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A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

Howie, napping with his tractor.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted nieces, nephews and cousins, I was anticipating my first full day in town most of all. On that day I had volunteered to take care of three of our grandsons for the day. That would be two boys about to ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Coach Jim Watt fires up his U10 team up before the big game. As always, he has their undivided attention.

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), both soccer players par excellence. Watt is national sales manager for a thriving family business, King’s Company (commercial lumber), which has now gone global. He is constantly on the road keeping his customers happy and signing up new ... Read More »

MIPD Professionalism Exhibited

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Monday mornings at the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) are fairly routine for Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff. August 8, however, was not one of those normal Mondays; Schettino was called out from a staff meeting to take a call from an individual who had used the direct line to threaten lives and property at the Marco Marriott Resort by the use of explosives and sniper fire. In return for not initiating the attack he wanted the City of Marco Island to pay an undisclosed amount of cash to avert the incident. “Every potential ... Read More »

Feds Feed Families Food Drive

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By Laurie Harris,  Public Affairs Officer  Since 2009, when the U.S. Coast Guard began participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food has been collected; more than 17.9 million pounds last year alone. The Feds Feeding Families was designed to help food pantries stock up during the slow summer months when donations are usually down. This is particularly true on Marco Island when season comes to a close, and many jobs are eliminated during the summer. To support the Coast Guard’s 8th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign, the Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their “A” rating in the State of Florida and the Marco Island Academy was honored for being recognized by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of High Performing Charter Schools within the nation. Staff members from all three ... Read More »

Extortion Threat at Marriott

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Police received separate calls early Monday morning August 8 threatening harm by gunfire and possible explosive devices against the Marco Island Marriott Resort on South Collier Boulevard by an unidentified male subject. “Upon receipt of the threats we immediately involved our sister agencies such as the Marco Island Fire Rescue and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and began a process of isolating the property and taking appropriate action to protect the lives and properties that may have been involved,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino in a statement to the Coastal Breeze News. “In ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Love Your Beach Clean-Up

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From left: Samantha Malloy, Bernardo Bezos and Gene Burson.

Submitted On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 9 AM, come to South Beach for a community beach clean-up and show your love for Marco Island’s beautiful beaches! Please bring your children and invite your friends and neighbors – we all can make a difference. • Clean beaches are important for their recreational value, and also as a clean nesting place for sea turtles and migratory shorebirds. • Trash on our beaches is not good for our beach economy. • Let’s make sure our gulf waters are healthy for future generations. Monthly Beach Clean-Ups are sponsored by the Beach Advisory Committee. ... Read More »

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

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By Maria Lamb The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s special places, and an art purchase serves as a remembrance of their Marco Island experience. Whether small or large, Joe’s photographs capture Marco Island’s unique ecological diversity. Barbara Parisi, Joe’s wife, is also a very talented artist, using her hands ... Read More »

Marco Pilgrims Attend World Youth Day

San Marco pilgrims in Krakow.
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By Maureen Chodaba On July 23, several parishioners of the San Marco Catholic Church departed on a trip to Krakow, Poland. Led by San Marco Director of Youth Ministry Dorothy Flint, the group included her husband Jeff Flint, Bill Bury, Parochial Vicar Father Duong Nguyen, and youth parishioners Lauren Jeter, Marissa Mengelkoch, Emmanuelle Meurge, Samantha Jennings, Dakota Leonard, Emma Fernandez, Logan Rios, Jacob Olguin (Kowalski) and Ralph Pesce. These pilgrims of faith embarked on a journey of enlightenment; their destination – an encounter with the Pope at the 2016 celebration of World Youth Day. The idea of World Youth Day ... Read More »

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness and response including Rob Duns, meteorologist for NBC-2; Lisa LeBlanc-Hutchings, senior manager of programs- emergency planning, safety and training for the Lee County Port Authority; and Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief with Lee County Emergency Management. Each panelist will offer ... Read More »

My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

The Canton Chamber of Commerce chose this as one of the views used to attract businesses and new residents to Canton. Bill Gwinn’s first Canton house is the white bungalow
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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me as Cassie) married my son Bill, 52. To accommodate all the guests, the wedding took place in the Canton National Guard Armory. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Canton is located about 13 miles west of ... Read More »

A High Tech Answer to Turtle Egg Poaching

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist          Just a few weeks ago a Florida man was caught stealing more than 100 eggs from an adult female loggerhead sea turtle while she was in the process of laying them. This guy could face a maximum term of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for hisactions. A California couple was sentenced to six months in prison when they were caught smuggling more than 900 olive ridley turtle eggs into our country from Mexico in May. A Georgia man went to jail for 21 months when he was ... Read More »

MIHS to Host Moseley Exhibit

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHS) is honored to host “Here and There,” a collection of paintings by artist William Moseley, August 2 through October 29, 2016. William Ward Moseley is recognized throughout the United States for his bold and brilliant paintings. He has received more than 100 awards for his artwork. Participating in juried exhibitions for the last ten years, his landscape paintings have been on exhibit in group shows throughout the East Coast. In creating works in a realistic, impressionist style, Moseley is inspired by scenes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Moseley’s landscape paintings are included in ... Read More »

Get Ready for Mini Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Florida lobster sport season, known as mini season, is almost here. The two-day event will take place this year on July 27 and 28. Many people have already made their plans to go to the Keys and catch some “bugs.” On the last Wednesday and Thursday each July, with a Florida saltwater fishing license and a current spiny lobster permit, recreational divers and snorkelers can catch Florida lobsters. There are limits to the amount of lobster you can take home. In Monroe County and Biscayne National Park the limit is six lobsters, per person, per ... Read More »

Boat Crash

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Submitted On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) was dispatched to 909 Collier Court, the scene of a boat crash with injuries. On arrival, police officers performed first aid, and assisted Marco Island Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS personnel. MIPD’s initial investigation determined that the incident took place in the vicinity of Caxambas Pass, on the southern end of Marco Island. Allegedly, Andrew M. Derwin was operating the 23-foot boat with twenty-eight year old Nicolas Stolinas as a passenger. Nicolas suffered serious injuries from contact with the boat’s propeller. On July 19th, 2016, Andrew M. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption

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By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we thought we knew as fact. It goes without saying that, as our knowledge continues to grow, we do our best to adapt to these changes. But sometimes we find ourselves stuck deep in a rut of tradition, shielded by the ... Read More »

Save the Date! October 15, 2016

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Submitted On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on Marco Island. Mark your calendars for this first time ever event. This fundraising event hopes to raise awareness of the growing problem of domestic violence in our area, and throughout the country. All proceeds from the Hands Are For Helping 5K will benefit the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, which serves as the shelter for local women and children in need. All ages are welcome to come walk or run in the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run. ... Read More »