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Letter to the editor

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To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue and police force. We had allot of heavy equipment to get out of our car to use to play music for this event. The crew of kind considerate men saw this and offered their assistance. It was so very much ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

Jeff with a nice black drum caught on a Captain Rapps Charter.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring has sprung, and with it, it brings one of the best months for fishing: May. Because of the mild and dry weather patterns and light wind, May is the perfect month to enjoy our local waters. The water is warming up into the 80s, attracting the fish to set out on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near Gulf flats and island areas. In May the new moon falls on the 7th and full moon on the 22nd. May is one of the months that we will not have ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part VI Aha! Is That a Tunnel I See Before Me?

A lovely new aqua glass and white tile backsplash sets off the quartzite counters. Photos by Carol Glassman

By Carol Glassman The day after the new kitchen cabinets arrived was Friday, March 18 and we all know how much work is usually accomplished at the end of a week: almost as if the Lord declared a day of rest in order to get ready for a few days of more rest. I was up and ready to admit workers at an early hour, and as usual sat around for three more hours until they actually arrived. I must admit I was a little dubious when two rather slight fellows, we’ll call them Joe and Moe because they looked ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Dear County Commissioners and State Officials

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Dear County Commissioners and State Officials: As a former first responder with law enforcement, certified EMT and CPR instructor, elected Marco Is. Fire Commissioner (mid 1990’s) and founding member of the Marco Is. Fire and Police Foundations, I have some knowledge and insight into the life saving importance of response times and actions of first responders to emergency situations. Before Marco Is. became a city, the Marco Fire Commission had many meetings, work shops, discussions and disagreements with the Fire Union and EMS before we instituted the “3 man” concept. In cooperation with EMS officials and overcoming Fire Union opposition, ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

We Love Lucille!

Lucille Gaita and Craig Greusel. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Island Theater Company’s musical romp of the old Wild West, “Saga Of Roaring Gulch,” has reopened, featuring music director and piano player extraordinaire, Lucille Gaita. “We Love Lucille” is the mantra of the cast and crew of the Saga production. And Lucille “is thrilled to be working once again on the 20th year anniversary show.” Lucille has worked with many performers including The Drifters, Loretta Long, The Ink Spots, Barbara McNair, Tiny Tim, Joey Bishop, Alan Jones, Tessie O’Shea and Queen Esther Marrow. She played piano for acts such as Bob Hope, Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie, Little Anthony, ... Read More »

Team Effort Makes a Good Burn

Cass Palmer, District 6 Fire Management Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches over the line of fire. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Most often when we hear about wildfires it is in connection to the great harm that they cause; Homes destroyed, people and animals injured or killed, and beautiful trees forever erased from nature. Yet fires are actually beneficial to Florida’s landscape, and play an integral role in its ecosystems. Periodic fire tends to favor understory species that require a more open habitat. A mosaic of burned and unburned areas tends to maximize an “edge effect” which promotes a large and varied wildlife population. Deer, dove, quail, and turkey are game species that benefit from prescribed fire in ... Read More »

Naomi’s Rogue-Urinating Advice

Naomi busy at work supervising. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I’m still being a really bad girl. I’ve managed to stay away from the stove after my touch-and-go paw-burning incident of last month, but I’m still peeing in sinks and spraying walls and doors. As “supervisor” over here at For the Love of Cats, Marco’s no-kill cat rescue, people are always asking me why their cat is misbehaving. Yes, I know, that makes me a hypocrite! Take the other day for instance. My driver was driving me to Naples when a call came in from an exasperated woman ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part II

This is one of the ‘miraculous’ air scrubbers, 
said to remove dangerous and toxic mold and other air-borne particulates. Running them 24/7 as recommended guaranteed to render you deaf. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman “Listen my children and you shall hear,” NOT the midnight story you may be expecting, but the second, hair-pulling installment of ‘Homeowner Beware’ or how not to choose a contractor and why you should trust no one who tells you, “Don’t worry!” Facing possible replacement of a roof, a house full of floor tiles, and a complete kitchen, I awaited the verdict when the contractor Tony agreed to meet with my insurance company. The insurance adjuster John and his area manager Tom met with Tony on August 11, and the three of them seemed to have a plan. Of course my plan was ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The community is invited to the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on February 20. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Blessing of the Fleet, sponsored by Marco Island Yacht Club, is set for Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11 AM–2 PM. Boats of all types and vessels of varied proportions are invited to attend the time-honored tradition. The Marco Island Yacht Club Bridge will be in formation as the boats pass in review, after Chaplain Richard Blauw has blessed the fleet. Spectators are welcome to come watch the ceremony and stay for a great lunch, while enjoying the sounds of the Marco Strummers. According to Commodore Harris, “As in previous years, the boats will be grouped ... Read More »

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

The LCI anchored, Sea of Japan

  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 »