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Why We Need to Save the Florida Panther

Work Day at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. PHOTOS BY TOM TROTTA

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern United States. Only 120-180 remain, all in South Florida. Tom Trotta, a Florida Master Naturalist and President of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, explains why we need to save the Florida panther. Trotta shares 3 important reasons: The Florida panther is a symbol of the wilderness- from the Calusa people (e.g. the Marco Cat) to Florida’s school children (who voted the Florida panther as the state animal). How do we explain to our children and future generations why we didn’t take action ... Read More »

Calling all Chili Chefs

Marco Island Fire Chief  Michael Murphy, second from left, with last year’s Chili Cook-off winners. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s that time of year. Chefs! Bring out your very best chili recipes and prepare to man your ladles! The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 10th at CJ’s on the Bay from 1-5 PM. The event draws chili chefs from neighboring fire rescue department, along with restaurants, businesses, service organizations and individuals. Space is limited, only 15 spots are available. Each chef is given a booth, table, chairs and an opportunity to win one of three trophies. Chefs must provide a minimum ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »

Who Will Miss Me When I’m Gone?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net On an early Monday morning (was it last week?) I was verbally accosted by an obviously upset senior citizen. (You’ll notice I refrained from saying an “irritable old coot” which I found out a couple of years ago is politically incorrect and lit up my e-mails for weeks on end, even though the person was a blatant card carrying I.O.C. and not to be confused with a kind, understanding sixty-one year old kid and loyal AARP member such as yours truly!) When I finally calmed him down, I asked what exactly his problem was. “That ... Read More »

Decelerate Properly to Hit It Farther

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I hope this title has you intrigued. There is an ambition in golf instruction to understanding the facts of what exactly and how the body is moving in the golf swing. Some instructors have the technology to examine their student’s body movements. They are using software systems that measure the body during the golf swing in 3D, and some have 6D. These systems read, for example, what degree a section of the body, such as a golfer’s hips, thorax, and/or arms are located, and what speed each section is moving. I do not work with ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Appreciation and Community at the Police Foundation Picnic

The annual Police Foundation Picnic on August 1 drew a crowd of police officers and their families, foundation members and volunteers. (left) Officer Ryan Montgomery and daughter Mary, age 8.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An event like the Police Foundation’s Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, August 1, reminds us how lucky we are to live on Marco Island. The Marco Island Police Foundation’s Annual Police Department Appreciation Picnic brought together Marco Island’s finest and their families and Police Foundation members and volunteers. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church provided the setting for this community event. Most of the 127 people who RSVP’d attended, along with 15 Police Foundation volunteers who planned and worked the event so that the officers and their families could enjoy the day. Outside, Chief Al Schettino grilled hot ... Read More »

Meet Heidi Waite – Rookery Bay Intern

The two-story Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a hands-on learning experience.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Southwest Florida has an amazing coastal environment. From pine flatwoods to salt marsh, mudflat to nearshore waters, the diversity of plants and animals here is spectacular. While it is impossible to experience it all in person in a short time, a visit to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s two-story exhibit hall can provide a glimpse of the unique habitats found within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters. It also offers visitors a look at the world of research and restoration ongoing within the Reserve, a step back ... Read More »

Greusel Earns Rotary Unsung Hero Award

Bill Morris hands Craig Greusel the Unsung Hero Award,  Debra Shanahan watches. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for Second Quarter, 2015 to Craig Greusel. Greusel is recognized for his service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Greusel works as a music teacher in Collier County Public Schools. He is music director at the Marco Island Lutheran Church. But, his real service is his years of volunteering as a music and arts coordinator, instructor and performer, especially to Island youth. He is also an annual participant in the Marco Island Easter Sunday sunrise service. In the ... Read More »

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

The Cerner Smart Room 
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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 »

Greece is the Word

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it?

www.synergydrinks.com. photo credit.

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »

Fire… a Necessary Function of Nature

Mobile wildlife such as deer, bear and bobcat can flee a wildfire quickly. Nesting birds such as eagles, herons, egrets and storks could be more at risk. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

As I watch the evening news, I see that another wildfire is burning out of control somewhere across the United States. Reports proclaim that it is 40% contained, and then 60% under control. Attention is drawn to the number of structures that are at risk, then saved, because of the quick action taken by mankind’s actions. It’s good that homes are spared Mother Nature’s wrath, but is this stoppage of a natural event what was intended overall? Here in South Florida, throughout the past few weeks, I’ve left my home in the morning and I can smell smoke in the ... Read More »

Believe to See

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I am a visual person. I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a little deficient in the category of imagination. I have to see evidence in order to confirm that something exists. I have never seen a ghost, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster, therefore I am skeptical of their existence. Growing up as a child in the 60’s and 70’s, imagination was a pretty important element in day to day play. Toys in that era were fairly simple and involved creativity to fully enjoy. For instance, I had several dolls growing up, but they ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The County Parks & Recreation Department is about to build a Wildlife Observation Tower at Tigertail Beach which will provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this unique habitat, and will include handicap accessibility. Nature-based tourism is a rapidly growing pastime and provides a great economic benefit to the region. In 2006 this area of Tigertail/Sand Dollar Island was selected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to become a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, and was chosen for its excellent bird watching opportunities. The area is nationally and internationally recognized ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR BOWLING FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES:  August 14th to September 26th 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Fridays; 4:00 to 6:00 PM. LOCATION: Woodside Lanes, 8525 Radio Road, Naples, Florida 34104. COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Saturday, September 12th 2015 11:00AM-3:00PM at Woodside Lanes. Area Games: Saturday, September 26st 2015 in Bradenton, Florida: (Day Trip) 6:30 AM to 4:30PM. State Games:  Fri-Sat-Sun November 13-15, 2015 at Walt Disney ESPN WW of Sports.   ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and be able to teach and work with athletes with intellectual disabilities.  You do not have to be an expert to be a coach. FINAL NOTE: We hope to have enough volunteers so that you ... 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 http://goo.gl/pQMUvJ. 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 »