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The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

A young osprey peeks from behind mom.

Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

Baking Babka with Estie

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By Samantha Husted The babka is a Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chewy and flaky on the outside, yet gooey and sugary on the inside – not unlike coffee cake, though its texture is more similar to that of bread. And while this Slavic sweet is certainly no beginner’s loaf, don’t be discouraged. All you need is some patience, a little bit of bravery, a trustworthy dough mixer and about six hours, and you’ll be good to go. Luckily I had Marco Island resident Estie Karpman, a seasoned baker, to guide me through the process. As a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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New Traffic Signal on Collier The following letter is from the president of South Seas East Association recapping a meeting for residents regarding the proposal of a new traffic signal to be installed at Collier Blvd. and Saturn Ct. with Tim Pinter from the City of Marco: A meeting with Tim Pinter, Public Work Director for the City of Marco, was held with condo association members, along Seaview Court, to discuss the options for a new proposed traffic signal at the intersection of North Collier Boulevard and Saturn Court, 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016.   This signal would include provisions ... Read More »

Marco’s Busy Spring

The soft, tilled sand is inviting to this family playing on the beach.

OUR ISLAND ECOLOGY By Chadd Chustz This spring, so much has happened here on Marco Island to remind us that we are stewards of our environment and nature’s inhabitants. Manatee Release  The manatee (identified as RSW1523) was rehabilitated at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa after being rescued on September 28, 2015, for watercraft related injuries in Roberts Bay. It was great to see this “little guy” being released back into the waters of the 10,000 Islands by the FWC at Caxambas Boat Launch Park on Marco Island. Read more about another manatee release in this issue of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

Get ready to RELAY!

Relay For Life teams choose their spots on the track.

By Maureen Chodaba The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, is rapidly approaching. On April 9, Mackle Park, in all its beauty and natural splendor, will be the site of this community festival and celebration of life. A team event, this year’s Relay For Life takes the theme “Relay Road Trip – Destination – END CANCER!” As you take your road trip around the Relay track, you will want to make stops at the tents, each one representing a fundraising team, and each one depicting a state. The teams have been working diligently to raise ... Read More »

Photography Exhibit at Library

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Award winning Marco Island photographer, Nancy Garrison.

Submitted The work of local photographer Nancy Garrison is on exhibit at the Marco Island Public Library for the month of March. The show is a collaborative effort with the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Nancy has been a Marco Island resident since 1981. Her photographs have earned her several awards and have been featured in local publications. “Photography is my obsession. I have learned to look and light and form with new eyes, and I’m always ‘on the hunt’ for prospective subjects. Time spent at the computer finalizing the latest photo shoot and making the image complete helps ... Read More »

Nesting Sea Turtles, Flashing Cell Phone Photos- A Bad Mix

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Nesting sea turtles are an amazing sight, but please - no flash photos.

Submitted Sea turtles digging their nests to lay eggs on Florida’s beaches face a new 21st century hazard: someone snapping a flash photo with a cell phone. March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people not to take cell phone flash photos of sea turtles on the beach at night, because that can interfere with nesting. “It’s great that people are enjoying Florida’s beaches and are enthusiastic about our sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “However, most visitors ... Read More »

Marco Students Shine in Speech and Essay Competition

Four Marco Island students received awards in the Laws of Life speech and essay competition. From left are Kathryn Barry, Tommie Barfield sixth grader, Sophie Torres and Rosie Poling, Lely juniors, and Lely sophomore Madison Hopkins. PHOTO BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island students were finalists in every category of the Laws of Life Program, an essay and speech competition for Collier County Schools. Awards were announced at the Naples Hilton on February 24. Lely High School junior Sophie Torres won first in the 11-12th grade category, which included writing an essay, then giving a speech. Lely junior Rosie Poling placed third. Madison Hopkins, Lely sophomore, placed second in the 9-10th grade class. Kathryn Barry, Tommie Barfield fifth grader, also placed second. Some 4,000 Collier County students took part in the contest, which celebrated its 20th year. ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. There were games, prizes, music, food, and laughter. The day was filled with the spirit of fun. It was Community Day in 1965 in the small upstate New York town where I was raised. It was a day when all ages came together to celebrate life. The energy and enthusiasm filled my soul, but then I awoke from that wonderful dream. I wasn’t really sleeping. It was 1995 and I was awakening from general anesthesia after surgery. I was a world away from that joyous day in 1965, but somehow, that wonderful memory ... Read More »

Important Flare Safety

Mitch Schlitt, from the USCG-Aux, is conducting a Flare safety class for a group of participants prior to allowing them to shoot a flare. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Gene Burson The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron recently held a Flare Training/Demonstration at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The United States Coast Guard-Auxiliary also participated, presenting a safety class, which was given to each participant prior to him/her lighting a flare. This was a closed event for Squadron members, USCG-Auxiliary members, and members of boating clubs on Marco Island that registered prior to the event. Each participant was required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the safety class, and the actual lighting of a flare. All went well with no accidents or fires created by ... Read More »

Yacht Club Open House

The Marco Island Yacht Club’s Old Florida style, two-story clubhouse offers  panoramic views of the Marco River, Jolley Bridge and Marco Island Marina. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted When you enter Marco Island on the S.S. Jolley Bridge, the first thing you’ll see is the Marco Island Yacht Club to the right of the bridge. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on there, stop by the Open House on Saturday, February 27 from 1-4 PM and find out! The event is open to the public, and everyone who loves boating and the water is invited to attend. Visitors will have the chance to tour the beautiful 7,000 square foot two-story “Old Florida” style Clubhouse, and its surrounding grounds, learn more about Club activities, boating, dining and membership, ... Read More »

Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »

The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

White pelicans are gregarious and will work together to gather fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Change of Watch

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 recently held its 49th Change of Watch.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On January 16, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 held its 49th Change of Watch ceremony at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The time-honored Change of Watch ceremony is conducted annually before flotilla members, guests and dignitaries. In the ceremony, the continuity of the watch’s authority is restated. There is also a transfer of responsibility and authority from one individual, to another as part of the Change of Watch. PDCO Walter Jaskiewicz was master of ceremonies for the evening. The Sounding of the Bell was done by John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander. ... Read More »

In a Word

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... Read More »