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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

Lola Wesson with Ken Kubat. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 »

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

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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

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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 »