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Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Mud Lake Fire Documentary


Submitted Big Cypress National Preserve and the Southeast Region of the National Park Service are pleased to announce the release of the new short film, “Mud Lake Mosaic.” The documentary covers the management of the Mud Lake Complex, a series of wildfires caused by lightning strikes at Big Cypress in late spring 2015. The Mud Lake Complex wildfires burned over 35,000 acres of Big Cypress National Preserve. Although naturally-ignited wildfires have helped shape the fire-adapted and fire-dependent Big Cypress landscape for thousands of years, fire managers cannot allow fires to freely roam the preserve without some degree of management. In the ... Read More »

Win-Win Proposal for Tract K and Marco Island Students


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: For those of you who were unable to attend the 7-hour Collier County School Board meeting on Tuesday night, I urge you read the following proposal I made on behalf of Marco Island Academy regarding Tract K. This option is the result of years of research, expert legal advice, and the desire to find a solution to benefit the entire Marco Island community. Please know that at all times, my focus remains on the best possible interest of the students in our community. Right now, I am asking for your help and your ... Read More »

Calling all Chili Chefs

Marco Island Fire Chief  Michael Murphy, second from left, with last year’s Chili Cook-off winners. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s that time of year. Chefs! Bring out your very best chili recipes and prepare to man your ladles! The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 10th at CJ’s on the Bay from 1-5 PM. The event draws chili chefs from neighboring fire rescue department, along with restaurants, businesses, service organizations and individuals. Space is limited, only 15 spots are available. Each chef is given a booth, table, chairs and an opportunity to win one of three trophies. Chefs must provide a minimum ... Read More »

Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has also forced the AKP into a compromised foreign policy. The leadership of the AKP is now in “negotiations” with the main opposition parties CHP, MHP and HDP. President Tayyip Erdogan is AKP’s unofficial boss. As demanded by the Turkish Constitution, ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 

By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center


By Steve Gimmestad It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

“Shoes To Trees” Helps Africa’s Small Farmers Learn Sustainable Techniques


By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA is taking part in an effort to boost the economic fortunes of the impoverished in Africa’s developing nations while also combating global warming. “Shoes To Trees” takes donations of new and gently used athletic shoes collected at U.S. YMCAs and ships them to the program’s creator, the Modular Organic Regenerative Environments Foundation, a Delaware-based nonprofit. MORE provides the shoes to vendors in Africa and proceeds from their sales go to that continent’s YMCAs to pay for seeds, tools and training for “Shoes to Trees” participants. Each donated pair of shoes equates to ... Read More »

Nationwide Healthcare Subsidies Upheld


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” ~Hannah Green, American Author, 1927-1996 Question: What are your thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what will it do to the stock market? Answer: The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 in the King vs. Burwell case stating that taxpayer money will pay for federally funded healthcare exchanges. These exchanges are essentially subsidized health-insurance plans for the states (including Florida) that chose not to create their own exchanges. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 11.7 ... Read More »

WGCU Radio Reading Service provides Broadcasting to the Blind and Visually Impaired Lighthouse of Collier’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

Jack Flaherty, with WGCU Radio Reading Service, will share the programs that the Radio Reading Service provides to persons who are blind, physically impaired and print handicapped. The program operates like a commercial radio station with a control room, broadcast studios and individual recording booths to bring printed materials to those who may not have access otherwise. Dedicated volunteer produce hundreds of hours of programming each month. Find out how you can benefit from the Radio Reading Service, what types of information and news media is broadcasted, and how you can take advantage of these services. The Radio Reading Service ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015” list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit

Yoga/pilates mats are used, bringing another workout aspect into the mix.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Anyone who has taken one of Margaret Lamp’s ‘Booty Barre’ classes knows just how difficult they are. Margaret is the area’s Booty Barre guru and known for working muscles most had no idea existed. Her classes are so popular they are often full. Those in attendance form a certain camaraderie. So, when one of her class regulars, Jada Shigley, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatments, Margaret wanted to help in the one way she knows how. So, there will be a three hour booty barre session on Saturday, May 16th as a benefit ... Read More »

NCH Wellness Hosts Yoga and Joint Health Event


Submitted The NCH Wellness Centers are hosting a free community experience called, “The Power of Food & Yoga for Joint Health” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will take place in the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, Telford Center, second floor auditorium at 350 7th Street North. The program begins at 10 AM with a multi-level yoga class including chair yoga demonstrations for those who benefit from modifications. At noon, a lecture called “A Holistic Approach for Promoting Musculoskeletal Health” will be presented by Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jane and Fred Schuh


To: City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for City of Marco Island This letter is to state our opposition to the new Rental Ordinance or at a minimum our opposition to include condominiums.  We are opposed to reopening and reconsidering the ordinance which recently passed. We have owned a condo on Marco Island for 11 years and have never had any issues in which this new ordinance proposes to solve. We are opposed because: There are no problems reported at the Gulfview. Problems should be analyzed before sweeping all condominiums into an ordinance proposed to solve a problem in single ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.3 million

Southwest Florida’s largest fundraiser supporting the region’s water, land and wildlife initiatives, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.3 million to benefit the organization. More than 420 guests attended the March 5 event held on the grounds of the Conservancy Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser is a key source of revenue for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 2005, the event has raised nearly $7 million with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy mission to “protect our water, land, wildlife and future” in the region. ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows


MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

Stretton, FACA 2A Player of the Year


He was the target for every team he played, yet he produced, leading his team to a record season of wins, 16 and fewest losses, 7. For his effort Marco Island Academy’s Cole Stretton was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association 2A Player of the Year for Southwest Florida. Stretton averaged 22 points a game, yet Coach Roger Raymond pointed to his unselfish team play. “Cole is one of the most unselfish players I have ever coached,” Raymond said. “There were games where he could have scored more, but chose to pass off in support of his teammates. In one game ... Read More »

Pearl Jubilee Fashion Show

Marco Island Healthcare Auxiliary presents ‘A Pearl Jubilee Fashion Show’ on February 24th, 2015 at Hideaway Beach Club at 11:30 AM. The event will honor the 30th Anniversary of NCH Marco Urgent Care. Tickets are $55 per person, includes lunch with complimentary valet parking. Proceeds will benefit the NCH Marco Urgent Care. There will be door prizes, money hats, raffle drawings, silent auction and lots of fun! For information call the Volunteer Office at 393-4058. Read More »

Commodore’s Ball

Pinning the boutonniere on incoming Commodore Dick Irwin. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The 13th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony held recently at the Marco Island Yacht Club was a show of class and nautical tradition. The event recognized past and present members of the Bridge, (club officers) and those who have contributed their time and talent to the club over the past 12 months. Dick Irwin was sworn in as Commodore for 2015, promising to uphold the club’s mission statement to “Provide an outstanding boating, social and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.” He replaces Commodore Robert DeFeo who ceremoniously lowered his ... Read More »