Daily Archives: June 3, 2011

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