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Share the Shore with Beach-Nesting Birds

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By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us    Southwest Florida has long been considered one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and breathtaking wildlife attract thousands of visitors and new residents to our area each year. From April through August, three species of beach-nesting birds also visit Marco area beaches for their nesting habitat. Nesting locations include the sand bar at Caxambas Pass, Sand Dollar Island, Tigertail Beach, and beaches within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve such as Keewaydin Island, Kice Island, and Cape Romano shoals. Least terns and black skimmers nest together in mixed ... Read More »

Our Yard is a Wildlife Habitat

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By Joan and Carl Kelly We have always loved plants and gardening. Never thought highly of grass, though. So, gradually, as we worked our yard, adding flowering and fruit bearing plants, our grass yard got smaller and the favored plants took over. With that change in vegetation also came a change in animal residents. We know of two black racers and a red rat snake who live in our yard. A red bellied woodpecker family resided here last year, and a cardinal visits us regularly for water. Palm warblers sing from the branches of our lemon tree. There are also ... Read More »

A Sanctuary For Wildlife In The ‘Glades’

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist Okay, we all know that alligators, panthers and bears can be found in their natural habitats of the Big Cypress Swamp and Everglades National Park, just 30 minutes from Marco Island. Some of us are aware that crocodiles, river otters and several other unique species can also be found there. But, wait! Did I just see a tiger and a lion in this area? You bet!!! Just past the intersection of U.S. 41 and Route 29, about 2 miles east, is Wooten’s Airboat rides. Under new ownership by the Patel family for less than 2 ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day and Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will present two of its signature events as one seamless extravaganza of fun, healthy living information and fundraising. Both the Y’s Healthy Kids Day and the Dottie’s 20th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser will be held backto-back on Saturday, April 25 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus. “We’re trying to showcase our youth this year and make it more of a fun, interactive event and hopefully, get a good turnout from that,” said Charlene Garcia, the Y’s school age (after-school program) coordinator, who is also coordinating Healthy Kids Day. The festivities will ... Read More »

NCH Wellness Hosts Yoga and Joint Health Event

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Submitted The NCH Wellness Centers are hosting a free community experience called, “The Power of Food & Yoga for Joint Health” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will take place in the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, Telford Center, second floor auditorium at 350 7th Street North. The program begins at 10 AM with a multi-level yoga class including chair yoga demonstrations for those who benefit from modifications. At noon, a lecture called “A Holistic Approach for Promoting Musculoskeletal Health” will be presented by Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The ... Read More »

COLLIER AREA TRANSIT TO USE GOOGLE TRANSIT TO HELP RIDERS FIND BUS STOPS, SCHEDULES

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is pleased to announce that riders will be able to find bus stops and bus schedules using Google Transit. Google Transit allows riders to find the nearest bus stop, bus schedules at specific stops and how much the trip will cost, as well as alternate routes. Riders can access Google Transit by visiting www.google.com/transit or by downloading the Google Transit app to their smartphones. The app will allow riders to customize their routes and get walking directions to the nearest transit stop or to their destination once they leave the bus. You can also use business names or ... Read More »

Chihuly at Fairchild

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Speaking of Travel Vickie Kelber As part of the Art at Fairchild program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, a special installation of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly will be on display until May 31, 2015. Instituted in 2004, Art at Fairchild has brought exhibits by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero to this tropical wonderland; Chihuly was here once before in 2005. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is credited as a leader in establishing glassblowing as a fine art. He studied at the University of Wisconsin in the first university level ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Initiates New Programs

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff UNSUNG HEROES The Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club has rolled out two new community programs. The first program is the Unsung Hero Award which intends to recognize individuals who work to make Marco Island a better community. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. The Club’s Board of Directors will vote on the award, but the nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The recipient ... Read More »

Mutts & Martinis helps Marco YMCA’s Outreach…

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By Don Manley Dominic Corva leaves home before dawn every Saturday and embarks on a mission to aid the less fortunate among us. The Marco resident is part of the group of volunteers who deliver donated bread and other baked goods daily to the migrant farm workers at 6L Farms in East Naples and to Manatee Elementary School, where they are distributed to students from needy families. “It’s so heart wrenching that we live in such a great country where we have so much and these people have so little,” said Corva. “They’re so grateful and nice. They’re just the ... Read More »

Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games

San Marco Catholic Church Knights of Columbus served up drinks and snow cones all day. John Albino, John Fuscous, Ed Altaic, Joe Fatony and Roger Nada.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Special Olympics of Collier County hosted the Area 9 2015 Summer Games at Golden Gate High School. Over 300 athletes came from all over Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties with more than 150 volunteers. Summer competition included track and field, cycling, soccer and tennis. All events were free of charge. Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, a volunteer-driven organization, offers a year-round sports program that includes training and competition in aquatics, golf, bowling, basketball, track and field, cycling, soccer, bocce, tennis, flag football, and standup paddle, all at no cost to the ... Read More »

Collier Domestic Animal Services To Begin Dogs Program

Collier County Domestic Animals Services (DAS) has begun a new program with its staff and volunteers that will hopefully lead to the adoption of more animals from our kennels. Dogs Playing Life lets the shelter dogs get outside and play together in groups. While the dogs are playing, staff and volunteers assess each dog to determine how they get along with other dogs, how much energy they have and other factors. The assessment allows shelter employees and volunteers to be more knowledgeable about the animals when potential adopters come to Collier County DAS and want to know about a particular ... Read More »

Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

NCH Meeting Cancer Head On

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By Allen S Weiss, M.D. Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis have changed dramatically for the better. Today, hospitals such as NCH, staffed by greatly experienced and highly competent medical personnel, are making tremendous progress in meeting the challenges of cancer. Last week, NCH added to its prestigious record in fighting cancer, earning National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This highly respected, independent reviewing organization, established in 1922, awarded NCH “Silver” status and rated us “excellent” in six of seven categories. That placed us among the top 10% in the nation. To earn ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Breaking Ground for Youth

Children from the Greater Marco Family Y’s preschool help the adults with the ceremonial turning of earth.

By Don Manley Cindy Love was almost at a loss for words when contemplating the fact construction is about to begin on the Greater Marco Family YMCA new $1.2 million youth development center. “I’m so excited and thrilled, I’m fighting back tears,” said Love, the Marco Y’s CEO, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the 5,750 squarefoot center that is slated to be open by Sept. 1. “I’m very, very excited. I’m excited for the whole community and for our kids especially,” Love added. “I’m just excited to be able to make a dream come true.” The new facility will ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

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By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

Hyla Crane: Museum Peer Field Reviewer

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that its Executive Director, Hyla Crane, has been appointed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as an IMLS peer field reviewer for 2015. Crane will be responsible for reviewing grants submitted under the Museums for America grant program for Community Anchors. The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve their public. To be eligible for grant consideration, the museum must be either a unit of a State or local government, or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status. It ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm Awards Disney Vacation

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Submitted Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. announced the award of their annual gift of a Disney vacation in the ‘For the Family’ event. The recipients are Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Santana and family. The gift was presented at the law firm’s office. The Morris firm started its “For the Family” program to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the firm in 2014. It made the award an annual event. In the words of firm principal William G. Morris, “this community has given so much to us and our families that we started this program to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We ... Read More »

LTE: Thank you Beautification Advisory Committee!

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I was recently asked to attend last month’s Beautification Advisory Committee Community Forum.  My wife dutifully went, as we do to many functions that I’m invited to, however once we were there we were astounded by how interesting and helpful the various speakers and representatives were.  With all of the agonizing time Council has spent on developing a “fair and equitable” water and wastewater rate structure, we’ve basically ignored the things we can do to reduce our consumption, with the obvious result of reducing our costs for water. Among the things we learned about were alternative ground covers and other ... Read More »

“Discover Tigertail” – Delightful and Educational FOT Event

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Submitted Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, co-chairs of “Discover Tigertail”, organized and executed a delightful and successful Friends of Tigertail Beach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “Discovery Tigertail” is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Specialists were from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Two hundred participants enjoyed the weather and the expertise of the naturalists manning the nine information stations: shells, egg casings, turtles, butterflies, plants, sharks, birds, seining and wildlife rehabilitation. Both adults and children participated in the scavenger ... Read More »