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MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

Submitted “City of Lights Life,” by Anastasia Baran.
Manhattan’s skyline has never been so bright and colorful.

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” It has certainly worked out that way for Anastasia (Ana) Baran and Brenda Perez. Their story begins in February 2014, when Hyla Crane was brought in as executive director of the Center. She hit the ground running. One of the ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Students Perform in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted  Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). This month, “The Tempest,” believed to be William Shakespeare’s final work, will be performed by Marco Island Academy, Lely High School and Florida Gulf Coast University students. This also will be the final production for Kaitlynn McRae, the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival’s operations director. McRae chose “The Tempest” as her last piece to direct for the Shakespeare Festival, not just because of the connection to Shakespeare’s own final work, but “because of the beautiful transition Prospero must make as he realizes where his real power lies.” Prospero becomes ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »

Forty Under 40 Recognizes Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams, vice president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction, stands near a model home the company is building at the intersection of Barfield Drive and Majorca Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Ryan Williams can boast of being in rare company after being named to Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Class of 2016.” Williams, the vice-president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction on Marco Island, was selected from the more than 350 people, nationally, nominated for the award which is based on their personal and professional accomplishments. “These young leaders are as dedicated to serving their communities as they are to growing their businesses and have remarkable achievements in their personal lives as well,” said Denise Dersin, Professional Builder’s editorial director. Williams, 37, was nominated by his father, ... Read More »

Elliott Mascoop Stamps Out Hunger

Elliott shows us the growing pile of food drive donations at the post office. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For 29½ years Elliott Mascoop has worked for the United States Postal Service. Some people in his position might be counting the days to their retirement. But Elliott is busy thinking of ways he can do more to help others, and then acting on them. Elliot spearheads local efforts for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” an organized food drive of grand proportion carried out by postal workers throughout the entire country. In fact, it’s the largest one-day food drive in the United States, in its 24th year helping the ... Read More »

Local Authors Unite at Authorfest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com There were memoirs, romances, coloring books and even murder mysteries available. Authors sat at their booths surrounded by their many publications, eager to discuss writing processes and publishing preferences with anyone who happened to pass by. On March 29th, the Marco Island Writers Inc. group held it’s fourth annual Authorfest at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The authors, all of whom were local, filled the Center with collections of their works that were available for purchase. It was a wine and cheese sort of social. Writers and community members alike perused the rows of ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

Alberta’s Canadian Rockies, Part I

Chateau Lake Louise

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Canada’s Rocky Mountains are located in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Within Alberta, the locations of Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff provide many opportunities for alpine experiences. The landscape includes peaks, valleys, canyons, rivers, glacial lakes, forests, waterfalls, and lots of wildlife. I will write about Banff, the larger, more commercial of the three in a future column. Lake Louise and Jasper serve as the gateways to the Icefields Parkway, surely one of the most scenic drives in the world. Lake Louise, with the stately Chateau Lake Louise facing the Victoria Glacier at the ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »

Ending Domestic Violence Starts With Men

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Efforts to prevent domestic violence have been focused recently on educating boys and men. Coastal Breeze News learned that a group from the Island Country Club met with Linda Oberhaus, the executive director of The Shelter for Abused Women and Children to help educate and raise awareness among Marco Island men about the problems of domestic violence and the work of The Shelter. Many of the men were unaware of the degree of domestic violence that exists locally. To learn how men can help end the problem of domestic violence, Coastal Breeze News contacted Linda ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

The 2015 Sea Turtle Scoreboard

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By Kathy Worley, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Director of Environmental Science Great news, like my favorite football team the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl 50, sea turtles were a winner last year as their nesting numbers are trending upward! I recently attended the sea turtle permit holders meeting in Jacksonville, where basically a lot of people gather to talk turtles and discuss the 2015 highlights and players of the year. The main players that take to our beaches every year are the loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), and the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), while the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) ... Read More »

8th Annual Seafood and Music Festival

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music was a resounding success, if the plates of seafood, happy shoppers and hips swaying to music were an indication! Thousands of people attended the three-day music festival. “Our attendance was even to what we have seen in the past. Considering the downpours all around us from Naples to Bonita, we feel fortunate we didn’t miss a beat due to rain,” said Stan Niemczyk, founder of the festival. Three charitable organizations work together to host the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. It is the single biggest volunteer ... Read More »

Marco’s Uphill Battle for COPCN

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By Maureen Chodaba On March 22, Marco Island City Council presented a resolution to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) asking Collier County to support Marco Island’s future application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN), a certificate that would allow Marco Island to provide its own emergency medical services (EMS) paramedic and transport services. Florida state statute requires that a municipality obtain a COPCN via the county to provide EMS services. At this time, Marco Island and Collier County EMS work together in an interlocal agreement. Some concerns of the future of this agreement have come about ... Read More »

Pilot Project Promotes Aquatic Diversity

Juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster have found a home on the sampler-sized
artificial dock habitat at Jim Timmerman’s home.

By Don Manley A pilot project is underway that may turn the murky waters of Marco Island’s canals into transparent, sustainable marine habitats, teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life. Ocean Habitats, LLC, has installed its artificial dock habitats in canals abutting six homes on the island. The simply designed habitats have are designed mimic mangrove roots in creating a home for organisms, such as larval and juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster, that consume phytoplankton – microscopic marine plants – that discolor water. Constructed of fiberglass, PVC pipe, polypropylene rope and crab trap floats, ... Read More »

Marco’s New Psychologist

Submitted Dr. Georgann Norton has been a licensed psychologist for 20 years. Last year, she opened a practice in Naples. Now she is excited to announce the opening of her office on Marco Island. Georgann works with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief and divorce, among other issues. “I love what I do and I knew that if I came here full time, I would continue my work in this great community,” says Georgann. “People think that down here in the sun and beauty of Florida, we don’t have problems,” says Georgann. “The truth is that ... Read More »

Online Contest Awards Artists with Heart

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Submitted  Artist Denise Wauters’ mission to promote artists led her to create the Heart Award– to recognize and market artists who submit their work to the Online Art Contest. Themed art calls through the Online Art Contest allow artists the opportunity to gain exposure and reach a larger audience for their talents. The most recent art call, entitled “Patterns: From Nature and Man Made,” recently named its winners. Marco Island’s Karen Swanker was named Grand Prize winner of the Heart Award. Using “found objects” of metal, plastic, glass and paper, Karen’s winning piece entitled “The Power” includes objects that she painted ... Read More »