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The Price Of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David A. Smith Regnery History 2015, 256 pages Genre: Biography “After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately and let ‘em sink or swim.” – Attributed to Audie L. Murphy According to Army records, during the 20 months he served in the European combat theater, Audie L. Murphy was responsible for the elimination of at least 240 enemy soldiers, thus saving an untold number of American lives. He was wounded seriously enough to be hospitalized three times. In return, he received 33 decorations ... Read More »

New Farmer’s Market a Great Summer Experience

Fresh produce is a signature of a great farmer’s market. There is plenty available at the new market. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so it seems we miss our market. A new farmer’s market experience awaits just down the road at the Naples Outlet Center on Collier and Manatee Roads. It in its fourth week, this new farmer’s market offers a lot of homemade items, produce and wares available only through the market venue. With 17 vendors, they are looking to grow and make Wednesday mornings a reason to get out and shop in an open, fun environment. Shopping, in general, is a fun activity. I know many people who would make it a ... Read More »

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Donna Fiala The Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center is now in the beginning stages of construction on 951/Collier Blvd, immediately north of the Walmart Shopping Center. You may have noticed the area being cleared, with lots of heavy machinery on site. For those of you who might not recognize the name, it’s the Kite Realty Company’s newest addition to that intersection (they already own the Shoppes at Eagle Creek, where the Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Panera Bread and Hoots are located). On this new site will be retail shops including Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross, a pet store and more, plus a couple ... Read More »

Rash, Hart Lead Charter School at County Track & Field Championships

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Marco Island’s Dagan Rash and Ryenn Hart showed their worth by winning first-place medals at the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships at Golden Gate High School. Rash came back from being upset at the South Division Track & Field qualifications on April 25, to easily winning the shot put in the championship round at Golden Gate High School on Saturday. His throw of 38-feet-2-inches topped the field. Jet Su, who upset Rash in the qualifier round, was second, but 1.4 feet shorter. “I was kind of surprised that I could win ... Read More »

MIA Honor Student to Attend Johns Hopkins University

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Submitted Fermin Mendoza, a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior, has never received a grade lower than an “A.” He will graduate at the top of his class on May 29, 2015. His weighted GPA of 5.2 helped him gain acceptance to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with scholarships, grants, and work study to pay for most of his college. Fermin will be the first of his family to graduate from high school. His parents grew up in San Juan, Mexico, where his father toiled on a small family farm. His parents seeing little opportunity for their children in ... Read More »

THE TURTLES ARE COMING! HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE WE HAVE A SAFE SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON

The sea turtles have returned to Collier County. While sea turtle nesting season doesn’t officially start until Friday, May 1, the first Collier County turtle nest appeared on Marco Island earlier this month. Nesting season will continue through October.   The greatest threats to both adult and hatching sea turtles are caused by man. But there are things we can do to protect the sea turtles as they nest and hatch.   To protect nesting females and the nests and hatchlings themselves, turn off lights that shine on the beach, including your cell phones. If you can see your shadow, ... Read More »

You Are Stars!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s column is an open letter to high school art students who submitted to the recent Marco Island Center for the Arts scholarship exhibit. I am one of three jurors whose agonizing task is to select the award winners.   Dear Artists, You came from Barron Collier, the Community School of Naples, Gulf Coast High School, Lely, Marco Island Academy, Naples High, and Palmetto Ridge. Your talent and dedication are inspiring, as is your courage. And since I never get the opportunity to meet you, I am using this forum to congratulate each and every one ... Read More »

An Osprey Rescue, With a Happy Ending

Obviously in distress, this young Osprey was fighting to stay above water. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s Saturday, May 2nd, the Dolphin Explorer’s 9 AM trip is on the water and something special is about to take place. With 19 happy passengers on board, the tour started as usual, with several dolphin sightings of adult males and even a mom and her calf. We passed a few Osprey nests and the guests took interest in the information that we shared about these raptors. As we made our way up the Intercoastal toward Keewaydin Island, I noticed something in the water flapping its wings furiously. Using my binoculars I was able to determine ... Read More »

Lely Earns Medals at 3A State Track & Field

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Recently, Lely High School scored medals in the high jump, boys 800, and girls 4×800 events at the 3A State Track & Field Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Competitors finishing in the top eight spots earned a medal. In the high jump, Richard Annorat went 6-feet-2-inches for 6th place. In the 800 meter run, Dieuvenel Tanis recorded a time of 1:58.30, which was good enough for an 8th place finish. The girls 4×800, with Christie Thorstenson, Taylor Fetzer, Mallory Bell and Rosie Polling, recorded a time of 9:46.2, for an 8th place ... Read More »

How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read every possible article or heard about the latest breast cancer prevention information out there, but believe it or not, there are constant studies coming out on how to try to prevent obtaining this debilitating disease once and for all. Is there an absolute fool-proof plan to guarantee that you will never get breast cancer in the first place? Not yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that glorious day. Here’s what we know, and what we can continue to do on our part to slash our odds: Avoid being overweight ... Read More »

Move to Marco Didn’t Mean Leaving Winter Fun Behind for Skip Merriam

Even the spirits behind the counter can’t warm the bar made of ice. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Skip Merriam left winter behind when he and his wife moved to Marco Island from New England. But the upstate New York native’s love of wintertime outdoor activities was too firmly ingrained to be discarded like a no longer needed goose down coat. That is why Merriam has travelled to the frozen North each year for the last 15 years, for group snowmobile trips lasting several days and covering hundreds of miles. His most recent trip, from February 5 through February 11, was to the wilds of northern Quebec, where he and nine other men rode the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro

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Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of the water rate structure, I am pleased that you are finally moving in a positive direction.  It made little sense to going backward to a Water Rate Utility Board/Committee….has they say been there done that…. The water rates need to ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015″ list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Online Identity and Your Legacy

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder   Question: Having just lost my mother, I’m now more aware than ever of how important it is to make things as easy as possible for my loved-ones after I’m gone or for when I cannot manage my own affairs. It was extremely difficult to gain access to my Mom’s on-line information for bill paying, email and other matter further complicating the situation. What recommendations can you make? Answer: First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. ... Read More »

Starting Now… The Greatest Water Migration on Earth!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist Undoubtedly, many full time residents of Marco Island and surrounding areas are noticing some changes in the birds we see at this time of year. Spring has sprung and our winter guests have taken flight back north as warm temperatures return. In addition some feathered friends from Central and South America are just arriving as the southern hemisphere begins to cool. In the waters, many aquatic animals are also traveling north, following the Gulf Stream current as they, too, migrate to chase their sources of food. But this does not happen just in the northern ... Read More »

Two Reasons to Celebrate in Everglades City

Craft booths, cars and crowds gathered in front of the The Museum of the Everglades.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a warm morning on April 25th and Everglades City was out to heat things up even more with a great party to celebrate two events; the 87th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 17th birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. The day started with a walking tour lead by Patty Huff. Patty is a local historian, sits on the board for the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, and owner/editor of the local newspaper “The Mullet Wrapper” (which she recently sold). Patty knows her history. Following the hour long walking tour, ... Read More »

Collier FC Surge takes 1st place at Mexisoccer Naples Finals

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Submitted Mexisoccer Naples Youth Soccer League finals last Saturday night had Collier FC competing for the championship in 3 out of the 4 age divisions. The U14 Collier FC Surge won against Bayern Munich in penalty shots 2-0. “The game was crazy intense,” said head coach Mario Guzman. The match was tied 1-1 at fulltime. Johnny Garcia made a spectacular save at the end of regulation time to keep the match tied. In overtime, Bayern Munich scored with only minutes left, but the Collier FC Surge boys didn’t give up, and scored just before the end of overtime. Goalie Luis ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Packs Up Until Next Season

The gang from Clay Guild, Writer’s Guild, Angela’s Gourmet Pasta, Katherine’s Bead Designs and Cardzbynikki bid adieu.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com (Insert heavy sigh here) Well, another season of the farmer’s market is in the books. April 22nd was the final takedown and many hugs and, yes, even a tear or two on the last day. Let’s hope the summer goes quickly cause there are many people that will be missed. “Many of these vendors don’t have a store,” said Amanda Kuck, a farmer’s market regular. “The only place I can get some of this great stuff is right here. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s still kinda hard when they’re gone.” ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli

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Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »