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That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Mr. Smith woke up a bit early on that Sunday morning back in 1974. He poured a cup of coffee and walked out to grab the paper off the front step. He knew mornings were the best time to water the lawn so he walked around the side of the house to turn on the water for his sprinkler. He had just purchased the sprinkler from Bob’s Hardware & Lawn Emporium the week before. It was top of the line and he was proud of his acquisition. He looked up to view the spray that should ... Read More »

Dining Diary – Gino’s Trattoria

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By Ms. Vittles This week’s adventure takes us to Gino’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria nestled in the Royal Palm Mall at North Collier & Bald Eagle. I really like the open-air courtyard setting that greets you. Joining us this evening were a couple friends (code name Olivia and Hudson). We requested a table off in the corner and they sat us in a small room toward the back. It would make a great place for groups that would like a more intimate area for their occasion. The atmosphere at Gino’s is very casual, yet with an upscale feel. There ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

Goodland Returns to Normal

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net In the July 10, 2015 issue of the Coastal Breeze, I reported the theft and vandalism of four golf carts and an attempted burglary at Stan’s. An arrest has been made in the Stan’s burglary which has no connection with the other incidents during that week. That suspect has never lived or worked in Goodland. Since my prior article, I have learned of two additional burglaries, during the same time period, both of which seem to be related to the golf cart thefts. I have reviewed police reports and newspaper articles. I have interviewed ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015

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By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

The Wright Brothers

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... Read More »

Join the Souper Bowl Paint Party

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Graduates from the Leadership Marco class, an in-depth course put on by the Chamber of Commerce, take their commitment to community seriously. Their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for local students heading off to college. This year, through their efforts, the Chamber was able to award $25,000 to ten local high school students. Although the group holds a series of events throughout the year, two major fundraising events which produce the majority of the scholarship funding. The first is Wet Paint Live, where a number of local artists set out to paint their ... Read More »

Summertime Fun

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Marco Island Fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen on Marco! They were truly amazing! Brian & Shirlee Barcic and the whole Barcic clan from Pennsylvania through Georgia were there, plus their great friends Larry & Annette Garafoli and Jose & Andrea Lima. We all agreed these fireworks were the best ones ever! Thank you to all who made this possible for all of us to see and celebrate our Freedom because of those who gave us that freedom. Along with the planned Fireworks, Mother Nature also demonstrated her ability to join in with the “dance ... Read More »

“Shoes To Trees” Helps Africa’s Small Farmers Learn Sustainable Techniques

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By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA is taking part in an effort to boost the economic fortunes of the impoverished in Africa’s developing nations while also combating global warming. “Shoes To Trees” takes donations of new and gently used athletic shoes collected at U.S. YMCAs and ships them to the program’s creator, the Modular Organic Regenerative Environments Foundation, a Delaware-based nonprofit. MORE provides the shoes to vendors in Africa and proceeds from their sales go to that continent’s YMCAs to pay for seeds, tools and training for “Shoes to Trees” participants. Each donated pair of shoes equates to ... Read More »

Crime Wave Grips Goodland

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net On June 24th, at about 3:00am, three golf carts were stolen from the yards and driveways of sleeping Goodland residents. Two of these were dumped in a canal. The third was recovered damaged but operable. On June 25th at about 1:00am, someone attempted to pry open the cash register at Stan’s Restaurant. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has open investigations on the above. They have developed a person of interest in the golf cart thefts. Not everyone was sleeping when the golf carts were stolen. Cindy and John Singerling, 745 Palm Pt. Dr., returned ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice Snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic ... Read More »

FWC Discusses Strategic Priorities For Panther Conservation

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting June 23 in Sarasota discussed a draft position paper outlining strategic priorities for panther conservation. The Commissioners agreed that the Florida panther is a conservation success story but acknowledged that with this success comes new challenges. The draft paper presented at the meeting calls for focusing strong conservation efforts on the panther’s core range in south Florida, effective ways to address human-panther conflicts, and building support among private landowners whose properties provide essential panther habitat. “This position paper does not call for a change to the panther’s protected ... Read More »

Brand Names Sam’s Club, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and More, Coming Soon!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Soon the County Commission will be in recess for six weeks, and possibly some of you have wondered why we have a summer recess while others already asked. It started back in the 90’s when unhappy residents felt the Commissioners were approving land use issues and new developments while the residents were away on vacation or back up north to their summer home. After much complaining, the then-Commissioners decided to take a recess the last week of July and the month of August, which pleased the community. That effort was extended a little further two years ago ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a late fall day; overcast with a breeze. The man stood in the driveway contemplating what to do with all the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. The yard wasn’t huge but was surrounded by dense woods so the leaves piled up quick and deep. Being so late in the season, an idea came to him. Rather than rake or blow the leaves away as was usual, he decided to hook the snow plow to the lawn tractor. What a tremendous idea, he said to himself smugly. It would save so much time. ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

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Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

Memory Man

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David Baldacci, Genre: Suspense Grand Central Publishing, April 2015, 406 pages   A horrific scene is encountered by the reader at the very beginning of this latest novel from the prolific Mr. Baldacci. It is the memory of the murder of Amos Decker’s family in their own home – his wife Cassie, almost 10-year-old daughter Molly, and Cassie’s brother Johnny Sacks (is Baldacci a “Sopranos” fan?). Amos remembers coming home from work and finding the grisly scene that destroyed his life. He cannot not remember because he can forget nothing. For a few brief moments, ... Read More »

Interns Help Protect Sea Turtles at Rookery Bay Reserve

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that protect 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a big responsibility– and a devoted team of volunteers that work daily with staff to help achieve it. Through the Reserve’s citizen support organization, Friends of Rookery Bay, volunteers and interns are assisting with a variety of duties, from taking care of the butterfly garden at the Environmental Learning Center to maintaining beach-nesting bird area postings, and even monitoring sea turtle nests at the Cape Romano complex. Two young ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

MIA’s Future Engineers Present Final Projects

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Submitted For weeks now, Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) Principles of Engineering class carefully planned, crafted and built their final projects. The results were impressive. Taught by Hal Creech, the engineering class is just one of the many STEM classes students at MIA are offered each semester. The final assignment was to design, plan and create a mechanical, electronic or programming project from what they had learned. Creech told the students to “show me you learned something, and show me you can plan and create a project.” The students, made up teams of two and three, created unique projects. Some found ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff We do love our pets and the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest proves it. The contest was a great opportunity to show off our wonderful furry, feathered or scaly friends and support our favorite pet charity at the same time. Shown here are all the entries for the 2015 Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest. Judging will take place in the coming days. Winners will be notified and their photos will be featured in the next edition. First, second and third place prizes are awaiting the winners, sponsored by Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café. There ... Read More »