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Missi D’Ambrosio – Painting Marco With Sunshine

Missi’s clients are an extension of her family.

By Maureen Chodaba A new ray of sunshine has illuminated 1720 San Marco Road with color and light. Paint and Color Specialist Missi D’Ambrosio has joined the staff of Sunshine Ace Hardware, bringing along her talent, experience and dedication to customer service. A Marco Island resident since 1986, Missi is a familiar face, a powerhouse of expertise and a friend in need. You may know Missi from the Florida Paint Centers. Many assumed she was the owner of the establishment, but in her words, she was “simply the manager” for almost 20 years. Anyone who has ever known Missi knows ... Read More »

Placencia: Belizean Beauty

Placencia is known for its golden beach. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For low-maintenance travelers who appreciate unspoiled natural beauty, a trip to Placencia is a must. Located in the Stann Creek district of Belize in Central America, Placencia is a 16-mile long, narrow strip of land. Although it is a peninsula, the Caribbean Sea on the east and lagoon on the west make Placencia feels like an island. The area is known for its natural beauty: golden sand beaches, lush foliage and a variety of tropical birds and sea life. Visitors can relax on the beach, or partake in a variety of activities such as kayaking, ... Read More »

Whoa, the Dreaded Words

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry As summer progresses, some of your children temporarily unoccupied by arts and crafts camps, drama experiences, nature field trips, organized sports, theme parks or other engaging experiences, may have uttered those dreaded words. “I’m bored.” If you haven’t experienced this declaration from your child or grandchild, you’re exceedingly lucky. I’ll tell you, it pains the heart. Here you are trying to find stimulation for your child(ren) beyond insipid TV and violent video games by researching the local and nearby activities, cross-referencing budgets, timing of events, carpooling options, supervision, whether friends will also ... Read More »

MIHS to Host Moseley Exhibit

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHS) is honored to host “Here and There,” a collection of paintings by artist William Moseley, August 2 through October 29, 2016. William Ward Moseley is recognized throughout the United States for his bold and brilliant paintings. He has received more than 100 awards for his artwork. Participating in juried exhibitions for the last ten years, his landscape paintings have been on exhibit in group shows throughout the East Coast. In creating works in a realistic, impressionist style, Moseley is inspired by scenes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Moseley’s landscape paintings are included in ... Read More »

Jackfruit, the ‘Jack-of-all-fruit,’ Grows in Marco

Ten “humongous” jackfruits hang from the tree.

By Maria Lamb Imagine a spiky green fruit, the size of a watermelon or pumpkin dangling from a branch or the trunk of a large tropical evergreen tree. Most people have never seen a forty-pound fruit hanging from the trunk of a large tree. Jackfruit, a member of the mulberry family, is the largest fruit to grow on a tree in the world. Its melon-shaped fruit can reach a length of 13 inches and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Dr. Al Bismonte, a longtime resident of Marco Island, has a collection of exotic tropical fruit trees in his backyard, ... Read More »

Get Ready for Mini Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Florida lobster sport season, known as mini season, is almost here. The two-day event will take place this year on July 27 and 28. Many people have already made their plans to go to the Keys and catch some “bugs.” On the last Wednesday and Thursday each July, with a Florida saltwater fishing license and a current spiny lobster permit, recreational divers and snorkelers can catch Florida lobsters. There are limits to the amount of lobster you can take home. In Monroe County and Biscayne National Park the limit is six lobsters, per person, per ... Read More »

School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Marco’s Creative Mailboxes

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By Maria Lamb A mailbox is not just a mailbox. For a lot of our creative islanders, it is an expression. Islanders love of fishing is reflected in their unique mailboxes, which are part of Marco Island’s unique island landscape. You’ll never look at a mailbox the same way again. Mailboxes are becoming relics of the past, a memento of the “snail-mail” generation. I hope they live forever. This is just a small portion of the unique mailboxes found on our island paradise. If we missed one in your neighborhood, please feel free to share. An upcoming edition will feature ... Read More »

City Council Budget Workshop

To see the proposed 2017 Fiscal Year budget in its
entirety, please visit www.cityofmarcoisland.com. The video of this workshop is also available there. Submitted

By Maureen Chodaba The word “workshop” brings forth an image of laborers as they collectively hammer and chisel away, piece by piece, with the goal of constructing something that will be functional and structurally sound. And so it was on July 8 at the Marco Island City Council Budget Workshop as the council forged their way, honing and refining several items. The proposed draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017 was presented to the council with components that included the General Fund (operations that are supported by property taxes), Enterprise Funds (Building Services, Recreation and Racquet Club) and the Utility Funds ... Read More »

A Girl Named Tommie

Betsy Perdichizzi as Tommie Barfield Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Betsy Perdichizzi is a Marco Island paragon of knowledge and talent. Her love of the island’s history combined with her acting and writing skills contributed to the development of the Marco Island Historical Society. Betsy and her husband, Bill, co-chaired the original capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Marco Island Historical Museum. The museum complex located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive was deeded to Collier County in 2010. The museum and Rose History Auditorium serve as cultural centers for the residents and visitors of Marco Island. One way in which the funds were ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing the second quarter of 2016 (April – June) to the second quarter of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, president, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $217,865,724 in 2nd quarter 2016 v. $260,815,478 in 2nd quarter 2015, as the market remains steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the 2nd quarter comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 8.93% (427 v. 392). New single family listings ... Read More »

Marco Island Police News: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Arrest

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Submitted According to a statement by Marco Island Police Captain David S. Baer, on July 11th, 2016, the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) received a telephone call from a resident of Tennessee advising that fraudulent charges were made on one of her credit cards at the Marco Island Marriot Resort. MIPD detectives responded to the Marriot and located the person who made the fraudulent charges. Further investigation revealed that the subject, identified as 38-year-old Hialeah resident, Rafael Angel Garcia, also had in his possession an additional thirteen possibly fraudulent credit cards, and cash totaling approximately $3,600. MIPD detectives were able to determine ... Read More »

Boat Crash

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Submitted On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) was dispatched to 909 Collier Court, the scene of a boat crash with injuries. On arrival, police officers performed first aid, and assisted Marco Island Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS personnel. MIPD’s initial investigation determined that the incident took place in the vicinity of Caxambas Pass, on the southern end of Marco Island. Allegedly, Andrew M. Derwin was operating the 23-foot boat with twenty-eight year old Nicolas Stolinas as a passenger. Nicolas suffered serious injuries from contact with the boat’s propeller. On July 19th, 2016, Andrew M. ... Read More »

Wine Wednesday – More Than Just Wine

Tracy Bower, left, and Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts. Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley  Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts takes on a slightly different feel on the last Wednesday of each month. Walk through the business’ doors between 3 and 5 PM and you’ll find more than just the varied assortment of items that are the shop’s stock-in-trade. There will also be live music, visual artists displaying their creations, and appetizers from local chefs and restaurants, such as Chef Mike Duncan from Marker 8.5 and Chef Laura Owen from CJ’s on the Bay, paired with an appropriate vintage of the fermented grape. For almost two years, the S. Barfield Drive ... Read More »

Central Beach Regrade Project Concludes

Central Beach looks wide and pristine, like it just had a “facelift.” Submitted Photos

Submitted We’ve got our beach back! Just “finishing touches” are left to the Central Beach regrade project. Residents and visitors alike are so relieved to be able to enjoy their beach without navigating over pipes, pumps, mud, trucks, dumpsters and other obstacles. And hopefully the project has not affected the sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.     Read More »

Expectations Met, and Then Some!

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By Inez Hudson Last year I was invited to teach an en plein air (in open air) painting workshop in Minerve, France. WOW! I was stunned, flattered, nervous, excited and jumped at the chance. The workshop was a dream of one of my students, Nan Dawkins, who created her company, Cerulean Blue Enterprises, www.cerulean-france.com, for the purpose of hosting plein air painting workshops in beautiful places. She certainly succeeded in doing just that – Minerve is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! She took a chance and it worked. Nan had arranged for lodging and meals at ... Read More »

Wildfire Burns at Panther Refuge

Photos by Cass Palmer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  A fire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge has been raging, burning trees and brush. Drivers on I-75 may have seen the billowing smoke from the highway. This was not a prescribed burn. A recent thunderstorm with intense lightning caused the large wildfire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Cass Palmer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the fire is 50% contained, and holding at 2,500 acres. Cass Palmer says, “The crew has done a great job managing the fire and keeping smoke from impacting the interstate.” Smoke volume is being monitored ... Read More »

Boxing Club Commissions Mural

Robert Eder takes a photo of Jimmy Downey. Jimmy’s image will occupy the second half of the mural.

By Samantha Husted   A few months ago Robert Eder, the art teacher at Marco Island Academy (MIA), received an email from Rich Stoltenborg, the coach and president of the Marco Island Boxing Club. Rich, having just recently purchased the space for a boxing club, asked if Robert would be interested in getting some students together to create a mural. “I reached out to the high school because I know they have an arts program and I wound up speaking with Mr. Eder who was excited to do this for me,” said Rich Stoltenborg. The boxing gym, which opened in ... Read More »

What a Hobby! Want-to-be Meteorologists Chase Tornadoes

A funnel cloud near Wray, Colorado.
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By Roger LaLonde Pursuing a degree in meteorology can bring about a most interesting hobby. In the case of Brandon Black of Marco Island, and three buddies, their hobby is tornado chasing. “Since I arrived at North Carolina State to pursue a degree in meteorology we began storm chasing,” he said. “Our primary targets have been tornadoes.” After three summers of capturing “decent photos from a couple tornadoes,” North Carolina wasn’t enough, Black said. Fellow meteorologists-to-be, Ryan Rackliffe, Mason Carneal and Mackenzie King packed their bags, driving to the Great Plains. Their original target was Eastern Colorado then north to ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor/?Arizona Memorial

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Many of our readers know John Hamrick, a Goodland resident before his recent move to Key West. John is a true humanitarian. He has given so much back to the communities he has lived in that Coastal Breeze News did a feature article on him in 2012 (www.coastalbreezenews.com/2012/05/31/to-the-rescue). We were not surprised to hear from John and learn that he is still dedicated to helping others. By John Hamrick “A chill came over me and a tear started to rol. Wow, a phone call from the National Parks Association on behalf of the Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial, requesting my help!” I’m ... Read More »