Lori Galiana is the go-to person at MIA. Since 2013, she has been teaching World History, U.S. History (except this year), Government, Economics, and her favorite, AICE Global Perspectives to the kids at MIA. She is also the cheerleading coach, Key Club advisor, and National Honor Society advisor. Right now, she is coordinating a student travel group, which she will guide through Europe, this month. “Lori is one of our top performers, and she literally gives her all to us on a daily basis,” says Melissa Scott, MIA’s Principal, “She is one of the most dedicated individuals ... Read More »

A Hobby Lovingly Displayed

A 1964 Pontiac LeMans, right, is joined by a 1964 Ford Galaxy, a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

By Don Manley Steve Garske has been a car lover since he was a kid. “I grew up with them,” said the Marco Island resident. “When I was 16, Mustangs and Camaros were all showing up. I couldn’t wait until September when all the new models came out. My first car was a ‘67 Mustang.” College, marriage and then having a family kept him from fully indulging his interest by becoming a collector, but that all changed in 2000 when he purchased a Porsche and then a 1964 Chevy Malibu. “And then I kind of got hooked,” said Garske, who ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

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Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

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Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

Steve Gober’s Surprise

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By Barry Gwinn Steve Gober took over the reins of Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, upon his father’s death four years ago. By all accounts, he has done admirably in maintaining and burnishing the reputation and tradition at Stan’s. His dad, Stan Gober, would be proud. Last week, Steve showed me a bicycle, which he said had a large dose of sentimental value. It was a balloon tired old Huffy, with no gears. “It was my dad’s,” he said, “One of my cooks just gave it to me.” We were interrupted by an NBC-2 reporter who was doing a piece on ... Read More »

Girls in Science Slumber Party

The girls examined the tank while searching for clues. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center had been transformed. Pink sleeping bags littered the floor, green ribbons were strewn about decoratively, and in the background the musical styling of Taylor Swift could be heard. On June 11th over 20 girls, ages 8-14, trickled into the Environmental Learning Center ready for a night of learning and fun. This was Rookery Bay’s third slumber party event. The Girls in Science Slumber Party is Rookery Bay Education Specialist Jeannine Windsor’s “brainchild.” After much research, she and fellow Education Specialist Dita O’Boyle discovered that there was a lack of sleepover-styled events ... Read More »

Bully Book Read by Burton

“Bully Billy is Back” Submitted Photo

Submitted  Hot off the press, Dr. Dolores Burton read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library recently. The audience of young children with their parents listened attentively to the new story. Jo-Ann Sanborn, a local artist, illustrated the new book. The book is a delightful story of Manny, a diminutive burrowing owl, who has difficulty learning new things, and Bully Billy, a great horned owl. While bullying Manny, Bully Billy is injured and Manny saves the day by flying to his assistance. Bully Billy is saved and the experience changed ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

BAC Priority: Keep Our Beaches Clean

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Submitted  The mission of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee is to keep the City Council informed of current conditions of Marco Island’s seven miles of Gulf Beaches; advise the City Council of environmental matters, recommend future services in order to maintain the high quality of the beach for residents, visitors and the valued natural resources. The seven-member board of citizen volunteers, appointed by members of the City Council, have a daunting task. Who speaks for our beaches? How can we ensure that Marco Island’s crown jewel remain the number one attraction for visitors to our island. Worldwide, our beaches are ... Read More »

Real Estate Steady

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January – May of 2016 to January – May of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $278,119,440 for the period January – May 2016 v. $389,607,765 for the same time frame in 2015 as the market continues to stay steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – May comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.87% (959 ... Read More »

Drinking Water Main Replacement

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Submitted  The Board of Collier County Commissioners, Ex Officio the Governing Board of the Collier County Water-Sewer District (Board) unanimously approved a $1.4 million project to replace the aging potable water distribution system in the Naples South community, generally northeast of Tamiami Trail East and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. The Naples South distribution system, installed in the late 1970s, includes approximately 11,000 linear feet of 2-inch to 8-inch asbestos cement (AC), iron, and undersized PVC potable water main, with more than 90 percent being AC. The water main has reached the end of its useful life. Also, there are a limited ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Attendees at 3rd Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival. Submitted Photos

Submitted  The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) is celebrating its 5th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival by way of making it a two-day event, March 11 and 12, 2017. Formerly a one-day outdoor arts festival, 2017 promises more great art, more great music, a wider variety of food, and even more wide-spread advertisements and promotions reaching into art communities throughout the country. Held in picturesque waterfront MarGood Harbor Park, juried by a selection committee of five professional artists, with musical line-ups coordinated by JRobert Houghtaling and Tom “Cello Man” Porter, this event has garnered great praise from past participating artists. ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Previous years’ Spammy Jams. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Excitement is building for Spammy Jammy 2016, which will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland. For more than twenty years the annual Spammy Jammy celebration has been encouraging locals to appease the Southwest Florida hurricane gods in a unique way- with great music, creative Spam sculptures, PJs and lots and lots of fun. This one-of-a-kind event has become a beloved tradition, which locals look forward to all year. Spam is considered a hurricane-preparedness staple. For years now we have been lucky storm-wise, and have not needed to open ... Read More »

Conservancy to Offer Kids Free Saturdays

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will offer free admission for children every Saturday during the months of July and August 2016. As part of the Conservancy’s commitment to connecting children with nature this summer, the Conservancy is offering up to four kids free with a paid adult ticket at $12.95. Visitors can travel around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as they play games, create crafts and get up close with animals while learning about Southwest Florida’s environments and wildlife. Over the course of eight Saturdays, children can earn “Conservancy Explorer” pins to add to their “Junior Naturalist” sash. “It’s ... Read More »

New Voter Cards Mailed

In June the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office started mailing new voter information cards to all registered voters in Collier County. These cards will reflect changes in voters’ senate district wherein districts 23 and 39 have been combined into senate district 28; affecting all of Collier County. Voters are reminded to carefully review their voter information including their name, address and party affiliation. If voters need to make updates to their voter information, they can call (239)252-VOTE or complete and return the voter information update form included in the mailing. Florida is a Closed Primary State and during the ... Read More »

Conservancy Wildlife Baby Shower a Success

The first wildlife baby shower, held in June at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, was a success for the patients of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. An estimated 125 individual families and groups showed their support by donating a variety of supplies that are essential to the care of injured and orphaned native wildlife within the wildlife hospital. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida received approximately $1,700 in monetary donations and more than $3,300 worth of items from the wish list, which included medical supplies, towels, cleaning products, food items and various office supplies. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital is a ... Read More »

Special Olympics State Summer Games

In May, 33 Special Olympics Florida – Collier County athletes and unified partners competed in the 2016 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Result from the competition are:   Athletics/Track & Field: Francisco Diego: 5th place in shot put, 4th place in 100M run Matthew Fisher: Bronze medal in long jump, gold medal in 100M run Mercedes Johnson: Bronze medal in long jump, bronze medal in 100M Run Lauren Maiocco: Silver medal in long jump, 4th place in 100M Run JW McCarthy: Gold medal in pentathlon Victoria Perez: Bronze medal in 100m run, 5th place in 200M ... Read More »

Marvel’s Captain America to Meet Zoo Visitors

Marvel’s Captain America is coming to the Naples Zoo on Sunday, July 3rd at 11:30 AM.   Guests can enjoy a special BBQ at the Naples Zoo and a meet and greet with Captain America. Captain America will also be available Monday, July 4th to celebrate our nation’s independence with additional opportunities for meet and greets with the Super Hero.   Official Marvel Character Captain America is coming to the Naples Zoo during BBQ on Sunday, July 3rd at 11:30 am. Guests can enjoy a special BBQ at the Naples Zoo and enjoy a meet and greet with Captain America. ... Read More »