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NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
Submitted Photos

Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

Help Protect Our Owls

These chicks check out the world, sideways. Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted At only nine inches tall when mature, the burrowing owl is a beloved Florida native and year-round resident of Marco Island. Those piercing, yellow eyes have drawn us all in, and their presence reassures us that all is well with our natural world. Recently, there was an incident in Marco Island in which a resident intentionally plugged an owl burrow. Thanks to the quick action of a neighborhood Owl Watch member, the incident was reported to the proper Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement authorities, and charges are being prepared. It is illegal to “take” (pursue, hunt, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen With Stan Saran

Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Stan Saran has been a Marco Island resident for a longtime. You may have heard of him. He lives in his own art gallery in what is perhaps the most colorful, bright blue building on the island. He is an artist, through and through. But unlike the average artist his mediums are limitless, his creativity inventive, and his style unbound. Coastal Breeze News met up with Stan so we could talk art and chocolate, which to him are interchangeable. He shared with us his recipe for spicy bacon chocolate cups. Entering Stan’s home is like going ... Read More »

Team Effort Makes a Good Burn

Cass Palmer, District 6 Fire Management Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches over the line of fire. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Most often when we hear about wildfires it is in connection to the great harm that they cause; Homes destroyed, people and animals injured or killed, and beautiful trees forever erased from nature. Yet fires are actually beneficial to Florida’s landscape, and play an integral role in its ecosystems. Periodic fire tends to favor understory species that require a more open habitat. A mosaic of burned and unburned areas tends to maximize an “edge effect” which promotes a large and varied wildlife population. Deer, dove, quail, and turkey are game species that benefit from prescribed fire in ... Read More »

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing comes to Ft. Myers March 12-13. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area March 12-13, 2016 at the Matlacha Community Center. Last year, sixty women and families traveled from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and the chance to meet other anglers. Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, educational events on Saturday from 12:30–4:30 PM feature speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, ... Read More »

Perfect Shots: Officer Frank Steiger

Frank Steiger’s dedication to his art is
evident in this shot of an alligator’s face;
To accomplish, Frank hid in tall grass a
mere 6 feet away from the predator. PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Many of the beautiful images of nature that grace the cover of Coastal Breeze News were shot by local photographer Frank Steiger. Frank is widely known throughout Southwest Florida, having photographed innumerable Marco Island weddings and events. He is often seen, camera in tow, volunteering his time and talent at the many community events for Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Police Foundation, and other non-profit groups. But some of our readers who have enjoyed Frank’s photographs for years may not know that Frank is also a Marco Island police officer. Frank first joined the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Rachael Pietrini Klein

Rachael at the National Mall Reflection Pool on her Honor Flight visit.

By Maggie Gust Rachael Pietrini served in the WAVES November 1943 to March 1946 as a yeoman third class but prior to that served her country as a civil servant in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Shortly after the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) were instituted, Rachael expressed to her supervisor, a rear admiral, that she wanted to enlist. He quipped that at 90-some pounds, she was “A ripple, not a WAVE,” and gave her a glowing recommendation. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Rachael was the youngest of five children born to Italian immigrant parents. After ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Polly and Reams were conducting traffic enforcement in a Panther Zone off of County Road 850.  Officer Reams observed a vehicle coming up from the rear of his patrol car at a high rate of speed.  Officer Reams proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for unlawful speed and when he asked the driver of the vehicle for his driver license, the driver was unable to provide one.  FWC’s Dispatch confirmed with the officers that the driver had never been issued a Florida driver license and had no other driver licenses on file.  The subject was arrested ... Read More »

Dress Code Required

Pro tour player  Samantha Stosur looks good and properly equipped for hot, sunny conditions. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In previous articles, I have discussed how equipment such as our racquet, string and string tension can affect our performance and I have talked about the important safety issues related to playing on a properly groomed or squeegeed court. It is also important that we have the proper shoes and clothing when playing tennis or pickleball. So let’s start at the bottom and work our way up: Proper court shoes. Tennis shoes are specifically designed for movement in the sport of tennis. In tennis, there is a lot of lateral movement, along with forward motion. Running ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue 50th Anniversary Book

Submitted City Council Chairman, Bob Brown, was presented with the 50th Anniversary of the Marco Island Fire Rescue commemorative book by Dianna Dohm, Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president. The book is available for sale at Fire Station 50, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Historical Museum, Keep in Touch, Mutual Bank of Omaha and the Coastal Breeze News office. The book contains the history of the department, major incidents, community outreach, training, equipment, personal stories and so much more. Read More »

In-House Trip to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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By Katrina Day Recently the students at Island Montessori Academy were lucky to have an “in-house” field trip to learn about Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The goal was to have students understand the benefits of prescribed fire, become familiar with different types of habitats found in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and the animals that live in them. The children engaged in hands-on activities including learning about the Florida Black Bear, American Alligator, Florida Panther, various birds and insects, fire and field equipment/attire and the role of the houndsman on the Florida Panther Project. Presenters from Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ... Read More »

2016 Safe Boating Classes

Plotting a Navigation Course -  Boating Skills & Seamanship Class PHOTOS BY LAURIE HARRIS

By Laurie Harris USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs As we enter another season, Flotilla 95 has introduced the 2016 schedule for the Safe Boating Classes. For over 40 years now, Flotilla 95 has been offering safe boating programs on Marco Island. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats. Flotilla 95’s educational programs for 2016 will achieve their mission by making relevant programs available to the boating public. Boating Skills & Seamanship ... Read More »

Something New is Cooking in the Island Country Club’s Kitchen

Rudiger Loose, left, general 
manager of the Island Country Club, and Kurt Beattie, the club’s executive chef. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley While not obvious to diners in the Island Country Club’s dining room, a revolution, of sorts, has taken place behind the swinging doors that lead to the facility’s kitchen. It’s there that the club’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art kitchen is making life infinitely easier for executive chef Kurt Beattie and his staff, saving time and effort in the preparation of meals, while also helping to reduce the club’s energy costs. “Probably 85 percent of it is brand new,” said Beattie. “We couldn’t do anything with the footprint of the kitchen, so what we did was go ... Read More »

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WASTE AND RECYCLING TRUCKS COME TO COLLIER COUNTY

The first fleet of Compressed Natural Gas powered waste and recycling trucks are now on the road in Collier County. Waste Management of Florida, Inc. launched the trucks, which are cleaner, greener and powered by natural gas, in the Collier County market on Thursday, Nov. 12. The company made a $1.2 million investment to build the county’s first CNG fueling station, in addition to upgrading its fleet. Waste Management will transition all 105 Collier County collection trucks to CNG in the next year. “Over the years, the Board of County Commissioners and Waste Management have worked collaboratively to provide our ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $5 million for new Golisano Children’s Hospital

To support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $5 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. In recognition of the pledge, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has earned a naming opportunity, and will dedicate the new Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall.   The SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County ... Read More »

Marco Y’s New Youth Development Center Dedicated in Grand Style

Marco Y board member Paul Tateo prepares to apply the giant scissors the ribbon at the  dedication ceremony for the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s new youth development center. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley A dream has been realized with the opening of the new youth development center at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The $1.2 million, 5,750 square-foot facility was dedicated recently in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony that included remarks from Marco Y CEO Cindy Love, as well as several board members. The event also included a color guard from Marco’s American Legion Post 404, music by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band, and the presence of a host of community members and officials from city government and the fire-rescue department, as well civic organizations and the business ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces $1 million to be awarded to Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Health Professions

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. signed a $1 million pledge to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to benefit the programs and students within FSW’s School of Health Professions. The gift may be used to purchase equipment, technology, software and for advanced training, or to award scholarships to qualifying students within the School of Health Professions program at FSW. In recognition of the pledge and past donations from SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., the simulation lab at FSW will now be called the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. Simulation Center. FSW School of Health Professions offers simulation education to help students gain skills and ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Kleis and White were on water patrol when they stopped a vessel to perform a vessel safety inspection.  The Officers immediately noticed the smell of an alcoholic substance coming from the vessel.  A closer look showed multiple empty beer bottles and liquor bottles throughout the vessel.  During the inspection of the safety equipment, the operator showed multiple signs of impairment including loss of balance and slurred speech.  Officer White asked the operator if he had been drinking and the operator admitted to drinking several beers.  Officer Kleis conducted Seated Field Sobriety Tasks on the operator.  The operator was subsequently ... Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »