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The Rose History Auditorium saw almost every seat taken, the audience entertained for more than an hour by Joyce’s colorful storytelling. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted Jack Joyce to tell about his experiences in the early days of Marco Island real estate. “People love to hear about history. I’m telling them the history of Marco; how we did it, how we brought it to the marketplace,” said Joyce. Joyce was born and raised in Boston, where he was a food broker with his father. He attended Boston College night classes briefly, before shipping off to Korea and then Japan, but was wounded and sent home in ... Read More »

Sensational Sharks: Important Part of the Marine Environment

Bull sharks. SUBMITTED PHOTO

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com If you haven’t heard, its Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week — a week of pseudo-science and, sometimes hilarious, propaganda. Since 1988 — yes for 26 years and making it one of the longest running cable television series — this annual week of television programs on the Discovery Channel has evolved from educational programs that raised awareness of shark population decline and the importance they have in the oceans’ ecosystems to fictitious stories and ludicrous accounts of mega sharks in the waters throughout the world. Entertainment has trumped science, which does not bode well for ... Read More »

Succulents in South Florida

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The average rain fall in South Florida is about 60 inches a year, amazing especially when it mostly arrives in just a few months of the year during our rainy season which runs from June to September. This has not stopped South Florida gardeners from creating cactus, agave and succulent gardens. The interest in these plants are on the rise in the past few years as water prices have increased and water restrictions have been implemented. Usually succulents and cacti are found in hot and sunny locations with poor soil conditions. Well, we have all ... Read More »

The Family and Fragrance

Clerodendrum dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Clerodendrum is a beautiful, flowering plant that can be found blooming and thriving all over our South Florida landscape. With more than 300 species of vines and shrubs in the genus, they are as plentiful as they are lovely. Some are grown primarily for the large, beautiful flowers that emerge in clusters. Others are wanted mostly for their fragrance. Either way, they’re a great addition to anyone’s garden. Many of the varieties can be found easily; others are rarer, and must be hunted down a bit. Finding them is part of the fun of using ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System on U.S. News and World Report Top 25 List in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of top 25 medical centers in Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is the only healthcare system in Collier and Lee Counties to make the list, and is ranked #17 in Florida. The report looked at 265 hospitals in Florida. This is the 25th hospitals. The 2014-15 U.S. News and World Report national rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. NCH has been ranked “high-performing” in the following five specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Urology, and Geriatrics. ... Read More »

Butterfly Time of the Year

Zebra longwing Florida state butterfly

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com July is here. What does that mean? It’s summer in Florida? Yes, but it is also the start of the full blown butterfly season. In Southwest Florida, we have a year round butterfly season. While numbers of butterflies like Monarchs and Yellow Sulfurs will migrate, many of the same and others stay in South Florida and prosper year round, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here. In spring, summer and fall, the numbers of these little flying flowers rise dramatically because the temperatures are warm just like they like it ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Take Heed When Lightning Strikes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Southwest Florida has quietly moved into the ebb and flow of its traditional summer afternoon thunderstorm pattern. While the rain cools off the hot and steamy day, the thunder and lightning that go with it cannot be ignored. Afterall, Southwest Florida falls within the states “lightning belt,” and can witness close to 350,000 lightning strikes each year. To help keep residents of Marco Island on top of the threat of lightning strikes, the city installed a Thor Guard Lightning warning system at City Hall, Mackle Park and Winterberry Park last year. The main sensor alerting ... Read More »

National Parks Big Biz in SW Florida

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Submitted A new National Park Service report shows that more than 2.5 million visitors to the national parks in South Florida spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported roughly 2,700 jobs in the region. Locally at Big Cypress National Preserve, the impact encompassed just over 1 million visitors, spending an estimated $76 million in Southwest Florida communities and creating approximately 997 jobs. Combined 2013 report figures include those for Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress. The total for the four parks is up slightly from the previous year, while visitor ... Read More »

John R. Wood Properties Holds Ribbon-Cutting, Adds Agents

Local real estate professionals, Managing Broker George Percel and Chamber supporters lined up to welcome the newest John R. Wood real estate office.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Wednesday, July 16, was a good day for John R. Wood Properties. That was the day that the legendary John R. Wood cut the ribbon on the real estate firm’s new Marco Island office, located at 1000 N. Collier Blvd. As managing broker of John R. Wood-Marco Island, George A. Percel welcomed everyone to the ribbon-cutting, including founding owner John Wood, representatives from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). Wood toasted the opening, citing the positive impact the real estate industry has had on the Florida ... Read More »

Camp Able 2014: Going Beyond Special Needs

Campers kayak and paddle board with Capri Fish House on Isles of Capri. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Schaeffer McHenry, Ellie Bennett, Gage Wheeler and Mary Evelyn Webb could not be more different. McHenry is a junior at the Air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; Webb is a Mississippi native who attends the University of Mississippi. Bennett and Wheeler both attend Lely High School. Bennett is a bubbly, talkative junior, and Wheeler is a senior, quiet and a young man of few words. The one thing these four have in common: A special connection with people who have special needs. McHenry’s 23-year-old cousin, Sara, has Down Syndrome. Webb’s mother suffers from Huntington’s ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

Bob and Cathy explore an underground  cavern in Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »

Our Veterans: From Sea to Shining Sea

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In May, Malenda Trick made a big announcement about a new Veterans’ Day project during the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon, and now, that project will become a reality. Beginning Tuesday, July 15, Trick will be painting historical images of our nation’s valiant soldiers at war on an 18-foot-long, double-sided memorial canvas wall at the Marco Island Historical Museum. She will paint images of our Florida soldiers at war on one side and our national efforts on the other. The memorial will depict Trick’s impression of images captured during wartime, ... Read More »

Skin Wellness Physicians Now Open

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, is opening a new dermatology practice under the name of Skin Wellness Physicians. Services include general dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and light medicine and cosmetic rejuvenation. Wasserman recently moved from a group dermatology practice where he provided medical care for more than three years to the Naples and Marco Island communities. His decision to begin a new venture is motivated by a firm belief in delivering high quality individualized health care and ... Read More »

Independence Day

Birds of a feather!! Goodland's favorite winged-resident, Pirate, and his feathered friend, this year's Buzzard Queen. Pretty ladies got a "hello" and a wave.

GOODLAND LIFE  Melinda Gray  melinbrya3@yahoo.com Living in a seasonal town is still very new to me. Though I am trying to acclimate quickly, many unfamiliar things about my home continue to surprise me. My July 4th memories have always been made of Hallmark staples: red, white, blue, family, fireworks and food. But, they also were tainted by the woes of over-planning and stress. I expected this year to follow that time-tested recipe, sprinkled with a touch of homesickness. The sheer distance from my son, family and friends all but guaranteed a lonely, wistful holiday. Contrary to my expectations, this Independence Day ... Read More »

A Call to Artists

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Submitted The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and the Marco Island Historical Museum are working together to bring a unique art show to Marco Island called “Painting SW Florida History.” Artists from Collier and Lee counties are invited to participate in this exciting event, which will be held at the Marco Island History Museum, Jan. 6–March 21, 2015. Southwest Florida was one of the last frontiers to be settled in our country. The stories of those early pioneers who came in the 1800s and early 1900s have been told through several books written locally and many old photographs. These ... Read More »

Region’s Native American Past Highlighted in American Archeology Summer 2014 Issue

Southwest Florida Museum of History and other cultural resources featured  The Southwest Florida Museum of History is featured as part of an 8-page spread titled “On the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage” in the Summer 2014 issue of American Archaeologymagazine. The article tours sites from Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. In this region, the Southwest Florida Museum of History’s exhibits on life during the Paleolithic Age, the Calusa and the Seminole are highlighted. The author also makes stops at Mound House, Mound Key and the Randell Research Center.   American Archaeology is the quarterly publication of the national Archaeological Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites discovered on ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

MIA Inaugural Summer Camp with an Environmental Twist

Dr. Richard Murphy (left), director of education for the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Futures Society, gives students an outdoor lesson near Tigertail Beach.

By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The first-ever Ambassadors of the Environment Camp in Florida was a rousing success for the joint partnership between Marco Island Academy and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. It was a journey that began five years ago when MIA Founder and Chair Jane Watt discovered the Ambassadors of the Environment Program through the Ocean Futures Society and its director, Dr. Richard Murphy. Currently, the active, hands-on outdoor education program has locations in California, French Polynesia, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Turks and Caicos. Many of the programs are affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton or a cruise ... Read More »