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Marco’s Creative Mailboxes Part III

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By Maria Lamb  Marco Islanders love their feathered friends, as is evident from the creative mailboxes throughout the island that honor them. A vibrant blue and gold macaw, hand-painted by artist Denise Santos, a beautiful swan and two very different pelicans were a few of the unique mailboxes recently spotted on the island. See a one-of-a-kind mailbox in your neighborhood that you just have to share?  Tag Coastal Breeze News in your Facebook photo or on Instagram: coastalbreeze_news.  Read More »

Aerospace and Rocketry at Camp Mackle

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Submitted  Excited voices chanting, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launch, launch, launch!” could be heard at Camp Mackle. On July 28, 2016, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop at Camp Mackle for more than 60 children ages 6-12. Captain Jesse L. Baker told the campers about the services that CAP provides to the community, and its three main missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. The squadron constantly practices search and rescue exercises to always be “mission ready.” Captain Baker explained CAP’s weekly air patrols of the Wilderness ... Read More »

Pokémon Take Over Museum

Alexandra and her mother, Arlene Hernandez are both enthusiastic Pokémon Go players. Submitted Photos

Submitted  Nearly 170 people came out to the Pokémon Go Lure Party held July 30th at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The popular smartphone application is the latest development in the Pokémon craze, which began in the 90s, and has been downloaded by millions of people, both young and old, all over the world. “Not only is Pokémon a fun and easy-to-learn game,” said Lisa Marciano, museum manager at the Naples Depot Museum and event organizer, “but also it gives family members, no matter how old they are, an excellent opportunity to bond over a shared activity.” The Marco Island ... Read More »

Feds Feed Families Food Drive

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By Laurie Harris,  Public Affairs Officer  Since 2009, when the U.S. Coast Guard began participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food has been collected; more than 17.9 million pounds last year alone. The Feds Feeding Families was designed to help food pantries stock up during the slow summer months when donations are usually down. This is particularly true on Marco Island when season comes to a close, and many jobs are eliminated during the summer. To support the Coast Guard’s 8th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign, the Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ... Read More »

ENMA Networking Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) holds networking events on the second Thursday of the month.  On August 11th the gathering was held at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern at Lely. The atmosphere was fitting for the fine buffet Sam Snead’s presented for the 50 or so members and guests in attendance. After networking time, the restaurant’s General Manager Scott Casselberry welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Members of the board were introduced and guests were invited to say a few words about their business. If you would like more information on becoming ... Read More »

Iowa Hills Challenge 20,000 Riders

Start: Glenwood, Iowa with Team Lamb: (From left) John Lamb, 69, Charles Lamb, 72, Thomas Lamb, 24, and Bruce Lamb, 67. Submitted Photos

Submitted An ESPN sportswriter, Rick Reilly once wrote, “Iowa is so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days.” To flatlanders, a hill is an interstate overpass. But it is a myth that Iowa is flat. Each year, twenty thousand cyclists come from all over the world to Iowa to be part of the longest, oldest and largest recreational touring bicycle event in the world. This is not a race, but a non-competitive ride with all levels of riders represented; from Tour de France veterans to unseasoned riders, and plenty in between. Each rider who has done ... Read More »

Ballo Boards Around Marco

Photo by Val Simon
Terri and Nick’s father Rich, are by his side on the campaign trail.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It seemed like a scene from “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox flying along on a hoverboard, but it was really Nick Ballo, a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives #106. He was going door-to-door campaigning using his hoverboard. Ballo is stepson to Terri (Barone) Ballo, a past Marco Island city councilwoman. Nick at 27 years old points out Marco Rubio was his age when he started his political career. Nick said, “This district needs a true conservative. I grew up here, I know the citizens, the area and the issues.” Read More »

Minto Communities Wins Ten Awards

Minto’s two-story, 23,000 square-foot Harbour Isle Beach Club presents luxurious amenities including resort-style pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Wrap-around windows and glass doors open to views of Anna Maria Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Submitted Photo

Submitted Minto Communities was recognized with ten awards at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference presented by the Southeast Building Council (SEBC) in Orlando on July 29. Minto’s Grand Aurora Awards include Best Single Family home in the 2,500-2,999-square-foot category for the Mansfield model at Laureate Park at Lake Nona in Orlando, and Best Interior Merchandising Condominium in the under $1 million category for the Mariner model at Marina Walk at Harbour Isle in Bradenton. Five Aurora Awards went to Minto for the Beach Club at Harbour Isle in Bradenton for Best Recreational Facility, the Mariner model in Marina Walk at ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they rallied their way on offense and defense. Coiro ran onto the field to share a bear hug with Tyler Gresham who scored three touchdowns and made numerous plays on defense. Many of the players came off the field in tears ... Read More »

An Olympic Experience

Flying out of the water at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Mercedes Farhat’s 100 meter breaststroke heat.

By Roger LaLonde  It has been eight years since Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat stood on the starting block for her 100 breaststroke Olympic heat in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. A Lely High School graduate just two months before, Farhat was in a stratosphere of world-ranked competitors. As her heat race ended, all Farhat thought was, “I am not going to let that girl out touch me.” She didn’t. A top Florida high school swimmer, Farhat won her heat, but did not record a fast enough qualifying time to continue. Yet there were so many big-time moments for ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part I Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million Americans have the disease and over 600,000 will die each year. Approximately 700,000 will suffer a heart attack during the same time period and over 350,000 Americans will perish. The most common form of the malady is coronary heart disease, CHD, often referred to as arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. The most common subset of arteriosclerosis, is atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the vessels that supply blood to the muscles, lungs, and organs including the heart. If one is fortunate and ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their “A” rating in the State of Florida and the Marco Island Academy was honored for being recognized by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of High Performing Charter Schools within the nation. Staff members from all three ... Read More »

New Beginnings, New School Year

Tommie Barfield Elementary dismissal procedures for the 2016-2017 school year. Submitted

By Don Manley The teaching and learning are underway and so are the clubs, sports and other activities that are part of the newly begun 2016-2017 school year. As always, the process involves that momentous and shared rite of passage for youngsters, the first day of kindergarten. It’s an experience that Jordan Carmignani of Marco Island can now chalk up in the “Been There, Done That” column. Jordan recently kicked off his school career at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), where he was escorted by his mother, Tracy Carmignani and his brother Steel, a fourth grader, on that oh so ... Read More »

Raymonds Resign

Photo by Patricia Poling

By Roger LaLonde In a shocking move to most, Roger and Karen Raymond have resigned from Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), effective September 1. Roger Raymond has served as athletic director for MICMS since the beginning, creating all sports programs. He did the same for Marco Island Academy before resigning last year. Karen Raymond has been the school’s musical director from the start, some 14 years ago. Her many musical productions were highlights each year. Raymond is known throughout the state for his coaching abilities. His outstanding record at MICMS as a cross country, track and basketball coach put ... Read More »

New Hotel Proposed – Updated meeting information

Rendition of proposed hotel. Submited

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is about to undertake a review of a major project which may continue to enhance the Town Center District of the island. Earlier this year Hendricks Commercial Properties Group received approval for an upgrade of its property known as the Island Plaza at the corner of Bald Eagle and North Collier Boulevard. Small Brothers Marco, LLC is now proposing to build a hotel in the Town Center District of Marco Island. The location for the 165 room hotel would be on land that has previously been used as the staging area ... Read More »

Extortion Threat at Marriott

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Police received separate calls early Monday morning August 8 threatening harm by gunfire and possible explosive devices against the Marco Island Marriott Resort on South Collier Boulevard by an unidentified male subject. “Upon receipt of the threats we immediately involved our sister agencies such as the Marco Island Fire Rescue and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and began a process of isolating the property and taking appropriate action to protect the lives and properties that may have been involved,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino in a statement to the Coastal Breeze News. “In ... Read More »

It’s Time to Pay Attention

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry No one is around you to see you, so be honest with these questions. Raise your pinky if you voted in the school board primary election two years ago. I don’t predict many pinkies in the air because about 38,805 out of 185,016 of all Collier County registered voters voted in that election. With Vote by Mail ballots, the question is, Why Not Vote? You don’t even have to go out in the heat. One of the benefits of a democracy is having the right to vote, but it should mean more ... Read More »

Art Calvert – XVI Baron of Baltimore? One of Goodland’s early movers and shakers

Two crash boats on a rescue mission in the Pacific.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn   Art Calvert has done just about everything during his lifetime. Fishing is what brought him to Goodland. Fame and fortune is what brought his Irish ancestors to America. Beverly Boggs, one of Calvert’s daughters, has a trove of Calvert memorabilia and shared the Calvert family history with me. The Calverts first appeared here in 1629, after King Charles I granted Sir George Calvert the proprietorship of a large tract of land, north of Virginia’s James River. Calvert, also known as the First Baron of Baltimore (West County Cork, Ireland), and his son Cecil, the ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for sea life jewelry with diamonds and colored gemstones. After a quiet May and June things heated up in July, and with it a renewed interest in frolicking creatures of the land, air and sea that are unique to Southwest Florida and especially the Ten Thousand Islands. Diamond jewelry has seemed to have regained popularity and its overwhelming appeal was heartfelt this past season. I recently started creating solid gold and diamond palm trees again because the inexpensive silver and cubic zirconia designs were not as popular as ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was a large, veneer buffet in the dining room. Right away, the word “buffet” might bring to mind an “all-you-can-eat” smorgasbord, but this buffet was instead a very functional piece of furniture. It had a broad top where food-filled dishes were ... Read More »