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Safety Meets Creativity

South pool mural at The Somerset. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Ask Lon Boggs, manager of The Somerset of Marco Island condominiums, what his biggest on-the-job headache is, and he’ll answer right away: “signage.” Not the maintenance of 122 units, nor the comfort of all those residents and guests; not upkeep of the lush botanical grounds, two swimming pools, boardwalks to the beach, or all that infrastructure. And definitely not his A-team staff — who are responsible for seeing that his headaches are few. Nope, it’s signage. “Well,” says Boggs, “we have a beautiful environment here, and I don’t like signs that disrupt the integrity of the architecture or landscaping, ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 4

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we are continuing our look at the changes to the laws that were signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, and became effective July 1. We are continuing our look at the changes that were brought about by House Bill 807. Today, we will consider the changes to the Homeowners’ Association Act found in Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. The first change in Chapter 720 is found in Section 720.303(2)(a), which was amended to require that meetings of the board must be at a location that is accessible to a ... Read More »

Sanding and Painting Can Cause a Toxic Mess

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons Of all the boat maintenance chores, the prep work of sanding and painting bugs me the most. It always seems that the chips and dust stick better to my skin than they originally did to my hull. We also may be creating an environmental mess. Most marine paints are made with toxic chemicals designed to leach out and prevent bottom growth on the hull. When concentrated amounts of these materials are ground and chipped off the hull, there is the potential for environmental harm. In addition to the paint, solvents, thinners and ... Read More »

23 Hours and 50 Minutes of Magic

WWII vet Rudy Balocki and Honor Flight Guardian Jim Prange were  eager for the day’s memorable and moving festivities to begin, including trips to the WWII Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By John Scott Honor Flight Guardian Mel Ollman, a Marco Island resident since 1967, is in the prime of his life at 95 years of age. He and two other Marco Islanders — Francis O’Connell and Rudy Balocki — were among our World War II military heroes honored in September by Honor Flight of Collier County. Mark Sturdivent served as Guardian to Francis, while Jim Prange was Rudy’s Guardian for the trip. The magic began at 2:15 AM when I arrived at Mel’s apartment on Bald Eagle Drive. He was waiting for me enthusiastically at the door. My job was ... Read More »

Put a Cork in It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you want to take a real life “hands on” approach to ending hunger, Meals of Hope is the way to go! This 501c3 organization was designed as a way for communities to come together to end hunger in their communities and beyond. So far, more than 22.5 million nutritious meals have been packaged and distributed. Locally, Neil Snyder has been dubbed “Captain Hope” by fellow Rotarians as the man in charge of the Meals of Hope campaign. His wife, most recent president of the Kiwanis Club, also joins the effort. In fact, more than ... Read More »

Preps for Upcoming Season

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] If you stop by Arturo’s this month, you will note one of Marco Island’s favorite Italian restaurants is closed for its annual vacation. You also will note, though, that the restaurant is alive with activity as it prepares for its 19th season. “We had a great season last year,” says Arturo’s co-owner Judy Barney. “But, more importantly, we are looking forward to an even better season this year…We recognize that September is the slowest month of the year. One year, we opened in September, and then I remembered why we usually closed down to take ... Read More »

Daring to Dream

In her brown bomber  jacket and white silk scarf, Janina Birtolo became Amelia Earhart for the night’s captive audience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium hosted a packed house for the presentation of “Daring to Dream,” an original dramatic portrayal of the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. The allotted hour flew by as local actress and writer, Janina Birtolo, delivered a fast-paced memoir, simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, detailing the famous aviatrix’s exploits. With her one-woman-show, Birtolo kept listeners at the edge of their seats from the moment she took the stage, appearing as if she’d just touched down from another soaring flight. Fully-costumed and impossibly energetic, she virtually ... Read More »

2015 Galmour Puss Calendar on Sale Now

Milo with his winning cover photo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Milo, a stunning young grey and white cat, won the judge’s vote to be the new cover photo for the 2015 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar benefitting For the Love of Cats. Milo’s photo was one of more than 125 photos entered into the online photo contest this spring. Judging was done by a panel appointed by Jan Rich, president of For the Love of Cats. Milo’s guardians, Tom and Gracie Micheline, received the grand prize for the photo contest of a $50 gift certificate to Vergina’s Restaurant in Naples along with a free calendar. “We adopted Milo from For ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

DEP to Host Gulf Recovery Webinar

Submitted Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) funding and projects webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 1 PM. The webinar is part of the ongoing efforts to restore and recover the economies of the Gulf Coast states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council recently announced the process by which council members may submit projects for funding consideration under the council-selected restoration component. The submission window for ... Read More »

Parking Meters on Marco?

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By Pat Newman Parking meters may be making their debut on Marco Island if a proposal to install 10 meters on Elkcam Circle is approved by City Council. The recommendation came after Guy Verdi, owner of the Philly Grille on Collier Boulevard, appealed to the Marco Island Planning Board that his planned expansion was jeopardized by updated parking requirements. “We need to expand, or close our doors. I feel like Marco Island is putting us out if business,” Verdi told board members at their Sept. 5 meeting. City Manager Roger Hernstadt explained that it was his and the Planning Board’s ... Read More »

Celebrating the High Holy Days

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By Roger Blau President of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island The Jewish “High Holy Days” (not “holidays”) are known as the “Jewish New Year,” but there is no resemblance of Rosh Hashanah to the secular “New Year” which most American Jews celebrate along with our Gentile neighbors and friends. The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are solemn holy days. They do not include celebrations and champagne at midnight. The Jewish High Holy Days begin this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24, and conclude at sundown on Saturday, October 4. ... Read More »

McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »

In Memory of 9/11

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s been 13 years since the world changed forever with the attacks on our soil on Sept. 11, 2001. Each year, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation pays homage to those events with a gathering. This year’s breakfast was held at San Marco Parish Hall. Following brief comments by Dianna Dohm, president of the Fire Foundation, a short video was shown. The presentation was a compilation from “yet to be released” videos from the new 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber event. Particularly touching were the shots of the final bodies recovered by the ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

Jones Reflects on 30 Years of Service

Marco Island Fire Rescue  Division Chief Don Jones with wife, Elaine. PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

By Val Simon [email protected] No words can express 30 years of selfless service to the Marco Island community coming to a close. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Don Jones, having embarked on his life as a firefighter, Sept. 8, 1984, is retiring. Chief Murphy had this to say: “Division Chief Jones committed himself to the fire and medical service, his community and to the people that called us in their time of need. His commitment and partnership with businesses and Marco Island Charter Middle School certified thousands over the years in CPR, and those individuals did go on to ... Read More »

American Patriettes Share Patriotism Through Talent

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Jeff Popick was looking for a way to spend more time with his daughter, Alexis, doing things she really loves doing — namely singing and dancing. His entrepreneurial spirit and background in the entertainment industry took the desire one step further, and the American Patriettes was born. A troupe of local girls ranging in age from 7-15, the American Patriettes is a performance group specializing in song and dance with a patriotic flare. Recently, the girls traveled to Miami Marlins Park — via stretch limo — to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the ... Read More »

Leadership Marco 2014

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Every community needs strong leadership, especially from the business professionals serving it. Enter the local chamber of commerce. Every year all over the country, these business organizations spearhead educational programs to help develop and inspire business owners and professionals in their communities to take more active leadership roles locally. In Florida, the statewide program — Leadership Florida — was founded in 1982, and leadership programs exist on municipal and county levels throughout the Sunshine State. Since 2002, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored its own program dubbed Leadership Marco. A series of ... Read More »

Don’t Use Your Foot as Bait!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A young islander recently saved the day for Ross Snyder. Ross, an experienced fisherman with thousands of hours on the water under his belt, tells of fishing with well-known names like Doyle Doxsee and Tom McPherson when he was a young boy. The number of hours he has racked up fishing is a tale verified by his GPS trackers. Ross, in true “salty dog” form, was passing on the fishing tradition by taking young Marco Islander, JohnEdward Padgett-Wright, out on the water to one of his favorite fishing spots. JohnEdward, a MICMS student and son ... Read More »

‘We Will Never Forget 9-11’ Mass

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The San Marco Catholic Church will hold a special Blue Mass on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 AM. This mass will be held to honor all firefighters, police officers and Emergency Medical Technicians who serve our local community. A special prayer service will be said for all who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and all those who were and continue to be impacted by this terrible tragedy. Following the Mass, there will be a special blessing for our First Responders. The regularly scheduled 8 AM mass on that morning is cancelled. Read More »