Monthly Archives: April 2012

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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? ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »