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Salute to Veterans: Charles “Chuck” Purple

National conventions Chuck attended are displayed on his Legion hat.

By Maggie Gust Charles “Chuck” Purple served as a Coxswain in the 28th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Coxswain is a ranking who were easily recognizable because they wore their insignia on the right arm, not the usual left arm. Although born in South Bend, Indiana, Chuck Purple moved around a lot even as an infant. His father, a World War I veteran, was in the newspaper business and transferred frequently by his employer, the Nixon chain. Life was very good until the Depression, when the Purples, like millions of families, suffered a ... Read More »

Estate Planning: Avoiding the “Oops”


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin   “The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein   Question: My brother passed away and his will and estate plan had not been updated. This left everything in disarray with the family fighting. What can I do to avoid this type of chaos for my family? Answer: My condolences on the loss of your brother. Life is unpredictable and each day is a gift. Situations change personally and professionally and estate documents are often overlooked and not updated. Grief and uncertainty never go well together. Proper planning is a gift you can give ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: David Rush


Editor, Coastal Breeze: I believe if Ms Kuhn would re-read her letter before sending it, she might sound more informed with a little bit of editing. Veteran’s Park is NOT a park strictly for veterans.  It is a Park for Marco Citizens and visitors. It gets its name from this Island’s appreciation for what our Veterans have done and the sacrifices they made so we can have the freedoms we enjoy, including a day in the Park. Like others who have voiced and opinion   I’m opposed to putting a building there to destroy the peace and tranquility and the outdoor ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Research in the Ten Thousand Islands

Greg Curry, left, and 
Dr. Jeff Schmid release a loggerhead sea turtle from their capture net. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Most Marco residents know that Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters on Southwest Florida’s coast, but few are aware that this outdoor classroom and living laboratory hosts hundreds of research projects undertaken by DEP staff, graduate research fellows, and visiting scientists from around the world to answer scientific questions about the wildlife, plants and habitats. The results of these projects contribute to the reserve’s overall understanding of local trends and often help guide future management and restoration efforts. One local scientist studying in the reserve is Dr. Jeff ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Students Tour Water Facility

First graders completed a fun scavenger hunt after the tours. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On October 29, the City of Marco Island Utilities hosted a guided tour of their facilities for a group of first graders from the First Baptist Academy in Naples. The teacher chaperoning the event was Danielle Bockus. The water and wastewater operators spoke with the children about water production— where it comes from, how it’s cleaned and how to conserve it. The children were then given a presentation on the wastewater system, where they learned the process of how water goes from individual homes all the way to the plant. The first graders were able to ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Federal Trade Commission reports that Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of identity theft complaints per capita ( Victims of identity theft can attest to the enormous stress, aggravation and expense caused by this type of fraud. Victims also suffer serious damage to their credit report history, which is often difficult and time consuming to correct. The Marco Island Police Department, in conjunction with the Collier County Identity Theft Task Force, is helping residents avoid identity theft through the “Stop Identity Theft Forum” to be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 2-3 ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts World-Class Entertainment


Submitted By popular demand, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is once again bringing world-class entertainment to Marco Island. The first of several musical/variety shows begin this holiday season, with more to come next year. The performances will be held live onstage at the Rose History Auditorium (RHA) on Marco. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these popular events. Later this month, on Saturday, November 28, Duo Romantico, the husband and wife team of Atilio and Christy Marinelli, will perform a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli. This classically trained tenor and soprano bring unforgettable chemistry to the RHA stage. As cousins ... Read More »

Honor Flight Welcomed Home


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Marco Island VFW was again at the Honor Flight in full dress, and they looked marvelous! The event was held on Saturday, November 7, leaving the Naples Airport at 9 PM, and returning about 2 AM after a heartwarming experience welcoming our honored veterans back home. There were well over 1,000 people there from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, to high schoolers, to veteran’s organizations, to the DAR, family and relatives, Nurse Corps, and many well-wishers just there to honor these veterans who have continued to serve amongst us in their civilian lives. Thanks especially go ... Read More »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Highs & Lows for MIA and Lely

By Roger LaLonde There were highs and lows on the Lely and Marco Island sports scene over last weekend. Isles of Capri’s Lucca Delcompare won two medals in the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships. A senior, Delcompare swam to a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle. He and teammates Andrew Smith, Hunter Angersbach and Morgan Kuphal ran into strong competition in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle events in the preliminary rounds and their times did not move them into the finals. Sisters, Audrey and Grace Ann Delcompare also competed, but did ... Read More »

Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island


Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Berkshire’s Beach Bash


By Coastal Breeze News Staff People in Southwest Florida are known for their generosity. The same goes for the companies and organizations that call this area home. A perfect example would be Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). For 24 years, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and its predecessors, have supported kids with cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation, not just locally, but across the nation. This year, rather than the usual golf tournament fundraiser, Geri Nowak coordinated the Marco Island Berkshire Hathaway office effort, and garnered support for a new event. So, with further support from the Marco Island Marriott Beach ... Read More »

Delgados Committed to MIA Experience

Andrew and Ivette Delgado, with MIA athletic director Kelly Monnot,  and football coach Greg Fowler, show check for $8,847.20, provided by Delgado’s Andrew Hunter Homes. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde When Marco Island Academy High School was in its infancy Andy and Ivette Delgado joined in the commitment to make it a success. Their most recent aid came with their donation of $8,847.20 to cover the cost for the football team and staff traveling to Texas for an outstanding football and bonding experience at the beginning of the season. Jane Watt, school founder and board president, acknowledged the generous donation, adding that the Delgados mean much more to the school. She talked with the Delgados when it was time for son Andrew to choose a high ... Read More »