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Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

Olympic Golf

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ALL THINGS Golf Todd Elliott The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally here, and for the first time since 1904 golf will once again be a featured event. So beyond the usual fare of swimming competitions, track and field, diving, judo, gymnastics and many other sports less popular to the general American audience, golf will be part of the Olympic extravaganza on a world-wide stage. When the decision to add golf to the 2016 Games was announced by the International Olympic Committee, jubilation flowed throughout the world of golf. The decision, many of us felt, would help introduce more young ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state and federal offices which are up for election. It was Winston Churchill that said; “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba It was a stormy night on June 6. Marco Island was fortunate to dodge a direct hit from Tropical Storm Colin, but encountered a different kind of storm at the regular meeting of the city council. Goodland Road was the center of this storm. The catalyst for this storm was a letter dated May 25 from the Board of Collier County Commissioners (BCCC). In the letter, the BCCC requested a revision to the 13-year-old interlocal agreement between the county and the City of Marco Island. Councilor Ken Honecker indicated that he conducted extensive research and summarized the ... Read More »

Marco Makes a Move Or is it just another stalling tactic?

Waterfront real estate advertised at what is becoming Goodland’s new waterfront. Tide can be seen flooding in from the Marco River (upper right), as a stream of water pours in from the Gulf (upper right, middle). Ironically it comes in through a drain installed to remove excess storm/rainwater. (1/17/16)

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 2002, the City of Marco Island (CMI) took over jurisdiction and responsibility for Goodland’s only access road. Since that time, due to heavy traffic, frequent flooding, and inadequate maintenance, the road is deteriorating at an alarming rate. I have written four articles in this newspaper about the situation in which the road was rightfully termed “Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road.” Orphaned, because CMI has neither the will nor the money to correct the mounting problems this road poses for Goodland residents. Orphaned, because Collier County (CC), although having the money and the will to fix ... Read More »

Never Again!

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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 »

Paved Paradise: Parking on Marco

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By Maureen Chodaba Driving down Collier Boulevard, I sang along to “Big Yellow Taxi,” one of my favorite tunes by Joni Mitchell: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The lyrics made me think about Marco Island. We have put up some parking lots, although fortunately, we have not completely paved our little piece of paradise. But, alas, this paradise does seem to have some parking issues, taking on many different faces in many different places. It seems that parking has always been an issue on Marco Island. In 2012, there was a beach problem associated with parking ... Read More »

Marco Company Books Cuba Cruises

By Don Manley Week-long cruises to Cuba that blend cultural-immersion and tours of the island’s three largest cities can now be booked at America Travel Arrangements on Marco Island. The Carnival Corporation will begin offering service to the island from Miami on May 1, after receiving approval from the U.S. and Cuban governments, said Ewout DeVries, who co-owns America Travel with his wife, Jill. He said reservations are being taken for the first available departure date, which is in September. But the trips are anything but inexpensive. DeVries said the starting price for an inside cabin is tentatively $1,800 and ... Read More »

Villagers’ Views

‘’The Hump,’’ photograph by Jim Freeman.

Submitted  Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 13th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historically-significant fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by guest artist, renowned photographer Jim Freeman. Recognized as the 2015 Artist of the Year by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, O’Neill enjoys thinking ‘outside the gallery’ and invites all to enjoy fine art and fine fare in a venue like no other. The Bozicnik family, owners of the famous waterfront ... Read More »

George’s Web

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he had worked with every actor in Hollywood, or with someone who had worked with every other actor in Hollywood, and a phenomenon was born. It was called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and was the creative brainchild of three ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Teens and Technology: An Inside Look

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By Larissa Bersh The year is 2016. Face–to–face interaction no longer exists. All communication is facilitated through cell phones. Texting is the new talking. To many, this scenario seems utterly absurd. But for teenagers in this day and age, it sounds all too familiar. Looking around at school, the number of students with eyes glued to their devices is staggering. There is not a single lunch table where everyone is fully engaged in conversation. If someone is not actively involved in texting, he or she is scrolling through Instagram, listening to music, or playing a game. It seems that, slowly ... Read More »

Time is Winding Down for Shells by Emily

Emily Savage stands in the midst of the seashells, and shell-related novelties, gifts and souvenirs found at her store, Shells by Emily. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley After more than three decades of being immersed in all things seashell, Emily Savage is poised to close the door forever on her Marco Island gift and souvenir shop, Shells by Emily. She recently turned 87 and said she now knows that it’s time to move on from working six days a week, 52 weeks a year. “Time has gone on and things have evolved,” said Savage. “I’ve had a wonderful experience, a great journey with this, but now, I’m finding that physically, I just can’t keep up.” Located upstairs from the office of her well-known, much-loved ... Read More »

Libya…The Next Flash Point

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those of you who remember reading a previous article I wrote about the Maghreb (“Mali and Beyond”) which talked about the growing Al-Qaida and Islamic State influence in Northern Africa will not be shocked reading this article. The Islamic State is a force we will have to deal with in North Africa, particularly in the oil rich nation of Libya. The United States and its allies have been worried about a growing threat from the Islamic State in Libya for some time now. According to sources, there has been increased reconnaissance and intelligence gathering activities ... Read More »

MIPD Trains Officers in Active Shooter Situation

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was a surreal sight, police officers with guns drawn creeping through the hallways of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The same school that I spent my elementary years and graduated from in 2004. It still looks pretty much the same, maybe a little bit smaller. It definitely smells like it always did. The large, hunkering police officers did not fit. Nor did the guns. The officers were looking for an active shooter. Well, an actor posing as an active shooter. And the guns, they were the real deal, except that they were modified. Instead of bullets ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »