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White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »

The Assassin’s Honor

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BOOKREMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The Assassin’s Honor By Robert Macomber Pineapple Press, September 2015,  351 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “We of the sea come to know each other quickly; our loves, like our hates, are born of sudden danger.” – Lew Wallace, author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” and U.S. Civil War general. “The Assassin’s Honor” is the 12th installment of the Honor Series with Peter Wake as the protagonist. The story is set in the last decade of the 19th century and much of the action takes place at sea. Peter Wake ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Art on Marco

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Artists Lindy Kowalczyk, Malenda Trick, Betty Newman and Joanna Sunshine set up the buffet table.

Submitted April Fools! Easter may have been over, but the theme at the Local Color Art Gallery said differently. The gallery’s monthly art walk, which is always held on the first Friday of the month, just happened to fall on April 1st and Easter was the theme. Antique eggs, jelly beans, edible decorated eggs, spring flowers and bunny baskets were the décor of the evening. Fingers were crossed wondering how many guests would arrive since the season is closing and car carriers taking snowbird’s vehicles north are an everyday sight on the island. But art lovers did not disappoint and ... Read More »

Exhibit, Talk Celebrate Isles of Capri

Works by Artist Donald Sunshine are on display through April 26. Submitted

Submitted Artist Donald Sunshine’s “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time” is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum. This collection of watercolors celebrates the rich history and community of the Isles of Capri. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist and has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of today’s world. On Thursday, April 21, from 2-3 PM artist Donald Sunshine and historian Betsy Perdichizzi ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Students Perform in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted  Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). This month, “The Tempest,” believed to be William Shakespeare’s final work, will be performed by Marco Island Academy, Lely High School and Florida Gulf Coast University students. This also will be the final production for Kaitlynn McRae, the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival’s operations director. McRae chose “The Tempest” as her last piece to direct for the Shakespeare Festival, not just because of the connection to Shakespeare’s own final work, but “because of the beautiful transition Prospero must make as he realizes where his real power lies.” Prospero becomes ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
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Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

Shred Party Benefits Eagles

Submitted Show your support for green space and wildlife. Show your support for the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary! IBERIABANK will host a document shredding event on Saturday, April 16th from 9 AM to noon. A $3 per box or bag voluntary donation will be collected for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) for the future development of the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-it, ... Read More »

Everglades Saved by Pioneer Women

Submitted If it weren’t for activists like May Mann Jennings in 1916, before women had the vote, our Everglades might have been developed into yet more urban or agricultural terrain. This intelligent and spunky woman led the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs to save the old-growth trees on Paradise Key near Homestead and create Royal Palm State Park. She personally pushed through legislation in Tallahassee for its establishment. The area was then operated by the Women’s Clubs, and later was the nucleus of Everglades National Park. You can read more about the amazing women who achieved so much in those ... Read More »

Marco’s Newest Resident

Calusa soars high over the nest area.

Submitted  Paleo and Calusa are the proud parents of a healthy 6-10 week old eaglet. They are proud to let all residents of their adopted home, Marco Island, know that they will be very busy for a while, tending to the duties of new parents. This little guy has a voracious appetite and does not like to go hungry. Both Paleo and Calusa will share feeding and hunting and duties round the clock. The young eaglet is fed raw meat from the moment it is born; eagles do not regurgitate their food like some other animals do. The eaglet will ... Read More »

Relay For Life: A Community Celebrates and Remembers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme may have been a multi-state “Relay Road Trip,” but it was all Marco Island at Mackle Park as the community came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. All day on Saturday, April 9, enthusiastic Relay teams manned decorated tents, played games, and sold various culinary treats and goods. The day was filled with walkers on the track, children playing in the bounce house, and singing, dancing and other local talent on display. In the park’s community room, 130 cancer survivors and caregivers enjoyed a lunch generously donated by local ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »