Tuesday , December 1 2015
Home » Tag Archives: Coastal Breeze News

Tag Archives: Coastal Breeze News

Marco Burglary Facts

Marco Everyone is talking about the recent burglaries on Marco Island. Many feel shaken that this could happen in their idyllic island paradise. The truth is that Marco Island burglary incidents are low. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Chief Al Schettino to find out the facts. In 2013 there were 31 burglaries. That number was reduced to 20 burglaries in 2014. In the first six months of this year, four homes were burglarized on Marco Island. Even factoring in the recent 11, our burglary numbers are far lower than most neighborhoods in Florida. But those are just numbers. Anyone who ... Read More »

We’re Prisoners!


It’s the holiday season, so the time has come to tell all. We’re all prisoners of computers…every last one of us. When you, or even a little kid, look at that computer screen, you are not really looking at it. Uh-uh. It’s looking at you, and sometimes chuckling to itself about how dumb we are. They’ve quietly and effectively conquered us so-called humans. Machines control everything, and machines are, in turn, controlled by – yes, computers! IBM, HP, Dell, Gates, Jobs – the whole mob are probably robots designed and built by machine. How do we vote? By machine. Who ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball


By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »

50th Anniversary Celebration Concert in the Park


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department and First Florida Integrity Bank hosted a free Concert in the Park in honor of the City’s 50th Anniversary. The celebration was plagued by rain off and on throughout the day. Those that persevered were well rewarded with a great line-up of musical entertainment. First up was the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band. They set the tone for the rest of the evening, and played although it began to drizzle at times. Next up was Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, this band surely ... Read More »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Meet the Marco Dolphins

2-year-old dolphin, Anji. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Submitted Join master naturalist Bob McConville on November 19th in Rose History Auditorium for the first in a series of fun-filled lectures on young, bottlenose dolphins in Marco waters. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7 PM and is open to the public. McConville will also continue his discussion of area wildlife on January 13, March 16 and April 13, 2016. Meet the dolphins and their calves, find out their names—Rangle and her baby Bubbles; Giza and her youngest Sammy; Skipper and Flag, among others— and get an update on how they are ... Read More »

Area Schools First Quarter Honor Roll


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District announced honor roll students for the first semester of the 2015/2016 school year. Below are the names of students in middle or high school that attend a reporting school, which is in the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to each student on a job well done!   Everglades City School: High School Honors Ashlyn Goff, Alanna Humphreys, Courtney Jim, Bryce Kish, Tawny Wood.   Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Brady Bowen, Brandy Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Alexis Hendrickson.   Lely High School: Highest Honor Roll Brandon Acosta, Juan Acosta, ... Read More »

Turtles on the Town!

Tara O’Neill puts finishing 
touches on “Turtle Dreams.” PHOTOS BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com So, how much fun did I have this summer? Loads. Those who read my column in the last issue of Coastal Breeze News will be familiar with my desire for more art in public places. One project that addresses this desire is the upcoming “Turtles on the Town,” and I feel so very fortunate to be a part of it. “Turtles on the Town” is a community arts project (similar to “Gators Galore” in 2001 and 2003, and “Dolphin Debut” of 2002) that will place 50 loggerhead sea turtle sculptures in various locations throughout Collier County. A public exhibition ... Read More »

Suspect Your House has Mold?

What looks like rust is actually mold growing on closet shelves.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As homeowners become increasingly aware of the problems associated with mold, they are left with many questions. Bart Drake, owner of Alpha Omega Inspections, a Florida certified mold assessor and remediator, sat down with Coastal Breeze News to give us the facts. Bart explained that there are common misconceptions about mold that can affect your health, your home and your wallet. Some of the things we learned were the basics about mold. Mold, which is living, needs a food source- be it cardboard, leather, wood, drywall, etc., and a moisture source. Mold grows above 60% ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Media Day

2015 Leadership Marco class with the WINK morning news crew (front from left) Rob Spicker, Joey Sovine, Jen Stacy and Therese O’Shea. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com August 26 and class was in session once again. It was Media Day and the Leadership Marco Class of 2015 had a 7:15 AM breakfast (sponsored by Stepping Stone Ecotours) and then hopped aboard the bus and headed off-island for a trip to Naples. First stop was WINK studios and a behind-the-scenes look at the news team. “It was a great day,” says Cathy Price McConville (a nurse at Physician’s Regional on Marco). “Bob and I watch WINK news every morning so we really felt that we were meeting members of our family. They were all ... Read More »

Awards, Awards, Awards


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Whether it be the highly respected statewide newspaper organization, Florida Press Association (FPA), or the national organization, the Association of Free Community Papers, Coastal Breeze News is a solid favorite among readers and publishing peers. It is evidenced time and time again by the awards it receives competing against other weekly newspapers. The latest winnings include four awards from the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Awards Competition. “Coastal Breeze News writers and staff are dedicated and care for the community they serve,” said publisher Valerie Simon. “It shows in their writing and comes through on ... Read More »

Historic Site #1 Naples Pier


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28 page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. Each of the sites listed was given the ‘historic’ designation by County Commissioners. The designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets Photo Contest Winners

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a difficult task to select winners in any pet contest when one sees how much love and adoration owners have for have for each entrant. Truly, each pet is a winner in its own right as we cannot shower them with enough affection in return for all of the unconditional love they give us. Critter Café and Coastal Breeze News sponsor this contest as a fun way to show our love for pets and support our favorite animal related charities while doing it. This contest raised several hundred dollars for Canine Cove – ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff We do love our pets and the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest proves it. The contest was a great opportunity to show off our wonderful furry, feathered or scaly friends and support our favorite pet charity at the same time. Shown here are all the entries for the 2015 Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest. Judging will take place in the coming days. Winners will be notified and their photos will be featured in the next edition. First, second and third place prizes are awaiting the winners, sponsored by Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café. There ... Read More »

Smallwood Store Settlement

Smallwood Store

By Patty Huff Finally, after many years of frustration and expense, the Smallwood Store & Museum and Florida Georgia Grove, LLP, reached a settlement agreement on March 17. According to the Col the County Commissioners, “the four year Smallwood litigation has been resolved in favor of the County and the Smallwood family. In an agreed-upon Final Judgment… the Developer has agreed that Mamie Street is a publicly dedicated roadway, with the County and the Smallwood family accepting this newly paved road ‘as is.’” As a publicly dedicated roadway, neither the Smallwood Store nor Florida Georgia Grove will have to maintain ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories were combined this year into Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants and Trees and Landscapes. Black and white, color photos and photos creatively enhanced are all acceptable. Camera type is not limited, so whether you’re using a Canon, a ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Wilma Sanders


A few months ago I called the PD suggesting they notify people by newspaper, of the correct way to approach the single file bridge lane merge on N Collier. This would help to avoid confusion. She said they did put something in the newspaper, in August. Apparently the fact we have thousands of transients on the island every week doesn’t matter, they told people in August. I discovered I had been doing it wrong forever. It is NOT stay in a single line to the right (and curse all those who drive up on the left and expect to cut ... Read More »

2015 Wildlife Photo Contest Focuses on SW Florida


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Click! Click! Click! Amateur photographers send your photos to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest runs now through April 24th with winners announced May 1st. This year, photos are eligible for the following combined categories: Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants an t na atr rs an anscapes. A winner will be chosen in each of the following sub-categories: Color, Black and White and Creatively Altered photos. Amateur photographers aged 14 and up, are eligible to enter. An amateur is n as an trar as not ... Read More »

Historic Century Old Smallwood Store


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Smallwood Store stands much like it did when it was established in the early 1900’s. Originally a trading post and post office, the store is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk through the door is taking a step back in time. Many of the original goods sold or traded still line the shelves in this Everglades landmark. There are educational exhibits throughout the store. The setting is a serene spot on Chokoloskee Island where it is easy to imagine what it must have been like to row up ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »