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Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

Submitted  There is still time to enter the Ninth Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest, but don’t delay – the deadline is May 6th – just around the corner. The Marco Island Historical Museum has partnered with the City of Marco Island and the Coastal Breeze News to present the Ninth Annual Amateur Photo Contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. The selection of winners will be exhibited at the museum from May 13 to June 30, 2016. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what began as a celebration of Earth Day has grown into a photographic tribute to the beautiful ... Read More »

Successful Return of Tour de Marco

Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Samantha Husted and Coastal Breeze News Staff   April 24th marked the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s 6th Annual Tour de Marco. Bike riders of all levels and ages came out to the family-friendly event in order to support the YMCA’s scholarship fund, and to get a good workout. The Tour de Marco returned to the island this year after a one-year hiatus. Approximately 120 bicyclists took part in this year’s Tour de Marco, about twenty less than the 2014 event, according to event organizer Anthony DeLucia. Taking place later in the season may have contributed to fewer riders. Although ... Read More »

Rib Cook-off Raises Heat

Rich Stoltenborg and Jim Downey were all smiles as they showed off Downey’s grill. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  Barbecue lovers, grill enthusiasts and meat-eaters alike came out April 16th to celebrate and chow down at the 5th Annual Rib Cook-off at the Marco Island Brewery. All proceeds from the event went to the Marco Island Police Foundation and its scholarship fund. The Foundation also assists members of the Marco Island Police Department should an emergency financial situation occur. It felt like a summer block party or a family reunion. Outside the Brewery there were four large tents with five grills occupying them. Smoke filled the air with its sweet smells, inviting those who passed by ... Read More »

Raul ?Rodriguez MIA’s First Athlete to Compete at State Championship

Raul Rodriguez smashes a forehand during practice for his state match.
Photo by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde When Raul Rodriguez picked up a tennis racket at age seven he was thinking about his cousins Alejandro and Carlos Perez who played in college, and for a short time on tour. Rodriguez was a standout on the Marco Island Charter Middle School tennis team as they won championships each year he was on the team. He chose Marco Island Academy over Lely to be with friends. He played on its first team four year ago. The team won one match as growing pains clashed with experience. He and Peter Servente, who graduated last year, were the ... Read More »

Marco’s Civil Air Patrol Honored

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Submitted The Marco Island Senior Squadron and two of its members were recognized at the annual Florida Wing Conference held in Orlando on April 16 and 17. The following awards were presented at the general assembly meeting, held the Saturday morning of the conference: Major Robert Corriveau was awarded Florida Wing Professional Development Officer of the Year 2015 and Major Marian Motyl-Szary was awarded Florida Wing Information Technology Officer of the Year 2015. A Commander’s Commendation was also awarded to Major Corriveau at the Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) seminar later in the day, for his work as Assistant Inspector General ... Read More »

Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

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Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had never taken a boating safety course. A wide variety of basic boating courses are available. Leading volunteer organizations such as the United States Power Squadrons® and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as your own state boating ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... Read More »

The Harder Leo Worked, The Luckier He Got

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Leo Sutera is a lucky man. At the young age of 54, Leo Sutera sold his successful business and retired. In the years to follow, he travelled extensively with his family within the U.S. and internationally. Leo, now 83, lives at Hideaway Beach with Barbara, his wife of 58 years. The couple also enjoys time at their condominium in Middleton, Massachusetts. Although many people would agree that Leo Sutera is a lucky man, it was hard work, not luck, which brought him such great success. Hard Work Brings Success Leo’s story begins in Boston’s North ... Read More »

Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

Photos by Scott Schilke

By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities and locations include the island’s boat tours, Keewaydin Island, Mackle Park and South Marco and Tigertail Beaches. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Alex Parker was not surprised that Marco was selected for the 2016 TripAdvisor Top 10 Islands – ... Read More »

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 »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... 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 »

Art on Marco

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Artists Lindy Kowalczyk, Malenda Trick, Betty Newman and Joanna Sunshine set up the buffet table.

Submitted April Fools! Easter may have been over, but the theme at the Local Color Art Gallery said differently. The gallery’s monthly art walk, which is always held on the first Friday of the month, just happened to fall on April 1st and Easter was the theme. Antique eggs, jelly beans, edible decorated eggs, spring flowers and bunny baskets were the décor of the evening. Fingers were crossed wondering how many guests would arrive since the season is closing and car carriers taking snowbird’s vehicles north are an everyday sight on the island. But art lovers did not disappoint and ... Read More »

Relay For Life: A Community Celebrates and Remembers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme may have been a multi-state “Relay Road Trip,” but it was all Marco Island at Mackle Park as the community came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. All day on Saturday, April 9, enthusiastic Relay teams manned decorated tents, played games, and sold various culinary treats and goods. The day was filled with walkers on the track, children playing in the bounce house, and singing, dancing and other local talent on display. In the park’s community room, 130 cancer survivors and caregivers enjoyed a lunch generously donated by local ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

Hilton Marco Island Wins Award

Submitted  Olshan Properties, one of the country’s leading private owners, developers and operators of commercial real estate today, announced that the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa has been honored with Hilton’s 2015 “Most Improved Market Share in the Americas” award among hotels with under 500 rooms. This prestigious award considers Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa as one of the top performing hotels within the portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 570 properties. It validates the astonishing commitment, cooperation and consistent efforts brought by the hotel’s team. The Hilton Marco Island was recently honored as a 17-time ... Read More »

Rays Loss a Damper on Senior Night

Marcus Seidman rears back to throw first pitch.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Baseballs were flying everywhere and players ran the bases like pinball machines as St. John Neumann spoiled Senior Night at Marco Island Academy on April 6. Runners were plentiful, either by hits, errors or mental mistakes. In the very first inning Neumann scored four times. Mental and fielding mistakes put runners on base. Two hits, including a three-run home run by Celtics Cameron Criss, accounted for the runs on the way to an 18-8 win. Each team scored in five of the innings, but the Celtics scored in bigger bunches. They pounded out 18 hits to ... 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 »

Gopher Tortoise – There is an App For You!

Pair of adults eyeing each other. Breeding season is from August-November. Photo by Jean Hall

Submitted No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport a gopher tortoise or parts thereof, their eggs, molest, damage or destroy their burrow except by permit from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The month of March has been devastating for gopher tortoises in Marco Island. There were five gopher tortoises reported killed in March in an area that is highly populated by gopher tortoises. The gopher tortoise can live to be over 50 years old, but do not reproduce till they are 15-20 years old. The current generation is aging, and ... Read More »