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Answering the Call

Parked outside on display, were the departments fire-response and rescue vehicles. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, the dedicated men and women of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department gave an interactive presentation at the Marco Island History Museum. The auditorium was filled with people eager to learn about the department’s past, present and future. Also, in the audience was Nick Macchiarolo, the 100th new-hire for the fire-rescue squad. Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy opened the night by encouraging the audience to participate in each “show-and-tell” station demonstrating the different aspects of the department. The stations displayed ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh stone crab claws of all sizes shortly after the boats hit their dock. This year, due to some recent expansion, their store will offer a larger quantity of fresh crab claws and other seafood. They’ve added two new crabbers, and ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

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The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »

City Council Approves Millage, Budget

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By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s pay-as-you-go budget earned a green light when city councilors voted 6-1 to approve it during the Monday, Sept. 22 regular meeting. Councilor Amadeo Petricca held fast to his objections to the budget plan, voting against it. For FY2015, the approved budget totals $22 million based on a 2.507 overall millage rate. This is a 7.85 percent millage rate increase over the city’s aggregate ad valorem taxes based on the city’s rollback rate and a conservatively projected increase in Marco Island property values. It combines a millage of 2.0466 for general ... Read More »

Fishing from a Kayak! Really?

Kayak fishing in the mangroves. FILE PHOTO

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Absolutely! Why not further enhance the enjoyment found from kayaking by taking a fishing rod along? The benefits of simply kayaking are obvious: ease, serenity, exercise and awesome sightseeing opportunities to name only a few. Most prefer to kayak in quiet areas around inshore waters, dense mangrove islands and bays where waters are calm and wildlife is plentiful. Interestingly enough, fish prefer the same habitat that most kayak enthusiasts do! This combination of interests creates a potentially action-packed inshore fishing experience from a small craft in a scenic surround. While it’s true that ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

Does the Game of Tennis Need More Changes?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Change for the sake of change. Does the collegiate game really need a complete overhaul to attract more fans? Not too long ago, every single college tennis match was the best two out of three contest, and each match counted to determine the final score. For quite a long period of time, the order of play was consistent. Each university fielded six singles matches, and then the day was concluded with three doubles contests. Clearly too many duals were decided after the singles play and that rendered the doubles meaningless. So, in the mid-1970s, ... Read More »

Temporary Modification to the Disinfection Procedures

Marco Island Utilities (MIU) will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for the potable (drinking) water supply for the Marco Island Drinking Water Service Area. From September 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014, the water will be disinfected with free chlorine rather than chlorine combined with ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines allows MIU to perform an annual water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. The process will start on Sept 1, 2014. This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause adverse ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.  Crews continue paving throughout the project.   THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014.  ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable.  Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed.  FDOT cautionsmotorists to remain ... Read More »

Public Safety Center on Alligator Alley

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services staff has announced that construction of the long-awaited Public Safety Center fire station facility on Alligator Alley is nearing completion. Located at Mile Marker 63, the county anticipates beginning services by the fourth quarter of this year. First approved in 2011 by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, the fire state will be operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and the Bureau had pursued a fire station and Public Safety Center for many years in an effort to decrease response ... Read More »

USS America Shall Sail Again

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Over the years, I found myself wondering where the rest of the world was during the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. I wonder no more. They were exactly where the rest of the world is today when the Islamic State formerly known as the ISIS is massacring non-Muslims in Iraq, transmitting beheadings live on world television (technology not available to the Nazis) and no one really seems to care; no one wants to lift a finger! Some Americans are actually more concerned about the weapons, tactics, force ... Read More »

A Modern Fairy Tale by Virginia Colwell Read

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Once upon a time in the fair land of Paradise, the matter of a new bridge on a well-traveled thoroughfare was brought before the ruling oligarchy. The vested body agreed on the need for a new bridge. They consulted with engineers, architects, and designers form many far-away lands. Paradise should have a magnificent bridge with fancy underpinnings to replace the old, worn-out bridge. A grandiose bridge was not what the people of the realm had in mind. They thought a new bridge would be fine as long as its design was realistic and there were shells in the treasury to ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY Road Watch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. COLLIER COUNTY Road Watch Report CR 846/Immokalee Road at I-75:  Maintenance contract project:  Landscape crews are installing trees in the median.  Motorists should expect the inside turn lanes closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Vizcaya

View of the Barge and Vizcaya main house from the Teahouse.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber Vizcaya, the former villa and estate of John Deering in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, had been on my list of places to visit in Florida for more than 10 years. I kept putting it off, and then Hurricane Wilma struck, bringing $3 million damage to the gardens, art work and some of the interior. By 2010, the destroyed cafe and shop had reopened, and the gardens and artwork were coming back to life. This past season, I thought the time had finally arrived for my visit. John Deering was the son of the ... Read More »

Keeping Our Beach Beautiful

This is just one example of the trash removed from the beautiful sandy beach.

By Nancy Richie A beautiful morning unfolded for the last the beach clean-up, Sunday, May 18. Low humidity, mild temperatures, light breezes and blue skies prevailed. Paradise perfection — what we expect on Marco Island! More than 50 people of all ages met at the South Beach boardwalk access to help clean up the beach. The large group included beach committee members, Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) members, Chamber of Commerce representatives, Publix employees, regular beach goers, residents who couldn’t resist the beach on this beautiful morning and visiting families. It was apparent the wonderful weather and the beauty of ... 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 »

A Night Out with the Stars

Telescopes of every kind and size! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff About once a month pending favorable weather, members of the Everglades As-tronomical Society head out to a remote location in Fakahatchee Strand. They set up personal, high-powered telescopes to watch a cosmic stellar show unfold. These ‘star parties’ are free and open to the public. The most recent star party was hosted by Mike Usher, president of the Ever-glades Astronomical Society and columnist for Coastal Breeze News. The location is just far enough away to keep the unadventurous person from find-ing it. Not only should one be doused with plenty of bug spray to keep ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... Read More »