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Audubon Counts Birds

Though not unusual,  this osprey taking a bath in Avalon Lake at Sugden Park was certainly one of the more interesting sightings. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Audubon worldwide counted birds on the four day weekend of February 13 through 16. It was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and involved 116 countries, with individual volunteers sitting on their back porches or tramping through their forests, and reporting the number of birds of every species spotted. 42,862 persons in the US participated, identifying 620 species. Among locals participating in the GBBC, Carl and Joan Kelly counted on all four days in four separate locations, Isles of Capri, Eagle Lakes Community Park, Sugden Regional Park and 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk. They recorded 42 species of shorebirds, ... Read More »

Island Angels to Benefit Local Charities

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By Don Manley The spirit of giving runs strong for Patricia Cummings, Colleen Popoff, Nancy Theis and Terry Degeneffe. It’s that shared interest in helping where help is needed that led the Marco Island residents to band together and form Island Angels last fall to plan and host events for local charities. “We do this in hope of getting exposure and support to these charities from a part of the community that may not be aware of them or their needs,” said Cummings. The women all have backgrounds in working with charities or serving on the boards of charitable nonprofits, ... Read More »

Walking Collier

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By Carl and Joan Kelly Freedom Park Preserve is impressive as a park located within an urban area that maintains a connection with and respect for the wildness of a local habitat.   The Freedom Park Preserve is located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway near the intersection of Goodlette Road. It is also called Fred W. Coyle Park. Walking here you get diversity: a memorial, an urban park, and a fairly pristine cypress swamp all within shouting distance of Coastland Mall. First, there is the Freedom Memorial, a wall in the form of a waving American flag. It is only ... Read More »

Beautiful Beaches: More Than Sun and Sand

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It doesn’t take long for anyone visiting Marco Island to find the great beaches. But it takes a bit longer to truly be aware of the beautiful and delicate environment they provide. On Feb. 28, thirteen organizations assembled for a “Beach Awareness” event with a single goal – To promote awareness and respect of local beach rules and the conservation of wildlife. “It took 14 months to put this even together,” said Patti Miller, Chairman of the event. “We wrote up our goals and approached the city for funding assistance. One major obstacle was getting approval ... Read More »

Health “PLUS” Medical Lecture: Compassion Fatigue and Palliative Care

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Submitted IBERIABANK will continue the Health “PLUS” Medical Lecture series with the topic of “Compassion Fatigue and Palliative Care” on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at the IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6 p.m. Palliative care is specialized medical attention for people with serious illnesses. “The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their families,” says The Center to Advance Palliative Care. Compassion fatigue, also known as vicarious traumatization, is the emotional strain from exposure to working with those ... Read More »

“Discover Tigertail” – Delightful and Educational FOT Event

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Submitted Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, co-chairs of “Discover Tigertail”, organized and executed a delightful and successful Friends of Tigertail Beach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “Discovery Tigertail” is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Specialists were from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Two hundred participants enjoyed the weather and the expertise of the naturalists manning the nine information stations: shells, egg casings, turtles, butterflies, plants, sharks, birds, seining and wildlife rehabilitation. Both adults and children participated in the scavenger ... Read More »

Conservancy of SW Florida’s Good Fortune II

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily boat rides about theGood Fortune II, a 33-passenger pontoon boat. The cruises depart from the Conservancy’s dock in Rookery Bay off Shell Island Road, south of Naples. SUBMITTED photo

Pontoon boat offers lunch and sunset cruises through Rookery Bay Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida now offers cruises through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II, a 33-passenger pontoon boat. Leisurely Lunch and Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises are available daily, weather and tides permitting. The Leisurely Lunch Cruises runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers a relaxing, two-hour cruise through Rookery Bay, plus a one-hour stop for lunch on Isle of Capri. The Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises leave two hours before sunset and offer a spectacular view as hundreds of shorebirds roost for the evening in Rookery Bay’s mangrove islands. Passengers ... Read More »

Marco Teens Among JROTC Senior Staff

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Submitted Since August 18, when the halls of Lely High School were reintroduced to its students, Lely JROTC cadets have been tirelessly working toward preparing their program for the all new JPA Formal Inspection. JPA is an acronym standing for JROTC Program Accreditation. The Army JROTC program is accredited by AdvancEd as a Special Purpose Program and as such is committed to continuous improvement. AdvanceEd requires that the Army JROTC program meet five standards of quality. The purpose of the school visits is to gather information and evidence to support the continuous improvement of teaching and learning in the JROTC ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Honors MICMS Patriotic Essay Winners

Three Charter Middle School Students won the annual Marco Island DAR  chapter’s patriotic essay contest. (LtoR) Language Arts teacher Bill Badger, 8th grader Brandon Johnson, DAR Regent Karen Lombardi, 7th grader Ittay Cisneros and 6th grader Kira Polley. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School students were given the chance to compete in a patriotic essay contest sponsored by Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution. The three contest winners were honored at the chapter’s February 19th meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Language Arts teacher, Bill Badger, accompanied the students, Kirra Polley, Ittay Cisneros and Brandon Johnson. The assignment was to write a 600 to 1,000 word essay entitled “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” The essay was supposed to be written as a child’s letter to a cousin describing his or her personal experience as an immigrant passing ... Read More »

MICMS Open Enrollment

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Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the Open Enrollment Period for admission to the school for the 2015-16 school year, is now in effect until 3:00 PM on March 13th. Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained either at school or by going on the school’s website at MICMS.org. On March 13th, when the Open Enrollment Period closes, should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in a grade level, a lottery will be used to determine which students get admitted to the school, as per state law. After ... Read More »

Friendship through Flowers Exhibit

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Submitted The Naples Ikebana Chapter is holding its Annual Exhibit, “Friendship Through Flowers” on March 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM and on March 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM, at Moss Hall, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbor Drive in Naples. The exhibit includes work from members of the club who represent all locations from Marco Island to Fort Meyers. During this true floral art exhibit, in addition to the exciting Japanese flower arrangements assembled by the various schools of Ikebana flower arranging, there will be ongoing demonstrations of the art and club members available to answer questions. Admission is $8 ... Read More »

Historic Century Old Smallwood Store

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Smallwood Store stands much like it did when it was established in the early 1900’s. Originally a trading post and post office, the store is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk through the door is taking a step back in time. Many of the original goods sold or traded still line the shelves in this Everglades landmark. There are educational exhibits throughout the store. The setting is a serene spot on Chokoloskee Island where it is easy to imagine what it must have been like to row up ... Read More »

Waterways Committee Addresses Invasive Lionfish

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By Pat Newman Wanted! Lionfish! Dead or alive! This invasive species has been spotted in canals around Marco Island, as well as in off-shore waters. The city’s Waterways Committee, chaired by Jim Timmerman, brought the issue before City Council in February, alerting members to the problem fish, and was given the go-ahead to “move forward” in creating a solution. Waterways member Rodger Parcelles pointed, out the “unique situation” being in the 10,000 Islands and the threat of this non-indigenous species taking hold, at the Waterways Committee recent meeting. Raising public awareness through informational signs, obtaining information from other Florida cities ... Read More »

LTE: Marilyn Mancuso

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The Proposed Rental Ordinance has no valid reason to include condominiums. To protect the quiet peacefulness of single family homeowners next to or nearby home rentals, I sympathize with their concerns. However, condominiums already have their own rules and regulations that are enforced daily on owners, guests and renters. At the Royal Seafarer, there is weekday staff on duty plus nightwatchmen every evening who are very effective in keeping the peace if need be. Because of their presence there are never any serious issues. Each potential renter is required to submit a “Lease Application'” with references and other pertinent information so we always know who the renters are.   ... Read More »

LTE: Lola Sinelli

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I am upset that City Council wanted to help the home owners adjacent to transient rentals on the island, however are lumping Condos in that group. 1.  We have our own governing boards 2.  We can deal with our own loud renters 3.  Our taxes are very high and adding an additional burden on us, when it’s the home owners who have the problems with the renters, is not acceptable 4.  We don’t need redundant fire and code inspections. Please exclude Condominium owners from this enforcement. Lola Sinelli, Condo owner Read More »

LET: Michael Wagenbrenner

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All, As one who has been in the real estate business for 40+ years as both a broker and a developer, I have never heard of such an unusual ordinance. You are  asking property owners to be the first line of defense to deal with unruly tenants. If the tenant challenges the owner and things get out of control. Who is to stop them? The owner cannot evict without just cause and going to court. Marco Island has a police force on duty 24/7. They should be the 1st line controlling the noise level. The property owner should be notified ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows

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MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

LTE: Richard R Riegler

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I am writing re: the subject rental ordinance , representing the views of the Prince Condominium Association , its owners ,the Board of Directors , and our on site Manager. I serve on the Board and have been a resident for 12 years . I do not rent my unit . Our Association has a three month minimum rental policy , along with By-laws and Rules and Regulations , including enforcement provisions which address the issues stated in the proposed ordinance . Relating to the proposed Ordinance’s purposes as stated in the ‘whereas’ paragraphs , it is abundantly clear that this ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »