Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series

Submitted  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island opens the18th consecutive season of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 7:30 PM. The series has been named by the Congregation’s Board of Directors for one of its Congregants, Saul Stern, the man who brought outstanding events to the series, for the benefit of the entire Collier ... Read More »

Mars returns to the evening

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher eas-newsletter@earthlink.net Tonight at 11:00 PM Mars is well clear of the horizon and appears in the constellation Leo, the Lion. Every night Mars is just a little brighter than the previous one as we draw closer to opposition on March 3; opposition happens when Mars and the Sun are 180 degrees apart. Opposition is ... Read More »

Jewish Film Festival 2011-2012

By Jane A. Marlowe  janem@coastalbreezenews.com  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Collier County, is presenting a series of award winning films which have been acclaimed throughout the United States and Canada. The films have been scrupulously reviewed and selected for their interesting and informative content by the JCMI Film Festival committee. The Jewish ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles renewed

Submitted  The Board of Directors of Bedtime Bundles is pleased to announce the organization, and its mission, will continue! Karen Saeks, the founder of Bedtime Bundles, felt obliged to resign as Executive Director earlier this fall to allow more time with family. A series of meetings ensued and Dennis Pidherny has enabled a reorganization of the Bedtime Bundles 501(c)3 corporation. ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara is mesmerizing as Lisbeth Salander, the tiny birdlike product of the Digital Age. She’s tattooed, pierced in all the wrong places, fierce, anti-social, abused, and sheathed in black leather and even wearing “Oliver Twist” gloves with the fingers cut out. Lisbeth is a genius computer hack. She joins ... Read More »

The military life of Herb Savage

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Herb Savage is a man who wears many hats. He has been married for more than sixty years and is a father to three adult children who have kids of their own. As one of the original architects to the Mackle Brothers, he designed the first hotel on Marco Island, now the Marriott. He also developed ... Read More »

New paddle craft park near completion

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The state of Florida, Collier County Parks and Recreation and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve have teamed together to create a new park in Collier County. The Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park, located on the corner of US-951 and Isles of Capri Boulevard is slated to open by March of this year. With only the ... Read More »

HOPE is in Fashion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff So what do Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock have in common with Marco Island? It’s Celebrity Designer Marc Bouwers, of course. During an elegant night of glamour on Saturday, February 25th, guests attending the American Cancer Society’s Hope Ball 2012, will have an opportunity to meet Marc Bouwers and see ... Read More »

SWFL Nature Festival takes flight

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 8th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival will take place January 13th to the 15th. The event, hosted by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center will feature numerous events, expeditions and speakers that will hi-light the unique ecosystem that is Southwest Florida. Beginning on Friday and running through Sunday, the center will host field trips ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  donnafiala@gmail.com Most of the cheerful twinkling lights and decorations have now been taken down and stored away until next year. I loved the feeling they gave the community. They are missed already, but – now we have something to look forward to next year. For now, there’s not much of anything more beautiful than Marco Island, so let’s ... Read More »

Connecting Continents… Crossing Bridges…

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun  turk1949@comcast.net Everyone must know by now that I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in Istanbul; a mysterious, photogenic and historic city on the shores of the Bosporus Straits, that divides the continents of Europe and Asia. As a young boy growing up in Istanbul, the only way we could get ... Read More »

Capri- in harmony with nature

By Joan Kelly  THEN  The Isles of Capri is 56 years old. It was the dream of one man, “Doc” Loach, where eight mangrove islands with abundant fish and wild life would live in harmony with people. Loach developed four of the islands located between Rookery Bay Refuge and Marco River and Tarpon Bay into 550 home sites. The purchase ... Read More »

Acclaimed duo coming to Mozart’s

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Will and Anthony Nunziata will be performing ‘A Night of Broadway’ at the House of Mozart’s, Thursday and Friday night, February 2nd and 3rd at 6:00 PM. Make reservations quickly, these performances will surely be sold out! Will & Anthony enchant their audiences during concerts singing fresh arrangements of classic standards, songs from the Golden ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News begins its third year in new offices

Coastal Breeze News has moved to 1857 San Marco Road in the Provence Building just a block east of the Shops of Marco. “We’re in our third year now and simply outgrew the space in Olde Marco,” commented publisher Valerie Simon. “This office space had been available for quite some time before we decided to act. We are very pleased ... Read More »

Big snake found in Big Cypress

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Skunk Ape Research Center in Ochopee, Florida has added a fascinating new piece to its collection of weird and wild. Stop at the research center and camp ground on US-41 to see and feel the skin of a 20-foot reticulated python. According to David Shealy, owner of the Skunk Ape Exhibit, the reticulated python “was ... Read More »

Town Hall meeting

On January 23, 2012, City Council will hold a Town Hall forum as part of the scheduled City Council meeting to allow Council to respond to issues and questions that are not normally addressed during Community Forum. If you have questions that you would like to submit for the Town Hall, please email them to: publicforum@marcocitycouncil.com The deadline for submissions is ... Read More »

Tampa Bay disappointment

By Justin Cox  justin@coastalbreezenews.com The Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely missed the playoffs last year with their impressive 10-6 season. Their quarterback Josh Freeman played great, with a TD/ INT ratio of 25 touchdowns to a measly 6 interceptions. Those statistics are of course from last season. This season the Bucs only won 4 games. After a promising start going 4-2, ... Read More »

Reflections of life at sea

CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com After writing several pleasant articles about our life at sea, I began to miss some of the things that made life both more pleasant and more frustrating at the same time. I know that this statement is a contradiction within itself. When we all write letters or tell stories about our family adventures or accomplishments, we ... Read More »


BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick  dianebostick@comcast.net Author: Janet Evanovich.  Publisher: Bantam Books 2011. If you haven’t read a Janet Evanovich book you have missed a reading experience like no other. However, I must warn you, don’t even pick up the book if you aren’t prepared for some funky, quirky humor. If you are at the library you will find them in the ... Read More »

‘In The Round’ with Robert S. Cohen

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  On Wednesday, January 25th, Iberia Bank will present Robert S. Cohen as guest speaker for the next installment of the bank’s popular “In the Round” series. Robert is the Federal Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Southwest Florida International Airport. Robert will answer questions regarding the past, present and future of the ... Read More »