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Marco Island Fire Department Fire Rescue Boats

By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com A recent boating fire incident once again brought to light the need for safety awareness and our vulnerability to potential life and property loss. Marco Island is a boating community and destination. There are over 100 miles of interior waterways with 6,000 registered watercraft on the island and over 30,000 in the county. In addition, we have five marinas and seven fueling areas for boats. Many of these marinas have millions of dollars of inventory in high-end yachts, as well as moderately priced recreation and pleasure craft equally important to their owners. In addition to ... Read More »


By Natalie Strom On Friday, April 27, Coastal Breeze received word that the first sea turtle nest had been marked for 2012. The nest was located along Hideaway Beach by Mary Nelson, Marco Island’s “Sea Turtle Lady.” The nest, itself, is roped off with yellow caution tape. The female turtle’s trail to the nest can be seen to the right of the photo. Female turtles take their time finding the perfect spot to nest. In this particular case, it is clear that this mother-to-be made quite the trek to find her perfect nesting location. This first nest marks a bit ... Read More »

A Modern Day Lewis and Clark Expedition lands on Marco Island

By Kathleen Zehler How many times have we sat on our lanais looking out to the vast waters before us and wondered what is taking place out there? Maybe, wondering when we see a passing boat or kayak if they’ve just returned from searching for sunken treasure, or from some amazing fishing trip. What adventures did they have along the way, how far out in the Gulf did they travel, who did they encounter? Seldom do we question if they have enough food and fresh drinking water, or if are they lost or need help. There is no doubt that ... Read More »

What happened to humanity?

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun  turk1949@comcast.net There is a railroad box car perched upon a trailer in the parking lot of the Marco Island Charter Middle School. It belongs to the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. The day it was brought to the campus, I walked around it, looked under it, walked up the stairs to the door and touched the wooden siding. However, I was unable to bring myself to go inside it. What this railroad car represents is a most horrible time in human history. As I kept looking at the railroad car, images of young ... Read More »


Donna Fiala donnafiala@gmail.com Last week, invited guests were treated to a ribbon cutting for a new, wonderful addition to our community and The Conservancy – the “von Arx Wildlife Clinic.” I’m sure you have seen the pictures in the local news featuring injured animals brought to The Conservancy, carefully and lovingly brought back to good health, and in most cases released back into the wild. A number of us were invited to see the conditions they are working under right now until the Clinic has its actual grand opening. Thank heavens there are benefactors in our community who see a ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net It was pitiful. She sat in the corner wheezing, coughing and sputtering. At 250 or so pounds she was also very overweight. And she was very old. My wife and I consulted in a dark room where we could not be overheard. She said, “I know how much you have loved her, but it’s time. She’s worn out; has no quality of life; and the younger ones are passing her by.” I sobbed softly and murmured, “Yes, but it’s so difficult after all these years”. We tried hard to find a decent place for her. We ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pet Awards Ceremony

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café held an awards ceremony this week for the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest which ran from February to April. Lisa Howard from Critter Café, Mike Held, with dog Lucy, from Keep in Touch and Christina Giordano with Simba, columnist for Coastal Breeze News, were in attendance and judged the competition. Goodie bags, certificates of participation and trophies were presented at the café. Mindy Matusiak accepted a check on behalf of Canine Cove at Mackle Park and Jan Rich accepted a check on behalf of For the Love of Cats. ... Read More »

Talking Derby

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  On Saturday, May 5th, the Marco Island born charity, Upon a Star Foundation, will host its sixth annual Talk Derby to Me. This event has quickly become a local favorite. Last year an estimated 300 attended the party. The Marco Island Brewery is host to the event. General Admission starts at 4:30 PM with a special VIP reception at 3:30 PM. “The group at Upon a Star does a great job helping families here on the Island and in Naples. They sure know how to get people to an event! We are happy to help,” ... Read More »

Traveling Boxcar visits Charter Middle School

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida recently brought its authentic World War II era boxcar to Marco Island Charter Middle School. The traveling boxcar is believed to have been used to transport civilians to Nazi concentration camps. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students had a chance to tour the boxcar and hear stories from Holocaust survivors, as the boxcar was on display at the school from April 17th through April 27th. The boxcar, originally built in 1919, was acquired by The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida in May of 2007. Disassembled in Germany, piece by piece, ... Read More »

Dog’s best friend

By Jay DiSandro  I was really looking forward to finally getting my well-deserved vacation, spending ten days on Marco Island at my condo. I was due to leave on Friday, April 13 when several days earlier, my wife surprises me with what she called “good news.” She had reacquainted herself with an old school friend on Facebook who was living in Tampa and had posted a picture of a Yorkshire Terrier dog that a friend of hers had found. This dog had been found in a neighborhood near her in an abandoned house about three weeks earlier. The people who ... Read More »

Earth Day contest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News just can’t stop celebrating Earth Day! Even if it means making a mistake to do so. In our last edition, we posted the winners of the “One Billion Acts of Green” contest for Manatee Middle School. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students provided 140 entries in the forms of poems, posters, projects and papers all celebrating Earth Day and giving insight into ways in which we can help save the planet. Seventh Grade First Place Winner, Lourdes Barajas, dazzled judges and readers with her play pertaining to Earth Day. Unfortunately, Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

Another of the greatest generation lost: Eugene Ostrom

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Eugene Ostrom passed away April 7th, 2012 in Schaumberg IL. Gene served in the Army Air Force as a nose gunner and flew missions over Germany, to survive those were against great odds. His Commander in the European theater was none other than Jimmy Stewart. Gene will be missed by his friends and comrades of the VFW and was truly a part of the greatest generation. Gene’s impact on Marco Island will remain as he was instrumental in founding the local VFW post 6370. Gene along with Dr. Wes Johnson put in many hours to ... Read More »

Dive into summer at Mackle Park

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews  Mackle Park is gearing up for summer! Plans are in the works for some very exciting camps for kids of all ages. Camp Mackle is back for its third year in a row while many other specialty camps will also be offered. Parents and their kids have the option to choose from a wide variety of programs that range in length and activity. “Our Camp Mackle program starts the day after school ends,” explains Mindy Matusiak, Recreation Manager at Mackle Park. “The first day of camp we have a big water day, including a water slide, ... Read More »

Appreciation Dinner for Museum Volunteers

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Historical Society and Museum hosted an appreciation dinner and cocktail party for over 80 of its dedicated volunteers. Joey Oliverio, owner of Joey’s Pizzeria and Pasta House, donated a wonderful spread of pasta, salad and pizza to everyone’s delight! With almost 8,000 visitors this season, knowledgeable volunteers were busy making sure everyone coming to the Museum received an insightful look at Marco Island’s amazing history and left with a smile and the promise to return.   Read More »

Red grouper shoot out

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Sport Fishing Club, boasting over 300 members, held its first Red Grouper Tournament. “We had 22 boats with 82 anglers in two divisions: 15 mile and 50 mile,” said Howard Laskau. The longest legal red grouper of 20” plus was the goal, plus there was a wild card category in each division: Spanish Mackerel in the 15 mile group and King Mackerel in the 50 mile division. The tournament garnered three title sponsors: Walker’s Marine, Pursuit Boats and Mercury Marine. According to Jim Walker of Walker’s Marine, “This is the greatest club we ... Read More »

Grande Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The first in a new series of entertaining events for the Shops of Olde Marco will be kicking off with a Cinco de Mayo party, Saturday, May 5th, from 5:00 until 10:00 PM in the courtyard. In grand fiesta style, there will be Mexican food and drinks, art and fashion showing, raffles, prizes and best of all live music! There will be plenty of dancing with vintage rock and roll band, Radio Flyer. Radio Flyer plays music everyone remembers, like listening to an old AM radio station. Songs from the 50’s and 60’s you don’t ... Read More »

Sponsors come out for Queen of Bingo

By Island Players  Local businesses have stepped up to support The Island Players production of “Queen of Bingo” by Jeanne Michaels and Phyllis Murphy. Marco’s new theater group performs at the Rose History Auditorium, and welcomes the Capri Fish House, The Island Country Club, Marco Movies and The Sandlin Team who have generously lent their support for “Queen of Bingo” which opens on May 4th. “Queen of Bingo” follows two sisters, on the other side of fifty, who add a little fun and excitement to their lives through Bingo. This show is a light-hearted look at the world of Bingo ... Read More »

Celebrating Everglades City and the Tamiami Trail

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Museum of the Everglades celebrated its 14th birthday on Saturday, April 28th. The birthday party also paid homage to the 84th anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail. Dozens gathered to celebrate the Museum’s birthday, celebrating with free hot dogs, chips, beverages and a grand birthday cake. Georgia Garrett, volunteer to the Museum of the Everglades and Martha Hutcheson, Assistant Manager at the Museum, offered up hot dogs and cake with a smile. Gator Nate, one of Coastal Breeze’s exceptional columnists, performed for the crowd. Basing his original tunes around the history and beauty ... Read More »

History abounds in St. Augustine

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Living here in Paradise, it’s easy to confine my sphere of in state travel to Marco and Naples with the occasional jaunt to Ft. Myers, or at least to Estero for shopping. With that in mind, I have been trying to make an effort to see more of what Florida has to offer. That is what led me to explore St. Augustine, a delightful place to visit for history buffs and shoppers alike. It can be a bit touristy with its various sightseeing vehicles including trollies, “trains,” and Segways, but the historic charm of the ... Read More »


Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com When should I eat- before or after exercise?  When and what you eat prior to and after exercise depends largely upon what type of exercise you are doing, as well as your medical history. For instance, if you are a seventy-five year old woman with diabetes and want to take a morning walk, your food intake would differ than that of a thirty-five year old male with no known medical issues, who wants to play racquetball after work. That being said, there are some safe guidelines that everyone can benefit from—just keep ... Read More »