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Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »

Marco Teen Ariana Garousi Travels to Tanzania

On safari in the Ngorongoro crater; in the background are zebras and wildebeest. PHOTO BY KELSEY HUEBNER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most teens, and adults for that matter, have a hard time being without their cell phones, internet and other technology- even for a short period of time. But this summer 17-year-old Ariana Garousi stepped away not only from technology, but virtually every other creature comfort in order to explore the world while serving others. From June 30 to July 23, Ariana travelled with a group called Rustic Pathways to Tanzania, Africa. A total of 11 teens from all over the world joined her on the trip. For the first week, the teens climbed Mount Kilimanjaro ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Roger Raymond

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Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Alex Galiana

The Galiana Family. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island is a great community. This is the first in a series which profiles some of the City employees that make it that way. Meet Alex Galiana. Alex works for the Parks and Recreation Department as the Administrative and Facilities Manager. He is tasked with overseeing all the duties and facilities that go into the recreation activities of the Parks and Recreation department. “I wear many hats in my position,” explains Alex. “On the administrative side, I prepare the budgets, three of them, for the recreation departments. All the administrative and financial responsibilities fall in ... Read More »

Seafood (BBQ + Music) / FRESH = Saltwater Blues

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By Don Manley & Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a simple equation and you don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate it. Gulf seafood – awesome, smoked BBQ and fun music all come together at Saltwater Blues on 951 just south of the I-75 interchange. (Yes, yes, we all know it’s where Cracklin’ Jacks used to be). Chef Mark Shores, a Lely High School graduate, opened Saltwater Blues in June of this year. He and his wife, Anne, had a couple M&M Down Home Diners in Collier County 14-15 years ago, but closed them. “My wife, last year, said, ‘Why ... Read More »

Invaders Among Us

River otters (seen here), 
raccoons, possum, deer and other animals are on the python menu. In some areas of South Florida populations are down as much as 90%! PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Let’s take a short trip back in time. Florida has stabilized from thousands of years of climatic turmoil. Sea levels have risen close to what we know in the present day, and the weather has settled as well. It is the year 3,000 B.C. and we are native to this land. We do not farm, but depend on the land and the sea to provide our food. It is plentiful. Fish, rays, mollusks, turtles and much more sea life fulfill our dietary needs, with just a small dependence on land animals as well. As we ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself From the Summer Sun When Out on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Many anglers fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. You have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, you have sun baking you from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The ... Read More »

It’s About Time

Looking South, 9:00 PM September 4, but it’s possible to  use the chart all year around! SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We covered the subject of this article several years ago, but it is an important one so it bears repeating. As there is nothing spectacular going on tonight (and it’s probably cloudy anyway considering it is rainy season) we will dive right in. You are undoubtedly aware the movement of the sky is a very regular affair. Until the mid-twentieth century the sky was the ultimate standard to which earthly timepieces were set. But it is also very easy to understand and make allowances for. Did you know that you can keep tonight’s ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Owners Come from All Over the World

Grandview Condominiums on S. Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com People from all over the world own vacation condos on Marco Island. Almost all the states and dozens of foreign countries are represented. Due to limitations on the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website, we took a sampling of condo owners’ home addresses along Collier Boulevard, the street with the most condos of any street on Marco Island, as a representative sample. Searching the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website reveals that 802 of these properties are owner occupied and 3,936 are not owner occupied, for a total of 4,738 residences along Collier Boulevard. Another ... Read More »

Marco’s Surge Wins Trunk Full of Trophies

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By Barry Gwinn In July, Disney World puts on their annual 3v3 tournament in its ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando. It is a national tournament with each team bringing six players. They range in ages from Under 6 to Adult. This year the tournament was held on July 31, August 1, and August 2. As they have done for the past several years, Chad Chustz (pronounced “shoots”) and Jim Watt, assisted by Dave Vergo, took some of our local kids up to compete. Chustz has his hands full with the Under Sixes (U6’s), while Watt and Vergo ... Read More »

Lely Playing Up for Preseason Game at Island Coast

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By Roger LaLonde Two seasons ago, Culmer St. Jean began the ascension of the Lely football program. He was rewarded with being named All-Area Football Coach of the Year. A year later, he took his charges to its first district title in 17 years and won a playoff game. Maybe he should have been rewarded with the coaching honor again. However, St. Jean is swift to disregard personal honors, saying it is a combined effort of players and the coaching staff. With only 10 returnees this year, St. Jean is focusing on improvement every day, every game. “We need to ... Read More »

Inventory Down, Volume Sold Up

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare July 2015 to July 2014. While inventory decreased 12.62% from a year ago for all property types, volume sold jumped from $44,762,374 in July 2014 to $51,842,400 in July 2015, a 15.82% increase according to Susan Ackerson, president. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in July 2015 v. July 2014 decreased a slight 2.22% (44 v. 45). However, the total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 10.54% (263 v. 294). ... Read More »

First Day of School for TB’s New Principal

By Don Manley Monday was a first day of school, of sorts, for Kathleen “Karey” Stewart. She is the new principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School, replacing Jory Westberry, who retired in June after leading the school for 14 years. Stewart has been a school administrator in the Collier County district for 15 years, most recently serving as principal at Pine Crest Elementary School in Immokalee for four years. Prior to that, she was principal at Lely Elementary for six years. Stewart also has 23 years of classroom experience – 15 as an elementary level music teacher, and eight years ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: A Good Kind of Summer School

from left) Dianna Shearer – Independent Brokers Realty, Cathy Price McConville – Physician’s Regional Marco Island, Tracey Petricca – Coldwell Banker, Elisabeth Novakovich – Naples Daily News, Laura Schneider – Iberiabank.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together. Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment. Leadership Class of ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Donation to Shelter for Abused Women and Children

City of Marco Island employees “Give Back – Fill a Pack” initiative. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On July 30, 2015, City of Marco Island employees, including the Police and Fire-Rescue Departments, donated 64 backpacks (all stocked with school supplies) to the Collier County Shelter for Abused Women and Children. We are especially proud to announce that we met our goal of surpassing last year’s donation of 60 backpacks. The Shelter, which provides services to Marco Island residents and visitors, assists more than 1,100 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and direct support. This is the sixth year that City of Marco Island employees have conducted the “Give Back – Fill ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 
DeHanas. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »