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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 »

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

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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 »

Island’s Restaurant Association is Back

Several Restaurant Association members attended the last council meeting. Shown here are Joey Oliverio, Curt and Jacquie Koon, and Susan Ackerson.  PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

By Don Manley The Marco Island Restaurant Association has reformed to represent the community’s independent restaurateurs. Curt Koon, the organization’s president, said the association began meeting two months ago to provide a unified voice for members in dealing with city government and in leveraging volume pricing from wholesalers for products. The association also enables the city to deal with one entity as it addresses issues that affect restaurants, such as a proposed revision to the grease trap ordinance, parking, fire inspections and more, he added. “It’s an opportunity for us to work together to come up with some solutions,” said ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: What We Leave Behind…

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By Hector Fernandez So there has been much ado lately about discussions, ideas, opinions and plans for some kind of facility, building, offices, veterans’ facility, etc. at Veterans Park. It seems that some of the speculation and rumors were laid to rest at this past week’s PRAC meeting where City Manager Roger Hernstadt presented some of those ideas. So as usual, I am going to look at this issue from an architectural point of view. I like to divorce the hearsay and sticky political mumbo jumbo from things. After all, after the years have passed and we are all long ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)

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To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Dawn Kuhn)

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center. When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island. There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dawn Kuhn

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center.  When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island.  There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park and Bonita ... Read More »