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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

The shelves of Our Daily Bread. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

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

Eighth grade students at MICMS became CPR certified. Submitted Photos

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

Collier County Manager Leo Ochs addresses the leadership class.

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 »

The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Marco Firefighters Honored for Distinguished Service

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By Don Manley Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department’s Sergio Deleon and Munier Gattas are being recognized for their off-duty actions, which saved the life of Munier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Ron Krawczyk. Ron suffered from sudden cardiac death in his home on July 30, 2015. The firefighter paramedics were chosen to receive the 2015 Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Public Service Award for emergency medical services. The events that led to the award took place under circumstances that may have ended much differently. That day, Munier was enjoying a well-needed day off. He had just purchased a home in Naples. ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

The Girl In The Spider’s Web

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By David Lagercrantz English Translation by George Goulding Alfred J. Knopf, August 2015, 432 pages Genre: Scandinavian Crime Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack.” ~ Unknown   Like many readers, I was eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth Lisbeth Salander book. It has been a long time since the publication of the “Dragon Tattoo Trilogy” and the release of the films. Stieg Larsson, creator of the trilogy, died of a heart attack at age 50, before the books were published. He never ... Read More »

A Skydiving Accident, Social Media & a Family’s Road to Recovery

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By Samantha Husted On August 12, 21-year-old part-time Marco Island resident, Reno Landers was in an almost fatal skydiving accident. Reno is the son of Robin Gatto Turley and Al Landers, local restaurateur. The statistics of getting into a skydiving accident are profoundly improbable. According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2014 there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, of those jumps only 24 were fatal. This means that per 1,000 jumps the chances of an accident, which usually occurs due to either a parachute or human error, would be 0.0075 or one per 133,333. While the chances of getting ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »