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Gilbert Gottfried invades “Off the Hook’ Comedy Club

The bombastic, caustic and recently fired as the voice of the AFLAC duck because of outlandish Twitter comments Brooklyn’s own Gilbert Gottfried comes to Marco Island’s Capt. Brian’s: Off the Hook “Comedy Club this weekend for a series of six shows. Gottfried started his stand up comedy career at the age of 15 and after only a few years was known as a comedian to watch and hear. Gilbert says his career is received generally favorable to most people but is best known for his crude satire, blue comedy, black comedy and insult comedy. Gottfried talks about his stint on ... Read More »

‘In It To End It’ luncheon and fashion show

Help continue the fight against breast cancer By Lisa Smith Wood The 3rd annual luncheon and fashion show benefitting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held recently at Bistro Soleil at Olde Marco Inn. Spring and summer fashions were presented by Marco Island Clothing in a casual, café-style fashion show. FOX 4 news anchor Patrick Nolan provided lively commentary as he emceed the event again this year. Lisa Mergue, owner of Bistro Soleil, spoke passionately about her commitment to the fight against breast cancer as she welcomed guests to the luncheon. “It would be nice if we didn’t have ... Read More »

Habitat provides a tour

By Joan Kelly Everyone knows about Habitat for Humanity, or do they? We have been involved with Habitat for years. I knew that much of the work is done by volunteers from the buildings and family support to selection committee and home store clerks. On the Habi Tour bus trip, I learned more than I expected and saw parts of Collier County and buildings that surprised me. The tour started in the Habitat building with a light breakfast, DVD overview, and a bus trip driven by Ed who works for the bus company and is a Habitat owner. Note, you ... Read More »

New national terrorism alert system

In the aftermath of recent events in the Mideast there is even more concern about the possibility of a terrorist incident here. While it’s never possible to predict with any certainty what the terrorists are up to, there are indicators of activity warranting alerting the public as to threat levels. Since 2002, the federal government has used a five-tiered color-coded system, ranging from green (“low risk”) to red (“severe risk”). Over time that system has proven too vague, confusing and needing overhaul. One congressman described it as teaching Americans to “be scared, not prepared”. Recently a federal team based in ... Read More »

Council Leadership Changes

Leadership of Marco Island’s city council changed. Council members elected Jerry Gibson to be Chairman and Larry Magel as Vice Chairman. The new officers have a parallel view of what lies ahead for the council. Chairman Gibson said: “There is no doubt that the water and sewer rates will be the major issue. I’m looking forward to receiving the consultants’ reports and ironing out any questions. Ultimately the decision will be the responsibility of the city council, and we shall have a hard evidentiary base upon which we will base our decision. As usual with contentious issues, the chances are ... Read More »

Remaining award winners named

Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club announced its remaining 2011 Spirit of Marco Award winners. Winners are presented with certificates in recognition of the honor bestowed. The Spirit of Marco Awards culminates in a formal awards presentation at a Gala Dinner and Silent Auction which will be held Friday, April 29th at San Marco Catholic Church. Winners announced this week included long-time Rotarian Al Diaz. Al is well known for his years of service to local organizations. He is past president of the Rotary Club and has served on many of their fundraising committees including the Marco Island Seafood Festival that ... Read More »


By Donna Fiala Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the Marco Island Presbyterian Church “Women on the Go” at a luncheon at C.J.’s. What a dynamic group of women! These women do so much for Marco Island in the name of all that is good. I was very impressed! Enterprise Rent-a-Car has now positioned themselves at the Marco Island Airport. That is a smart business move, if you ask me! The Marco Island Kiwanis Club was at it again recently! This motivated group held a Crab Claw dinner at the Capri Civic Association Community Center to recruit new ... Read More »

The night my foot got caught

By Monte Lazarus One of the things we enjoy every now and again is an Everblades hockey game at Germain Arena. It’s a great arena for spectators; just about every seat is good for viewing the game. Unlike the new mega-arenas, Germain is small, cozy, friendly and reasonably priced. A family of four can go for less than $100, if they don’t go crazy buying jerseys and other stuff for the kids. The hockey is good from our perspective: it’s a lower league, so the players are very young; and there’s considerably less fighting and dirty play than in the ... Read More »

Saul A. Stern Lecture Series

By Jane Marlowe On March 9, 2011, the Honorable Susan M. Michael, Director of the United States Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem presented this Season’s final program in the Saul Stern Cultural Series at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Susan Michael has been a supporter of Israel for all of her adult life beginning with her years as a student at a Christian school in Israel which became Jerusalem University College. She grew up in a small community in Kentucky, part of a Presbyterian church environment. Her world was very small, her spiritual life centered on reading ... Read More »

Veteran’s Memorial breaking ground soon

The Veteran’s Memorial Fundraising committee has been busy readying the plans for the Veteran’s Memorial which will go out to bid soon. “We had nine local paving contractors interested in participating in the bidding process,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Bryan Milk. “It was a great turn-out for a pre-bid meeting! Bidding will open soon and we expect a contract to be awarded on April 18th. Start date for the project could be as early as May 1st. It should take around 90 days to completion.” According to Lee Rubenstein, Commander of local VFW Post #6370 and chairman of the ... Read More »

It’s time for some seafood!

The third annual Marco Island Seafood festival will be held at Veteran’s Community Park March 26th and 27th. Last year the event drew 9000 people and is expected to draw larger crowds this year. In addition to wide ranging seafood selections, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, deserts and more will be available for your dining pleasure. There are over 60 arts and crafts booths and a kid’s zone to round off a complete weekend of family fun! A full schedule featuring some of the best musicians in Southwest Florida are lined up to entertain you. Parking is available on site with ... Read More »

What drives Jon Busch?

Many in and around Southwest Florida have at least heard of Jon Busch. Many know he is a Realtor with Prudential Florida Realty for over 12 years. Some know Jon was involved in the highest priced single family home sale on Marco Island. And, a few may be familiar with his generosity towards pets and his passion for the Humane Society of Southwest Florida. There may even be a handful of readers who know Jon is a motorcycle enthusiast. But there are probably several things most don’t know about Jon. Like many area residents, Jon started to visit the area ... Read More »

Men in Blue

By Val Simon Meet Officer Neil Giansanti Policing on Marco Island means sand in your boots instead of snow, says Marco PD patrol officer Neil Giansanti.  Giansanti is a former Connecticut State Trooper and fraud investigator for the Florida Department of Financial Services who has been with the Marco PD for a year and a half. In his relatively brief time on Marco, Giansanti has already had some truly unique calls. He was the officer who netted the bald eagle recently rescued from Shorecrest Canal.  “That was a first,” he says. “Marco definitely has more service calls, and as a ... Read More »

International Women’s Day luncheon

By Marilyn Honahan On March 8 the Marco Island Branch of AAUW (American Association Of University Women) celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This is a global event and celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future. Annually on March 8, throughout the world, thousands of events are held to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements. The AAUW recognized the event with a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. All women guests were welcomed and were honored by the international tradition of being gifted with a rose, which was presented by ... Read More »

Barbara Rinella Performed

By Lisa Smith Wood The social committee of the Island Country Club recently invited Barbara Rinella to perform at their monthly luncheon. Rinella, a self-defined “academic entertainer”, captivated guests with her performance of Lisa See’s novel, Shanghai Girls. Beginning in Shanghai, 1937, the core characters of See’s novel are two devoted, inseparable sisters who both love and test each other through what becomes a lifetime of shared trials and triumphs in America. A transformed Rinella, dressed in traditional Chinese cheongsam and black wig, swiftly switched characters as she narrated and acted each role. Through the telling of the story of ... Read More »

Shooting starts!

By Tim Eiszner As you head out 41 East from Highway 92, San Marco Road, a morning or afternoon’s fun can be found at the LouLand Gun Club sometimes referred to as The Port of the Isles Gun Club. But make no mistake, the LouLand Gun Club is owned and operated by Lou Zalesnak. Now I’m not an advocate of guns but I am an advocate of learning while having some fun and LouLand offers the opportunity for both. LouLand offers an outdoor firing range and both pistols and rifles. Target distance for pistols is about 25 feet and the rifle ... Read More »

Christopher Realty sales up on Capri

By Carl and Joan Kelly Christopher Realty is one of the oldest businesses on Isles of Capri, founded in 1979. Jeri Neuhaus started as an agent in 2003 and bought the business two years later. “Last year was our second highest volume year since I have owned the company. This season we have done more showings than any season since I have owned Christopher Realty,” Jeri Neuhaus pointed out. “The difference we are seeing is that in years past we may have done a lot of showings and not written any contracts. This year we’re writing contracts. People are pulling ... Read More »

Juvenile Diabetes “Oh What A Night!” Part III

By Gina Sisbarro Marco Island resident Jere Fluno’s night to remember as honoree of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Center churns out over one half a million to raise money for the cure! The Hope Gala was held on February 19th at the Ritz Carlton in Naples. This red carpet affair sponsored by the Florida Suncoast Chapter with over 70 volunteers was a night to remember! What exactly is the hope of Co-Chairs Cheryl Rubinton and Jennifer Lange whose children have been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes? The hope is: Free from daily needles and insulin shots. Free from low blood ... Read More »

Are you a “Marco Old Timer”?

By Craig Woodward We want to thank everyone who has submitted their answers to the “Are you a Marco old-timer quiz” by the March 25th deadline. The Coastal Breeze staff is currently reviewing them and will be announcing the winners in our next issue – so be sure to look for that issue. Meanwhile, I know from all of your comments, that many of you enjoyed this tour through the “old days,” recalling memories of Marco’s past that not many current residents know of or have even heard of. The work that went into compiling the questions and the photos was ... Read More »