Monthly Archives: December 2012

City Committees: A Few Key Changes and A Special Magistrate

By Danielle Dodder “Another avenue for citizen input shut down.” The chair of the city’s Beach Advisory Committee found city management’s proposal to consolidate city committees into four bodies plus a magistrate, distressing at the December 20 meeting and workshop. From city inception, volunteer committees have been a cornerstone of citizen input and oversight in local government. City council members ... Read More »

First “A” for Lely High School

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was announced to students just before winter break. For the first time in its history, Lely achieved an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education for the 2011-2012 year. The announcement congratulated the students for their hard work and honored the school’s administration. The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kamela Patton said in a ... Read More »

Tending Tortoises is Serious Business

By Carol Glassman When city staff showed “irreparable and irreversible damage” had been done to environmentally protected gopher tortoise burrows on an undeveloped lot, at the December meeting the Code Enforcement Board ruled that AAA Lot Service owner Bernard Wegman mitigate with a contribution of $1,950. The money will be used to purchase warning signs and Wegman will also pay ... Read More »

Change is Good

By Natalie Strom Over the past four months, employees of the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa have been handing in their loose change to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. As a part of the Marriott’s Spirit to Serve effort, jars to collect change were handed out to each department. On December 19, all the ... Read More »

Obituary: Nina Capilets

Nina Capilets March 4, 1923 to Dec 20, 2012 Nina (Lazzara) Capilets of Naples, FL and Amagansett, NY, formerly of Marco Island, FL died peacefully on December 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Nina was born March 4, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY. She loved her summers in Amagansett, NY. Anyone who met her would see she was a “fashionista” ... Read More »

An active Chamber of Commerce

By Monte Lazarus After Five Contributes To Christmas Island Style $1,210. That’s how much the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce turned over to Christmas Island Style on December 19th. The occasion was the Chamber’s monthly After Five event. This one, in keeping with recent tradition, was held at the Marco Island Hilton Hotel. Incoming Chamber President Nancy Carrington turned ... Read More »


Donna Fiala First, I hope everyone reading this column had a wonderful holiday! We are so blessed to be able to worship in any manner we want! We are so blessed to live in America! Being that most of my five kids and all of my grandchildren live right here, we celebrated together as a family for Christmas. And ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus For the last few weeks the Police Department (at least it appears that way) has been stationing official cars at certain places with no drivers, or others, in the cars. Apparently someone in the P.D. believes that these “dummy” cars will encourage drivers to slow down and also obey all other traffic laws. I believe otherwise. ... Read More »


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 2012 has certainly been a very interesting, confusing and, in many ways, a terrible year. My only wish is that 2013 will not be a repeat performance. Friday, December the 14, 2012, was and will remain as the worst day of my life. It doesn’t matter how many times I try to get the events ... Read More »

Ah! Tuscany

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber The abundant art in the cities. The countryside dotted with dark green cyprus trees and golden fields. The vineyards. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Tuscany, it is difficult to know where to begin when writing about this region of Italy. Within the 10 provinces of Tuscany, there are the tourist draws ... Read More »

BUSINESS BRIEF: Simply Siblings

By Marilyn Honahan There are many local business partnerships made up of husbands and wives, fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. However, one of the latest businesses to open its doors on Marco Island is actually sibling-owned. Brother and sister, Nick and Kristina Lambros recently opened Simply Cupcakes located at 912 North Collier Blvd, next to Island Pizza. This ... Read More »

Pathways to Safety & Fitness

By Danielle Dodder It’s almost too easy to see cycling enthusiasts as hobbyists living in their own little niche of speedy bikes and neon, zipping down their path on the side of the road, but for the group of them who make up the city’s volunteer bike paths committee, concern for creating a safe riding environment extends to the entire ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway seen as top priority

By Natalie Strom In an effort to develop a statewide trail and paddle system, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Division of Recreation and Parks recently updated the overall vision for the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS). The new five-year plan lists the River of Grass Greenway as a priority. In early fall, the Division of ... Read More »

Philharmonic Coming to Marco!

The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island welcomes back the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet for another fine concert on Saturday, January 5th at 7:30 PM. This performance is part of the Congregation’s Cultural Series, now in its’ 19th year of offering exceptional program to this area. Highlights of this concert will include the Fire Dance, Gershwin, “Duke” Ellington, Fats Waller and ... Read More »

Santa Calls Marco Kids

By Natalie Strom “You better not pout, you better not cry, you better not shout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town!” For more than a decade, Santa and his sleigh have been making a regular stop at the Marco Island YMCA in mid-December to make phone calls to local children. This year, he stopped by ... Read More »

Joy of Giving wraps up 24th year

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Another 950 children were able to celebrate Christmas thanks to all those who contributed to the Joy of Giving. Year after year, this non-profit charity has provided the less fortunate families of Collier County with the means to provide a real holiday experience for their children. The children and their siblings are identified through teachers ... Read More »

Everglades Celebrates the New Year

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff First of all, a very Happy New Year to everyone! We have had so many readers who have come to Everglades City and our surrounding area to enjoy the wonders of our natural environment. It is only by visiting our community and the parks that people will understand how truly unique and inspiring our ... Read More »

Everglades Activities

By Marya Repko The month of January brings a slew of family-friendly activities in the Everglades. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the River of Grass as you head to these exciting events that give a glimpse of life in the glades. Historical Movie Night Relive your childhood memories! The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is hosting an “Old-Fashioned Movie Night” ... Read More »

Wheeling into 2013

PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour If you are reading this, either the world didn’t end, or you snuck out of your bunker and hopefully pedaled your bike to the closest newsstand and grabbed this issue of Coastal Breeze. Whatever the reason, I am happy we are all still alive and you have found the time in your renewed life ... Read More »