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Follow Your Dreams — To Africa (Part II)

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman We were greeted at the Victoria Falls Hotel by staff bearing mint-scented wet cloths and cold juice drinks. From the hotel’s garden, one sees mist rising from the Falls in the distance, while everything from baboons to wild boars and even elephants roam the grounds. We were asked to keep doors locked at all times, as baboons are smart enough to open doors and trash rooms looking for food. The hotel is a wonderful example of old Colonial charm, a remnant of earlier days. It is beautifully maintained with manicured gardens and immaculate rooms. A huge bed, ... Read More »

Our Veterans: From Sea to Shining Sea

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In May, Malenda Trick made a big announcement about a new Veterans’ Day project during the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon, and now, that project will become a reality. Beginning Tuesday, July 15, Trick will be painting historical images of our nation’s valiant soldiers at war on an 18-foot-long, double-sided memorial canvas wall at the Marco Island Historical Museum. She will paint images of our Florida soldiers at war on one side and our national efforts on the other. The memorial will depict Trick’s impression of images captured during wartime, ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Indian Mound Destroyed

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By Patty Huff On April 1, Florida Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) applied for a vegetation removal permit for its property along Mamie Street on Chokoloskee Island; this was issued on April 2. The company requested removal of exotics and other non-native species. FGG was to initiate the work on April 28 but started four days earlier on April 24. Within a week, the vegetation removal and work on the seawall permit were finished. FGG also has an outstanding permit to renovate the duplex on the property. Now, the question is: With all the safeguards supposedly in place, how did FGG ... Read More »

Tree-Care Booklet Offer

Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos and easily-understood descriptions, by making a $3 donation to the Foundation this month. The booklet provides details about the right way to plant and prune trees. It also includes tips on using shade trees and windbreaks to save on energy costs, attract songbirds and create a living snow fence. To receive the Conservation Trees booklet, send a $3 check along with your name and address to: Conservation Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or order online at arborday.org/conservationtrees. Read More »

2014 Marco Island Wildlife Photo Competition

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Seventh Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest showcased incredible talent from residents and visitors. Overall, 55 photographers entered 188 photographs. Those who sent in digital copies can now view their entries online along with the rest of Coastal Breeze’s readers. Watch the new video featuring the winning photos and many other excellent images. Categories for the contest included: black and white, marine animal, land animal, bird, insect, tree or landscape and creatively altered. Check out the video now and be reminded once again of the beauty of Southwest Florida in all its ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze Earns Seven National Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) announced the winners of its annual Best of the Best competition at an industry conference held at Disney World in Orlando over the weekend of April 4. Publications from across the United States and Canada were represented. There were over 1,400 individual entries in 83 categories.   Coastal Breeze News received: First Place: Andrew J. Shapiro award for Cancer Awareness. This is the third year in a row Coastal Breeze News has won this prestigious award – winning first place, then second the following year and first place ... Read More »

Naomi’s Flea Woes

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Kittens, kittens, everywhere kittens! We are in the midst of yet another kitten season, so my paws are full with these loving bundles of fur and fun. Several happy litters are hanging out in my kitty condos and wreaking havoc in my two romper rooms. And guess what? You too can get in on the action thanks to Naomi’s Broadcasting Network. My much anticipated “kitten cam” has gone live. That’s right. For the Love of Cats is now in the reality T.V. business. To check it out, go to ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show Success

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cars came rolling into the Kiwanis Car Show early on a sunny morning. Kiwanis volunteers directed 165 drivers to park their automobiles around the Marco Urgent Care Center grounds. The cars were polished and cleaned, and the sun reflected brightly off the chrome. The cars lined up; some opened their hoods or opened their doors or windows to let the spectators do what they do best….look! And look they did, hundreds and hundreds of people came to enjoy the cars. In addition to the viewing cars, the Marco Magic Cheerleaders and the Irish Dancers performed, ... Read More »

An evening with Robert Stone on Marco Island

Submitted Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a free presentation by folklorist Robert Stone entitled, “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition,” on Feb. 25, at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Cattle were introduced into the present-day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. Attendees will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions, including material culture such as Cracker ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today Part 2

The “New” Star of the Everglades, at the time moored at Boat Haven in Naples, then owned by Capt. Jim Martin. (c. 1971). PHOTO S BY JIM MARTI N

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports fishing for tourists in the Ten Thousand Islands. That boat was retired and replaced by a new vessel, a beautiful yacht with a colorful history. After finishing its service in charter fishing, the new boat was owned and lived on ... Read More »

SAMI’s 44th Annual Change of Watch

By Jeff Johnson The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) installed its new officers (Bridge) for 2014 on Jan. 16. The annual event was held at Bistro Soleil where SAMI members enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by the Change of Watch ceremonies. The invocation was given by Past-Commodore Russ Rainey, and Past-Commodore Don Mills served as master of ceremonies. Mills introduced the outgoing Commodore Mary Lee Cale, who thanked her 2013 Bridge for their outstanding service over the past year. The outgoing Bridge included John Weston as vice commodore, Lucie Galloup as rear commodore, Robin Singer as secretary, Nancy Meyers ... Read More »

Bluegrass under the Hammock

Pre-show practice at the park.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The 7th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival is fast approaching. The event, which will host six different bluegrass bands, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, at Collier-Seminole State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, a Citizens Support Organization (CSO), all proceeds from the festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are accompanied by a paying ... Read More »

Pirates to Invade Marco Island Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains. Swords will clash. Treasure will be found, and the Jolly Roger will fly high once again on Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of the Second Annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Marauders and scalawags will be on hand for pirate-themed arts and ... Read More »

Painting Peace

The music of the Beatles has been an inspiration for Lovegrove.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Leoma Lovegrove is as colorful as the portraits she paints and the trailer she travels with. She’s passionate, playful and innovative. She takes ideas and runs with them — literally. Beginning in Marco Island, on Thursday, Jan. 16, Lovegrove began her “Painting Peace” project at the Blue Mangrove Gallery. The project will travel from island to island with her: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Pine Island, Staten Island, Long Island, Anna Marie Island, Useppa Island and so on. Where will it stop? No one knows. “Painting Peace” is, “inspired by, but not endorsed by,” the Yoko Ono ... Read More »

Logan’s Ride

PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mike and Monica Buddemeyer are familiar with the hardships of losing children to illness. Their daughter Amanda attended Tommie Barfield Elementary when after being ill it was learned she needed a multiple organ transplant. Quietly one morning, they packed Amanda in the car, and on the long drive to the hospital explained they had received a call and a donor had been found. Now was the time. After the operation and several months of poor prognosis, the Buddemeyer’s decided to bring Amanda home. When they arrived, Amanda found friends, teachers and island residents had lined ... Read More »

City’s Annual Amateur Photo Contest Begins

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Sponsored by the City of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News, the Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest is about to begin. Last year’s photographs were incredible, and this year’s judges are excited for a brand new batch. Winners will be published in the Coastal Breeze after being selected and announced at the March 17 City Council Meeting. The winner may not be known until March, but entries may be submitted beginning December 15. Entries will be accepted until February 28. Five qualified judges – Vickie Kelber, David Graff, Frank Steiger, Nancy Richie ... Read More »

MIAAOR Donates to MIHS

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The rich history of Marco Island spans thousands of years, reaching as far back as the Calusa Indians. Then there were the early settlers such as the Barfields and the Colliers. As Marco continued to grow, much of the look of the land changed, providing developers and realtors the chance to create pieces of paradise for family after family. Needless to say, maps, aerial photos and more were taken regularly in the early days as well as today. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has strived to provide as much history as possible regarding the island’s ... Read More »

Bears are back; FWC warns stash your trash…

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Submitted In fall, the world is an all-you-can-eat buffet for Florida black bears. Programmed to pack in extra calories before winter, bears can smell food a mile away and will eat almost anything. Bears may decide an overflowing trash can is easier pickings than searching for acorns and berries. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds the public this is a critical time of year to properly store garbage, pet food and birdseed to keep bears out of places where people live and work. During the fall, bears with big appetites are less likely to linger in neighborhoods ... Read More »

E.C. Welcomes Alan Maltz

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no surprise that photographers flock to Southwest Florida. The sunsets, animal life, water, mazes of mangroves, the River of Grass and the trees of Big Cypress are not only stunning, but are all within minutes of one other. Professional photographer Alan S. Maltz has captured that beauty in his latest coffee table book, and he will be celebrating its release on November 2 in Everglades City. Designated the “Official Fine Art Photographer for the State of Florida” by VISIT FLORIDA and “The Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida” by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Maltz’s new ... Read More »