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City Council Approves Millage, Budget

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By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s pay-as-you-go budget earned a green light when city councilors voted 6-1 to approve it during the Monday, Sept. 22 regular meeting. Councilor Amadeo Petricca held fast to his objections to the budget plan, voting against it. For FY2015, the approved budget totals $22 million based on a 2.507 overall millage rate. This is a 7.85 percent millage rate increase over the city’s aggregate ad valorem taxes based on the city’s rollback rate and a conservatively projected increase in Marco Island property values. It combines a millage of 2.0466 for general ... Read More »

Stay Cool, Beat the Heat While Late Summer Fishing

Kurt is staying cool in the summer sun. PHOTOS BY CAPT PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The reflection from the water and the white deck of a boat can be equally as strong as directly from the sun. It is imperative to completely cover up if you want to beat the heat and avoid a bad burn. Sunscreen is the most obvious first line of protection, but there is a lot more to protecting yourself from sun exposure. Wear light colored and light weight clothing. Have ... Read More »

It’s Gator Hatchin’ Time in the Glades

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist A few weeks ago I took a walk through several different areas of the Everglades, and there was a very distinct and serene quiet, a sound of silence that was not there in early summer. During the months of May thru July, I could hear the unmistakeable bellowing of male alligators trying to entice the females. Some of these boys have traveled great distances to find a mate. Now, all is calm. Courtship rituals are complete, and females are tending to their nests, waiting for the young to hatch. The males have moved on, ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 4

Marco Beach. FILE PHOTOS

Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we are continuing our look at the changes to the laws that were signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, and became effective July 1. We are continuing our look at the changes that were brought about by House Bill 807. Today, we will consider the changes to the Homeowners’ Association Act found in Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. The first change in Chapter 720 is found in Section 720.303(2)(a), which was amended to require that meetings of the board must be at a location that is accessible to a ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala [email protected] The place is beginning to come alive again! We’re seeing people beginning to trickle in. Businesses are beginning to stock up. Restaurants are advertising for help. It’s like a sleepy little town waking up in the morning to a fresh new day. Welcome back to those who have arrived. We’ve missed you! Now, we can begin having fun again. * Guess what? Not only is our new Outback Restaurant on U. S. 41 East open and doing great business, they are open at lunch time, and now Carrabba’s has followed suit. Now, BOTH are open for lunch. ... Read More »

Marco Island Punt, Pass and Kick 2014

....And celebrate with him afterward. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Marco Island’s under-15 set was ready for some football on a balmy Monday evening, as they gathered at Mackle Park to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK). This was Marco Island’s 10th year to hold the NFL-sponsored, free competition. Hosted by the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department on Sept. 15, 31 boys and girls demonstrated their pig skin prowess like the pros in front of a supportive grand stand full of parents, friends and coaches. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL ... Read More »

Put a Cork in It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you want to take a real life “hands on” approach to ending hunger, Meals of Hope is the way to go! This 501c3 organization was designed as a way for communities to come together to end hunger in their communities and beyond. So far, more than 22.5 million nutritious meals have been packaged and distributed. Locally, Neil Snyder has been dubbed “Captain Hope” by fellow Rotarians as the man in charge of the Meals of Hope campaign. His wife, most recent president of the Kiwanis Club, also joins the effort. In fact, more than ... Read More »

Preps for Upcoming Season

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] If you stop by Arturo’s this month, you will note one of Marco Island’s favorite Italian restaurants is closed for its annual vacation. You also will note, though, that the restaurant is alive with activity as it prepares for its 19th season. “We had a great season last year,” says Arturo’s co-owner Judy Barney. “But, more importantly, we are looking forward to an even better season this year…We recognize that September is the slowest month of the year. One year, we opened in September, and then I remembered why we usually closed down to take ... Read More »

Strideaway through Hideaway – Kiwanis 5K Fun Run/Walk

The start of last year’s race...PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Drs. George Sarantos and his lovely wife, Melissa, joined Kiwanis, they quickly took up a particular cause: the Eliminate Project. “When you join a philanthropic organization like Kiwanis, you know something will come along to touch your heartstrings. We knew the Eliminate Project was where we wanted to concentrate our efforts,” said George. Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This disease kills more than 60,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers each year as well. MNT is known for repeatedly sending tiny newborns into painful ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The stone crab boats are lined up for Everglades City’s annual blessing of the fleet on the Barron River. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again, but do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on Oct. 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event runs 1-4 PM with ... Read More »

2015 Galmour Puss Calendar on Sale Now

Milo with his winning cover photo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Milo, a stunning young grey and white cat, won the judge’s vote to be the new cover photo for the 2015 Glamour Puss Fundraising Calendar benefitting For the Love of Cats. Milo’s photo was one of more than 125 photos entered into the online photo contest this spring. Judging was done by a panel appointed by Jan Rich, president of For the Love of Cats. Milo’s guardians, Tom and Gracie Micheline, received the grand prize for the photo contest of a $50 gift certificate to Vergina’s Restaurant in Naples along with a free calendar. “We adopted Milo from For ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

In Memory of 9/11

All stand for the Ringing of the Bells.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s been 13 years since the world changed forever with the attacks on our soil on Sept. 11, 2001. Each year, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation pays homage to those events with a gathering. This year’s breakfast was held at San Marco Parish Hall. Following brief comments by Dianna Dohm, president of the Fire Foundation, a short video was shown. The presentation was a compilation from “yet to be released” videos from the new 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber event. Particularly touching were the shots of the final bodies recovered by the ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

Tiger and Sean Foley

Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »

Leadership Marco 2014

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Every community needs strong leadership, especially from the business professionals serving it. Enter the local chamber of commerce. Every year all over the country, these business organizations spearhead educational programs to help develop and inspire business owners and professionals in their communities to take more active leadership roles locally. In Florida, the statewide program — Leadership Florida — was founded in 1982, and leadership programs exist on municipal and county levels throughout the Sunshine State. Since 2002, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored its own program dubbed Leadership Marco. A series of ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala [email protected] Hopefully you had a fun summer with lots of family and friends to enjoy it with. Soon, our season will begin to blossom again, and we’ll be so busy we can’t think straight, so take this time to have fun and relax. * Alexandra and I are in the planning stages for this coming year’s tours. Just as soon as I get the tours organized and dates arranged, we’ll e-mail our tour list and publish them in this column. The tours fill up rather quickly once we advise everyone, so write Alex at [email protected] and ask to ... Read More »

Talking Youth Sports with Samantha Morris

U-12 player Jackson O’Shea and Stuart Endres bring down the Tiger football runner.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since 2008, the Optimist Club of Marco Island has worked to bring out the best in kids by providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. In August, the club suffered a disappointment when it was forced to cancel its fall youth football season. During previous seasons, the Optimist Club had more than 90 combined registrants for its tackle and flag football programs, and has held various skills and training camps geared towards football throughout the years. According to Samantha Morris, president of the ... Read More »

Tsunami Sand Blast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Shortly after dawn on a hot and steamy Saturday morning, 32 girls gathered in the sand to “dig” up a tsunami, and that is just what they did. The Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club held a beach volleyball tournament at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. The event was sanctioned by USAV National Junior Beach Tour and organized by the Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club, a branch of the volleyball club Heatwave. The girls gave it their all, competing against each team within their age category before going into pool play. Four age groups were represented ... Read More »

Naples family earns national honors from Experimental Aircraft Association

John, Joshua and Jacob Beauvais, with their parents Sabrina and Brian, earned national honors for their volunteer work with the Naples Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, based at Naples Municipal Airport.

What started for the Beauvais family as a pancake breakfast eight years ago at Naples Chapter 1067 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has blossomed into national aviation honors. They were presented the 2014 EAA Young Eagles Award for Outstanding Ground Volunteers during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The Beauvais family, including parents Brian and Sabrina, John, 17, Jacob, 14 and 12-year-old Joshua, helped revitalize Chapter 1067, which is based at Naples Municipal Airport. The family’s aviation passion inspired Chapter President Ted Brousseau to nominate them for the national award. “They pumped new energy and enthusiasm ... Read More »