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2nd Annual NoGala Gala Benefits Collier 211

Gear up and get ready for United Way of Collier County’s second annual Nogala Gala dinner and a show event on Friday, July 10 on 5th Avenue South, downtown Naples. The fundraiser, which will help support United Way’s program, Collier 211- information and referral helpline for health and human services, includes cocktails at either Vergina or Mangrove Café beginning at 5:00, a 3-course dinner to follow at either restaurant, and the night will conclude at Sugden Theater, with the Naples Players performance of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” which will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and are ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve – Oil and Gas Plan Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) to explore for oil and gas within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan seeks approval to conduct a seismic survey over a 110± square mile area to identify subsurface geologic structures that may contain commercial quantities of crude oil and natural gas in the Sunniland Oil Trend. The applicant, Burnett Oil Company, Inc., proposes to conduct the seismic survey by using small, portable seismic receivers (geophones) and recording devices, which measure and record subtle vibrations in the ground. No explosives will be ... Read More »

Sharks Among Us

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already halfway complete. Sitting here contemplating the first 6 months of the year and then the last 12 months total, I realized that it has been 1 full year since I was right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea and that’s where my wife and I were swimming….with Whale Sharks! About the size of a small school bus, it was quite an experience to be in the migratory route of these plankton eating giants. It got me thinking about the Gulf Stream current, other migrating ... Read More »

FWC Discusses Strategic Priorities For Panther Conservation

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting June 23 in Sarasota discussed a draft position paper outlining strategic priorities for panther conservation. The Commissioners agreed that the Florida panther is a conservation success story but acknowledged that with this success comes new challenges. The draft paper presented at the meeting calls for focusing strong conservation efforts on the panther’s core range in south Florida, effective ways to address human-panther conflicts, and building support among private landowners whose properties provide essential panther habitat. “This position paper does not call for a change to the panther’s protected ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue

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Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

FWC Approves Comprehensive Bear Management Rules

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continued its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management at its meeting in Sarasota on June 24. FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. In summary, Commissioners approved changes to strengthen the wildlife feeding rule. Commissioners also approved changes to the bear conservation rule, which include a permit program to authorize landowners to remove a bear causing property damage under certain circumstances. These changes also allow the public and trained security personnel to scare bears with less-than-lethal methods in appropriate situations without a ... Read More »

Conservancy Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital to Expand

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Dolph and Sharon von Arx Announce $500,000 Grant Match Conservancy of Southwest Florida is expanding the existing wildlife hospital to accommodate the new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area. The expansion of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital will enable the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to care for a greater number of animals within the wildlife rehabilitation facility by building new wildlife recovery areas, enhancing outside structures and continuing to provide exceptional care for the animals. “As our organization embarks on the next half-century, the need for replacing and expanding our outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and recovery spaces is urgent,” said Lynn Slabaugh, board ... Read More »

City, BAC Help Residents to Adopt a Cul-De-Sac

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By Steve Gimmestad Formally known as a Cul-De-Sac Median (CM), the City of Marco Island Public Works Department, together with the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC), have worked out a program to help residents adopt and maintain their CMs. The City approved a budget of $1,500 for 2015. The money will be given out in $100 gift cards for up to 15 residents that apply. There are still permits and gift cards available as of this writing. The process of obtaining a permit helps residents understand the needs and restrictions of maintaining a CM in their neighborhoods. One person who went ... Read More »

Be a Volunteer

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Rookery Bay Reserve invites you to learn about how volunteers can help during our next volunteer orientation on Thursday, July 9th at 10 am in our Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. We are looking for experienced boat drivers for our Shore Bird monitoring program as well as TEAM OCEAN. Other volunteer opportunities include general and trail maintenance, visitor center greeter and welcome desk; docents for daily programs; aquarium assistant, Kids Free Fridays, special events, admin assistants, community outreach much more. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Donna Young to attend the meeting and for more information. Email: volunteer@rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5974. ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

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Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”

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Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations a year. “It’s rewarding to see that the system-wide focus on quality and collaboration among our physicians, caregivers, and other colleagues has resulted in NCH being ranked “best in region” by U.S. News for the fifth consecutive ... Read More »

Keith Wohltman, USCG Auxiliary, Shares Lifesaving Tips With Newcomers Club

L to R: Newcomer President – Jacky Childress, Program Chair – Kim Flaugh, Guest Speaker – Keith Wohltman-USCG Auxiliary, Newcomers VP – Kim King, & Betsy Wohltman

On Wednesday, June 10th the Newcomers held their monthly luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The ladies enjoyed reconnecting with their Newcomers friends, sharing more than a few laughs, and welcomed three new members to the club. After a delicious lunch, the ladies were treated to an informative, fun lecture “Suddenly in Command” by Keith Wohltman of the USCG Auxiliary. He used volunteers from the audience to act out real boating scenarios. “Would you know what to do if you were suddenly in command?” Commander Wohltman asked the ladies. He continued, “Would you know what to do if your ... Read More »

Bridezillas…Chapter One

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net They say it’s all about the dress, and many a bridezilla have been revealed on more than one reality show. I have had the pleasure of experiencing more than I can count, firsthand in my jewelry stores over the decades, before it was even in fashion. For those of you who have no idea what a ‘bridezilla’ is- this is the best description I found on the internet: One incredibly ridiculously spoiled young female brat who thinks she is the center of the universe just because “Her Wedding” is eighteen months from now. She feels ... Read More »

Memory Man

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David Baldacci, Genre: Suspense Grand Central Publishing, April 2015, 406 pages   A horrific scene is encountered by the reader at the very beginning of this latest novel from the prolific Mr. Baldacci. It is the memory of the murder of Amos Decker’s family in their own home – his wife Cassie, almost 10-year-old daughter Molly, and Cassie’s brother Johnny Sacks (is Baldacci a “Sopranos” fan?). Amos remembers coming home from work and finding the grisly scene that destroyed his life. He cannot not remember because he can forget nothing. For a few brief moments, ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

Marco Contributes to Boating Safety World Record

A panoramic perspective of the “Wear It!” effort, held at Rose Marina. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Please forgive members of Marco’s boating-oriented organizations if you should occasionally hear them shouting “We’re No. 1” should you encounter them on the island. They’re merely elated over the fact that Marco outdid six other sites around Florida with the number of participants in the National Safe Boating Council’s “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event. Held May 16 by the National Safe Boating Council, “Ready, Set, Wear It!” promotes safe and responsible boating by having participants gather at designated locations wearing life jackets, in hopes of setting a world record for the most people wearing the flotation devices ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds!

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By Renee Wilson Florida’s white sand beaches are a playground for millions of residents and visitors each year. Beaches also serve as important habitat for shorebirds, with many species laying their eggs and raising their young right on the sand. Beaches in and around Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve historically have hosted some of the largest beach-nesting seabird colonies in the state. Audubon Florida and Audubon of the Western Everglades recently partnered with Rookery Bay Reserve to hire Adam DiNuovo in a new position as Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Manager. DiNuovo is working with research and stewardship staff ... Read More »

Marco Island Center Announces Board Appointments

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that Marco Island attorney, William G. Morris, has been appointed Vice President of the organization. Morris is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and currently also serves the Center as its volunteer Publicity Director. Morris has been active in community service since moving to Marco Island in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, including serving as past president of Marco Island’s branch of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Jaycees and the Marco Island Police Foundation. He has even served as president of the Center ... Read More »