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2011 Hurricane Forecast

Recently local resident, Dr. Larry Kalkstein, gave a presentation to the Marco Men’s Club on hurricane predictions for the 2011 hurricane season. Larry is a research professor at the University of Miami. He has a Ph.D. in climatology from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. He was a professor at UCLA and the University of Delaware before moving to Florida. He is Past President of the International Society of Biometeorology, a scientific group dedicated to research on how weather affects all living things. His primary interest is researching the impacts of weather on human health, such as ... Read More »

Have we reached the turning point?

THE MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET By Ken Gandy The 2011 “season” has come to an end as the snow birds have returned north to warmer weather. But, has the real estate buying season ended? Certainly not! The scenario of yesteryears on Marco Island where the real estate market totally slows down until next Thanksgiving or Christmas is long gone. Our real estate season has become more year round in the past years with continuous activity, even during the past five year cycle. As I market watch daily, it is obvious that we have reached a critical turning point and ... Read More »

New law offices of Hodge and Snyder

The red carpet was out for 40 Marco Islanders celebrating the opening of the new Law Offices of Hodge and Snyder. Their office is at 654 Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island, and they have another office in Naples. Rebecca Hodge, a graduate of Wayne State University and Oakland University, served as a defense attorney in Naples for about seven years. Her husband and partner, Neil Snyder, was a prosecutor in Collier County. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Baltimore, and was lured to Florida by warm weather and prospects for successful law practice. It’s ... Read More »

Memorial Day Ceremony

The VFW conducted the Annual Memorial Day Service at the Marco Island Cemetery on Monday, May 30. Commander Lee Rubenstein greeted the gathering and following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Anna Schilling sang the Star-Spangled Banner. Pastor Thomas McCulley recalled the words of Jesus who proclaimed “there is no greater love that a man lay down his life for another.” The Constitution and Bill of Rights gave us freedoms which have been defended by the fallen heroes of our armed forces throughout history. A musical tribute was presented by the Marco Strummers recognizing all branches of the armed ... Read More »

Marriott’s spirit to serve

Employees of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa participated in an international corporate-wide, Spirit to Serve Communities Day. Chris Major, General Manager of Golf for the Marco Island Marriott, The Rookery at Marco, led a team of Marriott employees to the Marco Island Fire Station where they grilled and served lunch for local First Responders. “We served between 40-50 people today; hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and all the fixings. Members of the Marco Island, East Naples and the Isles of Capri Fire/Rescue departments were served as well as many members of the Marco Island ... Read More »


By Donna Fiala Many boaters have traveled to the Goodland Boat Park since it opened last August. This wonderful 5.2 acre park adds much needed boating access to the County’s inventory, with 75 boat trailer parking spaces, 16 regular vehicle parking spaces, 22 wet slips (available for rent, by the way), a two-lane  boat loading ramp, a fish cleaning station, a dock master station with a small convenience store, a small meeting room, a covered picnic pavilion, bicycle racks and more. It is also a terrific place for the Goodlanders to hold three festivals a year, which is a promise ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus The seismic shock arrived with the dinner check; in fact it was caused by the dinner check. We were in Copenhagen a few weeks ago, dining with dear friends at a hotel. I ordered white asparagus (“spargel”) as an appetizer – or so I thought.  They arrived. Three thick spears with a bit of hollandaise sauce. They were wonderful.  Wonderful, that is, until I saw the bill.  U.S. $50!  Yep, just about $18 a spear. My shock echoed around the table. “What’s wrong?” went the chorus. I showed the bill to wife and friends alike. The shockwave ... Read More »

Men in Blue: Tony Spina

By Danielle Dodder Sergeant Tony Spina starts his ‘workday’ at 6 pm and answered our questions in between managing the night shift patrol of the island under a full moon. The former Officer of the Year dedicated himself at the outset of his career to fighting for the underdog. Just don’t call him if “window surfing” your thing. Intrigued? So were we, and Sergeant Spina shares the backstory herewith: Q: For those of us who are fuzzy on the finer details of rank, what are a sergeant’s duties, generally? A: A sergeant is rather like a manager.  I’m in charge ... Read More »

FGCU students make a difference

By Natalie Strom Residents of Marco Island and visitors alike enjoy visiting its long stretch of beach which runs nearly three miles from Cape Marco to Hideaway Beach. The beaches seem pristine with white sands and a beautiful slow tide that drifts in and out. Unfortunately, the litter that scatters the beach is often ignored. Marco Island resident and Florida Gulf Coast University student, Joshua Erickson, recently decided to do something about the trash on the beach. As he began his spring semester at FGCU, Erickson, who is working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies, was able to ... Read More »

The joy of speed networking

David Longfield-Smith is a guy with an idea; it’s called “Speed Networking”. Based on his years in the military, large companies and small companies, Smith is convinced there’s a better way for businesspeople to establish networks and improve relationships. Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce thought enough of Smith’s idea to partner three working sessions using the Smith concept. The third session was held at the Hilton on May 25, and had 24 Marco Islanders from diverse business backgrounds: real estate, banking, counseling, tax accounting, engineering, communications and funeral services. Smith relies on the pay-it-forward approach to avoid the problem of ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards

Following its celebrated tradition and practice, Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to a diverse group of seven high school seniors for their excellent school performance. The recipients were selected by a Chamber committee chaired by former Chamber President Joyce McFarland of Marco Island Clothing, and including Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florists and Desiree Buhelos proprietor of the Boat House. Ms. McFarland commented on the outstanding group of students: “This was a very difficult decision for all of us. We had an exceptional diverse group of highly talented and qualified students. From their resumes alone it ... Read More »


How many Coastal Breeze News readers saw the marriage proposal ad in our last edition and wondered, did she say yes? Well, she DID!  Mike Maley contacted the Coastal Breeze News office a few months back wanting some assistance on surprising his girlfriend, Annika Hosni with a marriage proposal. Annika was quite familiar with the island since her grandparents are residents and she has visited them numerous times. It was Mike’s first trip however, and he really wanted to be sure to make the evening a memorable one. His goals were a beachside location for a beautiful sunset, then a ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus May Social

By Jane A. Marlowe The Knights of Columbus held their May social on Tuesday evening, May 17 in the San Marco Parish Center. Father Gordon Zanetti  gave a blessing and Knight Sal Sciarrino led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Dinner was served and following a brief business meeting, Supreme Knight, Jose Granda reviewed the year and praised the Knights for a stellar effort of raising money for the benefit of the parish and various charities close to the heart of the Knights. Three scholarships were awarded to students from San Marco Catholic Church. All have been altar servers ... Read More »

Islanders bring a childhood fantasy to local mall

By Danielle Dodder Treviso, Italy is a Northern Italian town outside of Venice. There, among the medieval towns and grandeur of Venice, craftsmen in a workshop create traditional carousels with whimsy and charm. One such carousel is now smack in the middle of the noisy modernity of the Coastland Center, courtesy of local company Island Carousel, and if your kids haven’t discovered it already, they soon will. “We actually went last weekend for the first time. The girls did like it, they went on three times. Jaelynn said something to the effect that she felt like Rapunzel with her hair ... Read More »

New city attorney

After a comprehensive search and comparison of services and fees, Marco Island’s City Council has selected the Naples firm of Gray Robinson to serve as its city attorney. The principal contact for the city will be Burt Saunders who is very well known in Marco Island and Collier County. After receiving his law degree Burt served as assistant county attorney in Dade County, from 1979-’82. From there he came to the west coast and was Collier County’s attorney from 1982-’86. Burt then turned to politics and was a Collier County Commissioner from 1986-’94. He then served as a state legislator; ... Read More »


Alexandra Geldhauser Tuttle, formally of Marco Island, was united in marriage with Ryan Scott Anderson of Holley, New York on May 28, 2011 at Marco Presbyterian Church. Seventy relatives and friends celebrated the marriage. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Fiol officiated. The bride is a software product manager with Accenture and has an AB with honors in computer science from Rollins College, and a MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business. The groom is a mechanical engineer with Cobham and has a BS and MEng, with highest honors, in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. The couple will honeymoon in ... Read More »

Cutting the ribbon

May 26, 2011, was an auspicious day for Stonewalls Restaurant on South Collier Boulevard. The crowd began to gather shortly after 5:00 p.m., and an hour later there were about 250 attendees sampling the excellent food and awaiting the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Chamber of Commerce. Food that had been piled high on tables in the center of the large dining room disappeared as fast as Islanders quaffed their wine, beer and soft drinks. Stonewalls is the newest in a line of Marco Island restaurants. It offers a diverse selection of reasonably priced dishes. Al Landers, who is well ... Read More »

United Arab Emirates – Arabian Sea – India

CRUISE #23: By Bob Marks Our April 8th arrival in Dubai was a sight beyond one’s imagination at all the beauty and cleanliness, mile after mile in the middle of the desert. The high rise buildings were equal to NY City. The building designs are most unusual in their sky scraper beauty. We enjoyed seeing and visiting the world’s largest shopping mall, apartment building and the tallest building in the world. One building contained a ski ramp where some of our people skied. We sat in a restaurant enjoying a coffee, watching people ski down the slope, and take the ... Read More »