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Dying to Survive, Part 2 Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton A chill passed through my entire body and I began to uncontrollably tremble as my gurney was positioned in the center of the room. Both fear and my attempt to acclimate to the lab’s cool temperature and sterile environment had exacerbated an already heightened sense of anxiety. To my right lay a round table covered with instruments and syringes, and to my left, a rather large, intimidating monitor. Before I could collect my thoughts, I was approached by my physician and two nurses dressed in light green attire. One of the nurses suggested an additional sedative be ... Read More »

SEVERE WEATHER REMINDER BE PREPARED

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During hurricane season, Collier County officials keep a close eye on the tropics.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to you! Every home should have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit.  Prepare a minimum three-day (72 hour) supply for each person – don’t forget the pets.  Although hurricanes are our focus at this time of the year, other events could require ... Read More »

Launch of New Marco Island App

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Submitted It’s about time! Marco Island now has it’s own app, courtesy of B and K Enterprises. The free application, which is available in the App Stores on all smart phones, can be loaded in less than two minutes and turns your phone into a source for Marco Island local news, up-to-date weather, including weather radar and lightening warnings, a calendar of island events, and more. The app plays the Marco radio station 98.1 anywhere in the world, and displays a list of recommended restaurants and businesses to peruse.?Beach cams offer views of the Gulf. The Marco Island app, listed ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Tricia Wins Glamour Puss Calendar Cover!

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Submitted After an intense 72-day online photo contest, with over 100 entries and over 6,600 votes from avid supporters, Tricia emerged as the Judge’s favorite for this year’s Glamour Puss Calendar Cover. Tricia was rescued by For the Love of Cats and adopted by Nancy Nash in August 2007. The national photo contest was open to all owned cats and was promoted by email and social media campaigns. The 2017 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through the online photo contest by a panel of judges and in consideration of vote ... Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
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Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... Read More »

MIPD to Deploy New Assets

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) anticipates deploying two new assets this summer: a 2015 “Quadski” and a 2016 Ranger Bahia Ranger. The 2015 Gibbs Quadski is a $50,000 fourteen foot long amphibious vehicle, half all-terrain vehicle and half personal watercraft. The MIPD was exceptionally fortunate to obtain the Quadski through the extremely generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Battaglia and the Rockland Bakery. Quadski amphibians have been used effectively in the public safety arena by various police and rescue services including those in San Francisco, Dubai and in the United Kingdom. Quadski amphibians are considered cutting edge automotive ... Read More »

Police/Fire Academy Shapes Next Generation

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By Maddy Dumas Editor’s Note: Each summer, the City of Marco Islands’ Fire Rescue and Police Departments hold a week-long camp for 6th-8th graders.  It’s one the most popular camps offered through the City of Marco Island.  Students have hands-on experiences in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical response, marine patrol and more.   Many who went through the Police and Fire Academy as children go on to study and work in related fields. The camp has had such an impact on the youth that some campers even return to volunteer and help teach others. One such former camper, Madeline ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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At the June 6th Marco Island City Council Meeting, our Council discussed how to respond to Collier County Commission Chair, Donna Fiala’s May 25, 2016 letter. The letter requested that the City of Marco agree to escrow $2 million in County money owed to Marco Island for road maintenance. It also requested a renegotiation of the 2002 Inter-local Agreement. In that agreement, Collier County agreed to pay the City $1 million a year for 15 years. In exchange the City agreed to MAINTAIN all the roads in the City and take ownership of Collier Blvd, San Marco Rd, and Goodland ... 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 »

Give Us This Day… Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island is known for its beaches, its beauty, its tourism, and its supposed affluence. But is there something hidden or omitted in that description? Thirty-eight percent of the children in Tommie Barfield Elementary School qualify for a program that provides free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and weekend food. Marco Island’s busy season of tourism winds down in the months following winter. As our “snowbirds” go away, so do many of the jobs on the island. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, located and managed by The Family Church at 1450 Winterberry Drive, is serving the needs of ... Read More »

CPR Saves a Life at YMCA

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The importance of CPR training was tested at the Greater Marco Family YMCA on Tuesday April 19th. Personal trainer Kathy Kurtz was training her client Wendy Bullock in the back lobby of the Y. Debbie Hobbs, who happens to be another client of Kathy’s, rushed through the door and said, “I think there’s an emergency out here, there’s a man lying on the tennis courts!” Kathy and Wendy immediately took off running to the tennis courts, as she quickly told Debbie, “Go tell the front desk!” The two women saw a man laying on the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

Smart911, A Must-Have Service

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Every second counts in an emergency. In the time that it takes for the dispatcher to receive a 911 call and alert first responders a lot can happen. These are the crucial moments that could change a person’s life. But what if there was a way to expedite the process? First responders arrive as fast as they can but they don’t always know what kind of scene they are about to enter into. They don’t know if the person they’re caring for is allergic to certain medications or if they have a medical condition such as ... Read More »

XMuscle Pain Turned Out to be Pancreatic Cancer

Haley Sams-Casey had been experiencing chronic pain in her left abdomen for months. She thought it was simply a pulled muscle, until the pain got so bad that she went to the emergency room. She was turned away twice, with nothing more than pain medications, until she finally went to a third hospital and got a shocking diagnosis. At just 41-years-old, Sams-Casey had advanced pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Although it hadn’t spread, it was wrapped around the blood vessels to her upper abdominal organs and was felt to be inoperable. Sams-Casey was put on ... Read More »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

Leadership 2015 Ends, 2016 Co-Chairs Chosen

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff December 2, “Government Day,” marked the end of Leadership Marco 2015. On their last day of class, students spent the day learning about Collier County government, both in Naples and on Marco Island. Speakers at the Collier County Government Center included Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, Commissioner Donna Fiala and Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. Presentations were also given by the county’s director of zoning, tax collector, property appraiser and clerk of courts. Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie met with students in her courtroom, asking them to think about “how to make a difference” in ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »