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Submitted By Marco Island Friends of the Library Neither Saints nor Demons Human, All Too Human Robert A. Nowlan, PhD   Robert A. Nowlan Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller and lecturer, and the author of two dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Emeritus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Swamp Walks Get wet? You bet!


Submitted The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall 2015 schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its 5-hour naturalist-led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3½-hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade through ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Events

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today two upcoming events in partnership with Connectivity-Me to which the public is invited. The Center for the Arts, at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, will be hosting Speed Networking and a Halloween Bash. The Speed Networking event will be Friday, October 16th from 6-9 PM. Speed Networking is a variation of the traditional business networking activity for meeting people. Participants will have the opportunity for brief one-on-one information exchanges which will hopefully lead to future business opportunities. At the end of the event, those attending will have the ... Read More »

Standardized Test Results Showing MIA Student Progress


By Don Manley Marco Island Academy’s top administrators could hardly be more pleased with their students’ performance on two standardized testing programs that are a key barometer of academic preparedness for college. The charter high school recently released its most recent scores for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests, which were administered to students in May and June. Also released were the MIA students’ results for the ACT college admissions examination, which is traditionally taken during a high school student’s junior and senior years. For both, MIA students showed marked improvement in most categories, when compared to ... Read More »

For the Adoption of The FY 16 Tentative Budgets; Final Millage Rates & Final Budget Board Of County Commissioners Collier County, Florida


Submitted Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112, to conduct the final public hearing for the adoption of the Collier County Fiscal Year 2016 Tentative Millage Rates and Final Budget. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and to register to speak. All registered public ... Read More »

Relay Committee Rally


Submitted The American Cancer Society (ACS) is holding a Relay For Life Committee Rally on Saturday, September 19 from 10-11:30 AM at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Light appetizers will be included. If you would like to see an end to cancer, if you want a legacy in that fight, if you are willing to do whatever it takes…You are who the American Cancer Society needs! The 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island placed 3rd in fundraising for the state of Florida. ACS wants to do it again. Join in on September 19 to be a part of this ... Read More »

Historic Site #6 – Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County Museum, in the County’s Courthouse Complex, brings history to life with prehistoric saber cat skeletons, and stories of Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Seminole warriors. With five acres of native Florida gardens, the museum includes two historic cottages, a working archaeology lab, Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910 steam logging locomotive, a recreated Seminole War fort and a fully restored Sherman tank from World War II. Located on the property is the restored boat “Kokomis,” which was the ferry that operated from 1934 to 1999 between the Keewaydin Club ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Announces Fire and Ice Exhibition

Vince Anthony and Tami Zadnik -mixed media.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its September exhibit “Fire and Ice.” The exhibit will run through September 29, 2015, featuring the work of outstanding artists in the glass and metal medium. Local artist Betty Newman gushed, “This will be an exhibit of unique glass and metal art.” The exhibit will feature the work of six artists, all of whom have been recognized for the high quality of their work. Metal artist Bryon Wood blasts his art in a 2,600 degree forge. When his steel turns red, he can start forming his vision. As noted by ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Take a Basic Boating Course


Submitted Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat, and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. There are some very good reasons to get yourself informed about the rules of the road. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 of Marco Island is offering various safe boating courses this fall. Ten reasons to take a course, and some of the things you will learn, include: Safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. Driving a boat is vastly ... Read More »

Historic Site #4: Tin City 1200 Fifth Avenue South


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Around the time that Naples was founded in 1886, the waterfront area was attracting wealthy tourists and investors. In the 1920’s economic activity was centered around the tin-roofed buildings, as this part of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction and maintenance. In the 1970’s seven of Tin City’s old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace” with a mixture of shops and restaurants. Today, Tin City holds its historic old Florida charm and is home to over 30 unique shops, waterfront restaurants ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Alex Galiana

The Galiana Family. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is the first in a series which profiles some of the City employees that make it that way. Meet Alex Galiana. Alex works for the Parks and Recreation Department as the Administrative and Facilities Manager. He is tasked with overseeing all the duties and facilities that go into the recreation activities of the Parks and Recreation department. “I wear many hats in my position,” explains Alex. “On the administrative side, I prepare the budgets, three of them, for the recreation departments. All the administrative and financial responsibilities fall in ... Read More »

Don’t Hit the Ball So Perfect


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne “Doug, don’t hit the ball so perfect to me today. None of the guys I play with hits the ball like you and I want to be able to handle their spins,” Ben offered. Wow, I took a quick double-take, gathered my thoughts, and proceeded to have one of the better learning experiences of my tennis career. Fortunately, Ben’s sage advice helped me develop into a better coach because I needed to hear this valuable nugget. He was spot on; most of his men’s day opponents chopped and sliced their strokes and he needed to ... Read More »

What Else Can We Say About Water Safety?


By Don Manley U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided. Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and ... Read More »

Time for Some Fun

Dr. James Bowen leaves Island Animal Hospital to Pursue His Many Interests By Don Manley Dr. James Bowen may have stepped away from the workaday world, but please don’t describe the move with the dreaded “R” word. “I don’t even like the word retirement,” said Bowen, until recently, the owner and veterinarian at the Island Animal Hospital. “How shall I put it? Working less.” Bowen has sold the practice and is moving on to enjoy his varied interests on an almost fulltime basis. But he’ll still keep his hand in the game as a “relief veterinarian” on Florida’s East Coast, ... Read More »

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

The Cerner Smart Room 
incorporates the latest technologies to improve patient care and clinician

Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar was for the benefit of those of us in the Philadelphia Office who were facing retirement. When I discovered that no attendance was being taken, we started touring Florida instead. When the seminar was over, we decided to stay for ... Read More »

Bark Busters: A Better Way to a Better Dog


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The tell-tale collar and stern “BAH!” lets dog owners instantly recognize fellow Bark Busters clients. Naples Bark Busters, owned by June and Colin Glass, provides dog training and behavior services in Naples and Marco Island. In 2008, the couple, originally from Scotland, opened their business in Naples, combining their love of dogs with their desire to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bark Busters’ philosophy is to get the dog to think and make correct decisions. They never use pain, electricity or treats (“PET”) as training methods. “No PET’s!” Colin explains. One method they do use ... Read More »


~ Office of Greenway and Trails expanding Florida’s network of trails ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails is soliciting acquisition applications to expand Florida’s trail system. The Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program has approximately $2 million available for new projects for fiscal year 2015-16. In 2013, the Office of Greenways and Trails completed an analysis of the Florida Priority Greenways and Trails System, identifying gaps within the trail system. These projects need funding for design, construction and acquisition.The department hopes to close some of these gaps through this acquisition cycle. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, government agencies ... Read More »

Review and Comment Period for Oil and Gas Plan of Operation Extended

The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public review and comment period on the Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan will be available for public review and comment through August 16, 2015. The plan may be viewed on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at Comments received will help inform the preparation of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document which will itself be subject to public comment. Based on analysis of environmental impacts, the NPS may approve, request modification to, or reject the plan. Interested individuals, organizations, ... Read More »