Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Life-saving skills for students

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s Division Chief Don Jones continues community education outreach teaching CPR and First Aid to this group of 7th and 8th graders at Marco Island Charter Middle School. Cheryl Toth, Physical Education teacher at the school and an American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor, has arranged for Don to come to the ... Read More »

It’s a wrap for Video Showcase

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Sad to say, it’s true. Just like the old movies have the customary “THE END” shown on the screen at the end. Video Showcase is closing its door just as the large signs say. Beth and Michael Gerhardstein opened Video Showcase on Marco Island 23 years ago. We’ve seen a variety of changes over the ... Read More »


Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Soon you’ll see changes in advertising and promotion from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the first time, the Florida and Collier County bureaus will be promoting “Brand USA.” This is a national tourism program to advertise in other countries that come to the United States; countries like England, France, Germany, Sweden, and Brazil. The program is ... Read More »

A World View…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net I read a number of international newspapers, magazines and watch and listen to international news every day. It is important to be aware of the international environment because one way or the other all international events affect our day to day lives here in America. We do not live in a vacuum and every decision ... Read More »

THE BERNANKE ROAD MAP: The course to prosperity or economic Armageddon

By Roy Eaton  A commentary submitted May 10th  Inept government, unfettered greed, impaired judgment, deception, and questionable business practices flooded the markets during the past decade with cheap capital which distorted interest rates, hyper inflated property values, and abnormally prolonged our last business cycle. Uncertainty and anxiety continue to destabilize markets as Americans continue to digest and adjust to the ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If anyone bothers going to a real bookstore these days, rather than an e-book site, they will be impressed by seeing shelves loaded with “Dummies” books. Are there truly that many dummies in the world? Maybe so, judging by the number of volumes, and also considering my own general ineptitude and lack of understanding about a ... Read More »

Council reviews manager’s performance

By Coastal Breeze News Staff City Manager Jim Riviere received high marks from the city council on a performance review by six council members on May 7th. Council member Batte was absent for a compassionate purpose. Chairman Larry Magel said that he rated Mr. Riviere primarily on his financial performance and that “the performance has been excellent. The city ran ... Read More »

YMCA bids farewell to tennis director

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On Thursday, May 10, the YMCA held a farewell party for its Tennis Center Director, Paul Barrus. Over fifty members of the Y gathered on the pavilion to thank Barrus and wish him the best of luck in his new position at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Cindy Love, C.E.O. of the Marco Island YMCA thanked Paul ... Read More »

Academy offers a chance at $10,000

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Marco Island Academy Charter High School has been working hard all year raising funds for the school. As the Academy’s first year is coming to a close, one final fundraising event is in the works. And it’s a big one! “Our year end fundraising event is a Cash Prize Drawing where the winner will get 25% ... Read More »

Woodward speaks to Newcomers Group

By Marilyn Honahan  marilyn@coastalbreezenws.com  The members of Newcomers Club of Marco Island were entertained at their May monthly meeting by guest speaker, local attorney and historian, Craig Woodward. Craig, an attorney with Woodward Pires and Lombardo, was introduced by the Newcomers Program Co-Chair, Helen McCullough. He grew up in Old Marco moving here with his family in 1968 and has ... Read More »


Submitted  Linda and Paul Flores are very proud to announce the graduation of their son, Matthew Paul Flores, from Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida. Matthew received his Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law. The annual commencement exercises took place May 12, 2012 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples. Matthew grew up on Marco Island ... Read More »

Kayak Marco 24 donates proceeds

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  In a twist of fate, Steven Banks’ Guinness World Record Attempt to kayak the outer perimeter of Marco Island, Goodland and Cape Romano, was cut short due to heavy lightning strikes. Steven’s overall mission in this World Record Attempt, was to raise $20,000 for three different charities. While his trip was cut short and the monetary ... Read More »

Salute to Jerry Anders

By Val Simon Between betting on favorites for the Kentucky Derby at the 6th Annual Talk Derby to Me event, two people were recognized for their contributions to the Marco Island community: Jerry Anders and Theresa Glasser. Jerry is a soldier. While on Marco Island, parents got to know him as he dropped off his son, Logan, for football. It ... Read More »

Island Montessori Academy hosts Community Heroes Week

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News was honored to be a part of Island Montessori Academy’s Community Heroes Week. The Academy’s annual event invites different members of the Marco area to share how their jobs benefit the community. Students, ages three to nine, listened intently each day as a new guest speaker shared the importance of community involvement. Coastal ... Read More »

World Book night

By Diane Bostick Most people expect to receive presents on their birthday. Not so with local author, Terry Helwig; who arrived at the Marco Island YMCA to celebrate her special day, Monday, April 23rd, with cookies, balloons, and gifts to give out to others. Parents arriving to pick up their children from the Marco Island Day Care Center were given ... Read More »

Underwater adventures abound at Scuba Marco

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Walking into Scuba Marco is like stopping by a friend’s house. The full service dive shop offers every thing from rentals to dive trips to certifications to great conversations. Husband and wife owners, Jeff and Jessi Dawson, have created a laid-back, tropical atmosphere that echoes their lives and their style of business. Emphasizing hospitality, fun and ... Read More »

Sea Turtle update

Submitted Loggerhead sea turtles spend their whole lives out at sea. According to NOAA, loggerheads are found throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are the most abundant species of sea turtle found in U.S. coastal waters, with the majority of nesting found from North Carolina through Southwest Florida. While they are the ... Read More »

Professional Pickleball instructors treat MIRC Pickleballers to a free clinic

By Jodi Pree  On the afternoon of Thursday, May 4, the Marco Island Racquet Center (MIRC) was abuzz with excitement as 14 pickleball players faced off for competition with some very special visitors. In a rather serendipitous turn of events, four traveling pickleball competitors found their way to the Marco Island Racquet Center. “I was stuck in Miami today waiting ... Read More »

Keller Williams Red Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Mo Anderson’s Birthday in recognition of her leadership in guiding the culture of our company. Mo is the Vice Chairman of the Board for Keller Williams Realty International. RED Day (Renew,Energize and Donate) is an initiative-dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s yearround commitment to improving our local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday of ... Read More »

Dave Bennett’s Clarinet Swing Kings

By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com Concert goers were treated to a stunning performance Thursday evening, May 3rd in Hayes Hall at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Dave Bennett’s Clarinet Swing Kings wowed the audience with a fast paced, brilliant performance from the opening number, Nightmare, made famous by Artie Shaw, to the concluding rendition of Sing, Sing, Sing, ... Read More »