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Talk Derby to Me

The ladies line up for the Best Hat Contest. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On May 7, Kentucky Derby excitement came to Marco Island at the 10th Annual Talk Derby to Me Fundraiser at the Marco Island Brewery. The event raised $30,000 to benefit the Upon a Star Foundation and the Marco Island Charter Middle School. As the pre-event derby coverage from Churchill Downs played on the Brewery’s many TVs, guests picked their favorites to win. The silent auction and a variety of raffles kept people busy as they waited for the Kentucky Derby to start. Mint juleps made the wait easier for some. And for many, it was ... Read More »

Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

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Artist of the Year JRobert Houghtaling

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert Houghtaling has been named this year’s Artist of the Year and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon. JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He has been singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

Mallorca Dreaming. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party Opens Doors to All

From left: Marco Island Academy student, Kayla Kladis as the Red Queen, and Lely students
Katharine Spina as the Cheshire Cat and Bailey Dunstan as Alice. Photos By Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park Community Room was transformed. There were umbrellas on the ceiling, teapots scattered across the room and clocks everywhere. A long table stood in the middle with mismatched plates and flowers. It was a tea party fit for the Mad Hatter of “Alice in Wonderland.” Picture stills from the most recent film adaptation of the children’s book were posted onto the wall and characters walked around, offering their assistance to newcomers. For the seventh year in a row, Mackle Park hosted its annual Mad Hatter Mother/Daughter Tea Party event. This was the first year ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
Billie Maine, Sheila Wilbur, Linda Boston and Beverly Boggs

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

9th Annual ?Amateur Wildlife ?Photo Contes

“Me and My Shadow” – Photographer James Hobbs

Submitted  The 2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest has come to a close, leaving us with a look at nature through different lenses. The creative talent of Marco’s amateur photographers is abundantly clear in their images, as is the beauty of Southwest Florida’s flora and fauna. Despite this year’s late contest start, it did not deter photographers from submitting some amazing photos. The contest drew more than 50 entries from local talent. Their photographs celebrate the native wildlife unique to our area. Judging was certainly a challenge for judges Donna Kay, Barry Howe, Andrea Cooper and Pat ... Read More »

Boating Safety Saves Lives

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Submitted  Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron wants to remind islanders to always follow safe boating practices, including always wearing life jackets and becoming educated on water safety. Always Wear Your Life Jacket Accidents can happen without warning. There’s rarely time to reach stowed life jackets. It is estimated that approximately 86% of recreational boaters that drowned were not wearing their life jackets. Overall, approximately 400 lives could have been saved if boaters had worn their life jackets. That’s why the United States Power Squadrons® recommend that boaters always wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when ... Read More »

Kittens Teach Students About Giving

Jan Rich introduces students to For the Love of Cats. Submitted Photos

Submitted Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community. Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers. “This is the third year that we have ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

A young osprey peeks from behind mom.

Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

Big Cypress Tourism Boosts Local Economy

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,112,290 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2015 spent $87,185,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,225 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $124,524,400. “Big Cypress welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We are one of the most visited national park areas in Florida, and are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the preserve as a way to introduce our ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Condominium runner-up, The Plantation.

Submitted The 2016 Marco in Bloom winners and runners-up were announced at the May 2nd Marco Island City Council meeting. What a turnout to receive their awards! Recognition certificates were also given to every qualified participant. Marco in Bloom recognizes those that go above and beyond with their landscaping efforts. This year, many talented participants worked hard to create unique landscapes for their homes and businesses, enhancing the beauty of their property and neighborhood. The many choices made it tough for the judges to decide, but winners and runners up were selected after careful deliberation. We thank all the people ... Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to a NIM that scheduled itself into a very small library meeting room, but people came out by the droves, filled the room to a packed standing room, then overflowed into another adjacent room, and then overflowed into the foyer of ... Read More »

The Columbiettes – Stars of Faith, Hope and Charity

The officers of the Columbiettes with Father Tim. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba A simple cross set in a circle of blue, complemented by rays of light leading to three stars. That is the emblem of the Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women with the purpose to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, and charitably. The cross within the circle represents the Catholic belief of Christ’s love, alive and ever present in the world. The rays illustrate service to God through the mediums of faith, hope and charity, depicted by the stars. This charitable and spiritual organization, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, can trace its history ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Challenges Ahead for MIA Football

C.J. Noel (right) bears down on Kyle Ginther in an intense tackling drill. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde  On the Marco Island Academy Football team’s website you first see its program mission. There are a lot of superlatives, much of them about student athletes. In many ways the student athletes have already proven to be worthy over the past five years. One section includes sustaining a level of success “on the field of play.” New coach Damon Coiro has his hands full. The team is without eight starters who played major roles. Running backs, quarterback, receivers and linemen whose jobs have to be filled. Starters back are Tyler Gresham, Kyle Ginther, Bon Dees, John Roche, ... Read More »

MIA Boys Basketball Scores in Academics

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MIA’s Patrick Michel comes down with rebound in the Rays victory over Canterbury.

By Roger LaLonde  The Marco Island Academy (MIA) boys basketball team scored on the court and in the classroom. In the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) winter sports report, MIA scored second in Class 3A. Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale was first and First Baptist of Naples third. Not only were they in the top three for their class, they were the top three for all classes in the state. On a 4.0 grade point scale, Westminster recorded a 3.723, MIA a 3.655 and First Baptist, 3.604. The next highest score came from Class 2A, as Covenant Christian of ... Read More »

The Bersh Family

By Barry Gwinn  What would you do if Cornell, MIT, Notre Dame, Princeton and the U.S. Military Academy requested the favor of your presence for the next four years? How about if, in addition, the U.S. Army offered to give you what amounts to a full scholarship at all of those schools? Kasey Bersh, an MIA senior graduating in June 2016 was recently faced with this dilemma. How did she get in this scrape, and what did she do about it? Kasey grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, (pop. 40,000), an affluent North Shore suburb of Chicago and neighbor of Northwestern ... Read More »

Winged Foot Candidates

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By Roger LaLonde Patrick Michel Defines the Student Athlete Patrick Michel says he transferred from Lely to Marco Island Academy (MIA) his sophomore year to “reshape myself.” He became one of its top students in sports and academics. For his efforts he is the school’s candidate for the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award. He is one of 13 candidates, representing each high school in Collier County. The winner will be announced at the annual dinner on May 26 at The Naples Grande Resort. “As a freshman at Lely I was starting to digress. I had lost my focus that ... Read More »

Talk About Tournaments

Photos by Tonia Spangler
Adult Guided Grand Champion winners (center) with Senator Richter and Robin Doyle (left) and Jamie French (right)

By Marisa Cleveland The Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation awards adventure scholarships to Collier County students in honor of the memory and adventurous spirit of Robert Eugene “Gene” Doyle, III (1976-1996). The scholarships are funded through the Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament, and this year’s award ceremony was an evening filled with so many families and friends. Sean Morton, a past chairman for the event, said he’s been fishing for as long as he can remember, but it’s more than just the fishing that brings anglers like Morton to this tournament. He loves being disconnected from cell service, playing outdoors on the ... Read More »

U.S. Open Pickleball Exceeds All Expectations

Irina Tereschenko, of Iowa City, prepares to return a shot by Sarah Ansboury of Portland, Ore. in their women’s singles semifinal match. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley It would seem that the inaugural U.S. Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) could not have gone any better, based on the comments of organizers, participants, government officials, spectators and others. Praise for the event, which drew over 800 top-echelon players from 39 states and seven foreign countries, along with 10,000 to 12,000 spectators to East Naples Community Park for the six-day-long event. “Things went unbelievably,” said USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, who organized the event, along with fellow Collier County residents Chris Evon, and Jim and Carol Ludwig. “We went into this with the philosophy that we ... Read More »