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Fiala Appointed to National Committee


Submitted Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala was appointed to the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee by the National Association of Counties (NACo) “A great deal of NACo’s strength is in our committees and your active participation reflects and reinforces that strength,” Sallie Clark, president of the National Association of Counties, wrote in a letter to Commissioner Fiala. “The expertise and engagement of our steering committee members is a main reason why Congress and federal agencies often look to NACo for feedback on legislative policy decisions being made in Washington D.C.” Commissioner Fiala, who was first ... Read More »

A Skydiving Accident, Social Media & a Family’s Road to Recovery


By Samantha Husted On August 12, 21-year-old part-time Marco Island resident, Reno Landers was in an almost fatal skydiving accident. Reno is the son of Robin Gatto Turley and Al Landers, local restaurateur. The statistics of getting into a skydiving accident are profoundly improbable. According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2014 there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, of those jumps only 24 were fatal. This means that per 1,000 jumps the chances of an accident, which usually occurs due to either a parachute or human error, would be 0.0075 or one per 133,333. While the chances of getting ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

A Stormy Recipe: How to Make a Hurricane

This photo of Hurricane Andrew was taken on August 23, 1992, one day before it  impacted the Florida coast to become one of South Florida’s most devastating storms in history. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist My wife Cathy and I love to cook. We are always conjuring up new ideas for old recipes. Sometimes we find that adding just one new ingredient can make a pleasant difference, but, more often than not, it seems that the original plan is the best. Mother Nature has a recipe or two that she shares with us now and then, but she seems very consistent with her cookbook. Some concoctions are seasonal, while others can be experienced year round. Right now we are in the peak season for one of her more hearty dishes…the ... Read More »

Music & Movement at Island Montessori

Submitted The Island Montessori Academy is offering Music and Movement classes for students and community members. All classes will perform at a Winter Showcase on December 17, 2015 at Island Montessori. Private Piano Instruction with Mrs. A Lisa Andreacchio, “Mrs. A,” as her students fondly refer to her, will be offering private 30-minute classical piano instruction for beginners and up. Mrs. A, a seasoned piano instructor with over twenty years of experience, continues to cultivate her craft by celebrating the uniqueness of each child that is presented within every student. Private Piano Instruction on Mondays from 2:45 PM, beginning September ... Read More »

Parks and Rec Packs in the Programs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mackle Park has several exciting events planned for the coming weeks. From a barbecue to glamour spas, to Halloween haunts to football and more! The City of Marco Island has a variety of programming available, listed below are just a few. For more information or registration, call 239-642-0575. Back to School Open House and Barbecue: The Teen Center will be serving up hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks for area teens. Music and games will be provided. The staff would like to welcome new and returning teens. Sunday, September 12 from 1:00-3:00 PM (6th-12th grade). Yang, ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

Never Arrive too Soon to the Ball or Else!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne I absolutely love when my students are diligent and prepare quickly. In most cases, this studious player will be in excellent position to strike the ball. However, inexperienced tennis players can be too anxious and then must cope with a variety of issues. For example, amateurish tennis players often move to the ball so fast that they land on the wrong foot and then lose balance. As I coach this new player, I continually remind them of one basic rule: When a player moves right, plant on the right leg, and as they go left, ... Read More »

MIA Student Goes to Washington

Student Gianna Rose, who received a perfect score on her biology  EOC exam, enjoys STEM based classes at MIA. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze Staff Gianna Rose has just completed her freshman year at Marco Island Academy. She has already made quite a splash. Gianna was attracted to MIA because of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based courses available there. She has found that in a small high school like MIA, she is not pushed aside. She receives guidance and help from her teachers when she needs it. As Gianna puts it “I get to learn and have fun at the same time.” Gianna got a perfect score in the end of course (EOC) biology exam and was motivated by ... Read More »

Minozzi’s Volunteer Journey Takes Her to Noontime Rotary Presidency

Lynne Minozzi, incoming president of the Noontime Rotary Club  of Marco Island, is joined by recipients of the organizations college scholarships. From left, rear: Johann Charelus, Livia Lenhoff, Vanessa Grisco, Julie Kuper Kevin Lopez, Paula Pierrelus and to Minozzi’s right, Monica Lera. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Lynne Minozzi has been involved in volunteering in the community in some form or fashion since she and her late husband Mike moved to Marco Island in 1993. A sampling of her community service on the island, includes heavy involvement in activities at San Marco Catholic Church, volunteering at the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, and serving as a caseworker for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and as treasurer for Pro-Life San Marco. Minozzi is also a past president of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, the Marco Island Alumni Club ... Read More »

I Never Thought That I Would See It!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Without a doubt, the advent of the two-handed backhand has been one of the great additions to the game of tennis. Agassi, Connors, Evert, Nadal, Williams come to mind when I think of powerful two-fisted backhands that have shaped the game of tennis. Due to the success of this stroke, thousands of new tennis players were introduced to this style and have flourished having implemented this stroke into their game. On the other hand, our new men’s French Open champion might be responsible for impacting the future of tennis because of his dominant one-handed backhand ... Read More »

Focus on Medium Clay is Cool

These pieces,  by Ginny Mueller show how intricate clay can be. Ginny hand paints the pieces with glaze.

By Steve Gimmestad Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy.   My only real experience working with clay was in 7th grade art class. I made a small urn type of thingy on the wheel. My grade was a “C.” That is why I was excited to be able to spend some time with people who really know how to maximize the potential of this great medium. “The more you work with clay, each potter develops their own style,” said ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…


By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts April Exhibits

Sternman by Tara O’Neill.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is exhibiting “Work” themed art. “Work It 24/7” displayed in the main gallery, reflects people working on Marco Island and has been judged by Jack O’Brien from the Naples Art Association. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Marco Island Historical Museum display of the nationally touring Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” which examines the creativity and strength of the American workforce. “The Way We Worked” exhibit is on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until May 16, 2015 but the Center’s art exhibit is only on display through ... Read More »

The Employment Report and Why it Matters


By Darcie Guerin “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” John Naisbitt, Author of the bestseller, Megatrends, born in 1929.   Question: Financial news channels place a great deal of emphasis on the jobs report. Please explain why this is such an important report and why it matters to individual investors. Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the jobs report, also known as the Employment Report, on the first Friday of each month. Investors, employers and policy makers eagerly await the findings that provide insight to the relative strength or weakness in the job market. Economic ... Read More »

Bromeliads in the South Florida Landscape


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Bromeliads are finally getting the attention they deserve. Until recently, they were only popular with a small segment of house-plant enthusiasts. Today, bromeliads are prized tropical treasures in many Southwest Florida landscapes and public and private gardens. Featuring a wide range of color, leaf shapes and textures, bromeliads are as beautiful as they are hardy. If you’re looking for beautiful, exotic-looking tropical plants that are easy to care for and drought tolerant, look no further than bromeliads. Bromeliads are in the Bromeliaceae family, which is native to the tropical Americas. The pineapple plant is the most ... Read More »

Bald Eagles, Wildlife Come to Center for the Arts


Submitted The “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Exhibit,” a collaboration between the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and the Marco Island Center for the Arts, will be featured February 1-24 in the Center’s Lauritzen Gallery. The work of 20 well-known artists will portray the strength and majesty of our national icon, the Bald Eagle, as well as the beauty, delicacy and lifestyles of many other Florida environmentally-protected wildlife. The Artists, who hail from all over Southwest Florida, Tampa, Indiana, Michigan and Toronto, work in acrylics, clay, hand color on glass etching, pencil, photography, stone sculpture and watercolors. Through the artists’ vision and ... Read More »

Angling Styles


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink Although there are many different techniques used in the sport of fishing, there are generally only two types of angling styles or approaches to angling. The first approach is more proactive in nature, and the second is more reactive. The proactive angler is a hunter, constantly seeking signs of fish activity and active water. Other promising signs that proactive enthusiasts seek are areas holding structure, such as mangrove edges, oyster beds, dead branches, docks, wrecks and bridges, as well as emergent and submerged cover which is comprised of grasses and plant materials. Fish gravitate ... Read More »


Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Collier County’s Issuer Credit Rating to AAA, the highest rating available in the industry. The decision was made on Monday, Nov. 21, after S&P completed its surveillance credit review of the county. The review also resulted in an increase to the county’s rating on the special obligation non-ad valorem bonds to AA+. S&P increased the county’s issuer rating from AA+ to AAA based on its view of the county’s ability to maintain a strong financial position despite the Great Recession, coupled with its opinion of Collier’s improving economic characteristics. These include a very ... Read More »

Big League Help Comes to MIA Baseball


By Noelle H. Lowery It is not often that young athletes get to take advantage of training opportunities with those working in the professional sports world, but a group of Marco Island Academy baseball hopefuls recently received some pointers from Jeff Mathers, a strength and conditioning coach with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The big leaguer’s family lives on Marco Island, and he has been enjoying the off-season here. MIA Assistant Baseball Coach and local homebuilder Andy Delgado met Mathers, and asked him if he could come and give those interested in playing baseball for MIA some advice on ... Read More »