By Barry Gwinn
This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals for action by the Goodland Civic Association to the City of Marco Island (CMI) and Collier County (CC) were also reported in this paper. On June 5 and 6, 2016, the latest in this series of floodings occurred. This one was caused by Tropical Storm Colin as it passed far to the west. High tide here was at 2:15 PM on June 5, and 3 PM on June 6. I went over to Goodland Road on both days to record what went on there.
On June 5, a Sunday, the forecast heavy rains did not occur here. The overcast skies held off. As far as I could tell, the southeast wind was holding steady at about 17 mph (as forecast). Portions of the road were covered with as much as 4 to 6 inches of salt water with 12 to 18 inches in lower places. Traffic on the road was moderate but steady, mostly due to people coming in to Stan’s for the weekly jamboree there. Motorists were slowed to a crawl in both directions with bottlenecks forming as the vehicles weaved from side to side trying to avoid the deeper water and the drenching of their undercarriages and engines. “When are you going to do something about this?” a motorist hollered at me. Many of them had become accustomed to my taking pictures of the flooding in past months. “I don’t want to ruin another of my trucks,” a passing local merchant complained, “I’ve got to drive this road every day.” The merchant, Jay McMillen, who owns All Marine, a boat repair business, was going particularly slowly – maybe 3 mph, barely making a ripple. McMillen tows boats in need of repair to his shop in Goodland and then tows them back out again. John Hackett, a local Goodland painter, had to replace his van last year when the rusted undercarriage literally fell out. He blamed much of it on Goodland Road “There were days when I dreaded driving on that road,” John had told me, “I knew what that salt water was doing to my van, but had no choice.”
Then, at about 2:30 PM, two CMI EMS vehicles came around the bend, lights flashing. They too were stuck in the slow moving two-way procession. There seemed no way they could get through or around the funereal procession of traffic which was backed up in both directions. Minutes later, the EMS vehicles finally made it through the remaining 150 yards to Stan’s, from whence the 911 call had come. A Stan’s employee advised that one of their customers had symptoms of what appeared to be heat exhaustion. It was an extremely humid day. I went inside, where the EMS crews were administering aid to a man and a woman, neither of whom was in extremis. One of the firemen acknowledged that it had been slow going coming in to Goodland. “It wasn’t so much the water,” he said, “It was the slow moving traffic.” He acknowledged that even in the absence of traffic, a speedy entrance into Goodland would have been risky. “When a road is covered in water, there is a risk of hydroplaning and skidding when negotiating turns,” the fireman told me. It occurred to me that the winding nature of Goodland Road would make this even more likely. Steve Gober, the owner and manager of Stan’s, figures that the EMS crews had gotten to Stan’s in less than 10 minutes. “This type of flooding has been happening ever since I got to Goodland, 37 years ago,” Gober told me. He grants that in the past nine months, the floods have been more numerous. “This is what can be expected during periods of El Nino,” Gober said. “When El Nino subsides conditions will return to normal.”
The Marco Island Fire Department (MIFD) maintains a superb EMS division, which has served Goodland extremely well. The EMS crew almost always makes it down here in 10 minutes or less. Five years ago, I was personally involved in a case where I have no doubt that the MIFD probably saved a woman’s life. The woman was in a coma, turning blue, gasping for air, and barely breathing when I called 911. The dispatcher advised me to start CPR, which I did until the MIFD EMS crews arrived less than 10 minutes later. They quickly gave her oxygen, administered tests and aid, and got her out to Physicians Regional Hospital, where she was put on life support and sent to the intensive care unit. An ER doctor told me that the woman might never pull out of the coma. (She awoke, four days later.) One of the EMS crew told me that had they been five minutes later, the patient might not have survived. In Goodland, as sea levels slowly rise, we are haunted by the specter of a flooded and clogged Goodland Road delaying or even preventing the entry of the MIFD into our village. Delay on June 5, 2016 was caused by an only moderately and partially flooded road.
Monday, June 6th the flooding was much worse. It seemed like the entire road was underwater. In my 10 years here, it was the worst I had seen since Tropical Storm Isaac in August 2012. On this day, Tropical Storm Colin was coming ashore, far to the north at Florida’s elbow bend. Once again winds held steady at 17 to 20 mph, and except for a brief shower at 3:45 PM, the precipitation amounted to no more than a drizzle. High tide occurred at 3 PM. Water was literally rushing in waves from the north side of the road and was boiling up out of the two drains on the other side. These drains were installed at two of the lowest spots on the road in order to prevent the accumulation of rainwater on the roadway. This works well enough most of the time. However, when rainstorms occur during the high monthly spring tides, seawater comes crowding out of these drains and none of the rainwater can escape. So yes, we have flooding from rain storms also. These drains are increasingly below sea level, causing more harm than good. On June 6th as much as 24 inches of water covered the road in its lowest spots – 6 to 12 inches in others. Most of the road, from the Goodland water tank to Stan’s was under water. Motorists were pulling off and parking at the water tank, not willing to proceed into Goodland. One took off his shoes and walked in, needing to check on his boat. Workers at the Calusa Island Marina did not deem it safe to leave until 5 PM. One worker with a small car stayed until 6:30 PM.
It is worth noting that no other flooding within the city limits of CMI was reported during these two days. Once out of the maelstrom that was Goodland Road, it was clear sailing.
Next edition – The County attempts to break the log jam. The City responds.
Barry was a practicing attorney before he worked as a Special Agent of the FBI for 31 years. Barry worked for several government agencies another ten years before retiring to Goodland in 2006. Barry is presently the Secretary of the Goodland Civic Association.
Construction activities are planned to start next week on the Chokoloskee Bridge replacement on C.R. 29 over Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City. This project will replace the existing bridge on the causeway to Chokoloskee Island with a new wider structure which will have two 12-foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide shoulders on each side and a single 8-foot sidewalk on the east (or bay) side. The sidewalk will be separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall and it will be connected to the existing asphalt path that runs along C.R. 29 in this area. The new bridge deck will be at a higher elevation than the existing deck and the existing seawalls will remain in place to both protect the banks and maintain a platform used by many for fishing. Upon project completion, boaters will notice an increase in vertical clearance of about 3 feet and a wider passage due to fewer support columns.
During construction at least one lane of traffic will be maintained and the speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the construction zone. A sidewalk across the bridge during construction will not be provided due to insufficient width. Boat traffic will be able to pass beneath the bridge during construction with few exceptions. Certain operations during the course of construction will require short term (hours not days) closures for safety reasons. Also, during construction electronic message signs will be used to alert the traveling public of planned lane closures.
Construction of the approximately $8 million project is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2018.
For more information, call the Collier County Growth Management Department at 239-252-8192.
Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its July exhibition is “AMERICANA,” featuring the work of renowned artists Dennis Church and Holly Manneck.
Church describes his photography as work that he wants “listened to,” akin to improvising music. Church believes art should be felt, and not merely viewed. He improvises pictures with American places and subjects in digital color, often creating abstracts rather than “straight” photography. These pictures are as much about the author as they are a default documentation of the country.
The Lauritzen & Rush Galleries will also feature the photographic artistry of Holly Manneck. Manneck’s photography develops a montage of images inviting the viewer to experience the story presented by Manneck. She refers to her style as “New American/Pop Art” which combines her academic studies of fine art and graphic design. Her topics are iconic imagery of people, places and objects, often using images of women to give a voice and a sense of empowerment. La Petite Gallery will include art produced by youth in the Center’s children’s workshops. Executive director, Hyla Crane, stated, “I have seen the art being created in our workshops and it is fabulous. The art in La Petite Gallery for this show will be exciting.”
The exhibition will be on display from July 5-29, 2016. Formal opening and reception will be the Center’s Second Tuesday Reception on July 12th from 5-7 PM. The reception will feature the culinary artistry of La Tavola, which is one of Marco Island’s finest restaurants. Admission to Second Tuesday is free for members with a requested donation of $5 for non-members. The event is open to the public.
For further information about Marco Island Center for the Arts, classes, programs and exhibits please visit the Center’s website at www.marcoislandart.org, or call the Center directly at 239-394-4221. The Center is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
Everybody loves dolphins. Most people taking nature trips in South Florida want to see one of two things…dolphins or alligators. We’ll forget about the ‘gators today and talk about the other favorite in our area for a mid-year update.
On board the Dolphin Explorer you not only get to see dolphins, but you have a chance to watch a team of citizen scientists document the activity of these mammals for research purposes. Each one has a name and their daily behavior is recorded in a database. With more than 10 years of research established, the team gets to know quite a bit about the local population.
Last fall nine new calves were located and all but one seems to be doing well. Many of these mothers are experienced with the birthing process, and several have produced newborn every three to four years. At least one female had its very first calf.
I mentioned above that all but one seem to be doing well. Unfortunately I experienced my very first dolphin-grieving period. On February 20th an adult female, mom of a new calf, was seen pushing her lifeless young one along the surface of the water. There were no obvious signs of trauma: no exterior wounds or indications of bite marks or propeller scarring. The adult female, Tess, was seen several times over the next few days and continued to push the tiny body toward the gulf.
Just like some other animals, it is thought that the adult female dolphins may experience this grieving behavior for several days after the loss of a young one.
On a brighter note it is quite an experience to watch several of these now 8-to 9-month-old calves come together with their respective mothers for a social gathering, a little “play date” if you will. Since the dolphins here do not migrate this type of social activity could be important to determine which ones will formulate potential bonds in the future.
With so many years of data regarding our population we were able to identify our first known grandmother last fall. Giza, one of our most productive females, gave birth to Sintas in 2006. Sintas had her first calf, J. Fireball, last year. This would be Giza’s grandbaby. By the way, Giza had a newborn of her own about the same time, making her a mom and a grandmom in the same year!
Does this mean we have the first known third generation in our waters? Yes, it does. Is it the very first third generation in the area? Hardly. Dolphins have been here longer than man and it would be easy to assume that there are multiple generations in our waters.
So…what’s the outlook for this coming birthing season? To me, it looks pretty good. There are at least eight females that have calves turning 3 or 4 years old this fall. Since the young stop nursing at age two or earlier, these adult females would be prime candidates to give birth again this year.
In all, I have at least 11 females that could become new mothers this year on my radar. On the top of my list are Nibbles, Halfway, Rangle, Sparky and Sparkle.
Want to know more about them? Come join us on a trip! We would enjoy sharing our findings with you!
Bob is a Naturalist on board the dolphin survey boat, the Dolphin Explorer. He is also a member of Florida SEE (Society for Ethical Ecotourism). Bob loves his wife very much!
Ask The CFP® Practitioner
“Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.” – Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American philosopher and Louisa May Alcott’s father.
Question: I’m concerned about the possibility of my parent developing Alzheimer’s or experiencing some sort of cognitive decline. What advice can you offer?
Answer: Having experienced this heartbreaking disease in my own family is one of the reasons I chose this career. Having the difficult and tender conversations with those we love before it’s too late is critical. It’s important to discuss financial, legal and caregiving plans with our families at all stages of life. Hopefully there will never be a need to take any action regarding the subject matter, but it’s much better to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
As with all illnesses, early detection is vital in protecting the future of those affected and their families. Research by The Alzheimer’s Association® shows declining financial skills are among the first symptoms to appear with Alzheimer’s which is the most common form of dementia. As of March 2016 more than 5 million Americans, including 1 in 9 people over age 65, are living with Alzheimer’s and someone in the U.S. develops the disease every 67 seconds.
There are ten warning signs or symptoms of the disease that The Alzheimer’s Association® has created. Of course each individual is unique and these are general statements and behaviors not always associated with the disease but could be a reason to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
1.Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
Examples include forgetting recently learned information, important dates or events, or repeatedly asking for the same information.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
Monitoring monthly bills or following a recipe may become difficult.
3. Trouble completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure.
Confusion while driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work, or remembering rules to a favorite game.
4. Uncertainty with time or place.
Examples include losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. People with Alzheimer’s may, at times, forget where they are or how they got there.
5. Difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Some people with Alzheimer’s may have trouble reading, judging distance, and determining color or contrast, potentially causing problems with driving.
6. Problems with words in speaking or writing.
This involves problems with following or joining conversations. Someone may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue. They may also have trouble remembering words to identify objects (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).
7. Misplacing things and inability to retrace steps.
An example is placing things in unusual places and not remembering where the individual had been before losing them.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
This includes making extravagant purchases or giving large amounts of money to telemarketers. People with dementia may also pay less attention to personal hygiene.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Some people with Alzheimer’s may begin to have trouble following their favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a project associated with a favorite hobby.
10. Changes in mood and personality.
Mood changes can include confusion, depression, or the acts of being suspicious, fearful, or anxious. People with Alzheimer’s may also become easily upset at home, at work, or with friends.
You’re Not Alone
If mild decline is noticed, getting help sooner than later allows people to possibly receive treatments and participate in drug trials that could help them maintain their independence longer. If moderate decline is observed, meaning increased frustration and changes in someone’s sense of reality, it may be time to work closely with a trusted financial advisor. Developing this relationship may alleviate some of the burden of managing your parent’s finances.
Due to the progressive nature of the disease, there may be a limited window in which someone may be able to articulate their wishes for future care, living arrangements, finances and legal matters. For this reason, it is important to discuss concerns and formulate a plan for the “what ifs” ahead of time. As memory worsens during severe decline people with Alzheimer’s will have a hard time remembering, may have significant mood swings, personality changes and need help with the skills of daily living such as eating, bathing and using the bathroom facilities. You’ll certainly want to have financial planning completed well before this stage.
Being a caregiver can be overwhelming, and the stress associated with this critical role can make it difficult to take action when things worsen. There are resources to help you feel confident when making decisions for, or with, a loved one living with dementia. Work with your financial advisor before taking final action.
Financial planning involves much more than managing an investment portfolio. In my next column we’ll cover five distinct financial management issues, caregiving plans and resources for caregivers. Stay focused and plan accordingly.
Information contained in this report was received from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy is not guaranteed. Investing involves risk including the possible loss of capital. As federal and state tax rules are subject to frequent changes, you should consult with a qualified tax advisor prior to making any investment decision. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful. The opinions expressed are those of the writer, but not necessarily those of Raymond James and Associates, and subject to change at any time.
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This article provided by Darcie Guerin, CFP®, Vice President, Investments & Branch Manager of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Suite 401, Marco Island, FL 34145. She may be reached at 239-389-1041, email [email protected]. Website: www.raymondjames.com/Darcie.
MIND, BODY And Spirit
At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any task that takes us out of our comfort zone or off the couch. Yeah, we know what we should do, but it’s just so much easier to put it off until later, or tomorrow, or never.
I remember reprimanding our oldest son when he was a teenager. I can’t say exactly what the infraction was, but he was on the receiving end of a parental lecture. When it was his turn to speak he said simply, “Mom, I know the right thing to do, sometimes I just choose not to do it.” Hard to argue with that. More often than not, the right choice is more difficult to make and to implement than the status quo. And more recently, no one understands this concept better than my husband, because the vicissitudes of dementia has descended on his mother.
My mother-in-law has a generous disposition and a deep affection for her family. She would share her last crust of bread. She would open her home to a stranger. She is also a nervous talker who fills gaps in conversation with idle chatter, and often the chatter is poked with fabrications, and sometimes wisps of fantasy. And while her heart might be in the right place, her fervor for babble shoots holes through any filter that might spare the feelings or opinions of her audience. But in the last couple of years, the chitchat has become laced with confusion and the darts of poisonous accusations.
The loss of familiar cognition is like sliding into a dark hole. The bright light of recognition and memory becomes gradually smaller as you are pulled deeper into the gray matter of jumbled memory and paranoia. I helplessly watched it happen to my own dad a few years ago, and saw the effect it had on my mother, his caregiver, and the recipient of his demented tirades. While the body and the face of your loved one are present, the barren gaze of their dementia exposes the slips in comprehension.
So, for my husband, it is time to design a plan. How much longer should his mother be on her own? When should the keys to her car be seized? Who will pay her bills? These are the questions he has been asking himself and his four siblings since he took her to the doctor six months ago. “Dementia” the doctor said. “She needs to be looking at assisted care,” he prescribed. “She will begin to decline quickly,” her doctor accurately predicted. Yet, my husband is a soldier of one. His brothers and sister aren’t ready to make decisions or change the course of what’s familiar. This family has reached a milestone that begs for action. Difficult decisions will not recede. The progression of this disease will not reverse. The family will soon rely solely on loving memories of their mother, as the woman who lives in her body becomes an exaggerated version of her least-lovable character.
It is with deep compassion that I share this. Knowing the frustration and grief that come with making impossibly difficult decisions on someone else’s behalf. But the option in this case is not an option. Because inaction, in the words of my husband, “is like witnessing a crime but doing nothing to stop it.”
So, he has laid the foundation of change, and started down the path of most resistance. His siblings will eventually fall into line or fall out in protest. The words of Theodore Roosevelt sum it up best: “In any moment of decision, the best thing is to do the right thing, the next best thing is to do the wrong thing, and the worst thing to do is nothing.”
Laurie Kasperbauer, RYT 200, enjoys the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice and instructs both group and private classes. Laurie is also an active Florida realtor specializing in properties in Naples and Marco Island. She can be reached at Harborview Realty, 391 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, or by calling 712-210-3853.
FOLLOW THE FISH
Capt. Pete Rapps
In the Ten Thousand Islands in July, two things can be predicted with some accuracy – the weather, and the fishing patterns. Plan to start your fishing and boating early in the morning due to the midday heat and thunderstorms. The fish will tend to bite better during the cooler morning periods, and again in the early evening after the storms rip though and cool things off a bit.
At this time of year, the daytime air temperatures reach the 90s, bringing the water temperature up to the mid 80s. The new moon falls on the 4th of the month and the full moon on the 20th. Expect higher and lower tides around these moon phases. With these higher and lower tides, you have more water movement, which means more nutrients are being moved around for the fish to feed on. The solunar bite calendar for our area says the 2nd–7th and the 18th–22nd should produce some of the better fishing days of the month.
One bite that remains steady is the speckled sea trout. These are generally smaller in size than the winter trout, but they are around in great numbers. They take any bait from live shrimp, to a topwater plug, to a buck tail jig, and fishing early on the incoming tide will get you the best results.
Redfish can always be counted on to take a 3” Gulp shrimp on a ¼ jig head, especially around oyster bars or mangrove-lined shorelines. Live shrimp under a popping cork works great for redfish as well, and we use this method on most charters.
On the outside islands, anglers can expect to get into some nice snook fishing. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificial baits tend to produce some decent morning fishing action, though nothing beats a livewell full of pilchards and thread herring. You can live chum with a handful of these and follow up with a nice bait on your hook.
Around this time of year, tripletail like to hang around markers and structures, and will gladly take live shrimp on circle hooks. Permit and cobia like to hang around offshore structures; bringing some small silver dollar-sized crabs with you will be sure to attract the permit. For the cobia, be sure to cast some nice 6” mullet to present to them, and you’re sure to have a catch on your hands.
The mangrove snapper tend to be larger in size this time of year in comparison to the rest of the year, and can be found around the mangrove roots. Mangrove snapper are hungry for live shrimp, and will take them eagerly.
Contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email at [email protected] or by phone 239-571-1756. Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and springtime tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class website for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com.
Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott
Last week 357 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Fifty-seven of these condos are listed for more than $1 million and 16 are listed for over $2 million. The units listed for over $2 million are all on the beach. They are concentrated at Cape Marco in buildings aptly named Belize, Veracruz and Cozumel. They are also found at the center of Marco’s crescent beach in the luxurious Madeira complex and in the private gated community of Hideaway Beach in the two Riviera buildings.
These 16 luxury condos come with 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms and three-and-a-half to five-and-a-half bathrooms. Some include studies and range in size from 3,104 square feet to 7,866 square feet. Many have coffered and tray ceilings that are ten feet or more in height.
A review of the MLS remarks section reveals why these condos are labeled luxurious. They all have impressive beach views variously described as breathtaking, spectacular, amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, unobstructed, entrancing, maximum and lovely. The multiple private balconies are expansive. Balconies include summer kitchens, wet bars and hot tubs for relaxed entertaining. Sunsets are romantic and gorgeous, the beach is described as pristine and the water as turquoise.
In these condos the gourmet kitchens feature high-end appliances with names like Bosch, Sub-Zero, Wolfe, Miele and Asko. The cabinetry has been customized featuring many high-end name brands. Some of these kitchens have an outstanding array of unusual granites, quartz and marble countertops. Many of them have floors of exotic wood, marble, stone or unique tile with intricate inlay designs.
Many of the interiors have professionally done customized interior appointments, faux finishes, fine architectural details, beautiful furnishings, rich fabrics, crystal chandeliers, Italian plaster wall treatments, custom painting and wallcoverings. Included in the descriptions are his and her marble vanities, his and her toilet rooms, fire places, lots of built in audio and televisions, stylish, extensive attention to detail, cedar closets, fine mill work, dual zone wine cabinets, tray ceilings, guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, Lutron lighting and sound systems, motorized shades and draperies and exquisite original art.
The amenities are luxurious also. These condos have 24-hour concierge, 24/7 gated and guarded, private elevators, elegant foyers, movie theaters, pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, first class sports centers, massage rooms, social rooms, two-car garage parking, tennis courts and a lot of social activities during the season to enjoy this luxurious lifestyle.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, “The Crisis,” December 23, 1776.
Don’t let the genre dissuade you from this title. Yes, we know the outcome, but that does not take away from the fact that the author has written this account of America’s beginning in a gripping style similar to that of the most popular thrillers.
O’Donnell follows the first independent military company formed in Maryland in 1774 through the American Revolutionary War. He refers to it as a “Band of Brothers” perspective, following the actions of the members of a Maryland regiment who became known as The Maryland 400. On a background of the Boston Tea Party, followed by the burning of the “Peggy Stewart,” a ship stocked with British tea, and passage of the Intolerable Acts, Britain had shut down the port of Boston. Thousands of men were put out of work. In order to prevent the same occurrence in Baltimore, 32-year-old Mordecai Gist decided to take action.
On December 3, 1774, at a tavern in the gritty Maryland boom town, Gist formed the Baltimore Independent Cadets with a cadre of the social elite, businessmen and prominent members of the city. Their purpose was to protect their rights, as well as to hopefully break away from Britain. They outfitted themselves, trained themselves and recruited more members. O’Donnell argues that it was no accident that Maryland was the place where an independent military force was conceived. Maryland was chartered in 1632 with George Calvert, a Catholic, being appointed “proprietary,” and given authority to set up Maryland’s government as he saw fit. There was no royal governor in the colony until 1691. By then, the independent streak of Marylanders was well established.
The Cadets signed their own death warrants that December night in the tavern. Around the same time, Britain had quelled an insurrection in Ireland and the judge intoned to those rebels: “You are to be drawn on hurdles to the place of execution, where you are to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead, for while you are still living your bodies are to be taken down, your bowels torn out and burned before your faces, your heads then cut off, and your bodies divided each into four quarters.”
British officials tolerated neither insolence nor rebellion. When they decided in July 1776 to bring the American colonists back into line, they sent half the royal navy, commanded by Admiral Richard Howe, and a significant percentage of the British military, commanded by General William Howe, the admiral’s brother. Both brothers were members of Parliament, both had been appointed peace commissioners with the power to grant pardons, in the hope that the colonists would back down once they got a taste of British might. William had voted against the Coercive Acts, called Intolerable Acts by the colonists, and his intent was to bring peace to the colonies. His brother did not feel that way nor did General Sir Henry Clinton.
Clinton had lived in the colonies for 10 years, when his father was appointed governor of New York. He was twelve when they arrived and old enough to have served in the French and Indian War when that broke out. So he had previous experience living and fighting side by side with some of the prominent figures on the American side in the 1776 clash. He detested the colonists even more than Richard Howe and Clinton was convinced they should be annihilated. This position led to many clashes with General Howe.
The British forces consisted of generals with an average career of 30 years, privates averaged nine years of service, while the Americans topped out at two years of experience. There were many specialized units on the British side – Scottish Highlanders who usually fought in units made up of their clan members, Light Dragoons, Grenadiers, Hessians, etc. British officers all purchased their commissions, which were very expensive, but they also made money from their positions. They were allowed to keep the salaries of their men who were killed in battle and during the American rebellion, some of the younger officers made almost enough to equal a senior officer’s pay from their dead men. I should note here that not all officers kept their dead men’s pay. The American forces were their polar opposites, basically.
What sets O’Donnell’s book apart from David McCullough’s excellent “1776,” and other works about the American Revolution is the extensive research. He spent years culling primary and secondary sources that had not been used by anyone else. These include diaries, pension applications and letters written by and to those engaged in both sides of the conflict. Also, the fact that he focuses on the members of this one unit that came to be known as the Immortals or The Maryland 400. By the time they see action at Brooklyn, I felt I knew these men and following them through nine years of conflict seemed the only thing to do.
When I chose to read this book, I thought it was just the story of this Maryland regiment and their sacrifice at the Battle of Brooklyn, aka Battle of Long Island. Similar to the Greek force at Thermopylae, where all 300 Spartans died as did most of their allies, most of the Maryland’s 400 members perished that day, at least 250, some were taken prisoner, a few escaped. They were dubbed “Immortals” due to their raw courage and persistence. It became obvious that the Americans were not going to win that battle, indeed the entire rebellion could have been crushed that day if General Howe had made some different decisions. In order to give the rest of the American forces a chance to escape and live to fight another day, the Marylanders charged the British forces with their bayonets not once, not twice, but a total of six times. They literally bought an hour of escape time with their own lives. We don’t even know where they are buried.
There is so much information in this book, it is stunning. O’Donnell does delve deeply into the tactics and strategy of the battles and skirmishes, which is not especially interesting to me (frankly, by 1780 I was skimming the battle descriptions), but I found this balanced out by his vivid descriptions of the society, the people other than the military who played a part in the conflict. This was accomplished with frequent quotations from diaries, letters and newspaper articles he used. Some of the officers’ wives and other society ladies played hostess for the officers, having coffees and dinner parties, to keep up the men’s spirits and one would imagine to keep them in touch with civility. When some of the officers were taken prisoners by the British, their wives went with them, where they rented homes and lived out their captivity much as other married couples of their social class.
Prior to reading this book, I did not appreciate how integrated the American forces were – racially, religiously, occupationally, and socially. Thousands of black freemen and slaves fought in this war, on both the Loyalist and Patriot sides. O’Donnell also includes the Loyalists in his account. Sometimes we forget that this was a two-layer war, a civil war as well as a revolution against the crown. The camp followers, women and children, who sometimes hampered the American officers’ discipline of their men was an eye opener. I have never seen them in the portraits of Valley Forge!
The aftermath of the war, what happened to these men once they had defeated the British and America could begin the business of seriously establishing itself, is addressed by the author. Since thousands of Loyalists relocated to Britain, Nova Scotia, or other areas, some of their homes and farms were given to the American officers. They suffered PTSD, although it wasn’t named such, with accounts from family members describing the nightmares and other nervous conditions of the veterans. Instead of IEDs, they faced cannon and grapeshot which were just as destructive physically and mentally.
Many suffered debilitating physical ailments during the war from which they never recovered. Some were from wounds, but many more were from starvation, diseases or infections. In one poignant passage, O’Donnell quotes from a letter written by Charles Willson Peale of the Pennsylvania militia about the early December 1776 crossing of the Delaware River over to Trenton: “A man staggered out of line and came toward me. He had lost all his clothes. He was in an old, dirty blanket jacket. His beard long and his face full of sores…had so disfigured him that he was not known to me at first sight. Only when he spoke did I recognize my brother James.” James was a member of the Maryland 400.
The full title of this book is “Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of An Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution.” It is available at all the major vendors and our public library. I think you will be inspired if you choose to read it. I know this Fourth of July will be more special to me. I hope yours is a happy and safe holiday.
I am taking some time off and for the next two issues there will be guest reviewers. My predecessors, Joanne Tailele, founder of Book Remarks, and Diane Bostick have each generously agreed to share their thoughts on a new title. I will be back in August.
Maggie Gust has been an avid reader all her life. Her past includes working as a teacher, as well as various occupations in the healthcare field. She shares a hometown, Springfield, Illinois, with Abraham Lincoln, but Florida has been her home since 1993. Genealogy, reading, movies and writing are among her favorite activities. She is self-employed and works from her Naples home. Contact her at [email protected] or maggiesbookinblog.com.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently donated $8,000 worth of sports equipment to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The equipment will be used by Collier athletes who participate in tennis, basketball, track & field, bocce, soccer, golf, aquatics, and flag football.
According to Special Olympics County Director David McKenzie, “We are so thankful for this generous donation. We currently have more than 700 athletes and unified partners who participate in our year-round sports training and competition programs, and that number continues to grow quickly. The equipment donated by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will help us serve these individuals for years to come.”
On Thursday, June 9 at the Greater Naples YMCA, McKenzie presented a plaque to Flynn Burch, Senior Director of State Initiatives and Programs for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, to thank the organization on behalf of the local Special Olympics organization.
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, a volunteer-driven organization, offers a year-round sports program that includes training and competition in aquatics, golf, bowling, basketball, track and field, cycling, soccer, bocce, tennis, flag football, and standup paddle for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, all at no cost to the athletes and their families. All individuals with intellectual disabilities are welcome, with no upper age limit.
The organization also offers two additional programs specifically for younger athletes. The Young Athletes Program, for 2- to 7-year-olds, helps teach basic movement and sports skills to children with intellectual disabilities and to their siblings and peers without disabilities. The second program, Project UNIFY, is a school-based initiative that encourages all young people, with and without disabilities, to participate in athletic and leadership activities together.
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County’s programs are possible because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who organize, coach, publicize, raise funds, and administer the organization. All financial support for Special Olympics Florida – Collier County comes from local businesses, organizations, and individuals.
To become a volunteer coach for any sport or to sign up to participate as an athlete or a Unified Partner, please call Special Olympics Florida – Collier County at 239-775-1991, or go to www.specialolympicscollier.org. The organization is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsCollierCounty.
To Your Health
CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System
If you—or a loved one—are one of nearly 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke this year, it’s important to know the warning signs and where to go for immediate care.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.
Closer to home: the average age citizen in Collier County and Lee County is over 50—after age 50, stroke risk doubles every ten years.
Due to Southwest Florida’s “Stroke Belt” location, of critical importance is understanding the National Stroke Association’s Act FAST (Face Arms Speech Time) warning signs:
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
In fact, it can be easy to miss a stroke symptom; however, if you feel a loss of balance or experience any other warning signs, you may need immediate attention.
Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge and Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard are Primary Stroke Centers committed to acting quickly when it comes to treating strokes and preventing complications.
Recognizing signs and symptoms can save a life and decrease the chances of permanent disabilities.
“Currently, less than 10% of people seen for stroke present in a timeframe which would allow them to be candidates for interventional treatments. The great bulk of stroke treatment is in identifying the patients’ needs, making the diagnosis, administering the appropriate medication, and determining if additional care is needed,” says Aileen Staller, DNP, ARNP, CNRN, and Stroke Center coordinator.
In the small percentage of cases where interventional neuroradiology treatment is required, patients are transferred—often times via air transport—to a nearby, more comprehensive treatment facility.
Our ability to act quickly and effectively in stroke-care scenarios has also led to recent national recognition.
Physicians Regional Healthcare System recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The award recognizes our commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.
According to Staller: “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”
Physicians Regional Healthcare System continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes Physicians Regional Healthcare System for its commitment to stroke care,” says Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Primary Stroke Center care is located at: Physicians Regional–Pine Ridge, 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119. For information, please call 239-348-4000.
Physicians Regional–Collier Boulevard, 8300 Collier Boulevard Naples, FL 34114. For information, please call 239-354-6000.
Prevention is Key to Avoiding Heat Stroke
Ironically, the first sign of dangerous heat stroke or heat-related illness is often the absence of sweat. As the temperature rises, your body’s natural cooling mechanism – perspiration – evaporates and helps to cool your body. But on those really hot and humid days, evaporation is slowed and your body runs a higher risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
“Virtually all heat-related illnesses are preventable,” said James Roach, D.O., and Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at Physicians Regional Healthcare System. “Be extra careful when the heat index is 90 degrees or above, and always drink plenty of water or fluids with electrolytes when the heat index is high. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks inside or in the shade. Heat stroke can affect people of any age or fitness level – don’t underestimate the danger.”
Heat exhaustion is a precursor to heat stroke. If you experience any of these symptoms, get out of the heat immediately and to a cool place, and slowly drink water or other fluids with salt or sugar:
• Pale skin
• Fatigue or weakness
• Dizziness or nausea
• Profuse sweating
• Rapid pulse or fast, shallow breathing
• Muscle weakness or cramps
Do NOT drink caffeine or alcohol, and if you don’t feel better within 30 minutes, seek medical help. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke if not treated. These more dangerous warning signs can indicate heat stroke is imminent:
• Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty
• Confusion or loss of consciousness
• Throbbing headache
• Frequent vomiting
• Trouble breathing
“Heat stroke is more serious than heat exhaustion, and it can be life-threatening,” said Dr. Roach. “If you or someone you know experiences signs of heatstroke, remember NOT to attempt to bring down the temperature too quickly. Don’t use ice or ice water. Attempt to bring down the temperature gradually with cool spray or mild air conditioning, and dial 911 or proceed immediately to the nearest ER.”
Certain groups of people are more vulnerable to heat-related illness. Babies and young children, the elderly or infirmed, and people on certain medications are all at increased risk. So, be an alert and informed neighbor this summer. Check on elderly neighbors regularly, and take action immediately if you see children or pets left in vehicles.
Thirty-six new artificial reefs, each comprised of 500 tons of concrete, were deployed in six offshore locations near Naples and Marco Island in Collier County, Florida over the past year. During deployment missions and in the months afterward, Pure Image Productions of Naples was stationed with cameras on boats and underwater to record not only the sinking of the new reef structures, but the ensuing growth of new reef ecosystems.
The result is a 56-minute documentary called Paradise Reef: The World is Watching that showcases not only the development of life on and around the underwater reef structures, but also the beauty of the Southwest Florida environment. The documentary gets its Florida television debut at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30 on WGCU-TV (TV channel 30.1; cable channels 3 and 440; DirecTV channel 30).
Documentary producers are working with programming officials at WGCU-TV to get information about the program out to other PBS/APT (American Public Television) stations.
The reef project was accomplished by a joint effort between Collier County and the Cities of Naples and Marco Island along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Funding for the concrete and deployment came from a grant received from BP’s Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund and from private donations. Reimbursement funding for the Paradise Reef: The World is Watching documentary is provided by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau through the Collier County tourist development tax.
Extensive underwater footage by world renowned cinematographer Andy Casagrande shows the amazing growth and abundant marine life on the new artificial reef sites. Interviews with prominent leaders in area conservation including Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher, professor of oceanography and reef expert Dr. Haywood Matthews, and officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and others tell the story of the reef and how its development and success are tied to the ecology of the entire Florida’s Paradise Coast region. This diverse part of Southwest Florida includes Naples, Marco Island, the western portion of Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, the Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuges, Fakahatchee Strand and Collier-Seminole State Parks, the Picayune Strand State Forest, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and more natural areas that provide important water-filtering pathways to the Gulf of Mexico.
Join PAWS Assistance Dogs of Naples in celebrating America and supporting our nation’s veterans on Saturday, July 9 at its first ever Paws Freedom Celebration Barbecue.
PAWS, along with community partners, Post 9/11 Veterans Corp. and the City of Naples Fire-Rescue, will hold the BBQ at the PAWS Center at 3173 Horseshoe Drive, Naples between noon and 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Admission includes food and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Advance reservations are required. Call 239-775- 1660 or go to www.pawsassistancedogs.org for reservations. All proceeds will benefit PAWS and Post 9/11 Veterans Corp. There will be a silent auction and raffle. Food will be provided by Naples firefighters who will be holding a chili cook-off featuring their famous Fire House Chili and Texas Tony’s.
PAWS dogs-in-training, as well as dogs who are already placed in homes with veterans, will
be on hand at the BBQ. PAWS service dogs will be hard work at this celebration so we ask that you leave your family pets at home.
Founded and incorporated in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, PAWS Assistance Dogs, Inc. provides fully-trained and certified service dogs to combat-wounded U.S.military veterans and children with disabilities. Preference is given to those living in Collier
County and throughout Southwest Florida. PAWS is proud to say that our dogs are always placed at no cost to those they serve. Since PAWS receives no government funding of any kind, we are dependent on the generous support of organizations, companies and individuals to provide the financial means needed to accomplish our mission.
PAWS dogs promote independence and enhance the quality of life for veterans and children. PAWS dogs are also out in the community in several PAWS canine-assisted therapy programs, working with children in local schools and libraries and with women and children at risk at the David Lawrence Center and the Hazelden Addiction Center.
To learn more about donating to PAWS or how to apply for a PAWS dog, please visit their website at www.pawsassistancedogs.org.
Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help.
To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter and three cats and 44 kittens in foster care.
Any cat that is adopted or any person who can volunteer to be a foster family for these cats will make a huge difference. We have everything from kittens and nursing mother cats to seniors and adult cats.
“We want to have the best outcomes for the cats and kittens that come into the shelter. We want to give them all the chance to find loving, forever homes,” said Darcy Andrade, director of Collier County DAS. “To do that, we need help from the community.”
Currently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services is reducing its adoption fees on cats and kittens during the month of June to help make space in the shelter and to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Cat month. All adoptions of feline friends are only $10 (regularly $60).
Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, Homeagain microchip, vaccinations, flea treatment, FELV/FIV test for cats, rabies vaccination, county license and 30 days of free pet insurance. That’s a value of more than $400!
Come to the Naples shelter, located at 7610 Davis Blvd., between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or to our Immokalee shelter, located at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and find that special cat you’ve been waiting for.
Can’t adopt? Help us by becoming a foster family to a cat or two. Reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Katie Sibert [email protected] information on becoming a foster for cats and kittens. Collier County DAS will supply what you need to care for them. You just need to supply space and love.
For more information, contact Collier County DAS at (239) 252 PETS (7387).
COACH WAYNE’S CORNER
Earlier this season, I had a column called “Dress Code Required,” in which I discussed being properly equipped and protected when competing in outdoor sports activities.
Summer is here and the days are long and hot. Staying cool and keeping well hydrated is an important daily requirement when living in the Sunshine State. This is even more important when we participate in outdoor activities like tennis and pickleball. So, I would like to review and remind everyone on how important it is to stay safe and healthy and not get beat by the heat!
There are several simple things we can do to protect ourselves from heat exposure. Making wise choices as a part of our daily routine will help us to not succumb to getting overheated. These wise choices should actually be part of our strategy to allow us to play at our highest level of performance when competing.
First and most important is water! Be sure to stay well hydrated on an hour-by-hour, daily basis.
Feeling thirsty is not the only sign of preliminary dehydration. Early signs of dehydration can include experiencing lightheadedness or dizziness, having a feeling of anxiousness or confusion. Minor dehydration can also lead to sleeping problems.
Extreme dehydration can lead to fainting, heart palpitations, and a possible shutdown of our abilities to pass fluids. Our body’s cooling system will actually shut down and we will quit sweating.
Our body’s natural cooling system is sweat, which evaporates from our skin and cools our body. The problem our natural cooling system has to deal with here in South Florida is more the amount of humidity that our body is dealing with.
I recently returned from a vacation in Northern California, and I had the pleasure of playing pickleball while I was there. The daily high temps were pushing 90 degrees, but the humidity was down around 40%.
I noticed a significant difference in how my natural cooling system functioned and how my body temperature remained more stable. I simply just did not feel as hot as I do when I play here in Florida.
However, even though I did not feel as hot and sweaty, I made sure I stayed well hydrated.
As for staying well hydrated, I believe regular consumption of plenty of good old H2O is best.
Along with regular daily hydration, we also need to do recovery hydration after sports activities. I do not really care for sports drinks, such as Gatorade and Powerade, because they actually contain high amounts of sugar and are not really the best choice. So how do we know what is the best choice for sports drinks? Read the ingredients!
I recommend a product called Emergen-C. It can be purchased at places like Walgreens or Walmart. It is a powder, which you mix with water, and it comes in several different flavors. I personally like the raspberry flavor. Since Emergen-C contains less sugar than traditional sports drinks, you do have to acquire a taste for it, because it is not as sweet- tasting as traditional sports drinks.
Another good choice for hydration recovery is a product called Pedialyte. Pedialyte is actually formulated for babies and infants who become dehydrated. Pedialyte can be consumed as a liquid or as a freezer pop. As with Emergen-C, you must acquire a taste for the product. I find the freezer pops to actually be very flavorful and refreshing.
Both Emergen-C and Pedialyte are available in generic brands for a few dollars less.
It is also important to be properly fueled with food.
If you plan on being out on the courts for more than an hour, you should plan on snacking while you are competing. Just like a Formula 1 or Indy Car race driver, you want to be sure you have a proper amount of fuel to get you through the race to the finish line.
This means knowing when to refuel and what to refuel with. You want to eat a healthy medium-sized meal approximately one hour before you plan to compete. I personally like to have some pasta and a salad.
You need to continually top off the tank while you are playing. I recommend staying away from processed foods like granola bars or power bars, and sticking with natural foods like fruits and whole grains. For instance, a wheat bagel and some cheddar cheese provide for a good blend of carbs and protein and you can never go wrong by just having a couple of bananas in your tennis bag.
Take few bites during changeovers. Remember, you want to be refueling as you go – it’s not a good idea to go out to play on a full stomach.
Unfortunately for consumers, most sunscreens are marketed for the convenience of their applications and a pleasant scent. Sunscreen should actually be odorless and should apply like a thick paste. It should not make you smell like coconut and should not apply like creamy hand lotion!
Some sunscreens do not necessarily provide the amount of protection they claim. Recent studies have shown that 47% of the sunscreens on the market today do not actually provide the SPF stated on the bottle,
So how do we know for sure how much protection we are actually getting? Once again, read the ingredients!
Forget the SPF number, you want to choose a sunscreen which has a zinc oxide content of as high as possible (which is 14.5%). You also want to choose a sunscreen that has as few other ingredients as possible.
You should apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going on the court to compete. You should also apply sunscreen to parts of the body which are not directly exposed to the sun, because a shirt that does not contain an SPF fabric, that is soaking wet from sweat, provides very little protection from the sun.
There is a website called ewg.org which provides independent testing and ratings of sunscreens. You can enter your sunscreen and it will show you the rating on its actual UVA and UVB protection. I found the information provided at ewg.org to be very enlightening in regards to how many sunscreens were not actually providing the protection they were claiming to be providing!
Tennis clothing was traditionally all white; a tradition that is carried on to this day at the Wimbledon Championships. I have noticed over the last several years, that both men and women players on the professional tennis tour have been wearing darker colored coordinated tennis clothing. While these color-coordinated outfits can be very fashionable, remember, darker colors attract and absorb the sun more than light-colored material.
Several manufacturers, like Nike and Adidas, make their clothing out of moisture-wicking materials, which are cut to fit tighter and are designed to pull the sweat from your skin and allow it to dry quicker by evaporating through the lightweight material. A theory which works well in most climates, but can be challenged here in Florida because of the amount of humidity we are dealing with.
I prefer a loose fitting 100% white cotton shirt, because once it gets saturated (which only takes about 15 minutes in summertime) and we are beyond the point of evaporation, it actually helps our body’s cooling system to work more efficiently. The slightest breeze blowing on the wet shirt actually helps cool the skin.
Companies are now manufacturing towels you can soak in cold water and will retain a cool temperature for up to 30 minutes. Take the towel and drape it over your head, neck and shoulders in between games. You would be amazed how this can dramatically reduce you body temperature.
Other simple and smart things we can do to protect ourselves are to always be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses. It is also a good idea to try to spend as much time as possible in the shade during changeovers and in between games.
So while you are working on a strategy to beat your opponents this summer, make sure to work on a strategy to beat the heat.
Wayne Clark is a certified professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction. He has been the head instructor at the Marco Island Racquet Center since 2001. The Racquet Center offers clinics, private and group lessons for both tennis and pickleball. Coach Wayne’s Island Kids Tennis juniors program runs year-round, and has classes for players from kindergarten through high school.
Contact Coach Wayne by email [email protected], by phone or text at 239-450-6161, or visit his website at www.marco-island-tennis.com.
I’ve just read the Planning Board chairman’s explanation of why city council ignored the PB’s vote, (Marco Eagle, 14 June, 2016). I’m wondering if I have this right:
1. An applicant came before the PB wishing to start a disallowed business in a specific Marco locale. The PB stated that the disallowing ordinance would have to be changed in order to lawfully permit the business.
2. The applicant pleaded that they didn’t have time to wait for the ordinance to be changed.
3. With Board member Charlette Roman as the sole dissenter, the PB sympathized and voted 6-1 to recommend City Council approval of the application. The PB felt they could hold hearings later to change the ordinance. The PB reasoned that, after all, other well-known, not permitted uses are already unlawfully in place there, i.e. real estate, dental, chiropractic.
4. Somehow, somewhere and presumably-someplace-in-the-sunshine, City Council decided it might be smarter to first amend the ordinance before approving any business application that would be otherwise unlawful.
Now, if I have the PB chairman’s “explanation” correct, I understand why an old truism still survives, namely:
“DON’T ATTRIBUTE TO MALICE, THAT WHICH IS ADEQUATELY EXPLAINED BY STUPIDITY.” [Robert J. Hanlon]
At the June 6th Marco Island City Council Meeting, our Council discussed how to respond to Collier County Commission Chair, Donna Fiala’s May 25, 2016 letter. The letter requested that the City of Marco agree to escrow $2 million in County money owed to Marco Island for road maintenance. It also requested a renegotiation of the 2002 Inter-local Agreement. In that agreement, Collier County agreed to pay the City $1 million a year for 15 years. In exchange the City agreed to MAINTAIN all the roads in the City and take ownership of Collier Blvd, San Marco Rd, and Goodland Rd (the portion of Goodland Road that is within the City’s boundaries). The key word is “maintain”. Until the present time, the City of Marco Island has spent over $52 million on all roads.
For many years, the citizens of Goodland have complained about their road that frequently floods and becomes impassable. The worse part of the road is that which the County still owns in Goodland. In good faith, the City agreed with the County to pay for a $70,000 hydrologic study to create an elevated road. So far the County has not paid their share for this study. During discussion at Council, Councilor Honecker reviewed the history behind the Inter-local Agreement and pointed out many environmental issues. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has consistently maintained that they must have a vote on the future of the road. Further, there are “right of way” issues that come in to play during construction which are very complicated. The expected cost of building an elevated road will exceed $4 million. This cost as well as clearance from numerous state agencies and environmental organizations will increase the cost and delay the project for years.
Initially, Councilors Honig and Rios spoke in support of being conciliatory with the County and to negotiate a new Inter-local Agreement in which the City would forego the $2 million owed to the City in hopes that the County would assist in building a new elevated road. A motion to do this was defeated 5-2. Councilors Batte, Honecker and Sacher then proposed that the City Manager and the City Attorney draft a letter to the County in response to Commissioner Fiala’s letter in which the City agrees to abide by the 2002 Agreement to maintain all roads, including “MAINTAINING” Goodland road. It also requests that the County pay the $500,000 that is presently holding in escrow and to complete payment of the $1.5 million owed to the City in the future. This motion passed 5-2. I support this motion.
Improving relations with the Collier County Board of Commissioners is one of my key platforms in my candidacy for Marco City Council. As many know, the City is preparing an application for its’ own COPCN with Collier County. The City presently experiences 3,500 emergency 911 calls each year. The County, because of its’ control of EMS, stations one full time ambulance on Marco Island and a second part-time ambulance for only five months. According to Fire Rescue Chief Murphy, there are frequently four emergency calls at the same time, requiring off-island departments to respond and frequently exceeding the County’s goal of 8 minutes or less.
These two issues reflect the importance of “home rule” for Marco Island. We need to determine what is best for our citizens. We should co-operate with the County but NOT at the expense of our community.
Dr. Jerry Swiacki
By Roy Eaton
John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Honorable words that were meant to unite Americans and reawaken our national pride and love for country embedded in the soul of every person who enjoys the liberties extended to all who call America their home.
Sadly during the past 56 years, the content and spirit of those words have been ignored by many of us who have opted to alter and interpret the exhortation for personal gain. An unacceptable number of leaders in both the public and private sectors of our economy have chosen to do so in order to accumulate wealth and consolidate power. Politicians and elected officials too often have blindly and subversively diminished one of the most admired quotations in history to, ‘Ask not what our country can do for you, ask what you can do for me.’
Since those who hold high offices in our land have been well compensated for their skewed interpretation, others among us have emulated their example to broaden power and increase their bottom line. Within the business sector of our economy corporate and small business leaders seem to have modified the wording to, ‘Ask not what our business can do for you, ask what you can do for our business.’ This skewed philosophy of unilateral loyalty has trickled down to all levels of America’s social structure in a further erosion of President Kennedy’s words, ‘Don’t ask me what I can do for my country, I want to know what my country can do for me.’
Unfortunately we have evolved into a society where a growing number of us seem to share a common thread. The privileged feel exceptionally entitled, as do increasing numbers of our citizens who depend on government services and benefits, some of whom have yet to contribute. Ironically, this pattern is occurring at a time when senior citizens, who have contributed to the economy their entire adult lives, see their right to entitlements threatened with reduction or complete elimination.
Surely President Kennedy did not envision a country of such selfishness and inequity. He did not dream of a land where the super rich, large banks and conglomerates could hijack the entire political process to expand their own influence and threaten the American Dream for a growing number of Americans. Nor could he have envisioned a country where lobbyists and special interest groups would turn Congress into panhandlers seeking money for massive campaign spending and personal wealth accumulation.
Power, greed, selfishness, corruption, apathy and overindulgence can destroy a nation as it has so many worthy empires of the past. As in any society, most working Americans are vulnerable to the whims of higher governing authority. But not since the era of the major barons of the industrial revolution has greed become such a dominant determining factor in governance. Current titans in the private and public sectors of our economy also reflect greed in their disregard for ethics, loyalty and work history. There is a diminishing regard for the contribution of long-term employees reflected in another version of the president’s words. ‘So, what can you do for me today?’
As a society we too often punish public and private employees who consistently accept responsibility because they are visible to authority and most often held to task. Sadly, we reward those who hide under the radar and function in their jobs only when it benefits them or when their contribution can be observed by superiors who can bestow rewards.
Yes, we are all pawns in a desensitized and seemingly rigged system, which has produced an elite class of bureaucrats, many of whom have little concern for their fellow man. However, whether we admit it or not, often it is our own greed that has made us as disposable as the “treasures” we seek to acquire in life.
We have allowed avarice, indifference, selfishness and apathy to replace generosity, empathy, concern and selflessness. Too many of us place our own concerns above those of our neighbors, our communities, even our country. We should be much better citizens and recognize that almost everyone is reaching for the American Dream.
It does not matter whether we are Republican, Democrat or Independent. Above all else we are Americans and should reflect on our shared history as an example of a diverse nation, which has lived through adversity and triumphs. We live in a nation which once held the admiration and respect of most other countries in the world. We will always have cynics and usurpers among us who pervert and manipulate our system. It is our responsibility to heed Kennedy’s words meant to inspire, and aspire to be honorable citizens and help to restore our image here and abroad.
As we celebrate this revered holiday think not of what separates us but of what unites us. Think of the men and women in uniform who gave their lives defending America and never sought to ask, ‘what their country could do for them.’ Pray for our service men and women who currently serve and only ask, ‘what can I do for my country?’ And, remember the many American families who have lost a loved one and the families of our “Wounded Warriors.”
President Kennedy gave us good advice in 1960, which still resonates in 2016. Let us recommit ourselves to our country and our values on this Fourth of July day and every day thereafter.
By Samantha Husted
Last month the Coastal Breeze News sat down with 18-year-old Marco Island resident, Daniel Hodsdon and his grandfather Terry McCreanor. Hodsdon, now on the verge of beginning his freshmen year of college, has been playing the bagpipes since he was in middle school. The bagpipes have allowed Hodsdon a world of opportunity, both as a musician and a performer. Over the years he has been asked to perform for private parties as well as local events such as Relay For Life and the annual Christmas Parade.
Inspired by Jonathan Davis, lead singer of metal band Korn, Hodsdon, then in 8th grade, decided that he would like to pursue the bagpipes. “Their singer played the bagpipes on a couple songs and I was like ‘hey, I want to learn that,” said Hodsdon. “I told my grandparents and about two weeks later he [McCreanor] calls me and says ‘We’re going to Bonita, we have a bagpipe lesson.’ That night we went up and met Don Goller, world champion bagpiper and Harp & Thistle Band’s Pipe Major.”
For three straight years he and his grandfather would drive an hour up to Bonita for lessons. “Three years, every Tuesday, for three hours,” said McCreanor a mantra he would repeat many times throughout our conversation. And though he repeated it somewhat begrudgingly, he said it with a twinkle in his eye. It was during those drives that he and Daniel were able to bond over their love of music. As McCreanor drove he would instruct Daniel to look up different artists and songs to play on his cellphone. In doing so he was able to introduce Daniel to the music of his generation and the two were able to find common ground. They would play everything from the Everly Brothers to Jan and Dean to McCreanor’s favorite song, “Sleepwalk.” “We had fun going on the drive, out and back,” said McCreanor.
Over the years as Hodsdon’s reputation as a bagpiper grew, strangers began asking him to perform at events on Marco. “People would call and be like ‘Oh, I hear you play the bagpipes,’ said Hodsdon. “I was in the Christmas parade and I learned ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ on the bagpipe. Santa wore a kilt that night.” For the past two years Hodsdon has also performed at the Naples Relay for Life during the Luminaria Ceremony. “That’s probably one of my favorite things to do,” said Hodsdon. This past Relay for Life was the best performance I’ve had. It’s a very powerful moment during that event.”
Besides the bagpipe, Hodsdon also plays the bass guitar, guitar, piano and the trombone. It seems that he is into all things music, a quality he attributes to his grandfather. “I’m into literally any genre of music,” said Hodsdon. “In my car I’ll hit next and it’ll go from death metal to jazz to rap to classical music. There is no in between with me, I will listen to anything.”
Currently Hodsdon is enrolled in a six week program where he is learning how to build guitars. This fall Hodsdon will begin his freshmen year at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in Georgia. He plans on studying the bass guitar as well as recording and audio engineering. “They teach you to be an instrument. You become extremely versatile and valuable to anybody who needs you. At the end of this, if I really buckle down and do it, I’ll be able to be called in to be a studio musician,” said Hodsdon.
By Barry Gwinn
Lori Galiana is the go-to person at MIA. Since 2013, she has been teaching World History, U.S. History (except this year), Government, Economics, and her favorite, AICE Global Perspectives to the kids at MIA. She is also the cheerleading coach, Key Club advisor, and National Honor Society advisor. Right now, she is coordinating a student travel group, which she will guide through Europe, this month. “Lori is one of our top performers, and she literally gives her all to us on a daily basis,” says Melissa Scott, MIA’s Principal, “She is one of the most dedicated individuals that I have come across in my eighteen years in education.” On March 4, 2016, Galiana was one of four MIA educators who personally received Governor Scott’s Shine Award, given to those educators who have proven inspirational to their students. The G.overnor actually came here to present the awards, which were given to the recipients in their classrooms, in front of their students. The awards are doubly meaningful as they result from nominations by the recipients’ peers. The Shine award was only the latest of Galiana’s accolades. In 2015, she was named Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2014 and 2015, she was recognized by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections as having achieved the highest percentage of high schoolers registered to vote.
And, in 2015, she was made an Honorary Kiwanian for her service with the MIA Key Club. The Marco Island Kiwanis Club has given more than 32,000 books to area students through their Reading is Fundamental program.
Lori is married to Alex Galiana (28 years), Recreation and Administrative Facilities Manager of the Marco Island Parks and Rec Dept. as well as Manager of the Farmers Market in the city owned Veterans Park. They are both Florida natives. They have two sons, AJ, age 26, and Max, age 23. Both went to Florida State and graduated with degrees in Information Technology. Lori grew up in Inverness, FL, where, in 1982, she was a graduate of Citrus High School. She met Alex at the University of Florida, where she was pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Despite her mother’s entreaties, Lori had no desire to become a teacher. Interrupting her education at UF, Lori and Alex moved to Chicago in 1986, where Alex had gotten a job as a commodities broker. While devoting herself to her children and volunteering at local schools, Lori got her degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. After 15 years in Chicago, homesickness for Florida and family brought the Galianas back to Florida. A friend recommended Marco Island where they have lived since 2001. Then things started to move fast. As a way to get to know the community, Lori began substitute teaching at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Marco Island Charter Middle School. Little by little, the schools called her in more often, until it became almost a full time job. “The more time I spent with the kids, the more I enjoyed it. It allowed me to build relationships and have an impact,” Galiana told me, “I started thinking about actually going back to school to get my teaching certificate.” She has since become certified in Social Studies, Business Administration, Marketing, Reading, Gifted, and Special Education. In 2002, MICMS offered her a fulltime position as History teacher and six years later, it was followed by five years at Gulf Coast High School. In August 2013, she began teaching at MIA. Things have never been the same.
I visited Galiana’s classroom on an April morning, this spring. She was presiding over a junior and senior AICE Global Perspectives class. AICE, or Advanced International Certificate of Education, is written and overseen by the University of Cambridge in England, ranked as one of the world’s top five universities. As with honors courses, these classes cover more in depth and require individual research and initiative. MIA has incorporated the entire AICE curriculum. Galiana loves this particular class. “It opens the students’ eyes to the world,” she says, “They must find global issues, defend their sources, and write ‘true’ research papers. To top it all off, they must present an eight minute live presentations to an audience, explaining how and why their perspectives have changed.” That is what senior, Austin Estremera, was doing when I walked into the classroom. He was in the midst of a power point presentation on the impact of Syrian refugees in the U.S.
Estremera was answering classmates’ questions, while others added comments on their own research and viewpoints. The resulting questions and discussion were facilitated by Mrs. Galiana. There was no arguing or attempts to win points – just an exploration of all sides of the subject being presented. I knew little about this subject and learned quite a bit in the short time I was there. I was puzzled by the fact that fully one third of the desks in this class were vacant. I learned that those students were taking AICE exams in another classroom (for which they would receive college credit upon passing). “The whole AICE program is based on critical thinking and writing using credible evidence, Galiana said, “It is so much more valuable in teaching kids to communicate and not just repeat the nonsense they hear in social (and broadcast) media.”
This sounded like a lot of work to me. I can think of only two teachers who inspired me to such efforts. In my day (Nifty Fifties), I watched the clock and dozed through social studies classes. I noticed no furtive clock watching in Galiana’s class, but I did see a lot of raised hands. Later, her students were eager to tell me what they thought.
Nate Snow is a senior and will be attending FSU next year as a Business or Actuarial Science major. He has had three prior classes taught by Galiana and is now enrolled in her Global Perspectives class. It is one of his all-time favorites. “Global Perspectives was by far the most enjoyable and edifying class I have taken in my High school career,” Snow told me, “I learned to analyze documents, write college level papers and reports, and to critique and recognize credibility.” Nate likes the respect Galiana gives to her students and her insistence that they, in turn, treat each other with respect. “She lets everyone share their opinion. She makes students consider [and compare] other viewpoints, [while mostly withholding her own].”
Caitlin Smith is a junior, having taken both U.S. and World History from Galiana. She is currently enrolled in Galiana’s Government and Economics class and hopes to go to M.I.T. or Georgia Tech to major in Aerospace engineering. “Mrs. G has a passion for world cultures and has a way of intriguing students with her lessons,” Caitlyn noted, “She sparked my interest in history and taught me more effective ways to study. In Cheerleading and Key Club she helped me to grow as a person and has been my most beloved mentor.”
Dylan Demkovich is a junior. He hopes to major in physics at the University of Chicago. He has taken Galiana’s World History course as a freshman and is currently enrolled in her Global Perspectives course. He says that Galiana’s classes have changed the way he looks at world events and has shaped the way he processes and compares information. “She is one of the best teachers I have had,” says Dylan, “She is really invested in the class and makes concerted efforts to make the students care about the work that they do.”
Joey Politi is a junior. He hopes to major in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Polytechnic. Joey proudly told me that he has taken at least one of Galiana’s classes every year. He is now taking Global Perspectives and Government and Economics. He rates Galiana as “one of the most influential and impacting teachers I have ever had. Not only did I learn about history and global events, but she has also taught me some valuable life lessons of which I have incorporated into my life.”
Patrick Michel is a senior who will be attending UCF in the fall. He has taken four of Galiana’s classes. He brings a different perspective. “Mrs. G was always able to teach the information as if it were a movie,” Michel says, “This made it unbelievably easy to learn and remember.” Michel, like me, often found Social Studies to be boring. “Mrs. G, holds [our] attention by asking questions, which keeps us on our toes,” Patrick added, “I find her humorous and kind (and caring about us). (This makes us) just want to pay closer attention and not let her down.”
High praise indeed from Mrs. G’s most critical audience.