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A Visit with Marco Urgent Care


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Vacationers visit Marco Island to escape the cold weather, but often can’t escape the dreaded cold or flu. When this happens, where do they turn? Naples Community Healthcare Systems offers an Urgent Care Center on Marco Island to visitors, part-time and full-time residents of Marco in need of treatment of non-emergencies, illness and minor injuries. For over 20 years, NCH Healthcare Systems has provided Marco Island with quality urgent care services. Located centrally at 40 Heathwood Drive, NCH Urgent Care of Marco Island is “open 365 days per year – even holidays,” states Diann Chairge, Director ... Read More »

Marco’s Imagination Ball


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s called the “Imagination Ball”. Here’s why. The Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society set the theme to imagine a world without cancer. The Ball, Marco Island’s most annual productive annual fund-raiser, brings islanders together to help contribute to curing one of the world’s most dreaded diseases. For many years the Marco Island Chapter has raised significant sums of money at the Ball. According to co-chairs Debra and Dick Shanahan, this year’s target is $100,000. They say, “We know it’s an ambitious goal, but we are confident that notably charitable Marco Islanders will ... Read More »

Help Save A Life!


Submitted In an emergency, after calling 911, do you know how to administer CPR? Wouldn’t it be great if there were several people in any given restaurant with the ability to help save a life if someone was choking? Or, if one in ten enjoying a day at the beach knew CPR if someone was drowning? Many businesses and condominiums have Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), when used during cardiac arrest AED’s can dramatically improve survival rates. Would you know how to use an AED if the need arose? When every second counts, these are critical life-saving techniques and they’re easy ... Read More »

Flames in the Florida Winter Landscape


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com South Florida gardens are ablaze with color during winter months by two particularly spectacular vines. First, the Florida flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta) which is native to Brazil. This vine is well known in Naples for its brilliant show of color in the winter months along about a one mile stretch of Goodlette Frank Road in front of the Wilderness community just north of Golden Gate Parkway. To have a vine known by so many people, not so much by its name but by put its presence along the road, speaks to its showiness. The Florida ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of “Florida Pirates: From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond;” they will be the special guests of the day. In an effort to give the museum branches their own identities, “all of the Collier County Museums have an ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show is Coming


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s time to break out the wax and get that classic car of yours shined up and looking pretty. The annual Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car show is coming and, as usual, it’s going to be a good one. Mark your calendar for February 17, and head over to the Marco Healthcare Center parking lot at 40 Heathwood Drive at 9:30 AM to see some true beauties. For the past eight years, the Kiwanis Club has hosted the Car Show to help raise money for the organization’s main cause: providing scholarships and other opportunities ... Read More »

Shakespeare’s “Shrew” takes on SW Florida


This January, Shakespeare in Paradise will present The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare at the Collier County Library on Central Avenue in Naples. The production is being sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System. Set in present day in “a conservative, affluent beach community somewhere in the tropics,” this Shrew sets out to further prove Shakespeare’s ability to force audiences to examine their own lives and lifestyles through his timeless plays. All scenes are played in bars, on various lanais and beaches, and in a specialty shop. Even the homes referenced are rechristened “Royal Port Estate” and “Coral Cape ... Read More »

One Million Acts of Kindness


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where six school teachers and administrators and 20 young students lost their lives, Ann Curry of NBC News came up with the concept #26Acts of Kindness. Encouraging people through her Twitter account to commit one act for each of the 26 lives lost, she wrote on her December 18 blog, “I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of ... Read More »

Water Manager Takes On New Role


By Danielle Dodder For a relatively small city, Marco Island boasts a sophisticated water system. We’re a barrier island surrounded by saltwater and environmentally sensitive habitat. Consequently, getting water to paradise was never as simple as piping it in from Naples. Today, the city water utility encompasses an aquifer storage system, a reverse osmosis system, three drinking water facilities, two wastewater facilities and collection and distribution systems for both drinking and wastewater. Jeff Poteet is the general manager who oversees it all. On January 5, Poteet was elected president of the Florida Water & Pollution Control Association, a position that ... Read More »

Harp Ensemble heads to Marco


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Hear the heavenly sounds of The Naples Harp Ensemble right here on Marco Island. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is excited to announce a performance by the “Love of Harps” musicians on Sunday, January 20, at 3:00 PM. Open to the public, the free concert will feature many harps performing a variety of programs. From Classical to Pop to Jazz music, “Love of Harps” has something for everyone. The ensemble’s main goals are “to promote the harp through performances, education, and building repertory.” Educating the Naples-area youth in the art of the harp is at the top ... Read More »

City Notes


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s City Council is facing a surprising and potentially serious problem regarding the appointment of a member to Collier County’s Coastal Advisory Committee. At a previous council meeting members were advised that several of the county commissioners had inquired about the “credentials” of City Councilman Larry Honig. Under the county’s ordinances Marco Island has three members on the nine member Coastal Advisory Committee, and one of the three has been a member of the city council. The previous city council representative was Jerry Gibson. The city, through the city manager, sent a letter to ... Read More »

Marco Water System a Winner


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Utility (MIU) Aquifer Storage and Recovery System (ASR) is located about ¼ mile north of Route 41 along Collier Boulevard. The system consists of seven wells that are filled during the rainy season of July to November with storm water runoff in a zone of porous rock 735 to 780 feet below ground. Before entering the wells, the storm water is filtered to remove small particles, disinfected to prevent bacteria growth and to prevent plugging the porous space in the rock where the water is stored. During the dryer months of February ... Read More »



AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with lymphoma for 11 years. Her sister was so thankful for the love and support of her local group that Jan started the Marco Island Support Group in her memory. The mission of the support group is to support the whole person through ... Read More »

Bonnie Bozzo Portrays Ruth Bryan Owen “A Lady of ‘Firsts’”


by Diane Bostick You probably don’t know Ruth Bryan Owen but you will be glad that you met her after seeing her portrayed by local actress Bonnie Bozzo. Mrs. Owen was the daughter of Williams Jennings Bryan who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president three times but is better known for his part in the Scopes Monkey Trial opposite Clarence Darrow. But she is well known in her own right. She was the first female representative from the south to be elected to Congress with her district stretching from Jacksonville to Key West. While there, as a friend of Marjorie Stoneman ... Read More »



Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope this year brings more peacefulness, progress, happiness and good health to us all. The Marco Chapter of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 held their “Change of Watch” ceremony on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Hideaway Beach. The new Flotilla Commander is Arne Kelsey and the Vice Flotilla Commander is Skip Lee. I was honored to again be invited to view the ceremony and mingle with these distinguished servants to our community’s waterways. Not only do they hold search and rescues, as most would expect, but they monitor the weather, ... Read More »



By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net A small group of itinerant archeologists and paleontologists has made a find leading to significant insights into Calusa governance and structure on Marco Island. The information has been kept secret for a few years until the discoveries and translations could be verified. They appear genuine. The group, led by professors Pierre Bouchard and John Chamollion, made the discovery among ancient clamshells at an undisclosed location on the island. Experts fear that amateurs will overrun the area and ruin the remaining shells. The shells are all inscribed with an ancient form of writing that took several years ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part I


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton Roman Emperor Nero, during his reign, occupied himself with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during pending crises, much like our 112th Congress, which spent much of its time preoccupied with bickering and posturing with their counterparts and contemplating what a woman should be allowed to do with her body while avoiding passage of legislation that would guarantee a woman’s constitutional right to equal pay for equal work. Congress grudgingly avoided the “fiscal cliff,” but failed to address the major issues that confront our great, but struggling nation. Only when forced to vote last-minute legislation ... Read More »

Local Landfill Tour


By Jim Hughes It was a tour arranged by Collier County Commissioner, Donna Fiala. The local landfill is on county property and run by Waste Management. The first thing noticed is the clean road leading to the landfill and the lack of smell. The office is spotless and the personnel are dressed in clean uniforms. An orderly procession of trucks both large and small, and pickups and vans, come in and stop on scales. The driver checks in and is given a ticket to proceed to the dumping area. There are different spots to unload construction material, landscaping, appliances and ... Read More »

Canadian Club Back for Winter


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Season is back and so are the Canadians! Get acquainted with your fellow countrymen and women at the Marco Island Canadian Club Welcome Social on January 22 at BMO Harris Bank at the Esplanade. All Canadians visiting or living on the island are invited to this free event to celebrate another season in warm and sunny Marco Island. Meet, mingle and enjoy each others company on the outdoor, second floor pavilion balcony at 800 N. Collier Blvd. Cold beer, sodas, water, wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Music ... Read More »

Obituary: Barry Elkins

Barry Alan Elkins, 69, of Marco Island, Florida passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2012. Born in Hemel Hempstead, England, Barry moved to Florida in 1980. He started a satellite installation company called Satellite Solutions. In 1983, Barry fell in love with his best friend, Peggy. They married on January 15, 1985. In the past 30 years shared together they had two daughters, which he adored. Barry’s passion was traveling. He loved to go on cruises and explore different countries. Barry also enjoyed boating, fishing, playing golf and most of all spending time with his girls. He was an avid ... Read More »