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Marco Movies celebrates 20 years

Marco Movies celebrated 20 years in business on Dec. 13. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Movies celebrated its 20th anniversary on Dec. 13 with a very special event. Owners Nick Campo and Bill McMullan featured both new and classic movies, but one of the showings stood out. During the four-day event, Marco Movies showed “Schindler’s List.” The Academy Awarding film also turned 20 years old this month. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, “Schindler’s List” tells the story of Oskar Schindler, the man credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. In honor of the two 20th anniversaries, Campo and McMullan are donating the proceeds from ... Read More »

FWC, partners offer reward for info about suspicious panther death


By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help from the public with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a Florida panther that was recently found dead in the Turner River Unit of Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County. The dead panther was found with a suspected gunshot wound last weekend. For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the panther, the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association ... Read More »

Your Florida Legislature at work


By Rep. Kathleen Passidomo District 106-Naples, FL kathleen.passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov During the 2013 session, the Florida Legislature focused on challenging issues, such as election reform, education reform and foreclosure reform. While our economy is seeing signs of improvement resulting in greater revenues to the state, we acknowledge that government must continue to live within our means while also responsibly planning for the future. Although the 2013-2014 budget funded additional priorities, such as a State worker pay raise and $480 million for teacher pay increases, we committed to disciplined fiscal priorities as well adding $2.8 billion into the state’s reserves. After passing legislation ... Read More »



Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net A new Senior Housing Development has just started construction on Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. and C.R. 951/Collier Blvd. It is being built by the same developer that built Aston Gardens in North Naples and another in Lee County. This community — Discovery Village — will be a rental community offering 120 units with an indoor pool, fitness center and movie theater. They will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care. That whole corridor is building up quickly! There is Hacienda Lakes coming out of the ground with 1731 dwelling units, 395,000 square feet of retail and 140,000 ... Read More »

Christmas Parade 2013


Christmas Island Style did it again! This year’s street parade was bigger than ever and by the cheers of the onlookers, it was one of the best, too. Here are the results: Most Holiday Traditional – Marco Fire Rescue Foundation/Mutual of Omaha Bank Most Original – Marco Lutheran Church Most Patriotic – Marco Bay Yacht Club Most Entertaining – Marco Presbyterian Church Most Original Children’s Organization – Island Dance Academy Best in Parade – Newcomers Best Overall Band Performance – Florida Brass Best Marching Band – Lely High School (PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY) Read More »

Capri Art Fair

Visitors to the fair enjoyed the arts, crafts and sunshine.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Isles of Capri seasonal residents Joanna and Donald Sunshine developed the idea for the inaugural Isles of Capri Arts and Crafts Fair with the help of Angela Reynoso, owner of Island Market. This is the Sunshine’s second season in southwest Florida, and both are artists. Joanna works with fibers to create rugs and makes paper, while Donald paints water colors and writes. When not enjoying the warm winters on Capri, they live in Blacksburg, VA. Read More »

Visionaries: A Multimedia Visual Art Exhibit


The Marco Island Center for the Arts kicks off the New Year with a multi-media exhibition called “Visionaries”, featuring work by members of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). The juried exhibit runs from Jan. 2-23, 2014. An public opening reception will be held on Jan. 14 from 5:30-7:00 PM, and hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments will be served. Guests will be able to meet the artists and mingle with other guests. Established in 1889, NAWA is the oldest professional women’s fine arts organization in the United States. Its talented members have exhibited at fine venues both nationally and ... Read More »

TBE Science Day a Success

Parents, teacher and students browse the exhibits at TBE’s 5th grade Science Fair.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Tommie Barfield Elementary School was invaded by a host of budding scientists on December 19, when the school held its annual Science Day. Every grade level participated in its own science-based activities, culminating in the fifth-grade Science Fair Exhibition in the school’s multi-purpose room. Additionally, two members of Collier County Public Schools District Science Department — Ryan “Mr. Science” Westberry and Linda DeLuca — were also on hand for open scientific demonstrations in the media center. At TBE, science is a priority, and students begin learning the scientific method in Kindergarten. Teachers lead classroom experiments, ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Marco: It’s a Community Thing


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com What do you get when you mix children, an active and engaged business community and eager volunteers? A recipe for a creative and successful fundraising event known as Souper Bowl Marco. On Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — the eve of the National Football League’s Super Bowl Game — the Second Annual Souper Bowl Marco will be held at Mackle Park to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. This event sells one-of-a-kind soup bowls hand painted by local students and fills them with an amazing array of soups from Marco area restaurants. A bowl ... Read More »

Historical Movie in Everglades City

Production crews created scenery when necessary during the filming of ‘Wind Across the Everglades’. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Hollywood came to Everglades City in 1957 with a star cast to film “Wind Across the Everglades”, the story of plume hunters in the early 1900s. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation invites the public to come and relive this event on Friday, Jan. 10, with a screening of the film at Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind the Everglades Community Church. The show starts at 5:30 PM, and there will be free popcorn and soda. Burl Ives, Gypsy Rose Lee and Christopher Plummer took leading roles in the film, but also playing their parts were Emmet Kelly (the clown) and ... Read More »

Join the Star Party at Big Cypress

Star Program by Big Cypress National Preserve, 1/4/2013. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last year, Luke Gommerman looked up in the night sky over Big Cypress National Preserve and was star struck. The seasonal park ranger thought the southwest Florida night sky resembled the extra-dark night sky he had spent the summer looking at while completing a National Park Service tour at the Grand Canyon. There, Gommerman participated in a number of interpretive astronomical programs focused on star gazing, and he knew he could bring these same programs to Big Cypress. “Big Cypress has less light pollution than almost any other place in south Florida,” explains Gommerman. “This ... Read More »

Marco Men’s Club Celebrates Christmas, Chanukah

Don’t forget the ladies: Pat Dettinger, Susanne Grossman, Litha Berger, Mary Moyer and Rose Kramer. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

Submitted More than 160 Marco Men’s Club members and their spouses and friends celebrated the holidays at Forest Glen Country Club in Naples. A good time was had by all as Bonnie Bozzo (wife of former MMC President Al Bozzo), Rose Kramer and others lead the group in song and cheer, including a riotous “12 Days of Christmas”. The MMC expects member participation at these events, and they got it. Jack DeHanas, the MMC current president, presided over the activities. Warren Dettinger played Santa and distributed gifts, and received many hugs and kisses. The Marco Men’s Club provides men an ... Read More »

New photo exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

The cart and team of oxen were hired by Frank Brown, Bill Brown’s son to transport Julian Dimock and Alanson Skinner, an American Museum of Natural History anthropologist to the Brown’s Boat landing, the site of which is on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation north of I-75. (August 12, 1910; 49292)

Submitted In the first decade of the 20th century, Julian Dimock and his father traveled from their base camp in the then undeveloped outpost of Marco Island throughout southwest Florida photographing the land, the people and the waterways of this frontier Eden. The Marco Island Historical Museum is excited to announce this never before seen exhibition. “Enchantments: The Photographic Adventures of Julian Dimock, 1904-1913” will be on display Jan. 2-March 29, 2014. The free opening reception will be held on Jan. 7, 2014 from 5-7 PM. Wine and appetizers will be served. The historic black and white photograph collection is ... Read More »

Bring in the New Year with Eaglets

photo by John Parravani

Submitted The holidays are upon us, and New Year’s Eve is approaching quickly. There are many traditions to celebrate the New Year; for a few, this includes fireworks. Fireworks may be a festive, but they are illegal on Marco Island. Moreover, the light, noise and explosions are bad tidings for Marco’s local wildlife. In fact, in Florida, the only legal fireworks for use by consumers — who don’t possess a special permit — are “sparklers”, which include sparklers, fountains, snakes and glow worms. Illegal fireworks include Roman candles, bottle rockets and any other fireworks that act as projectiles. While consumers ... Read More »


Harder than it seems...

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Take a Hike fundraiser held for Marco Island Charter Middle School was a fun event for students which also raised needed funds for the school. The timing, just before mid-term exams and Christmas break, was perfect for letting the kids expend some of the season’s excitement. Students had family and friends sponsor their ‘hike’ – a walk around the ball field at the school. The Take a Hike organizers didn’t just walk around the field, they lined up for the Macarena, too! Prizes were awarded based on how much money a student raised. There ... Read More »

The Three’s Have It!


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island’s lucky number must be three. In February, the website Buzzfeed.com proclaimed Cape Romano as the third most beautiful abandoned island in the world. And now, Marco Island has placed third as TripAdvisor.com’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Top Ten Islands in the U.S. Coming in just behind San Juan Island in Washington state and Kauai, Hawaii, Marco Island is the third most popular island destination spot according to Trip Advisor’s regular users. Obviously, those who comment on Trip Advisor know what they’re talking about (except for the fact that Marco Island should be number one). Another ... Read More »

A Christmas Salute to Veterans

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was a night held in honor of those who have served our country. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and our current wars gathered at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to be celebrated for fighting for our nation’s freedom. A part of the Christmas Island Style event, the evening’s chairman and emcee was Eddie Adams. A prayer was said by Father Bennett at the beginning of the evening, after which Adams introduced a number of speakers. Former Marco Island VFW Post Commander Dave Gardner recognized local World War II ... Read More »

Twenty-five Years of Joy

Island Country Club volunteers hand out hundreds of turkeys.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Joy of Giving has ‘wrapped up’ its 25th year. “This was a monumental year for us,” said Nicki Davis, founder of the Joy of Giving, “not only in the number of years we have supplied gifts to children, but in the numbers of children needing help. The amount of funds raised was also significant. We identified 1,002 children in need and raised over $80,000 to make their Christmas special. We couldn’t do it without the kindness of so many. The generosity of different groups and organizations is amazing and it is what makes the ... Read More »

Our Lady of Guadalupe


By Coastal Breeze News Staff For many it’s an annual celebration. The faithful walk the distance from Kretch’s Restaurant on Bald Eagle Drive to San Marco Catholic Church at dusk. They walk in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her appearance to a Mexican peasant in a vision on December 12, 1531. Some walk as a way to give thanks to Our Lady of Guadalupe, others as a way to pray. It is one of the largest religious holidays in Mexico. The popularity of the day is increasing as seen by the growing number of ... Read More »

How to Build a Green Home

Visit the Hennell’s green model home at 316 Bald Eagle Drive.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com What makes a good home? Sturdy walls, hurricane rated windows, fine and fancy appliances. These are all things we either have or probably desire in a dream home. But what makes a smart home? One that can utilize simple concepts and smart technology while actually saving the homeowner money. That’s a smart home. How is it possible? Through the implementation of “green” features, and that is exactly what Steven A. Hennell Inc. and Endless Summers Realty hope to give their clients when working with them to create the home of their dreams. Steve Hennell has been ... Read More »