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Quadski Makes Appearance

Capt. Nick Ojanovac, left, Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt, marine officer Clayton Smith, Phil Battaglia, Police Chief Al Schettino, Capt. Dave Baer and Sgt. Brian Hood pose
with the police department’s Quadski XL.

By Don Manley The annual July 4th celebration on Residents Beach included the formal introduction of the Marco Police Department’s newest vehicle, a 2015 Gibbs Quadski XL. The amphibious four-wheeler was donated by resident Phil Battaglia and his family’s Rockland Bakery, located in Nanuet, NY, just outside New York City. “We’re really excited about having it,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino. “It’s a great asset to the department. What it allows us to do is gain access to beach areas that were inaccessible at high tide. We can go all the way down to Coconut Island and Sand Dollar ... Read More »

MIA’s Ambassadors ?of the Environment Camp ?Is it the beginning of a national movement?

AOTE campers pose at Shark Valley Park in the heart of the Everglades.
Noted as one of the Everglades’ most remote visitors’ centers, it is
70 miles east of Naples. Undaunted, these guys seem none the worse for
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By Barry Gwinn On Monday, June 20, MIA kicked off its third annual 5 day Ambassadors of the Environment Camp (AOTE camp). It is devoted to acquainting students with our surrounding natural environment and suggesting ways to sustain it. Students toured all the surrounding parks and sanctuaries led by the spritely and well-traveled 74 year old Richard C. Murphy, Ph.D., Director of Education and Science for the internationally acclaimed Ocean Futures Society (OFS). Murph, as he likes to be called, started coming to MIA three years ago because of its commitment to environmental studies and the passion of its chairman, ... Read More »

Sand Jam 2016: A Hit From Start to Finish

Photo by Frank Steiger

By Don Manley The evening weather wasn’t at its most cooperative, but the rain, thunder and lightning held up long enough for Marco Island’s Fourth of July fireworks at Residents Beach to occur. The annual Marco Island Civic Association’s Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam celebration started early in the day, with a variety of activities, games, music and food for beachgoers of all ages. Scores of residents and visitors filled the beach, enjoying pleasant weather during the daylight hours. Children played tug-of-war, built sandcastles, and competed in hula-hoop and limbo contests. By far, one of the favorite contests of the day ... Read More »

Collier Creek Interim Dredging – Up Next

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By Maria Lamb  It is estimated that 30-40% of Marco Island boat traffic use Collier Creek to access the Gulf and public marina at Smokehouse Bay. According to Collier County Coastal Zone Management file, the inlet was dredged in 2001 and 2012, and in 2005 a terminal jetty was installed. The Collier Creek Interim Dredging project will start as soon as the Central Beach re-grade is finished. By using the same contractor, Gator Dredging, they estimate a savings of $120,000, which will be split equally between Collier County and Hideaway Beach Tax District. Gator Dredging will take out about 10-15,000 ... Read More »

Florida Realtors® – A Century of Service: 100 Years, 100 Families

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Submitted The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® has participated in Florida Realtors® 100 Years, 100 Families program commemorating Florida Realtors® 100 anniversary milestone in 2016.  The program supports local Realtor® association charitable community efforts across the state. The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® selected a much needed landscaping project to beautify a local island home.  The landscape work was done by Al Benaroch, Affordable Landscaping.  His company unselfishly donated mulch, plants and their time to this project. The project was spearheaded by two Past Presidents of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors®, Susan Ackerson and Bill Filbin.  ... Read More »

Noontime Rotary Recognizes its Exceptional Leaders

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Submitted On June 30, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club said a heartfelt thank you to Lynne Minozzi, departing president of the club and welcomed Jennifer Tenney, as incoming president, with a passing of the gavel. In her farewell speech, Lynne thanked the 2015-2016 Rotary Club’s board of directors for a fantastic year and highlighted some of the projects and special events that the club undertook during her tenure.   Those projects include the Annual Sprit Awards Gala, the successful Seafood Festival collaboration with the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Kiwanis, International Projects, such as, Clubfoot Foundation and Eyeglasses for ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... Read More »

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

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Submitted At a recent meeting of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, Mary Allice Stansfield was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for her dedication to the Interact Club at Lely High School for the past five years.  Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.  This past school year, the Lely Interact Club, under Mary Alice supervision, donated 551.5 hours of volunteer and community involvement.  Mary Alice retired after sixteen years of teaching in Collier County schools. The Paul ... Read More »

Dual Threats to Shorebirds on Sand Dollar Island

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Submitted On the plus side, the count on the shorebird nursery on Sand Dollar Island is higher than last year’s. Chicks are skittering everywhere taking cover from the hot sun. According to the Collier Shorebird Stewards, by around this time last year, the crows had wiped out the nesting colony and the birds departed without producing a single chick. It is looking more hopeful this year even after Tropical Storm Colin. Adam DiNuovo, Audubon shorebird biologist, is excited but concerned. He shared that dogs and the trash boaters leave behind are threats to shorebirds. How do dogs disturb birds? An ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

Let’s Grow Disco Night

Kristina Lambros is part of ConnectivityME and a realtor with Keller Williams.

By Samantha Husted On July 1st the Marco Island Center for the Arts and ConnectivityME presented, “Let’s Grow Disco Night.” Participants for the event were encouraged to whip out their old bell-bottom jeans, sequenced tops and chunky heels for a night of dancing and fun. Entertainment for the disco party was provided by Ken Hodsdon and Rex De Jaager of Sun DJ’s. The event was well attended proving once and for all that disco, despite popular belief, is not dead. The disco dance party was part of the Art Center’s “Let’s Grow Series,” which acts as a means of promoting ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoises in Distress

A gopher tortoise is no match to this heavy pile driver. Photos by Maria Lamb

By Maria Lamb   The construction of an 8-foot wide sidewalk along the 1.1 miles on South Barfield Drive from San Marco Road south to Inlet Drive is in progress. The portion from South Barfield turning east to Inlet is a section of the Estates area with a very high population of gopher tortoises. These are the lucky ones! Credit the efforts of a local resident who called a local FWC agent regarding protecting the gopher tortoises along Inlet Drive before the sidewalk construction. As a result, Chadd Chustz, Environmentalist for the City of Marco Island has been working with ... Read More »

Camp Stellar – Out of this World!

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By Samantha Husted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has created a new camp for middle school aged students. It’s called “Camp Stellar” and it runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mackle Park. Camp Stellar was designed specifically to cater towards the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who have grown too old for Camp Mackle. It puts a strong emphasis on completing summer schoolwork and preparing the children for the upcoming school year. “I had numerous parents contact me before school was ending to enquire as to what they could do ... Read More »

Gun Course for Women

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Submitted Women are invited to join ALTAIR Gun Club for their upcoming Women’s Pistol 1 course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pistol 1 course, taught by women instructors, is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the attitude necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills ... Read More »

Fire at Engine Company 51 on Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rolling up on a working structure fire is not something unusual for an engine company and its personnel; it is a little different when the fire is at their station though. That was the case on Friday afternoon at approximately 5:00pm when Engine Company 51 on Marco Island returned to their station on Elkcam Circle from a previous response and found smoke rolling out from the large bay door at the front of the station. “The guys did a great job making the initial attack and minimizing any fire damage to the building, but there ... Read More »

Watson, I Presume – IBM and ACS Join Forces to THINK Away Cancer

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By Maureen Chodaba  In 1911, when Thomas J. Watson, then a manager at the National Cash Register Company, coined the motto “THINK”, it is probably safe to say that he never dreamed that someday a cognitive machine would be named in his honor, and that machine would have the ability to almost think like a human being. A few years later, Watson, as chairman and the first CEO of International Business Machines, better known as IBM, brought the motto to this company, making THINK its trademark. Recently at the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress, IBM and the American Cancer ... Read More »

Betty Kimble Celebrates her 92nd Bday

A friend wishing Betty a happy 92nd birthday.

By Samantha Husted Betty Kimble was 15-years-old when World War II began in 1939, 31-years-old when Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955, and 45-years-old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969. She has lived through the Great Depression, the Hindenburg disaster and the Vietnam War. She has seen 15 different presidents during her lifetime. At 92-years-old Betty Kimble has been witness to some of the most iconic events in world history. Imagine the change and evolution you would see over 92 years—the technology, ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held a regular meeting on July 1. All board members were present. Parking issues on our little piece of  paved paradise have been a continuing saga of much recent attention. The Planning Board took a positive step toward resolving a part of this issue, specifically as it applies to the Marco Walk plaza. Marco Walk, located at 599 South Collier Blvd., is a very popular venue for shopping and dining, particularly dining with outdoor seating. When a building permit was recently filed for a new restaurant with outdoor seating to ... Read More »

Batiato: Acting Deputy Fire Chief

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By Samantha Husted  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has big shoes to fill. In the wake of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne’s retirement last May, the department has taken steps through succession planning to continue providing the highest level of service and care. Division Chief Dave Batiato expressed interest in the position, which is the next step in the fire service career ladder. “Division Chief Batiato has the talent, ability and professionalism to do the job,” said Fire Chief Michael Murphy. Dave Batiato has been with the fire department since 1990. As Division Chief he is in charge of a ... Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport Plans Expansion

Photo via Photodevries.com
Kate Whitson, Airport Operations Manager (L), Justin Lobb, Airport Manager.

by Ewout Rijk de Vries  Our local airport is a unique destination, an exception to most of the rest of the world of air transportation. Normally, the 3-letter code for an airport in the USA is designated by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) is the same 3-letter code for both organizations. Not so for the Marco Island Executive Airport. The FAA gave it the code: MKY, but IATA recognized they could not do that because MKY is the code for Mackay Airport in Queensland, Australia. Thus our more familiar and logical: MRK from IATA. ... Read More »