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EMS Vehicles Delayed

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals ... Read More »

A Dolphin Update

Mom Sintas keeps guard over her new calf, J. Fireball, last November.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist      Everybody loves dolphins. Most people taking nature trips in South Florida want to see one of two things…dolphins or alligators. We’ll forget about the ‘gators today and talk about the other favorite in our area for a mid-year update. On board the Dolphin Explorer you not only get to see dolphins, but you have a chance to watch a team of citizen scientists document the activity of these mammals for research purposes. Each one has a name and their daily behavior is recorded in a database. With more than 10 years of ... Read More »

MIPD to Deploy New Assets

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) anticipates deploying two new assets this summer: a 2015 “Quadski” and a 2016 Ranger Bahia Ranger. The 2015 Gibbs Quadski is a $50,000 fourteen foot long amphibious vehicle, half all-terrain vehicle and half personal watercraft. The MIPD was exceptionally fortunate to obtain the Quadski through the extremely generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Battaglia and the Rockland Bakery. Quadski amphibians have been used effectively in the public safety arena by various police and rescue services including those in San Francisco, Dubai and in the United Kingdom. Quadski amphibians are considered cutting edge automotive ... Read More »

Boaters and Condos

The Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have an assigned dock that transfers with that unit when it is sold. Most condo associations own and maintain their docks and lease them to owners and renters when available. The lowest priced condo for sale last week with a leased ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Sand Dollar Island Under Assault

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In violation of the Beach Ordinance, campers cook breakfast at Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On Saturday morning, May 7th, around 10 AM, a dog owner was seen happily walking her dog around a shorebird posted area at Sand Dollar spit. On Saturday mid-day, May 7th, there were kite boarders and boats observed on Sand Dollar Island. One beachgoer, on the Hideaway Beach side, counted 40 boats and close to 300 people on Sand Dollar Island. This area, also known as Big Marco Pass, is a posted Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) and nesting birds are inside posted areas, being flushed by the kite boarders and by the abundance of people walking through the dune ... Read More »

White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »

$250K Boost for Marine EMS

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By Maureen Chodaba Governor Rick Scott recently signed the 2016-2017 state budget, providing funding of $250,000 for a Marine Fire Rescue Facility on Marco Island. To find out more about the existing facility, community needs and how the state funds would be used, Coastal Breeze News spoke to Fire Chief Mike Murphy. The present facility, built in 1965, is located at 751 E. Elkcam Circle. The station responds to approximately forty percent of all emergency calls, and also houses the fire/rescue boat, which responds to 911 emergencies on the waterways surrounding Marco Island and the 10,000 Islands. The boat is ... Read More »

South Seas Club – Unique, Desirable and so Marco Island!

Photos by Gary Elliott
View from one of the high rise condos on the beach.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com South Seas Club offers everything people are looking for on Marco Island including prime location, desirability, popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos, gated entrance and acres of green space with rambling walkways and benches. This extensive park-like setting features native to Florida plantings. The complex is rich in amenities including boat docks, Marco’s famous crescent beach, pools, clay tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce, kayaking, fishing and a great social calendar. Last week 166 popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos were listed for sale on the island. 54 of them were located ... Read More »

Governor Goes to Goodland, Dines at Kirk Fish Market

The governor’s lunch came from this display case.

By Barry Gwinn At about 12 noon on Friday, March 4th, one of the most well-known and easily recognizable men in Florida came to Goodland, ate lunch, and left. And almost no one in Goodland knew anything about it – except for Patty and Kelly Kirk. They knew all about it. Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy Friday morning. Done before noon, Scott’s thoughts turned to lunch and to Patty Kirk, an old friend. Patty and Damas Kirk, along with their daughter, Kelly, own and run the Kirk Fish Company in Goodland. They sell fish. At ... Read More »

All Sailors Welcome at SAMI Regatta SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Submitted On April 9th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. Although racers of top standing will be competing, novice racers are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. A $45 entry fee is now being accepted. Registration and check in start at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 8th at the Marco Island Marina (1402 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island) with a skippers meeting starting at 6 PM. Racing will start Saturday at 10 AM and the courses ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Promises Smooth Sailing

Captain Chris Crossan manned the Fire Rescue boat with Firefighters Munier
Gattas and Alex Correa aboard.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Blessing of the Fleet is a time-honored tradition whose origins can be traced back hundreds of years. It first began in the coastal areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and is rooted in Catholicism. Today, many ports across the United States, and all over the world, take part in the blessing ceremony in order to ensure prosperous seas and safety for their boats and the people on them. Since 2001, the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) has taken part in this global tradition for its members. However, this year they decided to do things a little ... Read More »

Collier County Manatee Zones Input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a public meeting on Monday, March 7, to gather public input on the potential need for changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Collier County Growth Management Division (Room 609/610), 2800 North Horseshoe Drive in Naples. The FWC is working with Collier County and other local governments to determine whether updates are needed to manatee zones that were last reviewed and amended in 1997. The public meeting offers an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide information ... Read More »

Goodland Road Disintegration Accelerates

January 17th brought another day of flooding on Goodland Road.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com “A policy of only repairing potholes and blocked drains is not a maintenance program.” – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers A discerning engineer would have foreseen coming trouble as Goodland Road was first being built. In November 18, 1992 a newspaper (Eagle) explained how it was done: In the early 20th century, Samuel Petit, his wife, five sons, and two daughters settled in what was then known as Goodland Point. He found the farming to be good in soil underneath a 40-acre Indian shell mound. At that time, the only way to get to ... Read More »

Marco’s Magnificent Estuaries

A green heron hides among the mangroves to surprise an unsuspecting fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the beauty of those small islands surrounding Marco! Everyone wants to visit them, to see what hides among the roots and branches. Whether you get out by boat, kayak, an ecotour or paddleboard, they are a treasure to behold. The wide array of animals and plants in this area requires some very special adaptations from nature. The Gulf of Mexico lines our western border while fresh water flows from the inland regions to form a very magical combination. This is called an “estuary.” There are quite a few bays and lagoons in our area ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The community is invited to the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on February 20. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Blessing of the Fleet, sponsored by Marco Island Yacht Club, is set for Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11 AM–2 PM. Boats of all types and vessels of varied proportions are invited to attend the time-honored tradition. The Marco Island Yacht Club Bridge will be in formation as the boats pass in review, after Chaplain Richard Blauw has blessed the fleet. Spectators are welcome to come watch the ceremony and stay for a great lunch, while enjoying the sounds of the Marco Strummers. According to Commodore Harris, “As in previous years, the boats will be grouped ... Read More »

Important Flare Safety

Mitch Schlitt, from the USCG-Aux, is conducting a Flare safety class for a group of participants prior to allowing them to shoot a flare. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Gene Burson The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron recently held a Flare Training/Demonstration at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The United States Coast Guard-Auxiliary also participated, presenting a safety class, which was given to each participant prior to him/her lighting a flare. This was a closed event for Squadron members, USCG-Auxiliary members, and members of boating clubs on Marco Island that registered prior to the event. Each participant was required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the safety class, and the actual lighting of a flare. All went well with no accidents or fires created by ... Read More »

Poker Run/Pig Roast Fundraiser

Submitted Saturday, February 20th is Team BMO’s Poker Run/Pig Roast fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Come to the Twisted Spoke Saloon at 9 AM and enjoy a breakfast of biscuits and gravy and coffee or juice for $5, or coffee and a Dunkin Donuts’ donut for $2. The Twisted Spoke Saloon is located at 5091 Tamiami Trail, East Naples. Kickstands go up at 10:30 AM. Each rider is $25, and passenger is $15; with the donation a t-shirt and dinner is included. The Poker Run will stop at Gators, Stan’s, Marco Island Brewery, Henning’s and then ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed the start by about 30 minutes so that by the time the first race got underway, winds were steady at eight to ten knots from the north/northwest. As racing continued during the day, winds steadily got stronger from the north, ... Read More »