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A Passion For Pickleball

Photo by Wayne Clark
The Zing Zang Championship Court.

By Wayne Clark   During my career as a tennis coach, I have been to several United States Tennis Association (USTA) -sanctioned tournaments. I have also been to many professional tennis tournaments. I have attended the professional events as a spectator, as a coach, as a director of ball boys and ball girls, and as a vendor providing racquet-stringing services for the players. Professional tennis tournament events are very different than regular USTA-sanctioned events. It’s the big leagues! In addition to tennis tournaments, I have attended a couple of Unites States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) sanctioned pickleball tournaments, but ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6. Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations. Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of office space at 291 S. Collier Blvd. (San Marco Residences) for their physical therapy practice. The current zoning at this location restricts businesses to those specifically associated with tourism and hotel guests. The couple would like to purchase two units ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Amadeo R. Petricca files for Re-Election for City Council I have been honored to have served on City Council these past three and one half years. It has been very challenging and contentious at times. But, be that as it may I feel I have done my best for the citizen of Marco Island. One of my major accomplishments with help of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne, then City Attorney Saunders and Commissioner Fiala we were able to convince County Commissioners Marco’s need for a part time ambulance for in season. This past season we had part time (12 Hours ... Read More »

Planning the Future of Veterans Park

Members of the community attend a meeting on the future of Veterans Park. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A meeting open to the public on the topic of further development of Veterans Community Park was held at Mackle Park on April 19th. The original venue at Iberiabank was cancelled, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) felt it prudent to move the meeting to Mackle Park rather than cancel it. Gathering feedback from the public on this topic has been a top mission of PRAC. Approximately 75 people attended. PRAC Chair Jerry Swiacki led the meeting, starting with a review of the purchase of the Glon property and its course on improvements ... Read More »

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 »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council held its regular meeting on April 4. Chairman Brown was present, as well as Councilors Batte, Honecker, Honig, Petricca, Rios, and Sacher. Councilor Sacher was supported by his colleagues when he asked to move the action items up on the agenda since he could not be certain that he would be present for the entire meeting as he was recovering from surgery. A resolution was passed authorizing a “piggyback contract” for the city to enter into an agreement and accept the bid from Preferred Materials, Inc. for the annual street and roadway ... Read More »

28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

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The 28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, March 27, 2016, 7 a.m. on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Rev. Kevin Koenig, Marco Lutheran Church, will lead the opening prayer, Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Rev. Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the closing moments and prayer. The Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message. “This year is the ... Read More »

The Esplanade – a unique, upscale lifestyle

The Esplanade’s marina draws residents and visitors.

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The elegant Esplanade on Collier Boulevard, built in 2004, is one of the newest condos on Marco Island. The developer successfully created an Italian coastal village theme, complete with marina, waterfront promenade, and outdoor plaza with fountains and palm trees. The prestigious complex houses 71 residential condos, retail shops and offices. Last week seven condos at the Esplanade were for sale, ranging in price from $498,000 for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom 1,368 square foot condo to a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom 2,174 square foot condo, listed for $1,100,000. On site is a large public ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba Planning Board The Marco Island City Planning Board met on March 4. There was discussion regarding parking in the swales in Old Marco. Public Works Director Tim Pinter has requested that the decision regarding this parking issue be delayed until after season. He said that the swales are being monitored by the public works and the police departments for damage due to parking, at this time. They have reported that there is none. City Manager Roger Hernstadt said that he does not object to the delay until after the season, but would like to see further discussion ... Read More »

Half Marathon & 5K Basics

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon Bridge Run and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The start location is The Shops of Marco, 1845 San Marco Road. Start time for the half marathon is 7:30 AM, and for the 5K it is 7:45 AM. Packet pickup is at the Shops of Marco on Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 PM (recommended) or on race day, Sunday, March 20 from 6-7 AM -sharp! If you pickup your packet the morning of the race, arrive early to avoid long lines. If you haven’t yet registered ... Read More »

Local Gem

One of the ponds at Freedom Park surrounded by Florida flora. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber The joy of discovering someplace new doesn’t always have to involve a long car, train, ship, or plane ride. In the past, I’ve written a few columns on some of the wondrous places right in our own backyard including Shark Valley, Loop Road, and Bird Swamp Rookery. Following all of the rain we had earlier this year, a friend and I set out to hike through Picayune Strand State Forest. As we feared, the ground was too saturated to walk on and another option we explored was also too wet. We then decided to head for ... Read More »

REGIONAL PARK MASTER PLAN APPROVED

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a master plan that will guide the development of the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park. The Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park is a 149-acre site located in Golden Gate Estates near the Collier County Fairgrounds. The park was originally designed in 2006, but the project was postponed due to the recession and corresponding decline in capital project revenues. As part of the reactivation process of the park, staff sought public input to assess whether the 2006 design met the community’s needs. Public meetings were held and surveys were conducted. Among ... Read More »

Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »

JCMI Celebrates Third Annual Jewish Deli Fest

Volunteers Abbe Hankin (left) and Ted Bunten smile as they pose behind a mountain of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches they helped distribute. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 24th the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) celebrated their third annual Jewish Deli Fest. Thousands of eager, and hungry, people showed up Sunday morning to celebrate the occasion by feasting on the delicious kosher-style dishes. The synagogue was packed with rows of long tables, good smells and a whole lot of food. Patrons were divided into two long lines that spilled out into the parking lot and along the side of the building. One line was for eating in and the other for taking out. Once inside the line twisted and turned in ... Read More »

Museum of Military Memorabilia expands

The Naples Airport Authority has provided a new space for the Museum of Military Memorabilia at Naples Municipal Airport. In addition to the area the museum has occupied since 2011 near the ticket counters in the Commercial Airline Terminal, the museum has moved display cases from the terminal lobby and hallway into a new space opposite the rental car counters. The museum now has 1,300 square feet of space to display many of the 11,000 artifacts in its collection. More than 25,000 people a year visit the museum, which was founded in 2006 with the goals of honoring the veterans who have ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Naomi’s Holiday Cheers

Recently rescued parking lot kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Merry Christmas to one and all! I know each of you is under the tree at this very moment, contemplating the wands, laser pointers, and catnip mice Santa Claws and Rudolph delivered in the wee hours of this morning, not to mention the salmon, turkey, chicken, and beef flavored treats spilling out of your over-stuffed stockings. Thanks to the efforts of my staff here at For the Love of Cats (Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter), the 154 cats and kittens we rescued this year are enjoying Christmas in the ... Read More »