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A Perfect Cartwheel

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mom and sister were recently here for a visit and they could not be more appreciative guests. Through their eyes I am reminded how beautiful our Island home truly is. No sunset is taken for granted. Everything blooming is awed over. The beach is marveled. And having a swimming pool out the back door, paired with consistently sunny days, is a luxury they do not take for granted. As with most families, I suppose, when two or more family members gather together, conversations tend to slip into memories of childhood. This reunion of mine was ... Read More »

Starting Now… The Greatest Water Migration on Earth!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist Undoubtedly, many full time residents of Marco Island and surrounding areas are noticing some changes in the birds we see at this time of year. Spring has sprung and our winter guests have taken flight back north as warm temperatures return. In addition some feathered friends from Central and South America are just arriving as the southern hemisphere begins to cool. In the waters, many aquatic animals are also traveling north, following the Gulf Stream current as they, too, migrate to chase their sources of food. But this does not happen just in the northern ... Read More »

One World One Hope A Celebration of Life

PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER, VAL SIMON AND JESSICA SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 18, 2015, Mackle Park became the site for a celebration of life. “One World One Hope”, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, embraced the community by celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering everyone to fight back against this disease. The opening ceremony began with the color guard presented by the Knights of Columbus, followed by the national anthem sung by cancer survivor, Marva Sutt. Event chair Jamie Bergen and presenting sponsor Robert J. Flugger rallied the crowd with enthusiasm while the ... Read More »

Judge Jessica Presides in Teen Court

Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Jessica Hernstadt was excited to move to Marco Island when her husband, Roger, accepted a position with the City. After all, Marco Island is not only set in an idyllic location, it offers a sense of community and is known for having great schools and being a nice place to raise a family. It’s the perfect setting for the parents of a teenage son. As an attorney by profession, Jessica still works with a number of private clients throughout Florida. She works in probate, wills, trust and real estate. However, like many who move to ... Read More »

Surge Plays Mexisoccer Naples

SURGE united in victory! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The two Marco Island based youth soccer clubs, SURGE and the Optimist Club, squared off in the local Mexisoccer Naples soccer league at East Naples Park on Friday. The U9 SURGE team beat the Optimist handily 5-2. With the win, the U9 SURGE proceed to the playoffs against Holanda on Friday. The championship is played on Saturday night. The U7 game between the #2 seed SURGE and #3 seed Optimist teams was a gripping match. Tied at 2-2 in regular time, the game went into overtime, and was finally decided in extra penalty kicks when 5 year old Luke Trebilcock banged ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Nead

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Dear Council Members: As Manager of Cozumel Condominium at Cape Marco I would like to present our strong opposition to the proposed Rental Ordinance. Cozumel Condominium requires rentals to be minimum of 90 days which instills a sense of ownership in our renters; many of whom return year after year and have never been a problem. Also most condominiums on Marco Island have in house management companies to handle any problems that might occur day to day. Also, most of our owners who rent their homes use the services of rental agencies on the island which do a great job ... Read More »

Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Significant Future Growth Planned for Collier County

Mark Strain, Collier County’s chief hearing examiner and chairman of the county’s Planning Commission.

By Don Manley Construction activity in Collier County has again become commonplace as the economy recovers from the most recent recession. One need look no further than the State Route 951 – U.S. 41 corridor near Marco Island for evidence of that fact. Donna Fiala, the Collier County commissioner whose district includes Marco and Mark Strain, the county’s chief hearing Examiner, discussed growth that is underway or planned for the near and distant future, at a presentation held recently at ciation of Realtors. “Collier County is built out or promised to be built out in some manner,” said Strain. However, ... Read More »

Edward Jones Adds Financial Advisor

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Submitted Edward Jones Financial Advisor Gary Ozak announced that a second financial advisor, Kevin O’Fee has joined his office in Marco Island. Ozak said, “I’m very impressed with Kevin, and I’m sure my clients will be, too. Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with us. Kevin Will help provide the high level of service investors in March Island have come to expect from us as well extend our services to new investors.” O’Fee will work out of Ozak’s office over the next several months, then will continue serving ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Elaine A. Myers

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After receiving my proposed new Marco Island city ordinance Section 8-100 through 8-104 inclusive in Chapter 8 , I’ve found myself compelled to write to the Coastal Breeze of my serious concerns of this proposal. I have been a condominium owner for the past 4 years at (28 Manor Terrace) the Mariner.  During this time, I have found that the Mariner Management and Board of Directors have shown the utmost professionalism in managing and applying the rules and regulations to make for a beautiful 162 unit complex.  In my opinion the Mariner is the best managed and maintained complex on ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Julie Salisbury

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Marco Island City Council, Back in February you voted to exclude Condominium owners from the proposed rental ordinance. Subsequently a councilman asked for “reconsideration” and unfortunately this legislative maneuver passed. Does this mean when someone doesn’t get their way on the council, it is brought up over and over again?? In the second reading version one of the proposed changes is that Condos will have to hold a vote to get the majority of owners to agree to be excluded, plus all people who rent will have to be registered. This will increase work for Boards and Management and does ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James Beckett

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Marco Island City Council Member, My name is James Beckett and I am a resident of the Monterrey building in Cape Marco on Marco Island.  I am writing to express my support of keeping the “Exclusion” of Condos in the proposed Rental Ordinance based on the fact that we already have regulations and controls in place to take care of any related renter issues.  These regulations are rigorously enforced and I would prefer we keep it that way and not add to our building management’s workload. Respectfully, James Beckett   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Cascio

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As an owner of a condo in Marco for over 15 years, I would like to express my concerns regarding the City Councils’ newly proposed rental ordinances.   1- Condominium rentals are not and have never been an issue since all Condominium Associations have Documents, by-laws and strict rules that take care of problem renters. As a matter of fact these rules give them more leeway than the proposed Ordinance will have on the issue of problem rental. In essence the Condominium Association and Management take care of these issues very effectively. 2- .  Section 2 – Sec.X.2.1(b) allows a ... Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

Spring

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I think it was Yogi Berra who coined the phrase above. I had to chuckle a few days ago, while my staff and I were handling a crowd that seemed to appear in the shop all at once. (A lost tour bus?) My sales ladies and I were dashing about like whirling dervishes when I overheard someone complain to her friend while waiting to be served that she dislikes coming to this store because every season when she comes in we are always busy and she has to wait… Twenty-one plus years in business ... Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Submitted The Merry Wives of Windsor is a farcical comedy written by William Shakespeare. Directed by John McKerrow, Producing Artistic Director, Shakespeare in Paradise was named “Best New Theater Company in SW Florida”. Sir John Falstaff (Jim Corsica) conspires to seduce Mrs. Page (Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow) and Mrs. Ford (Victoria Diebler), the wives of two prominent Windsor citizens. The insanely jealous Mr. Ford (Mark Vanagas) hires Falstaff to reveal her suspected infidelity. With lightning-quick timing and ridiculous disguises and comical antics, the audience is sure to find pleasure in the humiliation of Falstaff and the way the wives dupe ... Read More »