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6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing the second quarter of 2016 (April – June) to the second quarter of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, president, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $217,865,724 in 2nd quarter 2016 v. $260,815,478 in 2nd quarter 2015, as the market remains steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the 2nd quarter comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 8.93% (427 v. 392). New single family listings ... Read More »

Camp Able Brings ‘Diversability’ to Marco Island

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com When Camp Able first began 10 years ago there were only eight campers and 14 staff members. Today that number has grown exponentially. The annual camp kicked off last week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Fifty-four people with special needs and 120 camp volunteers participated in the weeklong event. “We have 54 campers, and the way I look at it, we’re running 54 Camp Able’s,” said Reverend Kyle Bennett. Reverend Kyle is the founder of Camp Able. Together he and his daughter Callie direct the camp. He says that his goal was to ... Read More »

Beyond Off-Duty

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Dave Smith addressing the crowd of officers from various stations and organizations.

By Don Manley and  Samantha Husted Maintaining a state of readiness isn’t only an on-the-job requirement for law enforcement personnel. It’s increasingly become necessary when the workday’s done, given the uptick in gun violence and potential dangers police and their families may face from those with sinister intentions. That was a key element of a recent seminar attended by officers from several local police agencies that was conducted by well-known law enforcement trainers and authors Dave and Betsy Smith. The Tucson couple brought more than six decades of combined experience as police officers to bear in presenting a free, day-long ... Read More »

A Note From Mary Kelly Nelson,

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Environmental Specialist, Collier County Sea Turtle Protection: We have received reports this week that there have been people on the beach at night with red headband lights looking for and disturbing nesting sea turtles.  Please remind your residents, renters and guests that flashlights, including red filter, flash photos and getting within 100’ of a sea turtle is not allowed. It is considered harassment and fines could be incurred. If anyone sees this kind of activity please call the Marco Island Police Department non-emergency phone number: 239-389-5050, or Mary Kelly Nelson: 239-298-9736. Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
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Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July America So, What Can You Do For Me Today?

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By Roy Eaton John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Honorable words that were meant to unite Americans and reawaken our national pride and love for country embedded in the soul of every person who enjoys the liberties extended to all who call America their home. Sadly during the past 56 years, the content and spirit of those words have been ignored by many of us who have opted to alter and interpret the exhortation for personal gain. An unacceptable number of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

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Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Real Estate Steady

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January – May of 2016 to January – May of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $278,119,440 for the period January – May 2016 v. $389,607,765 for the same time frame in 2015 as the market continues to stay steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – May comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.87% (959 ... 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 »

Marine Habitat Project Growing

David Wolff, Ocean Habitats, and one of the standard-sized artificial 
dock habitats he invented. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley A pilot project designed to revitalize the cloudy waters of Marco Island’s canals to restore their function as sustainable marine habitats teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life, has caught on with residents. At the request of their owners, six of the artificial dock habitats were installed in March behind six homes that abut a canal that runs between Elm and Perrine Courts. Since then, 19 more have been deployed, all of them purchased by the city for the pilot project at a cost of $10,000, which includes installation, as well as ... Read More »

They Are Here to Kill Us!

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Beyond the Coast By Tarik N. Ayasun Terror has once again arrived in America. This time it is in our home state of Florida. Forty nine Americans killed and many more injured in Orlando. Only three hours driving time from Marco Island. The murderer Islamist terrorist was born and raised in this country. He grew up and lived amongst us. He has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, an American-born citizen with Afghani parents. Ladies and gentlemen, time has come to recognize that we are in danger and our government is neglecting us. They do ... Read More »

A Great Migration in the Water

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Leatherback sea turtles can reach 6 feet in length, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and dive more than 4,000 feet below the surface.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Last month I wrote about one of the great land migrations that takes place on our planet. It wasn’t so much about the long distance of the pattern, but more about the sheer number of animals that participate in this annual trek across Africa’s Serengeti Plain. There are constant comings and goings throughout the year on land and in the air, but what about the sea? Yes, there are tremendous numbers of marine creatures that follow patterns as well. Since we are in turtle nesting season here in our area I thought it might be ... Read More »

More Than a Number

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The woman was white-haired, and equally bent, with tubes in her nose that extended to an oxygen tank she pulled wagon-style behind her. But more than their postures and their accessories, I noticed that the fingers of their free hands were ... Read More »

Large Turnout for Evening Beach Clean-up

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Submitted “Our beach is so beautiful and it’s sad to see the trash people leave behind.” Cristina Leske, beach clean-up volunteer. Trash was expected on the beach the day after Memorial Day. The Beach Advisory Committee coordinated the evening clean-up and was joined by over 25 volunteers from Marco’s Sail and Power Squadron. Long-time residents and frequent beach volunteers, Jean and Paul O’Neill, came to make sure our sea turtles have a clean beach to welcome them ashore. Per Mary Nelson’s weekly report, the number of turtle nests was down for the month of May. Mary McIntosh of the Calusa ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What IS the perfect world? Let’s face it – our unemployment rate is very low, so it looks like that is good for the people living here, but surely it must have also brought people who are new to the area ... 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 »

For Vale, Havemeier Paths Lead to Head of Their Class

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MIA’s Haley Havemeier, salutatorian and Stephen Vale, valedictorian wait for
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By Roger LaLonde Taking different paths, and reaching lofty goals, Stephen Vale and Haley Havemeier stood at the top of their class at the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation ceremonies on June 3. Vale took the podium as valedictorian and Havemeier followed as salutatorian. They both chose MIA for similar reasons, but at different times. Havemeier first went to Lely High School her freshman year. Vale spent much of his last two high school years in a dual enrollment program with Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). He earned a whopping 62 college credit hours, graduating from FSW two weeks before ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cragin Anderson, as he lugged his board to the shore at the end of their run. “We ended paddling back from the last stop, in the current. The total paddle was three ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Curt Koon, president of the Marco Island Police Foundation.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Chief Al Schettino, wearing a black band across his shield, brought sobering statistics to the Marco Island Police Foundation’s “Lunch with the Chief” attendees on the number of police shot and killed in the line of duty. He recently attended a memorial service and candlelight vigil in honor of fallen law enforcement officers with the Naples Police Department and the Collier County Sheriffs Department. In March alone, there were 16 killed across the country. Since the beginning of 2016, 37 have been killed by gunfire, two in Florida. All law enforcement officers in Collier ... Read More »