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Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

Uncle Ernest Gravallese taught Richard Alan the trade. Submitted Photos

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was one of the building’s first tenants.) Today it is better known as the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. By age twenty-two I actually started my own trade business. How hard could it be? I still helped my uncle, who was now ... Read More »

White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Dear County Commissioners and State Officials

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Dear County Commissioners and State Officials: As a former first responder with law enforcement, certified EMT and CPR instructor, elected Marco Is. Fire Commissioner (mid 1990’s) and founding member of the Marco Is. Fire and Police Foundations, I have some knowledge and insight into the life saving importance of response times and actions of first responders to emergency situations. Before Marco Is. became a city, the Marco Fire Commission had many meetings, work shops, discussions and disagreements with the Fire Union and EMS before we instituted the “3 man” concept. In cooperation with EMS officials and overcoming Fire Union opposition, ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

East Naples Hosts ?Inaugural Pickleball Championship

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Submitted  The U.S. Open Pickleball Championships was founded by racquet sport professionals and life long athletes, Terri Graham and Chris Evon. Graham and Evon spent over two decades working for Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago, where Graham was the Business Director for indoor racquet sports and spearheaded racquetball, squash, badminton, platform tennis and most recently, you guessed it, pickleball! The two recognized the time was right for a world-class international pickleball event and in 2014 they started Spirit Promotions, LLC to organize the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. To their delight, these Marco Island part time residents needed to look no ... Read More »

ROMEOs Do Lunch

By Maggie Gust If you’re out for lunch on any Tuesday here on Marco and see eight or so men gathered together, chances are they are ROMEOs. Wherefore art thou, ROMEOs? It is the acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out, coined by Fred Stavola, the group’s social engineer. Every four months, Fred determines the restaurant schedule for the lunch bunch and distributes it to the members. Their lunch spots are rotated, with no place being repeated consecutively within that four-month cycle. Variety is the spice of life, after all. Most of the men met initially through the Marco Men’s ... Read More »

Local Authors Unite at Authorfest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com There were memoirs, romances, coloring books and even murder mysteries available. Authors sat at their booths surrounded by their many publications, eager to discuss writing processes and publishing preferences with anyone who happened to pass by. On March 29th, the Marco Island Writers Inc. group held it’s fourth annual Authorfest at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The authors, all of whom were local, filled the Center with collections of their works that were available for purchase. It was a wine and cheese sort of social. Writers and community members alike perused the rows of ... Read More »

NEW LOCATION! Veterans Community Park Meeting

In the last edition, Coastal Breeze News reported a meeting seeking public opinion on future enhancements at Veterans Community Park was scheduled for April 19th at 5:30 PM. This meeting WILL take place on that date and time, but the location has been changed to the Community Center at Mackle Park (not IberiaBank). For several months, PRAC has sought public feedback on future amenities at Veterans Community Park. Dr. Gerald Swiacki, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee will give a brief history of Veterans Community Park and then take public comment on future enhancements. Some members of the Parks ... Read More »

Gentle Giant Release

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Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson The good news is that “Eligible” is not one of the “Gone Girl” or “The Girl On The Train” wannabes that are pervasive these days. The other news is that while it is a satisfying read, it is not even a shadow of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic satire on the social mores of early 18th century England. P&P purists, be forewarned that you will find no subtlety and very little romance in “Eligible.” Sittenfeld’s satire is fairly in-your-face and quite humorous. Austen’s ... Read More »

Never Too Young For Boating Safety

Joey Puell with his MISPS membership card and his Boating Safety Education ID. Submitted Photos

By Kathleen H. Reynolds Some of the more “mature” attendants at two of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s (MISPS) recent classes were wondering just who is that bright young man studying alongside us? Well, his name is Joey Puell; he is a 13-year-old student at Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, and he has some really good reasons for wanting to enhance his boating knowledge. Some time ago Joey had an accident while on a Boy Scout boating trip. As he approached the back of the boat to get out of the water, the propeller was moving. Joey suffered ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

Marco Beaches Need More Sand

Following rain, water puddling and pooling on Marco’s beach. Submitted Photos

Submitted Marco Island Central Beach Re-Grading Project Collier County Coastal Zone Management Director, Gary McAlpin recently provided the Marco Island City Council an update on the upcoming regrading of the Marco Island Central Beach. Marco Island is blessed with beautiful wide beaches, but the width and flatness of the beach present its own unique set of problems. The flatness and width of the beach create ponding and algae formations where standing water puddles, and the surface is excessively hard after drying. These conditions greatly reduce the use of this beach for sea turtle nesting. Also, recreational use of this beach ... 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 »

Join Marco Island Writers at Authorfest

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. invites you to join us for Authorfest on March 29, 2016, from 3:30 to 6 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. Admission is free. We are particularly excited this year to celebrate a new activity we sponsored. The fourth grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary School participated in a writing contest, and at 4 PM during Authorfest, the first, second and third place winners will receive their awards. Come congratulate them on their good work! Authorfest is a chance to meet local authors, get your book signed, browse a selection ... Read More »

Warm Reception for New Businesses

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Now THIS is our beautiful winter weather. It took a long time to get here, and we won’t have as much time to enjoy it as we would have had it come on time, so we’ll have to just enjoy it all the more right now! *Were you at the grand opening of the new Stein Mart on 951/41 on Thursday, March 10th? What a warm and excited reception they received! I bet we surprised them with all with the people so eager for a new store to open! I only stayed a short time before getting ... Read More »

RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships

Sailors customize their boats to avoid confusion in the midst of an intense race.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park lake was as smooth as glass. Thirty-two miniature boats, manned by 32 grown men, could be seen gliding across the surface, the breeze giving their boats an extra push here and there. For the 13th year in a row, the Marco Island Yacht Club and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department have hosted the RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships. The event is the longest running RC Laser regatta in the country, and attracts competitors from all over the world. The farthest traveled contestants were from Canada and the Bahamas, respectively. The ... Read More »