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FWC Launches New Gopher Tortoise App


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Springtime in Florida means the sight of gopher tortoises strolling across a road or through a backyard or field. They leave their burrows in search of green plants to eat and a tortoise to become their mate. From now through May, females will be laying eggs the size of ping-pong balls in the sandy apron outside their burrows. This activity, however, makes them vulnerable to being struck by vehicles and injured or killed. Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched a new smartphone app to report to the FWC when and ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition

Familiarity with navigational charts is just the first step in having local knowledge. Vice Flotilla Commander Keith Wohltman looks over a chart with a class participant.

By Noelle H. Lowery My husband is a blue water kind of guy, but since we moved to this area two years ago, he has been itching to explore the backwater passes complete with their mangrove forests, shallow depths and shifting sands. So, when I heard the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 was offering a new Local Boater’s Knowledge: Backwater Edition class, I jumped at the opportunity to take it, and found the information from the class to be priceless. The Boater’s Local Knowledge: Backwater Edition concentrates on six popular backwater routes through the 10,000 Islands, and was ... Read More »

MIPS Conducts Vessel Safety Checks

Moe’s sailboat gets an inspection by Jim Fahrbach....

Submitted Moe Bishop smiled as both his sail and power boats received a free Vessel Safety Check conducted by United States Power Squadron Certified Vessel safety Examiner Jim Fahrbach. Ted Reiss also of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron accompanied Jim during the free safety check. Bishop received the 2014 US Coast Guard safety stickers which can only be issued by Certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons VSC examiners. These decals, placed on Bishop’s boats, signal that he is a careful and responsible boater, committed to his personal safety and to the safety of his ... Read More »

2014 Marco Island Wildlife Photo Competition

By Natalie Strom The Seventh Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest showcased incredible talent from residents and visitors. Overall, 55 photographers entered 188 photographs. Those who sent in digital copies can now view their entries online along with the rest of Coastal Breeze’s readers. Watch the new video featuring the winning photos and many other excellent images. Categories for the contest included: black and white, marine animal, land animal, bird, insect, tree or landscape and creatively altered. Check out the video now and be reminded once again of the beauty of Southwest Florida in all its ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McNaboe


I hope city council follows the planning board recommendation and approves the Marriott expansion with no further delays, we are lucky to have 2 first Class hotels  (Marriott & Hilton) on Marco Island, they have always been very generous with all pf our different fund raisers and are considered Great Neighbors.  If it wasn’t for an  invitation to the Hilton Grand Opening in 1985, I may not have ever found Marco Island!! Sincerely, Michael McNaboe Resident Since 1985! Read More »

26th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Larry Krejci and JoAnn Criss Krejci model their backpack beach chairs.  This is the first year the two will attend the Easter Sunrise Service as a married couple. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Easter Sunrise Service evokes a joyful sense of community for some and a sacred pilgrimage for others. “It was pure joy, something I wished I experienced sooner,” said Islander Rosemary Tolliver who was overwhelmed the first time she attended six years ago. Tolliver tries to gets there early to watch as the people stream down the beach. She enjoys seeing the different collections of people from various walks of life, families and neighbors gathering and discovering each other in the crowd. “It’s dark when you get there,” she said. “The boats have lights on ... Read More »

Invigorating Relay for Life

World of Hope Luminaria event. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Melinda Gray Mackle Park was a flurry of activity on Saturday, April 12, as the Relay for Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, filled it with the sights, sounds and smells of a carnival, bringing people together to “finish the fight” and end cancer by working to find a cure. It seems everyone has been affected by this disease in some way — through loved ones, family members or in fighting their own personal battles with the disease. Teams, volunteers and attendees united to promote awareness, raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) ... Read More »

Darrell Loan: Thundering Through History

Tom and Vicki Williams (left) are pictured with Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and Darrell Loan at the 2013 Florida Book Awards reception. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA

By Noelle H. Lowery What do a pony and a faulty latch, greased pigs and a donkey have in common with Top-Secret Crypto security clearances, atomic bombs and modern-day ballistic missiles? Two words: Darrell Loan. Loan’s name maybe conspicuously absent from the history books, but he was instrumental in catapulting the United States to the front of the Space Race in the 1960s. He spent 26 years with NASA trying to maintain America’s supremacy in space, working as an aeronautical engineer. While Loan never flew a space capsule or sat in the cockpit of a shuttle launching into orbit, ... Read More »

MIPD Goes High-Tech with Twitter


By Noelle H. Lowery Want to know what is going on with the Marco Island Police Department? Have questions about code enforcement, traffic and marine safety or prescription medicine safety? Interested in the latest MIPD crime report? The MIPD is turning to technology to help keep its residents informed on all of these topics and more. At the suggestion of new Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the police department started using Twitter as its community-wide communications platform on March 15. “It was my suggestion to augment other public notice methods with Twitter, as it can be more timely ... Read More »

Policeman of the year


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sgt. Hector Diaz was named Policeman of the Year for 2013. It’s an honor more distinguished by the fact it is chosen by peers. Diaz is known on the island not only as a long-time policeman, but also as a family man, a coach and a professional fishing guide. Diaz is a graduate of the St. Augustine Police Academy where he was class president. He joined the Marco Island Police Department in 1999 as a patrol officer. As he was trained as a K-9 handler, Diaz brought a police dog down from Jacksonville and gave ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze Earns Seven National Awards


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) announced the winners of its annual Best of the Best competition at an industry conference held at Disney World in Orlando over the weekend of April 4. Publications from across the United States and Canada were represented. There were over 1,400 individual entries in 83 categories.   Coastal Breeze News received: First Place: Andrew J. Shapiro award for Cancer Awareness. This is the third year in a row Coastal Breeze News has won this prestigious award – winning first place, then second the following year and first place ... Read More »

Randall Kenneth Jones Speaks at Naples Press Club


A virtual “love letter” to his relatively new Naples hometown, Jones’ engaging presentation promises to blend thought-provoking insight with unexpected surprises from his Naples Daily News column, “Business Class.” “Business Class” is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders, and business-savvy celebrities. Essentially, Jones challenges his audience to ask themselves: Do I have “BUSINESS CLASS?” A self-described “professional storyteller,” his portfolio includes work performed for such household-name clients as TJMaxx, Walgreen’s, Carter’s, GEICO, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and more. As the creator of national professional-courtesy initiative, Jones has landed on Public Radio’s Marketplace with Kai ... Read More »

Somerset Model at Fiddler’s Creek


Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the brand new Somerset model at Chiasso, a village of 59 classical Mediterranean-style single-family homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, the Somerset is a two-story residence offering 3,461 air-conditioned square feet and 4,297 total square feet. The home features a desirable split floor plan with the luxuriously appointed master bedroom, master bath, and a powder bath on the ground floor and three guest bedrooms and three additional full baths located on the second floor. The second floor of the Somerset also offers an entertainment/game room with a sizable amount of storage ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo


George D. Smith of Harlan, Indiana, was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. He is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome. Read More »

Cultural, Art, and Theater Organizations Unite!


Recently, the leaders from a number of not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations announced the formation of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island & Goodland (CAMIG). Each one of these organizations delivers quality cultural education and entertainment to residents and visitors to Marco Island, Goodland and surrounding areas. Although independent, they share a passion for artistic expression. Membership organizations include Goodland Arts Alliance, Greater Marco Family YMCA, Island Theater Company, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island Historical Society, and The Marco Players. In the next several months, the group plans to formalize their structure, develop ... Read More »

Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year


The Naples Alliance for Children will honor a person for the Collier County Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year Award on Friday, April 7. A Greater Marco Family YMCA preschool teacher has been named as one of the nominees. Kelly O’Connor is the preschool teacher for the 4-5 year old classroom. Charlene Garcia, Youth Development Supervisor at the Marco Y, outlined the reasons that O’Connor should be an Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year Award nominee. “Kelly has been the pre-K teacher since January of 2012. When she started, the pre-K program was in a period of transition from the ... Read More »

The Odd Couple


The Odd Couple, a classic comedy that earned Neil Simon his first Tony Award premiered on Broadway in 1965 and is one of the playwright’s funniest works. Gina Sisbarro will direct this hilarious play packed with comic situations involving a circle of kooky acquaintances and neighbors. The Children’s Theater cast of characters include Luke Sheldon playing Oscar Madison; Cooper Ussery playing Felix Unger; Eddy Ludwigsen as Murray; Josiah Hurtley as Speed; Ryan Sullivan as Vinny; Joey Golec as Roy; Dylan Dodgers as Mac; Abby Martin as Gwendolyn; Mariel Sanchez as Cecily; Marley Wilson as Blanche Madison and Jessica Lang as ... Read More »

15th Annual SWFL Soapfest


Soapfest, one of Marco Island’s most beloved charity events for almost two decades, returns for its annual weekend festival featuring daytime celebrity actors and signature events to raise funds for local children’s charities. Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend May 23-26, 2014. “This year’s SoapFest children’s beneficiaries include Camp Able and the Island Theater Company Kids Program, among others” says SoapFest founder Pat Berry. Camp Able provides a program for local special needs children. The three days of non-stop festivities include favorites such as the legendary “A Night of Stars”, “Cruisin’, Boozin’ and ... Read More »

Manatee Speed Zones in Effect

Now that weather and waters are warming, manatees are disbursing into their popular feeding and loafing areas. To ensure manatee safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers, along with federal and local law enforcement partners, will be increasing patrols in these areas. This effort coincides with seasonal manatee zones that went into effect April 1 and run through Nov. 15. The speed zones are intended to protect the state’s official marine mammal from collisions with boats. Boaters should pay strict attention to signs that delineate each seasonal manatee protection zone and their boat’s speed. Boaters and ... Read More »