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Historical Museum and Society Win Awards


Submitted This must be the “season” for awards because the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) have sure taken a few. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Paradise Found,” a collaborative effort of both groups, has just received the 2015 Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), a membership organization for museums and museum professionals. And that’s not all. The Historical Society also received two honorable mentions in the annual publication competition sponsored by the Southeastern Museum Conferences (SEMC), another major networking organization for the museum community throughout the Southeastern states. Pat Rutledge, ... Read More »

Center for the Arts to Present “The Art of Fashion”

Becky MacKenzie models a wedding gown. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it is hosting “The Art of Fashion” on October 26, 2015. The Art of Fashion is a fashion show and special art exhibition with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and, in the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “This will be one special event!” The show will feature artwork and fashion from participants in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathways Program for adults with disabilities. The evening will showcase models that designed their runway ensembles completely from Goodwill ... Read More »

Famed Photographer Hosts Fundraiser for Big Cypress National Preserve

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted Nationally acclaimed wilderness photographer Clyde Butcher, known throughout Florida for his exquisite black and white, large-format photographs of the state’s landscape, and his wife Niki are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Big Cypress National Preserve’s environmental education program. Scheduled for Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Fla., the weekend’s activities will provide guests with the rare opportunity to meet the husband-and-wife duo and hear stories about their adventures photographing the preserve, take ranger-guided swamp walks and listen to ... Read More »

Center For the Arts and MIFA Partner in Your Lucky Day – Nov. 13th 5:30-7:30pm


Submitted On Friday, November 13, the Marco Island Center for the Arts and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts are bringing a special evening full of luck, fun, good food, laughter and wonderful art to the Center for the Arts, beginning at 5:30 PM. The signature drink for the evening, the “Green Flash” will begin the fun, along with a special Wheel of Fortune. Guests will have a chance to win a variety of art pieces and special opportunities. The evening will include a buffet provided by Stonewalls to delight palettes with a variety of good food. Unique pieces ... Read More »

Family Fun at the Marco YMCA’s Annual “Boo”tacular

The Greater Marco Family YMCA’s annual “Boo”tacular Halloween Celebration offers fun for the little ones, as well as the entire family.

By Don Manley The gym at the Greater Marco Family YMCA is sure to be a festive place on the evening of October 30 during the Y’s annual “Boo”tacular Halloween Celebration. Now in its ninth year, the event is for children age 5 and under and their families, including siblings. It is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 PM, October 30, in the gymnasium in the Y’s main building. “It’s a mini-carnival,” said Stephanie Pepper, the Y’s youth development manager, who encouraged everyone to come decked out in their best Halloween costume. “We have activities set up around the room, and ... Read More »

Local Resident Staff Sgt. Joshua Hurtley Part of Air Force Team Meeting with Disney Engineer

Staff Sgt. Joshua Hurtley shows Disney’s Shawn Boling a dust shoe that was designed and printed in-house.  PHOTO BY SUSAN A. ROMANO

Submitted Part of Air Force Team Meeting with Disney Engineer “If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney   Members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, invited Walt Disney’s Shawn Boling to visit the center’s Innovation Lab and discuss partnering opportunities. In August 2015, Boling, a Knowledge Management Strategist for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, met with Innovation Lab director Capt. John W. Barron and other members of the Innovation team, including local resident Staff Sergeant Joshua Hurtley. The purpose of the meeting was to examine ways ... Read More »

Bingo Returns to the JCMI


By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the last seventeen years, every Monday night during season is Bingo Night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. October 5th marked the return of bingo, and a crowd of all ages came out to play and socialize. Volunteer Brad Bersh, who helped sell bingo packets at the door with Carole Kendall, told me the count was close to 140 players that evening. Although that seems high, it is not unusual. It is typical for bingo night to fill the congregation social hall. Bingo has remained a popular activity at the JCMI for 17 ... Read More »

Mariner Tippy Cavanagh Visits Prime Meridian

Tippy with one foot in 
the Western Hemisphere and the other in the Eastern. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Patricia “Tippy” Cavanagh is a Past Commander of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. She has been a member for fifteen years, and now teaches some of the most challenging navigation courses, including celestial navigation. Tippy and her husband, John, toured England, Scotland and Wales this past summer. They visited one location that had very special meaning for this mariner and teacher. While in London, Tippy and John traveled by boat on the River Thames to see the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the location of the Prime Meridian of the world, known to mariners as longitude 000 degrees, ... Read More »

Stand Up and Speak Out for Charter Schools!


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: Recently I served as a panelist at the 2015 Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Quality Charter School Authorizers Task Force meeting in Fort Lauderdale. District and charter representatives from across the entire state gathered to share ideas. Representative Janet Adkins and Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie co-chaired the annual summit meeting. We met to discuss issues related to the charter school movement in Florida and discover ways for district and charter schools to better collaborate. There are many reasons why working together is so important. The highest performing districts in the state also ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Law Enforcement Day

The day starts with a tour  of the police station. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 7, 2015, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco 2015 class attended their fifth session- Law Enforcement Day. In the morning, the Marco Island Police Department’s Chief Al Schettino and Captain Dave Baer welcomed the students at breakfast, and provided them with an overview. The Leadership Marco students were given station tours at the police department, and had the opportunity to learn about various law enforcement topics and procedures. Some of the subjects presented included traffic stops, crime scene processing and marine enforcement, which is particularly relevant to island living and the ... Read More »

MIA Brings Music Teacher on Board

Ms. Fried conducting band practice.

By Barry Gwinn Marco Island Academy (MIA) has recently hired a full-time music teacher in anticipation of expanding its performing arts program. Lianna Fried comes to MIA from Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, where she has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. Fried was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Levittown, Long Island, a short commute from Hofstra. Fried has a brother who played bass for a while, but there are no other musicians in her family. “My mother couldn’t even carry a tune,” Fried said. Fried was originally attracted to music when she was eight. “It was a good way to ... Read More »

Dollar Volume in Real Estate Sales Up 16%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January – September 2015 to the same period of time 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total dollars volume sold of the Marco Island real estate market increased 16.31% from $544,120,403 (2014) to $632,901,691 (2015). Fewer new single family listings came on the market in the January – September 2015 time frame vs. the same months of 2014 by a small 0.63% (467 v. 470). Pendings of single family properties in the comparison decreased 32.44% (431 v. 638). ... Read More »

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Lee Child Random House, September 2015, 402 pages. Genre: Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Admit nothing, even on your death bed. You might suddenly get better.” ~ Jack Reacher Jack is back in this 20th installment of this billion-dollar Lee Child enterprise. Be forewarned that Jack journeys to a very dark place in this adventure. If you are looking for chuckles or warm fuzzies, this is not the story for you. If you have previously read a Reacher novel or two you know that Jack started out as a kind of modern-day Lone ... Read More »

Naples Eagles Soar in 42nd Annual Coconut Bowl


By Roger LaLonde The game was nearly over before it began as Naples pounded Lely 69-0 to win the 42nd annual Coconut Bowl on October 10th. In its first series Lely gained just three yards then Naples blocked the Trojans punt. On its first play the Golden Eagles Carlin Fils-Aime raced 30 yards for a score. The point-after made it 7-0 with just 3:12 gone on the clock. It got worse. Naples pulled off a successful squib kick, getting the ball at the Lely 45 yard line. Three plays later Fils-Aime scored again on a three-yard run. With the point-after ... Read More »

Suspensions result from MIA-FBA football game

Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy football coach, makes a point to his defensive line, from left, Marcus Seidman, Andrew Delgado, Kyle Ginther and Bon Deese.

By Roger LaLonde A ruggedly battled football game between Marco Island Academy and First Baptist Academy resulted in a player from each team being suspended by the Florida High School Athletic Association for two games and the Marco Island coach Greg Fowler for one. All three were ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. The suspensions were due to actions that took place in the first half of the game on October 2nd. FBA led 42-0 at half, eventually winning 42-16. Billy Sporacio, football coach and FBA athletic director, said the suspension of Aristizbal Spencer for two games is being ... Read More »

Teacher Meghan Bathke Raises Funds, Awareness for Youth Cancer

Meghan Bathke holds a sign for the  Ulman Cancer Fund, snow-capped mountains in the background. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Meghan Bathke learned how to ride a bicycle in January 2015. It’s a good thing she is a fast learner, because just six months later she embarked on a 70-day, 4,260-mile bicycle journey to raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Meghan, age 27, is a third grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. This summer she joined a group of 29 other young adults in 4K for Cancer, a cross-country bicycle trek whose focus is to raise funds, awareness and provide companionship and service to young adults battling cancer. All funds ... Read More »

Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

Marco Island Center For The Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit

Jennifer Semro

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced its October exhibit in the main gallery will be a photography art show with the Digital Photography Club of Naples. For the second year, photographers will display their beautiful images at the Center for the Arts. “These photographs are truly breathtaking,” said Hyla Crane, the Center for the Art’s executive director. It includes subjects as diverse as wildlife, street corners and landscape. “One can almost get lost in each picture,” concluded Crane. The photography exhibit will be on display beginning October 5 and closing October 28, 2015. As with all ... Read More »

Falcon Fall Migrations Have Begun

The “barred” feathers on the chest and underwing, as well as the slate grey coloring around the eyes and head, make the peregrine falcon easy to recognize.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On September 23rd at 4:21 AM, Eastern Time, the first day of fall officially arrived. Here in Florida we all look forward to cooler temperatures and less humidity. We also notice the absence of some of our summer migratory animals, and the return of many others. The first day of fall is also known as the Autumnal Equinox. This occurs when the equator is closest to the sun. It also happens in the spring, known as the Vernal Equinox. It takes place twice because the Earth tilts as it rotates around the sun, and on ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Wake Up Marco is Marco Island’s premier coffee café that boasts freshness and quality drinks. Locally owned and family run, the coffee shop has been operating for about 10 months. Wake Up Marco offers organic, handcrafted coffee, tea and bakery items. For those serious coffee lovers out there, Wake Up Marco also sells wholesale coffee beans from areas across the world. They have beans available from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Asia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Owner and 12-year Marco Island resident, Oscar Galvez, believes that he has the best coffee in all of Southwest Florida. The quality of his ... Read More »