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Boat Parade Celebrates Broadway


When I first moved to Florida, I met a woman named Louise. She lived in the condo I worked at on Marco Island; she was my first friend. Louise was 78 and lived alone. She complained about stomach pain and the next thing we knew, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Avow Hospice came to her condo and took care of her until she passed. They were a godsend. I miss Louise and think about her and smile every day. She was so much fun! I even took her to see the Chippendale Dancers at the Seminole Immokalee Casino – ... Read More »

Zero Dark Thirty


By Monte Lazarus The beginning of “Zero Dark Thirty” is controversial and unsettling. Shortly after the first scene at the World Trade Center, the site changes. A CIA operative has an Al-Qaeda member in a dank dungeon – a “black site” – somewhere in Pakistan. It’s 2003. What makes the scene disturbing is the sequence of torture that takes place – slapping, naked abuse, waterboarding and ultimately forcing the prisoner, Ammar (Reda Kateb) into a tiny box. What makes the scene controversial is the question it raises. Some observers think it glorifies torture. Others believe it demonstrates that torture ... Read More »

Marco Writers Welcome Karna Small Bodman

Karna Small Bodman

Submitted by Elinor Stanton The Marco Island Writers Group held its first 2013 meeting on January 9, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Chairperson Joanne Tailele opened the meeting with an inspirational quote by Debby Millman and followed with several announcements. The group continues to grow as four new members and two guests introduced themselves. The planning committee is undergoing reorganization, and Ms. Tailele will be taking over the group’s computer and website needs. She also noted that a new lending library, with Lorre Trytten as librarian, is available for members to lend, borrow and share their favorite ... Read More »

Succulents in South Florida


Succulents and agaves are water-retaining plants that are well adapted to arid (dry), hot, sunny locations with poor soil conditions. This is because they store water in their leaves, stems or roots and require little or no water. The interest in these plants has been on the rise in the past few years as the cost of water for irrigation has risen and more water restrictions have been implemented. Don’t let our average yearly rainfall of 60 inches, which occurs mostly during the rainy season from June through September, deter you from creating your own succulent garden right here in ... Read More »

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series Second Event Jerusalem


Submitted The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, opens the 2nd event of its 19th season, with a presentation about “Jerusalem”, Wednesday, February 6th, 2012, at 7:30 pm, at the Marco Island Jewish Congregation, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The speaker, Chaim Silberstein, a native of Jerusalem, is a lifetime scholar of Jerusalem. He will present the city with a visual demonstration from 1920, to-date, and discuss “To Divide or Not to Divide” Mr. Silberstein brings new information he gained from his research. After the presentation, there will be a Question and Answer period conducted by Roger Blau. A reception to ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus


By Natalie Strom On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as well be living under a rock. The Grand Prize winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People” has been on HBO, Showtime, A&E, TNN, PBS and much more. A headliner of over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, including the Comedy Stop in Las ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher on TEDx


Spend 12 minutes with Clyde Butcher on YouTube tonight and discover what inspires the man behind the famous black and white photos of Big Cypress. On December 12, 2012 Butcher took part in a one-day lecture series entitled “Creativity Matters.” Held at the Ringling Museum Campus, the TEDx Sarasota event was filmed and has been uploaded for all the world to watch. TEDx stemmed from the TED Talk movement which began in 1984 under the banner of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” At, videos of some of the most famous and influential people in the world, along with people that should ... Read More »

Renowned Photographer speaks on Mother Theresa


By Coastal Breeze News Staff “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa. On Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30 PM, award winning photojournalist Linda Schaefer, will give an inspiring presentation, “Come and See” – A Photojournalist’s Journey into the World of Mother Teresa. Linda is recognized by respected magazines and newspapers as her work has appeared in the New York Times, Catholic Digest, Time and Newsweek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Parade Magazine, and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Linda began her career as a journalist ... Read More »

LIKE Watching Paint Dry


Celebrated artists of Southwest Florida will lend new meaning to the old expression, “like watching paint dry” on February 6, during 2013’s Wet Paint Live event. Presented by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, this annual day of charity gives 21 artists six hours to turn a blank canvas into their own “Marco masterpiece.” Beginning at 9 AM, artists will be at their easels at different locations throughout Marco Island and on Goodland and Isle of Capri. Maps will be available at the Chamber and on its website,, for those who wish to view the artists as they create ... Read More »

Power Up Your Boating Skills This Season


By Danielle Dodder As part of the Ten Thousand Islands, the National Park Service aptly refers to this area as “a labyrinth of water and mangroves.” Add approximately 5,000 area boats out at any given time to enjoy this natural beauty, and it’s not a big surprise that Collier is one of the top ten counties in Florida for boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC adds that inexperience, inattention and speed were top causes of these accidents. “There are many reasons to understand safe boating around Marco Island,” points out Laura Carney of the ... Read More »

Book Signings at Sunshine Booksellers

James Sheehan

Sunshine Booksellers of Marco Island is pleased to announce book signings by two big names in novel writing coming this February. The independently owned bookstore is known for bringing in top-selling authors to its warm and welcoming location at 677 South Collier Boulevard. Thursday, February 7, brings James Sheehan to Sunshine Booksellers. A successful trial attorney for 30 years, Sheehan writes novels about what he knows. His most recent book, “The Lawyer’s Lawyer,” will be available for purchase along with his previous publications such as “The Mayor of Lexington Avenue” and “The Law of Second Chances.” As is customary at ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Franchise Bridges Tradition and Innovation

Rocky Farhat and Debra Peters, owners of the Re/Max Affinity Plus franchise. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Danielle Dodder “Did you know that when you sell a house, you trigger a minimum of 18 other commercial transactions?” Debra Meredith-Peters is passionate about bringing home the point that her profession is a stronger engine for growth than it’s often given credit for in a post-real estate crash world. Peters is the broker/owner, who along with her partner, Rocky Farhat, purchased the Re/Max franchise on Marco after it was due to expire last fall. The partners also own Re/Max franchises in Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties and are excited to be extending their market share into Marco Island. ... Read More »

Assisted Living: The Musical


Submitted Story Assisted Living: The Musical® comes to Marco Island when it is performed by its authors Compton & Bennett at Rose History Auditorium. It runs Friday, Saturday, February 8 and 9 at 7:30, and Sunday, February 10 in a 2:30 matinee show. The show, billed as “A Vaudeville…in the Varicose Vein,” delivers laughs from the opening scene in which a newly-departed couple is greeted in the afterlife not by Elvis, but by Tiny Tim. The show romps through the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior living community oozing with characters who have unique answers ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club


By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Monday, January 14, the Calusa Garden Club held its monthly meeting at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church. An optional pre-meeting workshop,”All About Vines,” was conducted at 11 AM by Sue Oldershaw and Donna Kay. Donna listed a variety of vines, including pictures, that can be used in Southwest Florida. The business meeting included updates on environmental issues, Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield, the garden therapy program, “How Our Garden Grows,” at Sanitasole, upcoming field trips, and planning for the March 16 – 17 flower show. Dolly Tomalina presented a ... Read More »

Nelson joins Python Challenge


By Natalie Strom Saturday, January 12th, marked the start of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2013 Python Challenge. The month long hunting competition aims to both educate the public and better understand the invasive Burmese python. Senator Bill Nelson joined the hunt alongside FWCC Commissioner Ron Bergeron on January 17th to bring awareness to the devastation of the Everglades caused by the constrictor snake. Before heading out on the hunt, Senator Nelson and Commissioner Bergeron addressed media alongside I-75 at the Mile Marker 41 Boat Ramp. Senator Nelson discussed the urgent need to control the ever-growing python ... Read More »

Season for Sneezing: Flu Arrives on Marco


By Danielle Dodder The littlest members of the community are lining up for repeated hand washing throughout their school day and local pharmacies are running out of the flu vaccine. As visitors from all over arrive for warm beaches, so does the seasonal germ influx. Wash your hands and cover your nose; flu season is alive and well on Marco. Dr. Joe Vickaryous practices family medicine at the Marco Island Medical Center. He observes, “This season on Marco has seen unusually high numbers of flu cases in our practice.” Vickaryous adds that his cases span all age ranges and the ... Read More »

Bill Cullerton, One of America’s Last Fighter Aces Dies


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bill Cullerton, one of America’s top fighter aces during World War II, died on January 12, 2012 at the age of 89. He and his wife, Steve, made Marco Island their winter home for the past 40 years. He was credited with destroying at least five enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 15 more on the ground and damaged nine. “With 21 kills, he ranked as the third-highest strafing ace in the 8th Air Force, and flew for the 355th fighter group,” said John J. Kevil Jr., who wrote a book about Mr. Cullerton, “The ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club 2013 Commodores Ball and Change of Watch


Submitted Saturday night January 19, 2013 was the most prestigious event of the year at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch is a formal event the entire Club anticipates each year. The Commodore has responsibility for the cruising and racing fleets of yachts, regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and all social activities. The 2012 outgoing Commodore Stuart Curtis performed the ceremony, swearing in Commodore Jim Marr for 2013. Jim swore to uphold the Mission Statement; “To provide an outstanding boating, social, and dining environment that is friendly, ... Read More »

Runways and Renourishment


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Runways: Many things are happening around the County; some are quite controversial. I usually stay away from government talk, but today, through a little encouragement, I will write about what happened with the Marco and Immokalee Airport runway resurfacing and also about the Hideaway Beach/Collier Creek erosion control structures. Last year, the Airport Director, Chris Curry (who will be the speaker at the Marco Kiwanis Club on Thursday, Feb. 21st) advised the County Commission that the FDOT had determined that both airport runways were in “very poor” condition and would need resurfacing within the next ... Read More »

A Three-Hour Pizza


By Monte Lazarus My wife is noted, among other things, for her charm, poise and perspicacity. She is also a keen shopper and, so help me, does our Christmas shopping for next year on the 26th of December. Thus it was that we were dreaming of 2013 sugar plum fairies and all that stuff as we began our adventure. Shopping went well. There were bargains galore. Almost everything is done, except buying for the little kids where sizes cannot be predicted a year in advance. We finished. It was time to chow down. My wife in a moment of ... Read More »