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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 »

Walker’s Tournament Benefits ACS

Relaxation after a hard days work fishing.

Submitted On Saturday, July 5, Walker’s Hideaway Marina hosted their First Annual Red Grouper Fishing Tournament. There were approximately 19 boats with 2-4 fishermen per boat. There were two divisions to this tournament: a 20-mile division and a 30-mile division. The top prize was $1,000 in each division, and the top prizes were given for weight and length. The winners of the 20-mile division were Doug Bartlett and his crew. They won in both the weight and length categories. The winners of the 30-mile division were Team Marco and included Bert Hoell, Paul Milice, Ron Shudes and Ed Vesely. They ... Read More »

Villa at Terracina Grand Tops Out

Aerial view of Terracina Grand. PHOTOS BY GIOVANNI PHOTOGRAPHY

Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand in East Naples just reached a key construction milestone with the “topping out” of their two-story, 55-apartment building. When complete in early 2015, Villa at Terracina Grand will focus on care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. The Goodman Group, the development and management company for the new community and Terracina Grand, hosted a topping out ceremony on Thursday, June 19. The event featured a “hard hat” barbecue lunch to thank the construction crew and commemorate the completion of the building’s exterior.  According to Peter Hendrickson, executive director of Terracina Grand: “Celebrating ... Read More »

Follow Your Dreams — To Africa

This crocodile is reason enough not to swim in the river — or dangle a hand!
Photo at left, ‘Roughing it’ while on safari

By Carol Glassman Have you ever decided, spur of the moment, to take the trip of your dreams? I did, and it was the absolute best travel decision I ever made. I thought I was fully travel booked for the year 2014 when last June I received via e-mail a virtual tour of a South African trip: I was hooked! I did the groundwork beforehand, visiting an infectious disease doctor for the necessary shots and medications. All I needed was a typhoid shot, part one of a Hepatitis shot with part two to follow in six months, and malaria pills. ... Read More »

It’s That Time Again…

Used traps are pulled and stacked. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by Kirk’s downwind can confirm that, as over the past month crab traps have been systematically pulled and stacked next to the store in preparation for cleaning and repair. May 15 was the last day to legally collect those delicious stone ... Read More »

Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opened Saturday, May 24, and will remain open through July 14, a total of 52 days, closing July 15. The federal season will be 9 days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9, closingJune 10. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles. The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily ... Read More »

Piracy and Heroism

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net “Captain Phillips” starts quietly enough. Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) leave their Vermont home one morning. The Captain is off to Oman where he will take charge of a freighter, the Maersk Alabama, destination Kenya. The ship carries various goods, including relief supplies for those suffering in Africa. Phillips is a by-the-book, firm New Englander, and he is aware of the threat of piracy as the ship must go past the Horn of Africa where Somali pirates abound. Two small powerboats chase the Alabama, but must turn back. One ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Message of Appreciation

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The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation would like to send a message of appreciation to our sponsors; Mutual Of Omaha Bank , Coastal Breeze News, Marco Island Florist, Sunshine Tours and Marco Eagle for their contribution to the success of our Inaugural Jerry Adam’s Chili Cook Off and for making the event a wonderful community day. We wish to also give a big “Thank You” to the many participants; Chili Chefs, members, and community volunteers, along with Fire Chief Murphy and his great crew of First Responders. Chief Murphy in a message to our foundation said” On behalf of myself ... Read More »

The Chong Chon Gang

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The Chong Chon Gang is a 450 foot, non-descript aging tramp steamer carrying the Democratic Republic of North Korea flag. When it was stopped by Panamanian authorities on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal last week, it was quite obvious that the cargo manifest she was carrying was as phony as the word “Democratic” in the name of her country of origin. The “Gang” was officially carrying 10,000 tons of Cuban sugar packed in 200,000 white sacks from Cuba to North Korea. She was stopped by swift Panamanian patrol boats who were responding to ... Read More »

Museum of Military Memorabilia

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By Jane A. The Museum of Military Memorabilia opened August 1, 2011 in the Commercial Terminal of the Naples Municipal Airport in time for a memorial event, “Keeping the Spirit of ’45 Alive”. The opening of the museum was preceded by a year of planning which began with a request to place some of the existing organization’s military memorabilia in the airport for public display. Robert (Bob) McDonald, president of the museum established in 2006, was looking for a new location for the growing collection of memorabilia. He met Theodore (Ted) Soliday, then Executive Director of the airport, at an ... Read More »

Voyage of the Moonbeam: Part II

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By Fran Diebler Starting out on a voyage is always exciting as many thoughts run through your mind as what to expect in the days and nights ahead. Obviously, the captain and crew have their own thoughts and images as to what to expect. There are many superstitions pertaining to the sea that sailors all around the world believe to be true. One is the sight of the “Green Flash” in the evening sky. Many believe that it does not exist. Others know that it exists and have seen it many times. I can personally attest to its existence. A ... Read More »

Important Wetland Gains Achieved in Mirasol Settlement near Corkscrew Sanctuary

Five conservation groups achieved hundreds of acres of additional wetland protection and restoration in a landmark settlement over the Mirasol project, a proposed golf course development in northern Collier County they had opposed and litigated for almost a decade.   The settlement, with landowner IM Collier Joint Venture and developer Taylor Morrison, Inc., follows on the groups’ previous settlement, with a different developer, of two adjacent contested projects in 2010 called Saturnia Falls and Parklands.  All three developments were proposed originally in 1999 in the ecologically sensitive Cocohatchee Slough, a natural wetland flowway emanating from Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  The Slough ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Tidbits

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  In 1995, Collier County realized the need to monitor sea turtle nests more closely along its beaches. As female sea turtles return to their place of birth to nest, monitoring their actions gives a better idea as to the health of the Loggerhead sea turtles along Collier’s coastline. A small crew of dedicated employees and volunteers faithfully count and mark nests during nesting season (May through October). They also track false crawls, nest location compared to sea level, GPS coordinates of each nest and false crawl and compare their results to prior years. Mary Nelson ... Read More »

Plans and preparations for long term sailing

CRUISING LIFE  Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com Rather than continuing writing on our journey from Connecticut to South America, I think it is time to address your need for planning, i.e. what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Each cruiser has many of the same responsibilities and many have very different issues. One essential task is to plan an itinerary. You need to consider the length of time required to accomplish your trip, from its start to your final travel destination and return home. Just where do you start? First of all you need to plan your ... Read More »