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This Saturday! MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational at Mackle Park

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The Marco Island Charter MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational will be held this Saturday, October 1st at Mackle Park. Twenty-four schools from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties will be sending high school and middle school teams to compete in the 3000 and 5000-meter races. The races (10 in all) will begin at 8 AM with the high school varsity teams leading off. An awards ceremony at 10:45 AM will conclude the event. Events: 3000 meter, 5000 meter Event Limits: 10HS/7MS   Schedule: High School Coaches Meeting 7:30AM Middle School Coaches Meeting 8:30AM Girls HS Varsity Race 10 Runners Allowed 8:00AM ... Read More »

Halaschak, Harris Named Lely Homecoming King, Queen

Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were crowned Lely Homecoming King and Queen on Friday (Sept. 16) during halftime of the football game.

By Roger LaLonde The competition was close as Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were named Lely Homecoming King and Queen at half time of the football game on Friday, September 16, 2016. Halaschak, of Marco Island, said she knew that a lot of students were voting for her, but wasn’t sure if she would have enough. Harris, of East Naples, said, “Wow, I am in awe. There were so many good candidates. I am so happy.” Candidates included: 9th grade, Matt Desir and Brielle Penzo; 10th, Gary Vincent and Lareesha Clercira; 11th, Nelson Charelus and Selena Sanchez; 12th, Whitney Petit, ... Read More »

Volunteers Step Up at Evening Beach Clean-up

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Submitted The evening beach clean-up after Labor Day brought many residents to the beach, along with young members of Cub Scout Pack 234. According to Megan Olsen, Assistant Cub Master, “One way for the boys to earn their Bobcat badge is to perform community service. The beach clean-up was a good lesson for the boys. They did find a lot of water bottle caps, beer caps, cigarette butts and some straws.” Nick Wagner, Director of Beach Experience for JW Marriott brought in a crew from Quinn’s, his two boys and Spa Manager Julie Ronimous. Late August and early September brought ... Read More »

Rabbi Gross to Lead JCMI High Holy Day Services

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Submitted  Synagogue President Sue R. Baum said, “On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, we wish each of our members, their families and the Jewish community a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.” Two new happenings for the Jewish New Year 5777, which begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8 PM. The service will be conducted using the recently published prayer books, Mishkan haNefesh, (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) for the first time. The second new happening will be the first Holy Days that Rabbi Mark Gross will ... Read More »

Fashion Show to Help Cancer Patients in Need

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Submitted  The Buckeyes Care Luncheon and Fashion Show Premier Event, sponsored by the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples Outreach Program will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North at 11:30 AM. A special Hilton lunch is included with the cost of $60 or $70 for premier runway seating. All fashion clothing provided by Casual Connection of Naples, Florida. The proceeds will benefit the Compassionate Care Fund at Lee Memorial Health System Regional Cancer Center to provide need-based financial help to those fighting cancer. Funds will pay for health insurance premium subsidies for the non-insured, ... Read More »

Singular Luxury a la 16th Century Venice

Villa Venezia makes for an eye catching site along Caxambas Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Venice’s rich history, romance and singular beauty have long captivated those who’ve eyes have feasted upon the stately, canal-laced, bursting-with-history assemblage of islands along Italy’s Adriatic coast. In fact, the suburban homes of Venice’s 16th Century sea captains so inspired a Naples resident that he designed and built a palatial, one-of-a-kind, 14,000-square-foot, Italian villa along Caxambas Court, also known as Marco Island’s “Millionaire’s Row.” Appropriately named Villa Venezia, the award-winning, waterfront home, with its eight-and-one-half bedrooms, eight-and-one-half baths, 1,100-square-foot guesthouse, expansive lanai, formal dining room with keystone columns and much more, is on the market for $9.45 ... Read More »

Zika: What You Need to Know

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 2015 to September 7, 2016, the number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States reached 2,964. In Florida alone there were 614 cases during that time period. As the numbers of people infected with the Zika virus grows, questions arise about the disease and how to prevent it. How Zika Spreads There is no risk of catching Zika from social contact, including touching, sneezing or coughing. Zika can be transmitted through: • Mosquito bites • From a pregnant woman to her fetus • ... Read More »

Mackle Park Indoor Programs Move to Family Church

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By Maureen Chodaba The fence is up, the PODS are packed, and the building is going down! The curtain has closed on Mackle Park’s Community Center, the longtime hub of recreation on Marco Island. But the show will go on! Although the outdoor activities will remain much the same throughout the demolition and new construction at the park, the indoor activities have been relocated to the Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. “So far everyone has been very receptive to our new location,” said Lola Dial, recreation manager, noting that the facilities at the Family Church are very nice. “Many programs ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Project Begins With Demolition

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Go to the Coastal Breeze News Facebook page to see a video of the demolition of the old Mackle Park Community Center. “Like us” to get updates on local news and events. About Mackle Park Community Center  •  In 2005 city council adopted the Mackle Park Master Plan. •  In 2009 staff proposed a new community center building. •  In 2013 the center’s 86 programs had over 10,000 participants. •  In 2014 voters approved the new Mackle Park Community Center referendum. •  City Council approved funding on June 6, 2016. •  R.E. Crawford Construction is the contractor. •  Tracy Blose ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

Trophies for the Teams of Excellence.

By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising nearly $5 billion in the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life is known as a one-day community event, but there is so much more to this powerful force in the quest for a cure. The Relay For Life is ... Read More »

BEAUTIFICATION ADVISORY COMMITTE

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Submitted  The City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee has eight-$100 dollar free vouchers for residents who want to improve the cul-de-sacs in their neighborhood. Property owners on Marco Island are encouraged to initiate and maintain cul-de-sac landscape improvements to enhance the streetscape environment of their neighborhood. The process is simple. Pick up the “Cul-de-Sac Landscaping & Permitting Guide” at City Hall (Public Works Department), fill out a right-of-way permit, and follow the instructions on the guide. The permitting fee will be waived. The plant species options that can be used, and that are described in the brochure, are low or no water ... Read More »

New MIPD Patrol Boat Put in Service

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Father Nguyen and Chief Schettino enjoy the first ride as Officer Ferris steers.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The city added another tool in its arsenal to provide enhanced safety for its residents when it commissioned a new 2016 Ranger single engine boat to patrol the waters around Marco Island, its bays and canals. The new boat was purchased utilizing the City’s “pay as you go,” Capital Improvement/ Replacement Plan, which is often referred to as the “Bucket Plan.” That plan was devised by City Manager Roger Hernstadt in an effort to reserve funding for necessary capital expenditures without having to borrow the monies or make substantial increases in operating costs. “When I first ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016, Part 2

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated on Marco’s history, hospitality, government, tourism, education, law enforcement, media and more. Here is the second half of the 2016 Leadership Marco Class. Kevin O’Fee Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kevin O’Fee graduated from Rutgers College with a B.A. in English. ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State University singers who performed at the National Governors Convention, with Governor Ronald Reagan the headliner. She met Roger Raymond, a Ball State basketball player, who was pledging Lambda Chi Alpha with two of her friends. She had joined Chi Omega. ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off

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Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to host three informative seminars where Sergeant Neal Bohannon from the CCSO will provide instruction and tactics to help individuals improve their chances of surviving an active shooter scenario. Places formerly viewed as safe havens unfortunately have become targets for individuals or groups who want to afflict fear and harm. To help citizens better prepare, the public is invited to attend one of the following lectures: • October 4: IBERIABANK, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Reservations: 239- 393-2400. • October 5: IBERIABANK, 3838 Tamiami Trial N., Naples. Reservations: ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida Brew Crafters and by listening to a live performance of the Ben Allen Band. Ben and the boys play their special brand of South Florida country with hits including “Small Town Cowboy.” Chili and beer winners will be decided by ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

Gina Sisbarro. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Walk-in Clinic Coming to East Naples

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Officials from Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Collier County, including County Commissioner Fiala, were among the dignitaries turning the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new walk-in clinic.

By Don Manley East Naples residents will have more convenient access to healthcare when Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s newest walk-in clinic begins operations in early in 2017. A late January or early February grand opening is planned for the approximately 9,000-square-foot facility located off Thomasson Drive, near the intersection of Rattlesnake-Hammock Road and U.S. 41. As with Physicians Regional’s three existing clinics, the facility will offer same-day appointments, family medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, x-ray services, physical therapy, pulmonology services and critical-care medicine. “There’ll be upwards of four to five providers at any one time,” said Physicians Regional Market CEO Scott Lowe ... Read More »