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Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

To Peek or Not to Peek?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless we are coaching highly ranked tennis players, I am a firm proponent of having my net players turn and take a brief look at their partner during a doubles point. Why? Far too many unproven doubles players do not move with their partners, and thus are not prepared for the next ball. Too often, with their eyes peering straight ahead, they plant their bodies in the same place and become spectators. I have witnessed some of the brightest coaches in the country teach an advanced doubles drill (especially in Florida), and they advise their players ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Location, Location, Location is a familiar rule in real estate and the best locations come at a price. Marco Island is a great location with world class beaches, accommodations, amenities and restaurants creating a fabulous lifestyle with a commensurate price tag. Condos on the island are located in four distinct geographic areas. There are 4,200 condos on beaches, 3,000 on canals and waterways, 700 on the Gulf side and another 2,800 inland. For the last three years about 5% of all the condos on the island change ownership each year. That’s an average ... Read More »

Fire… a Necessary Function of Nature

Mobile wildlife such as deer, bear and bobcat can flee a wildfire quickly. Nesting birds such as eagles, herons, egrets and storks could be more at risk. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

As I watch the evening news, I see that another wildfire is burning out of control somewhere across the United States. Reports proclaim that it is 40% contained, and then 60% under control. Attention is drawn to the number of structures that are at risk, then saved, because of the quick action taken by mankind’s actions. It’s good that homes are spared Mother Nature’s wrath, but is this stoppage of a natural event what was intended overall? Here in South Florida, throughout the past few weeks, I’ve left my home in the morning and I can smell smoke in the ... Read More »

DEP SOLICITS TRAIL ACQUISITION APPLICATIONS

~ Office of Greenway and Trails expanding Florida’s network of trails ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails is soliciting acquisition applications to expand Florida’s trail system. The Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program has approximately $2 million available for new projects for fiscal year 2015-16. In 2013, the Office of Greenways and Trails completed an analysis of the Florida Priority Greenways and Trails System, identifying gaps within the trail system. These projects need funding for design, construction and acquisition.The department hopes to close some of these gaps through this acquisition cycle. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, government agencies ... Read More »

Summerfest at Mackle Park

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Once again, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will hold Summerfest a fun filled evening open to all Collier County students and their families! The Hot Summer Nights themed event will be on July 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The evening is a FREE event held in a SAFE place! Plenty of fun for all ages is planned with music, karaoke, Wii games, a movie station, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall. Enjoy snow cones, popcorn and MORE! For more information call Mackle Park at 239-642-0575.   Read More »

Naomi’s Training Table

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: On Sunday, October 4, the island will be aswarm with spandex-clad athletes competing in the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon. As supervisor here at For the Love of Cats, I have thrown our whiskers into the ring with my team “Meow Power”. The three-discipline event is comprised of a quarter-mile open-water swim in the toasty waters of the Gulf, a 15-mile bike ride through the island’s few hills and fewer dales, and a 3.1-mile run on the steaming hot white-sand beach. Survivors are awarded medals. I ... Read More »

Unique Florida Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The butterfly season here in Florida is a long one, actually all year. June begins an all-out attract of all types of Florida butterflies on the host plants (plants butterflies lay their eggs on and sustain their caterpillars on their way to butterfly hood). In the butterfly gardens all over south Florida people are calling, emailing and texting do you have milkweed, dill, and parsley and passion vines on and on? The summer season is off with a bang, not only are people looking for host plants to feed these hungry little critters but in the ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

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Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

Everglades City Parade June 27

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Submitted Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 27, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Stars & Stripes”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

Police and Fire Departments Open Doors

Sharon McCarthy, the Marco police department’s administrative assistant, selects a toy badge for Ocean Musgrave, 5.

By Don Manley Children’s laughter and the smiles of adults were in generous supply as they toured the facilities of Marco Island’s police and fire-rescue departments. They were there for the departments’ June 20, joint open house, which gave the community the opportunity to chat with the island’s emergency responders and gets a bird’s eye view of the equipment they use on the job. Held at police headquarters and fire-rescue department Station 50, located behind city hall, the open house was indeed kid friendly, with vehicle displays – including fire-engine tours, fire safety games and prizes. There were also free ... Read More »

Marco Writers to Meet

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Submitted The July 8 meeting of Marco Island Writers, Inc., will include an Ice Cream Social and Book Swap. Members and guests are asked to bring books to swap. Leftover books will be donated to the Bombay Book Den. Also, there will be continuing discussions regarding problems writers face. Thanks to Gwen DeCrow, founder and former president of MIW for leading group discussions at the June meeting. Marco Island Writers meet at the Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr. the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Meetings run from 6-8pm. First time visitors are ... Read More »

WHEELS BMX TRACK HAS RE-OPENED

The Wheels BMX Track has re-opened at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The track recently went through a six month renovation project that included reshaping and resurfacing the track utilizing a Soiltac coating. This coating will not only save the County money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs but it will also allow for shorter downtime for riders during inclement weather. The new design includes jumps, table tops and rhythm sections, offering something for riders of all ages and abilities. Wheels is now open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Russo

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Gentlemen, I write to you to in the hopes that you can cease the frequent and continuing harassment of Councilor Rios by some members the council especially by Mr. Honecker.  Does Mr. Honecker have an outside agenda with Mr Rios that he is bringing to the council. His frequent looking at the ceiling and loud and obvious exhale of breath because Mr Rios is asking for more information are so insulting..Let us get things straight Mr. Honecker you have been a disappointment for the people of Marco Island you are not following what they have asked you to do but do only what you want. Instead of ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls

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About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young women, ages 12 to 18, in the areas of entrepreneurship, careers and financial independence. “Girls Going Places here in Fort Myers is a wonderful collaboration between Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business ... Read More »

WGCU Radio Reading Service provides Broadcasting to the Blind and Visually Impaired Lighthouse of Collier’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

Jack Flaherty, with WGCU Radio Reading Service, will share the programs that the Radio Reading Service provides to persons who are blind, physically impaired and print handicapped. The program operates like a commercial radio station with a control room, broadcast studios and individual recording booths to bring printed materials to those who may not have access otherwise. Dedicated volunteer produce hundreds of hours of programming each month. Find out how you can benefit from the Radio Reading Service, what types of information and news media is broadcasted, and how you can take advantage of these services. The Radio Reading Service ... Read More »

Gulf state recreational red snapper season opens Memorial Day weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters opens to harvest Memorial Day weekend. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, closing July 13. This season will resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. This results in ... Read More »

Why the Slice?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

Prime Shallow Water Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

Young fisherman with Redfish. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the 10,000 Islands we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch Snapper, Sheepshead, Shark, Tripletail, Pompano, Permit, Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. Snook: There is great prestige in ... Read More »