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Technology and Nature Keep Rookery Bay’s Marine Life Healthy & Happy

Photo by Dave Graff
Flounder often cover themselves with sand, leaving only their eyes exposed.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson June is National Aquarium Month and some exciting things are happening in the watery world at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Located between Naples and Marco Island, the 16,500 square-foot center features a two-story exhibit hall and was developed to serve as an interactive gateway into the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The center’s exhibits, nature store, art gallery and more provide a comfortable environment for kids of all ages to learn about the estuary. The center is also responsible for keeping many species of fish and other marine life comfortable in its seven aquarium ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain’s Latest Improvements

Submitted Photo The Freedom Fountain, centerpiece of the veterans memorial in Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

Submitted The Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park has received a facelift that further enhances and preserves its beauty. Commemorative inscriptions on the black granite panels gracing the crown jewel of Marco Island’s veterans’ memorial recently received a coat of gold sealant, adding luster to its personalized messages honoring America’s military service men and women. At the same time, the bronze, 9-foot tall, in-flight American eagle that crowns the 10-foot-tall fountain was cleaned and treated with clear-coat sealant. The work was performed by Chris Holloway, owner of Marco Island Painting, and his staff. Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the all-volunteer Veterans ... Read More »

Understanding the ?Fertilizer Ordinance

By Amber Crooks, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Conservancy of Southwest Florida  With the approval of a fertilizer ordinance in the City of Marco Island this past March, ordinances are now in place all the way up the coast to Sarasota and beyond. In fact, over 90 Florida municipalities have adopted fertilizer rules since 2008. Why have so many cities and counties across Florida placed such importance on the proper application of fertilizers? Fertilizer products containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous can contribute to polluted water. Once applied to your lawn, these nutrients may make their way through the soil ... Read More »

Photography by Canoe

Ron Rutledge, Kathryn Hunt, and Pat Rutledge, of the MIHS.

Submitted  Nature photographer Connie Mier told her admirers at a recent reception and lecture hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society that she “loves taking pictures of birds,” and she certainly works hard to get them. Along with a large assortment of cameras and lenses, Mier has found one other piece of equipment equally indispensable for her photographs—her canoe. Mier often spends days at a time exploring pristine estuaries in the Everglades, Biscayne Bay and other areas in Southern Florida by canoe, camping whenever necessary so as to capture just the right shot. As a result, her photographs offer unusual ... Read More »

WeddingWire Awards Marco Island Florist

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Submitted  WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for professional wedding services in Marco Island and Naples, Florida. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. While many industry award winners ... Read More »

Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Charlie Mike:  A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home By Joe Klein Simon & Schuster, October 2015 – 320 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes “Charlie Mike” is not the name of any person, but military shorthand for “continue the mission.” This is the story of some veterans from America’s 21st century wars and their reorientation to civilian life. Navy veteran Eric Greitens was the initial driving force behind the organization that grew to be named “The Mission Continues.” His life had been filled with a desire to achieve excellence in ... Read More »

Let’s Talk About Veins

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Safe to say, those of us in Southwest Florida tend to show more skin. Though our weather is wonderful and our pools are open year-round, there is no doubt that shorts and swimsuits become even more popular during the summer months. The result? Our veins are even more exposed than usual. And yes, this can be an unsettling thought for those who wish to keep their less-than-appealing veins under wraps. That said, it’s surprising how little the public knows about vein care and vascular surgery—specifically, the technological advancements in the ... Read More »

On the Road

Master Naturalist Bob McConville and friend. Submitted Photo

Submitted Whales do it. Birds do it. Even sea turtles do it. In fact, every year some of the Earth’s most incredible creatures take to the road, often traveling thousands of miles, to find resources that are not available within a single area on a year-round basis. On Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 PM, Master Naturalist Robert McConville will describe some of the world’s greatest animal migrations. Take, for example, the adult sea turtles. In the spring and summer, these turtles migrate hundreds, even thousands of miles to Florida to mate and nest. The female of the species comes ashore ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio

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What’s Good for the Goose… In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet. As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems. Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief ... Read More »

Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run

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Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AnnualSupPokerRun. For registration questions or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 239-450-1304, or email SOCCPokerRun@yahoo.com. Paddleboard and kayak rentals will be available.  Read More »

Locals Learn to Grow Vegetables

The Southwest Florida climate allows year-round gardening. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department presented a three-part gardening lecture series courtesy of the Collier County Extension Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The presentations covered topics ranging from orchids, the ins and outs of gardening in Southwest Florida and growing vegetables. Coastal Breeze News sat in for the last presentation and learned all about veggies—how to plant them and when to eat them. Growing vegetables in our Southwest Florida climate is much easier than one might think. We have no bothersome snow ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

Photos by Don Manley
Donna Hardy Johnston (left) and children from the YMCA after school program care for the garden.

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the Y’s new Green Thumb program. Green Thumb is part of the nutrition education portion of the Y’s after-school program in which the children plant seeds and seedlings to raise fruits, vegetables and herbs that when ripe, will be used in ... Read More »

Photo Contest Winners Celebrated

Photo contest judges (from left) Donna Kay, Barry Howe and Andrea Cooper in front of the winning photos

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com After a three weeklong entry window, the 9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest came to a close. The yearly competition is co-sponsored by the City of Marco Island, the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Coastal Breeze News. On May 13th, the winners and their families gathered at the Marco Island Historical Museum for the big reveal. The reception, which was catered by Stonewalls, was well attended. Winners were able to discuss their technique with interested parties and bond over camera preferences. The winning photographs were framed and hung on the wall for all to see, ... Read More »

Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour

Photo by Samantha Husted
At the top of the stairs we entered a bedroom and tried to capture images of orbs.

By Samantha Husted Last month I sat down with Gina Sisbarro, “Men of Rushmore and Their Wives” writer and director. Gina has been directing and acting for over fifteen years. Three years ago Gina, always one for the dramatics, created Marco Island’s first ever ghost tour. It’s been running successfully ever since. The Marco Murder and Mayhem tour stems from Gina’s love of history and the paranormal. The tour highlights the lesser-known and darker history of the island. Although Gina was pretty tightlipped about most of her stories, she did let me in on a few secrets. Gina took me ... Read More »

Don’t Fry Day Promotes Skin Cancer Prevention

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Submitted May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. To further the efforts to raise awareness, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 27th as Don’t Fry Day. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, in the U.S. more skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Nearly all skin cancers could be prevented by limiting unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. When skin cancer is detected early, most can be treated successfully – even melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. There are ... Read More »

Fun Summer Camp Options

Photo by Don Manley
Rocky Cale, president of the Marco Island Community Sailing Center, discusses the organization’s youth summer programs with Diana Pagach at the program’s recent open house.

By Don Manley Local summer camp providers are gearing up to make the season informative and fun for the children they serve. With the school year’s end just around the corner, children and parents have a broad assortment of options for making the summer a constructive one. Camp Mackle The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is a multi-faceted program for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Mackle operates on weekdays, from 7:30 AM to 6 PM, June 8 through August 5. The cost, on a per-child basis, is $20 a day, $80 a week ... Read More »

Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

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Artist of the Year JRobert Houghtaling

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert Houghtaling has been named this year’s Artist of the Year and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon. JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He has been singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

Mallorca Dreaming. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

A young osprey peeks from behind mom.

Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

A Peek Into Marco Island Utilities

The friendly owl keeps a check on the valve.

By Maureen Chodaba Reverse osmosis, lime softening, membrane filtration, aquifer storage and recovery. These are just some of the terms that we heard at the Marco Island Utilities Open House on May 3. Held at the North Water Treatment Plant at 807 E. Elkcam Circle, the informative event was well attended. The event began with a systems presentation. Marco Island Utilities was originally owned by the Deltona Corporation, the original developers of the island. In 1989, it was sold to a private firm. In 2003, the City of Marco Island purchased the water and sewer utilities from that firm. Marco ... Read More »