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9th Annual ?Amateur Wildlife ?Photo Contes

“Me and My Shadow” – Photographer James Hobbs

Submitted  The 2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest has come to a close, leaving us with a look at nature through different lenses. The creative talent of Marco’s amateur photographers is abundantly clear in their images, as is the beauty of Southwest Florida’s flora and fauna. Despite this year’s late contest start, it did not deter photographers from submitting some amazing photos. The contest drew more than 50 entries from local talent. Their photographs celebrate the native wildlife unique to our area. Judging was certainly a challenge for judges Donna Kay, Barry Howe, Andrea Cooper and Pat ... Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to a NIM that scheduled itself into a very small library meeting room, but people came out by the droves, filled the room to a packed standing room, then overflowed into another adjacent room, and then overflowed into the foyer of ... Read More »

Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

Submitted  There is still time to enter the Ninth Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest, but don’t delay – the deadline is May 6th – just around the corner. The Marco Island Historical Museum has partnered with the City of Marco Island and the Coastal Breeze News to present the Ninth Annual Amateur Photo Contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. The selection of winners will be exhibited at the museum from May 13 to June 30, 2016. 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 ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News Named ?Chamber Champion

Photos by Cherie Logan and Samantha Husted

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News has been named the second quarter Chamber Champion by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.  On April 20, publisher Val Simon was surprised with the award at the Chamber After Five event at Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The Chamber Champion is selected by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Alliance Committee as a way to recognize and thank a chamber member that is successful in business and also gives back to the community. Coastal Breeze News was nominated for this award because of the many nonprofit organizations it supports, ... Read More »

Paved Paradise: Parking on Marco

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By Maureen Chodaba Driving down Collier Boulevard, I sang along to “Big Yellow Taxi,” one of my favorite tunes by Joni Mitchell: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The lyrics made me think about Marco Island. We have put up some parking lots, although fortunately, we have not completely paved our little piece of paradise. But, alas, this paradise does seem to have some parking issues, taking on many different faces in many different places. It seems that parking has always been an issue on Marco Island. In 2012, there was a beach problem associated with parking ... 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 »

Uniform Crime Report Explained

By Maureen Chodaba In 1929, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) initiated a program to enable the reliable reporting of uniform crime statistics in the United States. In 1930, the FBI assumed the responsibility of collecting, publishing, and archiving this data. Today, four annual publications, “Crime in the United States,” “National Incident-Based Reporting System,” “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted,” and “Hate Crime Statistics” are produced from data received through the Uniform Crime Report program (UCR). Over 18,000 municipality, university/college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participate in this program. The City of Marco Island ... Read More »

Marco’s Busy Spring

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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 »