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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 »

Travel Club’s Fundraising

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This year, the Marco Island Charter Middle School DC Travel Club’s fundraising campaign is off to a great start. Their first car wash on August 30 was a splashing success. The Travel Club includes 36 eighth graders who are interested in traveling to Washington DC during their Spring Break in March. They will be visiting the Capitol building, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and many other museums/historic sites. The Travel Club will be hosting two car washes in September. All monies earned will contribute to their trip. Please come out to support the DC Travel Club at Kretch’s Restaurant (527 ... Read More »

Meet-and-Greet with Victor Rios

A Meet-and-Greet has been scheduled for Marco Island City Council candidate Victor Rios, whose name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The wine-and-cheese campaign event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4-6 PM, at the home of Beverly and Bruce Novark: 1220 Ember Court on Marco Island. Those interested in attending can call 239-642-6777 for more information. Rios announced his city council candidacy in July after securing the required petition signatures to run. He is running on a platform of community service, fiscal conservatism, balanced growth for Marco Island and protection of Marco’s beaches. Supporters can follow Rios ... Read More »

Teens Conquering Self-Harm

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By Gabriella Perez In this day and age, teenagers may think their voice may never be heard, and that their opinion is not important when compared to that of an adult. What most teens don’t realize, though, is that they have a lot of power to dream big, and accomplish anything they set their mind to. A teen like this lives right in our Marco Island community. Tristan Ashby, 16, a student and one of my close classmates at Marco Island Academy, has started something our community has probably never seen before. Back in April, Tristan decided it was time ... Read More »

Acting MIPD Chief 1st Responder in Water Rescue

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] It was late afternoon when the 911 call came in. A man reported that his 81-year-old wife — Eileen Stuart — and her blue floatation device had been swept out of Caxambus Pass by a swift moving current. On vacation, the Hernando, FL, couple had been floating together just off the beach nearly an hour before, but as the tide began running out of the pass, she was not able to make it back to the beach. Onlookers kept watch from the beach, and 45 minutes later, the woman was nearly half a mile out ... Read More »

Local Author Honors Marco Island’s 50th Birthday

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By Melinda Gray [email protected] Marco Island author Michael Coleman’s new book, “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground,” is set for publication this November in celebration of the modern Marco’s upcoming 50th birthday in 2015. In it, Coleman details Marco Island’s transformation from wild frontier into America’s number one island travel destination. “I wanted to do an all-encompassing but very modern book about our island,” said Coleman. “I just find it so fascinating. It’s a little place that is so remote, and it has been for centuries. The pioneers didn’t have any roads. People got here by boat or they found their ... Read More »

Wetland Restoration Webinar Series

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) has announced its newest monthly restoration webinar series as part of its efforts to tackle some of the biggest challenges for wetland restoration and to share insights and lessons learned from experts in the field. Twenty five experts including restoration practitioners, regulators, policy makers and academics have formed a working group to develop a series of 13 informational webinars. Webinars will be held monthly starting this month and will run through September 2015. Each will begin at 3 PM (EST), 2 PM (CST), 1 PM (MST) and 12 PM (PST), and will be ... Read More »

Dog Days of Summer Look Bright

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By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Sat., Aug. 23, Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, partnered with the Humane Society Naples for a ribbon-cutting event to “unleash” the community’s newly-built Bark Park. The park is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs. “As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” said Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable luxury amenities, and we are family- and ... Read More »

Talking Meta Meditation with Jillian Pransky

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Just one conversation with Jillian Pransky gives a person a sense of peace and calm that is hard to come by in today’s fast-paced, technologically-driven world. You immediately take a deep breath and relax. Your heart rate slows down. Your mind clears. The impact Pransky — daughter of well-known Marco Island artist Phyllis Pransky — has on people has garnered her a great deal of notoriety as a specialist in restorative yoga and yoga therapeutics. She is the director of restorative therapeutic yoga teacher training for YogaWorks and a founding director of Bright Spirit Yoga ... Read More »

Marco Island City Notices

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Sewer Maintenance Earlier this week, the city of Marco Island and its subcontractor Shenandoah Construction began scheduled maintenance on the city’s underground gravity sewer utility systems. Residences in the northeast corner of the island will be impacted by the 60- to 90-day project, and a door hanger will be left at each home indicating to homeowners that work is scheduled to begin. It is important to note that homeowners may experience surges in their household plumbing systems when work is being done, which may result in back pressures in toilets, tubs, showers and sinks. The city asks residents to expect ... Read More »

Back to School with Dr. Jory Westberry

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] With three weeks of the 2014-2015 school year under her belt, Dr. Jory Westberry is very pleased. The principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary School and her staff made it through a summer of transitions to welcome 596 students — an average of 17-21 students per class — on the first day of school. Gone are the FCAT and Common Core Standards, and in their place, TBE is implementing the Florida Standard Assessments System and the LAFS and MAFS tests. With the retirement of teachers like Gayle Dunphy, Diane Stone and Debbie Cooper at then end ... Read More »

Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings

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By Noelle H. Lowery Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call. Not anymore. Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent. On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 3

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. In this issue, we will continue to look at the new laws signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 13. Today, we will continue to look at House Bill 807 and its impact on cooperatives under Chapter 719 and homeowners’ associations under Chapter 720. Many of the changes to Chapter 719 were simply Acatch-up@ additions to the statute to bring Chapter 719 more in line with Chapter 718. The first of these was the inclusion of all telephone numbers in a directory and the right of the ... Read More »

Public Safety Center on Alligator Alley

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services staff has announced that construction of the long-awaited Public Safety Center fire station facility on Alligator Alley is nearing completion. Located at Mile Marker 63, the county anticipates beginning services by the fourth quarter of this year. First approved in 2011 by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, the fire state will be operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and the Bureau had pursued a fire station and Public Safety Center for many years in an effort to decrease response ... Read More »

Tips and Tricks: Surviving High School

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By Gabriella Perez It’s that time of the year again for those of us still in school. Our two months of fun and relaxation have sadly come to an end, although returning to a new year of school can be kind of exciting not to mention slightly nerve wracking for those new to the area. Though once school is in session, you really start to miss those lazy summer days doing nothing but eating, sleeping and hanging with friends. This year, I will be junior at Marco Island Academy, which is a huge relief knowing I survived those first two ... Read More »

Total Immersion

Eight year-old Santino Galvez, pictured at the 2014 AAU Super Regional Tournament.

By Melinda Gray [email protected] I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo, at the Marco Island YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. Every time I talk to Sensei Nick and his students, I get to know them better, and I love that each person in this close-knit group is just as committed to each other’s success as they are to their own personal achievement. I always feel welcome into their dojo family. In fact, many of his students are family, like brothers, Luca and Santino Galvez; father and ... Read More »

Aurora Award

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Marco Island custom home builder Steven A. Henell Inc. won an Aurora Award for construction and design excellence at the 2014 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) held recently in Orlando. Competing against the top home builders from 13 states in the Southeast, Henell was honored in the “Green New Construction” for 316 Bald Eagle Drive model home. This year’s Aurora Awards competition attracted a record 382 entries, and entries were judged by a panel of housing, design and construction experts. A total of 143 Aurora Awards were given plus 26 “Grand Awards” and six “Best of ... Read More »

Marketing Marco

The Rose History Auditorium saw almost every seat taken, the audience entertained for more than an hour by Joyce’s colorful storytelling. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted Jack Joyce to tell about his experiences in the early days of Marco Island real estate. “People love to hear about history. I’m telling them the history of Marco; how we did it, how we brought it to the marketplace,” said Joyce. Joyce was born and raised in Boston, where he was a food broker with his father. He attended Boston College night classes briefly, before shipping off to Korea and then Japan, but was wounded and sent home in ... Read More »