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Donna Fiala It’s exciting to see all the delightful events we all enjoy each season presenting themselves once again this year,and we’re blessed with gorgeous weather, as well! One such event which was introduced last year for the first time is the Bayshore Festival of the Arts, a two day event held at Sugden Regional Park on U.S. 41 E & Lakewood Blvd. Usually, the first time an event is presented the attendance is lacking because no one really knows if it’s worth attending. However, this event was different. Over 7,000 people attended between the two days! An amazing ... Read More »


By Natalie Strom The Florida Department of Transportation has recently finished installing the first Roadside Animal Detection System(RADS) in the state of Florida. The system, which identifies animal life near roadways, exists along a 1.3 stretch of road on US-41 which runs through Big Cypress National Preserve. By partnering with the Defenders of Wildlife as well as the U.S. Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Florida DOT hopes these signs will decrease vehicle/animal collisions, especially pertaining to the endangered Florida panther. Florida FWC estimates that there are only about 100 to 160 adult panthers left in the state. Male ... Read More »

Turn of Mind

BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Author: Alice LaPlante.  Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press 2011.  If you are a regular reader of Book Remarks you probably have noticed that you often don’t know what the book I am reviewing is about until close to the end of the column. I tend to chat a bit about various other things first. In this case I will tell you right up front this book is told through the eyes of Dr. Jennifer White, an orthopedic surgeon, who, at the age of 64, has dementia, the intermediate stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Her best friend has been ... Read More »

29TH Annual Prayer Breakfast

The twenty-ninth Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will be held 7:30AM, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd. Marco Island. The doors open at 7:00 AM and the breakfast will conclude at 9:00 AM. Guest speaker, retired Chaplain, Brigadier General Doug Lee will give the keynote address. Lee retired from the Army in 2008 after nearly 31 years of service. He now works with civilian and military chaplains across the United States. Among his military honors are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster). Tickets ... Read More »

MIFD supports one of their own

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island Fire Department is supporting one of their own with their annual hot dog and bratwurst stand at this year’s Mullet Festival in Goodland. Every year the proceeds to these sales go towards local organizations such as the YMCA or Tommie Barfield Elementary. This year, however, proceeds will be going to Jerry Adams, a Driver/Engineer who has served the City of Marco Island since 1989 and is currently fighting a very serious form of cancer. To become a firefighter at the age of 39 is not easy, but that’s exactly what Jerry Adams did. ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus When my beloved daughter was seven years old she wanted to be a football player. As a dutiful dad I bought her a football, but carefully explained that small, not particularly-fleet-footed female persons would have problems playing against very large apes. She listened carefully to my shreds of wisdom (an uncommon experience both as to listening and wisdom) but continued to toss the ball and indulge her fantasies. After some years she realized that, at five feet five and a hundred or so pounds, she just wasn’t going to make it. She hadn’t even been running ... Read More »

Collier County’s Emergency Services Operations

By Coastal Breeze News Staff County Commissioner Donna Fiala, who represents Marco Island and East Naples, was host for a group of nine residents who toured the state-of-the-art Emergency Services Center in Naples on January 17th. Thanks to Commissioner Fiala the group had an inside look at the facility and how emergency services are coordinated in the county. The Jim Mudd Emergency Services Center is named for the county manager who took a strong interest in building the county’s emergency response capabilities. The 11,000 square foot, four story building sits on 20 acres off State Road 951, close to Edison ... Read More »

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Jane Marlowe  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Gala Dinner Dance on February 18, 2012 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort. Marjorie Seltzer and Elena Rosner Fink, founders of the congregation, will be honored at the event along with the founding members who supported them in their amazing determination to start a Jewish house of worship on Marco. Marjorie and Elena met on Marco Island and became casual friends. Their husbands were in the north still working and the two women started taking walks and attending a few events on the ... Read More »

The Clemmons family takes a holiday

By Jane Marlowe  The Marco Island Marriott Resort hosted a very special lady and her two daughters for a long week-end of relaxation and star treatment from January 12- 15. Their names will not be found on a list of celebrities, or among a roster of CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies. However, Chiquita Clemmons and her daughters, Lateria and Kayci, were certainly treated like stars and received celebrity service at Marco Island’s beautiful Marriott Resort. Chiquita and her family live near Atlanta, Georgia in the small town of Lithia Springs. Chiquita has been battling fourth stage colon cancer for ... Read More »

Everglades City ready for festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Historic Everglades City is buzzing as residents get ready for the popular Seafood Festival on the weekend of February 4/5. The normally laid-back town is humming with preparations – carnival rides waiting to set up, porta-potties in a vacant lot, traffic barriers at the side of the streets, and tents going up in McLeod Park where you can enjoy delicious victuals from food vendors. The Festival is free and features name Nashville musicians such as Big Bottom, David Nail, Warren Silvers, and LoCash Cowboys plus locals like The Gladezmen and The Jesse Thompson Project. There ... Read More »

Center for the Arts creates and collaborates

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Center for the Arts, Home of the Art League is hosting a number of upcoming events that are not to be missed. In the coming weeks, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization will be collaborating with different local organizations for some fun-filled fundraising activities. The Center for the Arts is currently featuring an exhibit in their Lauritzen and Rush Galleries entitled “Off the Wall/On the Wall,” a collection of different fiber works by the Maine Craft Guild Fiber Artists. Materials used range from recycled children’s books to quilting materials to “Shibori,” a Japanese form of ... Read More »

Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival

By Natalie Strom  The 5th annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival is fast approaching. The event, which will host six different bluegrass bands, will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, February 12, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM, at Collier-Seminole State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Collier- Seminole State Park, a Citizens Support Organization(CSO), all proceeds from the festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are accompanied by a paying ... Read More »

Changing SAMI’s watch

By Capt. Carl Kelly  On January 9th at Konrad’s, according to tradition and in due order, The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) observed the 42nd change of watch. Emcee, Don Mills, a former Commodore, noted the language of the watch and changing watch is ancient. For guard duty over a city or a nautical vessel, the day/night cycle was divided into several periods called a watch. The people on duty were also called the watch. The practice and language are used today by the military, by ocean going vessels, and by yacht and sailing clubs. The officers of yacht ... Read More »

Marco Writer’s Group

By Joanne Tailele  Marco Writer’s Group welcomes Leon Hesser, author of The Man Who Fed The World.  Talent abounds in Collier County. On Wednesday, January 11th, the Marco Writer’s Group had the privilege of meeting Leon Hesser and his beautiful wife, Florence. The couple, married since 1946, are local residents of Naples, born in the farm country of Indiana and self-proclaimed vagabonds. They’ve led a most interesting life all over the world. Hesser has published four books and written and co-published them all after turning seventy five years of age. Hesser’s non-fiction books follow the old adage, “write what ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Two superb young singers – Will and Anthony Nunziata – will be performing at the House of Mozart, Thursday and Friday night, February 2nd and 3rd. The 6:00PM performances will feature well-known and loved Broadway hits. They’ll add some classical Italian songs, and have some fun with the audience, and themselves, by improvising a bit of comedy. Mozart’s is expecting a sell-out for the two evenings. Although the two twentysomethings have not yet been to Marco Island, they have strong Florida connections. Their parents were snowbirds for years, and their maternal grandfather, Bill Wendell, visited ... Read More »

Blades to the ice!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Seasonal residents and visitors may look at hockey in Florida like a bobsled team in Jamaica, but just as the bobsledders, the Florida Everblades are great entertainment! Maybe it’s the energy of the crowd; maybe it’s the excitement of a fight on the ice… but it’s definitely edge of your seat excitement. It begins when the players hit the ice through a curtain of machine-generated fog accompanied by strobe “lightning” and the roar of the crowd. The buzzer sounds, and skaters are flying up and down the ice. They change offensive and defensive lines every ... Read More »

Interfaith Community Education Series

Submitted The Marco Island Clergy Association’s 2012 Interfaith Community Educational Series, titled “Embracing with Love and Understanding – An Interfaith, Community Adult Education Series”, provides an opportunity to learn about one another’s faith at weekly lectures and discussions. The series began Wednesday, Jan. 18th, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island with Rabbi Edward Maline discussing the major movements within the Jewish Community – Orthodoxy, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. There were 200 attendees at the opening lecture at JCMI. The next lecture will be Wednesday, Jan.25, at New Life Community Church of God. Rev. Thomas McCulley will discuss Pentecostal ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style 2011 wrap-up

By Monte Lazarus  Santa’s back with the missus and the elves; Christmas 2011 is over. Marco Island’s own Christmas Island Style wrapped up on January 17th with a festive awards ceremony. Unlike Hollywood, there were no red carpets, no speeches thanking agents, families and producers. It was simply down-home thanks and recognition of the judges’ selections as best in all the classes and categories. About 80 attendees were at the Historical Society’s Rose Hall to enjoy some food and libations before distribution of the awards. Steve Stefanides served as emcee for the Mutual of Omaha sponsored event. Steve, or ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was the night to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce at the Island Country Club on January 15. Not only that – to complete a triple-header, it was graduation night for the 2011 class of Leadership Marco, and the Chamber inducted its 2012 president and board of directors. All attendees received pins commemorating the anniversary. An estimated crowd of 85 enjoyed dining on roast beef after a round of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and danced to some oldies and some newer tunes. Outgoing President Alan Brown, in his ... Read More »


BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff As the winter season continues through the months of January and February, more exciting activities are being held in the Swamp. This Friday, January 27, the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is hosting the classic film Wind Across the Everglades in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at 7:00 PM at the Everglades Community Church. There will be free popcorn and soda. For more information, call 239- 695-2397. Don’t miss the Everglades Seafood Festival next weekend February 3 – 5 in the center of historic Everglades City! Our Festival just keeps getting better and better with ... Read More »