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MIA Cross Country Girls Bring Home First Trophy Olivia Watt Leads the Pack

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MIA’s cross country team with the team’s hard won first-ever trophy. From left: Danya Zarate, Olivia Watt, Anna Chamberlain, Morgan Jones, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Coach Bruce Kretschmer.

By Barry Gwinn As the sun came up last Saturday, on the bucolic campus of Palmetto Ridge High School (PRHS) located near Immokalee and Oil Well Roads, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls cross country team made school history. Competing against six other high schools in PRHS’s inaugural Beware the Bear Invitational, the girls came in second overall, for their first trophy ever. Only Community School scored higher. On the 5,000-meter (about 3 miles) course, Olivia Watt ran a personal best of 20:22.52, which also set an MIA school record. Watt, an MIA junior, finished 1 minute 12 seconds in ... Read More »

Island Country Club Welcomes New GM

From left: Golf Course Superintendent Wayne Kappauf, Director of Golf Paul Boland, and Peter Cizdziel discuss golf course renovations.

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Country Club (ICC) has welcomed Peter Cizdziel as their new general manager and chief operating officer. Peter has taken over for longtime GM, Rudiger (Roger) Loose. “Roger served as general manager for approximately 13 years and provided necessary leadership to guide the Club through the Great Recession from 2008 to 2013,” said Rene Champagne, Island Country Club president. Upon news of Roger’s retirement, the Island Country Club initiated a nationwide search for his successor. This was no small undertaking as applications were received from all over the country. “We were seeking an experienced general ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand

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Which Plan: Midtown Development Plan (2012) meets Veterans Community Park Master Plan (2009)? As past board members of Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) we do not know where to begin with regard to city sponsored Plans. We have reviewed the Veterans Community Park Master Plan, as well as, recommendations and options brought forth by the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) to date. The 2009 Master Plan offered many scenarios including band shell, restrooms and parking with sensitivity to maintaining green space. http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16152 We also were intimately informed by city staff of the Midtown Development Plan (2012) as members of ... Read More »

Sustainable Improvements/Skill Development, Part I

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott Based on experience, I’m confident that a student can improve with a 30-minute lesson from a qualified instructor. The improvement in such a session might result in a few more quality golf shots, which helps golfers enjoy the game more. While a 30-minute window might allow time to fix a visual fault in the golf swing, chances are those extra few good shots will go away, and the same old game will come back. The “quick visual fix” is not sustainable unless we increase our skill level, because increasing skill level will do more than ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

Olympic Golf

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ALL THINGS Golf Todd Elliott The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally here, and for the first time since 1904 golf will once again be a featured event. So beyond the usual fare of swimming competitions, track and field, diving, judo, gymnastics and many other sports less popular to the general American audience, golf will be part of the Olympic extravaganza on a world-wide stage. When the decision to add golf to the 2016 Games was announced by the International Olympic Committee, jubilation flowed throughout the world of golf. The decision, many of us felt, would help introduce more young ... Read More »

What’s New in City Government Communications

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By Maureen Chodaba Communication is the key to transmission, conveyance and disclosure of information between individuals. In the operation of any legislature, it is the path of transparency among those in positions of authority and the citizens of that protectorate. And so it is with the City of Marco Island as government communications just became more effective and clear. Some may remember the days before the construction of the Community Room at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, when meetings of city government were held at Mackle Park. A handheld microphone was passed from councilor to councilor in the course of the ... Read More »

Own the Moment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott Conventional wisdom holds that “golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” But based on work done by researchers in the world of sports in general and golf in particular, a more apt phrase describing the game we love may very well be “golf is 100% mental,” an enlightened concept opening a path toward higher performance levels on the golf course. While golfers have known for years how important the mental side is to the game, most think the phrase specifically relates to mental control during the course of a round of golf. But I maintain the ... Read More »

Museums Host Pokémon Go Parties

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Submitted The Pokémon Go phenomenon has taken the world by storm, and Southwest Florida is no exception. During the month of August, Collier County Museums will host four Pokémon Go Lure Parties, on each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The lure parties will include Pokémon themed activities, a scavenger hunt and, of course, four hours of lure modules to attract those sought after rare Pokémon. All ages of Pokémon trainers are welcome. The schedule for the Pokémon Go Lure Parties: 8/6 Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island  8/13 Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Tr. ... Read More »

Finding a Marco Island Condo

Condos along the beach. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Starting your search for a Marco Island condo? Here’s a brief overview. Generally about 3% of Marco Island’s 10,500 condos are on the market at any given time. For instance, last week 337 condos were for sale. Marco Island’s condos can be found along the beach, adjacent to water, inland and along the Gulf. 38% of Marco Island’s condos are located on the beach and this tends to be the first area that people are drawn to. Last week, 152 were for sale. Prices on the beach range from $289,000 for a ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

Women’s Gun Training

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Submitted The ALTAIR Gun Club is now taking reservations for the Women’s Pistol 1 course to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 5 PM. This course is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the mindset necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills required for personal defense. ... Read More »

Traditionally Speaking

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark Over the years, traditions in all sports, have changed. Two of the most ‘old school’ and honorable sports are tennis and golf. I was recently watching a broadcast of vintage Wimbledon matches on The Tennis Channel. The show included an interview with the great Rod Laver, aka, “The Rocket”, about how the game has changed since his day, both in regards to the speed, spin and power of today’s game, as well as what it was like to play at the Grand Slams back in his era. Some of the clips and films they were ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Our Parks

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Dearest Members of Our Community, It has been quite a while since I’ve written something for publication in our local news media, but some recent events have left me compelled to do so in the hopes of helping people understand in its entirety an issue which has come before our city councilors. As a Member of PRAC, I have had the honor of participating in an extensive discussion regarding one of our city’s most valuable features: Veterans Community Park. As a committee, PRAC has spent hundreds of hours visiting local groups, holding workshops, and reviewing surveys within our home town ... Read More »

Dual Threats to Shorebirds on Sand Dollar Island

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Submitted On the plus side, the count on the shorebird nursery on Sand Dollar Island is higher than last year’s. Chicks are skittering everywhere taking cover from the hot sun. According to the Collier Shorebird Stewards, by around this time last year, the crows had wiped out the nesting colony and the birds departed without producing a single chick. It is looking more hopeful this year even after Tropical Storm Colin. Adam DiNuovo, Audubon shorebird biologist, is excited but concerned. He shared that dogs and the trash boaters leave behind are threats to shorebirds. How do dogs disturb birds? An ... Read More »

Gun Course for Women

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Submitted Women are invited to join ALTAIR Gun Club for their upcoming Women’s Pistol 1 course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pistol 1 course, taught by women instructors, is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the attitude necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills ... Read More »

Chokoloskee Bridge Replacement Project

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Submitted Construction activities are planned to start next week on the Chokoloskee Bridge replacement on C.R. 29 over Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City. This project will replace the existing bridge on the causeway to Chokoloskee Island with a new wider structure which will have two 12-foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide shoulders on each side and a single 8-foot sidewalk on the east (or bay) side. The sidewalk will be separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall and it will be connected to the existing asphalt path that runs along C.R. 29 in this area.  The new ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Bernie Sanders The Candidate Who Captivated an Entire Generation

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By Roy Eaton Bernie Sanders is a remarkable man who engineered a commendable presidential campaign that is worthy of the respect of all Americans who believe that intelligence, integrity, sincerity and candor are essential traits for one seeking the office of President of the United States. As a candidate, Sanders directed an admirable campaign above reproach for he never deviated from his core values and beliefs. He is a highly principled, articulate and honorable man of conviction, and whether you agree or not with his ideological approach to governance, well-informed Americans should admit that his traits are those we admire ... Read More »

A Hobby Lovingly Displayed

A 1964 Pontiac LeMans, right, is joined by a 1964 Ford Galaxy, a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

By Don Manley Steve Garske has been a car lover since he was a kid. “I grew up with them,” said the Marco Island resident. “When I was 16, Mustangs and Camaros were all showing up. I couldn’t wait until September when all the new models came out. My first car was a ‘67 Mustang.” College, marriage and then having a family kept him from fully indulging his interest by becoming a collector, but that all changed in 2000 when he purchased a Porsche and then a 1964 Chevy Malibu. “And then I kind of got hooked,” said Garske, who ... Read More »