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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

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Tournament winners the Beach Bums, from left: Paul Rhoads, Mike Cox, Connie
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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 »

Prescribed Fires Made Possible Through Partnership

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Prescribed fire is an important tool for natural resource managers in Southwest Florida. Within Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, thousands of acres of fire-dependent habitat are managed each year with the help of regional partners and crews from the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) in Tallahassee. “We rely on partners for a lot of what we do here,” said Resource Management Coordinator Jeff Carter, who is responsible for overseeing the reserve’s prescribed fire program. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burn activities with the Florida Forestry Service, and work with partnering land managers and local ... Read More »

Improvements at Freedom Fountain

Variegated arboricola now lines the walkway to the Freedom Fountain. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Visitors have no doubt noticed the most recent improvements made at the Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park. The walkway leading to the fountain is now accented on either side by rows of variegated arboricola, an easily maintained, tropical evergreen shrub with bright yellow and green leaves. The drought-resistant plants, 90 in all, were installed recently by Affordable Landscaping, of Marco Island, which donated its labor for the $2,000 project, which includes the installation of 12 sprinklers, which will use reclaimed water to irrigate the plants. Funding for the work was provided by the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee, which ... Read More »

Our Island Ecology

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By Chadd Chutsz New Year 2016 brings a new column to Coastal Breeze News- Our Island Ecology! Enjoy regular updates and insights on Marco Island nature and wildlife, straight from the desk of the City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, Chadd Chutsz. Burrowing Owl Chicks Arrived! The first chicks of the season have been spotted by Owl Prowl volunteers! Three fluffy chicks along with mom and dad have made themselves at home on a sandy lot just a short fly from the beach. Writer Rosanne Pawelec is kindly donating a portion of sales proceeds from the book “Ollie Finds A ... Read More »

Hills No Problem for Marco 5 Mile Run Winners

Lely High runners, from left, Garrett Southerland, Emma Fernandez, Rosie and Michael Poling, just before the run. Rosie came in second overall for women, Michael won his 14-and-under class and Emma came in second in the 15-19 class.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco 5 mile Hill Run gave way to winners who experience running hilly traverses in their home states. Jesse Armbruster of Columbus, Ohio and Jennifer Rapaport of Medford, Massachusetts attacked the 17 hilly sections of the race, fighting chilly weather and a strong head wind to the finish line to win easily. Armbruster won in a time of 27:48.7. It was 51 seconds faster than second-place finisher Adam Cholewin of Fort Bragg, NC (28:37.5) and more than two minutes faster than third-place finisher Nick Kamen of Naples (30.05.6). Rapaport’s time of 32.53.2 was just over ... Read More »

2016 Safe Boating Classes

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By Laurie Harris USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs As we enter another season, Flotilla 95 has introduced the 2016 schedule for the Safe Boating Classes. For over 40 years now, Flotilla 95 has been offering safe boating programs on Marco Island. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats. Flotilla 95’s educational programs for 2016 will achieve their mission by making relevant programs available to the boating public. Boating Skills & Seamanship ... Read More »

Regatta Results

Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. PHOTOS BY FRANK BROWN

Submitted Following a brief at-sea memorial honoring friends and loved ones who had passed-away during the past year, plus victims of the Paris attacks, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats circled around a line between a 42-foot power boat and an inflatable orange buoy in the Gulf of Mexico, about a mile off of the Marriott beach. This was the start of the recent Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Wind conditions were 15-20 knots from the northeast. Because of the strong winds, only the larger boats (30-50 feet) raced. Sailors on those boats loved it! Two classes of ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta

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Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program, which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Integrity Insurance Receives Award

Integrity Insurance International, Inc. won  the Best Full Service Insurance Firm in Southwest Florida Award from Wealth and Finance Magazine. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Wealth and Finance Magazine released the 2015 Wealth & Money Management Award winners recently. The award Integrity Insurance won is among prestigious awards which are all about the individuals, firms and departments whose dedication and commitment in all aspects of the role have seen them achieve stellar results for their clients, whether assisting with managing their wealth, planning for the future of their business or their family, or providing more general-but no less vital – advice. Peter Rujgev, Awards Coordinator said, “The Wealth and Money Management Awards are designed to honor professionals that protect and safeguard the wealth of ... Read More »