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Friends of Fakahatchee announce Fall swamp walk schedule

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their Fall schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.   The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade in ... Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold a booked flight for 24 hours without payment. Well, it turns out that is the law. If you book through an airline, you have the right to lock in a price for 24 hours without payment. You are entitled to ... Read More »

Open for Business

PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As the temperatures slowly start to cool and the daily amount of rainfall begins to dwindle, things are heating up on our small, seasonal island of Goodland. Heavier traffic and longer lines at the grocery store mark the return of our migrating snowbirds, flying south to escape their now frigid northern homes. By now, it’s common knowledge that I’m a huge fan of our live entertainment here. The musical acts that pass through, as well as our own local talent, are first-class. Last week, each Goodland establishment celebrated the opening of season with live music, and ... Read More »

Websites for Travelers

When visiting the very popular Alhambra, we purchased our tickets ahead of time online. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know the best time to visit? Google it by entering the location and “best time to visit.” By putting the name of a city and “weather” in the search field, the results reveal the present temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity and forecast ... Read More »

Smokehouse Bay Bridge Update

Work on the southbound span of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge is about 20 percent complete. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sign posted on the exit door of the Starbucks at The Esplanade on Tuesday, Sept. 30, sent caffeine junkies into instant withdrawals. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 PM, the store would be closed — closed? — due to a boil water notice, and unless otherwise notified, the store would not reopen until Saturday, Oct. 4. According to Jeff Poteet, general manager of Marco Island Utilities, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises will be tying in a new 20-inch water main that was recently installed as part of the $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. In ... Read More »

Wetland Restoration Webinar Series

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) has announced its newest monthly restoration webinar series as part of its efforts to tackle some of the biggest challenges for wetland restoration and to share insights and lessons learned from experts in the field. Twenty five experts including restoration practitioners, regulators, policy makers and academics have formed a working group to develop a series of 13 informational webinars. Webinars will be held monthly starting this month and will run through September 2015. Each will begin at 3 PM (EST), 2 PM (CST), 1 PM (MST) and 12 PM (PST), and will be ... Read More »

Audition Call! The Marco Players announces 40th Anniversary Season Shows!

Calling all actors! Be part of The Marco Players’ 40th 2014-2015 Season. Established in 1974, the oldest not-for-profit community theater on Marco Island will kick off the celebration with a 70’s theme. “Can you dig it?” All those interested in auditioning for TMP’s shows are encouraged to contact us at info@themarcoplayers.com or call Beverly Dahlstrom, President/Artistic Director at 239-404-5198 to schedule a private audition. Visit www.themarcoplayers.com to learn more about cast openings, preview of scripts and rehearsal dates. Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

New at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff “What do you see when you see Marco?” That was the question asked of 59 artists for the new exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts — Over the Bridge: Your Vision of Marco. Entries cover a wide range of artistic disciplines, including acrylic, clay, fabric art (including batik, quilting and trapunto stitchery), jewelry, metal sculpture (cold cast), mixed media, oil, pastels, photography, shells craft and watercolor. In La Petite Galerie, the Center is featuring the quilting and jewelry making of Marco Islander Linda Kropp. Each of Kropp’s quilts tells a story in ... Read More »

Work Begins on Smokehouse Bay Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Despite a small glitch, work has begun on the city’s $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. On Aug. 4, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises USA began traffic pattern modifications to close the southbound portion of the bridge, which will allow work to begin on the major utility relocations and directional boring for the 20” water main under the channel. The bridge project received the green light for the Marco Island City Council earlier this summer after years of debate over its cost and design. The deal was sweetened in June when Marriott International Inc. offered to ... Read More »

The Question of a Public-Private Partnership

Bob Olson addresses the Marco Island City Council during the June 21st  reading of the Marriott’s PUD amendment. Olson spoke frequently against the Marriott PUD amendment in the months leading up to its final approval on June 16. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During its June 16 regular meeting, the Marco Island City Council put to rest the debate over the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation project, approving the PUD amendments by a vote of 6-1. Even so, new questions rose about the Marriott’s offer to give the city $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff made the offer during the project first appearance before City Council on June 2. The $1 million contribution to will cut the construction schedule by eight months, eliminate any potential ... Read More »

Who is Quality Enterprises USA?

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Smokehouse Bay Bridge is not the first project Naples-based Quality Enterprises USA Inc. has contracted to do for the city of Marco Island. “Quality Enterprises USA has been working on contracts and projects for the city since 2002,” says Public Works Director Tim Pinter. “QE has always provided the city with an excellent work product. They have worked with us to overcome several large unforeseen situations with the numerous projects they have completed. They have always been more than professional in their dealings with the city.” In fact, Quality Enterprises was responsible for the construction of Marco Island Utilities’ high-service ... Read More »

A closer look at the Marriott’s $1 Million Offer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On June 2, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared another hurdle when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The second reading of the PUD amendment will be held Monday, June 16, at 5:30 PM, during the next regular City Council meeting. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise ... Read More »

Conservancy Marks 50th Anniversary

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces the opening of the new Eva Sugden Gomez Environmental Planning Center and Sustainability Courtyard, the new headquarters for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The event marks the completion of the final phase of construction and $20 million renovation of six new buildings at the Conservancy Nature Center. Each building was designed to meet and exceed LEED certification standards, transforming the 21-acre campus into the premier Nature Center in the southeastern U.S. The public is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida during an Earth Day festival from 10 a.m. to ... Read More »

Mackle Park Summer Camps 2014

Big Red Transportation This summer we will be providing “Big Red” van transportation for all of our off campus summer enrichment camps. Call Mackle Park for more information and fee schedule. 239-642-0575. Enrichment camps include: Fishing Camp 101, Paddle Boarding Camp. Police/Fire Academy, Theater Camp, Jr. Chefs Camp, Face Painting 101, Gator Fitness Camp, Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Marco Island Center for the Arts Workshop, Play with Clay, Mythical, Magical Creatures, Creating Art with Nature, iPhone Photography, Strut Your Stuff, Make and Learn to Play Your Own Guitar. For prices, age groups and more information on any programs Parks ... Read More »

United for Care Applauds Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Bill

United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Florida Amendment 2 allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the state, expressed its approval of the Florida Senate’s passing of SB1030, a bill that would legalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana that has proven effective at reducing convulsions in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. The strain, commonly known as Charlotte’s Web, is high in a non-euphoric compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD, and is low in THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces 2014 Summer Calendar

Art by Linda Soderquist. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its schedule of events for the summer 2014. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard (CR951), less than 10 miles from downtown Naples, on the way to Marco Island. From May 1 through Oct. 30, the center is open 9 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday, adding Saturday hours for Nov. 1 through April 30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities. DAILY PROGRAMS ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

Join your friends and come to the Marco YMCA on Saturday, April 26 and celebrate Healthy Kids Day and cap off the day’s activities with the Duck Derby at the Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Activities, games, arts & crafts are on the schedule from 10am to 1pm. The 19th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby races are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Race your rubber ducky down the pool with the help of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. For more information, contact Steve Reynolds, Communications Coordinator at 239-394-YMCA, ext 228. Read More »

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

PHOTOS by Frank Steiger Photography

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past five years, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival ran over a weekend, Saturday and Sunday. This year, the schedule was changed to Friday and Saturday, and by all accounts, being open on Friday was a huge success! “We had a steady flow of guests on Friday with a spike early evening at 6 PM,” said Stan Niemcyzk, founder of the Marco Island festival, which has become one of the biggest events the island holds annually. Entertainers performed all day, including the ever-popular Jim Long, with the internationally acclaimed “Satisfaction,” a Rolling ... Read More »

Chair Yoga Class

Certified yoga instructor Grace Ballenger, today announced that a new chair yoga class has been added to her weekly schedule at Flowing with Grace Yoga & Meditation Studio in North Naples. This gentle and therapeutic class is specially designed for beginners and those with specific physical needs and concerns. Chair yoga will be held weekly on Friday mornings 10: 30am until 11:30 am, beginning February 21. The 60-minute class costs $10. Loaner mats, blankets, blocks and straps are provided. Dress comfortably: clothes that move and breathe are recommended. Beginners through experienced are welcomed. Additional offerings: After Hours Yoga & Meditation Flow on Monday evenings at 6:15 ... Read More »