Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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” ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »