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Jackfruit, the ‘Jack-of-all-fruit,’ Grows in Marco

Ten “humongous” jackfruits hang from the tree.

By Maria Lamb Imagine a spiky green fruit, the size of a watermelon or pumpkin dangling from a branch or the trunk of a large tropical evergreen tree. Most people have never seen a forty-pound fruit hanging from the trunk of a large tree. Jackfruit, a member of the mulberry family, is the largest fruit to grow on a tree in the world. Its melon-shaped fruit can reach a length of 13 inches and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Dr. Al Bismonte, a longtime resident of Marco Island, has a collection of exotic tropical fruit trees in his backyard, ... Read More »

Get Ready for Mini Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Florida lobster sport season, known as mini season, is almost here. The two-day event will take place this year on July 27 and 28. Many people have already made their plans to go to the Keys and catch some “bugs.” On the last Wednesday and Thursday each July, with a Florida saltwater fishing license and a current spiny lobster permit, recreational divers and snorkelers can catch Florida lobsters. There are limits to the amount of lobster you can take home. In Monroe County and Biscayne National Park the limit is six lobsters, per person, per ... Read More »

Women’s Gun Training

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Submitted The ALTAIR Gun Club is now taking reservations for the Women’s Pistol 1 course to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 5 PM. This course is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the mindset necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills required for personal defense. ... Read More »

Candidate Forum

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Submitted The Caxambas Republican Club is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for U.S. District FL-19 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The cost is $25, which will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuities. A happy hour cash bar will be available. The following candidates will be present: Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney. For reservations, please contact Litha Berger by July 25th at 239-450-3369 or lithasberger@gmail.com. PUBLIC NOTICE Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing For Voter Registration In order to vote in the Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Primary Election, ... Read More »

Tricia Wins Glamour Puss Calendar Cover!

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Submitted After an intense 72-day online photo contest, with over 100 entries and over 6,600 votes from avid supporters, Tricia emerged as the Judge’s favorite for this year’s Glamour Puss Calendar Cover. Tricia was rescued by For the Love of Cats and adopted by Nancy Nash in August 2007. The national photo contest was open to all owned cats and was promoted by email and social media campaigns. The 2017 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through the online photo contest by a panel of judges and in consideration of vote ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Marco Dining Scene Gaining Well-Known Additions

The sign may say Seven–0–One Bistro, but it will soon be replaced by one advertising the new occupant, Joey D’s Italian Restaurant, which will open later this year.

By Don Manley  A pair of popular, multi-location restaurants are coming to Marco Island. Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Pinchers Crab Shack both plan to open their eateries during the latter part of 2016, in spaces that formerly housed two recently closed restaurants. Pinchers will be located off S. Collier Boulevard in the Marco Walk Plaza, where it will occupy a building that was home to O’Donoghue’s Bar and Grill. Joey D’s will be located off Bald Eagle Drive in the former home of the 701 Bistro, which replaced longtime occupant Porky’s Last Stand. This will be the 12th location ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... Read More »

Let’s Grow Disco Night

Kristina Lambros is part of ConnectivityME and a realtor with Keller Williams.

By Samantha Husted On July 1st the Marco Island Center for the Arts and ConnectivityME presented, “Let’s Grow Disco Night.” Participants for the event were encouraged to whip out their old bell-bottom jeans, sequenced tops and chunky heels for a night of dancing and fun. Entertainment for the disco party was provided by Ken Hodsdon and Rex De Jaager of Sun DJ’s. The event was well attended proving once and for all that disco, despite popular belief, is not dead. The disco dance party was part of the Art Center’s “Let’s Grow Series,” which acts as a means of promoting ... Read More »

Gun Course for Women

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Submitted Women are invited to join ALTAIR Gun Club for their upcoming Women’s Pistol 1 course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pistol 1 course, taught by women instructors, is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the attitude necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

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Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

Savvy Women Seminar

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is undeniable that women’s roles have changed dramatically over time. Often heads of their own households, many women today are busy working while taking care of their children or aging parents. Women face many issues, some arising from widowhood, divorce or second marriages, some from their roles as parents and caregivers. Planning for their financial future has become challenging for many women. On May 19, a seminar on Marco Island entitled “Savvy Women, Smart Investors Take Charge of Their Financial Future” tackled these issues with presentations and discussion. Speakers included Kevin O’Fee, a financial ... Read More »

Writers Mid Year Meeting

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Submitted Thanks to everyone who made the potluck social on May 11, 2016, a success and shared their “One Happy Memory.” Our next meeting, June 8, 2016, will be an interesting one. It is mid year and time to assess ourselves. We will be sharing information about our group’s structure. In addition to the monthly meeting which is open to everyone, our subgroups meet separately. These subgroups are geared towards individuals’ interests, such as Periodicals, Poetry, Critique, Memoir Writing, etc. Visitors and members alike will get more information about the subgroups available, as well as their meeting times and places. ... Read More »

Shipp’s Landing – Serene Seaside Paradise

View of the Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Shipp’s Landing is ideally located on a quiet, southern tip of the island adjacent to Caxambas Pass with incredible views of the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. This 206-unit condo complex on 14.6-acres of mature, manicured green space features a “village” of two to four story condos, a seven-story mid-rise and a 19-story high-rise tower. Developed and built by Harold Shipp from Toronto in the early 1980s, many of the condos have been renovated and upgraded. Last week’s list prices at Shipp’s Landing for a two-bedroom condo start at ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

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By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

Sand Dollar Island Under Assault

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In violation of the Beach Ordinance, campers cook breakfast at Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On Saturday morning, May 7th, around 10 AM, a dog owner was seen happily walking her dog around a shorebird posted area at Sand Dollar spit. On Saturday mid-day, May 7th, there were kite boarders and boats observed on Sand Dollar Island. One beachgoer, on the Hideaway Beach side, counted 40 boats and close to 300 people on Sand Dollar Island. This area, also known as Big Marco Pass, is a posted Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) and nesting birds are inside posted areas, being flushed by the kite boarders and by the abundance of people walking through the dune ... Read More »

Writers Helping Writers

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Submitted On May 11, 2016, join Marco Island Writers, Inc. for a meeting and pot luck social. The Flash Fiction topic to be shared with the group is “One Happy Memory,” length is 1,500 words or less. Thanks to Pauline Hayton, our Anthology Book chair, for sharing some methods to stimulate our creativity and expand our interests and skills in the writing process at the April meeting. Also, we greatly appreciate all of you for supporting our members at the Farmers Market this season. We hope to see you again next season. Marco Island Writers, Inc. is open to writers ... Read More »

Condos List and Sell Year Round on Marco Island

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Over the last four years 560 condos, on average, change owners every year on Marco Island. The biggest month for closings is April when an average 76 condos sell, followed by May when 63 condos sell. The slowest month on average is November when 32 condos sell or 42% of the peak month of April. Altogether there are about 11,000 condos on Marco Island, so about 5% change hands every year. On a quarterly basis the first quarter of the year sees 129 condos or 23% of the condos sell; second ... Read More »