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Is Consolidation An Option for Collier County?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It appears consolidation may still be an option for the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD) — along with Collier County’s other three dependent fire districts — especially if Collier’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has a say in it. During the December 9 BCC meeting, the topic of fire-rescue district consolidation came up twice. The first time was the consideration of an agenda item which would establish the EMS Fire Districts Merger Ad Hoc Committee enabling fire district commissioners, union leaders and county staff to discuss a mass fire and EMS merger over the ... Read More »

I’ve Looked at Clouds From Multiple Sides Now

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com A dear friend and fellow artist was visiting from Europe last week, and it was delicious to fill so many conversations with artful topics. After visiting my home gallery, she was moved by a collection of cloud paintings of mine and shared her thoughts about the rising popularity of clouds as subject matter in western art. Was it a rising trend? I had not heard. (Growing up in flat-as-the-ocean Florida, clouds have always seemed a natural obsession.) Tell me more. She named several European artists, well-known and obscure, who are now dedicating yards and yards of ... Read More »

A Record Year for Panthers… But Not A Record to Celebrate

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Submitted More of our state’s panthers have been killed on roadways than ever before this year. And when it’s a female, that often means orphaned kittens. And every year, this endangered species also suffer injuries that require biologists and veterinarians to step in and help. Up to this point, however, much of that care involved transporting cats from Collier County to Central or Northern Florida – requiring a sick or wounded cat to endure long hours of transport. You can help us change that in 2015 by donating today. A Local Solution for Our Local Cats We are planning a ... Read More »

A Sense of Community

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COASTALCOMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net What a wonderful time of year! People seem to be sparkling as much as the festive lights all over the Island. There have been so many parties and events over the past few weeks which continue to keep us all together. As I was thinking about writing this column and accentuating the holiday season, I again feel that the island is so blessed to have the City Council who voted to buy the Glon Property, now the Veteran’s Park, and the focal point of many of the Island festivities. I truly believe it is because you ... Read More »

Commercial Properties Landscape Buffers: Let’s Keep the Island Beautiful

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It is well-known that Marco Island is naturally beautiful and not just for its beaches. Designated as a “Tree City USA” for five consecutive years, the landscape and trees are very important to all residents for the high quality of life standard on the island. Appointed by City Council, the Beautification Advisory Committee’s mission is to advise them on the beautification of the community’s landscape that is consistent with the tropical character and natural beauty of Marco Island. This committee strives to educate residents about planting the right plants in the right place, irrigation with water conservation techniques and proper ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

Lely Invitational Hosts Record 32 Schools

Lely’s Rosie Poling, center, passes a runner in the Lely Cross Country Invitational. Poling, of Marco Island, placed 10th in a personal best time of 19:43.7.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely Cross Country Invitational hosted a record 32 schools on Sept. 18, marking its 15th year. The Marco Island Academy girls, with five freshmen, raced against experience and still came in at 18th. The lone boy, Fermin Mendoza, set a personal best in his race. Lely’s Gage Wheeler of Marco, raced to seventh in leading his team to a fifth-place finish. Marco’s Rosie Poling, placed 10th, leading her team to a ninth-place finish. Olivia Watt led her MIA team with in a time of 22:42. Watt was an outstanding runner at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

PHANTOM FLIES OVER LELY CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL

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As runners at the Lely Cross Country Invitational revved up, so did Chris Black and his Phantom 2 Drone. The drone, with a GoPro camera, circumnavigated the cross country course to give an additional enhancement to the event. By Florida High School Association rules, the drone can hover up to 400 feet above the subject. Sean Duffey, race timer for Gulf Coast Runners, was recording times at the meet. “It benefits the runners,” he said. “It gives a different perspective. Very cool at the finish line.” Black first purchased a drone for his personal use, then earned a grant for ... Read More »

Training: MIPD Bike Patrol

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By Pat Newman Training to be a Marco Island Bike Patrolman is no ride in the park, as six officers demonstrated on test day. Under the critical eye of instructor Andrew Penny, a Lee County Deputy Sheriff and member of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), the trainees practiced braking, serpentine maneuvering and riding up and down stairs on the final day of their 32-hour class. The course was designed to simulate conditions the bikers may encounter while on patrol in the streets, alleys and parking garages around the island. All officers in the city’s second round of bike ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is not an easy game. I find that beginning golfers struggle with limiting their expectation. They see the person next to them on the range hitting the golf ball high and far. They want to make the ball fly far as well, and they expect to produce something similar. When I stand next to a basketball player dunking the basketball into the hoop, I do not change my own expectation of my own game. I simply do not have the physical capability to dunk the basketball. I would have to train for years, and ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

Cross Country Invitational Meet Gaining Popularity

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students descended upon Mackle Park — all wearing the appropriate school colors — to enter the MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Cross Country Invitational. After some odd looking stretching and exercising on the field, they lined the start ready to race the clock — all 384 of them! The annual meet attracted 12 middle schools and 16 high schools from around the region. Of course, they didn’t all start at once; there were five races: high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, middle school girls and an open race. Middle school-aged runners had a course ... Read More »

Stride-away through Hideaway

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fifteen minutes prior to the start, rain threatened to wash out the runners who showed up for the Second Annual Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk. Those that stayed home missed out; the rain subsided by race time and kept early morning temperatures in check, making what is considered a great course by participants even better. There were runners from all over — runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany. There were senior citizens and babies in strollers. Organizers were Dr.’s George Sarantos ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

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My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that. The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking ... Read More »

New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available

Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours. Unlike before, this new online course will be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Upon successful completion of the course individuals can print a form to present at the ORV Office to receive their operators permit.  A computer will continue to be available at the off-road vehicle office for those who do not have internet access. The training course ... Read More »

Naomi’s Identity Crisis

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: My little tortie heart is crushed and broken. There is not a photo to be found of me in our 2015 Glamour Puss Calendar — for the second year in a row, I might add. Did someone forget to tell me I’ve been placed in the Witness Protection Program? There is, of course, the remotest of possibilities (very remote I might add) that I’m wrong, so here’s the deal. Anyone who’s been to Disney World knows there’s a great game whereby visitors are challenged to find “hidden ... Read More »

Soccer referee certification

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Those interested in becoming a soccer referee can get their certification on Marco Island. The course will be at Mackle Park , 9am to 4pm on Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. This course is organized by Marco Island Optimist Soccer. New new referees will receive a patch and certification to officiate soccer in the State of Florida in any affiliated League. Read More »

2nd Art Tourney

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Spend a day on the links Saturday, October 11th at the Island Country Club, the “crown jewel” of Southwest Florida’s celebrated golfing community. The 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for the Arts, a fund-raiser for the Marco Island Center for the Arts, begins with a luncheon in the clubhouse at noon and a shotgun start at 1 pm. The cost is $125 per player and includes lunch, cart and green fees. All golfers are welcome! “This is our second golf tournament supporting the Center for the Arts,” said Aris Petropoulos Tournament Chairman and Member of the Board. “It is also a ... Read More »

Florida’s Swallowtail Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com My “Butterfly Gardening in Florida” series rolls on with this third installment in which I will focus on swallowtail butterflies. Florida is home to 10 swallowtail butterflies — more than any other state. They are very easy to identify due to their strikingly large size and their ability to glide long distances between wing flaps. Much larger than other Florida butterflies, most swallowtails have distinctive tails on their hind wings. I remember the first time I saw one. Actually, there were two, and they were mating. I’ll never forget it! I still thoroughly enjoy watching ... Read More »