Monthly Archives: March 2011

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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’ ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... Read More »