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Audubon Counts Birds

Though not unusual,  this osprey taking a bath in Avalon Lake at Sugden Park was certainly one of the more interesting sightings. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Audubon worldwide counted birds on the four day weekend of February 13 through 16. It was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and involved 116 countries, with individual volunteers sitting on their back porches or tramping through their forests, and reporting the number of birds of every species spotted. 42,862 persons in the US participated, identifying 620 species. Among locals participating in the GBBC, Carl and Joan Kelly counted on all four days in four separate locations, Isles of Capri, Eagle Lakes Community Park, Sugden Regional Park and 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk. They recorded 42 species of shorebirds, ... Read More »

Coming to Isles of Capri

Celebrated ornithologist, Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be visiting the Isles of Capri Community Center at 338 Capri Blvd., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2-3:30 PM. He will be sharing his work on the efforts to rescue the whooping crane — North America’s largest bird — from the edge of extinction. All are invited to come hear the presentation meet with Archibald. Read More »

Capri Boat Parade Big Draw for Islanders

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff After a few years of dropping participation, the 2014 Isles of Capri boat parade saw a surge of renewed interest from boat owners and spectators alike. On Saturday, Dec. 13, 13 vessels were decked out from stem to stern with hundreds of strings of twinkle lights, inflatable animals and holiday cheer ready to spread some wow spectators. The Island Gypsy Cafe hosted a pre-party for participants, generously donating pizza to all of the boat owners, crews and judges of the parade. This year’s parade was chaired by Otis Tavlin and Nancy Anderson. With the setting ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings

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By Noelle H. Lowery Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call. Not anymore. Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent. On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying ... Read More »

Capri Fire Annexation Vote Set for August 26

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It’s all over but the voting. On Aug. 26, the residents of the Isles of Capri will gather at the community hall to cast their ballot on the referendum that seals the fate of the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD). Whether residents will vote to annex ICFRD into the now mega East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District or vote to remain independent remains to be seen, but if the referendum is approved by voters, the ICFRD will cease to exist on Oct. 1. The district has been operating since 1977. ICFRD firefighter ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: Part Two North of the Isles of Capri

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PHOTOS BY CRAIG WOODWARD

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Heading north of Isles of Capri on the hiking trail that was formerly the old Marco Road, I was joined by Henry Lowe and Steve Purcell in an expedition to locate and explore Henry’s former home site, which his family occupied starting in 1939. The old Marco Road began from its intersection with U.S. 41, in the location of today’s Hitching Post, and ended at a ferry crossing in the current Isles of Capri. The road was built around 1912 as part of the Naples-Marco segment of the developing Tamiami Trail which by 1915 was ... Read More »

MMC Installation Ball

The women behind the men of the Marco Men’s Cub (l-r): Pat Dugas,  Vicki Engin, Sandi Friend, Marge Superits, Betsy Zinner, Jacky Childress and Hilde Kyes. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Men’s Club held its annual “Installation Ball” at the Island Country Club on the evening of May 10. It was a festive evening with dinner and dancing as 230 MMC members and their spouses/friends welcomed the new Board and the start of a new year. The MMC is celebrating its 23rd year. In 1992, Paul Kurtz and a small group of men started the Marco Men’s Club, and it has grown to more than 500 members who own a residence on Marco Island, Isles of Capri and Goodland. The MMC is a diversified group of men who ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net It was wonderful to get the message from Barry Gerenstein of VeronaWalk that their community had won the prestigious “Communities of Excellence” award in multiple categories. Three-thousand communities entered the competition this year. Property Manager Lynn Ross was named “Property Manager of the Year.” What an honor to be chosen over 3,000 other property managers — although I’m guessing that each entry also contained a property manager nomination in that 3,000 figure. VeronaWalk was awarded the “Energy Efficiency” award, the “Safety and Security Initiatives” award and the “Community of the Year” award! Gerenstein, a resident and member ... Read More »

TBE Volunteer Appreciation Day

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “You know that expression ‘it takes a village’? Well, everybody on Marco Island and Isles of Capri are definitely doing that.” These are the words Tommie Barfield Elementary School Principal Dr. Jory Westberry uttered in awe of the group of volunteers assembled at TBE’s recent Volunteer Appreciation Tea. TBE Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Cooper echoed the sentiment: “We just can’t say enough about what you do for our students.” It was a morning filled with music, poetry and speeches honoring a very eclectic group of adults who spend time each and every week reading to and ... Read More »

TBE Volunteer Appreciation Day

Betty Freeman (left) is TBE’s ‘Galaxy of Stars’ member with more than 1,600 volunteer hours. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “You know that expression ‘it takes a village’? Well, everybody on Marco Island and Isles of Capri are definitely doing that.” These are the words Tommie Barfield Elementary School Principal Dr. Jory Westberry uttered in awe of the group of volunteers assembled at TBE’s recent Volunteer Appreciation Tea. TBE Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Cooper echoed the sentiment: “We just can’t say enough about what you do for our students.” It was a morning filled with music, poetry and speeches honoring a very eclectic group of adults who spend time each and every week reading to and ... Read More »

New Fire Plans Review and Development Fee Reductions

The Growth Management Division and Board of County Commissioners made huge strides Tuesday in lessening the burden on developers and their customers by reducing fees and speeding up fire plans reviews. With development speed tied to new jobs in the area, fire plan reviews had in some cases delayed projects prompting discussions with fire districts about their impact on economic development. At Tuesday’s BCC meeting, Commissioners approved hiring County fire plans reviewers to assume control over reviews for East Naples, Golden Gate, Isles of Capri, Ochopee and Collier Fire District One. Additionally, the Board approved a $55,000 turn-key office lease with ... Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school ... Read More »

Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee

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By Bette McGilvray As in years past, the Marco Island contingent made up of Bette McGilvray (MIAAOR President, 2014 and Florida Realtor’s Key Political Contact for Rep. Kathleen Passidomo), Dick Shanahan (MIAAOR Legislative Committee Chair 2014), and Steve Josselyn (Legislative Committee member), teamed with NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors) to meet with legislators in Tallahassee last week to discuss issues relevant to all of us Florida Realtors. The four main issues MIAAOR and NABOR presented to our legislators were as follows: • Support for SB 176 and HB 11, which look to lower the commercial lease sales tax from ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a time when more than 80 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers but only 13 percent choose a STEM field for their career, Laura Poelstrap is leading the way at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Bariatric Surgery–much more than a numbers game

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Considering the onslaught of media coverage given to the obesity epidemic in the United States, you may be wondering: why write another? The answer: it’s one thing for the media to report on the problem—it’s quite another to educate the public on possible solutions. If your weight—or the weight of a loved one—is preventing the healthy, active life you’ve imagined, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard can help. In December 2013, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard received a Center of Excellence designation awarded by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College ... Read More »

ENFD Mergers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff While East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt prepared to head to Tallahassee to testify about his district’s proposed mergers with Golden Gate and Isles of Capri fire districts, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted expand ENFD’s boundaries to include Ochopee. During its March 25 regular meeting, the BCC unanimously approved the creation of a merger plan between the county-managed Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and ENFD. This merger could be easier than the others, though, as it may be possible to complete with a simple Interlocal Agreement. Currently, the ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was in the paper. Walter was one of the few survivors left from Pearl Harbor. Even in his 90s, he never forgot a thing. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to his friends, and was as feisty as ... Read More »