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WVOI Adds Veterans Show to Line-up

Gary Carter (left) with 
Don Finkle and friend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For Don Finkle and Gary Carter it’s for the love of veterans everywhere, the two along with varied guests were broadcasting from a single AM radio station at Arcadia Florida every Friday morning for an hour with information vets could use. Then their luck changed. Marco Island radio stations WVOI 98.1 FM and 1480 AM picked up the show and is now rebroadcasting it Sunday mornings at 9am to Marco Island, Naples and as far South as Key West. With the addition, Don and Gary instantly widened their coverage to Desoto, Charlotte, Collier and Monroe Countys and are looking at adding stations ... Read More »

Bob Zottola Jazz Trio to Perform

Submitted The Bob Zottola Jazz Trio will be performing at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on January 24, 2016 at 4 PM, as part of the Center’s Intimate Concert Series. Bob Zottola is well known to jazz musicians and fans in Southwest Florida. Zottola has played with many musical legends including Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Chick Corea. He lets music happen, which is how he explains, “the best jazz is made.” He never even suggests how one of his talented sidemen should play, with each given ample solo space. The Center for the Arts is ... Read More »

Toni’s Back!


By Don Manley Toni Mezzoline has returned to real estate sales on Marco Island as an agent handling the Marco and Naples markets for Downing-Frye Realty, in Naples. For 16 years, she was the general manager at Porky’s Last Stand, until its 2012 closure. Mezzoline was a real estate agent on the island from 1986 until 1999, when she joined Porky’s. After taking some time off, she returned to real estate last year. “I’m still very hard working,” Mezzoline said. “I’m still very much about customer service and very much about giving back to the community.” Mezzoline donates a portion ... Read More »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

Pastel Society Show at Center for the Arts

“As Good As It Gets” by M. Weil.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is hosting the Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member Annual Show. The show, which runs through January 26, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. This show is not merely an exhibition; all of the outstanding art is for sale, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society is a non-profit organization of pastel artists who live and work in Southwest Florida. It encourages and promotes enthusiastic pastel artists in their growth and success and is excited about expanding its public offerings to include the show at ... Read More »

Goodland’s Jukebox by Joanie

Class members at this year’s Christmas brunch. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted What began four years ago as a pilot program in Goodland, “Jukebox by Joanie,” has morphed into a popular way to become more physically and mentally fit, stronger and more confident, while enjoying camaraderie with neighbors and friends. Goodland ladies either walk, bicycle or use their golf carts to get to our community center for class. Some golf cart drivers even pick up friends and bring them along. It’s unique. Joanie Fuller created the program, which consists of original dance choreography, with an emphasis on balance, strength and conditioning. Sassy moves combined with the music everyone loves equal a ... Read More »

Let the Games Begin!

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee’s first fundraising event of 2016 begins on January 30 with tennis at Hideaway. Courts + Course Conquering Cancer will take place on Saturday, January 30. A full day of activity will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and includes a morning clinic with an area pro and a buffet lunch at the sports center. Also, you can compete in or watch the ProAm competition, and enjoy an all-pro exhibition match. Even if you don’t play tennis, just come out to be a spectator and support the cause. Sunday, January 31 brings Goofy Golf ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet


By Maggie Gust Our new year is starting off with an exciting duo of guest speakers. On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome two members of the Seymour Agency. Literary agent Nicole Resciniti and Marisa Cleveland, executive director of R&D for Florida and New York, will share some pointers for those wishing to publish commercially. They will address what is selling in the publishing world, how to capture a literary agent’s attention, and what an agent looks for in an author. Unfortunately, Dr. Rich Blonna, our scheduled speaker for December 9, 2015, was not able to ... Read More »

Historical Society Inducts New Board Members

MIHS members and volunteers (from left) Karen Breiger, Joyce Pastore and Suzanne Block.

Submitted At a recent festive holiday gathering at Bistro Soleil, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) welcomed new members to its Board of Directors. The 2016 additions to the Society’s leadership are County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Sonja Laidig and Linda Sandlin. “We are so proud of our Board of Directors,” said Pat Rutledge, the MIHS president and executive director. “The Society is fortunate to have a group of talented leaders guiding us on our mission to finish the Pioneer Room, the Historical Museum’s third and final permanent exhibit gallery, in 2016 and to secure the loans of the treasured Calusa ... Read More »

Local History & Mysteries

Submitted Ghosts of Chokoloskee? Death of Ochopee? New books with these fascinating local histories will be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades on Saturday, January 16, in Everglades City along with arts and crafts by local vendors. Chokoloskee is the home of the famous Smallwood Store & Museum, which is the setting of the killing of Mister Watson, the subject of a famous novel by Peter Matthieson. Author Rick Magers imagines, after meticulous research, what the conversations would have been like back then among all the protagonists. His book “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” is one of many historical books that will be for ... Read More »

2016 Educational Garden Workshop Series

By Kris Morton, 2016 EGWS Co-Chair As each New Year approaches we strive to turn gardening challenges into enjoyable results. We started planning within weeks of our last Garden Workshop Series in March of 2015. After reviewing ideas for topics submitted by attendees our committee came up with what we hope will be a very interesting and diverse Educational Garden Workshop Series for 2016. Our series started on January 7, when Judy White returned to speak on “Landscaping with Orchids,” a new topic and approach to enhance your garden by mounting orchids in your landscape. Judy and her husband Dave ... Read More »

Mother’s Gift to MIA Honors Father

Northwestern Band performing at halftime – 1938. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLPAERT FAMILY

By Barry Gwinn Anne Colpaert has raised three children on Marco Island. She has sent two to college and a third is attending Golden Gate Middle School. She was particularly close to her adoptive father, Joseph Colpaert and cared for him after he moved to Shell Point Assisted living facility in Ft. Myers six years ago. Her adoptive mother died in 1997. On August 13, her father died at age 97. Joseph Colpaert grew up in Lynden, Washington, and played tuba in the local high school band. In 1935 he matriculated at Northwestern University, and played tuba in its band ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

Children benefit from 
reading age appropriate books. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

Florida Lifestyle at the Charter Club of Marco Beach®

Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing—Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing— 
and free lessons with USCG captains. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many owners at The Charter Club of Marco Beach® have been enjoying this six-acre beachfront playground for years. Now the world is discovering what vacation homeowners have known all along—that The Charter Club of Marco Beach® is among the top vacation destinations anywhere. Imagine starting the day with breakfast on your private balcony overlooking Marco Beach, watching staff hoist the sails on the resort’s fleet of Hobie Cat sailboats. Later you may choose to enjoy a sailboat, paddleboard, kayak or windsurfer—all free to you as our pampered guest. USCG captains are available to teach you how to sail or ... Read More »

Travel to Cuba – Logistics

Sunrise on part of the Vedado section of Havana. The famed Hotel Nacional is the building with the double red roofed cupolas.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travel to Cuba for US citizens is evolving. There are a host of new transportation options either already in place or planned including ships, ferries, charter and commercial flights, even trains (well, sort of….read on). While more choices are available, travel still requires that visitors from the US meet one of 12 broad categories to justify their trip; under US law, travel to Cuba purely for a vacation is not allowed. The 12 accepted purposes include visiting a close relative, educational activities which involve “people to people exchanges”, journalistic, religious, and humanitarian activities, public performances, professional ... Read More »

MIPD Trains Officers in Active Shooter Situation

Officer Brad Gallagher of the Naples police department instructing the MIPD officers on how to properly work together to
ensure a smooth and safe operation.

By Samantha Husted It was a surreal sight, police officers with guns drawn creeping through the hallways of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The same school that I spent my elementary years and graduated from in 2004. It still looks pretty much the same, maybe a little bit smaller. It definitely smells like it always did. The large, hunkering police officers did not fit. Nor did the guns. The officers were looking for an active shooter. Well, an actor posing as an active shooter. And the guns, they were the real deal, except that they were modified. Instead of bullets ... Read More »

Fire at the Sea Watch Condominiums

Marco Island Fire Rescue had a three-minute response time to the Sea Watch condominium fire on January 4.

By Samantha Husted On Monday, January 4, 2016 at 4:09 PM, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department received a call of smoke coming from the Sea Watch Apartments at 209 S. Collier Blvd. Fire units responded immediately, arriving at the scene in approximately three minutes. Smoke was coming from the front of the structure as well as the rear. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, Greater Naples Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS all responded to the scene. Marco Island police officers assisted in the evacuation of residents of the building. The fire crews entered the structure and successfully ... Read More »

The Business of Bocce

Sports Surfaces smooths the cement.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are many residents and visitors to Marco Island who love the game of bocce. From organizations like the Italian American Society, who host a team, to condominium associations who have their own leagues, to many individuals passionate about the game, there is an ample supply of bocce players. Enough so that it was determined three bocce courts at Mackle Park was not enough. An idea Peter Pareene and his friends firmly believed in. Peter, along with friends and fellow bocce enthusiasts, Lou Imbrogno, Phil Madonia, Lauren DeLisa, Pat Mazzucco and Dale Johnson, decided to ... Read More »

Our Island Ecology


By Chadd Chutsz New Year 2016 brings a new column to Coastal Breeze News- Our Island Ecology! Enjoy regular updates and insights on Marco Island nature and wildlife, straight from the desk of the City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, Chadd Chutsz. Burrowing Owl Chicks Arrived! The first chicks of the season have been spotted by Owl Prowl volunteers! Three fluffy chicks along with mom and dad have made themselves at home on a sandy lot just a short fly from the beach. Writer Rosanne Pawelec is kindly donating a portion of sales proceeds from the book “Ollie Finds A ... Read More »

The Noes Arrive in Goodland

Noe and Pettus houses, street side – 1965

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn After the war, Walker Noe used his G.I. Bill to get a B.A. in English Literature from Center College in Danville, Kentucky (1948). Walker claims he never bought a book while there, but paid close attention and took good notes in class. He and his wife were housed in prefab housing for vets and were paid $110 per month. “That was more than enough to get by on,” Walker said. After college Walker taught high school, managed large farm operations, and finally moved back to Stanford where he opened a real estate and insurance ... Read More »