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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... 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 »

Spring Jubilee

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With 20,000 eggs at stake, children came armed with Easter baskets, bags, bowls and boxes to hold as many as eggs as they could gather. Members of the Senior Softball team timed the ‘hunt’ with a stopwatch. From start to finish (without a single egg left) took a grand total of 27 seconds! The egg hunt is a small portion of the day’s festivities. Bounce houses, football toss, face painting, golfing, bottle toss, coloring, hula hoop contests, cheerleaders and crafts. You could have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, take a train ride around the lake, go on a laser ... Read More »

Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Means Business

Peggy, Ted, Bill AND Andrea at the 2015 Expo.

Submitted Members of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron want the community to know more about the many educational and social opportunities available through this organization for interested boaters and to those who may wish to become boaters some day. To spread the word, the Power Squadron recently joined the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and participated in the 2015 Business Expo held on April 6th at the Marriott Beach Resort. Attendees at the Business Expo had information available regarding the many boating classes sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, including the popular America’s Boating ... Read More »

Spring

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I think it was Yogi Berra who coined the phrase above. I had to chuckle a few days ago, while my staff and I were handling a crowd that seemed to appear in the shop all at once. (A lost tour bus?) My sales ladies and I were dashing about like whirling dervishes when I overheard someone complain to her friend while waiting to be served that she dislikes coming to this store because every season when she comes in we are always busy and she has to wait… Twenty-one plus years in business ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in April

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here and April is a more than welcomed month here in the Ten Thousand Islands. Spring is here, the cold fronts and windy days are about over, and the fishing is typically fantastic! Near coastal water temperatures are averaging 80 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid 80’s. The full moon this April falls on the 4thth and the new moon is on the 19th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative low tides to be concerned with. We will have some ... Read More »

HOPE is in the Air

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco I start each New Year with lots of great ideas, new energy and plenty of optimism that we will do better than the year before and as you can guess that gets harder each year. This year was no different; we laid out our plans, set our dates, recruited our committees and got to work. Our hope was that members of our community would want to help us further our mission and create more birthdays. Little did we know that our hope would turn into reality ... Read More »

Going Old School

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By Pat Newman Today I scanned my Facebook News feed and realized that my profile picture, place of residence, and posts from my 120 “friends” is exactly the same as it was a year ago. The problem is that I don’t live in the same place, tossed the dress I was wearing in the photo and am still seeing the same pics of cute puppies, abandoned dogs, prancing horses and words of encouragement and wisdom as 12 months ago. I am so over Facebook. While I appreciate the updates from close friends on real life events like births, weddings, retirements ... Read More »

Marco’s New Environmental Specialist Enjoys Job & Community

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By Don Manley Dana Dettmar is a newcomer to Marco and her exposure to the island’s environs and its residents have left her enthralled. The New Jersey native is the city’s new environmental specialist, assuming the post two weeks ago. She replaces Nancy Richie, who occupied the position for thirty plus years, before resigning in January. “It’s just a very beautiful area,” said Dettmar. “I’ve met some really nice people down here, some people who are allies for what I’m doing. There are some unique animals here that I didn’t see when I was in New Jersey or going to school ... Read More »

Speaker Provides First-Hand Glimpse into The Monuments Men

Harry Ettlinger, of the original “Monuments Men” chats with Brenda Pollard, after his recent presentation at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

By Don Manley Millions of viewers around the world were entertained and informed by the 2014 movie “Monuments Men.” But for Harry Ettlinger, the movie was more than the cinematic depiction of a little-know, but real-life event. What he saw on the screen represented the dramatization of real-life experiences because he was one of the original Monuments Men. Ettlinger recently discussed his experiences with the special group that recovered and returned to its rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis, at The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The Monuments, Fine Arts, ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

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By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

Dogitude

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Yes, Breezy is definitely growing into his long legs and lean body. Little razor teeth have been replaced by large teeth and sharp claws are worn down and no longer puncture skin so easily. His overall demeanor is slightly calmer although he still has several bouts of ‘puppy brain’ craziness and pure DOGITUDE on a daily basis! He knows no boundaries as he leaps onto the couch or onto one’s lap. He is certain he is just a furry human. He still ‘air snaps’, he still jumps on people, he STILL doesn’t understand DOWN and has ... Read More »

Success for the CurePSP Memorial Walk

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 11th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk was held at Mackle Park on March 14th and was sponsored by the Southwest Florida PSP Support Group. It was a picture perfect day for joining together to support fundraising efforts for research into finding a cure for the rare neuro-degenerative diseases-Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). It was a phenomenal event attended by the largest number participants ever experienced. It is projected the Walk raised $34,000.00. The success was due in part to Cindy MacDonald (facilitator of the support group ... Read More »

Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

Manatees Are Back!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!

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For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »

Humanitarian of the Year: Al Bismonte

MICA’s Dick Adams with honoree Al Bismonte.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Civic Association Humanitarian of the Year award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island. It was recently announced the honor for 2015 goes to Al Bismonte. Al is a retired pediatrician. He still practices medicine and travels to Chicago for a couple of weeks each year to cover for his former partner while he goes on vacation. He prefers to get paid in the form of medicine so he can take it to his Mission in the Philippines where he spends three weeks every year opening a ... Read More »

“ONE WORLD ONE HOPE” What is Your Definition of Relay?

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By Maureen Chodaba What does the word “relay” mean to you? The dictionary defines relay as “the act of passing something along from one person or group to another, as in passing a baton in a race” or “an electrical device designed to permit current flowing through in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit”. These are both adequate definitions, but there is another meaning of the word when it is used as the Relay For Life. In order to understand the definition of the Relay For Life, one needs to experience the event ... Read More »