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Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco Island Chosen to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mark your calendars. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is headed back to Marco Island for a repeat exhibition Feb. 11-16, 2015. Dubbed “The Wall That Heals,” the wall first came to the island in December 2011 and was visited by more than 16,000 people in four days. “This is probably the most honorable thing that could happen to Marco Island,” says Lee Rubenstein, current commander of the American Legion Post 404-Marco Island and the person responsible for bringing the wall back. “To be chosen a second time is quite an honor.” “The Wall That ... Read More »

Condo Concepts

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CONDO DESIGN By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.sandyelliottinteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57, and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States — 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Ruth E. Roseboom

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Ruth Elaine Roseboom, 82, of Celebration, FL, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. She was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Clara (Leasure) Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Bret and daughters Kelly and Joni. Surviving are her son Matt; sister Mary Marie Blue; grandchildren Amy Kearns, Michael Flesher and Chris, Kevin and Quinn Roseboom; and great-grandchildren Austin and Justin Kearns. Ruth was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in Ohio. She was a mother, wife and homemaker most of her life in Ohio, but most ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Farmers Market

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By Pat Newman Marco Island’s Farmer’s Market opened for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday with an updated layout and 100 booths offering fresh produce, food options, art, homemade crafts and a friendly ambiance. Veteran’s Community Park, located at 901 Park Ave, is the market’s home for the next five months. This is the fifth year the traditional gathering of vendors and shoppers will convene at Veteran’s Park. According to Alex Galiana, Administrative and Facilities Manager for Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation, the ongoing market was originally started by a private group and held on the grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal ... Read More »

Salute to Veteran Ken Johnson

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to salute veteran Ken Johnson. Ken served in the Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from its inception in September 1942 to the end of World War II in 1945. He reported to Camp Toccoa, Georgia, and was one of the 2,100 trainees, out of 7,000 who had entered the program, to qualify as a paratrooper. Ken was wounded in action on June 6, 1944, in Normandy and on Jan. 5, 1945, in Bastogne. He participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, jumping ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation Pancake Breakfast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a cool and windy day, but the Seventh Annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) was a definite success. A complete breakfast was offered with eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Tables and chairs lined the bays of the fire station and some of the pancake “flippers” included local “celebrity chefs” MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy, City Councilman Larry Honig and City Manager Roger Hernstadt, as well as a few Fire Rescue Department personnel. Hundreds of islanders and visitors stopped in to enjoy breakfast. MIFRF holds a ... Read More »

St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving Food Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, with the assistance of realtor Bill Filbin, delivered 70 trays of food to St. Matthew’s House Shelter last Thanksgiving. It was made possible through the generosity of islanders who prepared food and brought it to the Board of Realtors office. From there, Bill loaded up vans for delivery to St. Matthew’s House. Bill is requesting your assistance this Thanksgiving again. “You can contact Kandy at the Board of Realtor’s office to pick up an aluminum tray with cover. We ask that the trays are brought to the office ... Read More »

Welcome Back to the Nest

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By Pat Newman Supporters of Marco Island’s prominent eagle residents flocked to the Snook Inn Tuesday night for an evening of fun and fundraising. Carl Way, founder and chairman of the Marco Island Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF), welcomed old friends back to the nest and engaged newcomers in discussions about protecting the birds actively nesting in the sanctuary. “This event is about raising community awareness,” said Way. “It’s not a big fundraiser, but one that people look forward to. It’s a welcome back for everybody.” Currently, two Bald Eagles named Calusa and Paleo are actively working on building a nest ... Read More »

Marco Relay for Life Places 5th in State

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Submitted The leadership committee of the 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island attended a training workshop on November 8 at the Estero Community Center. At the workshop, the committee received a recognition award banner for being the 5th largest fundraising Relay For Life in 2014 for the state of Florida. Pictured with the banner are (left to right) 2015 event chair Jamie Bergen, Maureen Chodaba, Loni Atton, Judy Mayo, Jessica Hernstadt, Sue Olszak, Lisa Honig, Cathy Nelson, and Brandon Glanville. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event in the fight against cancer. This global event ... Read More »

Phase II Sales Open at The Isles of Collier Preserve

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Minto Communities has opened home sales in the next phase of The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. For a limited time, pre-grand opening pricing is available on the first release of homes in phase II. As part of the phase II launch, Minto is introducing a new collection of luxury paired villas and single-family home designs. Five paired-villa designs start from the mid-$300s, and nine luxury single-family home designs are priced from the $400s to more than $1 million. A new Model Court showcasing the new collections is scheduled to open early next year. ... Read More »

Cultural Alliance Announces 1st Collaborative Programs

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland (CAMIG) has announced its first three collaborative educational and fundraising programs beginning early next year. The local coalition of seven not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations banded together in April to “be a unified voice promoting cultural awareness and activities that enhance the quality of life on Marco Island and Goodland.” The first of these activities is scheduled for February, when The Marco Players Theater will join forces with the Naples Holocaust Museum and the Marco Island Historical Society and Museum to present a three-tier educational program focusing on the ... Read More »

Ring in the Holidays with ‘Music Man Jr.’

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Can’t you just hear those 76 trombones on parade right now? You definitely will Nov. 21-23 when The Island Theater Company presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man Jr.” as its annual Christmas production. Sponsored by APM Custom Homes, “The Music Man Jr.” is ITC’s Christmas gift to the community. Joining the company to present this gift are several partners: Christmas Island Style, the Marco Lutheran Church and the Island Dance Academy. Performances will be held at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. The production will be FREE and open to the public; ... Read More »

New Reception Desk Debuts at MIHM

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Regular patrons of the Marco Island Historical Museum will notice something different about the lobby when they walk in during their next visit. Thanks to a generous monetary donation by Bill and Karen, the museum was able to secure a new reception desk and have it refurbished by local artist J.J. Stinchcomb. The Youngs have been major contributors to the Marco Island Historical Society and its museum since it was built. “We felt like it was a little piece of Marco that was missing,” says Bill of the museum. As a result of the Youngs’ ... Read More »

“And in the ring we have…”

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island has been home to an international boxing show since 2011 thanks to Marco Island policeman Richie Stoltenborg. Originally held in a tent at Veterans Park, it has grown in popularity, and it is now held at the Marco Island Marriott. Each year, Team New Jersey battles Team Ireland for the Championship belt. “The criteria to making one of these teams that travels internationally is staying out of trouble, staying off the streets, stay in school and in the gym,” says Richie. “Amateur boxing builds character, self-esteem and self-confidence. Hopefully, next year we will ... Read More »

Marco Island Honors Its Veterans

Every service man and woman raised a salute for the Pledge of Allegiance.

By Noelle H. Lowery and Melinda Gray Marco Island loves its veterans, and that was very apparent during a number of local events scheduled to commemorate Veterans Day — Nov. 11. According to History.com, Veterans Day was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the declaration of an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany to end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared the day — Nov. 11, 1918 — Armistice Day, and it was first celebrated in 1919 with parades and a two-minute pause in the daily business activities ... Read More »

First Semester Honor Roll

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County School District has released the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2014/15 school year. It is time we recognize and applaud students for their hard work. The schools listed are in our distribution area except for Manatee Elementary School. Congratulations to these students! You’re well on your way to an academically successful year.   Everglades City School: High School Honors Mark Brown, Sierra Dungan, Ashlyn Goff, Savannah Oglesby, Ana Roldan, Tawny Wood Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Alexis Hendrickson, Cameron Jones Lely High School High School: Highest Honor ... Read More »

You Had Me at Merlot

After tasting the evening’s featured wine just hours before the event, Executive Chef Laura Owen said she spent the afternoon raiding her pantry at CJ’s to come up with the perfect appetizer.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Marco Island Florist and Gifts partnered with Executive Chef Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay to host a wine tasting and food pairing event free to the public. The shop was filled with guests socializing, sipping wine, tasting food and shopping; it was their first Wine Wednesday with hopes of many more to come. “We just wanted to do something different on Marco, and no one else is doing a free wine tasting,” said Tracy Bower, marketing specialist for Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The evening’s featured wine was a Mark ... Read More »

Treasures in the Trunk

Organizers included (left to right) Trish Wilcox, Fran Cislo,  Gloria Ann Pavin, Mary Kay Moll, Carmen Bingham, Alice Rizzo, Joan Pudherny, Roseann Hill, and Claire Boulanger. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman A beautiful day and bountiful treasures drew a bargain-hunting crowd Saturday at the Columbiette’s twice annual tag sale. Held in the parking lot of San Marco Catholic Church, 67 vendors sold everything from furniture to handmade jewelry. All proceeds from the sale of vendor space is donated to charities in the Marco Island community, Guadeloupe Center in Immokalee and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Read More »