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Mier Photography Exhibit

Photo by Connie Mier

Submitted  “Wild and Remote: Photographing South Florida by Canoe,” a collection of photographs by artist Connie Mier, is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum through July 26, 2016. Connie Mier is a wildlife and nature photographer who derives inspiration from her canoe explorations of the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. She often spends days at a time canoeing and camping in the Everglades to photograph some of the most remote wilderness areas in Florida. As a result, her photographs offer a rare glimpse of these beautiful places, as seen from a canoe. “I have chosen to go deep into the ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

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Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had never taken a boating safety course. A wide variety of basic boating courses are available. Leading volunteer organizations such as the United States Power Squadrons® and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as your own state boating ... Read More »

Exhibit, Talk Celebrate Isles of Capri

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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 »

Tis the Season…Two Aquatic Friends Return

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM join Bob McConville at the Rose Auditorium for a discussion about the sea turtles and manatees found in our area. Meet special guest, Master Naturalist Nancy Anderson, a manatee specialist. MIHS members and MIA students are free. A $5 donation is requested for all others. Ah, the first day of spring! Thoughts of warmer weather have many of us planning adventurous days at the beach or on the water. Our eyes will scan the surface, looking for anything that might arise from below. All of a sudden there’s ... Read More »

The night my foot got caught

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In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! By Monte Lazarus One of the things we enjoy every now and again is an Everblades hockey game at Germain Arena. It’s a great arena for spectators; just about every seat is good for viewing the game. Unlike the new mega-arenas, Germain is small, cozy, friendly and reasonably priced. A family of four can go for less than $100, if they don’t ... Read More »

In the Kitchen With Stan Saran

Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Stan Saran has been a Marco Island resident for a longtime. You may have heard of him. He lives in his own art gallery in what is perhaps the most colorful, bright blue building on the island. He is an artist, through and through. But unlike the average artist his mediums are limitless, his creativity inventive, and his style unbound. Coastal Breeze News met up with Stan so we could talk art and chocolate, which to him are interchangeable. He shared with us his recipe for spicy bacon chocolate cups. Entering Stan’s home is like going ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

Join Marco Island Writers at Authorfest

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. invites you to join us for Authorfest on March 29, 2016, from 3:30 to 6 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. Admission is free. We are particularly excited this year to celebrate a new activity we sponsored. The fourth grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary School participated in a writing contest, and at 4 PM during Authorfest, the first, second and third place winners will receive their awards. Come congratulate them on their good work! Authorfest is a chance to meet local authors, get your book signed, browse a selection ... Read More »

Need to Exercise Your Brain? Try Online Free Learning

By Maggie Gust The internet and talk TV are full of articles exhorting people over age 50 to keep their minds nimble by learning a new language, tackling computer programming, practicing yoga, learning how to make wine at home, or asking their eight-year-old grandson to teach them how to use a smartphone. Did you know that some of the top universities around the world are offering their courses for FREE? There is a wealth of possibilities for neurogenesis (making new brain cells) and just plain fun awaiting you on the internet at www.edx.org. There are other MOOCs (Massive Open Online ... Read More »

Baby Gator Time at Briggs Boardwalk

Two baby alligators right near the boardwalk close to the overlook. Notice the yellow stripes.

By Bob Schulteis Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer   We are enjoying watching (at a distance) seven baby gators born to Smiley, our resident gator, on the big pond at Briggs. Baby alligators, when born, are usually 6–8 inches in length. They grow about one foot a year for the first five or so years, although each year’s growth rate is not exactly the same. At about five years or so, they lose their stripes because they no longer need the camouflage. When small, baby gators eat small prey such as crickets, insects, spiders, lizards, crustaceans, frogs, and fish, if ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba Planning Board The Marco Island City Planning Board met on March 4. There was discussion regarding parking in the swales in Old Marco. Public Works Director Tim Pinter has requested that the decision regarding this parking issue be delayed until after season. He said that the swales are being monitored by the public works and the police departments for damage due to parking, at this time. They have reported that there is none. City Manager Roger Hernstadt said that he does not object to the delay until after the season, but would like to see further discussion ... 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 »

Smart911, A Must-Have Service

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Every second counts in an emergency. In the time that it takes for the dispatcher to receive a 911 call and alert first responders a lot can happen. These are the crucial moments that could change a person’s life. But what if there was a way to expedite the process? First responders arrive as fast as they can but they don’t always know what kind of scene they are about to enter into. They don’t know if the person they’re caring for is allergic to certain medications or if they have a medical condition such as ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail

Submitted There is only one place you need to be Saturday morning February 20th- and that place is Tigertail Beach. From 9 AM to noon, the Friends of Tigertail Beach will present their sixth Discover Tigertail event, which is free to all. Whether you go to Tigertail Beach frequently, or have never visited, you will be surprised at the information you will learn while having a fun morning. Specialists from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Shell Club, and others will be present. Interactive information stations will be set up at the park and around ... Read More »

Singer Rose Kraemer, Rotary’s Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for fourth quarter 2015 to Rose Kraemer (aka, Rosetta Stone). Rose is recognized for her service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self,” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Rose has devoted significant hours of service in support of Meals of Hope. As a professional entertainer, Rose and her husband Tom donated countless hours providing free musical entertainment at Marco’s Meals of Hope After Five events. Islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed Rose’s vocals at venues throughout Southwest Florida for years. Those attending Happy Hours ... Read More »

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

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Submitted For the eighth consecutive year, the two Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island are working together on this very successful joint venture: Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, the Island’s single largest, all-volunteer, community event. Enjoy a weekend of festivities on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 from 11AM to 9 PM, and on Sunday, March 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM, at Veterans Community Park located in the center of Marco Island. “Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to over 9,000 visitors” said ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?

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Submitted We’ve heard of Gasparilla – it was the name of a supposedly famous pirate, and it is also the name of an island off the coast of Fort Myers. But, did he really exist? Was the island named in ancient maps long before he was reported to have marauded these coasts? And, there was our own Juan Gomez who lived on Panther Key until he died aged 120 (or was it 105?). He wasn’t a myth. The Storter family from Everglade and Colliers from Marco Island made sure he had supplies in his old age. You can learn more ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Everyone a Winner at Power Squadron Party

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff San Marco Catholic Church was overflowing on Friday, January 28 for the annual Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Party. From the moment guests stepped in the parish hall doors they had a chance to win, their ticket stub entering them in a prize drawing. The ultimate goal of this fun-filled event was to raise funds for squadron missions, such as boating safety; vitally import for us islanders who spend so much of our time on the waters that surround us. The party gave guests many opportunities to become winners that ... Read More »

Art Flicks Schedule

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts Third Annual Art Flicks program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films, has begun. All films are shown at 10 AM at Marco Movies, located at 599 South Collier Boulevard in Marco Island. Admission is free, and the program includes lively discussions concerning the films and the art of film. The theme for 2016 is “Food, Glorious Food.” Upcoming films are: February 16, 2016: “Kings of Pastry.” Contenders seek France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs- not to mention adrenaline- to create gorgeous, ... Read More »