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Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker

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Gentlemen: To be very candid, the ‘Eagle Sanctuary’ is and was a ruse by the neighborhood residents to prevent the charter high school from locating there. The former school board superintendent sabotaged those supporting the charter high school by signing a lease with the, suddenly passionate, neighborhood bird lovers.  It was a travesty by the board of education in concert with the self serving residents living in the area of Tract K. Deltona clearly intended tract K to be used for a school on Marco. People have no shame.  The ‘sanctuary’ is obviously supported by those who have the gall ... Read More »

Magistrate or No Magistrate? That is the Question

Members of City Council meet at a workshop with the Code  Enforcement Board to discuss their possible replacement with a Magistrate. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman Whether to replace the city’s Code Enforcement Board (CEB) with a magistrate turned out to be a difficult question, when five members of City Council (Councilmen Kiester and Batte were absent) met Tuesday, Aug. 12, for what they had anticipated as a joint workshop with the CEB. After about 15 minutes of expressing their opinions and irritation with the topic at hand, the misunderstanding about the workshop format and the draft ordinance prepared by City Attorney Burt Saunders’ office, the meeting almost ended before it began. Council Chairman Ken Honecker, frustrated with the chain of events, was ... Read More »

Student from Florida Named Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 World Champion

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Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Tyler Millis has been named the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in PowerPoint 2007, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.  16-year-old Tyler attends Dunbar High School in Lee County, Florida. In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition. The 2014 ... Read More »

The Horses are Off — Seahorses, That Is

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist “Mama, come quick!” a young girl cries. “There’s a tiny horse on the beach!” As mama and others run to the scene, sure enough there is a horse in the Marco Island sand. It is only a few inches long and sure looks like our equine friends but without legs. It is a seahorse. Seahorses are very small marine fish. Like other fish they breathe through gills. They float in an upright position and have pectoral fins to maneuver and dorsal fins to maintain balance. Most importantly, they are masters of camouflage. Just like ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Farewell to Linda Greer

Linda Rae (Cowman) Greer, age 67 of Ludington, MI, and Marco Island, FL, passed away on July 27, 2014, at her home in Ludington, MI. She was born on July 18, 1947, in Ludington, MI, daughter of the late Gordon and Gladys “JoJo” (Huggins) Cowman. Linda attended Ludington High School, Grand Rapids Junior College and Northwest Michigan College of Nursing. She married Edward James Greer on December 14, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Ludington. Linda was self-employed as a private duty nurse, and she enjoyed birds, flowers, volunteering, animals, traveling and was actively involved with the Marco Island ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... Read More »

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday with BOGO Admission at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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On August 8 the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer “buy one, get one free” admission in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Featuring hands-on activities and presentations this special opportunity will help you learn about Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s prescribed fire program, and how this careful process actually helps prevent wildfires and rejuvenate plant and animal communities. Take today to acknowledge Smokey’s lasting influence, and gain awareness about the Reserve’s unique ecosystems and how we ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) to Relocate Main Office

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. has announced relocation plans for its administrative office.  The relocation is slated for July 29.  The new office address will be 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 504, Naples, Florida. Niccole Howard, Executive Director of CCCR said, “We are excited about finding office space that will accommodate the growing needs of our organization and the expansion of our staff. Also, we will not have to move very far.  The new office is on Tamiami Trail, too, just across the road from where our original office was located.” Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR) operates the NCEF ... Read More »

MIHS presents Jack Joyce

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Submitted In early 1963, Jack Joyce joined what was to become the largest and most successful independent dealership for the off-site sales and marketing of Marco Island and the other nine Mackle-built communities throughout Florida. A fellow Boston College classmate knew of the Mackle’s reputation and suggested that Joyce apply for the sales manager position in Boston. Never having been to Florida or even in real-estate sales, reluctantly Jack applied and was hired. Over the 11 years that followed, the company grew to four offices, three sub-agencies and more than 65 sales associates throughout New England. Three times Jack was ... Read More »

‘Vintage Movies’ Draws a Crowd

MIHS Curator of Collections Austin Bell (right) and Craig Woodward (courtesy of Bernadette Lapagliaco).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On an otherwise quiet Tuesday evening in July, the Rose History Auditorium was filled almost to capacity as islanders and visitors alike came to hear Craig Woodward’s fascinating introduction of three vintage movies from Marco Island’s recent past. The Marco Island Historical Society sponsored the “Vintage Movies” event. Among the films shown were “Florida’s Emerald Island, Marco Island” (ca. 1982), “Marco Island” (ca. 1986-75) and “Marco Island: “Get Away From It All and Have it All” (ca. 1982). Woodward served as the tour guide transporting the audience back to the early days of modern Marco ... Read More »

Vizcaya

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber Vizcaya, the former villa and estate of John Deering in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, had been on my list of places to visit in Florida for more than 10 years. I kept putting it off, and then Hurricane Wilma struck, bringing $3 million damage to the gardens, art work and some of the interior. By 2010, the destroyed cafe and shop had reopened, and the gardens and artwork were coming back to life. This past season, I thought the time had finally arrived for my visit. John Deering was the son of the ... Read More »

MIWC Donates Bench

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Women’s Club (MIWC) donated a park bench to the Veterans Memorial. Members of the club gathered recently at a dedication of the bench. Lee Rubenstein, head of the Veterans Memorial fundraising committee, explained to the women present how a nine-foot-tall bronze American Bald Eagle will sit atop of the Freedom Fountain. Rubenstein is past commander of the local VFW and present commander of the local American Legion branch. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA ... Read More »

Highlights from New Association Laws

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CONDO LAW  By Bob Murrell  Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. On June 13, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law three bills that will impact community associations in Florida; those were Senate Bill 440, House Bill 807 and House Bill 7037. All of them became effective on July 1. The law that impacts community associations the most is House Bill 807. The following are some of the highlights from this law. The first of the highlights deals with abandoned condominium units and an association’s right to protect the common elements and other units of the condominium. Under the new law, in ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match

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READMY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 and first cousin Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. Billy Bush, like his famous cousins, has a solid educational background as he attended the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then attained his degree at Colby ... Read More »

DEP, DOT REACH AGREEEMENT TO OPTIMIZE PETROLEUM CLEANUP PROGRAM

~Agreement to make petroleum rehabilitation more efficient and economical reached~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that augments current collaboration between the two agencies to prioritize environmental assessment in areas critical to the expansion of vital transportation corridors. The agreement also ensures taxpayer funds used to remediate petroleum sites located under state roads are optimally utilized. The two agencies have agreed to share knowledge and expertise related to the environmental assessment and remediation of petroleum sites that are located next to state roads or in the ... Read More »

Which Orchids Grow Well and How to Grow Them

Presented by Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids of Ft. Lauderdale Learn about growing great orchids! Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on July 17, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.) Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale will talk about his passion for Asian species, and how those orchids thrive here in Florida. His presentation will include a travel log, showing the areas where the orchids originate. He will also bring ... Read More »

FIRST WATER QUALITY TEST RESULTS FROM COLLIER-HOGAN WELL SITE REVEALS NO EVIDENCE OF CONTAMINATION

~Results released less than a week after samples collected~ The first water quality test results have found thatgroundwater in Collier County has not been impacted by activities at the Collier-Hogan well. Today’s lab results have been shared with the Collier County Commission. So far, samples have been analyzed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for 142 of approximately 170 constituents, including chemicals injected into the Collier-Hogan well during the workover procedure. Of these 140 constituents that DEP’s laboratory analyzed, no groundwater contamination was detected. Only 13 constituents were measured at detectable levels, and all 13 are common constituents naturally present ... Read More »

Save the Date!

The famous Everglades Seafood Festival will be held in 2015 on the weekend of February 6/7/8 in historic Everglades City. This is a popular traditional event. People come from all over southern Florida to hear great live music, eat delicious seafood, and browse among the craft booths while the kiddies enjoy the carnival rides. The festival is organized by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit which donates to local causes. For information, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org or call (239) 695-2277 Read More »

A Golden Reputation

Owners of new Marco Island business, Golden Gate Jewelers, Annelie and Amir Kathein. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com I love my job; it’s the vehicle through which I’ve met some of the most wonderful people since I’ve been here. Getting to know people is inherent in interviewing them for a story, and I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and interviewing one such family. The Katheins opened Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco on June 3, and contrary to what the name might suggest, they are not from Golden Gate, but rather Florida’s east coast. They are very excited that Marco Island is the location of their second store; owning a jewelry store here has ... Read More »

AAA: GAS PRICES FREEZE OVER THE WEEKEND

The violence in Iraq caused plenty of pain at the pump for U.S. motorists last week. Throughout the last seven days, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 5 cents in Florida and Tennessee, and 6 cents in Georgia. “Motorists will be relieved to see that the average price for gasoline came to a screeching halt over the weekend,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Unfortunately, the unrest in Iraq is likely to continue influencing prices in the near future.” Although the U.S. gets very little petroleum from Iraq, concerns of a supply disruption ten ... Read More »