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Summer Road Trip Tips

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Submitted  Summer is here and for many families that means the time honored tradition of the summer road trip. Maybe school is out and you want to take the kids to Disney World or on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Maybe you want to visit your grandchildren in Georgia or North Carolina. Wherever you are planning to travel, if you will be driving there are some pointers you need to remember in order to make the trip both safe, and enjoyable for you and your family. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides tips for taking long road trips ... Read More »

ROMEOs Do Lunch

By Maggie Gust If you’re out for lunch on any Tuesday here on Marco and see eight or so men gathered together, chances are they are ROMEOs. Wherefore art thou, ROMEOs? It is the acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out, coined by Fred Stavola, the group’s social engineer. Every four months, Fred determines the restaurant schedule for the lunch bunch and distributes it to the members. Their lunch spots are rotated, with no place being repeated consecutively within that four-month cycle. Variety is the spice of life, after all. Most of the men met initially through the Marco Men’s ... Read More »

House of Horrors- Part III Taking the Bull By What Hurts

By Carol Glassman Even a patient person eventually loses it. The renovations to my flood-damaged home had come to a standstill. All the smiles and pats on the head with no results other than a newly-tiled floor under a leaky roof were no longer reassuring or even made any sense. Time for a showdown at the not-so OK Corral, wouldn’t you say? Tony, self-proclaimed contractor actually came to the house to tell me when the roof work would begin, assuring me all the permits were in place. I knew this was untrue. “How can this be?” I asked. “Although you ... Read More »

Bring Back the Good Old Days

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Remember the “good old days” of air travel? Shoes, belt, jacket, scarf could remain on your body without having to take them off to clear security. You didn’t have to pull out your quart size zip lock bag of small size liquids such as Purell, or your laptop for special inspection. For $100 or less, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) offer programs that can help bring some of those good old days back. If your travel is primarily domestic, there is TSA Precheck, (TSA Pre?); for international travel, Global ... Read More »

Coach with Special Olympics

Special Olympics Florida – Collier County needs assistant coaches for cycling, tennis, track & field, and soccer for the 2016 season. The season runs from January 9 through May 14, 2016, and practices are held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Golden Gate High School, at 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. Because of holidays and school schedules, there will be a few variations in the practice schedule. The entire schedule is available on the Special Olympics website atwww.specialolympicscollier.org. Two competitions will take place locally. County Games will be held on March 5, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Golden Gate High ... Read More »

Naomi’s Teenage Moms

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Just as I was packing for my annual six-week vacation to the rain forests of Hawaii, I found my paws full, yet again, with new kittens who, in most cases, were born to “teenage moms.” In 99% of these cases, the new moms are less than one-year-old. Because their humans failed to have them spayed, these teenagers (in human years) can, and usually do, get pregnant the first time they go into heat (usually somewhere around six months old). Once their humans notice their swelling bellies, their once beloved ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY IDENTITY FRAUD INSTITUTE OFFERS FREE CONSULTATIONS

Victims of Identity Fraud in Southwest Florida Now Have a Local Resource for Help Earlier this summer, Hodges University announced the establishment of the Identity Fraud Institute. The Identity Fraud Institute, which is research and education focused, will serve as the central hub for all identity theft and fraud related information in and throughout the state of Florida, as well as provide victim assistance programs. Previously mentioned, citizen education is a prominent component of the institute. While programs are in development, the institute has begun offering free, 30-minute consultations for victims of identity fraud once a month at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Victims will meet with Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud ... Read More »

MIA Rays Open Season with Promise

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By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team is “bigger, stronger and more experienced,” says third-year coach Greg Fowler. “We look forward to competing at a higher level.” The ingredients are there, but so is a tough schedule. In its preseason tussle, the 2A Rays host 4A Gateway Charter of Fort Myers, at home for a 7 PM game on Friday, August 21, at Winterberry Park. They open the regular season on Friday, August 28, traveling to Bullard, Texas for the 2015 Brook Hill Football Classic against Edgewood High School. “We’re excited to play in Texas, against a ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature

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Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature; City Attorney Approves Petition  The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About?  The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and ... Read More »

Attorney Approves Rental Ordinance Petition

SUBMITTED The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About? The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and City Council does not repeal the Ordinance, then it must ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Beach Awards Campership to MICMS Student Lola Wesson

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Submitted “As the rigors of testing continue to become more demanding it’s delightful to have a reprieve from the monotonous testing schedule,” stated Jerra Minning, an 8th grade teacher at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. This past month, the 8th grade students at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) participated in a writing competition sponsored by The Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc., a non-profit organization that is solely funded by memberships and donations. Ken Kubat explained that the goal of Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc. is to preserve, protect and enhance the treasure of Tigertail Beach, which is a ... Read More »

951/41, Tamiami Crossings & Friends of the Marco Island Flotilla

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The best good news item for our transportation system is that the huge intersection project (a footprint for a future overpass, with 951 flying over 41) according to the County is 6 months ahead of schedule and under budget. If our weather holds up and we have a mild summer, the intersection should be finished by the end of August, unless we have some severe weather problems. However, because of utility work, the FDOT’s U.S. 41 E expansion from the 951 intersection 6 lanes to Joseph Lane, and then 4 lanes to Greenway Rd., is running ... Read More »

951/41 Road Construction Ahead of Schedule

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Although there are three road construction projects all taking place at the same time in the vicinity of 951/41 intersection, the traffic is running smoothly again. There have been huge lines of cars coming off Marco Island from around 3pm to about 6pm during the week, plus some night lighting problems, but those issues have both been resolved to a great degree. The County’s DOT project – the actual intersection being completely transformed into a footprint for a future overpass, has been a major construction project. They are actually about 6 months ahead of schedule and ... Read More »

City Docket: Owls, Attorneys, Rentals and the Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com While not officially on the Marco Island City Council’s agenda for its Monday, Feb. 2 regular meeting, the $15 million Rose Marina redevelopment project took center stage. Council is slated to discuss the project at its regular Feb. 17 meeting. At issue were continued citizen concerns about the temporary use permits being applied for by Rose Marina that would allow it to use three sites for boat storage, construction staging and temporary parking during the 6-12 month project. The problem: The site designated for the temporary boat storage is located on four residentially-zoned vacant lots ... Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Saving 500 Lives Per Day

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco New data shows that the American Cancer Society continues to create a world with more birthdays by saving 500 lives per day. In fact, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years. These are encouraging statistics, and they motivate me to work as hard as I can to help finish this fight. I invite you to join me. So, you may be thinking how do we make this happen? We do it by working together to raise the funds that the ... Read More »

OCMI Basketball Registration Now Open

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Submitted As the NBA season rolls on and the NCAA looks forward to March Madness, the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be tipping off its 2015 Winter Basketball season under new leadership with a re-invigorated direction. “Basketball has become one of the leading global sports around the world. We’d like to get our program back on track and get everyone on the Island excited about the sport again,” commented Bob Bruni, one of the program’s directors. The season will begin practices in late February and games are slated for early March. New for basketball, OCMI plans to hold ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »