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Lely Homecoming Win over Dunbar

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By Roger LaLonde Lely fans were breathless at the end of the Lely Homecoming win over Dunbar, 27-24 on Sept.16. The noise card that was supposed to inspire the Trojans, was left laying on the ground that in the first half as Dunbar built a 16-0 lead. Only a miraculous pass-catch play of 53 yards from quarterback Jacquez Carter to Jean Joseph in the second quarter left the Trojans down 17-6, but that started the comeback. In the third quarter the Trojans pounded the Dunbar defensive line while Carter went to the air. Joseph and Taejon Wright each caught TD ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising nearly $5 billion in the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life is known as a one-day community event, but there is so much more to this powerful force in the quest for a cure. The Relay For Life is ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can hardly believe that I am taking over for Roger.” Shadrick became the new athletic director in mid-August when Roger and Karen Raymond announced they were moving to Orlando for family health reasons. As Raymond was leaving he showed Shadrick a ... Read More »

County to Install New Main Water Line To begin April 2017 – Fiala makes it happen

The Goodland Water Tank, built in the 1970s to service Moran’s Marina at the foot of the Goodland Bridge.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Following the Easter holidays next spring (Easter Sunday is April 16) Collier County will begin replacing the 35-year-old main waterline into Goodland. Prior to 1981, Goodland depended solely on water collected in cisterns, or from artesian wells. Many visitors brought their own supplies of water, cistern water being unpalatable to many. In the late 1970s the Marco waterworks ran a line down San Marco Road to a recently built water tank, servicing Moran’s Marina at the west end of the Goodland Bridge. By 1980, Allen Greer, the owner of Drop Anchor Trailer Park and an ... Read More »

Wearable Marco Lightning

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Kids are back in school and the September doldrums are in full swing on the island. To avoid the pain and anguish of a Marco September, I am enjoying a well-deserved vacation sunning myself with a pitcher of iced sangria overlooking the Mediterranean here on the southern coast of my other beloved island… Mallorca, Spain. This past summer I endured a few slow weeks, and my shop took a lightning strike or two plus near flooding, but all and all my little goldsmith shop on Marco Island kept busier than most other summers I can recall; ... Read More »

New BAC Program

Thank You poster from campers to BAC, from left: Russ Rakestraw, Katie O’Hara, Samantha Malloy, Elaine Lancaster, Ruth McCann, Maria Lamb, Gene Burson and Tony Ferrara. Submitted Photo

Submitted Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy as A-B-C. Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate and kid-friendly. The campers enjoyed the hands-on crafts, which were meant to further enhance their beach experience, while away from the beach. For a “show and tell,” BAC member Katie O’Hara brought samples of plastic straws collected from beach cleanups, ... Read More »

A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won easily on August 26, downing Lake Weir, 36-19. The score was closer than the game as Lakeland used many subs in the fourth quarter, giving up 12 points, while the Highlanders scored three. A year ago 2A MIA hosted Lake ... Read More »

MIHS Humanities Speaker Series

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Submitted Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS). The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. All of the lectures will be given at Rose History Auditorium starting at 7 PM. The Humanities Speaker Series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical examination of Florida’s ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and up, and what we saw was a great turnout. We combined all our departments (business, swimming, tennis and after-school), blending people who work here together. It’s the way to become stronger together.” And certainly to inspire kids to maybe take ... Read More »

Storm Brings Simultaneous Emergencies

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Mid-afternoon on August 24, emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS were initially dispatched to Front Street on the island for a possible lightning strike. The actual location of the incident was on Marco Lake Drive and involved two workmen from a roofing company, one of which brought ... Read More »

Officer, Father and Friend Fights Cancer

With fellow Marco Island Police Officers, from left: Steven Gaskill, Sal Pernice, Rod Rodriguez, Chief Al Schettino, Mark Haueter and Kris Franta.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Sergeant Mark Haueter is known throughout the community as the school resource officer for Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Marco Island Academy. But even if you don’t have children who go to school on Marco Island, chances are if you live on the island you either know or recognize the 34-year-old. Since he started as the school resource officer last August, Mark has become a familiar and trusted face for the students and their parents. He says that the best part of his job is “being around the kids. ... Read More »

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 »

Am I a Bag Lady Yet? Don’t Let Short-term Risk Dominate Your Investment Strategy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Do I need to worry about becoming a bag lady yet? Answer: This is the question a friend asked me on Saturday morning at the gym, while we waited for our class to start. Doomsday concerns aren’t uncommon, especially in response to recent market volatility and current political and economic events. Between our warm-up stretches, and cardio, I reminded my friend that there’s a long way between her and a zero, so the likelihood of becoming a bag-lady is quite remote. It’s easy though to understand why people feel emotional and frightened; just turn ... 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 »

The Primary Care Physician and YOU

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  It’s often been said that there is no “I” in team. That may be true, but when it comes to those who make up your health care team, the INDIVIDUAL reigns. The people who cater to your health care needs must do so with a teamwork mentality—yet maintain a solitary focus on Number One: Y-O-U. Many individuals falsely believe they only need a doctor when they are sick; however, having a primary care physician may be the very reason you remain healthy. Not only does he or she provide you with necessary preventative care—in staying ... Read More »

Busy Afternoon for First Responders

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by Steve ‘Stef’ Stefanides Mid-afternoon on Wednesday emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire/Rescue and Collier County EMS were initially dispatched to Front Street on the island for a possible lightning strike. The actual location of the incident was on Marco Lake Drive and involved two workmen from a roofing company, one of which brought an aluminum ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they rallied their way on offense and defense. Coiro ran onto the field to share a bear hug with Tyler Gresham who scored three touchdowns and made numerous plays on defense. Many of the players came off the field in tears ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

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Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was a large, veneer buffet in the dining room. Right away, the word “buffet” might bring to mind an “all-you-can-eat” smorgasbord, but this buffet was instead a very functional piece of furniture. It had a broad top where food-filled dishes were ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condos listed for sale on Marco Island varies by day, by month, by time of year and by year. Last week 330 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Last year at this time 249 condos were listed for sale. That is a 33% increase in condo listings year over year. The number of active listings is called the inventory. Typically, active condo listings peak in the first quarter and then drop off during the summer and fall months as units are sold or sellers take their condos ... Read More »