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Logan’s Ride


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mike and Monica Buddemeyer are familiar with the hardships of losing children to illness. Their daughter Amanda attended Tommie Barfield Elementary when after being ill it was learned she needed a multiple organ transplant. Quietly one morning, they packed Amanda in the car, and on the long drive to the hospital explained they had received a call and a donor had been found. Now was the time. After the operation and several months of poor prognosis, the Buddemeyer’s decided to bring Amanda home. When they arrived, Amanda found friends, teachers and island residents had lined ... Read More »

Wounded Warriors Softball


By Natalie Strom They’re back! The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) returns after a two-year break to face some of Marco’s best at bat. The team travels the country “to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge.” Made up of all post-9/11 veterans, the team will most likely win — by a lot. These men are soldiers; they know how to fight and win. They fought for their country at any cost, even if it meant losing a limb. They ... Read More »

More Manpower for MIFRD?


By Noelle H. Lowery The new year already has been good for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. After three years of planning and construction, the department’s new $398,000, 34-foot, state-of-the-art, customized fire-rescue boat finally made it to home port. The new vessel — dubbed Boat 50 — was delivered to the dock behind Station 50 on Elkcam Circle on Jan. 15. Now, it also appears City Council is going to take another look at Chief Mike Murphy’s request to hire three additional firefighter-EMTs. Both Council Vice Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilor Joe Batte brought up the topic at ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand Islands to world-class fishing. Digging into the vessel’s history, one quickly hears stories. Its first owner made money in the bird feather, or plume, trade in the late 1800s. The boat’s builder was extremely wealthy, becoming famous by running whiskey ... Read More »

Island Theater Company presents Two Amazing February Shows

Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok and Stage 2 Improv The Island Theater Company is pleased to present two great shows in February at the Rose History Auditorium. Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok February 7-9,  sponsored by Porky’s Restaurant, and Stage 2 Improv, February 14 &15, sponsored by First National Bank of the Gulf Coast. The Island Theater Company welcomes back Walt Willey for an encore performance of Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok February 7-9, sponsored by Porky’s Restaurant. Willey, who played “Jackson Montgomery” on the long-running daytime drama All My Children for almost ... Read More »

Karate/ Ju- Jitsu/ Kobudo Seminar at the Marco YMCA

The Greater Marco Family YMCA ‘s Seibukan Karate Shima Dojo recently hosted a Karate/Jitsu/Kobudo Training Seminar which featured guest instructors from around the USA.  19 participants who traveled to Marco Island from such locations as Ft. Lauderdale spent the day of instruction and practice of techniques under the guidance of Marco YMCA Shima Dojo Sensei Nick Lemke. Guest instructors included Craig Eubanks from San Francisco, California, Robert Pichardo of Miami, Florida and Ben Scott of Cumming, Georgia the home of Seibukan USA Dojo. Sensei Nick Lemke stated the event was a huge success; more seminars will be scheduled in the ... Read More »

Tickets Now Available for Opera Naples’ Annual Gala

Opera Naples is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the company’s upcoming annual gala, “Fête du Cirque”, which will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Lawn Pavilion of the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon. Opera Naples is delighted that Myra Janco Daniels, founder of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples), will serve as the Honorary Chair of Fête du Cirque, which promises to be one of the most stunningly-visual fundraising events of the season.  The affair will be highlighted by colorful performers from Circus Sarasota who will serve as a curtain ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Series

The popular Health Plus Lecture Series continues at Iberia Bank!  To date, twenty three medical presentations have been made to the public through this series  which is sponsored by IberiaBank and Physicians Regional Healthcare Center.  Here is the schedule of upcoming presentations: Wednesday, January 29 Brain Attack: Treatment Options Eric Eskioglu, M.D., Neurosurgery, Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgeon  Brian Mason, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurosurgeon Tuesday, February 11 Salt Kills Surender R. Neravetla, M.D., Heart Surgeon Tuesday, March 18 Sinus & Allergy Relief: More than Just Sniffles Leela Lavasani, M.D., Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon Tuesday, April 15 Memory Loss: Normal Aging or ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®”

University Series will return to the Ft. Myers/Matlacha area March 8-9, 2014 at Matlacha Community Park. Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus Kayak fishing on the curriculum. For this event, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, women will travel from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers. On Saturday, the program begins with a session by the FWC on the importance of marine conservation, a demonstration of ... Read More »

Party with the Squadron Annual Fundraiser Features Great Food and Wine

Join the party to find out why boaters have more fun at the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center.  The event takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to come and enjoy great food and fine wine while contributing to a good cause.  Tickets are $20 per person at the door or in advance for cash or check by contacting Arnette Hawkins, Event Chairman, at 239-970-2694 or Peggy Harsch at 239-394-3484. The annual Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party ... Read More »

Planning a wedding?

Planning a wedding? Looking for that perfect dress,  flowers, invitations, venue, wedding cake, photographer and everything else you need to ensure that perfect day? Let the National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) help you.   On Sunday February 23rd  from 1 to 5pm,  the NAWP will host a bridal show at Germain Arena;  Bridal Blast 2014, Southwest Florida’s largest bridal show. Showcasing  Southwest Florida’s top wedding professionals, who are ready to help you plan your perfect wedding. Shop, browse, preview and get valuable insight and advice on today’s hottest wedding trends.  Sample tasty gourmet cuisine, wedding cake and chocolates, hear ... Read More »


Time to smile and say…OPA!!  Save the date!  You can join the fun Friday through Sunday on February 7, 8 & 9, 2014 at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples and be Greek for a day – or even the entire weekend! Come on out to St  Katherine’s at 7100 Airport Pulling Road (just north of Orange Blossom), where you can celebrate the Greek spirit while feasting on delicious Greek food, wine and pastries created by our new pastry & meal chefs.    Sample new taste treats at our authentic Greek Taverna!  New Appetizers such as Marinated Mediterranean Octopus and ... Read More »


One of Florida’s oldest clay shooting grounds, the Port of the Islands Gun Club, is now under new management and has been renamed Gulf Coast Clays. British businessman and shooting enthusiast Colin Burrows bought the club, located halfway between Naples and Everglades City in Collier County, Fla. and has plans for improvements to the facility and its sporting clay options and services. The club occupies over 50 acres on the edge of the Florida Everglades and is the only clay range in the region with two trap fields, two skeet, Five Stand and a 15 stand sporting clay layout. A ... Read More »

Seminole Casino Immokalee, IGT MegaJackpots® Creates a Southwest Florida Millionaire

A simple trip to entertain house guests turned into a fortuitous trip for a Florida resident on Saturday evening at Seminole Casino Immokalee. International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) awarded $1,097,272.26 on a Wheel of Fortune® DoubleDiamond®  slot machine to Connie B. of Naples, Fla. IGT’s latest millionaire said that the Wheel of Fortune® DoubleDiamond® slot is the game she typically plays, and has won on it before, but never to the extent which she did on Saturday. As the reels began to line up with Double Diamonds, the winner turned to her friend who was playing at a machine next to ... Read More »


The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of an Art Flicks movie program that is free and open to residents and island visitors alike. The program, which will feature theme-based foreign, independent and “art” films, refreshments and a lively discussion, will be held at the Marco Movie Theater on 599 S. Collier Blvd. The theme for the 2014 is The Art of Stealing Art and will feature the following movies: January 21: Rape of Europa, 10am February 18: Art of the Steal, 10am March 11: Stolen, 10am March 25: Critics Choice, A film to be chosen ... Read More »

HUUUGE Part 3: The Spree

Cosmos were chilled by pouring them through an ice sculpture in the shape of a martini glass.

By Natalie Strom We barely had time to recover from our “Cruise with Huge” before Duffy and I headed back to Miami for the $1,000 shopping spree she also won after purchasing a KIA at the Fucillo KIA dealership in Cape Coral. Only two days after coming back from a five-day cruise a la Fucillo, we found ourselves checking in to the Hyatt Regency in Miami for a dinner with Billy and Caroline and a shopping spree. To be honest, Duffy and I knew we weren’t fully recovered from our ultimate cruise experience. We had way too much fun! ... Read More »

Island or not? That is the question

Holly and Duffy helped out at last year’s Boat Parade, selling raffle tickets and handmade items by local residents - all to benefit Avow Hospice.

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom No one man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” - John Donne I have often (ok, more than often) referred to the village of Goodland as an island. I always knew it really wasn’t it’s own island, but using the terms village, town or community sometimes becomes redundant which you will notice as you continue to read. I resort to using the term island for the sake of diversity, but in all reality Goodland is connected to Marco Island. An aerial map of ... Read More »

Fishing with the Grandkids

Ladyfish and Trout.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When we were children, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. Grandpa just loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper, ladyfish, jacks and the occasional triggerfish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other on every drop down. What a blast! Other days Grandpa would take us out for big fish. He ... Read More »

TBE is Ready for


By Noelle H. Lowery Experts agree that by 2016 every K-12 student will be using a mobile device in the classroom — and not for checking their FaceBook pages. Just ask Dr. Jory Westberry. “Students today are more technologically savvy than we are,” says the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “For examples, even some of our five and six year olds have their own phones and other devices.” That’s why Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) began implementing the Bring Your Own Device program in area schools last fall. Dubbed BYOD, the program allows students — with the guidance ... Read More »