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A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won easily on August 26, downing Lake Weir, 36-19. The score was closer than the game as Lakeland used many subs in the fourth quarter, giving up 12 points, while the Highlanders scored three. A year ago 2A MIA hosted Lake ... Read More »

A Tale of Two Turtles Good Samaritan Replaces Sculpture at Y

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Submitted  There’s a new-look turtle gracing the entrance to the Youth Development Center at the Marco Y, courtesy of charitable donor Steve Garske and his wife Charlotte. For months, youngsters and visitors to the Center had enjoyed the sight of Hot Rod, one of 50 turtles placed at sites around Collier County after being commissioned by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the United Arts Council of Collier County. Graske originally sponsored one of the 50 turtles, and mid-year last year it was placed at the Y, one of the designated sites for display. Later, the Community Foundation allowed bids ... Read More »

City Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory ... Read More »

Coming Soon! National Parks Special Edition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service with Coastal Breeze News! Watch for our September 30th edition where we will bring you a special keepsake section honoring our prized National Parks, and inspiring you to experience these treasures firsthand. The National Park system includes 413 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Here in our very own South Florida backyard we have four distinct National Park treasures: Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this summer,” said Bill Holmes, who has been on Marco Island since 1995 and is the manager of the Summit House Condo Association on the beach. “People have to be aware of their surroundings and the need to be aware of ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, I got the happiest call I’ve had in a long time. The owner of the site, the Benderson Company, was nice enough to call to let me know they finally have a great business who will be building on that ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons

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By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have mixed emotions about the use of these pretty ribbons to depict a disease that is anything but pretty. Although I applaud the marketing outreach, which has indeed been effective in spreading the word, I prefer to experience awareness by embracing ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Makes Its Move

From left: MIA Coach Bruce Kretschmer with girls team members Morgan Jones, Danya Zarate, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Olivia Watt, Teagan Havemeier and Julia Wagner. Jim Watt in back

By Roger LaLonde Just a few years ago the Marco Island Academy (MIA) cross country team consisted of three girls. Today, coach Bruce Kretschmer is smiling as he has full girls and boys teams to compete in Class 2A-District 10. In the Lemon Bay Invitational on August 27, out of the 20 teams from all school sizes, the MIA girls came in 12th. Junior Olivia Watt ran to ninth place in 21:52. “That is a good time for her first race of the season,” Kretschmer said. Last season she was steps away from getting out of the regional and running ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated on Marco’s history, hospitality, government, tourism, education, law enforcement, media and more. This is part one of a two-part series to introduce our readers to the Leadership Marco Class of 2016. Each student brings with them an impressive list of ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
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By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, Scuba Marco celebrated 18 years of successful business, taking a dive and loving it! The shop features diving instruction and certification, dive trips, service and rentals, and a vast array of diving products. Scuba Marco is known for its “Mom ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Only six years ago, the dome home stood on land. Look carefully to find Rebecca’s husband Neil. Photos by Rebecca Burg

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano with her husband, Neil Braun, and posted the video on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=doQL_gav0do#action=share). Continue sending your stories and photos to Jessica@coastalbreezenews.com. Keep reading upcoming issues of Coastal Breeze News for more on the Cape Romano dome home.     Read More »

Running a Natural Parting for the Raymonds

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Roger Raymond leads runners for a casual jaunt at his going away run.

By Roger LaLonde Like thousands of practices, Roger Raymond led his stalwarts on a run around Mackle Park, but it wasn’t the same. It was his athletes, young and older, and parents, gathering to recognize him and wife Karen for their years of service to Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy (MIA) and the community. Karen Raymond, as school musical director, put on outstanding musicals. She has been Roger’s assistant coach for countless MICMS cross country and track meets. She became team manager and statistician supreme. The Raymonds are moving to Orlando due to an illness in ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... Read More »

Connecting with the Past: Cultural Resources in Rookery Bay Reserve Provide Insights to Early Coastal Life

Each artifact is recorded and photographed. Photos by Renee Wilson

Coastal Connections By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the Collier County coastline and were occupied from 400 to 2,500 years ago. Changing their landscape on many fronts, the Calusa people left behind traces of their way of life on the shell mound complexes they built. The size and locations ... Read More »

MIHS Humanities Speaker Series

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Submitted Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS). The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. All of the lectures will be given at Rose History Auditorium starting at 7 PM. The Humanities Speaker Series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical examination of Florida’s ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and up, and what we saw was a great turnout. We combined all our departments (business, swimming, tennis and after-school), blending people who work here together. It’s the way to become stronger together.” And certainly to inspire kids to maybe take ... Read More »

Storm Brings Simultaneous Emergencies

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Mid-afternoon on August 24, emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS were initially dispatched to Front Street on the island for a possible lightning strike. The actual location of the incident was on Marco Lake Drive and involved two workmen from a roofing company, one of which brought ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities Abound

Participants in the Field-based Estuarine Studies program trawl for samples.

By Don Manley Learning will not only take place in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year thanks to a variety of Marco Island- area nonprofits and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Mackle Park all offer opportunities for youths to expand their knowledge and skills, and to have fun too. Below is a listing of the programs offered by these providers: Mackle Park Fall Programs Punt, Pass and Kick: 5-6 PM, Sept. 20 – Boys and girls ages 6-15 are eligible ... Read More »