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Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

Photos by Scott Schilke

By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities and locations include the island’s boat tours, Keewaydin Island, Mackle Park and South Marco and Tigertail Beaches. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Alex Parker was not surprised that Marco was selected for the 2016 TripAdvisor Top 10 Islands – ... Read More »

Exhibit, Talk Celebrate Isles of Capri

Works by Artist Donald Sunshine are on display through April 26. Submitted

Submitted Artist Donald Sunshine’s “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time” is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum. This collection of watercolors celebrates the rich history and community of the Isles of Capri. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist and has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of today’s world. On Thursday, April 21, from 2-3 PM artist Donald Sunshine and historian Betsy Perdichizzi ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

$250K Boost for Marine EMS

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By Maureen Chodaba Governor Rick Scott recently signed the 2016-2017 state budget, providing funding of $250,000 for a Marine Fire Rescue Facility on Marco Island. To find out more about the existing facility, community needs and how the state funds would be used, Coastal Breeze News spoke to Fire Chief Mike Murphy. The present facility, built in 1965, is located at 751 E. Elkcam Circle. The station responds to approximately forty percent of all emergency calls, and also houses the fire/rescue boat, which responds to 911 emergencies on the waterways surrounding Marco Island and the 10,000 Islands. The boat is ... Read More »

Comments Sought on Oil & Gas Survey

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Submitted  The National Park Service is seeking public comment related to scientific or technical information that would aid in the agency reaching a decision on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Co. in Big Cypress National Preserve. This EA is a revision of the EA released by the NPS on November 29, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives: The EA is available at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=352&projectID=53498&documentID=71803.  Additional documents related to this proposed project are at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=53498.  You can provide comments online or by mail. Before including ... Read More »

Historical Artist Clark to Speak

Merald Clark transfers a sketch. Submitted Photo

Submitted Merald Clark, one of Florida’s leading historical artists, will speak about his specialized expertise at Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 PM. The Europeans first encountered the Calusa when there were no cameras, cell phones, or “eye in the sky” to record life events for Florida’s indigenous peoples. Thanks to historical artists like Merald Clark, long-lost civilizations, like the Calusa, are brought to life, through artwork. Clark is well known for his works of art depicting the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa. His lecture will focus on the process he uses ... Read More »

The 2015 Sea Turtle Scoreboard

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By Kathy Worley, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Director of Environmental Science Great news, like my favorite football team the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl 50, sea turtles were a winner last year as their nesting numbers are trending upward! I recently attended the sea turtle permit holders meeting in Jacksonville, where basically a lot of people gather to talk turtles and discuss the 2015 highlights and players of the year. The main players that take to our beaches every year are the loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), and the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), while the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) ... Read More »

South Seas Club – Unique, Desirable and so Marco Island!

Photos by Gary Elliott
View from one of the high rise condos on the beach.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com South Seas Club offers everything people are looking for on Marco Island including prime location, desirability, popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos, gated entrance and acres of green space with rambling walkways and benches. This extensive park-like setting features native to Florida plantings. The complex is rich in amenities including boat docks, Marco’s famous crescent beach, pools, clay tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce, kayaking, fishing and a great social calendar. Last week 166 popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos were listed for sale on the island. 54 of them were located ... Read More »

8th Annual Seafood and Music Festival

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music was a resounding success, if the plates of seafood, happy shoppers and hips swaying to music were an indication! Thousands of people attended the three-day music festival. “Our attendance was even to what we have seen in the past. Considering the downpours all around us from Naples to Bonita, we feel fortunate we didn’t miss a beat due to rain,” said Stan Niemczyk, founder of the festival. Three charitable organizations work together to host the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. It is the single biggest volunteer ... Read More »

Marco’s New Psychologist

Submitted Dr. Georgann Norton has been a licensed psychologist for 20 years. Last year, she opened a practice in Naples. Now she is excited to announce the opening of her office on Marco Island. Georgann works with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief and divorce, among other issues. “I love what I do and I knew that if I came here full time, I would continue my work in this great community,” says Georgann. “People think that down here in the sun and beauty of Florida, we don’t have problems,” says Georgann. “The truth is that ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »

Two to See at Marco Players

Karen Ezrine and Mitch Eil - “2 Across”.

Submitted Theater-goers will love the two current plays at Marco Island’s oldest non-profit theater, the Marco Players Theater. The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law  When Gerald’s (Greg Madera) mother-in-law finds out she hasn’t long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate “in the family.” But when they move down to Florida to wait out her death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald’s plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder. “The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law” is live on ... Read More »

Cindy Adams Brings Hypnotherapy to Marco

Cindy Adams, certified hypnotherapist, joins Skin Renewal Systems. PHOTO BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted For many people their only image of hypnosis has been distorted by Hollywood; Movies where an all-powerful hypnotist lulls a vulnerable subject into a deep trance, making them do and say outrageous things against their will. In reality, nothing can be farther from the truth. Both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association recognize hypnotherapy as a therapeutic treatment. The word “hypnosis” is derived from the Greek word for sleep, hypnos. Although sleep is not necessarily the goal, hypnosis does produce a highly relaxed state. And although your body relaxes, your mind remains focused. Once deeply relaxed, ... Read More »

Forty Martyrs

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Forty Martyrs  By Philip F. Deaver Burrow Press, March 29, 2016 – 231 pages Genre: Short story collection Collier County Library: No Deaver is a new-to-me author and a pleasant discovery. He is on the English faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His previous publications have received acclaim and awards. This collection of nine stories centers around the small town of Tuscola in east central Illinois. Most of the protagonists are linked in some way to the college as well as to the local Catholic parish, Forty Martyrs. But believe me, these are ... Read More »

Governor’s MIA Visit Leaves Them Smiling How and why he came here is another story

Governor Scott congratulates an MIA class on attending such an outstanding school and
urged them to participate in the political process. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn It was the most excitement in my 10 years on Marco Island – maybe ever. The governor of the third most populous state in the nation (only California and Texas are larger) had come down from the mountain to visit one of the smallest high schools in that state (235 students). As promised, the Governor arrived at Marco Island Academy promptly at 10 AM, commenting as he arrived that he always tries to be on time. After personally greeting the school’s friends and supporters, the Governor toured every one of the classrooms, spending time there with the ... Read More »

Governor Goes to Goodland, Dines at Kirk Fish Market

The governor’s lunch came from this display case.

By Barry Gwinn At about 12 noon on Friday, March 4th, one of the most well-known and easily recognizable men in Florida came to Goodland, ate lunch, and left. And almost no one in Goodland knew anything about it – except for Patty and Kelly Kirk. They knew all about it. Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy Friday morning. Done before noon, Scott’s thoughts turned to lunch and to Patty Kirk, an old friend. Patty and Damas Kirk, along with their daughter, Kelly, own and run the Kirk Fish Company in Goodland. They sell fish. At ... Read More »

Music Lovers Will Love Seafood Festival

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although many are drawn to the Seafood Festival to savor local catch, a lineup of incredible music also stars in this beloved three-day community event. Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20 is the eighth annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival at Veterans Community Park. The festival attracts more visitors than any other single event on the island, drawing over 9,000 attendees. This year, a variety of continuous musical entertainment promises something for every music lover- 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s favorites, rock and roll, country, tribute bands and more. Local favorite Jim Long ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Fine Art Auction

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Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, Inc. is sponsoring a fine art auction on March 10, 2016. The auction will take place in Rose Hall Auditorium, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145. Hamilton Fine Art Auctions will present a variety of original and limited edition artwork, sports memorabilia and jewelry with opening bids generally 50% to 60% less than traditional framed gallery prices. Past Hamilton auctions have often been real bargains for buyers. At least one purchaser confirmed that a painting he bought at a previous auction was appraised at more than ten times the auction ... Read More »

DAR Essay Contest Winners Honored

Karen Lombardy and guest speaker Jeanne Basso explained the history
of the many DAR pins, medals, ribbons and other insignia.

By Chris Curle Essay awards for middle school students and the details of insignia protocol were the main events at the February 18th meeting of the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Hideaway Beach Club. Three Marco Island Charter Middle School students read their winning submissions to the DAR American History Essay Contest. Zachary DeSerranno, 8th grade, Hailey Cartwright, 7th grade, and Ryan Palumbo, 6th grade, wrote imaginative narratives of colonial families trying to decide what to do about the crushing British stamp tax of 1765. Their assignment was to write from a young person’s point of view ... Read More »

It’s the Law- No Glass on the Beach!

Marco Island beach signage reminds visitors to leave prohibited items at home. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In 2014, TripAdvisor named Marco Island the No. 1 Island in the U.S. It referred to our island as “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.” Our beaches were also listed among the top 10 “family friendly” beaches in Florida. We attract thousands of visitors to our island each year and they all come to experience our six miles of spectacular beaches. All this fame and fortune comes at a cost.   Our beaches are under assault from litter and trash. Before you head out to the beach, let’s take a moment to review the city rules necessary to ... Read More »