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The Icefields Parkway

The Glacier Skywalk juts out over the Sunwapta Canyon.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  The Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada, also known as Highway 93, is 144 miles of natural beauty, wildlife, tourist attractions, and, in high season (July, August), a moving parade of cars, RVs, and tour buses traversing this double lane road. Paralleling the Continental Divide, it runs from Lake Louise north to Japer and passes through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. We traveled its length twice, the first time, enjoying all it had to offer, took more than nine hours. The second, using it merely as a route from one location to another, took considerably ... Read More »

Speed Networking to Success

Participants interact at Connectivity-Me’s recent speed networking event.

By Don Manley  Connectivity-Me’s recent speed networking session was a hit with participants and the organizers. Speed networking is a fast-paced, structured way for participants to interact, in a series of brief information exchanges. About 20 people turned out to make connections at the Connectivity-Me session to promote their business or organization. The late afternoon event began casually, with the attendees chatting informally in the lounge at Dolce Mare Sweets in the Marco Walk Plaza, which provided samples of its chocolates, along with champagne and wine. Next, they paired off for the formal networking, in which the duos meet one-on-one ... Read More »

Goodland Post Office Resumes Full Service

Asiel Rodriguez and Rhonda Joyce, during training. Asiel was hired in February to work full time at the Goodland Post Office. Photo by Barry Gwinn

By Barry Gwinn The Goodland Post Office is where Goodland residents meet and greet each other every day. It has served as our de facto social center for over 50 years. It’s where we learn what is going on in Goodland and a big reason why we love it here. We could always depend on the Post Office – until January of this year. Rhonda Joyce, a perky mother of three took over as our postal clerk when Marie Thompson retired in October 2015. Rhonda, who lives in Cape Coral, was hired by the Marco Island main post office two ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing! Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for. Redfish This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow ... Read More »

House of Horrors- Part III Taking the Bull By What Hurts

By Carol Glassman Even a patient person eventually loses it. The renovations to my flood-damaged home had come to a standstill. All the smiles and pats on the head with no results other than a newly-tiled floor under a leaky roof were no longer reassuring or even made any sense. Time for a showdown at the not-so OK Corral, wouldn’t you say? Tony, self-proclaimed contractor actually came to the house to tell me when the roof work would begin, assuring me all the permits were in place. I knew this was untrue. “How can this be?” I asked. “Although you ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part II

This is one of the ‘miraculous’ air scrubbers, 
said to remove dangerous and toxic mold and other air-borne particulates. Running them 24/7 as recommended guaranteed to render you deaf. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman “Listen my children and you shall hear,” NOT the midnight story you may be expecting, but the second, hair-pulling installment of ‘Homeowner Beware’ or how not to choose a contractor and why you should trust no one who tells you, “Don’t worry!” Facing possible replacement of a roof, a house full of floor tiles, and a complete kitchen, I awaited the verdict when the contractor Tony agreed to meet with my insurance company. The insurance adjuster John and his area manager Tom met with Tony on August 11, and the three of them seemed to have a plan. Of course my plan was ... Read More »

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft rule to modify the 2016 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. This newly proposed season will be considered for final approval at the FWC’s April Commission meeting in Jupiter. The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for ... Read More »

Goodland Road, all but impassable – Again!

Only brave souls would run this Goodland Road gauntlet (7:50 AM, 1/17/16).

By Barry Gwinn In four out of the last six months, the only access road into Goodland has been inundated by rising tides – over 18” deep in spots. In August, September and October 2015, the only apparent causes for the flooding (which recurred for four or five days each time) were spring tides, the days otherwise sunny and calm. On Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, there was no spring tide. According to local tide charts, high tide at 7:35 AM was unexceptional and forecasted to be lower than a high tide later in the day. This time an unnamed ... Read More »

2016 Safe Boating Classes

Plotting a Navigation Course -  Boating Skills & Seamanship Class PHOTOS BY LAURIE HARRIS

By Laurie Harris USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs As we enter another season, Flotilla 95 has introduced the 2016 schedule for the Safe Boating Classes. For over 40 years now, Flotilla 95 has been offering safe boating programs on Marco Island. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats. Flotilla 95’s educational programs for 2016 will achieve their mission by making relevant programs available to the boating public. Boating Skills & Seamanship ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part Two

Goodland Road at Angler Drive, ½ hour before high tide. Tide overtaking road from right.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Rich Pappy, a long time resident and Goodland Civic Association (GCA) board member and officer, had previously told me that after the second Interlocal Agreement in 2002, the Village of Goodland was riven by strife and bad feelings. “Many residents felt betrayed by the GCA, for allowing City of Marco Island (CMI] to take over jurisdiction of Goodland Road,” Pappy said, “We didn’t like the GCA leadership and started a rival organization, the Goodland Preservation Coalition. We siphoned off a lot of GCA members.” “The animosity between the two groups became toxic,” Pappy said, ... Read More »

Real Estate Summary

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare October 2015 to October 2014. Inventory decreased 16.63% from a year ago for all property types, while at the same time the median sale price for all property types jumped 9.48% from $435,000 to $476,250, according to Susan Ackerson, president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors®. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in October 2015 v. October 2014 decreased 16.39% (51 v. 61). The total number of single family properties active on the ... Read More »

CIS Ornament Contest Winners

Judges for the CIS Ornament Contest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Christmas Island Style (CIS) Ornament Contest for 2016 was underway from October 10 to November 10, 2015. With assistance from art teacher Mrs. Gigi Garraty, 115 Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students participated in this year’s CIS Ornament Contest. The theme for the 2016 ornament was a “Burrowing Owl.” On November 20, the final judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The contest judges included State Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Marco Island Planning Board Chair Charlette Roman, attorney Craig Woodward, Tom Wagor, First Florida Integrity Bank, Keith Dameron, Iberia Bank, Brandy Simpson, New Penn ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Dockside Deli

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By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

Couple Donates Piano to MIA

Tom and Kathy Benedik donated this Kohler and Campbell piano to MIA. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 8, Tom and Kathy Benedik donated a beautiful Kohler and Campbell upright piano to Marco Island Academy’s fledgling music program. Tom Benedik, a retired math teacher, said the piano was only being used occasionally, by his visiting children. “When we read of the need for a piano at MIA [Marco Island Academy], we felt that it was time to put it to better use,” Benedik said. “I was moved by MIA’s appeal for musical instruments which students wanted to play but could not afford to buy.” Lianna Fried, MIA’s new music teacher says that ... Read More »

Equitable / Inequitable

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It has been stated that the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule is Equitable but, the facts indicate that it is Inequitable. This the first of several letters base on irrefutable facts that Utility Rate Schedule is inequitable. Example No. 1: I presented to Council at the October 19, 2015 Council Meeting a comparative analysis of large volume users. The comparison was Individually Metered Condominiums compared to high volume Commercial users, the Hilton, the Marriott and North Marco Utility. The inequitable result deals with the Base Charges. That is the charge each customer pays even if they do not use ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part One

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net There is only one way in and one way out of Goodland. It is aptly named Goodland Road and designated CR 92A by Collier County. On good days, one need only dodge potholes, and endure a washboard drive over the crumbling roadway. On bad days, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and the Marco River on the other, cover substantial portions of the road creating shifting one-lane travel and traffic backups. A refrain that I hear over and over is “Why doesn’t the County do something about this?” The short ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Fall Athletes Honored on MIA Senior Night

Cheerleaders hold up a banner for their football players to crunch on Senior Night, pertaining to the last time the team was to play under the lights at
Winterberry Park. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com What started to be a nasty night, with high winds and rain, was still a memorable evening as the Marco Island Academy Senior Night at Winterberry Park on October 30. The game was nerve racking as MIA battled back to take the lead, but fell to Evangelical Christian School in the last 17 seconds, 30-26. At halftime, senior fall athletes on football, cheerleading, golf and swimming teams were honored.     Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum Hosts “Winners’ Circle” – Now Through Nov. 14

Submitted In early 2015 the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) partnered to create and exhibit the juried show “Painting S.W. Florida History.” As part of this collaboration, the awarded artists are now having a subsequent exhibit of their works at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The show “Winner’s Circle” is comprised of the artists’ own selections, and is currently on display. The awardees are: 1st Place: “The Watson Home” by Linda Chambers; 2nd Place: “Welk Wall-Otter Mound” by Peter Sottong; 3rd Place: “Early Fashionistas” by Inez Hudson; and the People’s Choice: ... Read More »