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Sailing Students Become Teachers


The Marco Island Community Sailing Center is teaching kids to sail. But over two weekends in early February, in conjunction with US Sailing, MICSC helped the students to become teachers. John “Jabbo” Gorden has been a US Sailing Instructor Trainer since 1998. “Overall, US Sailing teaches about 100 [Level 1 training] courses per year and about 1,000 people are certified.” Gorden, along with John Newman taught the two-weekend course held at the Marco Island Yacht Club and the MICSC Sailing Center which is only accessible by water or through the Yacht Club entrance. Only a year and a half ago, ... Read More »

Mutts and Martinis Unite


Lovers of pets and aperitifs be prepared! The Fifth Annual Mutts & Martinis is coming to the Esplanade on March 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The “Yappy Hour” benefits Bedtime Bundles, an all-volunteer organization that supports the basic needs of migrant children who call Collier County home. Last year, more than 300 people and more than 100 pups participated in the event. All in all, $24,000 was raised. “We’re hoping to surpass that number this year, because every year we have surpassed the previous year’s goal,” explains Karen Saeks, Founder of Bedtime Bundles. “This is a fast and furious ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Field Trip


Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club has scheduled an all day field trip to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Del Ray Beach on February 28. The event is open to the public. Cost of the trip is $65 and includes motor coach transportation, entrance fee to the Morikami Museum and Gardens, docent led tour and a Japanese style lunch prepared by master chefs from the museum’s famous Cornell Café. This will be followed by a stop over at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Snacks will also be provided. During the trip, time will be allowed to explore ... Read More »

Compliance More Attractive Than Cash


By Carol Glassman The Marco Island Code Enforcement Board met on Tuesday, February 12 at City Hall with Chairman Lou Prigge and members Phil Kostelnik, Rony Joel, Dawn Henderson, Richard Adams, and Debra Shanahan. Martin Roddy exchanged his seat on this board for one on the Planning Board. Sitting in for city attorney Burt Saunders was legal assistant, Daphnie Ricobene. The board voted 5-1, Rony Joel disagreeing, to mitigate fines against a property at 1001 Valley Avenue for failing to connect to the sewer system. As the house has been purchased in a foreclosure sale, the new owner’s attorney, Mr. ... Read More »

Viva La Marco Celebrates 500 Years


Step into the past on Saturday, March 2nd, when the Marco Island Historical Society presents Viva La Marco. Celebrating the 500-year anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida, the “Flowery Land,” Viva La Marco will run from 6 pm to 10 pm, and will be held on the “Mound” of the Marco Island Historical Museum. For $85 per person, attendees can go back in time, while enjoying cuisine from some of Marco’s best restaurants and listening to some “Floribbean” music provided by Marco’s own JRoberts and the Raiford Starke Band. There will also be an old-fashioned photo booth and ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Presents…


The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its second in a series of four lectures on February 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. As the eighth location to be designated a part of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy program, the center will feature speaker Viviana Dominguez, who has worked as an art conservator-restorer since 1983. The impact of World War II on various art treasures lead to the creation of a new profession: Scientific art conservation and restoration. Fixing, repairing and mending these treasures became a critical part of sustaining our cultural heritage, and microscopes, spectrometers and ... Read More »

Island Club Swings for Charity


The Island Country Club has had a rich tradition of supporting charities in the Marco Island and Naples area. The Foundation has its roots dating back to the Gene Sarazen Foundation. Gene was a member of the Island Country Club. After his death, the Island Country Club’s Foundation was formed in 2000. It was established that year as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Therefore, any contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. Since its inception, the Foundation has given over $1,100,000 to local charities. The Charities, to name a few that have benefited from the Foundation’s support include: Marco Island Healthcare ... Read More »

And the dig goes on


The Marco area of Caxambas, also known as “The Estates,” has been disrupted for quite some time as the sewer project travels through the hilly area built up with shells by the ancient Calusa civilization. Advanced Archaeology, Inc. has been with sewer contractors, Mitchell & Stark, every step of the way, especially when it comes to the zoned areas known to be artifact-rich. Financed by the City of Marco Island and the Marco Island Historical Museum, work including shovel testing, unit testing and column sampling has now led to the final phase of the sewer and archaeological process. Caxambas is ... Read More »

Tours and Town Hall Meeting


By Donna Fiala AND THE WINNER IS: Lou and Linda VanMeter of Goodland are very proud of their 3 year-old granddaughter, Arden Jean DeShazor, who won the title of 2013 Buzzard Princess and also took 2nd place for best costume. Congratulations Arden, Lou and Linda! On Thursday, Feb. 21st, I hosted a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 PM at the Historical Society’s Rose Auditorium. The meeting brought folks up to date on county issues regarding roads and new developments coming to our area as well as a message from our County Manager and information on the County Parks on ... Read More »

The Premature Obituary


By Monte Lazarus A week ago I began writing the obituary for my Genuine Imitation Rolex Watch. After four years my Beloved Watch appeared to be on life support. Its arms were limp and running way behind other watches and clocks. No amount of sympathy and cajoling seemed to help. I was ready to pull the plug. My memories of that Genuine Imitation Rolex are sweet indeed. It began with a trip back to China after 30 years. Many things have changed, but some have not. Shopping is a universal addiction. No tourist is safe or secure. We are ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part IV


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton In 1975, healthcare expenditures accounted for 8.4% of America’s GNP. Thirty-five years later, in 2010, at an average cost of $8,233 per person, healthcare costs were 17.9% of our GNP, nearly 2.5 times that of the remaining developed nations of the world. If action is not taken to drastically reduce this trend, by the year 2020, this percentage could very well approach 25% of the value of all goods and services produced in our country. Spiraling healthcare costs are the concern of every American. They are detrimental to the individual who now has less ... Read More »

Senkaku/Diaoyu Crisis…


The Wall Street Journal reported from the Yokota Air Base in Japan that the highest ranking U.S. Military commander in Japan, Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, expressed his concern about Tokyo’s intensifying territorial dispute with China, calling it a “very bad situation” and blamed the Chinese navy for what he termed “a provocative act that can become dangerous.” “The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island territorial dispute is the greatest crisis in Japan-China relations in 60 years,” reported Stephen Harner in Forbes magazine. The readers may already know that in the last few issues of the Coastal Breeze, I have been focused on troublesome regions ... Read More »

Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls


The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens the 3rd and last event of the 19th season, with a presentation about “Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls”, Wednesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. How did the scrolls ends up hidden in caves for 2,000 years? The speakers, Roz Davidson and Howard Hoffer will present us with the fascinating program. This exiting talk and visual documentary explains the amazing history, the people behind them and how DNA unraveled the mysteries of these ancient sacred scrolls. Ms. Davidson is an international ... Read More »

Dr. Oz


It’s not often one gets to meet a celebrity like Dr. Oz, let alone learn a famous physician will be performing your surgery… That’s exactly what happened to the Oztimurlenk’s of Marco Island. Audrey Oztimurlenk’s brother was in a New York Hospital about to have heart surgery when Dr. Oz walked in. Little introduction was necessary and the family was even more pleased when he told them he was going to be the surgeon. Shown in the photo is Nicki Oztimurlenk with Dr. Oz. Read More »

Foreign drivers can breathe easy on Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has moved to defer implementation of a new law that would require all foreign driver’s license holders who rent a car or drive in the Sunshine State to have an International Driver’s Permit, or IDP. Marco Island Police Department Lieutenant Tony Spina says foreign drivers can rest easy on the island’s streets. “If you have a valid license from your country, you are allowed to drive on Marco Island,” he notes. The Collier County Sheriff’s Department is adhering to the same philosophy. The law, which quietly went ... Read More »

Fighting Breast Cancer with Beauty, Community


By Noelle H. Lowery Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child. Well, one could say it takes a community to help fight breast cancer here on Marco Island. That’s the philosophy behind the Fifth Annual Hope Love Cure Fashion Show benefiting the American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit. “It’s about being a community player,” says Lisa Meurgue, owner of Bistro Soleil, where the event will be held on Tuesday, March 5 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. “Our family has always tried to be a community player.” Together with Joyce and Bob McFarland, owners of Marco Island ... Read More »

Glenn Miller at Lely


By Carl Kelly Question: Which big band holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Dance? Question: Which big band received the first Gold Record? Answer to both questions: The largest dance was 25,000 people; the first Gold Record was Chattanooga Choo Choo; and the band was Glenn Miller, arguably the best of the big bands. The modern version of the Glenn Miller Orchestra played to a house of something less than 25,000 people at Lely High School recently. Some of these people may well have been among those who danced to the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra when ... Read More »

Come And See


A Photojournalist’s Journey With Mother Teresa By Jane Marlowe San Marco Catholic Church’s new faith based group, Marco Faith and Wine, sponsored an evening with Linda Schaefer on February sixth for women of all faiths. Linda is a photojournalist who was granted full access to the work of the Missionaries of Charity, the order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India in 1950. Linda is on the faculty of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and has had an extensive career as a photojournalist. She has won a number of awards for her work including her book, Come ... Read More »

Hope for Haiti… Help for Children


On Monday, March 11th, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at San Marco Church Parish Center on Marco Island, women of all faiths will have the opportunity to gahther for an extroardinariy evening. They will experience the inspirational story of how one woman, JoAnne Kuehner, was able to establish a worldwide organization to help the poorest nation in the western world. Hope for Haiti began with an experience, an idea, and a will to do the hard work. Twenty years later, JoAnne and her incredible team have helped thousands of children and adults through programs in education, nutrition, medical care, ... Read More »

Tea with Tara


Blue Mangrove Gallery is the place to be on Monday afternoons. From 2:00 to 4:00 PM, patrons may receive a complimentary glass of iced tea as they experience the creative process of renowned artist Tara O’Neill. Setting up her easel out front of the gallery, O’Neill explains, “I really appreciate the opportunity to paint in public again. I had my own studio for quite some time, but now I create most of my work at my home studio. It’s nice to have the chance to enjoy painting at a place that I love while also talking with art enthusiasts.” Blue ... Read More »