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Why We Need to Save the Florida Panther

Work Day at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. PHOTOS BY TOM TROTTA

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern United States. Only 120-180 remain, all in South Florida. Tom Trotta, a Florida Master Naturalist and President of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, explains why we need to save the Florida panther. Trotta shares 3 important reasons: The Florida panther is a symbol of the wilderness- from the Calusa people (e.g. the Marco Cat) to Florida’s school children (who voted the Florida panther as the state animal). How do we explain to our children and future generations why we didn’t take action ... Read More »

Island Life Comes to Marco

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By Don Manley The allure of Marco Island’s upscale, subtropical, waterfront lifestyle will once again be on display for a national audience thanks to HGTV. “Island Life,” the cable network’s new show that depicts the experiences of families moving to their island dream home, has filmed two episodes on Marco this month. The show follows the families during their realtor-assisted search for a home that fits into their budget, whether it be something ultra-affordable or the sky’s the limit. The show also shines a light on each island’s natural wonders, dining, shopping and other amenities. “I think “Island Life” really ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

Badlands

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By C.J. Box Minotaur (MacMillan) July 2015, 288 pages. Genre: Suspense   This is a terrific read. If you are already familiar with C.J. Box, you will not be surprised at that. The man is a w-r-i-t-e-r and an enthralling storyteller. Every word he puts on the page moves the plot along and deepens the character development so vividly that the reader can feel the very presence of these people. This book is made for one-sitting reads. Badlands features his newer character, Cassie Dewell, for the second time. She is in North Carolina at the ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Owners Come from All Over the World

Grandview Condominiums on S. Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com People from all over the world own vacation condos on Marco Island. Almost all the states and dozens of foreign countries are represented. Due to limitations on the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website, we took a sampling of condo owners’ home addresses along Collier Boulevard, the street with the most condos of any street on Marco Island, as a representative sample. Searching the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website reveals that 802 of these properties are owner occupied and 3,936 are not owner occupied, for a total of 4,738 residences along Collier Boulevard. Another ... Read More »

Marco’s Surge Wins Trunk Full of Trophies

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By Barry Gwinn In July, Disney World puts on their annual 3v3 tournament in its ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando. It is a national tournament with each team bringing six players. They range in ages from Under 6 to Adult. This year the tournament was held on July 31, August 1, and August 2. As they have done for the past several years, Chad Chustz (pronounced “shoots”) and Jim Watt, assisted by Dave Vergo, took some of our local kids up to compete. Chustz has his hands full with the Under Sixes (U6’s), while Watt and Vergo ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Cheap Home Jewelry Repair

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may not speak for everyone out there, but the subject of home remedy jewelry repair reminds me of a famous quote from actor Clint Eastwood…“A man’s got to know his limitations!” In time I learned what my limitations were; plumbing, auto repair and electrical work. What brought me to my senses was standing in water up to my ankles, a car that wouldn’t start and blown house fuses! I pay someone who knows what they are doing, like for example, a professional plumber, auto mechanic or an electrician. Then I get it done right ... Read More »

Selling and Listing Condos on Marco Island

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Condos sell year round on Marco Island. Condo sales peak during March, April and May when about 70 condos per month are sold, and are at the lowest during September, October and November when about 35 per month are sold. This is 50% of the peak months’ rate. It takes one to three months after an offer is written and accepted to close on a property, so most offers appear to be made during the seasonal months of January, February and March. However, this year the biggest month for sales so far was ... Read More »

Awards, Awards, Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Whether it be the highly respected statewide newspaper organization, Florida Press Association (FPA), or the national organization, the Association of Free Community Papers, Coastal Breeze News is a solid favorite among readers and publishing peers. It is evidenced time and time again by the awards it receives competing against other weekly newspapers. The latest winnings include four awards from the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Awards Competition. “Coastal Breeze News writers and staff are dedicated and care for the community they serve,” said publisher Valerie Simon. “It shows in their writing and comes through on ... Read More »

To Peek or Not to Peek?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless we are coaching highly ranked tennis players, I am a firm proponent of having my net players turn and take a brief look at their partner during a doubles point. Why? Far too many unproven doubles players do not move with their partners, and thus are not prepared for the next ball. Too often, with their eyes peering straight ahead, they plant their bodies in the same place and become spectators. I have witnessed some of the brightest coaches in the country teach an advanced doubles drill (especially in Florida), and they advise their players ... Read More »

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 »

AGREEMENT REACHED COLLIER COUNTY VENDORS TO BE PAID

Collier County Circuit Court Judge James Shenko has approved an interim agreement between Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock and Collier County Manager Leo Ochs that will result in the payment of all outstanding invoices, by Mr. Brock, for purchases and contracts entered into by the county manager. The estimated value of unpaid invoices is $5.6 million, representing over 3,000 invoices. A copy of the agreement is attached. Last month, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to seek an emergency injunction ordering Mr. Brock to make the payments until the lawsuit could be resolved. Today’s agreement means the hearing scheduled for ... 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 »