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REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community

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By Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com  On Wednesday, November 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a church which first opened 46 years earlier in November of 1966, many old timers came together to celebrate the life of a Modern Marco pioneer – Helen Tateo. She and her husband, Vince, moved to Marco Island in August of 1966, just a little over a year and a half after the official grand opening of the Island on January 31, 1965. They had first visited in February of 1966 and within eight months moved here permanently, bringing with them their three young sons: Paul, age ... Read More »

Smokin’ Joe Giordano

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Smokin’ Joe, as he was known in these parts, was the trolley driver. He had driven the trolley for the past 22 years. “He loved driving that trolley, it was his life,” said one of Joe’s acquaintances. Can you imagine the number of people who must have had their first real view of Marco Island with Smokin’ Joe at the wheel? Joe passed away on March 14th at 6:20 AM. Joe moved to Marco Island in 1988, because his wife, Diane, wanted to come here. Years earlier, while attending college at the University of Miami, ... Read More »

Saving Seymour…The Dolphin

By Natalie Strom The news of Seymour the dolphin’s rescue on Friday, March 9th, reached far and wide as a team of 26 people in six boats helped save his life. Locals had come to know of Seymour’s plight thanks to the research of The Dolphin Explorer, a sightseeing vessel that traverses the waters around Marco Island. Seymour, an eight-year old bottlenose dolphin, was originally tracked in 2006 by The Dolphin Explorer’s Ten Thousand Islands Dolphin Project. The project, which began that same year, “is a long term study of the abundance, distribution, movement, association patterns and behavior of bottlenose ... Read More »