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Letter to the Editor: From James Timmerman & Family

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you! The intent of this letter is for both my family and I to express our sincere gratitude for all those involved in my recovery.  I will begin with a brief description of my experience. Monday, 06 February 2012 I was admitted to the Collier Blvd. Physicians Regional Medical Center.  ER diagnosis was a streptococcus A infection in right arm, (necrotizing fasciitis), which had entered the blood stream causing blood poisoning, (sepsis), which in turn caused internal organs to shut down or suffer, including acute tubular necrosis, and pancreatitis. The admitting physician felt ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Wayne Waldack

Recently I received the following question in an email from a Citizen of Marco Island: “Please tell me how you justify a 6000 gallon cap or even the 4000 gallon cap on sewer outflow.”  I replied: “Justification is easy”. 1.  The Taxpayers of the City of Marco Island paid approximately $97,000 to Burton & Associates for a Cost of Service (COS) Study and probably spent a similar sum of money for Staff Time and supplies to supply the necessary documentation that was required or needed to perform the COS. 2.  Burton & Associates does about 60 such studies per year and have ... Read More »

Broaden your Horizons

The Marco Island Historical Society is pleased to announce a marvelous pair of events for the merry month of May. We invite you to broaden your horizons with a concentration on the history of Fort Myers. On May 1, our regular monthly meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the Rose History Auditorium with our featured speaker Matthew Johnson, Director of Cultural and Historic Affairs or the city of Fort Myers.  His power point presentation will include references to the time 10,000 ago when stone age people inhabited Florida, and will bring us up to date with the ancient Indians of ... Read More »

Bootlegging, Low-Bush Lightning and the Murder of Deputy Sheriff J. H. Cox & Family

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward For a young, lightly populated area with a long, unpatrolled coastline, also in close proximity to the major ports of the Caribbean, Prohibition was a financial boon to Collier County. The editor of Naples’ first newspaper “The Transcript,” Vernon Lamme reported that in Naples, in 1927, with a population of less than 800, there were 22 rum runners who owned their own boats. Our coastline was ideally suited for this, having been tested during the 2nd Seminole Indian War when Cuban guns and ammunition flowed up from the Caribbean into SW Florida to arm the ... Read More »

Crystal Shores Parking Clarification

In the April 20 – May 3 edition, Volume III, Issue 8, Coastal Breeze noted that there is free beach parking located at Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Unfortunately, this information is incorrect. Parking is available ONLY for guests staying at the resort and there are limited designated parking spaces to the Stilts Restaurant, which overlooks the beach and provides the perfect environment to enjoy nightly sunset dining. Free beach parking or pay-to-park has never been available at Crystal Shores. Coastal Breeze apologizes for any inconveniences this may have caused. Those who would like to visit Marco’s beautiful beaches do have a ... Read More »

World-renowned leaders to speak at The Family Church

Naples and Marco Island, FL Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at The Family Church in Naples or Marco Island on May 4, 2012. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Naples and Marco Island.  Speakers for this year’s event include: Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special correspondent for CNN Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author and president of The Table Group John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author ... Read More »

Nationwide Open House Weekend

It’s a Great Time to Buy Florida Real Estate! Low Interest Rates • Affordable Prices • Good Selection Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend Brings Buyers and Sellers Together With plentiful inventory and record breaking housing affordability conditions, Realtors® expect this year’s spring home buying season to be a busy one. To kick off the season, Realtors® from coast to coast will host thousands of open houses as part of the Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend. On April 28 and 29 Realtors® on Marco Island will hold open houses all weekend long, bringing buyers and sellers together. “This nationwide event offers ... Read More »

Update: World Record Attempt

Due to continuous lightning strikes, Steven Banks world record kayak attempt was forced out of the water around 12:00 p.m.U He will be arranging another attempt sometime in October. He did however complete 33 miles and 11 hours of non stop documented paddling, and described it as one of the most peaceful days of his life. Great job Steve! Read More »

A post season chat with Marco’s Postmaster

By Natalie Strom As the winter months in Southwest Florida come to an end, one inevitable question always seems to arise. How did this year’s “season” compare with last year? We attempt to calculate by discussing parking availability at the local grocery stores or by wait times at our favorite restaurants. But do we ever get an accurate answer? It seems that Marco Island’s Postmaster, Michael Gomez, might just hold the key to this question along with many others one might have about our local postal service. Postmaster Gomez and the employees of the Marco Island Post Office at ... Read More »


By Natalie Strom “Get out of the kitchen!” shouts an onlooker at the Marco Island Racquet Center. A comment that may have some confused is actually sound words of wisdom to a fellow Pickleball player. Pickleball has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and on Marco Island. Alex Galiana, Recreation Administrative Supervisor for Marco’s Parks and Recreation Department, can certainly attest to this fact. According to Galiana, the first pickleball court was added to the Marco Island Racquet Center only three years ago. “We were seeing 20 to 25 people showing up at 8:00 AM ... Read More »

Pancakes everywhere

By Coastal Breeze News Staff About 600 Marco Islanders and visitors descended on the Marco Island Firehouse on April 15th. It had nothing to do with income taxes; it was all about the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. Visitors from as far away as Europe enjoyed their breakfasts. One gentleman from Wales was there with his young daughter. He commented, “We’re here for a week and dropped in by chance. We had no idea it would be this wonderful. The food is great and we’ve received a warm welcome from everyone.” Youngsters, parents and others were able ... Read More »

Marco Island attorney Pat Neale awarded

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Pat Neale, Marco Island attorney, is not only well known on Marco Island; he’s received many awards for his contributions to the Marco Island community, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Neale has now added two more distinguished awards from Legal Aid Service of Collier County to his long list of recognition. He is honored to be selected as the second ever recipient of the Leadership Award, and the first to receive the Attorney of the Month twice – this time for November 2011. Legal Aid Pro Bono Coordinator Jeffrey A. Ahern praised Pat’s ... Read More »

Hilton receives coveted award

Submitted  Less than four percent of AAA Approved hotels and restaurants receive the Four Diamond Rating.  The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Lodging designation. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has maintained the AAA Four Diamond rating for twelve consecutive years, since 2001. Lodgings at this level feature upscale accommodations. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa is part of a select group within the hospitality industry. For 2012, ... Read More »


Donna Fiala The Annual Kayak Festival was held this past weekend on Isles of Capri. Over 150 people attended on Saturday and 300 on Sunday! Quite a nice showing for these Paddle Craft experts. That’s a lot of people in our restaurants and hotels! And along with kayaking on the Isles, there was a Hot Air Balloon Show in Immokalee and the Harvest Festival. Here’s a question for you! People love to move to Florida because it is still quaint and practically unspoiled. The tropical atmosphere is so relaxing. The weather is gorgeous for most months. And the Florida ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Car carriers have blossomed on city streets, and they are picking up vehicles to go to this year’s not-so-frozen north as part timers return to their other homes…we wish them well and await their return next year… Look for announcements from Paul Meyer, and Andy Delgado that they will be entering the election campaign for city council. Paul is owner of Meyer Construction, Inc., and a parent who is very active in projects involving Marco Island’s youngsters. Andy is with Andrew Hunter Homes, is a former Marco Island police officer and current member of the ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus It’s recently come to light that certain teams in the National Football League have been awarding “bounties” to players who did especially naughty things to opposing players. Presumably this included hitting quarterbacks and other stars particularly hard with the intention of forcing them out of the game. Players responsible for the results of this mayhem were rumored to be paid anywhere from a few hundred to (maybe) a few thousand dollars. In college they get helmet stickers for doing something good – perhaps like a really great “hit”. Some (not a majority) media folks expressed Shock, ... Read More »

Memorial services for TV personality Jose Wejebe

By Patty Huff   On Friday, April 6, a small plane crashed after it took off from the Everglades Airpark. Residents witnessed a ball of flame as it hit the ground. There was no chance that the pilot would survive. I heard all this not knowing that the pilot was our old friend, Jose Wejebe, a well-known and respected fishing guide turned TV personality ( Jose traveled around the world for his adventures. He was a fun loving, first class person. He always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. Jose was born in Cuba and ... Read More »

Junior Achievement at Tommie Barfield

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Tommie Barfield Elementary second graders were in for a treat this year when Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida brought the “Our Community” program to each of their classes. Special guest speakers included local businessmen and women, from financiers, government officials, entrepreneurs and more. So what is Junior Achievement? JA’s website indicates, “JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The program allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

The principals of Tommie Barfield Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School, along with the parents and siblings of the recipients, attended the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island’s Thursday morning breakfast meeting at Porky’s Last Stand. They congratulated the children as they received their awards. Their teachers wrote how much they enjoy having these students in their class.   Read More »

Relay for Life 2012

By Jane A. Marlowe  The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held Saturday, April 14 at the Marriott Vacation Club, Crystal Shores, Marco Island. Dr. Loan Lam, Chair of the Relay, welcomed the teams and visitors to the event and described the volunteers’ common goal to raise money for cancer research. The theme, Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back was prominently displayed on placards, T-shirts and at the booths of the teams who gathered on the beach before beginning their walk for a cure. The American Cancer Society registration booth was covered by Dana Cleary and Jan Zilch at the ... Read More »