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Eagle Scout Digs for Badge

Scout Teddy Naftel can’t resist curiosity. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 »



Dorrit Konig,a visitor from Denmark, was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Peter Vale: Positive Contribution, without Fear or Compromise

St. Peter's Square. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Val Simon [email protected] For those who like to travel, Italy on the itinerary is thrilling. Most of us will be fortunate enough to have the chance to visit St. Peter’s Square in Rome once in a lifetime, let alone catch a glimpse of the Pope. Imagine, San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, Florida, encouraging young Marco Island resident Peter Vale to pursue his religious education at the Vatican in Rome. It must take a very special young man to receive such an honor. It’s inspiring this vibrant man of 30 years of age chose this path. ... Read More »

Rookery Receives Donation


The Friends of Rookery Bay 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, which was just outfitted with a new motor and Guy Harvey designed hull wrap, before taking it out on the water for an education program. The students participating today have been working on film projects all year in partnership with ... Read More »

Soccer BBQ Fundraiser at Mackle Park

Support Marco Island youth soccer and enjoy some of the BEST CHICAGO STYLE BBQ by Herbeque on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am til 3pm at Mackle Park. Herbeque is a favorite at the Marco Island Wednesday Farmers’ Market, with some of the best hickory smoked BBQ in South Florida. Hawaiian Shave Ice and soft drinks will also be available to keep you cool. Supporters can watch live 3v3 soccer competition while enjoying their BBQ at the 1st Annual Marco Island Surge 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Marco Island Soccer Club, a Florida not for profit company dedicated to teaching the ... Read More »

Hodges receives Clinical Mental Health Accreditation

The Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted Hodges University accreditation for its Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program for the next 8 years. Accreditation assures the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Mental Health Counselors will increase by 28% over the next ten years. For more information on the program, please call (239) 513-1122, or visit Read More »

Small Business Seminars on Marco Island

Small Business Seminars on Marco Island IBERIABANK is pleased to announce a partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University to host a series of three complimentary seminars aimed at helping small business owners with a variety of topics. All presentations will be held at the IBERIABANK branch on Marco Island located at 605 Bald Eagle Drive from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The first presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 6. This presentation will include tips on selecting the right professionals such as CPAs, attorneys, and bankers; information about the variety of state and federal resources available for small businesses; ... Read More »