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Florida Wildlife Federation names Mike Owen Forest Conservationist of 2014

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist Michael Scott Owen has been named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation at its 77th annual Conservation Awards Banquet held in Naples.  Owen was recognized for his 20 years of work at Fakahatchee documenting the diversity of plants and animals and measuring water levels—data that is critical to Everglades restoration projects. The FWF stated: ”For his deep love of nature and tireless efforts on behalf of this very special place, the Federation is delighted to name Mike Owen as Forest Conservationist of the year.” Owen’s enthusiastic efforts to educate the public ... Read More »

National Parks Big Biz in SW Florida

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Submitted A new National Park Service report shows that more than 2.5 million visitors to the national parks in South Florida spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported roughly 2,700 jobs in the region. Locally at Big Cypress National Preserve, the impact encompassed just over 1 million visitors, spending an estimated $76 million in Southwest Florida communities and creating approximately 997 jobs. Combined 2013 report figures include those for Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress. The total for the four parks is up slightly from the previous year, while visitor ... Read More »

‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

Karina Miranda and Seraphanime Garcia paired up with a presentation  on manatees and Florida panthers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

Orchids of the Everglades

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Orchids of the Everglades Florida history buffs, as well as orchid lovers, are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on June 19, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Tricia Rose, award-winning orchid hobbyist and Director of Education for the Alliance, will present Orchids of the Everglades, a poignant and beautiful presentation about the highest concentration of wild orchids in North America. Please mark your calendar for June 19! For information please call (239) 498-9741 or visit www.GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. Read More »

Apply For Fall Quota Permits in June!

There are several types of quota permits, and most are issued by random drawing. This year there’s been a change: The wild hog application periods will now be grouped with the other fall quota hunts. The first-phase application period – for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, youth, family, track vehicle (a swamp buggy with tank treads), airboat and mobility-impaired quota hunt permits – runs June 1-30, so you’ve got all month to submit your application. You may submit one application for each of the hunt types, and there is no fee to apply. One thing to remember though: Unless ... Read More »

DEP Issues Permit for Herbert Hooker Dike Repair

On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The permit authorizes construction and replacement of Culverts 2, 12A and HP-2 with new water control structures S-278 (C-2), S-274 (C-12A) and S-287 (C-HP-2). The department estimates this proactive comprehensive approach will save over 1,000 work hours, more than $40,000 in tax payers money and will result in a significant reduction in time needed for future permit authorizations. The HHD R&R Project ... Read More »

Students Take Center Stage

This watercolor of ‘Oak Leaf Hydrangea’ was done by Wanda Coady.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Student artists — young and old — took over the galleries at the Marco Island Center for the Arts during the month of April. Works from adult students who have taken classes at the Center as well as some completed by students of the Marco Island Academy are on display now throughout the Center and in the La Petite Galerie through April 24. For the Center students, this was a juried exhibit, giving them an opportunity to “strut their stuff” to show their friends and relatives what they have learned and how far they have ... Read More »

Marriott to Renovate Rookery Golf Course

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort has two championship  golf courses — The Rookery and Hammock Bay. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Later this month, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa will begin a six-month, $4 million renovation to its award-winning Rookery Golf Course. The course will close until November. The project announcement comes on the heels of a number of accolades for golf on Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. First, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) — which held its annual meeting at the Marriott — selected Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as its 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for North America. Additionally, ... Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school ... Read More »

Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee

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By Bette McGilvray As in years past, the Marco Island contingent made up of Bette McGilvray (MIAAOR President, 2014 and Florida Realtor’s Key Political Contact for Rep. Kathleen Passidomo), Dick Shanahan (MIAAOR Legislative Committee Chair 2014), and Steve Josselyn (Legislative Committee member), teamed with NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors) to meet with legislators in Tallahassee last week to discuss issues relevant to all of us Florida Realtors. The four main issues MIAAOR and NABOR presented to our legislators were as follows: • Support for SB 176 and HB 11, which look to lower the commercial lease sales tax from ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” - First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a time when more than 80 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers but only 13 percent choose a STEM field for their career, Laura Poelstrap is leading the way at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Bariatric Surgery–much more than a numbers game

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Considering the onslaught of media coverage given to the obesity epidemic in the United States, you may be wondering: why write another? The answer: it’s one thing for the media to report on the problem—it’s quite another to educate the public on possible solutions. If your weight—or the weight of a loved one—is preventing the healthy, active life you’ve imagined, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard can help. In December 2013, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard received a Center of Excellence designation awarded by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College ... Read More »

ENFD Mergers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff While East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt prepared to head to Tallahassee to testify about his district’s proposed mergers with Golden Gate and Isles of Capri fire districts, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted expand ENFD’s boundaries to include Ochopee. During its March 25 regular meeting, the BCC unanimously approved the creation of a merger plan between the county-managed Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and ENFD. This merger could be easier than the others, though, as it may be possible to complete with a simple Interlocal Agreement. Currently, the ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »

Pack Rat or Hoarder?

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By Carol Glassman Many people like to accumulate things, and at a certain age, find they have amassed what looks more like a jumble than an organized collection. For some, it represents the inability to throw things away, fearing these items may be of use one day; while for others, it’s the inability to say “no” when someone drops off yet another homeless cat on the doorstep. At any rate, hoarding exists and seems to be more prevalent, or perhaps just more noticeable, than it used to be. The media — television in particular — finds it interesting enough to ... Read More »

Kevin Barry: Laws of Life Essay Winner

Kevin Barry with Debbie Cooper, TBE reading specialist. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ask Kevin Barry what “tolerance” means, and he will give you a couple of definitions. The Tommie Barfield Elementary School fifth-grader first will tell you that tolerance, “is the willingness to accept others who are different.” Second, he will say, “it is the capacity to endure harsh environments or difficult situations.” Ask Barry for an all-encompassing example of these definitions of tolerance, and his answer will be Abraham Lincoln. “He showed tolerance,” explains Barry. “He defended the slaves, and he fought for freedom for everyone to be treated the same. He showed tolerance all of ... Read More »

Writing Contest

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Submitted The Collier County Public Library Adult Programs have collaborated with Marco Island Writers to offer a Writing Contest for the general public. Submit a poem, short story or essay to MarcoIslandWritersInc@gmail.com by April 12 stating what made you come to Marco, what keeps you here or coming back or simply why you love Marco Island. A team of published writers from Marco Island Writers will select six final entries to be read by each author at the event on Tuesday April 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marco Island Library. Entries can be serious or humorous – share your ... Read More »

We Don’t Need a Guide…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia is preparing to invade and annex Ukraine as well as the neighboring country of Moldova. As I have done before, I would like to stress that I am writing this article on Sunday, March 30. The situation is fluid and ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Nets 15-foot Sawfish

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Submitted March 7 was a big day for Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers. The team captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on its monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The biggest — a female measuring nearly 15 feet — is the largest sawfish captured by Rookery Bay since May 2000. It is no secret that many species of shark come into shallow, protected estuarine bays of the Ten Thousand Islands to give birth to their young. These back bays provide young sharks with plenty of food and protection from ... Read More »