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Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe

Mom Sparky and baby Holly come up for air together. Holly is just learning how to breathe properly.  PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist A special thanks to Naturalist Kent Morse for his contributions to this article. Kent has been studying dolphins on Marco for 10 years. The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Survey Team is on the water nearly every day of the year conducting their survey of dolphin activity in the area. It’s unfortunate that many of the mammals they have catalogued have dorsal fins that do not look normal. Most of these are oddities are the result of encounters with fishing line, leaders or hooks. In less than three years, two dolphin rescues have taken place right ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

Facing South, looking straight up, 6 AM, Nov, 28. If you want to see Jupiter, 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »

Chip to Lower Your Scores

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org All golfers miss greens with approach shots. Jim Furyk had a scrambling percentage of 80 percent on the PGA Tour in 2014. Scrambling is the percentage of times a player gets the ball up and in from around the green. Furyk’s percentage was the best on the PGA Tour in 2014. This is why he is the best player in the world that is not in the top 50 in driving distance. Most golfers can relate with Furyk’s game. We do not hit 300 yards drives of the tee, and most of us have an ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Shred Party

You all have been working feverishly stuffing old papers and documents into boxes and bags to have them shredded at the November 8th Shred Party. Now is the time to really ramp up your paper gathering efforts, to rid Marco Island of extra paper/documents…if that is possible. After all, in IberiaBank’s first 14 Shred Parties, over 75 tons of paper had been shredded. Can there be any left to shred? The answer is “YES!” Shred Parties not only to get rid of extra paper, but also to help protect everyone against the threat of identity theft. Having a safe and secure method of ... Read More »

Treasures in the Trunk

Organizers included (left to right) Trish Wilcox, Fran Cislo,  Gloria Ann Pavin, Mary Kay Moll, Carmen Bingham, Alice Rizzo, Joan Pudherny, Roseann Hill, and Claire Boulanger. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman A beautiful day and bountiful treasures drew a bargain-hunting crowd Saturday at the Columbiette’s twice annual tag sale. Held in the parking lot of San Marco Catholic Church, 67 vendors sold everything from furniture to handmade jewelry. All proceeds from the sale of vendor space is donated to charities in the Marco Island community, Guadeloupe Center in Immokalee and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Read More »

Jolly Be Good 5K Run/Walk

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation and city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jolley Be Good Bridge 5K Run/Walk. The race route travels in the northbound lanes of Collier Boulevard, crosses the Jolley Bridge and returns going south in the northbound lanes of Collier. During the race, the northbound lanes of Collier will be temporarily closed approximately from 6:45-10:00 AM. Traffic flow will continue on and off the bridge using southbound lanes and the side streets will remain open. Please allow enough time to get to your destination and ... Read More »

What’s Up with Orthopedics?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd One of the most important responsibilities for any health-care provider is education. As CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I may not have the same hands-on opportunity as our physicians and staff to share potentially life-saving information, but my responsibility to promote public awareness is equally important. Though Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is home to a significant number of specialty health care providers, I still find that many don’t take the time to understand the ins and outs of various specialties until they are in NEED of a particular type of care. Ladies and ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

GPS, Google Maps, To and From, etc.

By Pat Newman Thank God for my Cub Scout Leader’s training, or I would be abysmally lost in this tech-savvy world. Give me a compass, map, or a night sky with a guiding star, and I can travel from point A to point B. Tell me to log onto Google maps or follow my GPS (Goofy Piloting Set-Up), and you will need to follow-up with an APB (All Points Bulletin). I have tried to navigate with impersonal voices telling me where to turn and printed directions sending me down streets under construction. It’s a hit or miss situation. Just the ... Read More »

Kudos…

are due to Noelle Lowery for the well written article concerning the efforts of Marco Island Academy to become one of the leading charter high schools in the state. This comprehensive piece of journalism details every facet of MIA’s progress and needs. Not often have I seen a local article of this caliber which seems to leave nothing out. It portrays the heroic efforts of MIA to continue fulfilling the need for a high quality high school on Marco Island. This article should encourage more of us to increase our support for MIA. Barry Gwinn, Goodland Read More »

Flag Football Sundays on Marco

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By Meghan Bonos If you look at the Mackle Park fields on a Sunday morning, you may think you’re watching an NFL game preview. Is that the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Denver Broncos? No, you are seeing the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s (OCMI) newly developed Flag Football program. With more than 40 kids from around the island, the OCMI Flag Football program has become an exciting morning of long passes and touchdowns for kids and parents to enjoy together. “The fields are buzzing with excitement on a Sunday morning. There’s music, kids high-fiving, a National Anthem sung by some ... Read More »

Memo to Voters and Congressional Candidates

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By Roy Eaton Time has come for the American voter to voice their pleasure/displeasure with Congress by wisely casting their ballot in the upcoming election for the candidate of their choice, and time will soon come for Congressional candidates elected to office to live up to our expectations by demanding that our 114th Congress address the concerns and interests of all Americans rather than those of lobbyists and special interest groups. Humorist and author Dr. Jim Boren once said, “Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” Our current Congress has done much to support this assessment, but its reign of ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com More than 500 Marco Island condos will change hands in 2014, or about 5 percent of all the condos on the island. Sellers this year have owned their condos for 9.6 years on average or a median time of 7.7 years. Some of these condos were flipped in less than a year, and some have been in the family for longer than 30 years. Owners put their condos on the market for a variety of reasons including changes in family status or changes in financial circumstances. Some just want to cash out and ... Read More »

New Pastor for United Church of Marco Island

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Submitted It was a spectacular bright sunny day when United Church of Marco Island welcomed its new senior minister, The Rev. Dr. Mark Williams, and his family. The installation took place on October 19 at the regular 10 AM worship service of United Church. The participants in the service were Rev. Dr. E. Neil Hunt, recently retired moderator of the National Association of Congregational Churches, who served as both seasonal associate and interim senior minister at United Church; The Rev. Drs. Jim and Sandy Boler, who are currently serving as acting co-conference ministers of the Florida Conference of the United ... Read More »

The Children Act

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2014 240 pages. Genre: Legal fiction In 1989, the United Kingdom’s parliament passed The Children Act to ensure that when families and legal guardians fail the young the legal authorities are mandated to step in and protect them. As the title indicates, this book is about that law and how its implementation affects the lives of those touched by it. When I started reading this book, I knew it involved a judge dealing with the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with end-stage leukemia who, along with his parents, ... Read More »