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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 »



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


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


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

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 »

United States Power Squadron Chapman Award Recipient

From left: District 22 Commander Connie Beckman, District Education Officer Don Cook, (back) District 22 Executive Officer Warren Maciag, Chapman Award recipient Ted Reiss, and USPS Chief Commander’s representative, National Secretary Peter Mitchelson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron members attended the District 22 Squadron Conference of the United States Power Squadrons in Tampa, Florida from October 15-18, 2015. Marco Island had 10 voting delegates out of the 150 voting delegates from the 18 squadrons in Southwest Florida that make up District 22. We received certificates of achievement for increased membership, number of vessel safety checks, and the number of educational classes presented to the public. Past commander Ted Reiss, from Marco Island, was honored by receiving the District 22 Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes the ... Read More »

Rays Fall, Lely Wins Rays Host Evangelical Christian on Senior Night

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Lely football fortunes differed on Friday, October 23. The Rays got themselves back into the game before a fourth-quarter barrage of points saw Community School of Naples win 69-37. Lely used a passing and running game to take an early 20-0 lead in its 27-8 victory over Cypress Lake. The area’s top passing quarterback, Andrew Fowler, threw for 354 yards and four touchdown passes. Austin Gross stepped up, as MIA’s running game was lacking two of its best runners. Gross ran for 116 yards, including a touchdown and caught six passes for ... Read More »

Strideaway Through Hideaway Family 5K


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Third Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk went off successfully on Saturday morning, with one significant glitch. Due to a miscommunication, some runners were directed off of the “official” course, and they wound up walking or running a longer distance than originally planned. Tim Clune, Kiwanis President, apologized to the participants, and informed them that anyone who registered for this race would receive free registration for the Fourth Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk in October of 2016. Despite this misstep, the crowd was jovial during the awards ceremony, and appeared to embrace the important ... Read More »

Busy First Year for Marco Civitan Club

Marco Island Civitan Board of Directors, from left: Sargent at Arms Eileen Kelly, Past President Naples Civitan Club/Director Nery Kircher, Director Lori Grisko, Chaplin June DeLucia, Treasurer Alex Elaty, Director Trish Boone, President Naples Civitan Club/Director Bob Kircher, President Anthony DeLucia

By Don Manley The Marco Island Civitan Club has spent its first year of existence getting up and running and involved in some of the community’s charitable efforts. Formed last October, the Marco branch of the national volunteer service organization has been involved in raising funds and volunteering for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Camp Able summer program for people with special needs, as well as the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life program. “We’re in existence to help fundraise and better the lives of developmentally challenged adults, including those who are Alzheimer’s patients,” said ... Read More »

Stone Crabs … Interesting Facts

Bob displays a male stone 
crab for guests to view onboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTO BY CAPT. MICHAEL TATEO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturali Yum! There they are, precooked, and on a plate right in front of me. Just a bit cooler than room temperature, with a side of drawn butter, as well as a mild mustard sauce, I can already taste them and I’m three feet from the table. Those delicious stone crab claws are back in season! Hundreds upon hundreds of crab traps were placed in position in the backwaters and just offshore during the first two weeks of October all around the Marco Island area. Traps were baited and commercial crabbers waited for the magic date ... Read More »

November Meeting Second Wednesday


Submitted On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIW) will welcome our own Joanne Tailele, president of MIW, as she takes us “Back to the Basics of Writing.” She will share what she has learned over the past few years in her own writing career and refocus our attention from marketing to our love for writing. A hearty thank you to Barbara Miller, guest speaker at our October 14, 2015 meeting. Barbara gave an excellent presentation on Goodreads.com including a very organized 3-page handout of how to sign up and maneuver around the site, the etiquette of posting, ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Helps Habitat For Humanity

The Sunrise Rotary’s first Saturday mission helping Habitat for Humanity.

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, building homes and providing opportunities. Club members will be working in Habitat’s Naples communities on the second Saturday of every other month building homes, landscaping and providing manpower to assist Habitat in its mission. Sunrise Rotary volunteers joined with three student volunteers from the Rotaract Club for their first Saturday mission on October 10, 2015. Seven Rotarians converged on a Habitat home in East Naples at 8 AM. They painted and worked until almost noon. President Debra Shanahan stated, “Habitat’s ... Read More »

Lely Advances in 5A Regional Volleyball


By Roger LaLonde The Lely volleyball team is traveling a course where they have been before. This time though their goal is to get past the roadblock that has hit them for two years; Not winning a regional title to move onto the state semifinals. The Lady Trojans have won two district championships the past two years, yet have lost in the regional finals. On Tuesday, October 27, Lely downed Bradenton-Bayshore, 25-22, 25-15, 16-25, 25-21. They travel to Dunedin for a regional semifinal 5A match at 2 PM on Saturday, October 30. Dunedin, 5A-District 11 champ, downed Immokalee in four ... Read More »