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Phoenix Award Winners

Photo by Theresa Morgan: Goodland residents Greg Bello and Kay Tabor (far right), two of the civilians honored with the Phoenix Award, pictured with some of Marco Island’s award-winning first responders.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

Ask The CFP®Practitioner: What’s Next?

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Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~Alan Alda  Question: What are your thoughts on how the Trump presidency will influence the economy and financial markets? Answer: Just when you think there aren’t any surprises left in ... Read More »

Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Comes Home

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System We have all heard the story about those who come to Southwest Florida for a vacation and essentially never leave. For Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak, this all-too-familiar story has a slightly different twist. Dr. Hanypsiak lived and worked in Naples for several years. As director of ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

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• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: What’s New in East Naples?

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala For those who are interested in hearing firsthand from the new owners of the Outlet Mall, they will be speaking at a few meetings between November 17 & 18. The first will be to the Marco Island Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 AM at Stonewall’s Restaurant, and all are welcome! The same day ... Read More »

Marco First Responders Awarded

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Steve Faskill (second from left) and Josh Ferris (second from right) with their awards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty Marco Island first responders were recognized on November 8 with Phoenix Awards, in a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to emergency response personnel who have responded and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The award is given to first ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

The EYES Have It

To Your Health Scott Lowe  As a culture, we seem almost obsessed about eyes. Just look at the various sayings and idioms we have associated with eyesight. People often claim to go through life with their eyes wide open—or sometimes shut tight. Many of us can’t take our eyes off of someone or something. Nevertheless some seek out a bird’s ... Read More »

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Photo by Bob McConville, Master Naturalist:
Clouds gather over the mangrove trees in Big Cypress Preserve. Will it rain? Come find out
on November 16th!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist       What makes it rain on Marco Island? Does the Everglades ecosystem play a part in this? Which clouds are rain makers and which are not? These questions will be answered by my guest speaker on November 16th at Rose History Auditorium. A National Park Service Ranger, Luke Gommerman has traveled to ... Read More »

Local Author Pens Book ?on Peyton Manning

Submitted Photo: Craig Kelley, left, with Peyton Manning, right.  (Man in center, unidentified.)

Submitted Twenty-four of Craig Kelley’s 29 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts were spent as the chief publicist for players and coaches, including 13 years for one of history’s finest players – Peyton Manning. Kelley recently was inducted into Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame. A native of the state, Kelley graduated from LSU in 1982. ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Community Park is NOT in Jeopardy

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Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Veterans’ Community Park does not need saving.  It is safe under the prevue of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).  Marco Island is NOT loosing control of the Park’s design and development.  No developer is in control of the Park’s design and development.  PRAC is on top of this too. For almost two years, ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Disgust With Personal Attacks

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Recently the Letter to the Editor section of our local newspapers have been filled with letters regarding the upcoming City Council Election trying to sway voters to vote for their particular favorite candidate. Most of the letters have been positive and have pointed out the good qualities of the candidates that they support and some have been from candidates themselves ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: All Time Low for Local Politics

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Dear Fellow Citizens, The state of local politics on this island has reached an all time low. We have self appointed judges who, based on their own criteria and unsolicited opinions, unfoundedly evaluate a citizen’s constitutional position and circulate their vicious self serving opinion to others. As a result, unquestioning citizens are emailing these negative opinions to others as if it ... Read More »

Council Updates

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Council Chairman Brown makes the proclamation presentation to the Woman’s Club.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

Local Effort to Aid Haiti’s Hurricane Victims

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By Don Manley Inaction was not a possibility for Amber Bragenzer when she learned of the death and destruction left in Hurricane Matthew’s wake after it pummeled the impoverished island nation of Haiti. The storm ripped across Haiti’s rugged landscape on October 4th with top sustained winds of 145 mph, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving survivors without food, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: This Election

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Dear Fellow Citizens, The state of local politics on this island has reached an all time low.   We have self appointed judges who, based on their own criteria and unsolicited opinions, unfoundedly evaluate a citizen’s constitutional position and circulate their vicious self serving opinion to others.  As a result, unquestioning citizens are emailing these negative opinions to others as if it was ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

Family Leader

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My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »