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Volunteers Step Up at Evening Beach Clean-up

BAC member Katie O’Hara comes down the South Beach ramp.

Submitted The evening beach clean-up after Labor Day brought many residents to the beach, along with young members of Cub Scout Pack 234. According to Megan Olsen, Assistant Cub Master, “One way for the boys to earn their Bobcat badge is to perform community service. The beach clean-up was a good lesson for the boys. They did find a lot of water bottle caps, beer caps, cigarette butts and some straws.” Nick Wagner, Director of Beach Experience for JW Marriott brought in a crew from Quinn’s, his two boys and Spa Manager Julie Ronimous. Late August and early September brought ... Read More »

What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?

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RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked apologetic when reprimanded for being late, while in your heart you wanted to keep playing forever. “Back to School” means many things to many people. For the retailers it’s a much needed lift after the sultry summer with clothing sales, ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

Black skimmer male riding on back of female.

Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. Sand Dollar Island is also a state designated “Critical Wildlife Area.” During springtime, love is in the air, as birds on Sand Dollar Island look for a mate. Courtship rituals range from something sweet and simple like head bowing, or ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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Submitted  At the Marco Island Writers July 13th meeting, Betsy Perdichizzi presented her rendition of “Dr. Mary Olds” to a small but very appreciative audience. The wind and rain depressed attendance that evening. Thanks, Betsy, and thanks to all the stalwart attendees for braving the weather. The next meeting, on August 10th at 6 PM, will focus on loglines and pitches. Joanne Tailele, current group secretary and former president, will present information on why these are important and how to do them well. Loglines are one-sentence summaries of a written work that convey its essence. Pitches are written or verbal ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
Photos courtesy of Mila Bridger

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and lure since it was built in 1980. Many far-fetched tales have been spun about the futuristic bubbles, but right here, right now, the stories are put to rest. Bob and Margaret Lee’s daughter, Janet Maples, laughs when she recalls ... Read More »

EMS Vehicles Delayed

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain’s Latest Improvements

Submitted Photo The Freedom Fountain, centerpiece of the veterans memorial in Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

Submitted The Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park has received a facelift that further enhances and preserves its beauty. Commemorative inscriptions on the black granite panels gracing the crown jewel of Marco Island’s veterans’ memorial recently received a coat of gold sealant, adding luster to its personalized messages honoring America’s military service men and women. At the same time, the bronze, 9-foot tall, in-flight American eagle that crowns the 10-foot-tall fountain was cleaned and treated with clear-coat sealant. The work was performed by Chris Holloway, owner of Marco Island Painting, and his staff. Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the all-volunteer Veterans ... Read More »

Young Sailor Competes in National Regatta

220 sailors, ages 9-16 competed in the invitation-only event.

By Samantha Husted  Meet 10-year-old Ryan Garraty, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Ryan is passionate about sailing, an activity he’s been a part of since he was 7. About once or twice a month he and his family will travel all across South Florida in order to compete. Last month Ryan qualified for the U.S. Team Trials Regatta in San Francisco, California, an invitation only event. Garraty is a second-generation sailor. You could say it’s in his blood. His father Robert Garraty got his start in sailing when he was just a teen; he would eventually go ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

Morffew Shares Love of Birds

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  When Andy Morffew wakes up in the morning the first thing that he asks is, “Which way is the wind blowing? Is it a good day to go to Tigertail?” If you have spent any time at Tigertail Beach, chances are you have seen him there, quietly photographing the birds in their natural habitat, careful not to disturb them. Andy splits his time between Hampshire, England and Naples, Florida. Although known for his photographs of birds, Andy’s background is in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He has a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Andy retired in 2003, and ... Read More »

Bocce 2016

PHOTO BY JOAN KELLY
Tournament winners the Beach Bums, from left: Paul Rhoads, Mike Cox, Connie
Taylor and George Taylor.

By Joan Kelly Bocce took over the Isles of Capri four days a week and on weekends when the team competition took to the court. Red and blue balls beat up the poor little white ball, playing in rain or shine, wind or calm, heat or cold. The measuring tape came out, as balls were close. At times there was no winner with equal distance between balls. Seventeen teams with at least four members played two games a week during the eight-week season. They were in two divisions, A and B, and only played within their division until the playoff. ... Read More »

MIPO Educates Residents on Fire/EMS Issues

By Maureen Chodaba On March 10, the Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) in their dedication to integrity, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in city government, held a public forum to address and educate the public of the present issues regarding emergency medical services for Marco Island. MIPO Chair Linda Turner welcomed the audience and was followed by opening remarks from physician, Dr. Gerald Swiacki. Dr. Swiacki discussed the importance of rapid response times in emergencies. He stressed that every minute can make a difference in life or death situations. Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy then took center stage as he ... Read More »

Team Effort Makes a Good Burn

Cass Palmer, District 6 Fire Management Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches over the line of fire. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Most often when we hear about wildfires it is in connection to the great harm that they cause; Homes destroyed, people and animals injured or killed, and beautiful trees forever erased from nature. Yet fires are actually beneficial to Florida’s landscape, and play an integral role in its ecosystems. Periodic fire tends to favor understory species that require a more open habitat. A mosaic of burned and unburned areas tends to maximize an “edge effect” which promotes a large and varied wildlife population. Deer, dove, quail, and turkey are game species that benefit from prescribed fire in ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues.” Wikipedia.com goes on to say that the idiom’s origin “may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part 1

Carol Glassman’s kitchen, where serious  leaks from the roof caused major damage. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman This is not just one of those spooky fantasies about a haunted house where terrible things happen and you are afraid to walk around; it’s a true story about a rather nice house, where terrible things happened, enough to make you walk out, heartbroken. The story isn’t really unusual, nor is it unfortunately, unique. Almost everyone who has suffered through home repairs probably has a similar tale of woe, but as you follow this one over the weeks, you may understand why I felt it needed to be shared with the public as a “consumer beware” saga. ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed the start by about 30 minutes so that by the time the first race got underway, winds were steady at eight to ten knots from the north/northwest. As racing continued during the day, winds steadily got stronger from the north, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

Island Valentines

Beach Valentines. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The holiday of love and romance is upon us. Pink and red hearts decorate retail stores; restaurants advertise two for one specials; the hotel industry creates “romantic weekend getaways;” and that odd little winged cherub appears everywhere, bow and arrow ready. It’s a very special time for me for a couple of reasons. First, it’s my birthday. Conveniently I was born on February 14th amidst the Valentine hoopla, and with all the “gentle” Hallmark and retail reminders, my husband has not forgotten my birthday even once. But the real reason it’s a very special ... Read More »

FIDDLIN’ AROUND

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By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »