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A New Day for MIA


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: The students at MIA will not notice any major changes on campus this week. However, October 1st will be one of the most pivotal days in the school’s history. What is the major change? MIA will officially have a permanent location on Marco Island. We are proud to officially announce that we are buying our land. Thanks to a generous private loan of $2 million dollars from Bill and Karen Young, Marco Island Academy will purchase the San Marco property from its current owner Kinsley Investments. The loan is being offered at a 2½ percent ... Read More »

Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Community Helps to Build Copeland Bus Shelter

Youth from the Interact Club pitched in to build the shelter for Copeland kids who take the school bus.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Possibly most people reading the following story have never heard of Copeland, right here in Collier County. If you have…have you ever been there? There are only 82 homes in Copeland and approximately 325 people. Some are 3rd and 4th generation Copelanders. The figure I heard two years ago was that they had an unemployment rate of 72%. Many have no cars, and they don’t even have a mail delivery. There is a tiny Baptist church there that is always clean and cool. Copeland has two separate and distinct “villages.” When the re-districting lines for commissioners changed, ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Hospitality & Tourism

The group got a great sunrise view while aboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTOS BY STEVE PURCELL

By Steve Gimmestad Leadership Marco was once again in session on September 23. This class was focused on the hospitality and tourism industry in our area. Not a big deal, you say? Read on. In Collier County, based on the 4% Florida Tourist Development Tax, nightly room revenue contributes about $2 billion annually to the local economy. To put that into perspective, the entire GDP of Belize is about $1.7 billion and ranks 167th in the world (According to the International Monetary List of 2014). “It is fascinating the abundance of information that is available and what it shows,” says ... Read More »

Kiwanis Reconvenes With Tim Clune at the Helm

Chamber President Dick Shanahan was the weekly speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on September 24.

Submitted On Thursday mornings if you drive by Stonewalls at 7:30 AM you will find a packed parking lot. If you venture inside you will find a room full of some of the nicest people you can find, and a breakfast worth waking up early for. After a brief summer respite, Kiwanis has resumed their weekly breakfast meetings. On September 24 the gavel was passed from Dianna Dohm to Tim Clune, this year’s Kiwanis president. Tim told us that the goals for this year are to “continue helping the children of our community.” Kiwanis fundraising events include the Seafood Festival, ... Read More »

Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s 4th Annual PINK PARTY


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Physicians Regional Healthcare System is once again hosting its annual “PINK PARTY” on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This year’s PINK PARTY will take place at Naples Luxury Imports, 900 Tamiami Trail North in Naples. A highly popular annual event, Physicians Regional’s PINK PARTY is free to the public and promises to deliver a healthy blend of essential wellness information, engaging activities, and much more. In addition to serving as a complimentary resource for important medical information, Physicians Regional’s PINK PARTY will feature prizes, ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet took place  on Saturday, September 26. PHOTOS BY ERIN PERCHALSKI

Submitted Everglades City celebrated the blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet on Saturday, September 26. The event was hosted on the grounds of the Rod & Gun Club and included music, a bake sale, local arts & crafts and a frog jumping contest. Many children from the community enjoyed the festivities. Local correspondent, Amelia Perchalski, reports that “at the blessing of the fleet they had a frog race and they had flower girls that put flowers out on the docks. I was one of them. The frog race you had to pick a frog and make it jump to ... Read More »

JCMI Book Club


Submitted Women readers searching for a book club to meet their needs are invited to visit the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Lively discussions, varied opinions and love of the written word pique the interest and intellect of all who attend. Members choose by consensus works from all available genres. The seasonal calendar begins Tuesday, November 17, 11 AM with a discussion of “Orphan Train” by Christine Baker Kline. Meetings will continue the third Tuesday morning through April, 2016. The book group welcomes the community. There are no membership dues for participants. However, a donation to JCMI ... Read More »

To Rent or Not to Rent?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA It seems that Marco Island has been mulling over what to do regarding a proposed Rental Ordinance for some time now. Many questions have been raised, and just as many objections to its adoption. I would like to take a cold, hard look at it from a technical point of view. Let’s say, an architect’s point of view. In my last article, I covered the very complex and broad topic of land use and planning. The article focused on some of the primary guidelines that manage growth, and the built environment of Marco Island. ... Read More »

Community in Action

From left: Marco Island Police Officers Paul Keys, George Guyer and Bob Marley. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Little did Amy and Paul Ashby know when Amy’s cancer treatments began, that somewhere down the line they would experience the true essence of Marco Island; a group of people who roll up their sleeves, dig in and get to work when there’s a need. What transpired at the fundraiser for Amy Ashby at the Marco Brewery last weekend defines our COMMUNITY. Amy’s cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer and treatments are extremely costly. The Ashbys have three teenage children. The event was a fundraiser, and was organized by a few of Paul’s ... Read More »

Agreement with Collier County Schools Allows Marco Eagle Sanctuary to Plan for Future


By Don Manley Enhancement plans for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary are moving forward now that a lease-purchase agreement has been finalized between the property’s owner, the Collier County school district, and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, which operates the Tigertail Court eco-park. The new agreement replaces a five-year lease the district and the foundation entered in 2011 that was to expire in April. Approved unanimously by the Collier school board, the lease-purchase agreement calls for continuing the $30,000 monthly lease payments, with the foundation having the option to buy the land, based on the average of two appraisals at the ... Read More »

A Tribute to Our Heroes

Marco Island’s first responders and city staff came together for the annual remembrance breakfast on September 11.

By Samantha Husted On Friday, September 11, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held their annual remembrance breakfast at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall. The event was meant to honor and remember the civilians and service people who lost their lives on that terrible day fourteen years ago. Dianna Dohm, president of MIFRF, began the ceremony by acknowledging the retired Marco Island firefighters as well as the first responders in attendance, stating that it is they “who put their life on the line everyday.” Sgt. James Bogliole of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department gave the key address. ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Jeff Poteet

Jeff Poteet shows some of the equipment that is critical to monitoring the quality of our fresh water.

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. Meet Jeff Poteet. Jeff is the General Manager of the Water and Sewer Department of Marco Island. He started with the utility in June of 1992 as an operator trainee. A few licenses and a couple degrees later, Jeff took on his current role in 2010. When asked to describe his job, Jeff responds: “My number one focus is to protect public health. The water industry, in general in the United States, does such ... Read More »

Restrictions: What are they? How do they affect me? Why should I care?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Few people think to ask the above questions. Significantly less people may realize the impact the answers to these questions may have on what, in most cases, will be the most important investment of their lives. Zoning, what is it? Zoning, also referred to as “The Zoning Code” or, in the case of Marco Island, it is specifically referred to as “The Land Development Code” (refer to the link provided to the city’s website). The Land Development Code basically deals with matters of growth, density, uses and restrictions as they pertain to the built ... Read More »

Why Back to School is the Best Time of Year

Students take the opportunity to socialize before school starts. PHOTOS BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: As summer quickly comes to an end, I commonly hear parents and students grumbling about the first day of school. Occasionally, I even catch myself joining in on the conversation. Who doesn’t love the freedom and flexibility that summer brings? There are no schedules, no homework and plenty of time for vacation. Plus, I love to spend time with my family. This year, just like the last one, I have three children in three different schools on the island: Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Tommie Barfield Elementary. All three ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary’s Staycation Winner

Debra Shanahan, Rotary Sunrise president, with staycation  winner Craig Woodward. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its “Staycation” raffle drawing. The drawing awarded a timeshare week at Marco Island’s fabulous The Surf Club. The lucky winner was islander Craig Woodward. Craig was so happy with his success that he donated the price of an additional ticket to the club. The winning ticket was drawn from the Rotary Club’s prize bucket at its recent meeting. In making the award, President Debra Shanahan confirmed, “This is truly a historical event. We hope Craig enjoys it.” Funds raised by the raffle will be used for the Rotary Club’s community ... Read More »

Music & Movement at Island Montessori

Submitted The Island Montessori Academy is offering Music and Movement classes for students and community members. All classes will perform at a Winter Showcase on December 17, 2015 at Island Montessori. Private Piano Instruction with Mrs. A Lisa Andreacchio, “Mrs. A,” as her students fondly refer to her, will be offering private 30-minute classical piano instruction for beginners and up. Mrs. A, a seasoned piano instructor with over twenty years of experience, continues to cultivate her craft by celebrating the uniqueness of each child that is presented within every student. Private Piano Instruction on Mondays from 2:45 PM, beginning September ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Media Day

2015 Leadership Marco class with the WINK morning news crew (front from left) Rob Spicker, Joey Sovine, Jen Stacy and Therese O’Shea. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

By Steve Gimmestad August 26 and class was in session once again. It was Media Day and the Leadership Marco Class of 2015 had a 7:15 AM breakfast (sponsored by Stepping Stone Ecotours) and then hopped aboard the bus and headed off-island for a trip to Naples. First stop was WINK studios and a behind-the-scenes look at the news team. “It was a great day,” says Cathy Price McConville (a nurse at Physician’s Regional on Marco). “Bob and I watch WINK news every morning so we really felt that we were meeting members of our family. They were all ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »