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International Support for Mangrove Restoration

Roy Lewis explains the effort.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with China’s Rilin Group to help restore 225 acres of mangroves in Collier County. The industrial group has committed $5 million to restore and monitor the mangrove forest at Fruit Farm Creek within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR). RBNERR and its partners have been researching causes of the mangrove die-off in the area, which includes construction in the 1940s of state road 92, to develop a plan to restore environmental conditions such as historical water flows in the estuarine area. This project will enable implementing ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »

Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... 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 »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... Read More »

JCMI Celebrates Third Annual Jewish Deli Fest

Volunteers Abbe Hankin (left) and Ted Bunten smile as they pose behind a mountain of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches they helped distribute. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 24th the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) celebrated their third annual Jewish Deli Fest. Thousands of eager, and hungry, people showed up Sunday morning to celebrate the occasion by feasting on the delicious kosher-style dishes. The synagogue was packed with rows of long tables, good smells and a whole lot of food. Patrons were divided into two long lines that spilled out into the parking lot and along the side of the building. One line was for eating in and the other for taking out. Once inside the line twisted and turned in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

Window and Doors Project Special Preview

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Submitted The community is invited to a very special “Coming-Out Party” to announce the artists who will be bringing the past to the present through the Windows and Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum, on Sunday, February 14 from 3-5 PM. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) will give the community a special preview of their Windows and Doors to History project. This project is part of a series of exciting changes happening at the MIHS during 2016. The Marco Island Historical Museum’s 20 faux windows and three doors will be transformed into vivid scenes from Marco ... Read More »

Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

BAC Community Forum

Submitted On Wednesday, February 10 the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is sponsoring a Community Forum from 7-9 PM in the city’s Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Bring your questions relating to Florida-friendly landscaping! The event is a great way to learn about an array of gardening topics. Exhibit booths include Doug Caldwell, University of Florida (Tree Diseases), Lee County Electric Cooperative, 2015 Marco in Bloom Winners, Calusa Garden Club, Bio-Green, and the Botanical Garden-Butterfly Gardens. There will be speaker presentations by Cris Costello, Sierra Club (Fertilizers, Clean Water); James (“Nik”) Nikolich (Water Conservation, Irrigation); Donna ... Read More »

Samantha Morris, Esq. Completes Certification Course

Submitted The law firm of William G. Morris, P.A. announced today that Samantha Morris, associate attorney at the firm, recently completed the 2016 Marital and Family Law Certification Review Course at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida. The course is an intensive review of virtually all aspects of marital and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support and timesharing. Instructors included a who’s who of top family lawyers in Florida. Morris received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Ave Maria School of Law, where she was also a senior editor on the school’s Law Review. Her practice ... Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport to Key West

Submitted The Marco Island Executive Airport will soon have scheduled flights directly to Key West on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays starting at $89 one-way plus taxes and fees (total fare $104.18). Beginning February 15, Raven Air Island Hoppers will offer the scheduled service in their ten-passenger Cessna 402. Flights are planned to depart Marco Island at 9 AM and arrive in Key West at 9:45 AM. Return flights are scheduled to depart Key West at 4:30 PM and arrive in Marco Island at 5:15 PM. Tickets are now on sale and available at the Raven Air Island Hoppers website at ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

2016 Caregiver’s Award

By Maureen Chodaba Send Us Your Nominee’s Story The American Cancer Society continuously works to raise funds in the fight against cancer. These funds are used to provide medical research in the quest for a cure and support for all those touched by this dreadful disease. Caregivers for those who have been diagnosed with cancer are an integral part of the road to recovery. Caregivers provide love and support at a time when they are needed the most. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society wishes to honor these caregivers. This year they will recognize one such caregiver ... Read More »

How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

Coleman Hosts Book Presentation

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Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium, from 7-8 PM on January 30, 2016. Coleman’s book, a local bestseller, chronicles the transformation of Marco Island from an alligator-infested swamp to one of America’s top travel destinations. His presentation, “Secrets Shared: The Epic Struggle to Build Marco Island,” occurs exactly 51 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. His talk begins at 7 PM. Book signing follows. Admission is free. From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

Downtown Goodland, 1964. 
Ritschard apartment complex with main entrance underneath. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island

Calusa Garden Club centerpieces for the American Cancer Society Annual Fashion Show.

Submitted It is going to be a very busy February for Calusa Garden Club members. The Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 AM, starting with a workshop for its members. They meet at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive. For February 8th at 11 AM, the topic for the floral workshop will be “Elements of Design” presented by Lindy Kowalczyk. Members come prepared with their containers, soaked oasis, foliage and flowers, ready to be creative and inspired. At 1:15 PM, club members Connie Lowery and Jackie Purvis will continue ... Read More »

Two-Bedroom, One-Bath Condos… A Great Option!

A view of one of the Seabreeze  condo buildings near the pool. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week there were only six two-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condos for sale on the island, compared to 38 two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos. These two-bedroom, one-bathroom condos built around 1970 are on the market with an average list price of $179,000 and 751 square feet. For comparison, two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos on the market average $318,000 with 1,045 square feet, and were built during the 1980s. These two-bedroom one-bathroom condos can be found at Seabreeze, Seabreeze South, Seabreeze West, Southwinds, Aquarius and other inland condominiums. The Seabreeze at 240 North Collier Boulevard is a ... Read More »