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Full house for Everglades photographer

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The months of August and September feature the inspiring Everglades photography of Captain Don McDonald at The Marco Island Historical Museum. A reception with the artist was held on Tuesday, August 7, where a full house enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with McDonald and his wife, Anne. For a mid-summer event on Marco, the turnout was extraordinary. “We had about 50 to 60 people show up within the first 15 minutes,” explained museum assistant, Lisa Marciano. Guests admired McDonald’s works and purchased copies of his photographic journal, “Reflections of the Everglades.” Also the ... Read More »

Archaeologists dig Marco

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Caxambas community of Marco Island has seen its fair share of construction this summer. As the sewer project continues in the area, Advanced Archaeology, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale has been tirelessly digging ahead of the construction in an effort to unearth mysteries of Marco’s ancient ancestors. Coastal Breeze News caught up with the archaeologists who shared their initial findings in the cover story of the June 28 edition. Nearing the half-way mark of the project, Joe Mankowski, President of Advanced Archaeology, Inc. and Field Director, Gene Erjavec have now uncovered thousands of artifacts in only ... Read More »

Island Writers moving

By Joanne Tailele  Co-Chair of Marco Island Writers  The August 8th meeting of the Marco Island Writers challenged the members to write the dreaded “Query Letter.” Just as our manuscript is far from ready on the first go-round, the query letter has to have a first draft. As writers, the muse within that drives us to write pushes us along through the original manuscript to the numerous rewrites and edits. The end result may be a culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. The fun stops here for most of us. If you choose the traditional route in lieu ... Read More »

Kids’ History of Everglades Area

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Just in time for back-to-school, here’s a kids’ history of the Everglades City area. “The Story of Everglades City; A History for Younger Readers” had been out of print for several years and is now available again. The book tells about the pioneers in this fascinating area, Barron Collier founding of the County, the building of the Tamiami Trail, Deaconess Harriet Bedell helping the Seminoles, logging in the Fakahatchee, and President Harry S Truman opening the Everglades National Park. Author Marya Repko has written a number of local history books including her adult version of ... Read More »

Mallorca….where the angels go for holiday

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s another beautiful day in southwest Mallorca! I write this from the balcony of our hotel room on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean in tranquil Cala Fornells, which is a small inlet near Peguera. It’s hard to believe I am less than 20 minutes from the capital city of Palma and the busy airport! I have just come to realize this vacation has involved a lot of cliff driving with hairpin turns and dizzying heights, a complete opposite of the flatlands back home! Anyone who has experienced the sheer terror of driving in a car ... Read More »

Above and beyond the call of duty

TO YOUR HEALTH C. Scott Campbell  Jan.Fernandez@hma.com This week, I wish to highlight the extraordinary effort of a specific Surgical Services nurse who relentlessly pursued ways to improve the delivery of exceptional patient-centered care—even during one of the most difficult and tragic patient outcomes: a miscarriage. Recently, a young woman presented to the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. The patient was actively miscarrying—a condition which required immediate emergency surgical care. The pre-admission nurse, Ellen Muratore, became empathetic for the mother and the understandable emotional pain of losing a child. Ellen also realized that the healthcare team could benefit from learning ... Read More »

Pirating the backwaters

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com That’s it. I’m turning in my press pass and heading out to sea. This pirate looks at 30 like she’s ready for a change, and after taking a trip with Goodland-based Backwater Adventure I’m declaring a mutiny on my humdrum life. It’s time for this scallywag to commandeer their vessels and start off on my own excursion. After all, life is too short to wait. Just ask owner and operator of Backwater Adventure, Lisa Seymour. Three years ago she nearly lost her leg in a motorcycle accident. Rather than outfit Lisa with an-all-too-perfect-for-this-article peg leg, doctors ... Read More »

Light up orange

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The Marco Island Marriott is getting a surprising makeover. “For the entire month of September we’ll light up the entire building orange,” explains Jada Shigley, Director of Reservations and member of the Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee. In an effort to promote hunger awareness within Southwest Florida, the Marriott is participating in the Light Up Orange campaign, honoring September as Hunger Action Month. The Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee works with charitable organizations within the community and encourages employees to do the same. During it’s quarterly associate rally on August 14, General Manager Rick Medwedeff explained, ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Tidbits

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are five species of sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches. The most common is the loggerhead. The green turtle and leatherback are also found frequenting beaches throughout the state. The Kemp’s ridley and hawksbill sea turtles nest in Florida but not very often. All five species are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Sea turtles are considered to be a keystone species within their ecosystems. The extinction of any one of the many sea turtle species would affect many other organisms within both beach systems and marine systems. ... Read More »

Bicycling to school

PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Are you ready? It’s that time of year again. The children are heading back to school. By this time, I am sure all the school supplies are purchased and the backpacks are filled with new notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons and ready to go. If you’re prepared to send your children off to another year of learning and adventure and their means of transportation is by way of a bicycle, then I have a few tips that may help ease your mind. Even if you don’t have any kids bicycling to school or you ... Read More »

It’s picnic and barbeque time

CHEF’S TABLE  Chef Anne Feinman  thechefsexpress@aol.com Labor Day weekend is upon us and it’s the perfect time of year for a family barbeque. I have so many wonderful recipes that it is hard to narrow it down! So here are two favorite fun dishes that are full of flavor and color. Chef Annie’s standard words of wisdom. “It must be pretty and colorful!” We eat with our eyes first, so presentation is everything, before the very first bite. I love to blend multi colored peppers, instead of a traditional green bell pepper. It is a must that a fruit bowl has ... Read More »

On the shady side

PLANT TALK  Mike Malloy  mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com When most of the flowering plants and shrubs are struggling to thrive in the hot summer sun and waiting for the “cooling” afternoon showers, there is a group of plants that might be a little bit smarter. They thrive in the shade. Not only are these shade plants doing just fine, they are blooming. In Florida, shade takes on a different meaning than the shade “up north.” I don’t think we have the same deep shade areas in Florida as they do up north because the sun is so intense here. It’s lower in the ... Read More »

Back to school

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com School started this week, and our children are back after a summer of fun. Our Everglades City School (Pre-K through 12th grade) has a new principal, Mr. Robert (Bob) Spano, who has over 20 years of experience as principal of various Collier County Schools. He has been teaching in this county since 1978 so we feel very fortunate to have Mr. Spano as our new principal. He also comes from a family of teachers, including one sister who teaches 1st grade, two brothers (one retired), two nieces, one nephew and his wife, Darlene, ... Read More »

Take back Wall Street

DOG & STYLE  Tony Wakefield-Jones  Tony@mindzoo.com       Dear Tony: What are your thoughts on Wall Street? Theresa G. – Marco Island, FL  Dear Miss Theresa: Why on earth would someone want to put walls up next to a street? That’s just absurd. Does the Marco Island City Council know about this? From a human standpoint, Marco Island is a lovely little beach community— and you bipeds seem to place a lot of value on your ability to view mass quantities of water. I say just take a bath but I digress…  Wouldn’t erecting walls on either side of, for ... Read More »

Maine-ly Marco

ART UNCOVERED  Tara O’Neill  I am just back from my ‘working’ vacation in beautiful, if only slightly cooler, New England. Devoted readers will remember that I attended the opening night reception for Maine-ly Marco at The Gallery at Harmon’s & Barton’s in Portland, Maine. They’ll also know that Maine-ly Marco is an exhibition of nine Marco Island artists – a reciprocation for the highly successful Maine Fiber Artists exhibit held last January at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Both events were spearheaded by the lovely, and art-loving, Sandy Wallen – who, with husband Bill, divides the year twixt Marco ... Read More »

What shall we fish for today?

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com There are so many different species of fish that we catch here in shallow near shore and backwater areas of the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. Some fish that are targeted for food purposes, depending on their open season, are Redfish, Snapper, Trout, Flounder, Mackerel, Tripletail, Cobia, Pompano, Permit, Snook, Grouper and more. Some fish we target for sport. Tarpon are a great sport fish that are never eaten, however others like Snook, Permit, & Shark are mostly targeted for sport and sometime for food. Others like Ladyfish, Jacks, & Catfish can ... Read More »

Ties That Bind

BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net Author: Marie Bostwick Publisher: Kensington Books, 2012 If you are enticed into reading this book pay special attention when you are looking for it as the title is fairly common, but the books are written by various authors. When I looked on Amazon some of them appeared to be a bit racy…or perhaps even more than a bit. This particular one has a sub-title of “A Cobbled Court Quilts Novel,” which does not say racy in any language. It is still mighty hot around here even if the calendar says summer is over so there is ... Read More »

Practice makes you perfect if…?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com In order to move to the next level in tennis, players have to be committed to outstanding practice sessions combined with tournament play. However, the vast majority of players often takes the safer route and only play “practice matches.” Unfortunately, when we practice with friends, most people still have a need to win and probably won’t try new things. But, if players desire to graduate to a higher level, they must be willing to radically change their practice sessions. If only two people are available to practice, the couple must focus on doubles drills and ... Read More »

THE LONELY STAR

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Periodically the question is asked about how a stargazer can take pictures of the night sky. To get really good pictures, it takes some thousands of dollars and a few hundred hours of practice and study; however, that being said, it’s possible to take fairly decent pictures to share among friends and family without too much trouble. To do so you need two things: a camera capable of making time exposures and a tripod. The quality of the photos depends on the size of the camera lens and sensitivity of the imaging chip. ... Read More »

The Islands that Brush the Clouds

CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com Along with St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, Redonda, and Montserrat are known as the “Islands that Brush the Clouds.” Nevis and St. Kitts are one country. We checked into customs at Charlestown. That was how it was when we were there. Charlestown then was the only town of entry in Nevis. Nevis is a rather unusually shaped island. It is rounded in shape and has been likened to a sombrero with a peak in the center which rises 3,000 feet skyward toward the clouds. Hence the descriptive name of this island group. Nevis was named ... Read More »