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Jackfruit, the ‘Jack-of-all-fruit,’ Grows in Marco

Ten “humongous” jackfruits hang from the tree.

By Maria Lamb Imagine a spiky green fruit, the size of a watermelon or pumpkin dangling from a branch or the trunk of a large tropical evergreen tree. Most people have never seen a forty-pound fruit hanging from the trunk of a large tree. Jackfruit, a member of the mulberry family, is the largest fruit to grow on a tree in the world. Its melon-shaped fruit can reach a length of 13 inches and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Dr. Al Bismonte, a longtime resident of Marco Island, has a collection of exotic tropical fruit trees in his backyard, ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... Read More »

Documentary on Artificial Reef Debuts

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Submitted Thirty-six new artificial reefs, each comprised of 500 tons of concrete, were deployed in six offshore locations near Naples and Marco Island in Collier County, Florida over the past year. During deployment missions and in the months afterward, Pure Image Productions of Naples was stationed with cameras on boats and underwater to record not only the sinking of the new reef structures, but the ensuing growth of new reef ecosystems. The result is a 56-minute documentary called Paradise Reef: The World is Watching that showcases not only the development of life on and around the underwater reef structures, but also the ... Read More »

RE/MAX Recognizes Sandlin Team

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Submitted  RE/MAX is known for having outstanding agents who are among the most productive in the industry. The Sandlin Real Estate Team is a constant, top-producing team for RE/MAX.  The year 2015 was no exception, as the team was recognized to be the #1 producing RE/MAX Team in the Marco Island/Naples and Collier County area. The Sandlin Team finished #4 in sales within the state of Florida for RE/MAX Teams. Individual sales achievement honors were also recognized. Rick Hanscom achieved “Executive Club” while Linda Sandlin and Mike Seigfried earned “100% Club”.  Mike Boland and Mike O’Rourke achieved “Platinum Club” status ... Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
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Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Previous years’ Spammy Jams. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Excitement is building for Spammy Jammy 2016, which will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland. For more than twenty years the annual Spammy Jammy celebration has been encouraging locals to appease the Southwest Florida hurricane gods in a unique way- with great music, creative Spam sculptures, PJs and lots and lots of fun. This one-of-a-kind event has become a beloved tradition, which locals look forward to all year. Spam is considered a hurricane-preparedness staple. For years now we have been lucky storm-wise, and have not needed to open ... Read More »

The Perfect Summer Mangrove Snapper Dinner

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Nothing beats a day out fishing with the family like a good old dinner, especially dining on your own catch. Everyone has spent the entire day out in the summer sun, bonding over an age-old tradition, and now you’re all settled back at home and ready for a family meal around the table. I’m telling you – there’s nothing better. Everyone can be a chef for the family with the right ingredients and recipe, but not everyone has a recipe in mind for the fish found around Southwest Florida. That doesn’t mean you can’t make ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

Kane Grand Opening

Chicken yakitori, served with spicy peanut sauce.

By Samantha Husted On June 3 the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa officially welcomed in their newest dining addition, Kane Tiki Bar and Grill. Kane is located just steps away from the beach where the South Pacific meets Southwest Florida. Its placement is part of a well thought out plan to align the restaurant with the setting sun. “Our architect really had a thought in mind,” said general manager to the Marriott, Rick Medwedeff, in his address to the audience. “He was going to align the structure of Kane to a specific point that ties to the sun ... Read More »

Surge Youth Soccer Tryouts

Sweetbay Memorial Cup championship winners- Surge U8 boys

Submitted Surge Soccer Club youth tryouts and registration for the 2016/17 season is this Saturday, June 11, from 10-11:30 AM at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Surge Soccer Club has partnered with the Florida Fire Juniors to give boys and girls in East Naples and Marco Island the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a professional environment with the best coaching staff in Southwest Florida. The 2016/2017 season runs from September 2016 to May 2017 (9 month program). The following programs are available: •  SURGE FFJ Pre-Academy – Boys & Girls U7 & U8 (2009, 2010 ... Read More »

Yoga for MS

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Submitted Revival Yoga Fitness Studio on Marco Island is offering free space to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Southwest Florida for their clients to practice yoga. Classes begin June 1st on Wednesdays from 1-2 PM and will be taught by Elaine Malone, who also teaches Pilates. Elaine is an experienced teacher for students with neurological diseases; in fact, the studio is looking to offer the same program for Parkinson’s patients. Yoga has been found to be beneficial practice for those with MS. According to the National MS Society, “Yoga is relatively inexpensive, generally safe, and may potentially improve multiple ... Read More »

Locals Learn to Grow Vegetables

The Southwest Florida climate allows year-round gardening. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department presented a three-part gardening lecture series courtesy of the Collier County Extension Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The presentations covered topics ranging from orchids, the ins and outs of gardening in Southwest Florida and growing vegetables. Coastal Breeze News sat in for the last presentation and learned all about veggies—how to plant them and when to eat them. Growing vegetables in our Southwest Florida climate is much easier than one might think. We have no bothersome snow ... Read More »

A Royal Tern of Events

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The world’s oldest known bird mother: Wisdom, a 65-year-old Laysan albatross.

By Maria Lamb It was July 1985 in Beaufort, North Carolina when John Weske and Micou Brown banded a royal tern chick and set it free. President Reagan was in his second term as president and the blockbuster movie was about a young man accidentally sent 30 years into the past, called “Back to the Future.” Fast forward to May 17, 2016, Keith Gahagan of Naples was walking near the Naples pier and found a dead royal tern. He noticed its silver band and took the bird to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Wildlife Clinic. The eight-digit code on the ... Read More »

9th Annual ?Amateur Wildlife ?Photo Contes

“Me and My Shadow” – Photographer James Hobbs

Submitted  The 2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest has come to a close, leaving us with a look at nature through different lenses. The creative talent of Marco’s amateur photographers is abundantly clear in their images, as is the beauty of Southwest Florida’s flora and fauna. Despite this year’s late contest start, it did not deter photographers from submitting some amazing photos. The contest drew more than 50 entries from local talent. Their photographs celebrate the native wildlife unique to our area. Judging was certainly a challenge for judges Donna Kay, Barry Howe, Andrea Cooper and Pat ... Read More »

Knowing When to Ask for Help

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Humble people ask for help.” – Joyce Meyer, American Author Question: I’m not sure if I need the help of a financial advisor. At what point should someone seek professional help with their finances? Answer: Most of our new clients approach us when there is a significant change in their lives such as preparing for retirement, marriage, divorce, or a death in the family or relocation to Southwest Florida. If there is a diminished interest in overseeing your own investment portfolio and the desire to have a face-to-face relationship with a professional it may be ... Read More »

Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

Submitted  There is still time to enter the Ninth Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest, but don’t delay – the deadline is May 6th – just around the corner. The Marco Island Historical Museum has partnered with the City of Marco Island and the Coastal Breeze News to present the Ninth Annual Amateur Photo Contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. The selection of winners will be exhibited at the museum from May 13 to June 30, 2016. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what began as a celebration of Earth Day has grown into a photographic tribute to the beautiful ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway’s Judy Kenney Awarded

Submitted Judy Kenney of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has received the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ prestigious Chairman’s Circle – Gold Award for 2015. Judy was recognized during the annual Berkshire Hathaway Home Services regional awards ceremonies held recently at The Ritz ~Tiburon, Naples. Real estate professionals from across Southwest Florida attended the annual recognition event. The Chairman’s Circle-Gold is awarded to the top two percent of the network’s sales professionals based on gross commission income or closed units. In addition to receiving this prestigious award, Judy was ranked as the 11th top producing sales associate in-company out of over 1,800 ... Read More »