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Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and brown. Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem. The vitality of coral reefs and their sensitive ecosystems worldwide are in trouble. Stable levels of sunlight, the proper amount of salt content (salinity), warmth and cleanliness all combined and allowed ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Samples 21 Spices

Linda Turner, Marsha Riss, Lindy Kowalczyk and Opi DeFalco. Submitted Photos

Submitted Early this month, Calusa Garden Club members sampled exotic Indian cuisine at 21 Spices in Naples while they brainstormed new programs for the upcoming year. Being gardeners, they are used to cooking with a variety of herbs. Indian cuisine is legendary for its exotic flavors and colors and it was a choice between dishes prepared with 21 spices or the more mild succulent tandoori chicken simmered in a familiar creamy tomato base. The challenge is the choice from mild to hot kabobs, chicken, fish or lamb, simmered in spices such as curry, saffron, hot chili peppers, cumin, chutney and ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Kleis was on water patrol a few miles off of Marco Island when he observed a vessel without registration numbers containing multiple fishing rods. Officer Kleis stopped the vessel to address the registration issue, and conducted a vessel safety and resource inspection. Upon stopping the vessel, Officer Kleis learned that the operator was using a dealer registration number on the boat for his own personal use. The operator was cited for misuse of a dealer registration and issued multiple warnings for other violations.   Officer Kleis was on water patrol in the area of Keewaydin when he stopped a vessel to ... Read More »

Chamber Raises Fireworks Funds

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each July 4th Marco Island residents and visitors enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on the island. This year, the total cost for the Independence Day fireworks display will be $52,000, a $10,000 increase from prior years. Marco Island City Council voted to contribute $26,000, half of the expense, with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce paying the other half. The Chamber of Commerce has successfully raised the balance of $26,000, and at the June 7th city council meeting Executive Director Sandi Riedemann and President Alex Parker presented a check for $16,000 to Marco Island City ... Read More »

For Vale, Havemeier Paths Lead to Head of Their Class

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MIA’s Haley Havemeier, salutatorian and Stephen Vale, valedictorian wait for
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By Roger LaLonde Taking different paths, and reaching lofty goals, Stephen Vale and Haley Havemeier stood at the top of their class at the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation ceremonies on June 3. Vale took the podium as valedictorian and Havemeier followed as salutatorian. They both chose MIA for similar reasons, but at different times. Havemeier first went to Lely High School her freshman year. Vale spent much of his last two high school years in a dual enrollment program with Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). He earned a whopping 62 college credit hours, graduating from FSW two weeks before ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Curt Koon, president of the Marco Island Police Foundation.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Chief Al Schettino, wearing a black band across his shield, brought sobering statistics to the Marco Island Police Foundation’s “Lunch with the Chief” attendees on the number of police shot and killed in the line of duty. He recently attended a memorial service and candlelight vigil in honor of fallen law enforcement officers with the Naples Police Department and the Collier County Sheriffs Department. In March alone, there were 16 killed across the country. Since the beginning of 2016, 37 have been killed by gunfire, two in Florida. All law enforcement officers in Collier ... Read More »

A Carefully Constructed Village

“The Neighborhood Gang,” circa 1992 Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill holes in their lives with pieces of you.”  – Bonnie Arbon In 1996 a book was published by none-other-than, Democratic presidential hopeful, Hilary Clinton. The title of the book is “It takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” The phrase, “it takes a village,” is thought to be an African proverb, built on the premise that raising a child is a collective effort that extends beyond the mother and father ... Read More »

Is it Alzheimer’s, Dementia?

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway My experience with dementia is close up and personal, very personal, since both my husband and my mother had dementia. I traveled the journey with them as wife, daughter and caregiver. It was not an easy journey but it did have its rewards including spending quality time together in the early years. Maybe you’re not currently affected by dementia, but worry that you will be. It’s a fear that many of us share. So it might be helpful to know what dementia really is and what it is not. It is not, for example, occasionally ... Read More »

Sea Turtles Cry Foul Over Dredging Project

Sand Dollar spit creeping slowly to Hideaway Beach will be removed. The area will be dredged to a depth of 9 feet.

Submitted Loggerhead sea turtles, nesting shorebirds and assorted marine life will become collateral damage from the Marco Central beach hydraulic dredging project just getting started at Hideaway Beach. As dredging starts, female loggerhead turtles are navigating their way into our beaches this month through the end of October. Project Detail: At its March 21st meeting, the Marco Island City Council voted 5-2 to approve the Hideaway erosion control project and award the contract to Gator Dredging. They will dredge approximately 40,000 cubic yards of beach compatible sand from the Hideaway Beach Near Borrow Area to improve navigation along the south ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

Marco Beaches Need More Sand

Following rain, water puddling and pooling on Marco’s beach. Submitted Photos

Submitted Marco Island Central Beach Re-Grading Project Collier County Coastal Zone Management Director, Gary McAlpin recently provided the Marco Island City Council an update on the upcoming regrading of the Marco Island Central Beach. Marco Island is blessed with beautiful wide beaches, but the width and flatness of the beach present its own unique set of problems. The flatness and width of the beach create ponding and algae formations where standing water puddles, and the surface is excessively hard after drying. These conditions greatly reduce the use of this beach for sea turtle nesting. Also, recreational use of this beach ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Goodland’s Jukebox by Joanie

Class members at this year’s Christmas brunch. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted What began four years ago as a pilot program in Goodland, “Jukebox by Joanie,” has morphed into a popular way to become more physically and mentally fit, stronger and more confident, while enjoying camaraderie with neighbors and friends. Goodland ladies either walk, bicycle or use their golf carts to get to our community center for class. Some golf cart drivers even pick up friends and bring them along. It’s unique. Joanie Fuller created the program, which consists of original dance choreography, with an emphasis on balance, strength and conditioning. Sassy moves combined with the music everyone loves equal a ... Read More »

Peace on Earth

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Twas the night, before the day we had anticipated. The day of dreams fulfilled and joy long awaited. Hope, hung like stockings on the mantel of our minds. Hope for unity, community; hope that together we might find   All dwellers of earth, both the man and the beast; The deep sea and its life forms; the forest creatures and trees. Hope, that together we will learn to live our lives in balance, We each give of ourselves. We each rise to the challenge.   On this night before the day we profess earthly ... Read More »

Losing Florida Wildlife

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Recently I submitted a column concerning the loss of many species around the planet and the idea, by some scientists, that we are experiencing the beginning of the next mass extinction. Several readers responded and asked that I address the loss of some Florida species, rather than just a generalization of global statistics. (This is good that I get such feedback, now I know someone other than my wife reads these articles.) Human expansion seems to be the main concern regarding some Florida animals, but climate change also plays a major part in the migratory ... Read More »