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Goodland Church Finally Makes the Cut

Photo by Natalie Siavrakas
The Goodland Baptist Church - Who wouldn’t be
glad to have this as part of their community?

By Barry Gwinn I moved to Goodland in 2006. It wasn’t until 2010 that I realized that in addition to our restaurants, marinas, and merchants, we had a beautiful little church here – the Goodland Baptist Church. Until May 5, 2016, none of the day visitors to Goodland or the passersby on San Marco Road would have known this either. Unless one happened to stumble across the church, there was no way of knowing of its existence here. The Goodland sign on San Marco Road made no mention of it. That sign has been there for over 20 years; the ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party Opens Doors to All

From left: Marco Island Academy student, Kayla Kladis as the Red Queen, and Lely students
Katharine Spina as the Cheshire Cat and Bailey Dunstan as Alice. Photos By Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park Community Room was transformed. There were umbrellas on the ceiling, teapots scattered across the room and clocks everywhere. A long table stood in the middle with mismatched plates and flowers. It was a tea party fit for the Mad Hatter of “Alice in Wonderland.” Picture stills from the most recent film adaptation of the children’s book were posted onto the wall and characters walked around, offering their assistance to newcomers. For the seventh year in a row, Mackle Park hosted its annual Mad Hatter Mother/Daughter Tea Party event. This was the first year ... Read More »

Boating Safety Saves Lives

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Submitted  Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron wants to remind islanders to always follow safe boating practices, including always wearing life jackets and becoming educated on water safety. Always Wear Your Life Jacket Accidents can happen without warning. There’s rarely time to reach stowed life jackets. It is estimated that approximately 86% of recreational boaters that drowned were not wearing their life jackets. Overall, approximately 400 lives could have been saved if boaters had worn their life jackets. That’s why the United States Power Squadrons® recommend that boaters always wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Never Again!

USS Donald Cook

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship. On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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For Whom The Bells Toll Twice daily, at noon and then at five I would stop and listen to the beautiful sound of the Carillon coming from the Marco Lutheran Church. Though I am not a member of that particular church, for just a few wonderful minutes my heart would skip a beat and I would get a warm feeling inside. I guess I felt good about my town. Those bells spoke to us and reminded us that we had a lot in common. Recently, the Carillon bells no longer resound across the land and water. I assumed that the ... Read More »

The Fulfillment of a Dream

Photo by Don Manley
Brandon, Pete, Melanie and Cameron Latulippe enjoying some much needed family time at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa.

By Don Manley The importance of time spent together has taken on added significance for the Latulippe family of Derry, New Hampshire. Pete and Melanie Latulippe and their sons Cameron, 18, and Brandon, 16, are treasuring every moment as they contend with her two-year-long battle against Stage IV colon cancer. The family recently shared six fun-filled days together at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, a trip that fulfilled a dream that ranked high on Melanie Latulippe’s bucket list. The trip was made possible by the Dream Foundation, a national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults. ... Read More »

U.S. Open Pickleball Exceeds All Expectations

Irina Tereschenko, of Iowa City, prepares to return a shot by Sarah Ansboury of Portland, Ore. in their women’s singles semifinal match. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley It would seem that the inaugural U.S. Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) could not have gone any better, based on the comments of organizers, participants, government officials, spectators and others. Praise for the event, which drew over 800 top-echelon players from 39 states and seven foreign countries, along with 10,000 to 12,000 spectators to East Naples Community Park for the six-day-long event. “Things went unbelievably,” said USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, who organized the event, along with fellow Collier County residents Chris Evon, and Jim and Carol Ludwig. “We went into this with the philosophy that we ... Read More »

Young Sailor Competes in National Regatta

220 sailors, ages 9-16 competed in the invitation-only event.

By Samantha Husted  Meet 10-year-old Ryan Garraty, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Ryan is passionate about sailing, an activity he’s been a part of since he was 7. About once or twice a month he and his family will travel all across South Florida in order to compete. Last month Ryan qualified for the U.S. Team Trials Regatta in San Francisco, California, an invitation only event. Garraty is a second-generation sailor. You could say it’s in his blood. His father Robert Garraty got his start in sailing when he was just a teen; he would eventually go ... 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 »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

Photo By Judy Wittwer

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

Historical Society Volunteers Recognized

The Marco Island Historical Society’s talented team. Submitted Photo

Submitted It takes a village, or in this case, an island to keep the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) and Museum running smoothly. Recently the volunteers who dedicate their time and talent were recognized and thanked at a reception held in their honor at the museum. The reception was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the people who give so generously of themselves to preserve the history and heritage of our island. Pat Rutledge, president and executive director of the Marco Island Historical Society and Jennifer Perry, Collier County museum manager expressed their appreciation for all that the volunteers ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Shows Heart

Mike Weyrauch adjusts his sunglasses during the coaches meeting. With him (from left): FBA’s Ryan Mitchell and Cassie Barone and Seacrest coach Nick Pohl.

By Roger LaLonde  An eight-member track and field team has little chance in a district meet, but the Marco Island Academy showed heart on April 21. The team managed nine points at the Class 1A District 8 meet as host First Baptist Academy (FBA) boys and girls won titles. In just its second season and coach Mike Weyrauch in his first, the team gave an all-out effort. “The team was impressive. Every single girl came to every practice and got better. The boys and girls all improved and their times dropped dramatically,” Weyrauch said. Sophomore Olivia Watt had the best ... Read More »

Rib Cook-off Raises Heat

Rich Stoltenborg and Jim Downey were all smiles as they showed off Downey’s grill. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  Barbecue lovers, grill enthusiasts and meat-eaters alike came out April 16th to celebrate and chow down at the 5th Annual Rib Cook-off at the Marco Island Brewery. All proceeds from the event went to the Marco Island Police Foundation and its scholarship fund. The Foundation also assists members of the Marco Island Police Department should an emergency financial situation occur. It felt like a summer block party or a family reunion. Outside the Brewery there were four large tents with five grills occupying them. Smoke filled the air with its sweet smells, inviting those who passed by ... Read More »

O’Neill-Freeman Art Exhibit a Hit

Jim was photographing mangroves at sunset, when he saw this summer storm developing and quickly set up for it. Jim makes forays with his sloop, living aboard, when he photographs the Ten Thousand Islands.

By Barry Gwinn This year, Tara O’Neill teamed up with Jim Freeman for her “13th Annual End O’Season Art Extravaganza” on April 16-17. Tara’s paintings and Jim’s photographs were displayed and offered for sale in the Little Bar’s Papa Ray Room. The Little Bar has hosted the event for all 13 years. Tara did this event solo for 11 years, but for the last two years has featured a guest artist. Celeste Navara, photographer, and Judy Wittwer, shell artist, appeared previously. “The reception was a great success,” Tara said, “Maybe the best ever.” As Tara and Jim talked with guests ... Read More »

Marco’s Civil Air Patrol Honored

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Submitted The Marco Island Senior Squadron and two of its members were recognized at the annual Florida Wing Conference held in Orlando on April 16 and 17. The following awards were presented at the general assembly meeting, held the Saturday morning of the conference: Major Robert Corriveau was awarded Florida Wing Professional Development Officer of the Year 2015 and Major Marian Motyl-Szary was awarded Florida Wing Information Technology Officer of the Year 2015. A Commander’s Commendation was also awarded to Major Corriveau at the Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) seminar later in the day, for his work as Assistant Inspector General ... Read More »

Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

Fishing 101: Protect Yourself From the Sun 

Appropriate sun protection on Kurt, who caught a snook.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With summer right around the corner and the weather finally warming up, fishing is becoming more and more popular every day. And why not? You get to go out and enjoy the sun, a cool breeze, and relax for the day as you anticipate the excitement of your catch of the day. Going out and spending the day fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer months, but there are things you need to look out for as well, and one of them is the sun. It’s big, ... Read More »

White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »