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Al Bismonte

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By Maureen Chodaba Upon entering the Marco Island home of Al Bismonte, you are greeted by a garden ornament with the message “All Things Grow With Love.” That is a theme that lives and flourishes in the heart of this man of many talents. This “retired” pediatrician from Waukegan, Illinois enjoys a home that is filled with more than one hundred orchid plants. “They are not my hobby, they are my therapy,” says Bismonte with a smile. Surrounded by their beauty, Bismonte explained his secret in caring for these thriving plants. “Sometimes people think an orchid has died, but it ... Read More »

Can Orlando Happen Here?

Lt. Jay Mulholland speaks to a packed crowd on June 16. Photos by Roger Lalonde

By Roger LaLonde  Can Orlando happen here? Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is pondering that question like so many law enforcement agencies across the country. The question to him, “Does the FBI alert the Sheriff’s Office on potential terrorists or terrorist activity?” “No” was the sobering response. Rambosk spoke at the East Naples Civic Association luncheon on June 16. It was five days after the horrific shooting and killing of 49 people at The Pulse in Orlando in the early hours of June 12. Rambosk followed by saying that the county has forged a relationship with the FBI and does ... Read More »

Mackle Park – A New Beginning

The water spray park at Mackle Park.

By Maureen Chodaba  Mackle Park, located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island has been a hub of community activity for many years. This oasis of recreation has served Marco Island’s residents and visitors of all ages with its outstanding programs and facilities. Whether attending a “Be Fit Over 50” class, taking a stroll around the lake, or attending Camp Mackle, it has been one of the best places to be for fun on the island. Soon Mackle Park will be going through some changes. And these changes appear to be good ones for this community. August 5, 2016 will bring ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Feeding Those in Need

Meals of Hope volunteers (from left): Dianna Dohm, Donna Niemczyk, Bill Morris and Catalina Vallejo with Erik Condee (seated). Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba  The Snook Inn was the place to be for happy hour on June 13 as 91 people enjoyed great food, fellowship with friends and the musical sounds of Rosetta Stone. But this was not just any happy hour. This was a Happy Hour for Hope supporting Meals of Hope (MOH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supporting the needy families of Collier County. Did you know that Collier County has the largest concentration of migrant workers in the eastern United States? The county is also unique in that it lacks the manufacturing resources of other larger cities. Thus, local ... Read More »

The Perfect Summer Mangrove Snapper Dinner

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Nothing beats a day out fishing with the family like a good old dinner, especially dining on your own catch. Everyone has spent the entire day out in the summer sun, bonding over an age-old tradition, and now you’re all settled back at home and ready for a family meal around the table. I’m telling you – there’s nothing better. Everyone can be a chef for the family with the right ingredients and recipe, but not everyone has a recipe in mind for the fish found around Southwest Florida. That doesn’t mean you can’t make ... Read More »

Dominate the Dink

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Kane Pree demonstrates the correct way to hit a forehand dink.

Coach Wayne,s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In one of my columns earlier this year, I stated that the serve and the return were the two most important shots in the game. In both tennis and pickleball, we can’t win a point if we can’t get the point started! While this statement still holds true, I believe that in pickleball, the dink (strategically) is the most important shot in the game. Also, in a previous column, I discussed “third ball opportunity,” which in the sport of pickleball, puts us into a strategical position where the dink now becomes a vital part of ... Read More »

Letter to the editor

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To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue and police force. We had allot of heavy equipment to get out of our car to use to play music for this event. The crew of kind considerate men saw this and offered their assistance. It was so very much ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area

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I ask council to take a close look at a tentative decision to locate the proposed stoplight at Saturn. Let’s go back to the beginning. The primary need for a light is to provide safe access to traffic traveling North on Collier from the Bayside area. Traffic from and to the area from the South is expeditiously handled now and will continue to be handled by easy access from Seaview Ct., Saturn and Collier. This needs no change. • The sketch of the Saturn concept provides some interesting facts. For openers, the Saturns do not line up. It will be ... Read More »

Understanding the ?Fertilizer Ordinance

By Amber Crooks, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Conservancy of Southwest Florida  With the approval of a fertilizer ordinance in the City of Marco Island this past March, ordinances are now in place all the way up the coast to Sarasota and beyond. In fact, over 90 Florida municipalities have adopted fertilizer rules since 2008. Why have so many cities and counties across Florida placed such importance on the proper application of fertilizers? Fertilizer products containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous can contribute to polluted water. Once applied to your lawn, these nutrients may make their way through the soil ... Read More »

Rotary Essay ?Contest Winner

Essay contest winner Christopher Kimble and MICMS Principal George Abounader. Submitted Photo

Submitted The Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club honored Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) 8th grader, Christopher Kimble, for being the Rotary District 6960 Comprehensive Essay Contest Winner this year. Christopher earned the award “For his essay applying the ‘Four Way Test’ to relationships with friends or family, and exemplifying its application through golf.”  The certificate was accompanied by a gift card, and both were awarded at Rotary’s May 5th luncheon, during which Christopher delighted the Rotarians, their guests and his parents with a reading of his winning essay.   The Rotarian Four Way Test Essay By Christopher Kimble The ... Read More »

Writers Mid Year Meeting

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Submitted Thanks to everyone who made the potluck social on May 11, 2016, a success and shared their “One Happy Memory.” Our next meeting, June 8, 2016, will be an interesting one. It is mid year and time to assess ourselves. We will be sharing information about our group’s structure. In addition to the monthly meeting which is open to everyone, our subgroups meet separately. These subgroups are geared towards individuals’ interests, such as Periodicals, Poetry, Critique, Memoir Writing, etc. Visitors and members alike will get more information about the subgroups available, as well as their meeting times and places. ... Read More »

Great Migration of the World

A least tern flies over its nest on Tigertail Beach. Its cousin, the Arctic tern, will migrate up to 44,000 miles each year! Photo by Bob McConville

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Planet Earth is on the move! Every day, somewhere around the globe, some type of animal is on a migration route. Whether the need be food, water, warmth or finding a mate, there is a constant pattern of motion on our planet. Let’s talk about the migration of the largest number of land animals. This event takes place on the continent of Africa. In the springtime nearly two million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and impala follow an annual pattern in their search for fresh grazing lands. The trail taken by these animals is now very predictable, ... Read More »

The Jewelry Genius

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s the beginning of the end of the 2016 seasonal madness. It’s nice to look around and take a breather, maybe sort the things out in your life that went on the back burner – or maybe you completely forgot about them all together, like the fact you can no longer fit an automobile in your garage or your yard looks like a category three hurricane passed through it. It’s time to get the simple things done that were impossible to do the past few months. It’s also that time of the year for inspection ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Bob caught a nice catch and release snook on a Captain Rapps Charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As May makes way for June, the season for summer fishing begins, bearing entrance into our four warmest months of the year. Midday air temperatures hover around 90 degrees every day, making the shallow flats in the early morning – before both the peak heat of the midday sun and the almost daily afternoon showers – your best bet for fishing. Looking at moon phase, tides, and solunar calendar, I like what I see around June 3rd-7th on the new moon and the 18th-22nd on the full moon. These are the peak solunar days ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part VII Are We There Yet?

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By Carol Glassman CarolGlassman@embarqmail.com When I began this incredible journey of necessary home repair following a flood from a leaky roof ten months ago, I had no idea it would take so long and lead me into the unknown. When I began writing about it, I wasn’t motivated by revenge or any other evil thought, it just seemed to me that almost everyone I spoke to about contractors and home repair had a horror story to tell. If you don’t, I’d say you are among the minority and very, very fortunate. Hopefully this saga will prevent some from making the ... Read More »

Locals Learn to Grow Vegetables

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department presented a three-part gardening lecture series courtesy of the Collier County Extension Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The presentations covered topics ranging from orchids, the ins and outs of gardening in Southwest Florida and growing vegetables. Coastal Breeze News sat in for the last presentation and learned all about veggies—how to plant them and when to eat them. Growing vegetables in our Southwest Florida climate is much easier than one might think. We have no bothersome snow ... Read More »

Adopt-A- Thon Finds Homes for 45 Pets

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Submitted Recently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) held a 33-hour Adopt-A-Thon and found homes for 45 homeless animals. Twenty dogs, 21 cats and four mice found their forever homes during the event. That’s more than half the dogs in the adoption kennel. Three cats waiting for homes for more than a year were among the 21 adopted during the event. Adoption prices were reduced considerably during the event. Dogs could be adopted for $30 ($55 off the usual $85 adoption fee) and cats could be adopted for $20 ($40 off the usual $60 adoption fee). Animals are older than ... Read More »

Reading is Elementary

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From left: Martin Gillieson, Ray McChesney and Gayle Thawley have a little fun before giving away over 600 books to elementary school students.

By Roger LaLonde When Manatee Elementary School students jammed the media center it wasn’t for lunch. They were hungry to read. Some 750 students came in waves, by grades actually, to select a book that they will keep. The Marco Island Kiwanis Club volunteers made sure they signed their books to give them a feeling of ownership. Kiwanians have been providing books for Tommie Barfield and Manatee Elementary schools for 16 years. The originator was the Marco Island Pilot Club. Like Kiwanis, it was an organization that concentrated on children and families, said Diana Pagach, Kiwanis Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) ... Read More »

Mangroves…Florida’s “Walking Trees”

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Mangrove trees in the background, a great egret prepares to land in search of a meal.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist  Take a boat ride through Rookery Bay and you will see them. Head the other direction towards Florida Bay and, undoubtedly, they are prominent. Just walk to Tigertail Lagoon here on Marco and they can’t be missed. Mangrove trees are everywhere! Worldwide there are more than 50 species of mangrove trees. Here in Florida three species call our state home. They are the red mangrove, black mangrove and the white one. Of these three the red is probably most well known. They are some of Florida’s true natives, thriving in salty environments. All need ... Read More »