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Magistrate or No Magistrate? That is the Question

Members of City Council meet at a workshop with the Code  Enforcement Board to discuss their possible replacement with a Magistrate. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman Whether to replace the city’s Code Enforcement Board (CEB) with a magistrate turned out to be a difficult question, when five members of City Council (Councilmen Kiester and Batte were absent) met Tuesday, Aug. 12, for what they had anticipated as a joint workshop with the CEB. After about 15 minutes of expressing their opinions and irritation with the topic at hand, the misunderstanding about the workshop format and the draft ordinance prepared by City Attorney Burt Saunders’ office, the meeting almost ended before it began. Council Chairman Ken Honecker, frustrated with the chain of events, was ... Read More »

Work Begins on Smokehouse Bay Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Despite a small glitch, work has begun on the city’s $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. On Aug. 4, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises USA began traffic pattern modifications to close the southbound portion of the bridge, which will allow work to begin on the major utility relocations and directional boring for the 20” water main under the channel. The bridge project received the green light for the Marco Island City Council earlier this summer after years of debate over its cost and design. The deal was sweetened in June when Marriott International Inc. offered to ... Read More »

Mars Races Saturn

Facing West, 11PM August 8th. Saturn is the brightest object in Libra, the only zodiacal constellation  named after a nonliving object. (Balance Scales). SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight look to the west and among the brightest objects you will see there are Mars and Saturn. Mars is much closer to Earth than Saturn is, but a great deal further away than it was a few months ago. It shows up in the planets magnitude — only at magnitude 0.65. Still, that’s good enough to be the brightest object in this area of the sky. Mars is much closer to the Sun than Saturn is, and the Sun forces it to move much faster than Saturn. This is easy to observe ... Read More »

Naomi’s July 4th

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We are on the threshold of yet another Fourth of July celebration, the most frightening day of my life thanks to the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air and my own raw fear. As I write this, my nights are haunted by nightmares of “Caddyshack” level proportions. Like those poor, unsuspecting gophers, blown out of their subterranean, golf course housing, I head for shelter under a bed, abandoning my stake-out of the fridge. As if this weren’t enough to traumatize an unsuspecting feline, we have ... Read More »

How Can My Opponent Be the Umpire?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless you are playing in a Grand Slam tennis tournament or a Master Series pro event, your opponent will be calling the lines in your next USTA or CTA match. Is it possible that your tennis foe has so much power? There is no way to sugarcoat this topic. With no umpires in sight, you have to rely on your opponent to call the ball as honestly as possible. However, tennis players are not the only participants who must deal with this fate. Here is an example of how crazy rules are in the great ... Read More »

Class of 2014: ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at MIA

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Across the United States this spring, more than 3.3 million high school seniors are donning caps and gowns to do the graduation walk, but few of these soon-to-be graduates will be as proud as the 20 students who make up the first graduating class of the Marco Island Academy. Their graduation ceremony is today — Friday, May 30 — at 6 PM in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. This first graduation ceremony is the culmination of five years of blood, sweat and tears, trials and errors, and ups and downs ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Use Those Binoculars!

Facing South, 11PM June 13. Mars will catch up and pass Saturn in a few months. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Even the slightest optical aid reveals new wonders unseen by the naked eye. The most affordable aid are binoculars; almost any size and model number will work well for you. Binoculars will show you the moons of Jupiter, the crescent phase of Venus, the larger lunar craters, every other planet in the Solar System, all 110 Messier objects (albeit with some difficulty), a number of binary stars and a handful of asteroids. Binoculars are generally the best instrument to use when scanning the vistas of the Milky Way and observing the larger star ... Read More »

City Council Notes

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council got down to business during its May 19 regular meeting hashing out a number of issues, including the purchase of an emergency standy-by generator for its South Water Treatment Plant for $200,000, the award of the $7.625 million contract for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge project to Quality Enterprises USA and a detailed discussion on how the city creates its ordinances and resolutions. An Electric Deal Council tackled the generator purchase first, agreeing to include the purchase of the emergency standy-by generator from Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) in its FY2015 ... Read More »

Marco Island 2015 Budget Talks: A Closer Look

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the city’s first 2015 budget workshop, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Finance Director Guillermo Polanco proposed what some are calling an aggressive and gutsy five-year plan to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt. To be sure, Marco Island’s overall financial outlook is healthy. By September 30, 2014, the city will have $11 million in reserves, along with $4.3 million set aside in its emergency reserves. According to Hernstadt, this $4.3 million amounts to three months of operating expenditures for the city. “We act as if we don’t ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one commanded vicious topspin groundstrokes that routinely bounced above one’s shoulders. In my era, there was such a premium on the serve and volley strategy that points were relatively quick. Conversely, in the present game, foes constantly battle from the baseline ... Read More »

May I have a word with you?

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By Carol Glassman I have a problem with love. Not being loved or giving love, but with the word being overused insincerely a great deal of the time. It bothers me when an acquaintance or even a good friend ends a phone call with “Love ya.” I want to stop them dead in their tracks and question, “Why?” Don’t take that the wrong way. I am sure there are specific people who find me likable and even lovable, but I just don’t think a run-of-the-mill call to someone to give them an inconsequential piece of information demands such an effusive ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those who are hungry for knowledge and a tasty treat of fresh stone crab claws through Marco Island and Goodland to learn more about “the orange tree of the sea.” Goodland is home to many stone crab fishermen who work long, ... Read More »

Web…site unseen

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Billions and billions of dollars are spent by folks using the internet, and there is no doubt a good percentage of that dough is generated right here in my household between my wife’s tennis addiction that involves ordering tennis shoes and trendy outfits that match the shoes let a lone the latest rackets and accessories. I also have two sons who order car, truck and motorcycle parts as if they are stocking their own parts warehouse. Yep! You can buy just about anything online. Ordering what you see on a screen and what shows up ... Read More »

Sue Monk Kidd to visit Sunshine Booksellers

Submitted Make your plans now to come by Marco Island Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 4 PM to help Sunshine Booksellers and author Sue Monk Kidd celebrate her newest book, The Invention of Wings. The book is set for release on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. At the ticketed event, Sue will be giving a talk about the book and answering questions. The ticket price of $39 will include a copy of the new book, as well as priority seating and signing. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Marco Island Center ... Read More »

Which season ‘tis it?

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By Carol Glassman Children ask, “Are we there yet?,” while folks of a certain age are more likely to groan, “Are we there already?” This can refer to either time or place. All right, in an effort to carpe the diem, stop and smell the roses and/or cappuccino, savor the intoxicating scent of cinnamon that reminds us of mom’s apple pie, inhale the fragrance of pine cones or the pungent aroma of frying potato latkes and roasting turkey, we’ll do almost anything possible to bring back the good memories and reminisce about holidays, and maybe even put the brakes on ... Read More »

Capri says yes to fire consolidation

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time next year, the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District will be part of the East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District. Capri property owners sealed the department’s fate when they recently voted nearly 2-to-1 in favor of the highly controversial merger of the two districts. This month, the Collier County Board of Commissioners instructed officials with East Naples to move forward with preparations for a November 2014 consolidation. “We have heard from the people,” said Commissioner Donna Fiala, whose district includes Isles of Capri, in the commission chambers. “We listened to what they said, ... Read More »

Marco utility bond deal a hot ticket

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, the city of Marco Island was one of the hottest investment opportunities in the financial world, and, no, we are not talking about the island’s gulf-front real estate. The draw was the Marco Island Utility System Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2013. Investors lined up to purchase a portion of the $62 million bond deal. In fact, the investment house behind the sale — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — received $210 million in total orders for the bonds, which were sold to refinance two outstanding utility system revenue bond series (2003 and 2008). ... Read More »

What (or who) is invading our waterways?

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By Carol Glassman As the local news brings us horror stories of the green slime and natural disasters invading the waterways of cities just north of us, we may wonder if we have any need for concern. You bet we do, only its cause here on Marco Island is not the opening of dams in Lake Okeechobee, but something more local and quite sinister: a sawdust-like residue from the cutting of ‘Fiberon’ decking, a composite material made up of recycled and reclaimed wood and plastic. According to the manufacturer, the wood particles can be anything from sawdust, wood chips, and ... Read More »