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Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

Facing South, looking straight up, 6 AM, Nov, 28. If you want to see Jupiter, 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »

Condo Concepts

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CONDO DESIGN By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.sandyelliottinteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57, and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States — 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and ... Read More »

This Holiday Season Give Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Shred Party

You all have been working feverishly stuffing old papers and documents into boxes and bags to have them shredded at the November 8th Shred Party. Now is the time to really ramp up your paper gathering efforts, to rid Marco Island of extra paper/documents…if that is possible. After all, in IberiaBank’s first 14 Shred Parties, over 75 tons of paper had been shredded. Can there be any left to shred? The answer is “YES!” Shred Parties not only to get rid of extra paper, but also to help protect everyone against the threat of identity theft. Having a safe and secure method of ... Read More »

A Good Year for Sea Turtles Nesting

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sea Turtle nesting season is coming to a close on Florida’s beaches, and according to the research scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, loggerhead turtle nest numbers remained high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new state record. “Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future,” said Dr. Simona Ceriani, FWC research scientist. Throughout Collier ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation Pancake Breakfast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a cool and windy day, but the Seventh Annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) was a definite success. A complete breakfast was offered with eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Tables and chairs lined the bays of the fire station and some of the pancake “flippers” included local “celebrity chefs” MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy, City Councilman Larry Honig and City Manager Roger Hernstadt, as well as a few Fire Rescue Department personnel. Hundreds of islanders and visitors stopped in to enjoy breakfast. MIFRF holds a ... Read More »

St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving Food Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, with the assistance of realtor Bill Filbin, delivered 70 trays of food to St. Matthew’s House Shelter last Thanksgiving. It was made possible through the generosity of islanders who prepared food and brought it to the Board of Realtors office. From there, Bill loaded up vans for delivery to St. Matthew’s House. Bill is requesting your assistance this Thanksgiving again. “You can contact Kandy at the Board of Realtor’s office to pick up an aluminum tray with cover. We ask that the trays are brought to the office ... Read More »

Cultural Alliance Announces 1st Collaborative Programs

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland (CAMIG) has announced its first three collaborative educational and fundraising programs beginning early next year. The local coalition of seven not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations banded together in April to “be a unified voice promoting cultural awareness and activities that enhance the quality of life on Marco Island and Goodland.” The first of these activities is scheduled for February, when The Marco Players Theater will join forces with the Naples Holocaust Museum and the Marco Island Historical Society and Museum to present a three-tier educational program focusing on the ... Read More »

“And in the ring we have…”

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island has been home to an international boxing show since 2011 thanks to Marco Island policeman Richie Stoltenborg. Originally held in a tent at Veterans Park, it has grown in popularity, and it is now held at the Marco Island Marriott. Each year, Team New Jersey battles Team Ireland for the Championship belt. “The criteria to making one of these teams that travels internationally is staying out of trouble, staying off the streets, stay in school and in the gym,” says Richie. “Amateur boxing builds character, self-esteem and self-confidence. Hopefully, next year we will ... Read More »

First Semester Honor Roll

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County School District has released the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2014/15 school year. It is time we recognize and applaud students for their hard work. The schools listed are in our distribution area except for Manatee Elementary School. Congratulations to these students! You’re well on your way to an academically successful year.   Everglades City School: High School Honors Mark Brown, Sierra Dungan, Ashlyn Goff, Savannah Oglesby, Ana Roldan, Tawny Wood Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Alexis Hendrickson, Cameron Jones Lely High School High School: Highest Honor ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

2nd Annual Deck the Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Now that Halloween is past, Christmas festivities are on everyone’s mind. Why not get started by joining in the 2nd Annual “Deck the Doors and More” Wreath and Tree Decorating Contest and Silent Auction? And this year, due to popular demand, the event has been expanded to include original wreaths and small trees. There’s still time to enter your original festive creation, but hurry! The application submission deadline ends Monday, Nov. 17. Just complete and submit the Application to Decorate and deliver your wreath or tree to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 29, between ... Read More »

New City Council Takes the Dais

The Marco Island City Council: (front row, l-r) Ken Honecker, Joe Batte and Victor Rios (back row, l-r) Amadeo Petricca, Larry Sacher, Bob Brown and Larry Honig. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Less than a week after the ballots were counted, Marco Island’s newly elected and re-elected city councilors were sworn into office. Collier County Circuit Judge Ramiro Manalich presided over the ceremonies during the City Council’s Monday, Nov. 10, regular meeting. Re-elected city councilors Joe Batte and Bob Brown won their seats with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively. Victor Rios joins them with 23 percent, beating out Litha Berger who received 21 percent of the vote. Rios assumes the seat of former City Councilor Chuck Keister. After the swearing in ceremony, all ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

Goodland ‘Pink Out’

Pictured left to right: Trish Oehler, Zach Gober, Michael Gober and their dad, Steve Gober collectively showed support in their pink shirts.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a sea of pink as far as the eye could see at Stan’s Idle Hour on Sunday, Oct. 26, where Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island came together with the small community of Goodland to host their second annual Pink Hair for Hope fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The usual “Sunday Funday” crowd drawn to Stan’s joined in the day’s activities, entering raffles and sporting pink hair extensions provided by the salon team — all of which were present and decked out in head-to-toe pink. “They did it last year, ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

Deck the Halls at GCA’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s hard to believe that another holiday season is just around the corner. It’s almost time for big family gatherings, elaborate meals, decorations and presents; and while I didn’t have the pleasure of being in Florida this time last year, I’m very excited knowing where I will do all of my 2014 Christmas shopping: the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Marking its second season at Margood Harbor Park, the annual event will be held on November 15-16, 10 AM-4 PM. Last year, nearly 70 vendors — many from Goodland and Marco — were ... Read More »