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What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

One Wheel

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not often someone is driving and hears, “What’s THAT?!??”  To the young man riding around on a one-wheeled board, it must have been a little disconcerting to have a car start following close behind, but that is just what this writer did. We met a young man, originally from Jamaica, riding the board. His name is Lance Hart. The board he was riding is what is called a One Wheel. That is correct, it is different from a hover board as it only has one large wheel in the center. Lance says because of the ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by a sitting member or by members running for re-election. This year Councilman Larry Sacher has chosen to not stand for re-election and will be stepping down.  Councilmen Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second and final ... Read More »

City Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Only six years ago, the dome home stood on land. Look carefully to find Rebecca’s husband Neil. Photos by Rebecca Burg

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano with her husband, Neil Braun, and posted the video on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=doQL_gav0do#action=share). Continue sending your stories and photos to Jessica@coastalbreezenews.com. Keep reading upcoming issues of Coastal Breeze News for more on the Cape Romano dome home.     Read More »

City Update: Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory and Empire Bagels located at 277 ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and other upcoming issues. One of the responses we received was from Mary Nelson, a monitor with the Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Program, who is also known locally as the “Turtle Lady.” Mary told Coastal Breeze News how much she ... Read More »

Extortion Threat at Marriott

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Police received separate calls early Monday morning August 8 threatening harm by gunfire and possible explosive devices against the Marco Island Marriott Resort on South Collier Boulevard by an unidentified male subject. “Upon receipt of the threats we immediately involved our sister agencies such as the Marco Island Fire Rescue and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and began a process of isolating the property and taking appropriate action to protect the lives and properties that may have been involved,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino in a statement to the Coastal Breeze News. “In ... Read More »

Cars and Their People

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By Monte Lazarus 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!  There’s an old adage that, as people live and age together, they begin to look and act alike; there’s a newer one that people and their dogs begin to act and look alike. I believe that people and their cars begin to look alike. As time goes by it’s easy to recognize which person belongs to which car…yes, I ... Read More »

Teddy Roosevelt Launches FBI With a Push from Napoleon?

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By Barry Gwinn  The FBI is not the oldest federal criminal investigative agency in the United States. The Secret Service beat us to the punch on July 5, 1865. Until that time, many investigations involving crimes affecting federal government personnel or property were conducted by local police forces or hired detectives. A recent example of this was the Dallas Police Department’s jurisdiction of President Kennedy’s assassination as a local homicide. By the end of the Civil War, it was estimated that one third of the nation’s currency in circulation was counterfeit. The Confederacy was probably responsible for much of this, ... Read More »

Show of Support

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tiffany Carr is the wife of a Tampa Bay police officer and friend of local resident, Emily Cawlfield. After the recent Baton Rouge shootings, Tiffany came up with the idea to do something for the officers to show her support. She made little goody bags and wrote “Got Your 6” on them, which originates from the military meaning “got your back.” She then challenged her Facebook friends to participate in a Got Your Six Challenge. Emily felt compelled to accept the challenge. She went to the Dollar Store and bought candy, peanuts, hand sanitizer, Chap ... Read More »

City Council Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the August 1 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Kelli DeFedericis, the Flood Plain Coordinator for the city, made a presentation to the board, which amounted to what could best be described as an early Christmas present for homeowners on the island. Homeowners within the city will be receiving an additional 5% improvement in their flood insurance premium; previous to this latest adjustment property owners had received a 20% credit and will now receive a 25% deduction from their previous rates on flood insurance. DeFedericis was quick to point out that it was a ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on the island. So when a group as accomplished and respected as the Coastal Breeze staff approached me with the opportunity to continue in that role I was delighted to accept their offer.” Publisher Val Simon says, “Steve is an important voice ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
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Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and lure since it was built in 1980. Many far-fetched tales have been spun about the futuristic bubbles, but right here, right now, the stories are put to rest. Bob and Margaret Lee’s daughter, Janet Maples, laughs when she recalls ... Read More »

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 »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus 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! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

Police/Fire Academy Shapes Next Generation

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By Maddy Dumas Editor’s Note: Each summer, the City of Marco Islands’ Fire Rescue and Police Departments hold a week-long camp for 6th-8th graders.  It’s one the most popular camps offered through the City of Marco Island.  Students have hands-on experiences in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical response, marine patrol and more.   Many who went through the Police and Fire Academy as children go on to study and work in related fields. The camp has had such an impact on the youth that some campers even return to volunteer and help teach others. One such former camper, Madeline ... Read More »

Daniel Hodsdon on the Pipes

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the Coastal Breeze News sat down with 18-year-old Marco Island resident, Daniel Hodsdon and his grandfather Terry McCreanor. Hodsdon, now on the verge of beginning his freshmen year of college, has been playing the bagpipes since he was in middle school. The bagpipes have allowed Hodsdon a world of opportunity, both as a musician and a performer. Over the years he has been asked to perform for private parties as well as local events such as Relay For Life and the annual Christmas Parade. Inspired by Jonathan Davis, lead singer of metal band Korn, ... Read More »

Mackle Park – A New Beginning

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By Maureen Chodaba  Mackle Park, located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island has been a hub of community activity for many years. This oasis of recreation has served Marco Island’s residents and visitors of all ages with its outstanding programs and facilities. Whether attending a “Be Fit Over 50” class, taking a stroll around the lake, or attending Camp Mackle, it has been one of the best places to be for fun on the island. Soon Mackle Park will be going through some changes. And these changes appear to be good ones for this community. August 5, 2016 will bring ... Read More »