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School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »

Rotary Club Exchanges Banners

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Submitted The Marco Island Rotary Club Sunrise members enjoyed their Annual Presidential Exchange of Banners at their recent meeting. Each year, Rotary International operates under a theme adopted by its president. The theme is published on a banner to be used by each Rotary Club. The Marco Island Sunrise Club has developed a tradition under which the outgoing president exchanges banner with the incoming president. Exchanging banners is a Rotary tradition, and is often done when a Rotarian visits a club in another state or country. Presidential exchange is somewhat unique to the Marco Island Sunrise Club. Outgoing President Debra ... Read More »

Rotary District Governor Visits Marco

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Submitted Newly installed Rotary District Governor Ladd Waldo recently visited the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to share his vision for the new Rotary year. The Rotary year begins July 1, 2016, which means Marco’s Sunrise Rotary is one of the first clubs in Ladd’s district to share his program. Ladd’s visit began with a dinner hosted by the Club, and attended by Ladd and the Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors. Ladd confirmed he wanted to continue the generous financial support of his district to the Rotary Foundation. Last year, the district donated more than one million dollars to ... Read More »

Leigh Plummer Park- Native Plants Thrive Thanks to Garden Club

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Calusa Garden Club founder Eva Schliesser still active, tends to her native plants.

By Maria Lamb   “It is my goal in life to educate our community about our beautiful native plants and to help get rid of the exotics.” – Eva Schliesser, Calusa Garden Club founder It started with an initial inquiry to the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department by then club members, Eva Schliesser, Naomi White and Jeanne Key, about the possibility of volunteering to do planting, pruning and weeding at the Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. This simple request turned into: can they add more desirable plants? In 1984, the Calusa Garden Club, working with the Collier Country Parks and ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

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By Maria Lamb It has been a successful nesting season, according to Owl Watch Project Manager, Jean Hall. The volunteers recorded a high chick count of over 350+ chicks from 85+ adult pairs. Some pairs had no chicks or the nest failed for some reason. The group has until mid-July for a final count. For 15 years, former Marco Island environmental specialist, Nancy Richie collected the burrowing owl data and with a group of local volunteers also maintained the sites. The Owl Watch Group of Marco Island, under the coordination of Audubon of the Western Everglades has decided to continue ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Florida Realtors® – A Century of Service: 100 Years, 100 Families

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Submitted The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® has participated in Florida Realtors® 100 Years, 100 Families program commemorating Florida Realtors® 100 anniversary milestone in 2016.  The program supports local Realtor® association charitable community efforts across the state. The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® selected a much needed landscaping project to beautify a local island home.  The landscape work was done by Al Benaroch, Affordable Landscaping.  His company unselfishly donated mulch, plants and their time to this project. The project was spearheaded by two Past Presidents of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors®, Susan Ackerson and Bill Filbin.  ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... Read More »

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

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Submitted At a recent meeting of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, Mary Allice Stansfield was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for her dedication to the Interact Club at Lely High School for the past five years.  Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.  This past school year, the Lely Interact Club, under Mary Alice supervision, donated 551.5 hours of volunteer and community involvement.  Mary Alice retired after sixteen years of teaching in Collier County schools. The Paul ... Read More »

Batiato: Acting Deputy Fire Chief

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By Samantha Husted  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has big shoes to fill. In the wake of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne’s retirement last May, the department has taken steps through succession planning to continue providing the highest level of service and care. Division Chief Dave Batiato expressed interest in the position, which is the next step in the fire service career ladder. “Division Chief Batiato has the talent, ability and professionalism to do the job,” said Fire Chief Michael Murphy. Dave Batiato has been with the fire department since 1990. As Division Chief he is in charge of a ... Read More »

PAWS to Hold Freedom Celebration BBQ

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Submitted Join PAWS Assistance Dogs of Naples in celebrating America and supporting our nation’s veterans on Saturday, July 9 at its first ever Paws Freedom Celebration Barbecue. PAWS, along with community partners, Post 9/11 Veterans Corp. and the City of Naples Fire-Rescue, will hold the BBQ at the PAWS Center at 3173 Horseshoe Drive, Naples between noon and 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Admission includes food and a non-alcoholic beverage. Advance reservations are required. Call 239-775- 1660 or go to www.pawsassistancedogs.org for reservations. All proceeds will benefit PAWS and Post 9/11 ... Read More »

Cat Adoptions Are $10 All Month

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Submitted Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help. To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter and three cats and 44 kittens in foster care. Any cat that is adopted or any person who can volunteer to be a foster family for these cats will make a huge difference. We have everything from kittens and nursing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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At the June 6th Marco Island City Council Meeting, our Council discussed how to respond to Collier County Commission Chair, Donna Fiala’s May 25, 2016 letter. The letter requested that the City of Marco agree to escrow $2 million in County money owed to Marco Island for road maintenance. It also requested a renegotiation of the 2002 Inter-local Agreement. In that agreement, Collier County agreed to pay the City $1 million a year for 15 years. In exchange the City agreed to MAINTAIN all the roads in the City and take ownership of Collier Blvd, San Marco Rd, and Goodland ... Read More »

Girls in Science Slumber Party

The girls examined the tank while searching for clues. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center had been transformed. Pink sleeping bags littered the floor, green ribbons were strewn about decoratively, and in the background the musical styling of Taylor Swift could be heard. On June 11th over 20 girls, ages 8-14, trickled into the Environmental Learning Center ready for a night of learning and fun. This was Rookery Bay’s third slumber party event. The Girls in Science Slumber Party is Rookery Bay Education Specialist Jeannine Windsor’s “brainchild.” After much research, she and fellow Education Specialist Dita O’Boyle discovered that there was a lack of sleepover-styled events ... Read More »

BAC Priority: Keep Our Beaches Clean

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Submitted  The mission of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee is to keep the City Council informed of current conditions of Marco Island’s seven miles of Gulf Beaches; advise the City Council of environmental matters, recommend future services in order to maintain the high quality of the beach for residents, visitors and the valued natural resources. The seven-member board of citizen volunteers, appointed by members of the City Council, have a daunting task. Who speaks for our beaches? How can we ensure that Marco Island’s crown jewel remain the number one attraction for visitors to our island. Worldwide, our beaches are ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

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By Maureen Chodaba Upon entering the Marco Island home of Al Bismonte, you are greeted by a garden ornament with the message “All Things Grow With Love.” That is a theme that lives and flourishes in the heart of this man of many talents. This “retired” pediatrician from Waukegan, Illinois enjoys a home that is filled with more than one hundred orchid plants. “They are not my hobby, they are my therapy,” says Bismonte with a smile. Surrounded by their beauty, Bismonte explained his secret in caring for these thriving plants. “Sometimes people think an orchid has died, but it ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Feeding Those in Need

Meals of Hope volunteers (from left): Dianna Dohm, Donna Niemczyk, Bill Morris and Catalina Vallejo with Erik Condee (seated). Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba  The Snook Inn was the place to be for happy hour on June 13 as 91 people enjoyed great food, fellowship with friends and the musical sounds of Rosetta Stone. But this was not just any happy hour. This was a Happy Hour for Hope supporting Meals of Hope (MOH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supporting the needy families of Collier County. Did you know that Collier County has the largest concentration of migrant workers in the eastern United States? The county is also unique in that it lacks the manufacturing resources of other larger cities. Thus, local ... Read More »

Tia Nielsen Awarded Summer Scholarship

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Tia Nielsen, seen here in NYC, will spend the summer attending Cooper Union.

Submitted    Lely Sophomore Tia Nielsen has been awarded a full scholarship this summer at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union in New York City. Tia will attend the summer (STEM) program, studying digital logic design for six weeks during her summer break. Her parents, Pat and Tresa are ecstatic, stating, “We’re not quite ready for her to head off to college for good yet, but the path she is paving for herself is very impressive.” Cooper Union’s summer program prepares high school students to pursue undergraduate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It ... Read More »