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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 »

SAMI Changing of the Watch

SAMI bridge for 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) is the oldest sailing club in Collier County. On January 21, SAMI members enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Konrad’s honoring the 46th Changing of the Watch. Outgoing Commodore, Dan Singer, passed the flag to incoming Commodore, Ken Bardon, who just completed a three-year circumnavigation. Attending members welcomed the new bridge for 2016: Commodore Ken Bardon, Vice Commodore Phil Litow, Rear Commodore Micki Gobeil, Secretary Robin Singer, Treasurer Mary Lee Cale, and Fleet Captain Bronwen McKiever. All members are looking forward to another banner year for SAMI in 2016! Read More »

Marco’s Marriott Helps Local Charities

Marriott General Manager
Rick Medwedeff shakes Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Lisa Lefkow’s hand after presenting her with the donation. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa presents their Annual Paradise Charities Event in an effort to raise money for local charities and organizations. The annual event garners funds by hosting silent auctions, dinners and golf tournaments. This year the Marriott donated to two organizations that have not previously benefitted from the resort’s fundraising, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. On January 22nd general manager to the resort, Rick Medwedeff presented the two organizations with a combined $25,000. “This is part of the Marriott’s ongoing effort to ... Read More »

Historic Site #14 Otter Mound 1821 Addison Court, Marco Island


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Otter Mound has native vegetation representative of what covered the Island before modern development; the whelk shell walls located throughout the property were built in the 1940’s and 50s by Ernest and Gladys Otter from the Calusa shell that was found on the site. Archaeological surveys show that Calusa Indians occupied the property around 750-1200 A.D. It is thought that the walls were constructed for the Otter’s vegetable and flower gardens. After selling most of Caxambas to Barron Collier in 1922, the Barfield’s moved into their house which was located on the south half of ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Wins Couples’ Choice Award®


Submitted WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Marco Island Florist and Gift as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Florist in Marco Island and Naples! The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. While many industry award winners are selected by the ... Read More »

Historic Site #12: Church of God & Pioneer Cemetery 590 West Elkcam, Marco Island


By Coastal Breeze News Staff This early wooden church built of yellow pine was the first church on Marco. Caroline Robinson held Sunday school classes in her home and is credited with collecting money and supplies to construct the Church. This Cemetery is the burial place of pioneers significant to Marco Island history. It also has a form of early cement head stones. The Church of God, originally constructed in Old Marco, was moved to its present location. www.newlifemarco.irg/content?id=314 In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic ... Read More »

Neale and Manchen Co-Presidents of NPC

Patrick Neale (R). Craig Manchen (L). SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Patrick Neale and Craig Manchen were elected to lead Naples Pathway Coalition as Co- Presidents by the NPC board of Directors. John Coffey was elected Vice President/ Secretary, and Sean Nolan was re-elected Treasurer. A longtime Collier County resident, Pat Neale practices law in the areas of business, contracting, real estate, and bankruptcy. He is also the president and owner of Lucera, Inc., a firm dealing with plastics, chemical and specialty petroleum products markets. He has traveled extensively and is an active member of the community who serves on numerous boards and has received many awards for his distinguished service. Pat is a ... Read More »

Historic Site #11 Captain Collier House 1121 Bald Eagle Drive


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bob and Betty Whitaker managed the Marco Hotel (now called the Old Marco Inn) and lived in the Collier House that was then situated between the hotel and the two-story motel that Bob Carrier built and named “the Units.” Carrier owned the hotel from 1955 to 1967. The Collier House was moved in 1967 to its present location on Bald Eagle Drive, and has operated as a restaurant since 1995. See In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological ... Read More »

Bless the Blue

From left: Ofc. Adam Nelson, Ofc. Jeff Stafford, Ofc. Bob Marvin,  Ofc. Frank Steiger, Ofc. Clayton Smith and Sgt. Hector Diaz. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER

Submitted On November 21st the First Baptist Church of Naples hosted an event titled “Bless the Blue/Back the Badge.” The purpose of the event was to salute the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day in order to keep Collier County safe. “Bless the Blue/Back the Badge” allowed the community to get together and show their support. It was their way of saying “thank you.”   Read More »

Nominate a Family in Need

Submitted Starting with its 30th anniversary two years ago, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has been donating an all-expenses-paid vacation to Disney World to a local family. The firm announced today that it needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its “For the Family” holiday give-away. This year the firm is donating to a local family of four, three-day park passes, two nights at a hotel, and a gift card for incidentals such as food, gas or parking. Attorney William G. Morris said, “My staff and I really enjoy participating in this ... Read More »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walkers, from left: Michael Cirillo, Jan Cirillo, Abby Cichon, Ray Nutter,  Jim Cichon, Joe Ann Vesely, Shirley Woolaway (Group Leader), Jack Markel, Barb Markel (Team Captain), Marilou Casey, Mary Ann Tittle, Suzanne Schmachtenberg, Ray Tittle,
Katie Denning and Marti Spence. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Members and friends of the Marco Spirit Team from Marco Island recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk at Fleischmann Park in Naples. The team was comprised of members and friends of the Memory Loss/Caregiver Support Group of Marco. Out of 77 teams, the team came in second in fundraising by raising $7,215. Of the 77 teams, there were 604 walkers and the grand total raised for Collier County was $87,617.   Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »

New CWA Protects Nesting Birds

A Wilson Plover nesting out on the Sand Dollar spit, Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area

Submitted A Collier County sandbar known as “Second Chance” was designated a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The island, part of a larger shoal complex, is an important nesting site for Wilson’s plovers and state-listed least terns and black skimmers. From March 1 through August 31 the sandbar will be closed to public access; the least tern, Wilson’s plover and black skimmer nesting season. Second Chance hosted the largest least tern ground colony in the region for four of the last five years. It is also an important site for Wilson’s plovers and ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part One


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn There is only one way in and one way out of Goodland. It is aptly named Goodland Road and designated CR 92A by Collier County. On good days, one need only dodge potholes, and endure a washboard drive over the crumbling roadway. On bad days, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and the Marco River on the other, cover substantial portions of the road creating shifting one-lane travel and traffic backups. A refrain that I hear over and over is “Why doesn’t the County do something about this?” The short ... Read More »

Senior Cat Adoption

Submitted For the Love of Cats began the Seniors for Seniors program in 2010 with a one year grant from Home Again, the microchip company. This program has become so valuable that For the Love of Cats has made it a part of their ongoing programs. Older cats languish in shelters for years. Most do not get adopted, or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone, and depression is a major concern. Having a cat increases seniors’ activities, social interaction and is beneficial to their overall health. “This is the fifth ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island


Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Berkshire’s Beach Bash


By Coastal Breeze News Staff People in Southwest Florida are known for their generosity. The same goes for the companies and organizations that call this area home. A perfect example would be Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). For 24 years, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and its predecessors, have supported kids with cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation, not just locally, but across the nation. This year, rather than the usual golf tournament fundraiser, Geri Nowak coordinated the Marco Island Berkshire Hathaway office effort, and garnered support for a new event. So, with further support from the Marco Island Marriott Beach ... Read More »

MIAAOR’s First Annual Economic Summit


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors organized and held their First Annual Economic Summit at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Laurie Kasperbauer of the MIAAOR Development Committee introduced the panel of four presenters, who shared their views and expertise with the audience. Panel member Dr. Christopher Westley is the Director of Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics, FGCU. Next up was Jack Wert, the Executive Director of Collier County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cindy Carroll, SRA, Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants was also a part of ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Helps Habitat For Humanity

The Sunrise Rotary’s first Saturday mission helping Habitat for Humanity.

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, building homes and providing opportunities. Club members will be working in Habitat’s Naples communities on the second Saturday of every other month building homes, landscaping and providing manpower to assist Habitat in its mission. Sunrise Rotary volunteers joined with three student volunteers from the Rotaract Club for their first Saturday mission on October 10, 2015. Seven Rotarians converged on a Habitat home in East Naples at 8 AM. They painted and worked until almost noon. President Debra Shanahan stated, “Habitat’s ... Read More »