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Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

About Travel and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here’s a “hopeful” item that will affect many, but mostly those who travel U.S. 41E starting at the new widened road from 951 East to Greenway Road. When the FDOT widened that road they never installed any streetlights, or sidewalks, or pathways. The folks in that area, mainly those living in Reflection Lakes and Imperial Wilderness, brought their concerns to my office because of their fears that nothing can been seen in the darkness, and it gets very dark in the winter months. We all remember when the FDOT didn’t install streetlights in the section of ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton and the FBI A Retired Agent Weighs In

Submitted Photo FBI Director James B. Comey, during July 5th press conference. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

By Barry Gwinn When I heard that the FBI had recommended that no prosecution be undertaken of presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, I was dumbfounded. But not for the reasons you might think. On July 5, FBI Director James B. Comey called a press conference and announced that the FBI wouldn’t be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for alleged mishandling of classified material on her private email server. I spent 31 years as an FBI special agent, mostly investigating and aiding in the prosecution of criminal cases. I am also versed in the history of the FBI and was ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption

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By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we thought we knew as fact. It goes without saying that, as our knowledge continues to grow, we do our best to adapt to these changes. But sometimes we find ourselves stuck deep in a rut of tradition, shielded by the ... Read More »

MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Beyond Off-Duty

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Dave Smith addressing the crowd of officers from various stations and organizations.

By Don Manley and  Samantha Husted Maintaining a state of readiness isn’t only an on-the-job requirement for law enforcement personnel. It’s increasingly become necessary when the workday’s done, given the uptick in gun violence and potential dangers police and their families may face from those with sinister intentions. That was a key element of a recent seminar attended by officers from several local police agencies that was conducted by well-known law enforcement trainers and authors Dave and Betsy Smith. The Tucson couple brought more than six decades of combined experience as police officers to bear in presenting a free, day-long ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Our Parks

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Dearest Members of Our Community, It has been quite a while since I’ve written something for publication in our local news media, but some recent events have left me compelled to do so in the hopes of helping people understand in its entirety an issue which has come before our city councilors. As a Member of PRAC, I have had the honor of participating in an extensive discussion regarding one of our city’s most valuable features: Veterans Community Park. As a committee, PRAC has spent hundreds of hours visiting local groups, holding workshops, and reviewing surveys within our home town ... Read More »

MIA’s Ambassadors ?of the Environment Camp ?Is it the beginning of a national movement?

AOTE campers pose at Shark Valley Park in the heart of the Everglades.
Noted as one of the Everglades’ most remote visitors’ centers, it is
70 miles east of Naples. Undaunted, these guys seem none the worse for
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By Barry Gwinn On Monday, June 20, MIA kicked off its third annual 5 day Ambassadors of the Environment Camp (AOTE camp). It is devoted to acquainting students with our surrounding natural environment and suggesting ways to sustain it. Students toured all the surrounding parks and sanctuaries led by the spritely and well-traveled 74 year old Richard C. Murphy, Ph.D., Director of Education and Science for the internationally acclaimed Ocean Futures Society (OFS). Murph, as he likes to be called, started coming to MIA three years ago because of its commitment to environmental studies and the passion of its chairman, ... Read More »

Fire at Engine Company 51 on Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rolling up on a working structure fire is not something unusual for an engine company and its personnel; it is a little different when the fire is at their station though. That was the case on Friday afternoon at approximately 5:00pm when Engine Company 51 on Marco Island returned to their station on Elkcam Circle from a previous response and found smoke rolling out from the large bay door at the front of the station. “The guys did a great job making the initial attack and minimizing any fire damage to the building, but there ... Read More »

Betty Kimble Celebrates her 92nd Bday

A friend wishing Betty a happy 92nd birthday.

By Samantha Husted Betty Kimble was 15-years-old when World War II began in 1939, 31-years-old when Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955, and 45-years-old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969. She has lived through the Great Depression, the Hindenburg disaster and the Vietnam War. She has seen 15 different presidents during her lifetime. At 92-years-old Betty Kimble has been witness to some of the most iconic events in world history. Imagine the change and evolution you would see over 92 years—the technology, ... Read More »

EMS Vehicles Delayed

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Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals ... Read More »

Police/Fire Academy Shapes Next Generation

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By Maddy Dumas Editor’s Note: Each summer, the City of Marco Islands’ Fire Rescue and Police Departments hold a week-long camp for 6th-8th graders.  It’s one the most popular camps offered through the City of Marco Island.  Students have hands-on experiences in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical response, marine patrol and more.   Many who went through the Police and Fire Academy as children go on to study and work in related fields. The camp has had such an impact on the youth that some campers even return to volunteer and help teach others. One such former camper, Madeline ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

Steve Gober’s Surprise

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By Barry Gwinn Steve Gober took over the reins of Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, upon his father’s death four years ago. By all accounts, he has done admirably in maintaining and burnishing the reputation and tradition at Stan’s. His dad, Stan Gober, would be proud. Last week, Steve showed me a bicycle, which he said had a large dose of sentimental value. It was a balloon tired old Huffy, with no gears. “It was my dad’s,” he said, “One of my cooks just gave it to me.” We were interrupted by an NBC-2 reporter who was doing a piece on ... Read More »

Girls in Science Slumber Party

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By Samantha Husted  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center had been transformed. Pink sleeping bags littered the floor, green ribbons were strewn about decoratively, and in the background the musical styling of Taylor Swift could be heard. On June 11th over 20 girls, ages 8-14, trickled into the Environmental Learning Center ready for a night of learning and fun. This was Rookery Bay’s third slumber party event. The Girls in Science Slumber Party is Rookery Bay Education Specialist Jeannine Windsor’s “brainchild.” After much research, she and fellow Education Specialist Dita O’Boyle discovered that there was a lack of sleepover-styled events ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

A Great Migration in the Water

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Leatherback sea turtles can reach 6 feet in length, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and dive more than 4,000 feet below the surface.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Last month I wrote about one of the great land migrations that takes place on our planet. It wasn’t so much about the long distance of the pattern, but more about the sheer number of animals that participate in this annual trek across Africa’s Serengeti Plain. There are constant comings and goings throughout the year on land and in the air, but what about the sea? Yes, there are tremendous numbers of marine creatures that follow patterns as well. Since we are in turtle nesting season here in our area I thought it might be ... Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

More Than a Number

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The woman was white-haired, and equally bent, with tubes in her nose that extended to an oxygen tank she pulled wagon-style behind her. But more than their postures and their accessories, I noticed that the fingers of their free hands were ... Read More »