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MIHS Alley Proposal – Part II

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

Marketing Marco

The Rose History Auditorium saw almost every seat taken, the audience entertained for more than an hour by Joyce’s colorful storytelling. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted Jack Joyce to tell about his experiences in the early days of Marco Island real estate. “People love to hear about history. I’m telling them the history of Marco; how we did it, how we brought it to the marketplace,” said Joyce. Joyce was born and raised in Boston, where he was a food broker with his father. He attended Boston College night classes briefly, before shipping off to Korea and then Japan, but was wounded and sent home in ... Read More »

A Modern Fairy Tale by Virginia Colwell Read

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Once upon a time in the fair land of Paradise, the matter of a new bridge on a well-traveled thoroughfare was brought before the ruling oligarchy. The vested body agreed on the need for a new bridge. They consulted with engineers, architects, and designers form many far-away lands. Paradise should have a magnificent bridge with fancy underpinnings to replace the old, worn-out bridge. A grandiose bridge was not what the people of the realm had in mind. They thought a new bridge would be fine as long as its design was realistic and there were shells in the treasury to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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So why am I running for City Council? To begin, I have been on the Island since 1992 and full time since 2009.  My husband Jim and I both worked on the east coast and for twenty years and came to the Island on weekends.  We started with a small condo on Smokehouse Bay, sold the condo in 2001 and bought a house knowing we would live here to begin a second career for both of us. I enjoyed a wonderful career as executive staff for several companies in geriatric care services from nursing homes, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s Dementia ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker

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Gentlemen: To be very candid, the ‘Eagle Sanctuary’ is and was a ruse by the neighborhood residents to prevent the charter high school from locating there. The former school board superintendent sabotaged those supporting the charter high school by signing a lease with the, suddenly passionate, neighborhood bird lovers.  It was a travesty by the board of education in concert with the self serving residents living in the area of Tract K. Deltona clearly intended tract K to be used for a school on Marco. People have no shame.  The ‘sanctuary’ is obviously supported by those who have the gall ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Reckel

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I read your article about PRAC with great interest. I am 75 years old and have benn a Marco resident for 14 years. My family immigrated from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950. I have lived and written my personal biography about living the American Dream. What I see today is De Ja Vu about life in a socialist/communist country. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that somewhere between 16.5 to 17.2 of our working population ( tongue in cheek) work for some form of government. What I see happening here is another form of government ... Read More »

Theater Camp: ‘Into The Woods’

Ryan Sullivan and Jessica Lang played the Baker and his Wife.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com In its summer camp grand finale, the city of Marco Island’s annual theater camp pondered the consequences of wishes and dreams in its production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods.” Directed by Booey Blassneck, campers performed the musical for the city’s Camp Mackle and during two Aug. 9 performances at Marco Players Theater. Premiering on Broadway in 1987, “Into The Woods” is the story of a baker and his wife and their fondest dream to have a child. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong! Their story is woven among the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy ... Read More »

Grants Awarded by Noontime Rotary

Bruce Graev, president of the Rotary Club of Marco Island, presents a $4,000 check  to Neil Snyder for the Meals of Hope project at The Snook Inn where a fund-raiser event was held Tuesday, Aug. 12. More than 100 people attended donating enough to package more than 11,000 meals. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island (Noontime Club) recently announced the list of organizations receiving grants from their fund-raising efforts of the past year. Topping the list is $36,000 for college scholarships for local students. The club is currently providing $3,000 per student for this academic year to a total of 12 students. They are at various stages of their college careers and must maintain an acceptable grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours in order to remain eligible for their scholarships each year. The club has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1973. The ... Read More »

Sensational Sharks: Important Part of the Marine Environment

Bull sharks. SUBMITTED PHOTO

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com If you haven’t heard, its Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week — a week of pseudo-science and, sometimes hilarious, propaganda. Since 1988 — yes for 26 years and making it one of the longest running cable television series — this annual week of television programs on the Discovery Channel has evolved from educational programs that raised awareness of shark population decline and the importance they have in the oceans’ ecosystems to fictitious stories and ludicrous accounts of mega sharks in the waters throughout the world. Entertainment has trumped science, which does not bode well for ... Read More »

What Birds Eat… The Beak Can Tell the Tale

Wood storks use “tactolocation” to find food
and can close their beak in 1/20th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Have you ever seen a reddish egret dance along the shoreline to snag a meal? How about a great blue heron sitting trance-like on a mangrove branch just one foot above the water to catch a fish? Or an osprey swooping into the water feet first to grasp its prey? There is such a variety of bird life in the Marco area, and they capture their next meals in several different manners. One physical feature can tell you something very unique about their diets. Take a look at the shape of the bird’s beak. ... Read More »

Succulents in South Florida

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The average rain fall in South Florida is about 60 inches a year, amazing especially when it mostly arrives in just a few months of the year during our rainy season which runs from June to September. This has not stopped South Florida gardeners from creating cactus, agave and succulent gardens. The interest in these plants are on the rise in the past few years as water prices have increased and water restrictions have been implemented. Usually succulents and cacti are found in hot and sunny locations with poor soil conditions. Well, we have all ... Read More »

Fiji — Another Island Paradise

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By Kay Dougherty Yes, Marco is an island paradise but — SPOILER ALERT — it turns out that there are others too! Fiji with their “300 Islands of Sun” is a different sort of paradise. One with its own distinctive sights, culture and rituals. My sister and I just returned from a seven-night cruise of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Captain Cook Cruises of Fiji. To our amazement, we have been converted from cruise scoffers to cruise zealots and have the fervor typical of new converts. It’s a long journey to Fiji, but as we drew close, we looked ... Read More »

Magistrate or No Magistrate? That is the Question

Members of City Council meet at a workshop with the Code  Enforcement Board to discuss their possible replacement with a Magistrate. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman Whether to replace the city’s Code Enforcement Board (CEB) with a magistrate turned out to be a difficult question, when five members of City Council (Councilmen Kiester and Batte were absent) met Tuesday, Aug. 12, for what they had anticipated as a joint workshop with the CEB. After about 15 minutes of expressing their opinions and irritation with the topic at hand, the misunderstanding about the workshop format and the draft ordinance prepared by City Attorney Burt Saunders’ office, the meeting almost ended before it began. Council Chairman Ken Honecker, frustrated with the chain of events, was ... Read More »

Get Out and Vote on Mackle Park Referendum

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The time has come for Marco Islanders to cast their ballot and let the City Council know where they stand on the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center to replace the current 25-year-old center. The referendum question: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” It is a question that — in some way, shape or form — the Marco Island community has been dealing with since 2005 when the city released the Mackle Park master plan. Since the ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

Capri Fire Annexation Vote Set for August 26

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It’s all over but the voting. On Aug. 26, the residents of the Isles of Capri will gather at the community hall to cast their ballot on the referendum that seals the fate of the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD). Whether residents will vote to annex ICFRD into the now mega East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District or vote to remain independent remains to be seen, but if the referendum is approved by voters, the ICFRD will cease to exist on Oct. 1. The district has been operating since 1977. ICFRD firefighter ... Read More »

Student from Florida Named Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 World Champion

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Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Tyler Millis has been named the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in PowerPoint 2007, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.  16-year-old Tyler attends Dunbar High School in Lee County, Florida. In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition. The 2014 ... Read More »

The Horses are Off — Seahorses, That Is

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist “Mama, come quick!” a young girl cries. “There’s a tiny horse on the beach!” As mama and others run to the scene, sure enough there is a horse in the Marco Island sand. It is only a few inches long and sure looks like our equine friends but without legs. It is a seahorse. Seahorses are very small marine fish. Like other fish they breathe through gills. They float in an upright position and have pectoral fins to maneuver and dorsal fins to maintain balance. Most importantly, they are masters of camouflage. Just like ... Read More »

Mid-summer Near Shore Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Nice Tripletail caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The mid-summer heat is on, and some proper planning can equate to some of the best and most productive fishing our area has to offer. By mid-day, air temperatures are now averaging around 93 degrees. Water temperatures are warm — right around 88 degrees. With the daytime air temperatures being where they are at now, be sure to pack a good cooler with lots of ice and water. We count on our “Grizzly Coolers” every day to keep our ice frozen and drinks cold all day long no matter how hot it is. ... Read More »

Rent or Own?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou, author, 1928-2014.   Question: Many of my friends are selling their homes and downsizing or renting. What are your thoughts about this trend? Answer: Your question hits home (pun intended)! Last month, three family members took part in real estate transactions. Not knowing your age, my response will reference these personal examples to illustrate what’s happening as housing requirements have changed for different generations in our family. There is no right or wrong answer as ... Read More »