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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 school each year for last 12 years. The goal is to certify the younger students in CPR and first aid and to re-certify the older students. “This is the 12th year in a row the Fire Department has worked with ... 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 years from VHS to DVD and computer games in a variety of formats. Then add Blu-ray, HD and 3D. It may be hard to fight the age of convenient store kiosks, but there was nothing better than a friendly face ... Read More »


Donna Fiala 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 just kicking off now, so it will be interesting to watch as it moves forward, and see what impact it will have in our particular part of Florida. Recently I attended the 10th Annual Tourism Awards held at the Marco ... Read More »

A World View…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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 we make at work or at home needs to take world events into consideration. I follow the speeches given by world leaders, their interactions with other world leaders and make my own mind up about where we are headed as ... 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 implosion in real estate, the volatility in stocks, a crippled economy, and a protracted period of deflation accompanied by intervals of stagflation and inflation in various markets. To compensate for these abnormalities, the Federal Reserve has continued to distort the ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus 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 number of things. Reflecting on the “Dummies” books I’ve come up with a list of topics they could cover for the general benefit of humankind, to say nothing about reaping huge profits for writers and publishers: • “Quantum Physics for ... 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 a significant surplus last year, and city departments bettered their budgets for the past 18 months. The city manager has concentrated on personnel levels and staffing is well under control.” Chairman Magel did ask Mr. Riviere to devote more attention ... Read More »

YMCA bids farewell to tennis director

By Natalie Strom 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 for his services, saying, “I just like who you are. Your ethics and values are amazing. We are going to miss you a bundle and the new organization you are going to is lucky to have you.” Cindy’s sentiments were ... Read More »

Academy offers a chance at $10,000

By Natalie Strom  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% of the money we raise,” explains Jane Watt, Marco Island Academy Chair. The high school is currently selling raffle tickets for $100 apiece. Only a total of 400 tickets will be sold, so odds to win are rather high. Over ... Read More »

Woodward speaks to Newcomers Group

By Marilyn Honahan  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 lived here for 44 years. His father was Marco’s first attorney who began practicing here more than 40 years ago. Craig’s love of history led him to raise $1.1 million to help build Marco Island’s Historical Museum where he was ... 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 with his younger brother Bryan, attended Lely High School and is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. He plans to sit for the BAR exam in July and hopes to remain in Naples to practice and serve ... Read More »

Kayak Marco 24 donates proceeds

By Natalie Strom  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 goal was not quite attained, Steven has still been able to help all three charities and will be attempting his Guinness Record setting goal later this year. On April 20, Banks set out at 1:00 PM from The Snook Inn, ... 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 was only when they didn’t see him they learned he was a military man. According to his mother, Jerry wasn’t allowed to give too many details when he was deployed. He would simply tell her he “was back home” meaning ... 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 Breeze was invited to speak with students on Thursday, May 3. Publisher, Val Simon, shared the different aspects of the newspaper with the students. As each child ruffled through papers, they were asked to pick out areas that featured stories, ... 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 the opportunity to receive a free copy of best selling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Maya Angelou’s book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Ms. Helwig was there as a representative of the nationwide World Book Night to pass ... Read More »

Underwater adventures abound at Scuba Marco

By Natalie Strom 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 patience, the couple live on “island time” and go by the motto, “No hurries. No worries.” For the first-time scuba diver, this “mom and pop shop” offers the perfect vibe to get one started. “For folks that aren’t so sure, ... 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 most abundant sea turtle, they are still registered on the Endangered Animals list as nesting data shows a decline in population. Adult female sea turtles only leave the water every two to three years to lay their eggs along sandy ... 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 to continue my trip to the Jamaica Mon 2012, a weeklong pickleball competition with 132 people from 22 states. I wanted to practice on my off day and googled the closest pickleball courts. This brought me to Marco. Tomorrow I’m ... 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 May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve. RED Day initiatives run the ... Read More »

Dave Bennett’s Clarinet Swing Kings

By Jane A. Marlowe 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, a mainstay of the late, great Benny Goodman. Dave Bennett is described as an “authentic musical prodigy.” His amazing talent on the clarinet recalls the style and technique of Benny Goodman. Bennett taught himself how to play in the Goodman ... Read More »