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The Goodland Scholarship Fund Goodland’s Gift to High School Graduates

Front entrance - Little Bar parking lot, shortly before visitors arrive. SUBMITTED photos

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com Most visitors to Goodland don’t exactly know what to make of us. Most would agree with the aphorism that Goodland is “a drinking village, with a fishing problem.” We have our share of that, I guess. It may be time for a new adage. Something like “Goodland takes care of its own.” Since the mid 1980’s, the Goodland Scholarship Fund has been raising money and dispensing scholarships to Goodland kids who want more than a high school education. It was founded by Betty Bruno as Village Productions. From all that I have heard, Bruno ... Read More »

How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read every possible article or heard about the latest breast cancer prevention information out there, but believe it or not, there are constant studies coming out on how to try to prevent obtaining this debilitating disease once and for all. Is there an absolute fool-proof plan to guarantee that you will never get breast cancer in the first place? Not yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that glorious day. Here’s what we know, and what we can continue to do on our part to slash our odds: Avoid being overweight ... Read More »

Marco’s Everett L. Kuhn Celebrates His 100th Birthday

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Submitted On May 9, 2015, Everett L. Kuhn celebrated his 100th birthday, joining the small but growing population of centenarians. Everett has been spending winters on Marco Island since 1987, when he and his wife Frances purchased a vacation home. What is Everett’s secret to longevity? He tells us that when he was fifteen years old his parents promised him $100 and a gold watch if he wouldn’t smoke until he was twenty-one. He received that $100 and gold watch, which is with him to this day. He credits not smoking for contributing to his longevity. Everett was born in ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

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By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when traveling that section of roadway. The tale-tale sign is an undulating feeling caused by virtually imperceptible waves in the pavement. The condition is especially noticeable at night, when headlights can be seen wavering up and down in the darkness. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Set a World Record: WEAR IT!

The Marco Island City Council proclaimed its support for Safe Boating Week and its year round effort to promote safe boating by giving a proclamation to the
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 of Marco Island and the Marco Island Power
Squadron. To continue with its efforts for safe boating courses, the Coast Guard Auxiliary
of Marco Island will be holding its safe boating course “Boating Skills and Seamanship”
from July 6 - July 30. Anyone interested can contact Joe Riccio at 239-384-7416 or email flotilla95swope@
gmail.com. Pictured from l-r: John Moyer, Doug Johnson, Keith Wohltman (Flotilla
9-5 Commander), Larry Sacher (City Council Chairman), Doug Bartlett, and Joe Riccio. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted In honor of National Safe Boating Week, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is trying to help set a world record. Co-hosted locally by Rose Marina, a group photo will be taken of participants donning life jackets. The photo will be combined with photos from other sites around the world in an effort to reach a record breaking number of participants. The World Record attempt is an effort to remind everyone to wear their life jackets while boating. Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life ... Read More »

Summer Camps Keep the Kids Busy!

Y Summer Camp- The patriotic spirit was on display with these youngsters at Camp Mackle last year, prior to the Fourth of July. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley The school year’s impending end is a sure sign that the time for summer camps is right around the corner. Marco Island has an assortment of camp options that offer the community’s youth the opportunity exercise, gain knowledge and burnish skills through hands-on activities, have fun and make new friends as those lazy, hazy days of summer wend their way toward the fall. The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is a multi-faceted program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Mackle runs from 7:30 AM to 6 PM, June 4 through ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

Tom Coffey showing Vanda. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »

Move to Marco Didn’t Mean Leaving Winter Fun Behind for Skip Merriam

Even the spirits behind the counter can’t warm the bar made of ice. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Skip Merriam left winter behind when he and his wife moved to Marco Island from New England. But the upstate New York native’s love of wintertime outdoor activities was too firmly ingrained to be discarded like a no longer needed goose down coat. That is why Merriam has travelled to the frozen North each year for the last 15 years, for group snowmobile trips lasting several days and covering hundreds of miles. His most recent trip, from February 5 through February 11, was to the wilds of northern Quebec, where he and nine other men rode the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: April 6th Meeting Agenda Item

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fireworks

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Dear Business Owners and Island Residents, As a community, we are moving forward with plans for the 2015 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island to take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. The Marco Island City Council contributes $21,000 in funding (one half of the total cost) for this very important community event.  The remainder of the funds must be raised from business and resident donations.  I am asking you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro

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Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of the water rate structure, I am pleased that you are finally moving in a positive direction.  It made little sense to going backward to a Water Rate Utility Board/Committee….has they say been there done that…. The water rates need to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald Swiacki

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Responsibility.  Accountability.  Safety.  Equality.  These are the issues regarding the rental ordinance.   After much debate over several months in public, at the Planning Advisory Board and as City Council Meetings the members of City Council passed a comprehensive ordinance regarding rental properties.  Without this ordinance property owners could not be identified because they did not have to register.  Any problems with that property from short term renters regarding noise, occupancy and safety issues could not be addressed because the responsible person could not be found. Condo owners needed to be included.  They should not be treated separately from home owners.  ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner

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The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on this beautiful island expecting a reasonable quality of life.   In time, many of these property owners witnessed their neighborhood transform from a friendly residential community to a rental/hotel business next door with new customers arriving every week. The Rental Ordinance ... Read More »

MIA Rays host Zion Lutheran in spring game on Friday night

MIA's Vinnie Moller runs a play during the Manta Rays spring practice.

By Roger LaLonde Spring practice for the Marco Island Academy football team is different from years past. They have experience. They are going through every drill with gusto and dropping for 10 push-ups should they make a mistake without being told…at least sometimes. The team was 4-6 a year ago, its best record in its first three years. They have 10 offensive starters back and eight on defense. Many of them have been together most of the past three years. There will be strong senior leadership for the first time in the school’s short history. Most of all they are ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time. US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from ... Read More »

5th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ

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Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »