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Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Crossfit Challenge Hits Marco Beach

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Crossfit is exploding as the latest fitness craze. It puts going to “work out” to an EXTREME level. For the second year in a row, Fit Nation Box Battles has brought a crossfit challenge to the beaches of Marco Island. Enthusiastic athletes came from all over the state and blew up the beach! The event consisted of a series of professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility and power. Co-ed teams consisted of two males and two females that challenged their physical and mental fortitude while having the extent of ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.

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I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council. I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”. He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts. I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently. I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City. ... Read More »

Special Olympics Florida (SOFL)

Collier County awarded the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner of Immokalee, FL. Latasha is a versatile athlete who competes in cycling, bowling, basketball, rhythmic dance, soccer, and flag football with SOFL – Collier County. Her dedication, sportsmanship, and hard work in all of these sports have allowed her to excel and to achieve numerous awards and accolades at both local and state levels. Coach Kelly Stevenson states “Latasha is a great athlete with excellent sportsmanship, and she is always willing to help out no matter what you ask her to do.” Latasha’s love ... Read More »

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.  This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly®  Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in October

Walter Donavan holds a nice Redfish as Danielle and Jasen bust a move.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Our first fall month is upon us, and the daily rains will start to diminish throughout the month. It will still be hot out there, but it sure will be nice to see the change of seasons. October is here, and what a great month it is to fish the 10,000 Islands! Our day time air temperatures are now averaging around 87 degrees, as water temps hover around 81 degrees. Typically, we will begin to see some nice schools of large live bait like pilchards and thread herring pour into the area. Get ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Organizationally Challenged

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By Pat Newman I’ve always wanted to be one of those women whose shoes are arranged by color and lovingly arranged on shelves shuttered by tinted glass. Instead, I am constantly seeking two matching shoes in a two-room apartment. It’s clear that I am not remotely related to Martha Stewart, despite my desire to build gingerbread castles at Christmas and hand-stitch the perfect fairy godmother costume for Halloween with 15 yards of pink tulle and a single needle and strand of thread. Kitchen acumen? How about lining up my three spices in alphabetical order — cinnamon, pepper, salt? Celebrating a ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets better. From the insane notion of trying to forcefully change a privately-owned professional football team’s name (established in 1932) to not allowing elementary students to say “bless you” when a fellow student sneezes, the madness continues. “Workplace violence” is becoming ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

The Manta Rays lost on a rainy, muddy night. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Pop the Cork!

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By Marion Nicolay An impromptu champagne celebration was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum recently when noted local artist Malenda Trick reached the halfway mark on her ambitious mural dedicated to American participation in the military and warfare, especially to our veterans. The mural is approximately 5 feet high and 18 feet long, and is a polychrome rendition painted on a double-sided canvas in collage style, blending many facets of the vast subject. The location of the work-in-progress has been the lobby of the Marco Island Historical Museum and is supported by a generous grant from Marco Island Foundation ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com People come from all over the world to Marco Island to vacation, work or retire, and enjoy the beautiful crescent beach, water sports, fishing, golfing, shopping and, of course, the ever popular restaurants. A recent review of the Collier County Property Assessor’s website shows that islanders come from all 50 states with the majority coming from the Midwest and Northeast. Homeowners come from at least 15 foreign countries with Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom representing the biggest groups. About 15 percent of the island’s condos are occupied year round, and the rest ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

Smokehouse Bay Bridge Update

Work on the southbound span of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge is about 20 percent complete. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sign posted on the exit door of the Starbucks at The Esplanade on Tuesday, Sept. 30, sent caffeine junkies into instant withdrawals. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 PM, the store would be closed — closed? — due to a boil water notice, and unless otherwise notified, the store would not reopen until Saturday, Oct. 4. According to Jeff Poteet, general manager of Marco Island Utilities, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises will be tying in a new 20-inch water main that was recently installed as part of the $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. In ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was clear. The sun was shining, and the parking lot of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was packed on Saturday, Sept. 27. The occasion: National Estuaries Day, an annual event established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to help educate the public and promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. Rookery Bay is one of 28 national estuarine research reserves, and the local crowd celebrated the day in fine style, with guided boat expeditions of the estuary, kayak and paddle board adventures on Henderson Creek, behind-the-scenes laboratory ... Read More »

National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority. “National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all need to be ready for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “September is also the height of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast.” Across the Nation, disasters are occurring with greater frequency, and are larger and more complex. Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts. ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo partner to advance panther research

Long-time neighbors and conservation advocates Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo are partnering to help advance panther research in Florida. Under a new agreement, Naples Zoo, a non-profit organization and nationally accredited zoo, is committing $150,000 over the next three years to help fund the Conservancy’s collaborative research efforts related to Florida panther conservation and management. These research projects include providing technical expertise to the Florida Panther Capture Team and establishing non-invasive survey protocols for the inventory and monitoring of Florida panther and their primary prey species, the white-tailed deer. “Naples Zoo understands the critically important impact we can ... Read More »