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Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »

City, BAC Help Residents to Adopt a Cul-De-Sac

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By Steve Gimmestad Formally known as a Cul-De-Sac Median (CM), the City of Marco Island Public Works Department, together with the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC), have worked out a program to help residents adopt and maintain their CMs. The City approved a budget of $1,500 for 2015. The money will be given out in $100 gift cards for up to 15 residents that apply. There are still permits and gift cards available as of this writing. The process of obtaining a permit helps residents understand the needs and restrictions of maintaining a CM in their neighborhoods. One person who went ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

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By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy 2015 Graduating Class

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Daring to dream, Jane Watt took on a mission. The goal was to see Marco Island high school aged children given the chance to stay on the island for a more individualized, caring classroom environment. Four years ago, after great effort, the dream became a reality. Now, for the first time in its history, Marco Island Academy has had a graduating class with students starting as freshmen and spending the entire four years within its classrooms. Like the dream upon which the school was built, these students will create their own dream. Congratulations to the ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was sundown on the St. Croix River in late spring. The river rats were gathered on the island as was usual all summer long. Youthful enterprise reared its ugly head as one of the rats proposed a swim across the channel. It was getting dark but three strapping lads stepped up and accepted the proposal. They dove into the cool water and began their odyssey. It was about 200 yards across and the waning moon didn’t help navigation. After what seemed much longer than it actually was, they made landfall on the other side. It ... Read More »

COMMISSIONER HILLER DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTY

As you know, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for the county’s Accounts Payable function and to that end, his staff is required to pre-audit all invoices to ensure that the Clerk does not approve and pay an illegal expenditure.  The Clerk is prohibited by statute from making improper payments.  Upon the Clerk’s determination that the invoice to be paid is legal, the Clerk is required by county ordinance to present the invoice to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Once the Board grants such approval by vote, the Clerk has the authority to proceed with the actual payment ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Russo

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Gentlemen, I write to you to in the hopes that you can cease the frequent and continuing harassment of Councilor Rios by some members the council especially by Mr. Honecker.  Does Mr. Honecker have an outside agenda with Mr Rios that he is bringing to the council. His frequent looking at the ceiling and loud and obvious exhale of breath because Mr Rios is asking for more information are so insulting..Let us get things straight Mr. Honecker you have been a disappointment for the people of Marco Island you are not following what they have asked you to do but do only what you want. Instead of ... Read More »

Reflections from the Artist of the Year

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com On May 23, I attended an annual luncheon held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Besides fine food from Stonewall’s Kitchen, and grand camaraderie, MIFA used the occasion to present scholarships to four extraordinary students to further their arts education, and to acknowledge MIFA’s designated 2015 Artist of the Year – yours truly. From my heart, I thank the board members of MIFA for this kind recognition. I’m honored, and I was honored, and excited, to share the day with those bright and creative young stars…and with everyone that came to celebrate with ... Read More »

Are You Nautical or Knot?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes! Memorial Day has come and gone, and many islanders take to the sea. Finally, the Marco River does not resemble a one way tidal wave of vessels that have no clue as to who has the right-of-way or any knowledge of common boating courtesy, let alone know the difference between a red or green channel marker. Last month, while hanging out in the Ten Thousand Islands, I tried to politely warn a boat load of partying yahoos not to go any further past me into the mangroves. They thankfully gave me the bird, ... Read More »

New Farmer’s Market a Great Summer Experience

Fresh produce is a signature of a great farmer’s market. There is plenty available at the new market. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so it seems we miss our market. A new farmer’s market experience awaits just down the road at the Naples Outlet Center on Collier and Manatee Roads. It in its fourth week, this new farmer’s market offers a lot of homemade items, produce and wares available only through the market venue. With 17 vendors, they are looking to grow and make Wednesday mornings a reason to get out and shop in an open, fun environment. Shopping, in general, is a fun activity. I know many people who would make it a ... Read More »

MIFA Awards Scholarships and Artist of the Year

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Carolyn Burger, Tara O’Neill, Sandi Johnson, Allie Ellis. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad   It was a great Saturday luncheon on May 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, as the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts introduced their 2015 scholarship winners and presented their Artist of the Year. The scholarship winners were Joseph Byrne (Theater, Vocal Performance, Writing), Livia Lenhoff (Motion Design, Illustration), Tyler MacDonald (Business, Photography, Art) and Theodor Schimek (Illustration). Tyler was unable to attend due to a photography show in Hilton Head, SC. His mother, Priscilla, was on hand to accept in his stead. Attendees got a chance to view their works during the initial meet and ... Read More »

Domestic Animal Services Adoption Weekend

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Mike Held of Keep in Touch Cards and Gifts and his Manager on Duty, Lucy, participated in a promotion to benefit Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services. Participants took a chance to guess at what breeds were present in Lucy’s background. Lucy was adopted from the shelter ten years ago. The ‘Pick A Breed’ program raised about $500 for the cause. With 58 adoptions, the weekend was a success. Lucy went through a DNA test and it was determined she is a mix of Dalmatian, Old English Sheepdog, Boxer and Maltese mix. Read More »

SoapFest Again Brings Stars to Marco To Benefit Charity

Troy - Jeff Branson - Melissa Archer - John Driscoll - Frankie with drawings on their shirts by Days Austin Peck at 15th Soapfest 2014 painting party on
May 24, 2104 gathered together to do paintings with guests and the proceeds went to charity
- The weekend of events is held on Marco Island, Florida.  Photos by Sue Coflin/Max Photos

By Don Manley Providing a setting where stars and fans can intermingle has worked well for the annual SoapFest Charity Weekend. Now in its 16th year, SoapFest brings actors from daytime soap operas to Marco Island for a weekend of fun and fundraising for local children’s charities. The festival enables fans to rub elbows with the daytime stars at a series of public event fundraisers, held Friday through Monday. Set for May 22 through May 25, SoapFest also includes the private Art 4 Autism painting session, in which the stars team up with autistic children and adults with autism to ... Read More »

The Southern Cross

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By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We are going to change our viewing time from our usual 9PM to 11PM until October. There are two reasons for this: 1) The longer days of summer mean it is not fully dark at 9PM, and 2) the rapidly approaching rainy season means early evening clouds blot out the stars. By 11PM there is at least a chance of clearing, although it’s not usually totally clear until after midnight. Did you think you would have to travel to Argentina to see the Southern Cross? Not so! Theoretically, you can see the whole cross (official ... Read More »

Our SwampLife is Wild…

Barbara Johnson shows her appreciation for our wild life.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Literally, just outside our doors is a world foreign to many; a vast wetlands we call the Everglades. Thanks to Bob McConville, this world becomes a little less unknown. Bob is a Master Naturalist and shared some insight with us on April 23rd at the Rose History Auditorium. Through pictures, stories and fun facts, Bob let us know quite a bit about the wildlife around us. The breadth of his knowledge is vast and there is so much to impart about his talk. We have limited space here so let’s explore just a few of these ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

MI Chamber Business Expo

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber brought customers and businesses together for a festive afternoon on April 6 for the 15th Annual Business Expo. The doors opened at 4:00 and the general public streamed into the showroom. Awaiting them were 30 booths representing various local businesses and groups armed with the finest information about their organization, giveaway items and special prizes for those entering their names at each booth. About 300 people attended this year’s expo. During the show, chamber staff went around to each booth and gave up the microphone so businesses could tell a bit about ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in April

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here and April is a more than welcomed month here in the Ten Thousand Islands. Spring is here, the cold fronts and windy days are about over, and the fishing is typically fantastic! Near coastal water temperatures are averaging 80 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid 80’s. The full moon this April falls on the 4thth and the new moon is on the 19th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative low tides to be concerned with. We will have some ... Read More »

HOPE is in the Air

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco I start each New Year with lots of great ideas, new energy and plenty of optimism that we will do better than the year before and as you can guess that gets harder each year. This year was no different; we laid out our plans, set our dates, recruited our committees and got to work. Our hope was that members of our community would want to help us further our mission and create more birthdays. Little did we know that our hope would turn into reality ... Read More »