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What ACS Means to Me & What It Could Mean to You


ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Even before I became an American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner, I was well aware of the nonprofit organization and its mission to fight cancer. However, what I did not know until I joined the wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, was just how much ACS provides for those diagnosed with cancer that goes far beyond funding research. Most importantly, the services ACS provides are either free, or at significantly reduced rates. I chose to work for the American Cancer Society because I wanted my passion for coordinating events to go towards an ... Read More »

One Year for Squadron’s Tuskegee Painting

Marco Island Squadron completes first year of painting’s custodianship.

By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Cmdr., MI Senior Squadron, CAP This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The painting was donated to the Center for the Arts in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. However, since the Center is a gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis, there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project director Dave Rice ... Read More »

Quinn Hiaasen to Debut First Photography Exhibition


Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host an exhibit featuring the photography of Quinn Hiaasen, son of novelist Carl Hiaasen. On display November 1 through December 30, 2015, the exhibit showcases his passion for the environment, as well as his natural talents. “Growing up on the waters of South Florida instilled in me an interest in nature, particularly of the complex domains that exist beyond the ecumene. As a photographer, I find it amazing to be able to explore places like these and share the dramatic landscapes and wildlife with others,” shares Quinn Hiaasen. Visitors are encouraged ... Read More »

Snorkeling With Manta Rays… At Night…In Hawaii

The magnificent manta ray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalis It was a warm September evening and the sun had just set on Keauhou Bay. Captain Kirk Herring carefully guided our boat, Hula Kai, into position and two of our guides, Brent and Megan, sprang into action. A floating, plastic plank equipped with underwater lights was quickly in place behind the vessel. Wetsuits on and already breathing through our snorkels, my wife Cathy and I waited for the command. The lights along the plank were illuminated below the water and we were told to proceed. We smiled at each other, entered the water and made ... Read More »

Divorce: Rent or Own?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin Question: I’m in the midst of a divorce and don’t know if it’s better to keep the house, sell it and buy another or rent. What are your thoughts? Answer: The answer is the same as it is for most questions, and that is “it depends.” This is an important time to regroup emotionally and financially. Realistic analysis of the economics of your new lifestyle, with financial planning, gets beneath the raw numbers as you go through this transition. Cookie-cutter advice isn’t specific enough to rely on for decisions of this magnitude. A woman in ... Read More »

Fundraising Underway for Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Low-Income Seniors

Sandi Sims and the volunteers who helped make the 2014 Thanksgiving luncheon for low-income seniors  happen at Arturo’s Restaurant on Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Thanksgiving Day will once again be brightened for a group of low-income seniors thanks to the efforts of Marco Island realtor Sandi Sims and the volunteers and donors who assist her. This year, as she has for the last 10 years, Sims will host a Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional fixins’ at a Marco restaurant for residents of the Goodlette Arms Apartments, a 250- unit, Section 8 development for seniors, located off Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples. Costs for the meal and transportation for the seniors are all covered through donations from Marco residents and businesses, said ... Read More »

Mariner Tippy Cavanagh Visits Prime Meridian

Tippy with one foot in 
the Western Hemisphere and the other in the Eastern. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Patricia “Tippy” Cavanagh is a Past Commander of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. She has been a member for fifteen years, and now teaches some of the most challenging navigation courses, including celestial navigation. Tippy and her husband, John, toured England, Scotland and Wales this past summer. They visited one location that had very special meaning for this mariner and teacher. While in London, Tippy and John traveled by boat on the River Thames to see the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the location of the Prime Meridian of the world, known to mariners as longitude 000 degrees, ... Read More »

Community Helps to Build Copeland Bus Shelter

Youth from the Interact Club pitched in to build the shelter for Copeland kids who take the school bus.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Possibly most people reading the following story have never heard of Copeland, right here in Collier County. If you have…have you ever been there? There are only 82 homes in Copeland and approximately 325 people. Some are 3rd and 4th generation Copelanders. The figure I heard two years ago was that they had an unemployment rate of 72%. Many have no cars, and they don’t even have a mail delivery. There is a tiny Baptist church there that is always clean and cool. Copeland has two separate and distinct “villages.” When the re-districting lines for commissioners changed, ... Read More »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location

A View of South End Condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Location, Location, Location is a familiar rule in real estate and the best locations come at a price. Marco Island is a great location with world class beaches, accommodations, amenities and restaurants creating a fabulous lifestyle with a commensurate price tag. Condos on the island are located in four distinct geographic areas. There are 4,200 condos on beaches, 3,000 on canals and waterways, 700 on the Gulf side and another 2,800 inland. For the last three years about 5% of all the condos on the island change ownership each year. That’s an average ... Read More »



Donna Fiala The County Parks & Recreation Department is about to build a Wildlife Observation Tower at Tigertail Beach which will provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this unique habitat, and will include handicap accessibility. Nature-based tourism is a rapidly growing pastime and provides a great economic benefit to the region. In 2006 this area of Tigertail/Sand Dollar Island was selected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to become a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, and was chosen for its excellent bird watching opportunities. The area is nationally and internationally recognized ... Read More »

The Wright Brothers


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... 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 »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue


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 »

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 »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank DiMaggio


Dear Sir, I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council. I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively ... Read More »