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Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea..” In this nifty new book, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the exciting story of how the U.S. Marines earned bragging rights to include the shores of Tripoli in their hymn. Even before the Constitution was ratified and the United States of America came to official existence, the Barbary pirates were menacing our vessels. In summer 1785, the American minister to France, Thomas Jefferson, received a letter from Richard O’Brien, captain of the Dauphin, ... Read More »

It’s Redfish Time!

First place winners Captain John Marchetti and Mike Larsen.

SUBMITTED After months of anticipation, Marco Sportfishing Club’s Tenth Annual Redfish Tournament “Full of Bull,” kicked off at the Old Marco Lodge. The Old Marco Lodge not only provided great food and drink, but an inspiring backdrop for what was about to be an action packed week and a half of camaraderie, fishing, dining and prizes. Two separate tournaments took place- REDFISH X and REDFISH MONDAY. On the water in Goodland, the fishing began. October 22 and 23 was the start of the team event, REDFISH X. Each team was sprinkled with novice and experts alike, all hoping for the ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Gordon Timmerman

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  By Maggie Gust Gordon Timmerman served as a U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate Third Class on LCI-669 in the Pacific Theater 1944 to 1946. Gordon remembers the radio reports of the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was a freshman. People were stunned because there was no indication of aggression from Japan, rather peace negotiations were ongoing between the two countries. It took a couple of weeks for the full extent of the destruction at Pearl Harbor to be determined and also for America to realize the strength and numbers of the Japanese forces. “Really, the public was not aware ... 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 »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... Read More »

Artful Aging

Artists rocking it at Naples Senior Center. PHOTO BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@gmail.com Sometimes good fortune finds us despite our best efforts to look the other way. When Janice Paine of the United Arts Council contacted me about teaching a month-long drawing class at a senior center in Naples, I am embarrassed to admit how quick I was to back off. Thank goodness she was persistent. First of all, it was in far-away Naples, you know, over the bridge. All the way over the bridge. Islanders understand. Second, summer is my prime paint season, and while teaching has its own rewards, I do not like to take away from ... Read More »

CJ’s Partners with BAC for Beach Clean-up

From left: Ruth McCann, BAC Committee Chair, joins Bernardo Bezos and Ray McChesney from MICA, in the beach clean-up. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday August 23 CJ’s on the Bay was closed. But that didn’t mean owners and employees took the day off. For the fifth year in a row, Curt and Jacquie Koon closed their restaurant for the day, so that employees and their families could volunteer with the Beach Advisory Committee’s (BAC) beach clean-up. Following the hard work, Curt and Jacquie take all employees and family members who volunteered to lunch. “Last year 62 employees and family members came out to clean the beach” Curt tells us. Curt and his crew started at South Beach, while Jacquie ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress

AMIkids Big Cypress assisted the Naples Habitat for Humanity organization with framing a house. Our young men put their carpentry and general construction skills to the test. One of our young men used the nail gun to “strap down the truss”. This task allowed us to use the power tools to connect the truss to the outer wall. As you can see in this picture, getting the straps connected to both the truss and the outer wall can be quite tricky. Our young men were very creative when completing these tasks. This crew was working on the living and laundry rooms ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

The Price Of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David A. Smith Regnery History 2015, 256 pages Genre: Biography “After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately and let ‘em sink or swim.” – Attributed to Audie L. Murphy According to Army records, during the 20 months he served in the European combat theater, Audie L. Murphy was responsible for the elimination of at least 240 enemy soldiers, thus saving an untold number of American lives. He was wounded seriously enough to be hospitalized three times. In return, he received 33 decorations ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…

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By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

9th Annual Digital Scavenger Hunt 2015

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By Andy Battaglia & Gene Burson Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron held their Digital Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 14th. There were twentythree who participated in the Scavenger Hunt! At 9:30am Fire Chief Mike Murphy and his wife Barbara arrived at the Calusa Marina dock in Goodland via jet skis to deliver the “hunt list” to Co-Captains Rhonda McAuliffe-Gloodt and Carol Einhart, who hosted this year’s hunt. The Digital Scavenger Hunt was originated by Past Commander Tippy Cavanagh and John Cavanagh in 2007 as a fun on-the-water squadron activity. The weather was perfect as the fleet picked up their ... Read More »

Columbus Ships Still Inspire Adventure

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Stepping aboard the Columbus ships as they were docked at Rose Marina in Marco Island on the weekend of February 28, my mind drifted back to what it must have been like. The wind filling the sails as the bow broke deep through the waves of an open ocean. Dolphins streaking keeping pace with the ship and the sun making me squint as I survey the rigging above me. How glorious it must have… Whoa…wait a minute! That was the fantasy. The reality was much different. In truth, these ships are not large; Nina is 65 ... Read More »

A Dolphin Year in Review

Socializing is a major function of our dolphin society. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE AND KENT MORSE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist February 2015 will mark the ninth anniversary of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team’s work of studying and identifying the bottlenose dolphins that call the Marco Island area their home. In 2014, we were able to recognize five newborn in our waters to go along with five more that turned a year old, seven that turned 2 and 8 that turned 3 years old. Professionally, it has been rewarding to note which adult females gave birth and which dolphins have new siblings. Personally, it has been just good, plain old fun! In the name ... Read More »

‘Pinta,’ ‘Nina’ Dock in Marco Island

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On Friday, Feb. 27, the “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Marco Island. The ships will be docked at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, until their departure early morning Monday, March 2. The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the “Nina” on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th ... Read More »

I Do Windows!

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Sherri Medeiros has a knack for seeing things more clearly, especially when it comes to her business, See-Thru Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Scratch and Waterstain Removal Inc. For 15 years, See-Thru has offered professional cleaning and glass restoration services to homeowners and businesses on Marco Island and surrounding communities. “I especially enjoy providing superior service to a diverse and interesting clientele,” Sherri says. “I love when a client looks through the clean glass and is amazed at the difference we made. I employ a professional team of window cleaners and pressure washers, many of whom have worked for my company ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Everglades City crabbers are ready for 2014 season.

By Pat Newman Everglades City’s crab fleet was blessed by pastors and baptized in rainwater Saturday, Sept. 27, as families gathered to celebrate the start of another stone crab season. The event was held on the grounds of the historic Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. Sponsored by members of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, the blessing of the boats was initiated six years ago by Tod Dahlke and local crabbers, according to the society’s president Marya Repko. Saturday’s celebration included local crafters, a frog-jumping contest and a cake baking competition for the best coconut guava confection. ... Read More »

Marco Island Punt, Pass and Kick 2014

....And celebrate with him afterward. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island’s under-15 set was ready for some football on a balmy Monday evening, as they gathered at Mackle Park to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK). This was Marco Island’s 10th year to hold the NFL-sponsored, free competition. Hosted by the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department on Sept. 15, 31 boys and girls demonstrated their pig skin prowess like the pros in front of a supportive grand stand full of parents, friends and coaches. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL ... Read More »