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Naples Municipal Airport slated for commercial intrastate air service this fall

Twin Air Calypso Limited Inc., operating as Naples Connection, plans to begin scheduled air service between Naples Municipal Airport and four Florida cities beginning Oct. 22. The company, which has flown between Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas since 1954, intends to offer four weekly flights each to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Orlando using high-capacity nine-passenger aircraft. Two pilots will crew the jet-prop Cessna Caravan aircraft. “Naples Connection will initially base two aircraft at Naples. One will provide backup and on-demand air taxi service, something that is badly needed to Tallahassee during the legislative session,” said Ted Soliday, executive ... Read More »

GameStop Job Fair for all Naples Area Locations

GameStop will be holding an in store Job Fair on August 2, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at their Coastland Center store for all Naples Area locations. Management will be conducting on-site interviews. They will be hiring Game Associates, Senior Game Associates, and Management Positions for full time and part time schedules. Management/Full Time positions include a comprehensive benefit package, all positions have great oppountinities for advancement. Retail experience preferred, “Gamers” welcome. For more infomation call GameStop 239-434-8812. Coastland Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, the second largest shopping center owner.  GGP has ownership and ... Read More »

Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Caloosahatchee River

Nauseating Algae Outbreaks Ruining River, Drinking Water Plant, and Quality of Life On behalf of Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, Earthjustice filed suit today in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because the agency is repeatedly violating water protection laws in Southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River. The Caloosahatchee – officially designated as a public drinking water source– has been covered with slimy green algae outbreaks eight of the past eleven years, and an outbreak slimed the river just last week. The algae releases a nauseating smell, gives people respiratory ... Read More »


William W. Kirk has been named Vice President for Student Affairs and General Counsel at Ave Maria University. The position was announced by Ave Maria University President Jim Towey. Kirk comes to Ave Maria from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a national interdisciplinary firm of architects, engineers and materials scientists where he was Director of Administration and Corporate Counsel. Previously, Kirk was Associate Vice President for Residence Life at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the student affairs senior leadership team.  He brings to Ave Maria University over 20 years of experience in higher education.  At Notre Dame, ... Read More »

Project EverGreen to Host “Backyard Nature: Living GREEN” Exhibit Grand Opening

WHO: Project EverGreen, a 501 c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces in our communities for today and future generations, and the Imaginarium Science Center, engaging guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). WHAT: Project EverGreen and the Imaginarium Science Center partner to bring Southwest Florida’s newest hands-on green exhibit to life. Join them for the grand opening of “Backyard Nature: Living Green,” a landscape designed to give Florida family ideas for going green in their own backyards using best practices and Florida-friendly landscaping. For more information, please visit WHERE: Imaginarium Science Center 2000 Cranford Ave Ft. Myers, FL 33916 For ... Read More »

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees.

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has one vacancy for a full member and one vacancy for an alternate. It is required that one of the applicants resides in Immokalee. This is an 11-member committee created by Ordinance No.91?65, as amended, to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the Housing Elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines the effect of proposed ordinances of affordable housing, and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and the Naples City Council; and investigates any other ... Read More »

Coming up at Off the Hook Comedy Club

Guy Torry August 2  – 5 Times THURS: 9 p.m. FRI: 8 p.m. SAT: 8 p.m. & 10p.m. SUN: 8p.m. Ticket Price : General Admission: $20 plus tax?  / VIP:  $45 plus tax Guy Torry was born with funny bones, as the younger brother of famed comedian and actor, Joe Torry. After moving to Southern California to finish his college degree, Guy began to work the comedy club circuit. After less than two years performing stand up, Guy picked up where Martin Lawrence left up, and became the host of the tour that had inspired him to pursue comedy, The Def ... Read More »

Police Foundation Donation

As of July 2012, the State of Florida leads the nation together with Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas in Police Officer fatalities.  Sadly, given the current rate of on-duty Police Officer deaths, 2012 will likely mirror or surpass 2011, reaching the unfathomable triple digit benchmark. In mid FY12, the Police Department identified a need for eighteen sets of body armor for its sworn officers (Full-time, Reserve and Auxiliary).  These units replaced armor that had exceeded the manufacturer’s service life, or were being provided to personnel who were never issued body armor.  The Police Department was unable to budget for these items ... Read More »

International Humanitarian Assistance Symposium (IHAS)

By United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Seventh District Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore, Walter Jaskiewicz, a resident of Marco Island, recently attended the two-day (IHAS) International Humanitarian Assistance Symposium held in Miami Florida. Families who lost members from air, sea and transportation incidents, were guest speakers, explaining the problems encountered regarding when and how they were notified of a lost family member. The panel consisted of members from the Lockabee Air Disaster, Cruise Line Disasters and on-shore excursion trips. First Responder Care Units from the various transportation agencies provided updated information on how they have improved their 24-hour on call professionally ... Read More »

Buyer, be VERY aware

By Carol Glassman Recently, people whose insurance is ready for renewal have been receiving notices from their insurance companies that they must endure an inspection that could last a maximum of three hours, and permit the inspector full access to the house including attic and/or crawl space. Renewal of a policy is contingent upon this inspector’s filing a positive report that shows the house is properly built and protected using current standards, against a potential hurricane. Having a perfect stranger in your home for three hours can be daunting enough, but having him crawl around every nook and cranny taking ... Read More »

Letter to the editor: AGAIN NO CARPETBAGGERS

Several months ago I sent a Letter to the Editor of the Naples Daily News stating that East Naples and Marco Island did not have to endure carpetbagger representation on the Board of County Commissioners. District 1 has a wonderful, energetic and honest representative in Donna Fiala, and there is no need for someone from North Naples, supposedly moving into the District to support us. In a head to head confrontation, at the South Regional Library June 13th, between Donna Fiala and Steve Cosgrove it was apparent who knows the district better, and would make a far better representative than someone who would work for it ... Read More »

City Trees to be Inoculated for the Infestation of Whitefly

The City of Marco Island’s City Manager, Dr. James Riviere, has authorized emergency funds to inoculate city-owned trees due to the critical nature of the infestation of the pest, Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus). Recognizing the current state of the infestation, a workshop was hosted by the City last month which included a presentation by expert entomologist, Dr. Doug Caldwell, PhD, University of Florida-IFAS Extension (UF-IFAS), Collier County. The large attendance to the workshop by residents and contractors alike reflects the awareness and concern of the outbreak of this pest in the landscape on the island. The City’s Beautification Advisory ... Read More »

Fifties for 50

By Marilyn Honahan  What a surprise! Local resident and businessman, Joe McKnight, recently received the surprise of his life. Believing that he was going to dinner with his fiance and a few friends, Joe was speechless when he entered Mango’s Dockside Bistro and found approximately fifty people from various parts of the country all dressed in a 50’s theme to surprise him and help him celebrate his fiftieth birthday. The dining room was decorated in a 50’s theme with large cutouts of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and nearly one hundred balloons and centerpieces made to look like guitars. The centerpieces ... Read More »

A successful preschool is no accident

By Carol Glassman This is a success story. From the moment one enters the Chabad Naples Preschool of the Arts, there is no mystery about why it was chosen as the 2012 Champion of Child Care. Far from being a glorified babysitting service, it is truly a mini-institution of learning. Only one year ago, the preschool was a dream for four children: today, over 60 children attend the only eco-healthy child care facility in this area. In reality, it is the dream-come-true of Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director, wife of Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, whose capable hands-on ideas and management have brought ... Read More »

Saving the Florida Manatee

By Natalie Strom A large grey mass floats in the middle of a canal in Goodland. At first glance it looks like a large, misplaced rock, but upon further investigation, the “rock” is actually Florida’s state marine mammal, the manatee. This manatee, in particular, is in clear distress and has a large pink gash across its back. It has now become clear that the beautiful, slow-moving creature has been struck by a boat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that approximately 87 manatees are killed every year due to human interference. Almost 90 percent of these fatalities are ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident, Steve Zandy, is getting a new bike. After his custom-made, three-wheeled bicycle went missing sometime between Sunday evening of June 17 and early Monday morning, June 18, an outpouring of donations from the community has made it possible to build Steve a new bike. Upon hearing the news of the stolen bicycle, Karen Nettles of Marco Island, contacted Steve Stefanides of Christmas Island Style and Tiffany Holmuth of Mutual of Omaha Bank. Together, they set up a donation fund where individuals could drop off checks in Steve’s name at Mutual of Omaha ... Read More »

Code Board meeting in review

By Carol Glassman The City of Marco Island Code Enforcement Board met at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 10 at City Hall. Chairman Lou Prigge called the meeting to order and introduced the new member of the Board: Rony Joel, appointed by Councilman Trotter. Present were Rony Joel, Richard Adams, Lou Prigge, and Phil Kostelnik. Absent: Dawn Henderson. The seven-person board still lacks two appointees, although Chairman Prigge said Debra Shanahan would be appointed at the next city council meeting. It was recommended that Lou Prigge will remain Chairman with Richard Adams as Vice Chairman, until November, when most members ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Fourth of July on Marco was truly spectacular from start to finish! The beach was not overcrowded, but pleasantly busy. You couldn’t help but feel the joy of the occasion and the love of our community and our Country everywhere! Many have repeated it was one of the best fireworks displays they have seen. The music from the beach and the fireworks bursting in air were marvelous! The 10th floor view from the Barcic’s Balcony couldn’t be matched. We are all so very blessed to live in the United States of America, where freedom reigns! Let us ... Read More »

United Nations out… United Democratic Nations in…

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun After two issues where I did not have my column, I am back. There are so many things to write about, one needs to be choosy, not by choice but by circumstance. One of the most important events of the past two weeks was the Syrian Government’s shooting down of a Turkish F-4 reconnaissance jet. Syria claimed that the jet was violating their territory and Turkey claimed it was not. Nevertheless, the plane was shot down and two young Turkish pilots were killed. Their bodies were retrieved by an American company (Nautilus) and their nationally ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus   Sometime ago I set a very important goal for myself…free laundry on cruises. Just thinking about it sent me reeling. Imagine, packing only about a third of our normal load (including my dear wife who totes an Elizabeth Taylor sized luggage collection on every trip), and having fresh clothes throughout the journey, and all free! My life’s new goal was achieved in April, 2012. On our next cruise aboard an unnamed cruise line once featured on a television series, we shall receive free laundry, dry cleaning, shoe polishing and hors d’oeuvres on formal nights. Wow! ... Read More »