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Florida Panthers: Their Right of Passage

Seen in the Big Cypress  Swamp, this young bobcat could be mistaken for a young panther since both can be dark in color and have darker spots. This bobcat has a very short tail while the panther does not. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist As I watched the morning news over the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned that yet another Florida panther died on Collier Boulevard from injuries sustained by a motor vehicle. It was the 20th such death this year. The broadcast continued by stating that there are now less than 160 panthers remaining in southern Florida. Other sources place that number at less than 100. In a time when we were giving thanks for family, friends and the good things that surround us, my heart was deeply saddened. Panther, mountain lion, puma and cougar are all names ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Congratulations to Jack, Deb and Kathleen

Dianna Dohm (in blue) was volunteer of the year for 2013.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net It’s 9:00 on a Sunday evening and the SR 951/Collier Blvd. road is ALIVE with road construction activity at this time! There are huge trucks and machinery everywhere, lights blazing, and resurfacing taking place while the least amount of traffic is on the road. It’s impressive indeed. When we all get on that road in the morning, we’ll be amazed at how good it looks, and all while we were home taking it easy or sleeping. This evening they were resurfacing from Manatee Rd. south past Fiddler’s Creek. The road construction company has been outstanding ... Read More »

Santa’s Workshop Remembering the Little Angels

Some of the toys that grace the base of the Christmas Box Angel monument at the Marco Island Cemetery.

By Don Manley A solemn remembrance of young lives ended too soon to bring comfort and healing to the loved ones who mourn their passing. That mission is at the core of the annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service, which was held recently at the Marco Island Cemetery. As the Saturday sun gave way to the evening moon, Ed Beck welcomed the array of friends and family who attended what was the 15th such service at the cemetery’s Christmas Box Angel statue. The service is held each Dec. 6, the day Richard Paul Evans cited in his book “The Christmas ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

Bailey Greaves, left, Jack Remaks, Dalton Herrity, Gage Wheeler and Rosie Poling were among cross country athletes recognized at the Lely awards dinner. Wheeler was 3A District 12 champion and Poling came in second. Both were named to the Collier County All Conference cross country team and most valuable for their teams.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before both teams finished fifth at the Collier Cross County Conference Championships, but refocused for the district races. Head coach Mark McGarity said that he and new assistant Leslie Bentley talked with the runners prior to the district meet. “We projected ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

A Golden Girl’s Plan

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” — Deepak Chopra   Question: My father recently passed away, and I’m concerned about my mom, who is retired. What suggestions do you have to help guide her? Answer: Your mom is lucky to have you, and I’m sorry for your loss. Today, more than ever, our financial well-being and physical health are closely related. Having a solid economic foundation and a strong social network both contribute to the quality of life. Rising and unexpected medical expenses threaten financial security as we age. Anything we can ... Read More »

Are You a Good Listener?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I am a good listener, or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a better listener than I am a talker. Entertaining stories and antecdotes do not just roll off my tongue. Unlike my husband, who is a great talker. He can speak intelligently about any subject, and he can tell the same joke over and over. Even if the listener knows the punchline, they still find it funny. I recently attempted to recall one of his standard jokes that always gets big laughs, and it fell flat, like sea pork. It rolled around in ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Adventure Race

The colorful boats waiting at the starting line enhanced the natural beauty, so rich at Rookery Bay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Nov. 22, a rainbow of colorful kayaks in an array of shapes and sizes filled Henderson Creek, behind the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning center. Kayakers and runners of mixed experience levels enjoyed the clear, beautiful morning as they awaited the start of the 5th Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race. Onlookers lined the bridge above the starting line, each hoping to get the best view of the two-part race while admiring the assortment of crafts below. Hosted by Friends of Rookery Bay, the yearly event is run by Up A Creek Kayak Tours, owned by ... Read More »

2014 Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Competition

Reviewing the entrants. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme for this year’s Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Contest was the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. Sixth and seventh graders at Marco Island Charter Middle School submitted 75 works of art to be considered by the judges. This year’s first place winner will have their design on the official 2015 Christmas ornament. The judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Distinguished judges made the rounds around the room to view each entry before voting for their favorites and tallying up the votes. The judging was done by State Representative ... Read More »

Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe

Mom Sparky and baby Holly come up for air together. Holly is just learning how to breathe properly.  PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist A special thanks to Naturalist Kent Morse for his contributions to this article. Kent has been studying dolphins on Marco for 10 years. The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Survey Team is on the water nearly every day of the year conducting their survey of dolphin activity in the area. It’s unfortunate that many of the mammals they have catalogued have dorsal fins that do not look normal. Most of these are oddities are the result of encounters with fishing line, leaders or hooks. In less than three years, two dolphin rescues have taken place right ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Through the Eyes of Locals

Through the Eyes of Locals The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host “Through the Eyes of Locals”, an exhibit by various local photographers, Helen Bryan, Tommy Owen and Kathy Daniels. The museum invites visitors to experience the unique Everglades landscape through the lens of three longtime area resident artists and their view of the place they call home, its people and the amazing sunsets that should not be missed.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of November. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open ... Read More »

Community Tour Schedule Announced

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First things first, as of Dec. 1, Collier County will add an additional EMS vehicle to Marco Island. * Last week, my friends Shirlee and Brian Barcic and I decided to have dinner at the Bistro Soleil, located at the Olde Marco Inn. Now, I’ve been to many events at the Bistro and always enjoyed them, but have never just had dinner there with friends. What an outstanding experience THAT was! It felt very special to enjoy a dining experience in this historic place. The service was just wonderful, the food was so good it ... Read More »