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The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

White pelicans are gregarious and will work together to gather fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

Young Sailor Sets Sights on Spain

On February 18th Zach will be competing in the 2016 International Palamos Optimist Trophy in Catalonia, Spain.

By Samantha Husted Zachariah Schemel isn’t what you’d call an average 13-year-old. Zach is homeschooled, he spends his weekends in Miami, and he’s about to compete in an international sailing competition in Spain. The Marco Island resident got his start in sailing at the age of eight when he spent a summer at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center. He enjoyed sailing so much he went on to join the racing team at the Naples Community Sailing Center where he stayed and practiced for two years, honing in on the more competitive side of sailing. Now Zach races for ... Read More »

Third Shot Opportunity


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark In my upcoming and ongoing articles related to pickleball, I will be covering many aspects of the fundamentals and strategies of this great game. As an instructor, most of the players I deal with at the Racquet Center are at a beginner to intermediate level of play, and my articles will be directed at this level of player’s abilities. Today, I am going to address a basic required strategy, which is vital to becoming a better pickleball player. However, execution of the shot itself does require some advanced level skills, and more importantly, a lot of ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

MIA Boys Finish Fourth Season, Find Growth With New Coach

Omar Rodriguez (14) breaks up a Canterbury HS attack. Juan Redondo (9) looks on. PHOTO BY PAULA RAGAN

By Barry Gwinn The MIA boys’ soccer team ended the regular season with losses against Seacrest and Gateway Charter. On January 6, at Winterberry Park, after giving up two goals, Omar Rodriguez scored on a free kick, followed with a goal by Collin McMullen (assist – Logan Cross). The Seacrest defense stopped the Rays the rest of the way. Final score Rays 2, Seacrest, 4. At Gateway on January 7, the Rays took a shellacking, on the short end of a 2 to 10 score. Jordan Barrett scored on a free kick and Collen McMullen did some fancy dribbling through ... Read More »



Submitted Many of us remember the special times we had playing youth sports. Whether it was scoring your first goal, winning a team championship or the coach who encouraged you to push harder, sports have a way of creating defining moments in life. It is in that spirit that the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be hosting its inaugural “For the Love of the Game” winter soiree benefit. The event will be held on February 6th at the Marco Island Marriott’s Rookery at Marco Golf Club. “We have a commitment to our children to give them the best ... Read More »

OCMI Soccer Championships


By Meghan Bonos For the first time in Marco Island Optimist Soccer history, the soccer program crowned two 1st place champions (U10 and U12 Girls) and a second place runner up (U9 boys) in the Lee County Recreational League County Cup Tournament. The Optimist Club teams, named the Marco Island Sharks, advanced all five of their recreational travel teams to the LCYS County Cup Tournament set over back-to-back weekends at the Bayshore Soccer Complex in North Ft. Myers. The Optimist Club’s U10 and U12 girls’ teams won their championship games, and the U9 Boys, playing up a year in the ... Read More »

Let the Games Begin!

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee’s first fundraising event of 2016 begins on January 30 with tennis at Hideaway. Courts + Course Conquering Cancer will take place on Saturday, January 30. A full day of activity will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and includes a morning clinic with an area pro and a buffet lunch at the sports center. Also, you can compete in or watch the ProAm competition, and enjoy an all-pro exhibition match. Even if you don’t play tennis, just come out to be a spectator and support the cause. Sunday, January 31 brings Goofy Golf ... Read More »

Historical Society Inducts New Board Members

MIHS members and volunteers (from left) Karen Breiger, Joyce Pastore and Suzanne Block.

Submitted At a recent festive holiday gathering at Bistro Soleil, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) welcomed new members to its Board of Directors. The 2016 additions to the Society’s leadership are County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Sonja Laidig and Linda Sandlin. “We are so proud of our Board of Directors,” said Pat Rutledge, the MIHS president and executive director. “The Society is fortunate to have a group of talented leaders guiding us on our mission to finish the Pioneer Room, the Historical Museum’s third and final permanent exhibit gallery, in 2016 and to secure the loans of the treasured Calusa ... Read More »

The Business of Bocce

Sports Surfaces smooths the cement.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are many residents and visitors to Marco Island who love the game of bocce. From organizations like the Italian American Society, who host a team, to condominium associations who have their own leagues, to many individuals passionate about the game, there is an ample supply of bocce players. Enough so that it was determined three bocce courts at Mackle Park was not enough. An idea Peter Pareene and his friends firmly believed in. Peter, along with friends and fellow bocce enthusiasts, Lou Imbrogno, Phil Madonia, Lauren DeLisa, Pat Mazzucco and Dale Johnson, decided to ... Read More »

A Thankful Year in Review

It was a banner year for  baby dolphin births in our area; Mom Giza shows off her newborn, Freedom. Giza also became a
grandmother this year. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. ~ Wm. Ward   What a fantastic year this has been! I would like to thank the Coastal Breeze News for allowing me to be a part of their team. It has been an honor and I am humbled. I would like, even more, to thank those who read my contributions to this paper. Your positive feedback and constructive criticism have made me a better person (although I like the compliments more than the criticism). One of my ... Read More »

Naomi’s Holiday Cheers

Recently rescued parking lot kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: Merry Christmas to one and all! I know each of you is under the tree at this very moment, contemplating the wands, laser pointers, and catnip mice Santa Claws and Rudolph delivered in the wee hours of this morning, not to mention the salmon, turkey, chicken, and beef flavored treats spilling out of your over-stuffed stockings. Thanks to the efforts of my staff here at For the Love of Cats (Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter), the 154 cats and kittens we rescued this year are enjoying Christmas in the ... Read More »

MIA Boys Soccer Players Compile Some Impressive Statistics


By Barry Gwinn I have been watching the Marco Island Academy boys practice and have introduced myself to some of them and to their coach, Jerry Miller. They are spirited likable young men who like their coach and are working hard. I feel the same. I hope to report on their upcoming games. These guys deserve some attention. Jerry Miller teaches Environmental Science MIA. This is his first year coaching the team. The team has compiled a 3-1-10 record so far. In their 3 wins they scored 20 goals and pitched a shutout against First Baptist Academy. Two of their ... Read More »

Lady Rays Show Spunk in Three Tough Losses Merideth has another 4 goal game


Submitted The MIA girls soccer team came of age on a December home game against a good First Baptist (FBHS) squad. Abi Merideth scored the game’s first goal dribbling in close from the right and propelling a ground shot into the far left corner of the goal. The score stood at 1-3, FB Baptist at the end of the half. None of the crowd left at half time, hoping and expecting an MIA come back in the second half. Despite First Baptist’s five goals in the second half, the Rays pulled to within I at one point, before losing 4 ... Read More »

Hideaway Wins Philanthropic Award


Submitted Recently, on a day known as “National Philanthropy Day,” the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Everglades Chapter named Hideaway Beach Club the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of 2015. A well-attended awards ceremony took place at Hodges University in Naples. Hideaway was honored for their work with Guadalupe Center’s After-school, Summer and Tutor Corps Programs and the American Cancer Society. This year the group also built their first home for Habitat for Humanity. Hideaway’s nomination came from the Guadalupe Center. Over the past thirty years the group has raised more than $5.5 million for the center, and has been instrumental in initiating a number of ... Read More »

Part Two: The Physicians Regional- Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Open to patients since February 11, 2013, Physicians Regional-Marco Island is a 9,000 square-foot facility located at The Shops of Marco at the corner of Barfield and San Marco Road. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or a “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both are true. That said, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Today, I have enlisted the help of some of Marco’s most skilled ... Read More »

ACS Cares

Award recipients Debra and Dick Shanahan and Dr. Loan Lam.

Submitted The American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board recently had their annual holiday dinner. Gary Landis, the board chair, and his wife Anne were gracious hosts and outdid themselves with a beautiful Mexican-themed meal. The evening included two very well deserved awards. The Volunteers of the Year Award was given to Dick and Debra Shanahan, who have been the driving force behind the award winning Imagination Ball. The Above and Beyond Award was given to Dr. Loan Lam, an active board member who always steps up to help where needed, and who has acted as a liaison between the Marco ... Read More »

The Rally MIA Snatches Victory from Defeat

MIA’s Patrick Michel comes down with rebound in the Rays victory over Canterbury.

By Roger LaLonde Canterbury School held 10 and 12-point leads through most of the second half against Marco Island Academy (MIA) on December 7. Canterbury looked like it would win in a breeze, leading 55-43 with under five minutes to play. Then the rally. Tyler Gresham hit the boards, scoring four points. Canterbury tallied three points, but the Rays would not be deterred. MIA’s Cole Stretton took over. He scored on a steal. Made good on a three-point play, stole the ball again and on a behind-the-back pass Brian Flynn made a layup to bring the Rays within six at ... Read More »

Lady Rays Win Two More Merideth Scores 8 in Last 3 Games

Kayla Kladis stops another SW Florida attempt on December 7.

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls’ soccer team disappointed fans at the first home game on December 1, losing to St. John Neumann, 0-8. Abi Merideth, the team’s leading scorer, was held out by her doctor, and Lexi Harrington suffered an arm injury in the first minute. Down only three at half time, poor goalkeeping by Kayla Kladis sealed the team’s fate in the second half. On December 3, at First Baptist, the Rays lost a closely contested game 1-3. Merideth, cleared to play, scored the only Ray’s goal. The game was played mostly in pouring rain. “It was raining ... Read More »