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Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Expectations Met, and Then Some!

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By Inez Hudson Last year I was invited to teach an en plein air (in open air) painting workshop in Minerve, France. WOW! I was stunned, flattered, nervous, excited and jumped at the chance. The workshop was a dream of one of my students, Nan Dawkins, who created her company, Cerulean Blue Enterprises, www.cerulean-france.com, for the purpose of hosting plein air painting workshops in beautiful places. She certainly succeeded in doing just that – Minerve is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! She took a chance and it worked. Nan had arranged for lodging and meals at ... Read More »

Risk Factors and Recommendations

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Barbara and Jack Markel in their purple Alzheimer’s Association Walk T-shirts.

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway After hearing about Alzheimer’s disease from family, friends, or the media, we all might start to wonder about our own memory. Several years ago, I visited Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist then in Naples, to find out whether my brain was showing any signs of decline. After an initial visit, I was evaluated during two sessions of two hours each, and at the final visit, Beckwith told me the results. He had tested my memory with remembering lists of words, numbers forward and back, stories, and drawings. There were also timed exercises, questions about current events, ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

2016 United States Open Recap

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott I hope everyone got a chance to watch some of Sunday’s US Open coverage at Oakmont Country Club.  Dustin Johnson showed why most of the golf world believes he is the most talented golfer playing the game today.  His ability to drive the golf ball long and straight gives him a superior advantage over most of the field.  Dustin has had multiple disappointing finishes in major championships, but he was more than up to the challenge at Oakmont.  Congrats to Dustin, and his whole team. With that being said, those who watched understand that unfortunately the ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... 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 »

Cat Adoptions Are $10 All Month

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Submitted Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help. To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter and three cats and 44 kittens in foster care. Any cat that is adopted or any person who can volunteer to be a foster family for these cats will make a huge difference. We have everything from kittens and nursing ... Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
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Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... Read More »

Marine Habitat Project Growing

David Wolff, Ocean Habitats, and one of the standard-sized artificial 
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By Don Manley A pilot project designed to revitalize the cloudy waters of Marco Island’s canals to restore their function as sustainable marine habitats teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life, has caught on with residents. At the request of their owners, six of the artificial dock habitats were installed in March behind six homes that abut a canal that runs between Elm and Perrine Courts. Since then, 19 more have been deployed, all of them purchased by the city for the pilot project at a cost of $10,000, which includes installation, as well as ... Read More »

Governor Having Love Affair with Goodland? It sure looks that way after second visit in two months

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By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA). He was there at the invitation of founder and board chairman, Jane Watt, to confer awards on four of the school’s outstanding educators and to see for himself why this school was doing so well. It was about noon when he concluded his visit to MIA. Before leaving, he asked directions and distance to Goodland. The Governor had made the acquaintance of Patti Kirk eight years before, when both worked out at the same Naples fitness center. He had enjoyed meals at ... 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 »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

Jesus Godinez tosses a pass.

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

New Manatee Refuge

Manatees are curious, often approaching slow moving boats. Photo by Carl Kelly

By Carl Kelly Drive east on Tamiami Trail, past shopping centers, past restaurants, past gas stations, past State Road 92. Stop at a place where water is shallow and grass is deep on both sides of the road, where you may see alligators, belted kingfishers, anhingas, hardwood hammocks, clusters of mangroves and, on the left horizon, pine flatwoods. The left from road to horizon is Picayune Strand State Forest, a little over 78,000 acres of wild, as well as an extensive road and canal system that developers laid out some 60 years ago, advertising it as the world’s largest sub-division. ... Read More »

Give Us This Day… Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The shelves of Our Daily Bread. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island is known for its beaches, its beauty, its tourism, and its supposed affluence. But is there something hidden or omitted in that description? Thirty-eight percent of the children in Tommie Barfield Elementary School qualify for a program that provides free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and weekend food. Marco Island’s busy season of tourism winds down in the months following winter. As our “snowbirds” go away, so do many of the jobs on the island. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, located and managed by The Family Church at 1450 Winterberry Drive, is serving the needs of ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Shows Heart

Mike Weyrauch adjusts his sunglasses during the coaches meeting. With him (from left): FBA’s Ryan Mitchell and Cassie Barone and Seacrest coach Nick Pohl.

By Roger LaLonde  An eight-member track and field team has little chance in a district meet, but the Marco Island Academy showed heart on April 21. The team managed nine points at the Class 1A District 8 meet as host First Baptist Academy (FBA) boys and girls won titles. In just its second season and coach Mike Weyrauch in his first, the team gave an all-out effort. “The team was impressive. Every single girl came to every practice and got better. The boys and girls all improved and their times dropped dramatically,” Weyrauch said. Sophomore Olivia Watt had the best ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... Read More »

Youth Summer Art Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island area youth will have a special opportunity to develop their art skills and appreciation at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 2016 Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The program also encourages family bonding through family workshops where adults and children spend fun and creative quality time together. Participating young artists will have the chance to not only produce original works of art, but to also display their creations during the Young Artists’ Reception on July 29, 2016. Five workshops are planned: Family Fun with Coil Bowls – June 18 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM). Participants must be a ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »

Gentle Giant Release

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Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »