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Capri boats parade for Christmas

Submitted Isles of Capri captains decorated their boats in preparation for the 10th Annual Capri Christmas Boat Parade. They gathered in Tarpon Bay at sunset on December 6th. They shared some pizza gratis from the Island Gypsy, powered up, and paraded their 10 boats around Isles of Capri, traversing every bay and finishing at the south end of Johnson Bay. Capriers approach their parade like no other paraders do. This year’s parade had no theme, except an unstated expectation that the decorations be Christmasy. Also, the boat numbering system is non-sequential, and the judges make the monumental attempt to give ... Read More »

Deck the Doors

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce asked area businesses to decorate wreaths for an all new event, DECK the DOORS. The finished wreaths were presented at a holiday party held at Rose History Auditorium and first, second and third place winners were selected by a group of judges. In addition, there was a People’s Choice award. Each wreath was auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Marco Island Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. First Place Wreath was decorated by the Marco Island Historical Society. Second Place Wreath was decorated by Beach Dogs. ... Read More »

Marco Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What began just six years ago has grown in popularity and become an annual signature event for Marco Island. “Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to be such a popular event. So far, it has subsidized the major part of charitable giving for three service clubs on the island — the same three that volunteer hundreds of hours to put the festival together — the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Each year, we’ve grown and tried to make it ... Read More »

MIAAOR Installs 2014 Board

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 38th Annual Installation Banquet for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) was held at the Island Country Club. Attending the ceremony was Senator Garrett Richter and installing the new board was Representative Kathleen Passidomo. Keith Dameron emceed the affair. Gerry Rosenblum, outgoing President recapped 2013 awarding his wife Barbara Rosenblum with the Unsung Hero award. Gerry presented Shirley English with the Special President’s Award for her support throughout the year and another to Dick Shanahan for his mentoring. Marv Needles had the honors of presenting the Robbie Clark Award to Michael Vale. ... Read More »

Weather Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife

By Natalie Strom [email protected] The week of November 25 through December 1 was a strange week on the beach for many of the city’s volunteer beach stewards. A recent storm front and some odd activities led to an unusually large amount of marine mammal life to be washed ashore on Marco’s beaches. First up, octopi. In one day, a beach steward found eight stranded on the shore as he monitored the beach. Another one was found on Sand Dollar Beach in the same week. Of the nine, six were still alive and were able to be returned to the water. ... Read More »

Murder, mayhem and mystery! Oh my!

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Meet Martha Horror (aka Gina Sisbarro). She wants to take you on a tour through Marco Island’s history, but it is not the history of sunshine, sand and shells. Her’s is a “ghost tour” through the unsolved murders and mysteries of Marco’s last 150 years. “I love history,” says Sisbarro, decked out in her full Martha Horror costume. “Marco Island is loaded with history and mystery.” In addition to the new Marco Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour, Sisbarro also works for Marco Office Supply and directs productions at The Marco Players Theater. She will host ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Woman’s Club Cleans Beach

By Nancy Richie Despite an overcast, breezy November day, the Marco Island Woman’s Club turned out in large numbers to clean the Marco Island beach on Saturday, November 16. City of Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee chairperson and President of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, Debbie Roddy, led the group, in their matching custom t-shirts, to collect twenty bags of debris and trash between South Beach and Tigertail Beach Park. Many found the beach to be very clean with no large pieces of trash, but did find plastic wrappers, bottle caps, cigarette butts, as well as over 100 plastic straws, ... Read More »

Winter Fishery Changes in 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] Every year around this time, we see some major changes to our local fishery. Around the middle of the December we typically see our first major cold front come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in November which brought the night temperatures down into the 50’s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60’s later this month. Be extremely diligent in December, and be certain to do your homework by reviewing local ... Read More »

Comet ISON Survived?

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] At the time of this writing, the ultimate fate of Comet ISON was still in doubt. On Thanksgiving day the comet reaches its closest point to the Sun, (called perihelion by astronomers) and is less than one million miles from the solar surface. At that distance the heat is enough to melt solid iron! On the other hand, the comet is a big chunk of loosely packed ice and dust which is a pretty good insulator; it may well pull through. The odds are around 50-50. Until recently the comet was fizzling out, ... Read More »

20” Telescope

By Mike P. Usher Why build a twenty-inch telescope? For me, the reason was I could. It greatly helped that I enjoy being the center of attention – and this telescope pretty much guarantees that when we both appear together. I usually claim it’s the largest telescope in Southwest Florida, but I do not actually know this for a fact. There have been rumors reaching me of larger ones hidden away in unspecified locations, but if they exist, the owners must keep the telescopes to themselves. On the other hand, anyone can look through mine if they attend one of ... Read More »

Adventure and Beauty in the Everglades

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] For many years, the South Florida Plant Pickers have traversed the East Trail (US-41) through the Everglades. Bound for either Miami or Homestead, we are on a mission to find the most beautiful and unique tropical plants to bring back to Naples. We are constantly searching for that rare and special plant not found at your local gardening center. And, when we find it, we feels like we’ve struck gold! The South Florida Plant Pickers are a group of dedicated local plant enthusiasts who provide entertaining and informative YouTube videos and articles on the purchase ... Read More »

E.C. Welcomes Alan Maltz

By Natalie Strom [email protected] It’s no surprise that photographers flock to Southwest Florida. The sunsets, animal life, water, mazes of mangroves, the River of Grass and the trees of Big Cypress are not only stunning, but are all within minutes of one other. Professional photographer Alan S. Maltz has captured that beauty in his latest coffee table book, and he will be celebrating its release on November 2 in Everglades City. Designated the “Official Fine Art Photographer for the State of Florida” by VISIT FLORIDA and “The Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida” by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Maltz’s new ... Read More »

Oil Drilling or Life: The Importance of Preserving Golden Gate Estates

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By Roseann Lahey The Dan A. Hughes Company is waiting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s decision as to whether or not they can have a permit to drill for oil and gas in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Florida. The demand for these resources is always high, and our reliance on foreign countries is increasing. This does not mean that oil drilling corporations should be allowed to search for crude close to homes, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Something is drastically wrong with this possibility. When did people, their homes, the native wildlife and the sensitive ... Read More »

Lost Dogs of the Everglades

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Brenda Midolo of Verona Walk in Naples has been rescuing stray dogs for the majority of her life. Amy Roman of Miami has rescued over 900 dogs in just under two years. What do these two women on opposite ends of the state have in common. They both have rescued dogs that were senselessly dropped off in the Everglades. Left to fend for themselves, these domesticated animals don’t survive long in the snake, alligator and disease-infested Everglades. Brenda, a retired veterinarian technician, owned 13 rescue dogs at one point while living on an 11-acre piece of ... Read More »

The Library and the Arts

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By Karen Swanker The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist exhibits for two months. July and August 2013 will feature the work of Marco Island artist Rick Granneman. Before retiring and moving from Chicago to Marco in 2007, Rick and his wife, Billie, were involved in the R&D of new medicines like Humira, Depakote, Kaletra, Norvir, and Synthroid. Besides pursuit of their lifelong passion for the arts, they feel “blessed to enjoy the Gulf, Everglades, 10,000 ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades is run by the Collier County Museums, which encompasses the museums of Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee and Everglades City. The well-maintained museum is free to visit, and is filled with information and exhibits on the vibrant history of the Calusa ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Turns 85

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Upon its completion, the Tamiami Trail was touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Barron Gift Collier, for whom our County is named, and D. Graham Copeland, for whom the town is named, were the men behind the incredible engineering feat. Since the completion of the road in 1928, motorists have been able to travel from Tampa to Miami, thus the name, with ease. Celebrating its milestone birthday, Everglades City threw a party worthy of the road that forever changed travel in Southwest Florida. Prior to the road, boats were really the only form of ... Read More »

9/11 Friends Reunite on Marco

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] It was a one-hour car ride to the seven-hour journey across the Trans-Canada Highway to reach the eight-hour ferry ride from Newfoundland to the mainland of Canada, where another six hours of driving brought Myrtle and Harold Pelley to the airport. The Pelleys flew to Fort Myers where they were picked up by their friends Frank and Elise Delaney, who then brought them to Marco Island. The trip, nearly 12 years in the making, was in some way, a thank you gift from the Delaneys as the Pelleys were their saving grace during the 9/11 tragedy ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Celebration

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The Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating its biggest one-day event of the year on Saturday, April 27th; the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. The Museum will also be observing the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida as a part of the “Viva La Florida 500” celebration as well as Collier County’s 90th anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of Everglades City. After a free pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark, the Friends of the Museum have planned a great program, starting with a parade highlighting the Barron Collier High School Band, antique ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She was at the forefront of the fight towards redefining the Everglades as a treasured river rather than a useless swamp. Much has been learned about “The River of Grass” since Douglas wrote the book in 1947, but the devastation to ... Read More »