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Letter to the Editor: Fred Kramer, Candidate for Marco City Council

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Dear Editor, Our island has greatly changed since I moved here in January of 1977. Over these years, I have witnessed the lasting aftermath of governmental decisions: the benefit of the good ones and the consequences of the bad ones. My life here has been an incredible one, and I fully recognize how special our island is. Over the years, and beyond my work and my family, I have contributed to our community by serving on various boards, including the Marco Island Residents Beach Association, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Forum Club of Collier County (Southwest Florida), the Marco Island ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: K. M. Salvi

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Editor: Residents of Marco should be aware that rental abuse in single-family neighborhoods is alive and well. On July 9th, 3 to 4 families rented a single-family home at 840 Newel Terrace. The noise was unbelievable and it was obvious there was no concern for neighbors. After listening to yelling and loud music for a day and a half, we contacted police on Sunday July 10th. After police responded, renters from this home parked in front of our home as an act of intimidation. We re-contacted the police immediately of this act. On July 11th, we contacted Escape Away who ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

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Important Meeting For Marco Island Citizens The City is seeking citizen and stakeholder input into the revision of the Land Development Code. The city has contracted with a consultant to update the Code to properly reflect the present and future needs of the Marco Island citizens. On Wednesday August 10th at 6 PM, the Planning Board of the City of Marco Island is holding a very important meeting in the Community Room where City Council meets. This meeting is specifically designed for citizen input. It is an opportunity for citizens to have their voices heard regarding the future plans and ... Read More »

Teddy Roosevelt Launches FBI With a Push from Napoleon?

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By Barry Gwinn  The FBI is not the oldest federal criminal investigative agency in the United States. The Secret Service beat us to the punch on July 5, 1865. Until that time, many investigations involving crimes affecting federal government personnel or property were conducted by local police forces or hired detectives. A recent example of this was the Dallas Police Department’s jurisdiction of President Kennedy’s assassination as a local homicide. By the end of the Civil War, it was estimated that one third of the nation’s currency in circulation was counterfeit. The Confederacy was probably responsible for much of this, ... Read More »

Show of Support

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tiffany Carr is the wife of a Tampa Bay police officer and friend of local resident, Emily Cawlfield. After the recent Baton Rouge shootings, Tiffany came up with the idea to do something for the officers to show her support. She made little goody bags and wrote “Got Your 6” on them, which originates from the military meaning “got your back.” She then challenged her Facebook friends to participate in a Got Your Six Challenge. Emily felt compelled to accept the challenge. She went to the Dollar Store and bought candy, peanuts, hand sanitizer, Chap ... Read More »

Marco’s Creative Mailboxes, Part II

Photos by Maria Lamb

By Maria Lamb There is no lack of creativity on Marco Island!  The many unique mailboxes seen on the island were too numerous to share with our readers in just one issue. This continuation reflects the community’s (sometimes whimsical) love of the water and its sea life. Many of the mailboxes found included shells, manatees, seahorses and even mermaids as design elements. See a one-of-a-kind mailbox in your neighborhood that you just have to share?  Tag Coastal Breeze News in yourFacebook photo or on Instagram: coastalbreeze_news. Read More »

Plans for Nature Preserve Take Flight

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By Don Manley  A fundraising campaign is underway for a project that will transform the former Marco Eagle Sanctuary into a full-blown nature preserve. Now known as the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, the 11.6 acre, undeveloped parcel is expected to become a magnet for nature lovers and an interactive educational facility for local school children when work is completed. “It will provide the public with an ecotourism location where people can come and walk the property, go through the learning center, get educated on the various aspects of the nature preserve and why it’s there,” said Carl ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

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Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. Sand Dollar Island is also a state designated “Critical Wildlife Area.” During springtime, love is in the air, as birds on Sand Dollar Island look for a mate. Courtship rituals range from something sweet and simple like head bowing, or ... Read More »

Summertime Fun, Porsche Style

Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley   As with “birds of a feather,” connoisseurs of a certain iconic German sports car brand also enjoy “flocking together,” in their case to revel in their shared interest and some good old fashioned fun. Such is the case for the Everglades Region Porsche Club of America, which held its Inaugural Summer Party on a recent Sunday afternoon in Goodland. About 60 members flocked to the home of Chris and Jenny Branston, where they enjoyed live music from “The Good Bad Kids” band, food from Little Pete’s “A Little Bite of Brooklyn” food truck, and of course, ... Read More »

Luxury TRIO Project Planned

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  At a recent meeting of the East Naples Civic Association (ENCA), Morgan Fry and David R. Bartley, Sr., of Bartley Realty, LLLP, presented plans for an exciting development coming to the Naples area, named TRIO. Together, developer Anthony Fortino of Fortino Construction and Bartley Realty plan to build a modern mixed use building on U.S. 41 and Davis Boulevard. It has been described as Naples’ “first luxury urban-modern high rise.” Renderings shown at the recent presentation gave ENCA members a peek at the architecture and décor, which Bartley Realty’s Morgan Fry described as “modern urbanism.” ... Read More »

It’s Back to School Time

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Collier County School District’s first day of school is Monday, August 15th. Coastal Breeze News wants to wish all students and their families a smooth transition back to school. To assist, we have put together some information to make it a little easier. Tax Free Weekend  Back to school means that once again it is time to buy school supplies, and the State of Florida is offering a Tax Free Weekend August 5-7 to help parents’ pocketbooks. Florida’s tax free weekend applies to school supplies ($15 or less per item), clothing and bags/backpacks ($60 or ... Read More »

Boxing Club Mural Complete

From left: Rich Stoltenborg, Stephanie Simon, Robert Eder and Jimmy Downey stand in front of the completed mural at the Marco Island Boxing Club.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com After many long hours and a whole lot of paint, the mural at the Marco Island Boxing Club has finally been completed. Rich Stoltenborg, president and coach of the Marco Island Boxing Club, opened the gym back in June. After months of renovations, it seems the mural is the final touch. The creation of the mural is thanks to Marco Island Academy art teacher Robert Eder and his student, junior Stephanie Simon. Together, through a series of hour-long sessions, they designed, painted and perfected the mural. The mural features the late boxing legend Arturo Gatti who ... Read More »

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

Photos by Joseph Parisi

By Maria Lamb The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s special places, and an art purchase serves as a remembrance of their Marco Island experience. Whether small or large, Joe’s photographs capture Marco Island’s unique ecological diversity. Barbara Parisi, Joe’s wife, is also a very talented artist, using her hands ... Read More »

Museums Host Pokémon Go Parties

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Submitted The Pokémon Go phenomenon has taken the world by storm, and Southwest Florida is no exception. During the month of August, Collier County Museums will host four Pokémon Go Lure Parties, on each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The lure parties will include Pokémon themed activities, a scavenger hunt and, of course, four hours of lure modules to attract those sought after rare Pokémon. All ages of Pokémon trainers are welcome. The schedule for the Pokémon Go Lure Parties: 8/6 Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island  8/13 Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Tr. ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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Submitted  At the Marco Island Writers July 13th meeting, Betsy Perdichizzi presented her rendition of “Dr. Mary Olds” to a small but very appreciative audience. The wind and rain depressed attendance that evening. Thanks, Betsy, and thanks to all the stalwart attendees for braving the weather. The next meeting, on August 10th at 6 PM, will focus on loglines and pitches. Joanne Tailele, current group secretary and former president, will present information on why these are important and how to do them well. Loglines are one-sentence summaries of a written work that convey its essence. Pitches are written or verbal ... Read More »

Nominate an Unsung Hero

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Submitted  The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island is accepting nominations for its quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. The Club’s Board of Directors will vote on the award, but the nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The recipient will be a person who embodies the Rotary motto, “Puts service above self.” The nominee must reside in Marco Island, Florida at least six months, ... Read More »

Minto Title Sponsor of U.S. Open Pickleball

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Submitted Minto Communities has signed a multi-year contract extension as title sponsor of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) in Naples, Florida. The 2017 USOPC will be held April 23-30 at the East Naples Community Park. It is anticipated that 1,000 athletes will compete on the park’s 48 world-class courts. According to USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, “This is a great partnership. Minto came on board for the inaugural event in 2016, and we are excited about continuing the relationship for years to come.” The inaugural USOPC event, held April 26-May 1, brought in more than 800 participants and ... Read More »

Launch of New Marco Island App

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Submitted It’s about time! Marco Island now has it’s own app, courtesy of B and K Enterprises. The free application, which is available in the App Stores on all smart phones, can be loaded in less than two minutes and turns your phone into a source for Marco Island local news, up-to-date weather, including weather radar and lightening warnings, a calendar of island events, and more. The app plays the Marco radio station 98.1 anywhere in the world, and displays a list of recommended restaurants and businesses to peruse.?Beach cams offer views of the Gulf. The Marco Island app, listed ... Read More »

Police, Fire and City Employees Donate Backpacks

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Submitted For the seventh year, the City of Marco Island employees participated in the Give Back–Fill a Pack initiative in support of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter collects school supplies annually to ensure that school-aged children are well prepared when heading back to school in August. The goal to surpass last year’s total of 64 backpacks was accomplished, and a total of 84 backpacks were donated. “We are happy to assist the children in our community with school supplies and encouragement that will enable them to learn and be successful in life,” said Police Chief Al ... Read More »