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Letter to the Editor: Response to Rios’ White Paper

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Councilman Rios’ white paper presented at the August 15, 2016 City Council meeting recommended approval of a $6 million assessment to be levied just to the customers of Marco Island Utilities (MIU) at Marco Shores along Mainsail Drive and Isles of Capri to build two pipelines. As explained herein, if and when the pipelines are ever needed, the $6 million dollar assessment represents an action that results in the Marco Shores and Isle of Capri customers paying the $6 million twice. Councilman Rios stated that if the $6 million dollar assessment is not approved, customers on Marco Island would have ... Read More »

Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and brown. Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem. The vitality of coral reefs and their sensitive ecosystems worldwide are in trouble. Stable levels of sunlight, the proper amount of salt content (salinity), warmth and cleanliness all combined and allowed ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Project Begins With Demolition

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Go to the Coastal Breeze News Facebook page to see a video of the demolition of the old Mackle Park Community Center. “Like us” to get updates on local news and events. About Mackle Park Community Center  •  In 2005 city council adopted the Mackle Park Master Plan. •  In 2009 staff proposed a new community center building. •  In 2013 the center’s 86 programs had over 10,000 participants. •  In 2014 voters approved the new Mackle Park Community Center referendum. •  City Council approved funding on June 6, 2016. •  R.E. Crawford Construction is the contractor. •  Tracy Blose ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

Trophies for the Teams of Excellence.

By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising nearly $5 billion in the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life is known as a one-day community event, but there is so much more to this powerful force in the quest for a cure. The Relay For Life is ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and type of fish we would catch over those 20 years. We have the good fortune of have Jim Timmerman as a neighbor and when he approached me about the possibility of having one of the “Ocean Habitats” installed below our ... Read More »

Respect For Our Great Nation

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Our community showed its true patriotic colors this last weekend as we gathered to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Those events galvanized our nation’s resolve to respond to the attacks on freedom and democracy with a united message that America will never falter in our support of the foundations of our liberty and support of our democratic principles. The loss of life at the World Trade Centers, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 will forever be burnt into our memories. We will never forget the sacrifices of our ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida Brew Crafters and by listening to a live performance of the Ben Allen Band. Ben and the boys play their special brand of South Florida country with hits including “Small Town Cowboy.” Chili and beer winners will be decided by ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can hardly believe that I am taking over for Roger.” Shadrick became the new athletic director in mid-August when Roger and Karen Raymond announced they were moving to Orlando for family health reasons. As Raymond was leaving he showed Shadrick a ... Read More »

Marriott Golf Discount Program for Students

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Submitted  As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 – a golf discount program specifically designed for college students – is being offered at The Rookery & Hammock Bay in Marco Island. Active college students who enjoy the game of golf will have an opportunity to tee-it-up at a premier collection of championship golf courses throughout the school year, with special pricing to better fit their budgets. As part of the College Links Program, in effect ... Read More »

Annual Realtors Luncheon

At the end of the luncheon members of the Realtor Support Network raffled off prizes.

By Samantha Husted  On September 8th the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their annual membership luncheon and tradeshow at the Hideaway Beach Club. The morning kicked off with the tradeshow. Colorful displays set up by the Realtor Support Network lined the inside of the club. MIAAOR members sipped on their ice tea as they perused the many booths, saying hello to familiar faces and networking with new supporters. This year it seemed like the affiliates were competing for the most creative display, many incorporating mini games, balloons, candy and other fun takeaways into their booth. The law ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by a sitting member or by members running for re-election. This year Councilman Larry Sacher has chosen to not stand for re-election and will be stepping down.  Councilmen Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second and final ... Read More »

Funding Your Future

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” – Lucretius, Roman Philosopher, 99-55 BC Question: What is the best way to start spending funds during retirement? Answer: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, exact scientific formula or precise system to use when it’s time to start taking withdrawals from your retirement funds. It’s more of a subjective and ongoing process that depends on a number of variables. A few of these factors include how much you’re starting with, life expectancy, health status, family financial needs, market performance, inflation, and an understanding that income requirements may change during different phases ... Read More »

Is “Natural Selection” in Jeopardy?

The green iguana is a reptile, but closely related to amphibians. As a species, amphibians are
disappearing from the face of the Earth at an alarming rate. Could this one be next? Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist     Since the earliest times of life on Earth, animals, plants and minerals have been changing. Even today, as our planet makes “adjustments,” everything here must do the same. Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, the rotation of the Earth is slowing, factors such as El Nino and La Nina will affect weather patterns, and waters levels are rising, again. Some creatures will easily survive and adapt to these changes, while others will not. The ones that do continue to flourish depend on their abilities to migrate, mutate ... Read More »

Olympic Opportunity

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I have always enjoyed rooting for the underdog. Even more so, watching underdogs win! Such was the case in both men’s and women’s tennis in this year’s Olympic Games. The tennis coverage of the 2016 Olympics on Bravo network was fantastic. Virtually every match that was played was available to be watched. It was great seeing Juan Martin Del Potro giving it his all for the entire tournament, and proudly ending up a silver medalist against Andy Murray in the final match. On the women’s side, Monica Puig, became not only the first woman from ... Read More »

City Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene in council chambers at 9 AM on Friday, September 2. Mr. Oliverio now owns the properties that consist of 257, 267 and 277 North Collier Boulevard. These properties include the laundromat, Make a Memory ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this summer,” said Bill Holmes, who has been on Marco Island since 1995 and is the manager of the Summit House Condo Association on the beach. “People have to be aware of their surroundings and the need to be aware of ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Makes Its Move

From left: MIA Coach Bruce Kretschmer with girls team members Morgan Jones, Danya Zarate, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Olivia Watt, Teagan Havemeier and Julia Wagner. Jim Watt in back

By Roger LaLonde Just a few years ago the Marco Island Academy (MIA) cross country team consisted of three girls. Today, coach Bruce Kretschmer is smiling as he has full girls and boys teams to compete in Class 2A-District 10. In the Lemon Bay Invitational on August 27, out of the 20 teams from all school sizes, the MIA girls came in 12th. Junior Olivia Watt ran to ninth place in 21:52. “That is a good time for her first race of the season,” Kretschmer said. Last season she was steps away from getting out of the regional and running ... Read More »