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Moon over Marco

Facing East towards the nearly full Moon, 9 PM March 14th. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher We do not often talk about the Moon in this column as it usually wipes the stars from the sky when it is present – particularly when it is nearly full. However the Moon is an interesting object in its own right and provides endless hours of entertainment for small telescope owners. In fact it is about the only heavenly object a department store telescope provides a decent view of. It is shocking that so many misconceptions about our Moon exist; a small but significant percentage of people do not know that the ... Read More »


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasu Due to various obligations and travel, I was not going to send in an article to the next issue. However, after spending a sleepless night watching the ongoing events, I wanted to at least inform the readers as to what is going on in Ukraine, and what all this means for us in America. As I write this article at 6 AM on Sunday, March 2, Russian troops are on the move into Ukraine. On Friday, President Barack Obama promised “there will be costs” for Russia if the country moved on neighboring Ukraine — although ... Read More »

Help! I’m submerged in e-mail!


By Carol Glassman Every morning, I am reluctant to admit, if I don’t have an early appointment I rise, and instead of shining, head for the computer. One excuse is that perhaps someone has sent me a message to inform me of a meeting, an event, a cancellation or just to update me on family matters. Possibly a client or two needs some writing or editing. Of course I simply need to scan the news from two or three newspapers. Well, that doesn’t account for the many pieces of e-mail that land on my desktop and clog my i-Phone daily. ... Read More »



Donna Fiala A special thank you to Tony Voight. His business is always the first company to sponsor the Gulf Coast Little League each year! The coaches were kind enough to invite me to throw the first ball for this season. It was a wonderful ceremony with kids of all ages from 4 to 14! Families were everywhere, supporting and encouraging their players. Marco Island is also a part of this group, and who was right there, up front? It was Bill Morris, a prominent attorney on Marco Island, with his little one. When the coaches contacted me last ... Read More »

This is my hometown


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd With our hospital located in the heart of East Naples and our walk-in clinic on Marco Island, it is safe to say that Physicians Regional Healthcare System takes the needs of our local patient population very seriously. However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I take the responsibly of my role quite personally. You see, as a proud graduate of Barron Collier High School, I was raised right here in Collier County. Though our local economy owes a debt of gratitude to all our residents — full-time, part-time, seasonal and guests ... Read More »

Joe Irvin Says Goodbye to Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery Joe Irvin is headed home. Marco Island’s Interim Director of Community Affairs has accepted the position of special projects manager for the city of Sequim in his home state of Washington. Irvin worked for Sequim prior to coming to Marco. Irvin handed in his resignation on Feb. 27, and his last day will be Friday, March 14. Irvin and City Manager Roger Hernstadt insist his departure has nothing to do with the last three tumultuous months in Community Affairs, which included the abrupt firing of former Director of Community Affairs Bryan Milk for not reporting ... Read More »

Open Enrollment at MICMS


Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the open enrollment period for admission to the school for the 2014-15 school year. The period began March 3 and extends until 3:00 PM, Friday, March 14. Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained from the school or by going on the school’s website at Applications must be submitted in person, and can only be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. When the open enrollment period closes — should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in each grade level — a ... Read More »

City Councilor Communications


By Noelle H. Lowery City Councilor Larry Honig is the second member of the Marco Island City Council to open up the lines of communication with the community. Back in January, he launched, and now, he will hold his own town hall-style forum — “Coffee with the Other Larry” — with residents on Tuesday, March 11, at 9 AM in the Community Room at the City Hall complex. Honig wants citizens to tell him what they think about the matters the city is facing, and he wants to be able to respond to their open questions. “Of course, ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Gears Up for Batfish Bash

By Noelle H. Lowery Calling all friends and patrons of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Saturday, March 15, the Friends of Rookery Bay will hold the Fifth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay to support youth science education, environmental research activities and community outreach programs at the reserve. Held at the Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Road, Naples), the festivities will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 PM, followed by silent and live auctions and an evening for dinner and dancing. According to Craig Seibert, president of the Friends of Rookery Bay, Batfish Bash has raised more ... Read More »

Swale, Sidewalk Parking?


By Noelle H. Lowery Everyone knows parking is dicey on Marco Island — especially during season — but there seems to be some confusion out in the community about just where a person can park in a residential area and in some cases for how long. In fact, parking has been a hot topic at recent City Council meetings. Council spent about an hour listening to community complaints and business concerns about swale parking during the March 3 council meeting. True tales of residents defending their swales from restaurant patron parking and business owners standing up for their right ... Read More »

Kirk’s New Start and Bright Future

By Melinda Gray You may have already noticed that a familiar friend is back in Goodland, and they were sorely missed. Damas and Pat Kirk, and their daughter, Kelly, have returned home to update and operate Kirk’s Fish Company. The market has been back under family operation since October 2013. Their priorities are to serve the public and educate their customers about the industry. “The fisherman wanted us to come back; fisherman love to work for fisherman,” said Pat. “And people who were customers 20 years ago are finding us again,” added Kelly. The Kirks were surprised at how quickly ... Read More »

New Seasonal Ambulance for Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery In January, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted to better response times for emergency services. First, as of Jan. 15, an operational change required the Advanced-Life Support Ambulance (Medic 90) stationed with the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue Department to move to the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department when its ambulance is out on a call. Then, as of Feb. 1, Collier County granted MIFRD a second seasonal ALS ambulance (Media 803), which will operate January-April for 12 hours each day, 9 AM-9 PM. It appears the additional EMS support is slowly whittling away at the ... Read More »

Chabad’s Historic Evening

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Chabad Center of Naples celebrated its 10th anniversary year at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon, featuring “An Historic Evening” as the theme. Dr. Arthur (President of Chabad) and Ellen Seigel planned and managed every detail of the event with a committee of 36 people, who assisted in helping things run smoothly for almost 1,000 guests, including local politicians from every level of government. Part of the evening was dedicated to honoring Liddy and Daniel Sexton for their ongoing generosity and support of Chabad’s Preschool of the Arts and to Carol Glassman as the 2014 Chabad Benefactor. ... Read More »

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The popularity of bocce has blossomed in recent years,” according to Marco Island Parks and Recreation Manager Mindy Gordon. “At Mackle Park, a group of residents play year round, every single day weather permitting. Groups such as the Italian-American Society of Marco Island have teams, and even some of the condo associations have formed teams now.” More than 100 people attended the recent Italian-American Society Bob Ray Memorial Bocce tournament, co-sponsored by Marco Island’s Park and Recreation Department. In fact, 16 teams signed up for the tournament this year, and it was standing-room only around ... Read More »

The 6th Annual ACS Fashion Show and Lunch at Bistro Soleil

By Melinda Gray Ladies and gentlemen dressed to impress came out to the Bistro Soleil at the Olde Marco Inn to socialize and enjoy the 6th Annual Fashion Show and Lunch Tuesday, March 4. Lisa Meurgue, cancer survivor and owner of the Bistro Soleil, and her friend Joyce McFarland, owner of Marco Island Clothing Company, started the event after Meurgue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The show was a huge success its first year, and each year since. “I really wanted to do something for the cause, so my friend Joyce and I decided to do this fashion ... Read More »

Goodland Civic Association Does Good

The morning started bright and foggy. SUBMITTED photoS

By Nancy Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist When the Goodland Civic Association members volunteer, they come in a large, boisterous group; ready to go and ready for fun! For their generous volunteer efforts, they did not just include their own fishing village but the community at large. On Saturday, Feb. 8, a couple dozen Goodland Civic Association members ventured a few minutes down the road and volunteered to clean up Marco Island’s beach. Led by Association President Greg Bello, they arrived a little after 8 AM at the South Beach access. Rina Lazo from Marco Island Civic Association ... Read More »

Celebrating the Eagles

By Noelle H. Lowery On Sunday, March 16, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation will celebrate Paleo and Calusa, the island’s resident nesting Bald Eagle couple, at its Fourth Annual Nest Fest. The event begins at 5:30 PM with a cocktail hour at the Island Country Club and dinner to follow at 6:30 PM. Valet parking will be available, and Sound Check will entertain guests with live music. Tickets are $75 per person. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and bet yet, according to Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation. “Nest Fest started out ... Read More »

Women of Marco Faith and Wine hear about Forgiveness

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A group of about 225 women came together one evening to see Marco Faith and Wine’s first presentation of 2014, Dr. Allen Hunt. Marco Faith and Wine was formed to offer women an opportunity for fellowship in a casual venue. Dr. Hunt is not only a best-selling author and a national radio talk-show host, he is the former pastor of one of the largest mega-churches in the United States and, is now vice-president of Dynamic Catholic Institute. His presentation to the guests of Marco Faith and Wine was based on his latest book, “Everybody Needs ... Read More »

New American Legion Post on Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery A new American Legion post has been chartered on Marco Island. A temporary charter for American Legion Post 404 was presented by the Indianapolis-based national headquarters of the American Legion on Feb. 18. American Legion Post 404 has 28 charter members and is headed by Commander Lee Rubenstein, First Vice Commander Hugh Messner, Finance Officer Ray Rosenberg, Post Chaplin Mike Stapleton, Adjutant and Sargent-at-Arms Bill Horton, Trustees Bruce Novark and Judge Advocate Al Bozzo. Rubenstein’s goal is to have 100 member by May, and the post will leave its charter roll open until May 1. ... Read More »

Panther kitten rescued in Collier County

He now lives at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Dave Parkinson, Lowry Park Zoo

Submitted by FWC A team of panther biologists rescued an approximately week-old Florida panther kitten at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County in mid-January. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida discovered the kitten while conducting research. The one-pound male kitten had a dangerously low body temperature and was nonresponsive. “We want to give any panther kitten the best opportunity to survive in the wild,” said FWC veterinarian Dr. Mark Cunningham. “But clearly this kitten was in poor condition and almost certainly would have died without intervention.” Biologists ... Read More »