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Litha Berger to Run for City Council

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By Noelle H. Lowery Litha Berger has announced her candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. Elections will be held Nov. 4. In a letter sent to local media on Tuesday, July 8, Berger wrote: “The opportunity has been presented to me to serve on the Marco Island City Council. I am overwhelmed by the support and faith placed in me by residents, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities to work with the City Council members, the city manager and the Marco Island city staff.” Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Berger is a product ... Read More »

The Anatomy of a Rumor

Collier County water department workers  directed the light flow of traffic in and out of Goodland on June 16. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s a well-known fact that big news, or any news for that matter, travels fast in a community as small as Goodland. It’s also widely accepted that as news travels farther from its source it tends to lose the original, factual information in favor of a more dramatic, sensationalized version. In short, minor issues feel like major happenings, especially this time of year. I recently experienced this phenomenon first-hand when what eventually proved to be a routine, short-lived inconvenience was all anyone could talk about in the days leading up to the morning of June ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Last week, during a meeting with people from the fuel industry, I questioned whether all this oil that everyone seems to be drilling for is sent out of the country for other counties to use. They said something about sending the Florida oil to refineries. “That wasn’t the question,” I stated. “Does it stay here, or is it sent to foreign countries?” They said it all stays here. I felt a little uneasy about their answer because I’ve heard just the opposite, but took them at their word. My question now is: We continue to hear about ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close

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By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

EcoTour Provider Training Series Back at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Reserve naturalist Randy McCormick explains the role of mangroves in southwest Florida’s environment during while touring the Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

Submitted With approximately 97 percent of Southwest Florida’s ocean-based economy coming from tourism and recreation, ecotour professionals serve as ambassadors of local natural areas. These ecotour professionals often rely on their knowledge of natural history to provide clients a memorable experience. In order to meet the growing educational needs of ecotour professionals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, is offering a series of field and classroom-based programs this summer. Back by popular demand, the Ecotour Provider Series promotes sustainable tourism practices by providing guides, naturalists and tour operators with information, tips and tools to ... Read More »

Roadwatch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety ... Read More »

Snakes of Big Cypress Swamp

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist When I am not at work on Marco Island, I absolutely love giving tours of the Big Cypress Swamp. I mean I really LOVE it!!!! There are several diverse habitats in that area, and they support a wide variety of wildlife. People are positively fascinated to hear the facts about ‘gators, ‘crocs, hawks, eagles, owls…..and snakes. I try to emphasize in my columns that there is an order to things on this planet, all the way down to the smallest ecosystems. Every plant, tree and animal serves a purpose, even the creepy, crawly things. ... Read More »

Winds of Change

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com We can’t direct the wind; we can only adjust our sails. — Thomas Monson   Winds of change will come into every human life. We, aware of it or not, are always heading in a direction. This may be obvious at some point in our lives and not perceivable at other times. Did you ever take stock of your life and ponder just how you got here? Through the small adjustments (of the sails tacking) or the big decisions (turnabout the sails), you are traveling in a direction — toward a destination. The ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and a few other non-memorable movies, Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this charming and very funny piece of entertainment. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a first-rate chef in a successful Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is that he’s still turning ... Read More »

Meet Marco Island’s New Firefighters

Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department’s newest firefighter-EMT’s (l-r): Alex Correa, Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Three short months after the Marco Island City Council approved the hiring of three new firefighter-EMT’s, they have been hired, trained and are on the job. Twelve-year firefighting veteran Alex Correa and Naples-born-and-raised newbies Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell joined the department earlier this month. “The Fire-Rescue Department experienced a very impressive group of local applicants making our final decision very difficult but also very rewarding as we know going forward that we have well-educated, homegrown young men and women eager to serve their community,” says Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. And, ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net A Public Hearing will be held on July 10 at the Capri Community Center (time is not certain at this time) to ask any questions regarding the future of the Isle of Capri Fire-Rescue Department. The final fire district vote will take place on August 26, and you will want to get all the information you need to prepare for the vote. Ask any questions and receive answers so that you will be comfortable with your decision when you vote. If you will be out of town and haven’t registered for an absentee ballot yet, please do ... Read More »

It’s only fair

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ArtfuL Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have been judged and juried; I have judged and juried. Both roles are difficult. But, in the name of fairness, both are required of an artful life and, by my tally, a civilized life. I have juried multiple art exhibits and never is it easy, mostly because there is so much good work… How, after agonizing over 1st and 2nd place recipients, do you choose from the eight to 10 remaining contenders for 3rd place? Unlike jurors in a courtroom, jurors of art are invited; they are invited for their expertise and, oddly, their ... Read More »

MIA Sports Year in Review

Front row from left, Dunsehka Cruz, Julia Cartwright, Romina Gimenez, Katherine Felipe, Kiera Ludwigsen, Victoria Vale, basketball. Back row, Patrick Michel, Andrew Delgado, Colin McMullen, Brian Flynn, Cole Stretton. Not in photo, Raul Rodriguez. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com As Marco Island Academy completes its third year, the grades are good for its sports program. The year marked the first time teams were eligible to earn Class 2A-District 10 appearances, and MIA’s student-athletes delivered. The boys basketball team won its district and a regional game before bowing out. The girls volleyball team came in second in the district before bowing out in regional play to Seacrest Country Day School, the eventual state champion. Roger Raymond, MIA athletic director, is a cheerleader for all the programs. The three-year-old school had its first senior class this year. ... Read More »

On the Docket: Marriott Ordinance

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Monday, June 2, at 5 PM, the Community Room at Marco Island City Complex is sure to be packed with folks anxious to hear the fallout from the first reading and public hearing of the ordinance amending the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Planned Unit Development, or PUD. Be sure to check CBN’s web site and Facebook page for coverage of the meeting. Many have been waiting for this since last August when Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff appeared before Marco Island’s Planning Board with an informational presentation about the resort’s $150 million proposal ... Read More »

MICMS Responds

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May 12, 2014 Marco Island Charter Middle School is such a successful and “A” rated school in large part because of the unique community in which it exists. MICMS and our students are a large part of the culture and community of Marco Island and the culture and community of Marco Island are a large part of us. We organize community events and educate our residents’ children, and the community, in turn, supports and participates in our school events. Our school works to best serve our residents, and our residents generously support our school. An important part of keeping our ... Read More »

Paying Tribute the MIA Way

The MIA Memorial Garden crew. Students included David Snow, Jacob Kowalski, Marcus Daffner, Andrew Delgado, Myra Ortega, Ford McKee, Patrick Michel, Alexa Campisi, Jacob Golec and Liv Lenhoff. (Not all of the students are present.) PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ask most people on Marco Island who Bill Miltz was, and one might hear that he was a Cleveland, OH, native who loved the Indians and the Browns, a multi-faceted businessman, a seasonal resident. In 2013, he retired from his position as CEO of JGB Distributing Inc., the largest distributor of Invisible Fence brand products in North America. Ask the faculty, administration, parents and students at Marco Island Academy about Miltz, and they will sing his praises as a major player in the establishment and development of Marco’s charter high school. He served as the ... Read More »

Letters of Praise

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Easter weekend was a significant one for teamwork at NCH, particularly for our extraordinary blood bank colleagues, who are usually in the background but whose contributions should never be underestimated. I’ll let an email from Danielle Byers, RN, BSN, speak for what happened: “On Saturday in the operating room, we received an emergency call from Obstetrics about a patient delivered two hours prior, who was hemorrhaging. She needed to come to the operating room for what Dr. Emily Clements scheduled as a D and C for control of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Thomas

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THE CORE QUESTION IS THE IMPORTANT ONE The Marriott proposal is so complex it has been difficult to identify the “core” of the issue for those of us who live on Marco Island. Even though Marriott has done a fine job of presenting their plans it’s been tough for residents to look beyond those formal presentations to identify any core issues that may adversely affect the happy Marco lifestyle. The principal “core” issue, important to all residents, is the condition of Marco Island traffic, long term. Most residents understand the construction traffic caused by the extended buildout period of such a project ... Read More »

The Sandwich Generation’s Balancing Act

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com   He plants trees to benefit another generation. Caecilius Statius, Roman Poet   Question: My husband and I are looking forward to retirement. Because our parents and children may need help financially, we’re not sure how to balance everyone’s potential needs. Help! Answer: You are not alone. Many pre-retirees and retirees are concerned about the financial, physical and emotional needs of family members. Statistics show that almost half of baby-boomers provide financial assistance to aging parents — paying for groceries, medical and utility bills — while also helping their adult children. Depending on ... Read More »