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Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Newcomers Club Honors Jacky Childress

Jacky enjoying a good laugh at her own expense. Submitted Photos

Submitted A select group of Newcomers Club of Marco Island members recently met at the Island Country Club for an Appreciation Luncheon to honor outgoing president, Jacky Childress. Kim King played hostess to this time honored event, a 46-year tradition. The attendees included several past presidents, board members, and Jacky’s Arts and Entertainment (“A&E”) club members. As always, the Island Country Club lunch was delicious and exceeded expectations. The Appreciation Luncheon is also a roast of sorts, where funny stories about the outgoing president are shared. It was an afternoon filled with a few tears, and lots of laughter. For ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Odland Honored by Civil Air Patrol

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Submitted At a recent bi-weekly meeting, Captain Lyle Odland was recognized by the Marco Island Senior Squadron for his long and distinguished community service. Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). He was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells or adult stem cells for the advanced treatment of human cancers. Following his training, he became a currier and made his first volunteer pickup and delivery on April 17, 2008. The NMDP’s expectation was that each currier would make a minimum of two deliveries per year. However, ... Read More »

The SUN Trail State

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Submitted “If you build it, they will come.” But, first you need dedicated funding. That’s why the 2015 legislation that appropriated $25 million annually for the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail (SUN Trail) program is more than momentous. It’s a seismic paradigm shift on how our state and communities view biking, walking, recreation, and safety. What is the top funding priority? The Coast to Coast Connector.  But how do trails become eligible for SUN Trail funding? First, they must be part of the Florida Greenways & Trails Priority System. Then, the regional trails must meet eligibility criteria developed by FDOT and the ... Read More »

Kittens Teach Students About Giving

Jan Rich introduces students to For the Love of Cats. Submitted Photos

Submitted Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community. Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers. “This is the third year that we have ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6. Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations. Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of office space at 291 S. Collier Blvd. (San Marco Residences) for their physical therapy practice. The current zoning at this location restricts businesses to those specifically associated with tourism and hotel guests. The couple would like to purchase two units ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

A young osprey peeks from behind mom.

Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

Big Cypress Tourism Boosts Local Economy

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,112,290 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2015 spent $87,185,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,225 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $124,524,400. “Big Cypress welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We are one of the most visited national park areas in Florida, and are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the preserve as a way to introduce our ... Read More »

Mercury Makes Solar Transit

Victor Farris and wife Mary Anne Farris. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  On May 9th, Mercury, our Solar System’s smallest planet, made its 7.5-hour trek across the sun in an event called a solar transit. Astronomers and space enthusiasts alike broke out their telescopes to observe Mercury’s rare journey. Victor Farris of the Everglades Astronomical Society set up shop right outside of the Red Rooster restaurant on Marco Island, inviting anyone who passed by to take a look. “Mercury is transiting across the sun,” said Farris. “It’s a pretty rare event. It happens about once every ten years or so. Give or take.” Through the telescope, Mercury, which is ... Read More »

Oil Exploration in Big Cypress Approved

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Submitted South Florida Wildlands Association is deeply disappointed with the decision by the National Park Service (NPS) to allow seismic testing for oil on 70,000 acres of the magnificent Big Cypress National Preserve. The project will involve “vibroseis” trucks weighing more than 60,000 pounds each criss-crossing the preserve and sending out seismic vibrations in the search for oil deposits. NPS has years of experience with off-road vehicles in the preserve. All of their own research indicates that this operation will likely lead to significant impacts to the preserve’s natural resources. Those include rutting and oxidation of fragile soils, hydrological changes ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Condominium runner-up, The Plantation.

Submitted The 2016 Marco in Bloom winners and runners-up were announced at the May 2nd Marco Island City Council meeting. What a turnout to receive their awards! Recognition certificates were also given to every qualified participant. Marco in Bloom recognizes those that go above and beyond with their landscaping efforts. This year, many talented participants worked hard to create unique landscapes for their homes and businesses, enhancing the beauty of their property and neighborhood. The many choices made it tough for the judges to decide, but winners and runners up were selected after careful deliberation. We thank all the people ... Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to a NIM that scheduled itself into a very small library meeting room, but people came out by the droves, filled the room to a packed standing room, then overflowed into another adjacent room, and then overflowed into the foyer of ... Read More »

Never Again!

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship. On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, ... Read More »

The Columbiettes – Stars of Faith, Hope and Charity

The officers of the Columbiettes with Father Tim. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba A simple cross set in a circle of blue, complemented by rays of light leading to three stars. That is the emblem of the Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women with the purpose to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, and charitably. The cross within the circle represents the Catholic belief of Christ’s love, alive and ever present in the world. The rays illustrate service to God through the mediums of faith, hope and charity, depicted by the stars. This charitable and spiritual organization, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, can trace its history ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Amadeo R. Petricca files for Re-Election for City Council I have been honored to have served on City Council these past three and one half years. It has been very challenging and contentious at times. But, be that as it may I feel I have done my best for the citizen of Marco Island. One of my major accomplishments with help of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne, then City Attorney Saunders and Commissioner Fiala we were able to convince County Commissioners Marco’s need for a part time ambulance for in season. This past season we had part time (12 Hours ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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For Whom The Bells Toll Twice daily, at noon and then at five I would stop and listen to the beautiful sound of the Carillon coming from the Marco Lutheran Church. Though I am not a member of that particular church, for just a few wonderful minutes my heart would skip a beat and I would get a warm feeling inside. I guess I felt good about my town. Those bells spoke to us and reminded us that we had a lot in common. Recently, the Carillon bells no longer resound across the land and water. I assumed that the ... Read More »