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McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »

Local Author Honors Marco Island’s 50th Birthday

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By Melinda Gray [email protected] Marco Island author Michael Coleman’s new book, “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground,” is set for publication this November in celebration of the modern Marco’s upcoming 50th birthday in 2015. In it, Coleman details Marco Island’s transformation from wild frontier into America’s number one island travel destination. “I wanted to do an all-encompassing but very modern book about our island,” said Coleman. “I just find it so fascinating. It’s a little place that is so remote, and it has been for centuries. The pioneers didn’t have any roads. People got here by boat or they found their ... Read More »

Marco Island, FL has been selected as the #4 city on our list of the 20 Safest Cities in Florida

To ensure the accuracy of our rankings, we compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Florida to determine our list of the 20 safest cities. Members of the Marco Island, FL community should be very proud to have made it to the top of our list! Check out Marco Island’s listing and the full list of Florida’s safest cities here: http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-in-florida Not only is Marco Island beautiful, but it’s also safe, making it a great place for families to vacation and make a home. We would love it if you would show off Marco Island’s award ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Live Oak Trees for Planting in Florida

Everyone from Florida who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free live oak trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. “Those who plant live oak trees will enjoy shade and splendor for years and years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees will also add to the proud heritage ... Read More »

Florida Fishing and Seafood Industries Faces Major Threat from Foreign Illegal Fishing in Gulf

It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have entered into U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, accounts for thousands of pounds worth of seafood and is a significant threat to Florida’s fishing and seafood industry, says Will Ward, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Fishermen’s Association and CEO of Captain’s Finest Seafood in Clearwater. “I have visited extensively with business owners, recreational and ... Read More »

PCI Remembers Hurricane Charley: 10 Year Anniversary

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Charley nearly 10 years ago this month. As we mark this historic anniversary, PCI reminds homeowners, renters, and business owners that the active part of hurricane season is just beginning. In addition, PCI encourages those living in hurricane prone states to use the anniversary as an opportunity to take necessary steps now to prepare for the remainder of the 2014 storm season. “Hurricane Charley made landfall as a strong category 4 storm with winds up to ... Read More »

ESTERO BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE MANAGEMENT PLAN APPROVED BY ACQUISITION AND RESTORATION COUNCIL

~10-year management plan approved during public hearing and council meeting~ The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-yearmanagement plan for Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve located in Lee County and encompassing 11,000 acres of exceptionally beautiful sovereign submerged lands. The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan, which was last updated in 2004, characterizes each of its issues and delineates unique goals, objectives and strategies that set the framework for meeting the challenges presented by the issues. Objectives include the continuation of habitat management initiatives, such as the “No Internal Combustion Motor Zones” for passive seagrass bed restoration; “Critical Wildlife Area” designations ... Read More »

Living Recipients Appear on Korean War Medal of Honor Forever Stamp Sheet

The U.S. Postal Service has issued the Korean War Medal of Honor Forever stamps — paying tribute to 145 American veterans who received the nation’s highest military honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War. Florida Medal of Honor Recipients Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. (resides in Venice, Florida) and William R. Charette (his widow resides in Lake Wales, Florida) are honored on the Postal Service’s Korean War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio. Their photos appear outside the stamps on the stamp sheet. Customers may purchase the Medal of Honor Korean War Prestige Folio ... Read More »

Amelia Earhart flies at Rose History Auditorium

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Janina Birtolo will be appearing in Daring to Dream, an original dramatic portrayal about the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. This one-woman piece brings Amelia to life and offers an account of the flights that made her famous, as well as the views and attitudes that made her Amelia. Birtolo was commissioned to write Daring to Dream by the Zonta International chapter in Naples, Florida, to help the organization celebrate its founding and the role that Earhart, a Zonta member, played in the organization. Her research led her to read Doris L. Rich’s biography of the famed flyer ... Read More »

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 [email protected] 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

View of the Barge and Vizcaya main house from the Teahouse.

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 »