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The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »

Fire Destroys Historic Monroe Station

All that remains after the devastating fire that destroyed Monroe Station.

Submitted On April 9, 2016 at approximately 11:45 PM firefighters and law enforcement personnel from Collier County and Big Cypress National Preserve responded to a fire at the Monroe Station within the national preserve. The historic structure, located at the junction of Tamiami Trail and Loop Road, was consumed by fire and burnt to the ground. Ochopee Fire District Assistant Chief Caleb Morris stated that when he arrived on scene Monroe Station was completely engulfed in flames and sending up large embers into the sky. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and under investigation by both the Florida ... Read More »

Elliott Mascoop Stamps Out Hunger

Elliott shows us the growing pile of food drive donations at the post office. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For 29½ years Elliott Mascoop has worked for the United States Postal Service. Some people in his position might be counting the days to their retirement. But Elliott is busy thinking of ways he can do more to help others, and then acting on them. Elliot spearheads local efforts for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” an organized food drive of grand proportion carried out by postal workers throughout the entire country. In fact, it’s the largest one-day food drive in the United States, in its 24th year helping the ... Read More »

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on the Marco Island Princess, April 25, 2016 from 5 to 7 PM. Happy Hour for Hope will feature live entertainment from Rosetta Stone, a buffet of wonderful hors d’oeuvres and reduced price libations. Rosetta Stone will bring her beautiful voice and her performance will grace the happy hour as she has done for years. The event is open to the public with admission donation of only $10. Chairman Bill Morris is especially excited about this month’s Happy Hour for Hope. “Island Princess has really upped its ... Read More »

Development Update at Lunch and Learn

Mark Strain and Commissioner Fiala begin their presentation. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba On April 7, the conference room at the office of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) was the site for a Lunch and Learn session with Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Chairman Donna Fiala and Mark P. Strain, Chief Hearing Examiner and Chairman of the County Planning Committee. The presentation provided an abundance of information of development and redevelopment trends in Collier County. Dawn Norgren of Island Title 5 Star Agency, LLC welcomed the group with a brief discussion of real estate trends in the area. The general consensus was that sales were down this ... Read More »

Gentle Giant Release

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Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »

CAP Squadron Major Advancements

From left: Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, Capt. Robert Corriveau, Capt. Steve Riley, and Lt. Col. Lee Henderson.
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Submitted At the recent Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron meeting, two members were distinguished by their advancement to the rank of Major. They are Captain Robert Corriveau, Commander of the Squadron and also the Professional Development Officer, as well as Captain Steve Riley, Assistant Finance Officer and Fundraising Chairman. The ceremony was conducted by Group 5 Director of Operations, Lt. Col. Lee Henderson and Squadron Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm. The guest speaker for the meeting was Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz, Commander of the 7th District U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA). He gave a great talk about volunteer ... Read More »

Naples – World Pickleball Capital

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Submitted Save the date! On April 26 Collier County will become the pickleball capital of the world when the gates open for the first-ever Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. For six event-filled days, America’s fastest growing sport will take Naples by storm when over 800 athletes compete for top prize money while thousands of spectators fill the hospitality village in East Naples Community Park. This premier event will feature special Gold Box seating, parties, live entertainment, charitable fundraising activities, a Kids Day, a unique Zing Zang Championship Court, and of course the greatest pickleball players in the world. Saturday night ... Read More »

EMS Concerns Raised at Fiala Town Hall

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By Maureen Chodaba Commissioner Donna Fiala held a town hall meeting at the Rose Hall Auditorium on March 2. In her opening remarks, Fiala welcomed the packed auditorium and praised Marco Island for its many accomplishments. County Manager Leo Ochs addressed the audience in assurance that the City of Marco Island and Collier County staff are a team working closely together to effectively maintain a budget in efforts for our taxes to be held the same. He said, “We need to prepare for the future while catching up on deferrals of the past.” Division Director of Museums Ron Jamro was ... Read More »

Pythons and Gators and Crocs, Oh My!

This 13-foot Burmese python is very visible in an open field, but well disguised when it reaches habitat shrubbery and trees.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist   Join Bob on March 8th at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) Rose Auditorium for a presentation about the 2016 Python Challenge results and an update on area dolphin activity. Also, there will be a baby gator and baby crocodile on hand so you can compare the differences of the two species. All area school students and MIHS members are free, and a $5 donation would be appreciated from others. January’s event sold out – so come early to get a good seat!   Burmese pythons, alligators and crocodiles…Believe it or ... Read More »

Who Owns the ATON?

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Submitted Let me start by defining an ATON, which is an aid to navigation. ATONs can be buoys, beacons and lateral aids to navigation (the red even-numbered triangles and the green odd-numbered squares). These ATONs define the safe channels for navigation in and around our Marco Island waterways. ATONs are the responsibility of the United States Coast Guard. Technically, all non-United States Coast Guard ATON’s are called Private ATONs (PATONS). Other signs in the water that alert boaters to a Manatee Zone, No Wake, etc. are PATONs. PATONs have been put up by the county and the city to help ... Read More »

Minto’s Committed to Florida

Minto Communities announces plans for three new communities in Florida, expanding the company into new markets, and totaling 17,900 lots and 4.2 million square feet of commercial space. The new communities are located in Naples, Daytona Beach and Palm Beach. Minto Communities and Collier Enterprises recently announced plans for the new Naples area community in eastern Collier County referred to as Rural Lands West that includes 10,000 lots and two million square feet of commercial space. Minto’s first phase of this community will be an age-restricted 55-and-better neighborhood with 4,000 homes, a golf course, parks and a town center with ... Read More »

LAUNCH OF AUDUBON BURROWING OWL WATCH PROJECT ON MARCO ISLAND: Public Invited to Special Presentation and Training

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Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) announces a new project called Burrowing Owl Watch, to monitor and protect Marco Island’s imperiled, state-listed Burrowing Owl population. On Saturday, March 5, from 9:00 – 10:30am at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, a special presentation on Burrowing Owl Natural History will be given by Nancy Richie, former Environmental Specialist for Marco Island and current owner of Island Environmental and Marine Services. That will be followed by a Burrowing Owl Photography Show and brief training for attendees interesting in becoming owl monitors, by Jean Hall, Audubon Florida Volunteer of the Year for ... Read More »

Goodland Road Disintegration Accelerates

January 17th brought another day of flooding on Goodland Road.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com “A policy of only repairing potholes and blocked drains is not a maintenance program.” – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers A discerning engineer would have foreseen coming trouble as Goodland Road was first being built. In November 18, 1992 a newspaper (Eagle) explained how it was done: In the early 20th century, Samuel Petit, his wife, five sons, and two daughters settled in what was then known as Goodland Point. He found the farming to be good in soil underneath a 40-acre Indian shell mound. At that time, the only way to get to ... Read More »

Coming to Town!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala In case you were wondering, Stein Mart, located in the new Tamiami Crossing Shopping Center at US 41E and Collier Boulevard, is working diligently toward an opening date of March 10th. They will be the first and only store opening at that time. The others are already slowly working on their inside construction, but don’t plan on opening until later – probably sometime in May after season. Stein Mart is now hiring. The inside looks great already, as they begin the interior completion such as shelves, mirrors, offices, checkout, and finally, stock. At that rapid pace, most ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Standing Watch

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Q: Boaters or Manatees? A: How about the “Environment”?   I hear it all the time – “…do you want to keep boating, or save manatees?” It’s as if the two are thought of as mutually exclusive. Generally, the one asking the question is working on the premise that manatees are truly and desperately endangered, and are also wonderful for the environment. They seem to believe that the more manatees we have, the better off our estuarine systems would be. Thanks to the “educational” initiatives of groups like Save the Manatee Club, they have also accepted the premise that all ... Read More »

Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

Our Island Ecology

By Chadd Chutsz It’s Raining, It’s Pouring No man is an island, and Marco, along with the rest of the globe, is feeling the effects of built up pressure in the Western Pacific pushing back towards the east. The result for us is a relatively warm, wet winter caused by reversed trade winds extending a Pacific Jetstream across the southern U.S.A. In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported the Oceanic Niño Index, which compares ocean surface temperatures in the east-central Pacific to the long-term average, to be 3.4. This breaks the record of the last strong El ... Read More »