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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 »

Lely’s Top 100 Scholars

From left: Sophomores Ella Kerchner, Tia Nielsen, Mariah Olcheski,  Molishka Heriveaux, Jordan Vann and Pilar Forrest. PHOTO BY TRESA NIELSEN

By Maureen Chodaba “These are the cream of the crop of Lely High School,” said National Honor Society advisor, Professor Brian Milner as he welcomed the attendees to the annual Lely High School Top 100 Dinner at the Marco Island Hilton on May 26. Sponsored by the Lely High School National Honor Society (NHS), the event honors the top 25 academic achievers in each class. NHS President Diana Alas said, “The National Honor Society enjoys celebrating the successes of the brightest students at Lely and believes they truly deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. Students can enjoy seeing the ... Read More »

Understanding the ?Fertilizer Ordinance

By Amber Crooks, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Conservancy of Southwest Florida  With the approval of a fertilizer ordinance in the City of Marco Island this past March, ordinances are now in place all the way up the coast to Sarasota and beyond. In fact, over 90 Florida municipalities have adopted fertilizer rules since 2008. Why have so many cities and counties across Florida placed such importance on the proper application of fertilizers? Fertilizer products containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous can contribute to polluted water. Once applied to your lawn, these nutrients may make their way through the soil ... Read More »

Island Plaza to Receive a Face Lift

A rendering of the clock tower that will grace the front of Island Plaza.

By Don Manley Work should begin shortly to spruce up the more than 30-year-old Island Plaza with an updated appearance. A groundbreaking was held this week for the approximately $2.3 million project being undertaken by the plaza’s owner, Hendricks Commercial Properties Group, based in Beloit, Wis. Located at the corner of North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive, Island Plaza is home to a Bealls Outlet store, a CVS Pharmacy, Jet’s Surf Shop, Davide Italian Cafe & Deli and other retailers, with office space located on its second floor. Plans include the addition of a clock tower near Jet’s, updated ... Read More »

Nikki Davis Awarded by Rotary

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Bill Morris (right) presents Joy of Giving founder Nikki Davis with the Unsung Hero award. Val Simon (left) nominated Nikki for her tireless work, bringing gifts to more than 1,000 local children annually.

Submitted  The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2016 to Nikki Davis. Nikki was honored for her service to the Marco Island community and for placing “service above self,” actions consistent with Rotary Club aspirations. Specifically, Nikki was recognized for her work with the organization she founded, the Joy of Giving, which raises money so that needy children may enjoy gifts from Santa during Christmas. Nikki began the Joy of Giving in 1988 after moving to Marco Island. She missed her family and friends over the holidays, and rather than feeling ... Read More »

Soapfest Returns

Soap stars aboard the Marco Island Princess for the “Cruisin’ Boozin’ & Schmoozin” tour. Photo by Jesus Calo

By Samantha Husted  This year Marco Island celebrated Soapfest’s 17th birthday. The annual fundraising event, which benefits several children’s charities and the Island Theater Company’s scholarship fund, featured 11 daytime celebrity actors from some of television’s most popular soap operas. The soaps and the stars included: “Days of Our Lives” (Melissa Archer), “The Young and the Restless” (Kate Linder, Jeff Branson, Christian LeBlanc, Sean Carrigan), “General Hospital” (Ryan Paevey, Brytni Sarpy, Donnell Turner, Robert Palmer Watkins) and “Guiding Light” (Tom Pelphrey). Soap operas have long been a form of daytime entertainment. Many of the longest-running scripted television shows are a ... Read More »

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires

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By Samantha Husted On May 27th hundreds gathered in the Rose Hall Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to bid farewell to longtime firefighter, Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. Chris started at the Fire Department in 1983 when he was just 20 years old. In the past 33 years he’s seen Marco Island grow from a sleepy little town to a bonafide city. He’s been witness to the evolving emergency response technologies and has played a significant role in laying the foundation for the department we know today. Chris grew up just two hours east of Marco Island in Miami. ... Read More »

Marriott Construction – Collier Boulevard Closures

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Upcoming construction at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, will cause three scheduled road closures in front of the hotel’s location at 400 South Collier Boulevard. Marco Island residents are advised that the southbound lanes of Collier Boulevard directly in front of the Marriott will be closed on the following targeted dates: • Thursday, June 16 • Monday, June 20 • Monday, June 27 On each of these days, weather permitting, starting at 4 AM the Marriott will begin staging for construction, and will shut down the southbound lane of Collier ... Read More »

MICMS Top Student Athletes

Coach Joe Bartos with his outstanding soccer student athlete, Jose Aguilera.

By Roger LaLonde Ryenn Hart and Michael Mertens parlayed their academics and athletic abilities into winning the top student athlete award at the annual Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) Sports Night on May 18. Trent Fetzer and Lauren Faremouth won the other top award, the Michael “Mickey” Mendel Sportsmanship Award. Some 400 relatives and friends packed the MICMS gym. Not only was it the largest crowd, but the highest number of athletes to be recognized. While many played more than one sport, the number of participants in all sports totaled 271. Roger Raymond, athletic director, extolled the virtues of ... Read More »

Let’s Talk About Veins

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Safe to say, those of us in Southwest Florida tend to show more skin. Though our weather is wonderful and our pools are open year-round, there is no doubt that shorts and swimsuits become even more popular during the summer months. The result? Our veins are even more exposed than usual. And yes, this can be an unsettling thought for those who wish to keep their less-than-appealing veins under wraps. That said, it’s surprising how little the public knows about vein care and vascular surgery—specifically, the technological advancements in the ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part VII Are We There Yet?

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By Carol Glassman CarolGlassman@embarqmail.com When I began this incredible journey of necessary home repair following a flood from a leaky roof ten months ago, I had no idea it would take so long and lead me into the unknown. When I began writing about it, I wasn’t motivated by revenge or any other evil thought, it just seemed to me that almost everyone I spoke to about contractors and home repair had a horror story to tell. If you don’t, I’d say you are among the minority and very, very fortunate. Hopefully this saga will prevent some from making the ... Read More »

On the Road

Master Naturalist Bob McConville and friend. Submitted Photo

Submitted Whales do it. Birds do it. Even sea turtles do it. In fact, every year some of the Earth’s most incredible creatures take to the road, often traveling thousands of miles, to find resources that are not available within a single area on a year-round basis. On Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 PM, Master Naturalist Robert McConville will describe some of the world’s greatest animal migrations. Take, for example, the adult sea turtles. In the spring and summer, these turtles migrate hundreds, even thousands of miles to Florida to mate and nest. The female of the species comes ashore ... Read More »

MIA Student Athletes Honored

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Raoul Rodriguez slams a forehand during a match this season. Named the school’s outstanding tennis player in the annual
sports awards presentation, Rodriguez is
the first MIA player in any sport to reach the state finals.

By Roger LaLonde In the months that followed sports seasons, Marco Island Academy (MIA) held separate award presentations. “We have a tremendous group of student athletes,” Kelly Monnot, athletic director, said. “They are well-rounded students who work hard in the classroom and in athletics.” Monnot thinks the school is headed in the right direction in academics and sports. “The school student numbers are increasing and we are seeing more sports participation. We have many multi-sport athletes,” she said. Monnot is proud of how the students are adapting to the school’s culture. “We expect our athletes to excel in the classroom ... Read More »

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires

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By Samantha Husted On May 31st the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department will bid farewell to longtime employee Chris Byrne. Chris started with the fire department as a firefighter in 1983 and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Deputy Chief. Chris has dedicated himself to the citizens of Marco Island, Collier County and the State of Florida. He has held leadership roles through various task forces, such as the State Coordinator of the Collier County Hazardous Materials District Response Team, the Collier County Marine Emergency Response Team Coordinator, as well as the Commander of the Collier County Strike ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Adopt-A- Thon Finds Homes for 45 Pets

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Submitted Recently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) held a 33-hour Adopt-A-Thon and found homes for 45 homeless animals. Twenty dogs, 21 cats and four mice found their forever homes during the event. That’s more than half the dogs in the adoption kennel. Three cats waiting for homes for more than a year were among the 21 adopted during the event. Adoption prices were reduced considerably during the event. Dogs could be adopted for $30 ($55 off the usual $85 adoption fee) and cats could be adopted for $20 ($40 off the usual $60 adoption fee). Animals are older than ... Read More »

Last Hurrah for Great Dock Canoe Race?

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By Don Manley Maria Delosh was caught up in the groove as she danced alone to The Jackson 5’s “Let’s Dance and Shout” booming from speakers outside The Dock at Crayton Cove in Naples. She smiled, her umbrella raised in the scorching, Sunday afternoon sun, as around her swirled a festive crowd that was also enjoying the fun at the recent Great Dock Canoe Race. Delosh said she’s been attending the annual, mid-May party since moving to Naples 15 years ago. “It’s the people, the friendliness, everybody’s happy, everybody’s smiling, the canoes, the beautiful decorations,” she said. “Above all, the ... Read More »

Positives Seen in MIA Spring Game

MIA’S Tyler Gresham shakes off the defender in gaining yards in the spring game.

By Roger LaLonde The spring game for Marco Island Academy (MIA) didn’t come out well in the won-loss column, but coach Damon Coiro saw a lot of positives. The Manta Rays were blanked on the road by St. Andrews of Boca Raton, 33-0 on May 20. The Scots scored on two huge pass plays in the first half. In the second half, when Coiro frequently subbed his charges, two running plays by the Scots in the third and a blocked punt in the fourth resulted in scores. “We had scoring opportunities in the first half, but we turned the ball ... Read More »

‘Baby’s First Breath’

Von Schroth expertly touching up a turtle.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Baby dolphins come into this world tail first and swimming. Just moments after birth, the mother dolphin will gently nudge the newborn up to the surface so that it can take its first breath of fresh air. This image was the inspiration behind artist Michael Von Schroth’s latest wood sculpture, “Baby’s First Breath.” Von Schroth has been working with wood as a medium for over 26 years. You may have seen him. For the past 20 years he has set up shop next to the Gators’ Crossroads bar, just past the intersection of US 41 and ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

Mallorca Dreaming. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »