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Crocodiles in South Florida

Photos by Bob McConville

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Quite often when I’m talking about dolphins on my tours someone will ask the question regarding alligator sightings. I am always happy to respond that gators primarily stay in fresh water or brackish water habitats, and then I mention that brackish and saltwater areas of South Florida are home to many crocodiles and that this area is one of the few where gators and crocs share the same habitat. Lots of visitors are unaware that we do have crocs here, but it is true. Found in Central and South America and specific areas of Mexico, ... Read More »

The Importance of Holding Serve

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I enjoy watching tennis and golf on television because the commentators (who are usually retired champions themselves) do such a great job of explaining what is occurring mentally and emotionally with a player, which directly translates to what is occurring physically as the players compete. How many times do you hear winning players being asked, “What made the difference in your game today?” In tennis they usually say something like, “My serve was really on today,” or a golfer, after a good round stating, “I was hitting my driver well today.” Like hitting a good ... Read More »

Sailing Center’s Summer Program Ends

The MICSC summer camp participants in action. Photo by Mary Lee Cale

By Don Manley Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program. “Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program. The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, including private lessons. For the ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they rallied their way on offense and defense. Coiro ran onto the field to share a bear hug with Tyler Gresham who scored three touchdowns and made numerous plays on defense. Many of the players came off the field in tears ... Read More »

New Beginnings, New School Year

Tommie Barfield Elementary dismissal procedures for the 2016-2017 school year. Submitted

By Don Manley The teaching and learning are underway and so are the clubs, sports and other activities that are part of the newly begun 2016-2017 school year. As always, the process involves that momentous and shared rite of passage for youngsters, the first day of kindergarten. It’s an experience that Jordan Carmignani of Marco Island can now chalk up in the “Been There, Done That” column. Jordan recently kicked off his school career at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), where he was escorted by his mother, Tracy Carmignani and his brother Steel, a fourth grader, on that oh so ... Read More »

Connecting Students with Science and Technology

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Spending time in a classroom is one way to learn, but smelling, hearing and touching the subject usually results in reinforcing an educational experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Each year, roughly 3,000 local students have the opportunity to get “a taste” of our local estuary as part of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s field trip programs. Now the reserve is extending that reach exponentially through the “Teachers on the Estuary” (TOTE) program, a highly visible education program that provides hands-on, field-based professional teacher development opportunities across the nation. The TOTE program was developed by NOAA’s ... Read More »

Leadership Marco

The Leadership Marco Class of 2016. Top row, from left: Angela Johenning, Kevin O’Fee, Thomas Morr, Samantha Morris, Lenore Brakefield-Tomei, Dan Petricca, Ronald Rutledge
and Gene Burson. Bottom row, from left: Brandi Sue Tramazzo, Julie Achauer, Samantha Malloy, Allyson Richards, Dianna Dohm and Janice Baptiste.

By Don Manley A kick-off cocktail party was held recently for Leadership Marco’s class of 2016. The soiree was held at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The four-month-long program immerses potential community leaders in all aspects of community, including its history, infrastructure, government, hospitality industry, educational providers, media, tourism, parks and recreation, law enforcement, culture, real estate and more. Leadership Marco is a program of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce.   Read More »

Cars and Their People

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!  There’s an old adage that, as people live and age together, they begin to look and act alike; there’s a newer one that people and their dogs begin to act and look alike. I believe that people and their cars begin to look alike. As time goes by it’s easy to recognize which person belongs to which car…yes, I ... Read More »

The Return of Wrestling to the Summer Olympics A Win for Contestants, Spectators, Coaches, and Society

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By Roy Eaton In 2013, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling, a core sport in Summer Olympics. To many this was unfathomable because wrestling was one of nine sports of the ancient Greek Olympics dating back to the year 708 B.C. After an overwhelming outcry from competitors, coaches, and spectators wrestling was reinstated, but as a non-core sport. The wrestling community was grateful for its return, but many within this assemblage found it offensive that a sport which transcends limitations and builds immeasurable character and whose origin traces back to ancient times and the beginning of competitive sport, ... 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 »

COUNTY PARKS PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY

Registration for all Collier County Parks & Recreation’s fall programs begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. Collier County Parks & Recreation offers numerous programs for all ages, including voluntary prekindergarten, afterschool adventures, youth and adult sports, arts and crafts, music, fitness and more. To find a program for you, visit www.collierparks.com or download our mobile app, which is available for download on Apple and Android phones. Just search Collier County Parks in either the Google Play Store (for Android) or Apple Store (for Apple). You can register for programs online for free at www.collierparks.com or from the mobile app. For more information, contact the Collier ... Read More »

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict. “This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said ... Read More »

School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Women’s Gun Training

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Submitted The ALTAIR Gun Club is now taking reservations for the Women’s Pistol 1 course to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 5 PM. This course is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the mindset necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills required for personal defense. ... Read More »

Rotary District Governor Visits Marco

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Submitted Newly installed Rotary District Governor Ladd Waldo recently visited the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to share his vision for the new Rotary year. The Rotary year begins July 1, 2016, which means Marco’s Sunrise Rotary is one of the first clubs in Ladd’s district to share his program. Ladd’s visit began with a dinner hosted by the Club, and attended by Ladd and the Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors. Ladd confirmed he wanted to continue the generous financial support of his district to the Rotary Foundation. Last year, the district donated more than one million dollars to ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

Photos by Jean Hall

By Maria Lamb It has been a successful nesting season, according to Owl Watch Project Manager, Jean Hall. The volunteers recorded a high chick count of over 350+ chicks from 85+ adult pairs. Some pairs had no chicks or the nest failed for some reason. The group has until mid-July for a final count. For 15 years, former Marco Island environmental specialist, Nancy Richie collected the burrowing owl data and with a group of local volunteers also maintained the sites. The Owl Watch Group of Marco Island, under the coordination of Audubon of the Western Everglades has decided to continue ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

Gun Course for Women

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Submitted Women are invited to join ALTAIR Gun Club for their upcoming Women’s Pistol 1 course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pistol 1 course, taught by women instructors, is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the attitude necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills ... Read More »

Watson, I Presume – IBM and ACS Join Forces to THINK Away Cancer

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By Maureen Chodaba  In 1911, when Thomas J. Watson, then a manager at the National Cash Register Company, coined the motto “THINK”, it is probably safe to say that he never dreamed that someday a cognitive machine would be named in his honor, and that machine would have the ability to almost think like a human being. A few years later, Watson, as chairman and the first CEO of International Business Machines, better known as IBM, brought the motto to this company, making THINK its trademark. Recently at the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress, IBM and the American Cancer ... Read More »

Equipment Donated to Special Olympics

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Submitted The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently donated $8,000 worth of sports equipment to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The equipment will be used by Collier athletes who participate in tennis, basketball, track & field, bocce, soccer, golf, aquatics, and flag football. According to Special Olympics County Director David McKenzie, “We are so thankful for this generous donation. We currently have more than 700 athletes and unified partners who participate in our year-round sports training and competition programs, and that number continues to grow quickly. The equipment donated by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will help us serve these ... Read More »