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Memorial Day Events

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Two important community events take place on Marco Island this Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. At 10 AM join the City of Marco Island to dedicate the Herbert R. Savage Bridge (formerly known as the Smokehouse Bay Bridge). Herb Savage, as one of the original architects working with the Mackle brothers, helped develop the vision of Marco Island. He is also a veteran, having spent more than 20 years with the military, both in active service and in the reserves. The bridge dedication ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Marco Lutheran ... Read More »

Is it Alzheimer’s, Dementia?

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway My experience with dementia is close up and personal, very personal, since both my husband and my mother had dementia. I traveled the journey with them as wife, daughter and caregiver. It was not an easy journey but it did have its rewards including spending quality time together in the early years. Maybe you’re not currently affected by dementia, but worry that you will be. It’s a fear that many of us share. So it might be helpful to know what dementia really is and what it is not. It is not, for example, occasionally ... Read More »

The Best Grilled Pompano You’ll Ever Have

A good day’s catch of pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing along our local beaches, you will have opportunity to catch some quality Pompano, and once you have your catch, you’ll want to make the most of it by turning it into something delicious. There are few feelings as satisfying as catching dinner, and we have a recipe that will allow you to make some of the best grilled pompano you’ve ever had! This easy recipe starts out with simple ingredients, and those you can typically find at your local grocery store. The ingredients are: 2 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of fresh lime ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Big Cypress Tourism Boosts Local Economy

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,112,290 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2015 spent $87,185,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,225 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $124,524,400. “Big Cypress welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We are one of the most visited national park areas in Florida, and are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the preserve as a way to introduce our ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

Positive Future for Lely Track

Photos By Patricia Poling
Lely boys track team celebrate after winning the Class 2A Region 3 title.

By Roger LaLonde  There were just two Lely medalists at the FHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships over the weekend, but the boys and girls teams did shine on their way to the title competition. The Lely girls won the Class 2A-District 10 competition and the boys came back the next weekend to win the Class 2A-Region 3 title. The Lely girls competed in five events, the boys in eight at the state Class 2A championships on May 6 and 7. “There were a lot of good possibilities and the kids did a good job of competing,” coach ... Read More »

Good Luck, George! Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires

Photo by Samantha Husted George on his last day at work.

Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires By Samantha Husted After 27 years, George Shaler is officially retiring from his job at Sunshine Ace Hardware on Marco Island. In the almost three decades that George has been an employee he’s seen a lot of changes. The Island for instance was a completely different place back in 1989 compared to now. Technologies have come and gone and George has remained, witness to it all. “This is the third owner I’ve been through,” said George “I was with the first guy for two years, the second guy for 14 years and I’ve been working ... Read More »

Hart Goes Out in Style

Photo by Patricia Poling
High fives all around after MICMS girls placed third in the county’s Middle Schools Track & Field Championships.

By Roger LaLonde  When it comes to Marco Island Charter Middle School track this season, it had to have Hart. Ryenn Hart. She easily won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs to lead the Lady Eagles to a third place finish in the Collier County Middle Schools Track & Field Championships on April 30 at Palmetto Ridge High School. The team missed tying for second by just one point. The girls’ team winner was Gulfview with 82 points, North Naples, 66 and Marco, 64. Hart’s first run, the 3,200, was a breeze. Hart took the lead early then maintained ... Read More »

Baking Babka with Estie

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By Samantha Husted The babka is a Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chewy and flaky on the outside, yet gooey and sugary on the inside – not unlike coffee cake, though its texture is more similar to that of bread. And while this Slavic sweet is certainly no beginner’s loaf, don’t be discouraged. All you need is some patience, a little bit of bravery, a trustworthy dough mixer and about six hours, and you’ll be good to go. Luckily I had Marco Island resident Estie Karpman, a seasoned baker, to guide me through the process. As a ... Read More »

Young Sailor Competes in National Regatta

220 sailors, ages 9-16 competed in the invitation-only event.

By Samantha Husted  Meet 10-year-old Ryan Garraty, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Ryan is passionate about sailing, an activity he’s been a part of since he was 7. About once or twice a month he and his family will travel all across South Florida in order to compete. Last month Ryan qualified for the U.S. Team Trials Regatta in San Francisco, California, an invitation only event. Garraty is a second-generation sailor. You could say it’s in his blood. His father Robert Garraty got his start in sailing when he was just a teen; he would eventually go ... Read More »

New Manatee Refuge

Manatees are curious, often approaching slow moving boats. Photo by Carl Kelly

By Carl Kelly Drive east on Tamiami Trail, past shopping centers, past restaurants, past gas stations, past State Road 92. Stop at a place where water is shallow and grass is deep on both sides of the road, where you may see alligators, belted kingfishers, anhingas, hardwood hammocks, clusters of mangroves and, on the left horizon, pine flatwoods. The left from road to horizon is Picayune Strand State Forest, a little over 78,000 acres of wild, as well as an extensive road and canal system that developers laid out some 60 years ago, advertising it as the world’s largest sub-division. ... Read More »

Happy Hour for Hope

All laughs at the less crowded upstairs bar.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 25, Marco Island Meals of Hope held their “Happy Hour for Hope” aboard the Marco Island Princess. The 90-foot Princess stayed docked at Rose Marina for the event, allowing people to come and go as they pleased. The Happy Hour for Hope events, which take place monthly, are part of Meals of Hope’s year-long fundraising effort. Meals of Hope is an IRC 501 (c) (3) charitable entity which packages and distributes meals to needy Collier County families. Donations are accepted and may be sent to Chairman Bill Morris at the Law Offices of William ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

Condos List and Sell Year Round on Marco Island

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CONDO  REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Over the last four years 560 condos, on average, change owners every year on Marco Island. The biggest month for closings is April when an average 76 condos sell, followed by May when 63 condos sell. The slowest month on average is November when 32 condos sell or 42% of the peak month of April. Altogether there are about 11,000 condos on Marco Island, so about 5% change hands every year. On a quarterly basis the first quarter of the year sees 129 condos or 23% of the condos sell; second quarter ... Read More »

Serve It Up

Roger Federer prepares to throw in an upward motion to the ball. Submitted Photos

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Arguably, the most important shot in the sports of tennis and pickleball is the serve. In tennis, holding serve is an important factor in staying on a winning course and maintaining a positive attitude. This is even more of a factor in pickleball, because I can only score points when I’m serving and I only get one serve! The basic premise of a winning strategy in both games is very simple, be the last person to hit the ball over the net and inside the lines and you win the point. With that said, if we ... Read More »

Sandbar Closed for Nesting Season

A brown pelican dwarfed by his larger cousins, the American white pelican.

Submitted  By a unanimous vote, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) designated the Second Chance (SC) sandbar as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in November 2015. FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy, a Southwest Florida resident, was an ardent advocate for the CWA designation and recently visited the SC sandbar. Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Chairman Brian Yablonski also were strong supporters of the CWA designation for SC sandbar. Annually, from March 1st to August 31st, SC is closed to public access for the summer nesting season. The sandbar is located one mile southeast of Cape Romano. It is owned by ... Read More »

Morffew Shares Love of Birds

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  When Andy Morffew wakes up in the morning the first thing that he asks is, “Which way is the wind blowing? Is it a good day to go to Tigertail?” If you have spent any time at Tigertail Beach, chances are you have seen him there, quietly photographing the birds in their natural habitat, careful not to disturb them. Andy splits his time between Hampshire, England and Naples, Florida. Although known for his photographs of birds, Andy’s background is in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He has a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Andy retired in 2003, and ... Read More »

MICMS Track Advances Competitors

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And they’re off! MICMS girls vie for position in the 1,600-meter run.

By Roger LaLonde  The Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) girls track and field team stayed focused as they swarmed the Lely High School track on April 23 at the South Collier Middle Schools qualifying round. The top two finishers in each event advanced to the middle school championships on April 30 at Naples High School. Those finishing in third and fourth positions had to wait out the other two county qualifying events to see if they had better marks to advance. It was all about qualifying individually and by relay teams. Should the scores have counted toward a team, ... Read More »

Successful Return of Tour de Marco

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By Samantha Husted and Coastal Breeze News Staff   April 24th marked the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s 6th Annual Tour de Marco. Bike riders of all levels and ages came out to the family-friendly event in order to support the YMCA’s scholarship fund, and to get a good workout. The Tour de Marco returned to the island this year after a one-year hiatus. Approximately 120 bicyclists took part in this year’s Tour de Marco, about twenty less than the 2014 event, according to event organizer Anthony DeLucia. Taking place later in the season may have contributed to fewer riders. Although ... Read More »