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Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

Before the Dog

Looking south, 9:00PM Apr 3. See how many star clusters you can
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Shining high in the sky tonight in the southeast is the bright star Procyon in the otherwise non-descript of Canis Minor – the little dog. Canis Minor processes but two stars – Procyon being the brightest. Procyon is larger, hotter and brighter than our Sun, but the primary reason it’s the seventh brightest star in the sky is that it is so close to us, only 11.46 light years. Procyon is thought to be approaching the end of its life and will soon become what is known as a red giant star and expand ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment

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By Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many important aspects to be a good putter, confidence, focus, set-up/address position, grip, green reading, club face alignment, constant tempo, feel, visualization, and speed control.One important factor that should be near the top of the list is club face alignment at address. Club face alignment is important, because the golf ball needs to role end over end at the target. If the club face is not aligned properly at address there is good chance the club face will not come back square to the target line. A player has an instinct about where the ... Read More »

951/41, Tamiami Crossings & Friends of the Marco Island Flotilla

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The best good news item for our transportation system is that the huge intersection project (a footprint for a future overpass, with 951 flying over 41) according to the County is 6 months ahead of schedule and under budget. If our weather holds up and we have a mild summer, the intersection should be finished by the end of August, unless we have some severe weather problems. However, because of utility work, the FDOT’s U.S. 41 E expansion from the 951 intersection 6 lanes to Joseph Lane, and then 4 lanes to Greenway Rd., is running ... Read More »

Spring Jubilee 2015

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Submitted Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Spring Jubilee event on Saturday, April 4th from 10AM1PM. This year’s event will include over 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and under. Age groups include: 3 years and under, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years old. Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 11:30AM. Additional activities this year include: music and games by Mobile Sound Entertainmnt a aintin irnt inatable games, Train Rides from Knights of Columbus, Youth Sailing rides by Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Con cessions by Marco Island Optimist Club, Easter holiday games and ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Island Angels Fundraiser Flies High

L-R, Terry DeGeneffe, Sue Olszak of the Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Nancy Theis, Paula Cummings, Colleen Popoff and Chapter President Gary Landis.

By Don Manley Island Angels, a new charitable group, generated more than $18,500 for the American Cancer Society Marco Island chapter at its debut fundraiser, a party held recently at the home of one its members, Paula Cummings. The evening included live music from the Dock Boys, food catered by Bistro Soleil. Proceeds from the $25 per-person social gathering were dedicated to pediatric cancer research. The Island Angels was formed last fall when Cummings, Nancy Theis, Colleen Popoff and Terry Degeneffe decided to help raise awareness and money for local charities. A different charity will be selected as the recipient ... Read More »

Mini Music Fest in Everglades City

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Submitted Visit rural Collier County for another great musical event to help a local charity on Saturday, March 21st, at McLeod Park in the center of historic Everglades City. Festivities start at 10 AM and close around 4 PM. Among the performers are Snooker Joe Stem with a host of local musicians plus Wayne Brian, fiddler Laura Leary, and Cindy Hackney. Copeland is an impoverished community only six miles from the old county seat of Everglades City. It was home to cypress logging in 1943-1957 and a prosperous tomato farm. Now, there is no nearby employment, leaving the community a pocket ... Read More »

Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce…

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A reception, open to the public at no cost will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum ... Read More »

Local Raptor or Migrant?…The Osprey

One of the first Osprey hatchlings made its debut in mid February, 2015.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Join Bob On March 9th At The Rose History Auditorium As He Presents “Rock My World: How The Earth’s Movements Effect Migration”. The Program Begins At 7 Pm And Is Open To The Public. Call 389-6447 For Seating Information.   Their distinctive call is unlike any other bird in our area. With a pitch that seems to accelerate with each note, our eyes are drawn to the sky, drawn to view one of nature’s best hunters, the Osprey. These prolific raptors can be seen around Marco Island all year long. But, at this time of ... Read More »

It’s all in the Wrists

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In the last year I have changed my thinking on how the amateur golfer should chip and pitch the ball on the green. Previously I taught students to rotate their body through the ball and get the club handle to “zip” through impact. In most golf shots the hands should be slightly ahead of the golfer’s center. I still believe this is a successful way to hit short shots. However, for most golfers this takes a lot of practice to develop the skill to time this correctly. What happens to many golfers is they “drag” ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s family during his formative years in Detroit. As a case in point, he cites an act that was a routine part of their post-church visits to his grandmother’s apartment. Those trips invariably included his father, Bill Filbin, Sr., pulling over ... Read More »

LTE: Lola Sinelli

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I am upset that City Council wanted to help the home owners adjacent to transient rentals on the island, however are lumping Condos in that group. 1.  We have our own governing boards 2.  We can deal with our own loud renters 3.  Our taxes are very high and adding an additional burden on us, when it’s the home owners who have the problems with the renters, is not acceptable 4.  We don’t need redundant fire and code inspections. Please exclude Condominium owners from this enforcement. Lola Sinelli, Condo owner Read More »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »

Gardening for Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honeybees are more important than most people realize. Hundreds of crops that we have come to love and also dislike rely on the honey bee for pollination. It’s estimated that the sum of approximately fifteen billion dollars annually, is the value of the honey bees work in the United States agriculture industry. About one third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by bees. Inadequate pollination will reduce the size and quality of crops. The demise of the honey bee is a complex issue. Since 2006 bee keepers have lost about one third ... Read More »

Bigger, Better, Bad Breezy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com They say babies are beautiful so your mind forgets the negative aspects of having them. That is true not only in the human world, but with animals as well! Breezy is the perfect example, he was the cutest puppy in the world, so when he did something bad, he would look up at you and melt your heart. Who could be upset with that cuteness? Breezy has been growing by leaps and bounds. A neighbor exclaimed, “My gosh, he grows a foot every day!” Hard to imagine, but the little puppy quickly grew bigger. And bigger. ... Read More »

Polar Bears Benefit Children

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Submitted Cuddly stuffed polar bears are now available to purchase and will be handed out to children in local hospitals. Sponsored by the Marco Island Shell gas station, these soft, plush bears will comfort children who are patients. The proceeds of the bears are being donated to a general fund for research, services and treatments by the Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Having cancer is a bear for anyone, especially for children. Sponsoring a bear will help ease the pain. The polar bears are in keeping with this year’s theme for the 2015 Imagination Ball being held ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

U.S. Navy Band’s Tour

America’s Navy is coming home to Naples, Florida, one of 32 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2015 spring tour — one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. The United States Navy Band, featuring both the Concert Band and Sea Chanters chorus, is scheduled to perform Feb. 28, 2015, 7 p.m. at the Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 Eighth Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102. The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of America’s Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the ... Read More »

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to manage bears and help reduce human-bear conflicts. “Our multipronged approach focuses on maintaining bear populations at healthy levels while ensuring public safety,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “However, this is not something we can do on our own. There has to be an element of getting the community ... Read More »