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Marco’s Busy Spring

The soft, tilled sand is inviting to this family playing on the beach.

OUR ISLAND ECOLOGY By Chadd Chustz This spring, so much has happened here on Marco Island to remind us that we are stewards of our environment and nature’s inhabitants. Manatee Release  The manatee (identified as RSW1523) was rehabilitated at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa after being rescued on September 28, 2015, for watercraft related injuries in Roberts Bay. It was great to see this “little guy” being released back into the waters of the 10,000 Islands by the FWC at Caxambas Boat Launch Park on Marco Island. Read more about another manatee release in this issue of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

The Story of Passover

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Submitted Passover is quickly approaching, and many Jewish families on Marco Island are busy in preparation. This year the holiday begins on the evening of April 22, and ends in the evening on April 30. To learn more about this important holiday, Coastal Breeze News contacted the Passover Committee at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, who graciously provided this explanation for our readers. Passover marks the liberation of the Israelites from 400 years of slavery in ancient Egypt. They were led to freedom by their leader, Moses. God performed many miracles in the process of the Israelites’ redemption. First ... Read More »

NEW LOCATION! Veterans Community Park Meeting

In the last edition, Coastal Breeze News reported a meeting seeking public opinion on future enhancements at Veterans Community Park was scheduled for April 19th at 5:30 PM. This meeting WILL take place on that date and time, but the location has been changed to the Community Center at Mackle Park (not IberiaBank). For several months, PRAC has sought public feedback on future amenities at Veterans Community Park. Dr. Gerald Swiacki, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee will give a brief history of Veterans Community Park and then take public comment on future enhancements. Some members of the Parks ... 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 »

Ending Domestic Violence Starts With Men

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Efforts to prevent domestic violence have been focused recently on educating boys and men. Coastal Breeze News learned that a group from the Island Country Club met with Linda Oberhaus, the executive director of The Shelter for Abused Women and Children to help educate and raise awareness among Marco Island men about the problems of domestic violence and the work of The Shelter. Many of the men were unaware of the degree of domestic violence that exists locally. To learn how men can help end the problem of domestic violence, Coastal Breeze News contacted Linda ... Read More »

The night my foot got caught

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In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! By Monte Lazarus One of the things we enjoy every now and again is an Everblades hockey game at Germain Arena. It’s a great arena for spectators; just about every seat is good for viewing the game. Unlike the new mega-arenas, Germain is small, cozy, friendly and reasonably priced. A family of four can go for less than $100, if they don’t ... Read More »

Team’s the Theme for Lely Softball

The Lely softball team, front row (from left) Lily Manning, Brittany Kordus, Rebecca Gates, Sivan Palacios and Payton Krumholz. Second row (from left) Priscilla Mendez, Alicia Palacios, Savannah Weiben, April Alvarado and Vanessa Palacios.

By Roger LaLonde  Team, that is what Rich Costante, Lely softball coach, stresses. When he talks about his Lady Trojans he machine guns a litany of names. Costante didn’t mention that in his first season in 2015 the Lady Trojans downed Naples and Barron Collier, a feat not done by a Lely coach in 15 years. They also won the district championship. He is quick to say, “It is not me. Before me (coach) Jess (Duesler) did a great job.” On March 25 the Lady Trojans played a gritty game with Immokalee, taking a late-inning 2-1 victory. It moved their ... Read More »

Second Quarter Honor Rolls

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Submitted Collier County School District released the honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Listed below are the honor roll students from reporting schools located in the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students! EVERGLADES CITY SCHOOL- High School Honors Ashlyn Goff, Savannah Humphreys, Brandon Steffen, Tawny Wood. EVERGLADES CITY SCHOOL- Middle School Honors Brandy Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Alexis Hendrickson. LELY HIGH SCHOOL – Highest Honor Roll  Miriam Abreu-Damas, Juan Acosta, Stephanie Alvarez, Hunter Angersbach, Francisco Antunez, Tristan Ashby, Jetro Calixte, Lauren Camposano, Bethstyline Chery, Brandy Cordes, Emma Crawford, Cristina Cruz Aguilar, Erica ... Read More »

Half Marathon & 5K Basics

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon Bridge Run and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The start location is The Shops of Marco, 1845 San Marco Road. Start time for the half marathon is 7:30 AM, and for the 5K it is 7:45 AM. Packet pickup is at the Shops of Marco on Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 PM (recommended) or on race day, Sunday, March 20 from 6-7 AM -sharp! If you pickup your packet the morning of the race, arrive early to avoid long lines. If you haven’t yet registered ... Read More »

2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

PHOTO BY TONY SMITH

By Coastal Breeze News Staff This is the ninth year the City of Marco Island will hold its amateur photo contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what began as a celebration of Earth Day has grown into a photographic tribute to the beautiful Southwest Florida area in which we live. It’s a great competition if you’re a nature lover, a photography aficionado, or you “accidentally” captured that perfect shot. The photo contest begins now and runs through May 6th. You can enter up to four times in varying ... Read More »

9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Many thought it wasn’t going to happen this year, but we couldn’t let shutterbugs miss a chance to enter the Ninth Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photography Contest. The competition is sponsored by the City of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News. The contest begins now and runs through May 6th. Winners will be announced May 13th. The contest is open to amateur photographers, 14 years old and up. Winners will be displayed at the Marco Island Historical Society, while all entries will be available for viewing in a catalog at the same ... Read More »

Goodbye, Burger King

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff March 1, 2016 may have marked the end of an era for Marco Island with the closure of the island’s only Burger King. It is unclear if the closure is temporary, or permanent. Burger King, on the corner of Barfield and San Marco Roads, has been a constant on Marco Island for 20 years. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Manager Javier Torres on February 29th, the day before the signs came down and the doors were locked. Javier explained that he and other employees did not know for certain if the company would be renovating, ... Read More »

A “Snap Shot” Glimpse of Marco

MICTV 2: Skip Merriam, who conducts the interviews for Marco Island
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By Don Manley Marco Island Community Television has expanded its lineup with the addition of “Snap Shot.” The internet-based TV station’s newest offering is an interview program that examines local topics and issues that are of particular importance to residents, visitors and potential new residents, such as recreation, real estate and development, historical points of interest and the environment. “We’re trying to take little moments, ideas and particular subject matters, and take that, condense it and present it to people so they can get an idea of what’s available in the Marco Island area,” said Skip Merriam. Merriam is MICTV’s ... Read More »

Perfect Shots: Officer Frank Steiger

Frank Steiger’s dedication to his art is
evident in this shot of an alligator’s face;
To accomplish, Frank hid in tall grass a
mere 6 feet away from the predator. PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Many of the beautiful images of nature that grace the cover of Coastal Breeze News were shot by local photographer Frank Steiger. Frank is widely known throughout Southwest Florida, having photographed innumerable Marco Island weddings and events. He is often seen, camera in tow, volunteering his time and talent at the many community events for Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Police Foundation, and other non-profit groups. But some of our readers who have enjoyed Frank’s photographs for years may not know that Frank is also a Marco Island police officer. Frank first joined the ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part Two

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I have often wondered why so many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, yet few seem to follow though. And yes, I have been guilty of this as well. But who says the “New Year” has to start on January 1? When it comes to your health, the day YOU resolve to make positive changes could be defined as your personal New Year’s Day. As I look at my calendar, I see that the issue of Coastal Breeze News that will carry this specific column will hit newsstands on Friday, ... Read More »

Deli Fest: More Than a Sandwich

Bert and George show off a freezer full of pastries made by the ladies of
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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com In preparation for the upcoming Jewish Deli Fest, the men of Bernie’s Deli have been hard at work cooking their famous homemade soups. Last week Coastal Breeze News visited the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) where the men were making their classic chicken soup with matzo balls. Also available at the Deli Fest will be their homemade beef barley soup, New York style deli sandwiches with kosher style corned beef or pastrami, and of course sweets from Bubbie’s Bakery. It was the first cold day Marco had seen. Walking into the JCMI you could smell ... Read More »

Master Naturalist and Alligator Visit Rose Auditorium

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Submitted You see them sunning themselves along the highway or hear about them visiting a neighbor’s pool. But what do you really know about our Everglades neighbor—the Florida alligator? Master naturalist Bob McConville continues his series of wildlife lectures on January 13th in Rose History Auditorium, this time focusing on the habits and habitat of this formidable reptile. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7:00 PM and is open to the public. Joining McConville will be an expert in alligator behavior, ready to explain how these reptiles function in the wild. Also making ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue 50th Anniversary Book

Submitted City Council Chairman, Bob Brown, was presented with the 50th Anniversary of the Marco Island Fire Rescue commemorative book by Dianna Dohm, Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president. The book is available for sale at Fire Station 50, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Historical Museum, Keep in Touch, Mutual Bank of Omaha and the Coastal Breeze News office. The book contains the history of the department, major incidents, community outreach, training, equipment, personal stories and so much more. Read More »