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Marco’s Real Estate Round-Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Real estate is the largest single industry in this area. It is the topic of conversation for hundreds of our neighbors, friends and family. Whether it be industry news, agent information, technology updates or new designations and awards, those involved in real estate want to know. Below is a compilation of real estate news items received by Coastal Breeze News: Marco Island Specialist Certification Jon Busch, Kathy Hunt, and Susan LaGrotta of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty have received the new Marco Island Specialist Certification from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). They ... Read More »

Chamber Announces Scholarship Recipients

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s May After Five event delivered a special surprise to seven lucky Lely High School seniors. Held at CJ’s on the Bay, this year’s Chamber of Commerce Scholarship winners were announced at the monthly gathering. In what has now become tradition, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce was honored to announce the 2014 recipients. A chamber committee held the daunting task of choosing the scholarship winners. So many students were qualified that narrowing it down to seven was incredibly difficult. In the end, those chosen proved to be quality students and ... Read More »

FPA Awards Announced

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association. Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its labor with these latest honors from the FPA. The 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, hosted by the FPA, recently announced its random list of winners. The list can be found at www.flpress.com. Award placement will be announced in July at ... Read More »

A Night Out with the Stars

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff About once a month pending favorable weather, members of the Everglades As-tronomical Society head out to a remote location in Fakahatchee Strand. They set up personal, high-powered telescopes to watch a cosmic stellar show unfold. These ‘star parties’ are free and open to the public. The most recent star party was hosted by Mike Usher, president of the Ever-glades Astronomical Society and columnist for Coastal Breeze News. The location is just far enough away to keep the unadventurous person from find-ing it. Not only should one be doused with plenty of bug spray to keep ... Read More »

City Manager Roger Hernstadt on His ‘Debt Free’ Budget

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been on the job now for 100 days, and he already is making a major impact on city operations. From restructuring the Community Affairs, Building Services and Planning and Zoning departments to professionalizing and streamlining communications between city staff, City Council and Marco residents, Hernstadt’s strong management and leadership skills are driving the city of Marco Island towards its next stage. Now, Hernstadt has turned his attention to the city’s 2015 budget. During the City Council’s budget kick-off workshop last month, Hernstadt unveiled an aggressive five-year plan to ... Read More »

Darcie Guerin Announces New Partnership

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a match made in financial heaven. Darcie Guerin, resident branch manager and associate vice president of Investment Insights of Raymond James, has partnered with Michael Sbertoli, associate vice president of investments. “We are partnering together because of the substantial increase in the number of families being served in the Marco office,” explained Guerin. “Mike and I, as CFP practitioners believe in the same core investment principles and business practices. With Mike, I will be able to maintain the highest level of service to our ever growing client base.” Born and raised in the ... Read More »

Author Day for Seventh Graders

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Language Arts program chair for Marco Island Charter Middle School, Jerra Minning, organized the school’s first Author Day. The assignment for the students was to write a newspaper article about living on the #1 island per TripAdvisor.com, from their perspective. Five presenters spoke to each of the seventh grade classes sharing with students their own unique perspective on writing and the publishing process. Once students completed the assignment, teachers reviewed them and chose four to be published in Coastal Breeze News. Congratulations to the young writers published below!   Lia Okenka: Marco Island was ... Read More »

Third Quarter Honor Rolls

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District released the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Listed below are students from schools which fall into the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students below!   Everglades City School Elementary Straight A Honor Roll Alexis Hendrickson   Lely Elementary School Elementary ‘A’ Honor Roll Amar Ahmed, Halmer Castro-Davila, Angel Diaz, Kyler Howard, Taylor Savage   Tommie Barfield Elementary Elementary “A” Honor Roll Kevin Barry, Scottie Buss, Stephanie Carter, Tyler Chute, Daniel Desantis, Rachel Drake, Casey Erickson, Karmynn Guttenfelder, Jason Hoenig, Allison Horschler, ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze Earns Seven National Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) announced the winners of its annual Best of the Best competition at an industry conference held at Disney World in Orlando over the weekend of April 4. Publications from across the United States and Canada were represented. There were over 1,400 individual entries in 83 categories.   Coastal Breeze News received: First Place: Andrew J. Shapiro award for Cancer Awareness. This is the third year in a row Coastal Breeze News has won this prestigious award – winning first place, then second the following year and first place ... Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school ... Read More »

Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee

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By Bette McGilvray As in years past, the Marco Island contingent made up of Bette McGilvray (MIAAOR President, 2014 and Florida Realtor’s Key Political Contact for Rep. Kathleen Passidomo), Dick Shanahan (MIAAOR Legislative Committee Chair 2014), and Steve Josselyn (Legislative Committee member), teamed with NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors) to meet with legislators in Tallahassee last week to discuss issues relevant to all of us Florida Realtors. The four main issues MIAAOR and NABOR presented to our legislators were as follows: • Support for SB 176 and HB 11, which look to lower the commercial lease sales tax from ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” - First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a time when more than 80 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers but only 13 percent choose a STEM field for their career, Laura Poelstrap is leading the way at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Bariatric Surgery–much more than a numbers game

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Considering the onslaught of media coverage given to the obesity epidemic in the United States, you may be wondering: why write another? The answer: it’s one thing for the media to report on the problem—it’s quite another to educate the public on possible solutions. If your weight—or the weight of a loved one—is preventing the healthy, active life you’ve imagined, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard can help. In December 2013, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard received a Center of Excellence designation awarded by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College ... Read More »

ENFD Mergers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff While East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt prepared to head to Tallahassee to testify about his district’s proposed mergers with Golden Gate and Isles of Capri fire districts, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted expand ENFD’s boundaries to include Ochopee. During its March 25 regular meeting, the BCC unanimously approved the creation of a merger plan between the county-managed Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and ENFD. This merger could be easier than the others, though, as it may be possible to complete with a simple Interlocal Agreement. Currently, the ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »

Pack Rat or Hoarder?

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By Carol Glassman Many people like to accumulate things, and at a certain age, find they have amassed what looks more like a jumble than an organized collection. For some, it represents the inability to throw things away, fearing these items may be of use one day; while for others, it’s the inability to say “no” when someone drops off yet another homeless cat on the doorstep. At any rate, hoarding exists and seems to be more prevalent, or perhaps just more noticeable, than it used to be. The media — television in particular — finds it interesting enough to ... Read More »

Kevin Barry: Laws of Life Essay Winner

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ask Kevin Barry what “tolerance” means, and he will give you a couple of definitions. The Tommie Barfield Elementary School fifth-grader first will tell you that tolerance, “is the willingness to accept others who are different.” Second, he will say, “it is the capacity to endure harsh environments or difficult situations.” Ask Barry for an all-encompassing example of these definitions of tolerance, and his answer will be Abraham Lincoln. “He showed tolerance,” explains Barry. “He defended the slaves, and he fought for freedom for everyone to be treated the same. He showed tolerance all of ... Read More »

Writing Contest

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Submitted The Collier County Public Library Adult Programs have collaborated with Marco Island Writers to offer a Writing Contest for the general public. Submit a poem, short story or essay to MarcoIslandWritersInc@gmail.com by April 12 stating what made you come to Marco, what keeps you here or coming back or simply why you love Marco Island. A team of published writers from Marco Island Writers will select six final entries to be read by each author at the event on Tuesday April 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marco Island Library. Entries can be serious or humorous – share your ... Read More »

We Don’t Need a Guide…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia is preparing to invade and annex Ukraine as well as the neighboring country of Moldova. As I have done before, I would like to stress that I am writing this article on Sunday, March 30. The situation is fluid and ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Nets 15-foot Sawfish

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Submitted March 7 was a big day for Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers. The team captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on its monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The biggest — a female measuring nearly 15 feet — is the largest sawfish captured by Rookery Bay since May 2000. It is no secret that many species of shark come into shallow, protected estuarine bays of the Ten Thousand Islands to give birth to their young. These back bays provide young sharks with plenty of food and protection from ... Read More »