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Marco Adult Softball

In a game that could well determine the regular season Champion, Island Pizza needed an extra inning to defeat Islander Pool and take a ½ game lead in the standings. Island Pizza jumped out to a 7 to 1 lead in the first inning against Islander Pool. Island Pizza was just too much for Islander Pool to overcome and when the dust had settled the final score was 26 to 19. At the other end of the standings Marco Island Brewery kept their hopes alive of getting into the End of Season tournament with its victory over Nacho Mama’s, 15 ... Read More »

2nd Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest

Big Cypress National Preserve invites you to submit your poetry for the second annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences. We are accepting poetry submissions March 1 through April 14, 2014. Poetry Guidelines: Poems must be single spaced; 12-point font; may be written in any format; must be submitted by April 14; Poet can submit up to three poems; Poems must be original and unpublished; Poems cannot exceed two-pages; must be subject related to natural or cultural history of South Florida; must include a title page with: Name of poem, name of poet, ... Read More »

Marco 10th Annual Walkathon

On Saturday, April 5, the 10th annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk will take place at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. This walk continues to benefit the programs and services of CurePSP in support of families affected by PSP – progressive supranuclear palsy, CBD – corticobasal degeneration and mSA – multiple system atrophy. Registration begins at 10:30am, walk at 11:30am. The cost is $20 per person and includes a t-shirt, food, beverages dessert, prizes and more. For more information, please contact Cindy MacDonald at 239-353-8960. You can also visit www.curepsp.org. Read More »

Rip Current Awareness

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beach visitors to exercise caution this spring break season, as rip currents remain a familiar occurrence. Those planning beach activities should be aware that when red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous. Floridians can check their local rip current outlook at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov. Before you leave for the beach, check the latest National Weather Service forecast at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov for local beach conditions. If caught in a rip current: DON’T PANIC. Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. NEVER swim against the rip current. Stay afloat and signal ... Read More »

Wanted: Summer Camp Counselors

Camp Mackle is currently accepting applications for summer camp counselors. This is a perfect summer employment opportunity for teachers and hospitality staff looking to supplement their income over the summer, for college students needing to earn some money while taking a break from school, and for anyone who thinks getting paid to make a child’s summer special sounds too good to be true. The City of Marco Island provides all of its employees with quality job training, incredible work experiences, and strong references for future employment opportunities. Please visit the City’s website, www.cityofmarcoisland.com, to read a detailed job description and ... Read More »

EPA to Lift Suspension and Debarment of BP

The Environmental Protection Agency and BP today executed an agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred the company from doing business with the federal government following the company’s guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. The administrative agreement will be in place for five years. “This is a fair agreement that requires BP to improve its practices in order to meet the terms we’ve outlined together,” said EPA Assistant Administrator of Administration and Resources Craig Hooks. Under the agreement, BP is required to retain an independent auditor approved by EPA who will conduct ... Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go to -http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm Read More »

Marco Island Canadian Club

The last Marco Island Canadian Club event of the season is being held on Thursday March 27 from 3 to 5pm at the Marco Island Historical Society, 180 South Heathwood Dr. The evening starts with a tour of the museum’s exhibits, some refreshments and then some presentations. Six remarkable professional women have volunteered to explain everything Canadians need to know about buying or selling Florida real estate: Dawn Norgren, Jamie Greusel, Jan Marie Doughty, Jane Wingate, Penny Armstrong and Helen Carlow. A lot of great information to absorb, but the presentations are short and then the women will circulate around ... Read More »

DEP and Recreation and Parks Public Workshop

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7 p.m. (EDT) PLACE: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, Florida 34113 GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Presentation of the proposed unit management plan update for Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A COPY OF THE AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING: Renee Rau, Park Manager, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, Florida 34137, PO Box 548, PH#  239-695-4593, FAX#  239-695-4947 or email Renee.Rau@dep.state.fl.us. A copy of the draft plan and agenda are available before the date of the public meeting online at http://sharepoint.dep.state.fl.us/PublicNotices.   Read More »

Marco Players Present Art

Serge buys a modern painting for a relatively large sum of money. The painting is about five feet by four feet and is painted white with diagonal scars. Serge wants validation from his friends Marc and Yvan. They in turn question their relationship with a man willing to spend such a large amount of money on something that they find hard pressed to consider “art.” Show Dates: March 19 – April 6, 2014. Performances: Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat – 8 pm. Doors Open at 7:30 pm. Sundays – 3 pm. Doors Open at 2:30 pm. The Marco Players Theater ... Read More »

Public Comments Sought on Copeland Prairie Mitigation

The National Park Service is seeking public comments on a Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) for Big Cypress National Preserve. The purpose of the plan is to enhance wetlands in a 325-acre portion of Copeland Prairie in the Preserve that would reverse much of the adverse hydrologic and ecological impact caused by construction of road-related infrastructure in the last century. This project is required by state and federal permits as mitigation for wetland impacts from stabilization of off-road vehicle (ORV) trails elsewhere in the Preserve, in accordance with the Preserve’s recreational ORV management plan. The EA analyzes the ... Read More »

Dementia Discussed at Next Health Plus

IBERIABANK and Physicians Regional Healthcare System will continue the Health Plus Lecture series with the topic of “Normal Aging and Memory Loss” on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. A welcome reception will begin at 6pm with the presentation starting at 6:30pm. Dr. Igor Levy-Reis, who is certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, will share information to help attendees understand the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He will discuss what is normal for memory loss as part of the natural process of aging as well as new treatments for dementia and memory ... Read More »

Pearls and Purrs Trunk Show and Luncheon

Learn, dine and shop at the Pearls and Purrs Trunk Show and Luncheon, a For the Love of Cats fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Bistro Soleil, 100 Palm Street, Marco Island. Preview Pierre&Harry’s “The Pearl Experience” at 11 a.m. Enjoy quiche, salad and dessert during the pearl presentation, then shop the pearl trunk show. Twenty percent of all pearl sales will go to For the Love of Cats. “The Pearl Experience,” exclusively from Pierre&Harry, is a fascinating and informative entertaining look at the pearl covers how pearls are formed, pearl characteristics, how to judge ... Read More »

Amateur Photo Contest Inspires Record Entries

1st Place, Robert Gamble, 'Trail Marsh Sunset'

The Seventh Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest was one for the record books. “This year had the most entries, 55 photographers, and number of photos entered, 188,” says Nancy Richie, the city’s environmental specialist. Sponsored by the city of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News, the goal of the amateur photo contest “is to celebrate south Florida by seeing its unique wildlife, plant life and vistas through the eyes of the community,” she explains. When the contest began seven years, it was held to celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22 of each year. Since that ... Read More »

Bullies Beware of Butterflies

TBE students get into the beat. SUBMITTED photoS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Meet Lizzie Sider, a pretty, confident 15-year-old country music singing sensation. She co-wrote her 2012 debut single, “Butterfly,” and has opened for country music stars Gloriana, Jamie O’Neal and Aaron Tippin. She has paid visits to “The Queen Latifah Show,” “Access Hollywood” and Nashville’s “Crook & Chase.” One look at the South Florida native smiling, dancing and clapping in the cafeteria at Tommie Barfield Elementary, though, does not reveal the pain she suffered as a young child when she was bullied and teased by her classmates. “When I was in elementary school, I was teased ... Read More »

Courage to Cross the Finish Line

A runner in training congratulates his mom at the finish line. PHOTOS BY DEB EDGE

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham wrote that in his book “No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running.” It is sentiment that perfectly sums up the feeling of running a half-marathon, the Marco Island Half-Marathon Bridge Run, to be specific. Why would anyone voluntarily drag themselves out of bed on a cool Sunday morning in March to run a 13.2-mile scenic route of undulating pavement through Marco Island mangroves and residences, you ask? Simple, they had the courage ... Read More »

FaceTiming Firefighter of the Year

PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In a sign of hi-tech times, Dan Stoller accepted the honor of being 2013’s Firefighter of the Year via FaceTime (a video cellphone call). During the annual general meeting of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation, MIFRD Chief Michael Murphy cited the award going to a ‘home-grown’ Marco Islander. This firefighter initiated an intensive educational track; he has paramedic licensure, is a certified hazmat technician and was promoted to driver/engineer. He recently passed a promotional exam, and based on performance, is now the active fire officer when another is not on duty. He is a role ... Read More »

GAA Hopes for Historic Status

LOGO CREATED BY SHERRI MORRISON

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com To preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the Village of Goodland through art, history, and education.   This is the mission statement of the Goodland Arts Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed by residents of the historic village. The members aren’t messing around either. In just over a year’s time, the group formed, became a non-profit within the state of Florida, received its federal 501(c)3 status and held three fantastic art and music festivals. On Sunday, March 9, the organization held its Second Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival at MarGood Harbor Park. What has ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan

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I have been following the Marriott expansion plans intently for months now but a recent spike in Letters to the Editor opposing the plans based solely on Marco being a “residential retirement community” or “tranquil resort island” could not be further from the truth. For the record, I enjoyed five wonderful years employed in the mid 2000′s at the Marco Island Marriott, serving as Recreation Director in my latter years. Additionally, I was the proud author of an in-depth book about our island: Marco Island, Culture & History was published in 1995. When Deltona Corporation executives Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle Jr. created the island’s master ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Donors from THE Nautical Flea Market

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Marco Island Marina Association and the Marco Island Sailing Center would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our donors for the March 8th Nautical Flea Market at MIMA. Without the help of our silent auction donors we would not be able to raise the funds for the upcoming youth sailing program this summer.  Thank you all again for your generosity! -  Terry Naylon, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, Gino’s Trattoria, Marriott Resorts/Members Club at Marco, Hibiscus Golf Club, Island Country Club, Key West Express, Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, Marco Island Sea Excursions Inc, Marco Polo Restaurant, ... Read More »