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The Marco Bay Yacht Club’s Abaco Islands Adventure Continues

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By Debbie Schroeder After a week of cruising the Abaco Islands, eight (we’ll call them land cruisers) joined members in Treasure Cay, about 21 miles from our last stop in Marsh Harbor. The spectacular sandy beaches are widely recognized as being among the top 10 beaches in the Bahamas. Collecting such treasures as seashells and sea glass was a great pastime. Treasure Cay also has the most romantic restaurant, Treasure Sands, where you can enjoy the most amazing food and breathtaking panoramic views with the most colorful sunsets. Next stop, Hope Town, a little town in Elbow Cay, home to ... Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

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By Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Ed Lucas and Christopher Lucas Jeter Publishing (Simon & Schuster) 320 pages. Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra   Well, sports fans, baseball is back! The first few weeks are always glorious because there are no deep disappointments yet and hopes are high. Boston won the World Series in 2013, so why shouldn’t Cubs fans think “Maybe next year” is THIS year? Did Back To The Future 2 writers get it right with “Cubs sweep Miami five games to ... Read More »

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Park Entrance

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Submitted National Park Week will be commemorated nationwide by the National Park Service April 18 to 26, and Everglades National Park is inviting everyone to come enjoy free park entrance the opening weekend, April 18 and 19. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities nationwide in America’s Great Outdoors, by reconnecting people with opportunities to enjoy parks located right in your back yard. The theme this year for National Park Week is, “Find Your Park.” “National Park Week is the perfect time for everyone to ‘Find Your Park,’ the national campaign premiered this month to launch ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Offers Journalism Scholarships

A joint press conference between the Greater Naples YMCA and the National Park Service (NPS), detailed the recent national partnership between the two organizations were announced. Naples YMCA President Paul Thein, Acting Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent J.D. Lee and South Florida National Parks Trust trustee, Howard Isaacson, were on hand to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve and the Naples YMCA will be partnering on transportation, programs and outings starting as soon as this Summer.  The national initiative, entitled Play. Learn. Serve Work. was announced just two weeks ago by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a meeting ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Welcomes the Man Known as the Island’s Architect

(LtoR) DAR member Betsy Perdichizzi, Herb Savage and DAR Regent Karen Lombardi.

By Chris Curle Herb Savage had 50 years of Marco Island stories to tell the Daughters of the American Revolution at their March 19th meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Herb Savage and his wife, Emily, came to Marco in the early sixties from Miami at the request of the Mackle Brothers, as the brothers embarked on their dream of developing Marco Island. At age 96, Herb still goes to his Marco office very day in a tie and long sleeved shirt, a standard, he says, of the Mackle brothers business culture. Herb said it began when three Mackle brothers, ... Read More »

Naples YMCA & National Parks Service Team Up for New Youth Program

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Greater Naples YMCA president, Paul Thein, attended the South Florida launch of a new initiative entitled Play. Learn. Serve. Work. from the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service on Friday, March 13th in Miami, Florida. Here in South Florida, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park will be actively involved with the YMCA as early as this summer to help children explore and understand the value of our national parks. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a commitment from American Express that will support the new initiative in fifty cities across America. The effort ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Our Annual Town Hall Gathering with Commissioner Donna Fiala and a host of others will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall Auditorium. The museum has been kind enough to host these events ever since they opened, and we are so grateful. It’s a great place to hold a community “get together.” Along with Donna, you will meet County Manager Leo Ochs, who will give an overview of the county. Nick Casalanguida, the administrator for the County’s Growth Management Division, will update you on the construction taking place ... Read More »

Pedro Ramos Selected as New Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks

Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Pedro Ramos has been selected as Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks in Florida.  Ramos has been serving as superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve since January 2009.  Ramos will begin his new assignment in mid-January. “We are delighted that Pedro will be the next superintendent for the Everglades and Dry Tortugas,” Austin said.  “He has done a great job leading Big Cypress for more than five years.  He is well-known and well-respected throughout the south Florida area.  We know he will have great success working with the great partners, tribes and local community leaders to ... Read More »

Sold! for $7.5 Million

View of the open Gulf of Mexico from the pool at 1549 Heights Court. SUBMITTED photoS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Cathy Rogers is Marco Island’s most accomplished realtor right now. The reason: After three years of marketing and advertising one of the island’s premier Gulf-front properties — 1549 Heights Court — Rogers recently closed the $7.5 million sale of the sprawling, luxury home. It is the highest priced home sale on Marco since 2008, when a home sold for $7.7 million. To date, the highest priced home sold on the island changed hands in 2007 for $9 million. “Although I do all types of real estate, it is very much an accomplishment to not only ... Read More »

Island Organics Makes Healthy Choices Simple

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the last eight months, Eileen Malaret has been very busy on Mondays and Tuesdays. As the current organizer and buyer for Island Organics Buying Club and Community Garden, Malaret spends Mondays ordering produce. On Tuesdays — with the help of a few volunteers and space at Island Garden Center — she divides up the fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables amongst the 25-30 members of Marco Island’s only organic food co-op. Members pick up their healthy, pesticide-free produce between 3-5 PM every Tuesday. For Malaret and her family, Island Organics was just what the doctor ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Canadian Club to Meet

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The welcome back party for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club is set for Thursday, Jan. 15, 4-6 PM, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The annual meet-and-greet event will feature street art, refreshments, gift drawings and good fun thanks to club sponsors the Marco Island Center for the Arts, BMO Harris Bank, Costco Wholesale in Naples, Island Title Five Star Agency, Keller Williams Realty and Sandy Elliott Interiors. Rosemary Wick, president of the Board of Directors at the Center for the Arts says, “I’m looking forward to welcoming ... Read More »

Public Safety Center Opens at Mile Marker 63

For decades, motorists traveling across Alligator Alley from Miami to Naples were often very far away from first responders if they got into trouble. All of that changed Nov. 6 when a long-awaited public safety center opened at mile marker 63. The county has been working to get an emergency services center on Alligator Alley for more than 25 years. Then-Ochopee Fire Chief Vince Doerr initially made the request to the state in 1988, before Alligator Alley became a four-lane road. The Ochopee Fire Department, which staffs the new station, has been the department responsible for responding to incidents on ... Read More »

Teen Creates Smiles with Tiaras, Fairy Dust

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Sixteen-year-old Duneshka Cruz is anything but a normal teenage girl. The Marco Island Academy junior wants to be a medical examiner, and was recently invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a summer program for young people eager to make a difference in the world and save lives. She is vice president MIA’s Student Leadership Team, and is a member of the Interact Club. She also is vice president of the South Florida Chapter of the Youth Leadership Committee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cruz already has narrowed her college choices down to five, with ... Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers. Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

Gold: The Comeback Kid?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I was beginning to worry that I may not see the renaissance of demand for the precious yellow metal as jewelry in my lifetime. Maybe that seems a little drastic to many of you, but may I be frank and ask you a simple question? When was the last time you bought a really nice piece of gold jewelry? Ah, just as I thought, so it’s been a while. Want to know something you may find surprising? Until last season came around, that made two of us! Sounds incredible? After all, I’m a designer/goldsmith ... Read More »

Robert Fuchs to Speak at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance Event

Bob in his garden with a specimen Rhynchostylus retusa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted World-renown orchid grower and accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, Robert Fuchs, will make a rare appearance to speak in southwest Florida at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on Nov. 20, at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples, 6:30–8:30 PM. Orchid lovers are invited (at no charge) to come hear Fuchs’ presentation about name changes in the vandaceous alliance and what that means for current hybrid genera. His presentation, “What’s In a Name?”, was the keynote address at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September. During that ... Read More »

Lunch, Learn at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928 where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience ... Read More »