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Marco Island Lions Club Meetings Resume


Submitted The Marco Island Lions Club will open its fall season with a dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 7 at Mario’s Restaurant, 845 Bald Eagle Drive. Social hour is at 6:30 PM with dinner at 7:00 PM. We will order from the menu of many selections. Call Secretary Lee Pershing for reservations at 293-293-2700. Our featured speaker will be Art Bookbinder, President of Lighthouse of Collier. The two groups have many objectives in common, and Mr. Bookbinder brings a wealth of professional and personal background knowledge to us. We are also presenting an award to the wife of Ronald Gordon, ... Read More »

A Call to the Community for Help; Your Used Car can Change a Life


Submitted On a typical day, Marie*(not her real name) is up and about before the sun even rises. Each day this hard-working single mother spends her mornings dressing, feeding and readying her young children for school. This routine can be challenging, yet she manages it with grace. Once the children are safely at school, Marie faces yet another challenge: how to get to work. Marie left an abusive relationship with the clothes on her back. She works hard in the restaurant industry to support her children and make a better life for them. When her car broke down she was ... Read More »

Mortensen Brings Abundant Experience to Marco Y Aquatics Program

Kasey Bersh, Caelan Burt, Karla Upham, Gleb Korchagin and Maddy Burt  proudly display their awards from the Key West ABC Pentathlon Invitational Swim Meet, held Sept. 5 at Florida Keys Community College in Key West. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Carol Mortensen is back in her element as an instructor for the Greater Marco Family YMCA aquatics program. Mortensen, who has taught swimming for 25 years, joins Steven “Bear” Terstegge in providing private lessons at the Y’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center, where she is also handling group lessons. She is a strong proponent of group lessons for youngsters who are just beginning to learn how to handle themselves in the water. “It’s what I’ve done for most of the time that I’ve been teaching,” said Mortensen, who joined the Marco Y staff in July. “I believe ... Read More »

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition


By Steve Gimmestad The 9th Annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK) got underway at Mackle Park just after some heavy rain hit Marco Island on Tuesday, September 15. The sun overpowered the low level clouds just in time for participants to get registered and do some warm-ups. NFL PPK is a nationwide competition, which allows boys and girls, ages 6-15, to learn football fundamentals and compete in a supportive, non-contact environment. Winners of this local event will advance to the sectional competition. It is one of the oldest NFL youth activities, attracting almost 5 million participants nationwide. Each ... Read More »

Pure Florida Launches Pure Education


Submitted Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade students. Marine Science Field Trips are also offered to individuals, families and organizations. Pure Education’s Marine Science Field Trips are currently available at Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location, with future plans underway for its Naples location. Marine Science Field Trip ... Read More »

Welcome: Listen and Learn


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Welcome to Coach Wayne’s Corner! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Wayne Clark (aka “Coach Wayne”), and I am honored to have the opportunity to write articles related to the sports of tennis, pickleball and racquetball for the Coastal Breeze News. I am originally from Houston, Texas, and I have been a career professional tennis instructor for over 23 years. I have been the tennis instructor at the Marco Island Racquet Center since 2001, and offer certified, professional tennis instruction to all levels of players. In addition we also now offer instruction in ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members

From left: 1st Lt. Bob Boone, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, 1st Lt. Bill Hughes and Major Marian Motyl-Szary. (Not pictured- 1st Lt. Bill Rogers)

Submitted Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in rank, culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17th Squadron meeting. A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar, located at the Marco Island Executive Airport on Mainsail Drive. In total, five members were recognized for their achievements. Advancing to Lieutenant Colonel, as mentioned above, is Deputy Commander Cindy Dohm; to the rank of Major, is Public Affairs and Information Technology Officer Marian Motyl-Szary; and to the rank of ... Read More »


Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

What Else Can We Say About Water Safety?


By Don Manley U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided. Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and ... Read More »

Summer Training at Marco Island Fire Rescue

Marco Island firefighters preparing to train at
St. George and the Dragon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although call volume declines with the end of season, summer time is no vacation at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Off-season is training time for all fire rescue personnel. Chris Byrne, Deputy Chief, tells us that every summer the department trains in a variety of ways. Much of the training is to comply with annual training requirements, for rescue divers to keep up to date on their state certifications, to satisfy EMT and paramedic medical training hours, and to keep compliant with all updates to county medical protocols. “Things are always changing,” Deputy Chief ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad 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 »

AMIkids Big Cypress Names Two New Board Members

AMIkids Big Cypress is pleased to announce that Denise Murphy and Brian Herrick have joined the local program’s Board of Trustees. AMIkids Big Cypress is a nonprofit program that empowers kids to reach their potential and transform their lives to distance their troubled past from a bright future. Murphy is the Club Controller for The Players Club and Spa, an affiliate of Stock Development Associates, since 2012 and is an experienced accountant with over 19 years’ experience in the field. She is an avid volunteer and supports various organizations in addition to AMIkids Big Cypress, such as Guadalupe Social Services, ... Read More »


DATES:  August 14th to September 26th 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Fridays; 4:00 to 6:00 PM. LOCATION: Woodside Lanes, 8525 Radio Road, Naples, Florida 34104. COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Saturday, September 12th 2015 11:00AM-3:00PM at Woodside Lanes. Area Games: Saturday, September 26st 2015 in Bradenton, Florida: (Day Trip) 6:30 AM to 4:30PM. State Games:  Fri-Sat-Sun November 13-15, 2015 at Walt Disney ESPN WW of Sports.   ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and be able to teach and work with athletes with intellectual disabilities.  You do not have to be an expert to be a coach. FINAL NOTE: We hope to have enough volunteers so that you ... Read More »

FWC Enlists Gulf Reef Fish Anglers to Provide Data

As part of its goal of working with anglers to improve data collection and management of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking for anglers’ assistance through participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. This new data collection program will improve how recreational catch is monitored and provide information needed to ensure sustainable fisheries in Florida. As of April 1, 2015, saltwater recreational anglers fishing from private boats off Florida’s Gulf coast (excluding Monroe County) are required to sign up for the survey if they intend to harvest, attempt to harvest ... Read More »

“Shoes To Trees” Helps Africa’s Small Farmers Learn Sustainable Techniques


By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA is taking part in an effort to boost the economic fortunes of the impoverished in Africa’s developing nations while also combating global warming. “Shoes To Trees” takes donations of new and gently used athletic shoes collected at U.S. YMCAs and ships them to the program’s creator, the Modular Organic Regenerative Environments Foundation, a Delaware-based nonprofit. MORE provides the shoes to vendors in Africa and proceeds from their sales go to that continent’s YMCAs to pay for seeds, tools and training for “Shoes to Trees” participants. Each donated pair of shoes equates to ... Read More »

Rookery Seeks Volunteers & Offers A Special Night


Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples is seeking volunteers for outdoor positions. Volunteers with some boating or captaining experience in local waters is preferred. The Team OCEAN program at Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking volunteers to operate vessels and provide other types of program support. The Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that serve as habitat for many of the state’s imperiled species. “It’s not necessary to be a licensed boat captain,” said Rookery Bay Reserve’s Volunteer Coordinator Donna Young. “We’ll provide the training.” Volunteers operating boats require some extra training, including ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Graduate

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 11, for 13 volunteers who successfully completed the 13week Master Gardener certification program. The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public. The graduating class of 2015 including Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... Read More »

Collier County Medflight accredited

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) announced that Collier County MedFlight, a County Emergency Medical Services-run rotorwing service, was awarded accreditation on June 3, 2015. MedFlight provides highly skilled flight paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients in Collier County as well as the surrounding counties CAMTS is an organization of non-profit groups dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The commission, which has 21 current member organizations, offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality. The commission ... Read More »

NCH Recognized as AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite


Submitted NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at NCH Healthcare System. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Lisa Brown, Director Employee Health and Wellness. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” Platinum-level employers: Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace. Increase healthy ... Read More »