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Tasting Marco

The Greg Miller Band will wow the Taste of Marco once again this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A day of food, music and fun awaits at the 24th Annual Taste of Marco, Sunday, May 4, 11 AM-5 PM. Come stroll through The Esplanade to sample the flavors of some of Marco Island’s favorite culinary hot spots, including Beachdogs, CJ’s on the Bay, Gino’s Trattoria, Coldstone Creamery, Quinn’s on the Beach, Chop 239, Verdi’s, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Porky’s Restaurant & Lounge, Vandy’s 5 Brothers and Starbuck’s. A major draw for music lovers again this year will be The Greg Miller Band. Miller has opened for such R&B greats as for Kool & the ... Read More »

News from the Marco Island DAR


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The April meeting of the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was a busy one. Held at Hideaway Beach Club, the event was filled with awards and accolades. First, the DAR awarded its annual scholarship to Morgan Dulski of Marco Island. The award was presented by Sandra Archambault, DAR scholarship chair. Morgan is the daughter of Larry and Mallory Dulski, and is a senior at Lely High School. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi or University of Central Florida. Additionally, Taylor Murry was awarded a special scholarship by Barbara ... Read More »

Surprising Zagreb

The National Theater in Zagreb. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber After reading about Zagreb in various guidebooks, I wasn’t expecting much, especially after spending a week in charming Dubrovnik. What a surprise! Zagreb is a great city! It is a city where the “new” town which is not all that new but very modern is more “happening” than the classic old town. Its cafe culture is unlike any we have ever seen and its indoor/outdoor market one of the largest. An important commercial center in Croatia, Zagreb is also very much a university city. It is a place where Franklin Roosevelt Square is not ... Read More »

#1 on Trip Advisor T-shirts


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Are you interested in bringing home bragging rights from Marco Island? Shop owners Jiri and Mike at Keep In Touch Cards, Gifts and More offer the perfect Marco Island souvenir! T-shirts that Marco Island is #1 Island in the USA on Trip Advisor. The brainchild of two of the store’s personnel, co-owner Jiri Mikulinec and local artist Betty Kimble, the shirts have proven to be a hot selling item as visitors head back home. “The white t-shirts are a high quality comfortable cotton blend and sport the Trip Advisor logo along with Betty’s design. They ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... Read More »

Picnic in the Park

Friends and neighbors packed into the pavillion to meet and greet each other.PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray Food, friendship and fun were had by all those who attended this year’s Spring Fling, a free event for Goodland residents given by the Goodland Civic Association early last month. The GCA decided last year to do an island-wide, annual free picnic for all the residents of Goodland with the purpose of friendship and bringing people together to meet. “It really is a ‘for Goodland by Goodland’ event,” said GCA president Greg Bello. With an abundance of sunshine and a light breeze, the laid back mood of the day was complete for a celebration’s second successful ... Read More »

Eagle Scout Digs for Badge

Scout Teddy Naftel can’t resist curiosity. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island Eagle Scout Andrew Smith likes history. In fact, one of the 16-year-old Lely High School student’s hobbies is collecting Civil War artifacts. It was this love of history that led him to archeology and Marco’s resident archeologist, Gene Erjavec, who has spent the last decade digging up artifacts all around Marco Island. “Throughout middle school, I always wanted to have a career path either as a historian or a museum curator,” says Smith, “until I met Gene and realized there were more hands on jobs that deal with artifacts and the history of ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Mackle Park


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is that time of year again — to celebrate Marco Island mom’s with a spot of tea. The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has extended its formal invitation to all Marco mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces and friends to its annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at Mackle Park. The Mad Hatter and all of Alice’s friends from Wonderland will celebrate Mothers’ Day on Saturday, May 10, from 10 AM-12 PM. On the menu are a delightful array of delicacies, including tea sandwiches, scones and various teas. The games and crafts are ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates $10,000 Donation

The newly restored mullet skiff was made possible by the $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

The Friends of Rookery Bay today celebrated a $10,000 donation 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. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat. It was just outfitted with a new motor and a Guy Harvey-designed hull wrap before taking it out on the water for an education program. In 2013, Harvey served as the Honorary Chair for the Friends of Rookery Bay’s ... Read More »

Author Day for Seventh Graders


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Language Arts program chair for Marco Island Charter Middle School, Jerra Minning, organized the school’s first Author Day. The assignment for the students was to write a newspaper article about living on the #1 island per, from their perspective. Five presenters spoke to each of the seventh grade classes sharing with students their own unique perspective on writing and the publishing process. Once students completed the assignment, teachers reviewed them and chose four to be published in Coastal Breeze News. Congratulations to the young writers published below!   Lia Okenka: Marco Island was ... Read More »

Music to Little Ears


By Noelle H. Lowery For many on Marco Island, the last name Charde is synonymous with top-notch accounting and financial services. The late John J. Charde Jr. owned and operated Charde and St. George LLC for 20 years on Marco Island before his daughter, Lorraine, and her husband, Roger St. George, took the reins in 2010. Now, another of John J. Charge Jr.’s children is putting the family name on the map, and this time it is through music. Robert M. Charde released a children’s CD dubbed “For Little Ears of Tender Years” in late 2013, and last month, ... Read More »

Third Quarter Honor Rolls


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District released the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Listed below are students from schools which fall into the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students below!   Everglades City School Elementary Straight A Honor Roll Alexis Hendrickson   Lely Elementary School Elementary ‘A’ Honor Roll Amar Ahmed, Halmer Castro-Davila, Angel Diaz, Kyler Howard, Taylor Savage   Tommie Barfield Elementary Elementary “A” Honor Roll Kevin Barry, Scottie Buss, Stephanie Carter, Tyler Chute, Daniel Desantis, Rachel Drake, Casey Erickson, Karmynn Guttenfelder, Jason Hoenig, Allison Horschler, ... Read More »

50 Years of Membership Recognized

Pictured left to right are Marian Motylszary-Szary, Robert Corriveau, Cynthia ( Cindy) Dohm, Commander Lee Henderson, Lt. Col. Richard Niess, Mike Krajca, Fernando Casey and Clay Silsby. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray Lt. Col. Richard C. Niess has loved flying all of his life. Losing sight in his right eye in 1941, he was told that his lack of depth perception would keep him from ever being a pilot. This posed a challenge that Niess gladly accepted. He immediately took a job with a defense contractor and learned to fly, and has been soaring now for more than 70 years. On Monday, April 21, his illustrious career in the air hit a pinnacle when the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Wing, and the Marco Island Senior Squadron ... Read More »

Marco Island 2015 Budget Talks: A Closer Look


By Noelle H. Lowery During the city’s first 2015 budget workshop, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Finance Director Guillermo Polanco proposed what some are calling an aggressive and gutsy five-year plan to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt. To be sure, Marco Island’s overall financial outlook is healthy. By September 30, 2014, the city will have $11 million in reserves, along with $4.3 million set aside in its emergency reserves. According to Hernstadt, this $4.3 million amounts to three months of operating expenditures for the city. “We act as if we don’t ... Read More »

Sunset and Sand

PHOTOS BY Jessica Simon

By Val Simon My oldest daughter and I went for a relaxing walk on the beach one evening (actually, I walk; she runs). We typically meet back up somewhere in the middle. As we met, I noticed a few sand castles behind me. We decided to take a closer look, and are so happy we did. We found some amazing sand sculptures. Not only were they ornate and complex, but some were built to align with the sun, and we had perfect timing! After admiring a few of the structures, we found the artist, Tom Taylor, sitting nearby enjoying ... Read More »

LCEC Update: Ospreys and Power Outages


By Noelle H. Lowery Many in the Marco Island community have wondered what happened to the osprey nests that were once perched on top of various power poles throughout the island. A quick email to Karen Ryan, LCEC’s public relations manager, solved the mystery. According to Ryan, LCEC has a long history of looking for a safe, effective and gentle way of dealing with the birds, theirs nest and power outages. “At LCEC, birds/animals are consistently one of the top five causes of outages system wide,” she explained in her email. “On Marco Island, this year, the number one ... Read More »

School Patrol Officers

MIA students between classes. FILE PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery Since Dec. 14, 2012, school security and student safety have been at the forefront of the minds of politicians, school districts, administrators, local law enforcement and parents alike. On that fateful day, a deeply disturbed Adam Lanza stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and fatally shot 20 students and six adults. Even now, companion bills (SB 968/HB 753) are making their way through the Florida Legislature in hopes of allowing schools to create their own programs to authorize certain trained employees to carry concealed weapons on campus. These employees would be required ... Read More »

Patrick Neale Named Leadership Collier Distinguished Alum


Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale today was named the 2014 recipient of the Leadership Collier Foundation LCF Alumni Association™ Distinguished Alumni Award at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Leadership Collier, held at Naples Airport and attended by over 400 people. The award is given annually to a graduate from one of the Foundation’s Leadership Programs who has: • displayed significant contributions to American society which have directly and positively affected Collier County’s entire community. • notable accomplishments considered as having a sustained positive impact on helping Collier County being among the best places in America to work, live and ... Read More »

Fiddler’s offers Victoria Model


Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction has begun on the new Victoria model at Millbrook, a Mediterranean-style village of 56 single-family homes nestled among meandering waterways. Offered by Lennar Homes, the Victoria is a one-story residence providing 1,850 air-conditioned square feet and 2,709 total square feet. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering move-in-ready and new homes call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway or visit at Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given!


Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”. Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Bill Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He was a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »