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MI Chamber Business Expo

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber brought customers and businesses together for a festive afternoon on April 6 for the 15th Annual Business Expo. The doors opened at 4:00 and the general public streamed into the showroom. Awaiting them were 30 booths representing various local businesses and groups armed with the finest information about their organization, giveaway items and special prizes for those entering their names at each booth. About 300 people attended this year’s expo. During the show, chamber staff went around to each booth and gave up the microphone so businesses could tell a bit about ... Read More »

Celebrate Marco Island’s 50th Anniversary

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By Don Manley Much has changed on Marco Island since the Mackle Brothers ushered in the community’s modern era in 1962. It was then that the brothers – Elliott, Robert, and Frank, Jr. – went together with the heirs of Barron Gift Collier and established a joint venture to develop the Island. Their company, the Deltona Corp., created a master plan for the community the Mackles envisioned and also handled construction. In January of 1965, property in Modern Marco was made available to the public for the first time. The 50th anniversary of that momentous occasion will be commemorated the ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

Attention Gulf reef fish anglers: You’ve asked for better data and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has listened and taken action. Now the FWC needs your help. Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish, like red snapper and gag grouper, and what anglers are seeing on the water. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is for anglers (including those 65 and older) fishing in the Gulf ... Read More »

Have You Thanked a Doctor Today?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd On Monday, March 30, our nation, once again, celebrated National Doctors’ Day. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we know the extraordinary role our local physicians play in our community. We witness their profound impact on a daily basis. Here’s some history: the very first Doctor’s Day took place on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided we should set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. ... Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Submitted The Merry Wives of Windsor is a farcical comedy written by William Shakespeare. Directed by John McKerrow, Producing Artistic Director, Shakespeare in Paradise was named “Best New Theater Company in SW Florida”. Sir John Falstaff (Jim Corsica) conspires to seduce Mrs. Page (Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow) and Mrs. Ford (Victoria Diebler), the wives of two prominent Windsor citizens. The insanely jealous Mr. Ford (Mark Vanagas) hires Falstaff to reveal her suspected infidelity. With lightning-quick timing and ridiculous disguises and comical antics, the audience is sure to find pleasure in the humiliation of Falstaff and the way the wives dupe ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

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STEPPING STONES… Bob McConville This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure…we use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create these pathways leave lasting ... Read More »

Relay for Life and the Power of Teams

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Relay for Life is known around the world. In fact, the theme for this year’s Relay is One World, One Hope. The Relay is much more than ‘an event’. It is as an opportunity for family and friends to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, a time to celebrate those who have survived cancer and a chance to recognize those who are fighting back. But it is through the grassroots efforts of locally organized teams, that Relay for Life is able to raise funds through a gamut of fun, creative ways. These teams ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 20th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby will be held on Saturday, April 25th in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day at the Greater Marco Island YMCA. Besides the duck derby, there will be music, pool games and prizes. The race time will commence at 1:00 and run until all the ducks are in. With a little help from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department spray, ducks will make their way toward the finish line of the Olympic sized pool. Registration is $15.00 per duck or $25.00 for two ducks. You can purchase celebrity/rock and roll ducks ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

Appraising an Appraisal

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All that Glitters By Richard Alan Mystery… It’s something an appraiser of fine jewelry such as myself comes across now and then. The mystery is the document I am reading, a professional appraisal that is supposed to describe the piece of jewelry in my hand in every detail, but what I am reading in no way describes anything. An appraisal dated December 14th 1965, from John Doe Jewelers, One ladies gold diamond ring……. $2,500.00 Huh? I don’t know of any insurance company of this day and age that would even consider accepting this appraisal. It’s like describing a car as… ... Read More »

Iran…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Other than taxes and death, we can always count on one other certainty in life; extremely short memory of our fellow Americans. It wasn’t long ago when the previous Speaker of the House Mrs. Pelosi uttered the now infamous words “We have to pass the health care bill so you can find out what’s in it.” With those words of wisdom, the flock of sheep who parade as U.S. Congressmen passed a massive law which may at the end bankrupt the country, if it has not already done so. Now, the leaders of the same ... Read More »

Spring Break Then and Now

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By Pat Newman Ah! Can you smell it? The scent of sun lotion and beer is everywhere. That means only one thing—spring break is here again. That heady mix of aromas reminds me of some of the best times of my life, especially my first foray into Florida during college break in the 1970s. My friend Donna and I headed to Daytona Beach in search of sun and fun and discovered sun, 40 degree temps and a few hangers-on from the weekend’s Daytona 500. Intrepid travelers that we were, we decided to continuing driving south until we got a “good ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

Reads Mentor Rae Chamberlain assists Celine Eldira with an exercise recently at Manatee Elementary School.

By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Al Russell

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I’m writing to express my objection to the proposal rental ordinance. I have owned a condo at The Essex Condominiums for 22 years. Condominium rentals have not been a problem and still aren’t today. All condominiums have documents that state laws and strict rules to take care of problematic renters. In fact these rules give us much more flexibility than the proposed Ordinance will have. These rules take care of problems very effectively so why would we want to risk losing that. All condominiums are required to be inspected for updated building code and annual fire inspections that are already performed in ... Read More »

LTE: Thank you Beautification Advisory Committee!

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I was recently asked to attend last month’s Beautification Advisory Committee Community Forum.  My wife dutifully went, as we do to many functions that I’m invited to, however once we were there we were astounded by how interesting and helpful the various speakers and representatives were.  With all of the agonizing time Council has spent on developing a “fair and equitable” water and wastewater rate structure, we’ve basically ignored the things we can do to reduce our consumption, with the obvious result of reducing our costs for water. Among the things we learned about were alternative ground covers and other ... Read More »

City Notes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Have you noticed the white banners on the Collier Boulevard lampposts? They’re advertising the 50th anniversary of Modern Marco. Yep, it’s been 50 years since the Mackle Brothers brought their vision to this hunk of paradise in Southwest Florida. There will be a grand celebration at the Marriott marking the occasion. It will be the last soiree at the Marco until it builds its new ballroom and tower beginning in May. Those 50 years have been good ones on the Island. At first the population was a few dozen folks, growing to a few hundred as ... Read More »

The Perfect Storm Around the Corner

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Our Government is having difficulty naming the enemy that we are facing. For the reasonable everyday person with even a minimum degree of education and cultural knowledge the enemy is easy to name. It is the same enemy which declared war on anyone who chooses not to agree with their religious beliefs. In plain English it is the same enemy which beheads, burns alive and massacres Christians, Jews, Yazidis or even Muslims who do not agree with superiority of Islam over all others. It is the so called IS (Islamic State) formerly known as ISIS, ... Read More »