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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 A copy of the draft plan and agenda are available before the date of the public meeting online at   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 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 “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


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


By Natalie Strom 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


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


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 »

John Dandola Talks Dead by Happenstance


By Holly Benedict In the past, author John Dandola has set one mystery novel on Marco Island (A Beckoning Wind) and soaked up atmosphere to write another (Dead in Small Doses). His latest, Dead by Happenstance, was written entirely during his last annual stay here. “My wife and I have had to put off relocating to Marco solely because of an elderly relative for whom we are caregivers. As is known to everyone who has been involved with such things, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to oneself. I used research as a respite because it can be done ... Read More »

Land More Fish


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink One of the most rewarding things about being a fishing guide is sharing the excitement and joy experienced through others when they hook and land fish. It has been my experience, however, that many less-experienced anglers lose a good number of fish through improper retrieval technique. Often, fish are lost due to over excitement when the angler tries to rush the fish into the boat. Others are lost due to excessive slack in the line or improper rod tip position where leverage is lost. Although not every fish hooked will be landed, there are ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Fashion Show Features Mock Wedding

The wedding party (l-r): Donna Gordon, Al Saunders, David Abercrombie (groom), Margi Abercrombie (bride), Sheila Sawyer and Bob Meyn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many “ohs” and “ahas” were heard Thursday, Feb. 27, as the “bride,” Margi Abercrombie, was escorted down-the-isle by her “father,” Bob Meyn. The bride wore a beautiful full-length, over-beaded lace gown with a cathedral train, and dad was elegantly attired in a black tux. Both outfits, as well as those worn by all the other members of the mock wedding party, were chosen from merchandise on sale at the Bargain Basket. The Basket currently has among its varied inventory, eight magnificent bridal gowns — complete with head pieces and veils. Manager Sue Woods stated that it would be possible ... Read More »

New Workshops at Center for the Arts

Moseley’s ‘Everglades Approaching Storm’

By Noelle H. Lowery Two of Marco Island’s favorite senior artists — William Ward Moseley and Charles Gruppe — are back by popular demand this month at the Center for the Arts. Both are conducting workshops in their favorite mediums. Moseley will lead two sessions of “Fun with Pastels.” The first will be held Tuesday, March 11, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, and the second will be a two-day workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25-26, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, each day. The workshop fee is $100. Gruppe’s three-day workshop, “Painting in Oil and Acrylics,” will be held Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14, 10 AM-4 ... Read More »

Shock to the System

I still can’t believe this is my backyard. PHOTO BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray In my 35 years, I’ve traveled all over the world. My mother and grandmother loved to see new places and experience different things. As a very young child, I was taken to various tourist destinations and third-world countries. I’ve known my fair share of culture shock. Yet, as well-traveled as I am, I never expected to find myself so amazed at how different life could be just six states away. Goodland has delivered its own dose of culture shock; it’s unlike any place I’ve been in the world, including my former home in Ohio. Here are ... Read More »

Is Your Workout Knotty?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Whether you walk or watsu, bike or bend it like Beckham, chances are you have some tight muscles, adhesions or “knots” that put you in a bind. You probably suffer through them, attempt to stretch them out or visit a physical (or massage) therapist to get rid of them. Have you ever tried a foam roller? Dubbed “the poor man’s massage,” a foam roller is an inexpensive tool that was once used exclusively by physical therapists for myofascial release. According to Dr. Karl Knopf, “Some experts suggest that, if not addressed early, minor muscle imbalances (such as ... Read More »

Come ‘Play with the Arts’

Judy Chinski, The Artist’s Gallery. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Meet local artists and share in their creative process during demonstrations planned for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The Marco Players and The Artist’s Gallery are proud to co-sponsor “Play with the Arts,” an event designed to showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists. “We are excited to showcase Marco Island artists. The Marco Players wants to build strong connections between our community theater and the arts,” says Beverly Dahlstrom, president of The Marco Players. Open to the public, demonstrations will be held throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM at The Artist’s Gallery, ... Read More »

March is a great month to hit the water!

Tom and Chris with twin Redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Typically, the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same flats for both Speckled Trout and Pompano. Try casting out a 3/8 oz bucktail style jig tipped with very small fresh shrimp pieces (cut a shrimp into 6-8 pieces). The Trout will be in 3-5 feet of water in the ... Read More »