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Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings

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By Noelle H. Lowery Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call. Not anymore. Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent. On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying ... Read More »

Karma

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom …Our thoughts,our words, and deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” — Swami Vivekanada   Most of us have heard of karma. We consider it to be the result of an incident or series of incidents that happen by chance that create either positive feelings (“good” karma) or negative or cautious feelings (“bad” karma). I’ve had both lately and the effect was the difference between feeling consumed with joy and appreciation of life, and feeling fearful of the next step and what ... Read More »

High Praise for NCH Physicians

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Today, I’d like to pay tribute — “give props” for you younger readers — to the 111-strong NCH Physician Group, which has become by far the biggest group practice in Collier County from Bonita to southeast Collier County and Marco Island, and continues to grow in multiple ways. Last year, 17 physicians joined Chief Administrative Officer Zach Bostock, ably helped by Administrative Director Pat Read, Administrative Assistant Lindsey Shanks and the team. With two months to go in our financial year, another 16 physicians have been added, and ... Read More »

What Birds Eat… The Beak Can Tell the Tale

Wood storks use “tactolocation” to find food
and can close their beak in 1/20th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Have you ever seen a reddish egret dance along the shoreline to snag a meal? How about a great blue heron sitting trance-like on a mangrove branch just one foot above the water to catch a fish? Or an osprey swooping into the water feet first to grasp its prey? There is such a variety of bird life in the Marco area, and they capture their next meals in several different manners. One physical feature can tell you something very unique about their diets. Take a look at the shape of the bird’s beak. ... Read More »

The Horses are Off — Seahorses, That Is

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist “Mama, come quick!” a young girl cries. “There’s a tiny horse on the beach!” As mama and others run to the scene, sure enough there is a horse in the Marco Island sand. It is only a few inches long and sure looks like our equine friends but without legs. It is a seahorse. Seahorses are very small marine fish. Like other fish they breathe through gills. They float in an upright position and have pectoral fins to maneuver and dorsal fins to maintain balance. Most importantly, they are masters of camouflage. Just like ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Hit the Big Ball?

Tyler Owens and Matt Browne won the Open Men’s Doubles Title. SUBMITTED PHOTO

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The desire to knock the cover off the ball appears to have hit all levels of tennis. With technology moving at such a fast rate, I really shouldn’t be surprised that so many tennis players desire to play quick points — whether they win it or not! Sometimes, I want to blame the sports shows because they condense a game down to one or two plays, and viewers are programmed to a quick fix. Here’s one more shocking revelation: Men and women have different styles on the tennis court. Unfortunately, men, hitting just one ... Read More »

MIFRD June Update

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Six months into 2014 and the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department has been busier than ever. At the Aug. 4 City Council meeting, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy reported that through June the department had answered 1854 total calls, ranging from fire alarms and incidents to medical calls to marine rescues. This accounts for a 6.5 percent increase over the same period of time last year. Moreover, occurrences of concurrent overlapping emergency calls are up 38 percent over 2013. For all of 2013, MIFRD had 683 overlapping incidents; for the first six months of 2014, the department ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: Part Two North of the Isles of Capri

Henry Lowe holds the top part of an old carbide light.
PHOTOS BY CRAIG WOODWARD

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Heading north of Isles of Capri on the hiking trail that was formerly the old Marco Road, I was joined by Henry Lowe and Steve Purcell in an expedition to locate and explore Henry’s former home site, which his family occupied starting in 1939. The old Marco Road began from its intersection with U.S. 41, in the location of today’s Hitching Post, and ended at a ferry crossing in the current Isles of Capri. The road was built around 1912 as part of the Naples-Marco segment of the developing Tamiami Trail which by 1915 was ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... Read More »

FOT Quarterly Beach Clean-Up

Kassandra Watson, Tina Armstong, Patty Adams. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Saturday, July 12, proved to be a sunny, 82-degree day for the Friends of Tigertail Beach Quarterly Cleanup. Seventeen enthusiastic volunteers collected eight bags of debris weighing approximately 60 pounds from the parking lot, playground, boardwalk and beach. FOT Board members Dick Stone, Susan LaGrotta, Ray and Kathy Apy signed in volunteers, provided water bottles, trash bags and T-shirts. Joe Parisi, membership chairperson, spoke with potential new members. While Art Dobberstein collected trash on his paddle board in the lagoon, three lone volunteers filled three bags of garbage along the boardwalks. The most unusual item, found by Joan Robbins, ... Read More »

Yes, It Is All About You!

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“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein, American Author and Businessman.   Question: I’m curious, what is the difference between a Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™? In addition, what should I expect when working with an advisor or planner? Answer: Anyone can call himself or herself a financial planner, yet only those meeting the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. may display the CFP® certification. Earning a professional designation demonstrates a level of commitment by an advisor to obtain and keep the ... Read More »

Mid-Season Sea Turtle Update

A sea turtle hatchling swims to the water at Guana Tolomato Mantanzas Research Reserve. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY THE DEP

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the last three months, Mary Kelly Nelson has been busy combing the beaches of Marco Island searching for evidence of Loggerhead sea turtle nests for Collier County’s Natural Resources Department. She has not been disappointed. Thus far, Nelson has found 68 turtle nests on Marco’s shore, down from 87 during the same time period last year. Even so, false crawls — tracks or other signs left in the sand by a sea turtle who has abandoned its attempt to nest — are down from 156 at this time last year to 97 this year. ... Read More »

Feel the Burn with Booty Barre Sculpt

The ladies in Margaret Lamp’s Booty Barre Sculpt class are feeling the burn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com I am a runner. There are few things in this world that make me feel better than a a good five-mile run. Sad, but true. In my lifetime, I took ballet, and was a competitive gymnast and a cheerleader in high school. I also coached both gymnastics and cheerleading after college, and have taken my fair share of Pilates and yoga classes. So, when I heard about Margaret Lamp’s new Booty Barre Sculpt class at the Healthy Body Fitness Class Studio on Bald Eagle Drive, I thought, “No sweat! Piece of cake!” Let’s just say ... Read More »

Take Heed When Lightning Strikes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Southwest Florida has quietly moved into the ebb and flow of its traditional summer afternoon thunderstorm pattern. While the rain cools off the hot and steamy day, the thunder and lightning that go with it cannot be ignored. Afterall, Southwest Florida falls within the states “lightning belt,” and can witness close to 350,000 lightning strikes each year. To help keep residents of Marco Island on top of the threat of lightning strikes, the city installed a Thor Guard Lightning warning system at City Hall, Mackle Park and Winterberry Park last year. The main sensor alerting ... Read More »

On The Move

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local businesses are hiring and promoting folks more and more these days. Here are some of the latest appointed to new positions:   Marco Beach Resort Gets New GM The Marco Beach Ocean Resort announced it has appointed Joseph Fisher as general manager. Fisher will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the all-suite hotel. Fisher brings a wealth of hotel management experience to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, ranging from hotel operations to food and beverage. Most recently, he served as director of food and beverage for the Waldorf Astoria, a four-star luxury property ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market

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There is a clear misconception that Farmers’ Markets should be merely fruit and vegetable stands.  This perspective is looking through a limited lens of commerce versus one of community, so let’s take a step back.  Here, in Marco Island, we cater to both the local and transient guest, and we are truly one family.  These once-a-week markets for five hours are really about social connection.  Yes, radishes and cucumbers used to take center stage, but they have happily made room for flavored honeys, fresh pastas, locally carved sustainable artifacts, wildlife photography and custom terrariums.  As diversity started to populate the ... Read More »

Camp Able 2014: Going Beyond Special Needs

Campers kayak and paddle board with Capri Fish House on Isles of Capri. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Schaeffer McHenry, Ellie Bennett, Gage Wheeler and Mary Evelyn Webb could not be more different. McHenry is a junior at the Air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; Webb is a Mississippi native who attends the University of Mississippi. Bennett and Wheeler both attend Lely High School. Bennett is a bubbly, talkative junior, and Wheeler is a senior, quiet and a young man of few words. The one thing these four have in common: A special connection with people who have special needs. McHenry’s 23-year-old cousin, Sara, has Down Syndrome. Webb’s mother suffers from Huntington’s ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: North of the Isles of Capri

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COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com A conversation led to my taking a walk in the woods with Henry Lowe accompanied by Steve Purcell. We were on an expedition to hike the 1912 old Marco Road and seek out the location where Henry had lived as a child. Armed with bug spray, we headed north of Capri Boulevard and followed a hiking trail into the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve. We quickly found that the trail was not used much as we were forced to climb over fallen trees, push through dense brush and fight heavy vines. Henry pointed out ... Read More »

Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

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STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »

Skin Wellness Physicians Now Open

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, is opening a new dermatology practice under the name of Skin Wellness Physicians. Services include general dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and light medicine and cosmetic rejuvenation. Wasserman recently moved from a group dermatology practice where he provided medical care for more than three years to the Naples and Marco Island communities. His decision to begin a new venture is motivated by a firm belief in delivering high quality individualized health care and ... Read More »