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Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Walking Collier: Serenity Walk Park

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By Joan and Carl Kelly Not far from Marco Island is a relatively new park, Serenity Walk Park. It is on 951 (Collier Blvd) only nine tenths of a mile north of Rattlesnake Hammock Rd on the west side of the road. It is a small park but very interesting. The mile long sand path winds around pine flatwoods and a cypress pine mixed forest. Some restoration was done to the land such as planting native grasses including Sara Cord grass, Love grass, soft rush, St. Johns Wart and lick wood. Coming around the first turn we found someone who ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp

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By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…

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By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »

MI Half Marathon Takes off at Sunrise

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The sun just broke over trees as the horn sounded for the start of the Marco Island Half Marathon Run last Sunday. Runners assembled in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the event which benefits many local organizations. The Half Marathon originated as a way to give back to the community of Marco Island and was held in memory of Carole Sbertoli, a realtor, who suddenly passed away in August, 2007. “We have 465 runners on the course this morning,” said Race Director Jennifer Barstow. “It’s down a bit from last year, but we expected that. ... Read More »

Marsh Walk

A tri-color heron feeds in the shallow water of the marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Close to Marco is a relatively new walk, 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk, a mixed grass and mangrove marsh. It has a two-level observation tower with a good panoramic view of the marsh that has been revitalized by increased water flow, apparently one of the early benefits of Everglades restoration. The walk runs through the marsh with water, mangroves and grasses on both sides. We saw gators crossing the walk. From the observation tower we saw dozens of birds feasting on small fish, crustaceans and insects, and flying over head. This year the white pelicans landed ... Read More »

27th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

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Submitted The 27th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, April 5, 2015, 7 AM on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Boulevard. Reverend Kevin Koenig, Marco Lutheran Church, will lead the Opening Moments and Prayer, Reverend Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Reverend Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the Closing Moments and Prayer. The Reverend Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message. Pastor Schoof received his Masters and ... Read More »

Planning Board discusses Density Credit Ordinance

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By Pat Newman Acknowledging that there is “work to be done here,” Planning Board Chairman Charlette Roman and fellow members will once again review proposed changes to the Density Credit Transfer Ordinance at its March 20 meeting. With the end of the temporary moratorium set on density credit transfers looming, the board chose to continue its discussion from March 6 after debating the language contained in the ordinance and the actual number of credits that exist. Alan Gabriel, Planning Board Attorney recommended that the proposed ordinance which was advertised for public hearing be “reformatted” and more importantly that it is ... Read More »

City Notes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Have you noticed the white banners on the Collier Boulevard lampposts? They’re advertising the 50th anniversary of Modern Marco. Yep, it’s been 50 years since the Mackle Brothers brought their vision to this hunk of paradise in Southwest Florida. There will be a grand celebration at the Marriott marking the occasion. It will be the last soiree at the Marco until it builds its new ballroom and tower beginning in May. Those 50 years have been good ones on the Island. At first the population was a few dozen folks, growing to a few hundred as ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s family during his formative years in Detroit. As a case in point, he cites an act that was a routine part of their post-church visits to his grandmother’s apartment. Those trips invariably included his father, Bill Filbin, Sr., pulling over ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows

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MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

Pearl Jubilee Fashion Show

Marco Island Healthcare Auxiliary presents ‘A Pearl Jubilee Fashion Show’ on February 24th, 2015 at Hideaway Beach Club at 11:30 AM. The event will honor the 30th Anniversary of NCH Marco Urgent Care. Tickets are $55 per person, includes lunch with complimentary valet parking. Proceeds will benefit the NCH Marco Urgent Care. There will be door prizes, money hats, raffle drawings, silent auction and lots of fun! For information call the Volunteer Office at 393-4058. Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Fine Arts & Crafts Show

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it will host an arts and crafts fair on March 6 and 7, 2015 from 10:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. The event was originally scheduled to start one day later, but has been moved to accommodate parking in the surrounding area. The Center is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The fair will feature numerous local artists, including Barry Howe (aerial photography), Linda Taffe (watercolors), Sheri Levine (nautical pillows), Dennis Collins (jewelry), Ray and Susan Burros (jewelry), Sue Mezzaros (wire wrapped silver wear) and Pam Patulla (clothing). Virtually every type of art will ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council

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By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES 26th ANNUAL OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL March 7-8, 2015

The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps ... Read More »