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Kittle Raises the Bar


Submitted Marco Island’s top producer, Donna Kittle, began 2016 with confidence as she in transitioned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus’ state-of-the-art café office located in the heart of the hotel district across from the Hilton Hotel at the Marco Walk! “It was a HUGE decision for me to make!” said Donna. “However, my professional lifestyle as well as my goal to continue to deliver five star personalized customer service and satisfaction have been elevated. RE/MAX is a leading brokerage on the island and is in the process of expanding its presence on Marco. With its global brand name recognition, prime position ... Read More »

Change of Watch – Marco Island Yacht Club


Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) held its 14th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch Saturday, January 23, 2016. Fine yacht clubs throughout the world mark this transition of leadership with pomp and circumstance. This year’s gala event was consistent with that tradition. The Change of Watch ceremony saw outgoing Commodore Dick Irwin have his burgee lowered and Commodore Harris’ new burgee raised. At MIYC, Dick now joins the group of 14 prior Commodores. At last night’s ceremony, five past Commodores were in attendance at the Change of Watch for the first time in the Yacht Club’s history. ... Read More »

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast


Submitted On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Marco Island Lions Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast at the United Church of Marco Island at 320 North Barfield Drive. The hours will be from 8 to 11 AM. Breakfast includes pancakes (all you can eat), eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, and milk. Children are welcome. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 drawing. The Pancake Breakfast is the Lions Club’s largest project for collecting donations for the year. Tickets will be $7 the day of the breakfast, or $6 if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Island ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

A great blue heron proudly stands on a kayak.

Submitted The January 2016 Breakfast and Birds, presented by the Friends of Tigertail Beach, was well attended. Over forty persons had their attention on Friends of Tigertail members Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. They gave a brief description of the birds they might encounter on the walk, as well as explained that many of these birds migrate here for the winter. Does that sound familiar? On the beach, the birders were greeted by an osprey that swooped down, not once but at least three times to pick up material for building its nest. As the birders walked along the lagoon, ... Read More »

Samantha Morris, Esq. Completes Certification Course

Submitted The law firm of William G. Morris, P.A. announced today that Samantha Morris, associate attorney at the firm, recently completed the 2016 Marital and Family Law Certification Review Course at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida. The course is an intensive review of virtually all aspects of marital and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support and timesharing. Instructors included a who’s who of top family lawyers in Florida. Morris received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Ave Maria School of Law, where she was also a senior editor on the school’s Law Review. Her practice ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet


By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

Wine Wednesdays at Marco Island Florist & Gifts

Laura Duncan was in charge of the wine table, conveniently situated right in front.

By Samantha Husted On the last Wednesday of each month, from 3-5 PM, Marco Island Florist and Gifts, located at 178 S. Barfield Drive, hosts its popular Wine Wednesday event. All are welcome for an evening of complementary food pairing, music, conversation, and of course, wine. On Wednesday, January 27th, guitarist Bob Kibbler set the tone for the evening with his country and folk melodies. Executive Chef Mike Duncan, of Goodland’s Marker 8.5, provided the food for the event, while his wife Laura provided the wine. The featured artist this month was photographer Frank Steiger. Frank showcased a beautiful ... Read More »

SAMI Changing of the Watch

SAMI bridge for 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) is the oldest sailing club in Collier County. On January 21, SAMI members enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Konrad’s honoring the 46th Changing of the Watch. Outgoing Commodore, Dan Singer, passed the flag to incoming Commodore, Ken Bardon, who just completed a three-year circumnavigation. Attending members welcomed the new bridge for 2016: Commodore Ken Bardon, Vice Commodore Phil Litow, Rear Commodore Micki Gobeil, Secretary Robin Singer, Treasurer Mary Lee Cale, and Fleet Captain Bronwen McKiever. All members are looking forward to another banner year for SAMI in 2016! Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport to Key West

Submitted The Marco Island Executive Airport will soon have scheduled flights directly to Key West on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays starting at $89 one-way plus taxes and fees (total fare $104.18). Beginning February 15, Raven Air Island Hoppers will offer the scheduled service in their ten-passenger Cessna 402. Flights are planned to depart Marco Island at 9 AM and arrive in Key West at 9:45 AM. Return flights are scheduled to depart Key West at 4:30 PM and arrive in Marco Island at 5:15 PM. Tickets are now on sale and available at the Raven Air Island Hoppers website at ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Young Sailor Sets Sights on Spain

On February 18th Zach will be competing in the 2016 International Palamos Optimist Trophy in Catalonia, Spain.

By Samantha Husted Zachariah Schemel isn’t what you’d call an average 13-year-old. Zach is homeschooled, he spends his weekends in Miami, and he’s about to compete in an international sailing competition in Spain. The Marco Island resident got his start in sailing at the age of eight when he spent a summer at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center. He enjoyed sailing so much he went on to join the racing team at the Naples Community Sailing Center where he stayed and practiced for two years, honing in on the more competitive side of sailing. Now Zach races for ... Read More »

Marco’s Marriott Helps Local Charities

Marriott General Manager
Rick Medwedeff shakes Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Lisa Lefkow’s hand after presenting her with the donation. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa presents their Annual Paradise Charities Event in an effort to raise money for local charities and organizations. The annual event garners funds by hosting silent auctions, dinners and golf tournaments. This year the Marriott donated to two organizations that have not previously benefitted from the resort’s fundraising, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. On January 22nd general manager to the resort, Rick Medwedeff presented the two organizations with a combined $25,000. “This is part of the Marriott’s ongoing effort to ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Officer Josh Ferris, left, receives his Policeman of the Year award from Marco Police Foundation
President Curt Koon and Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Josh Ferris had no idea that he was going to be front and center at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. But Ferris was indeed in the spotlight, having been named the organization’s Policeman of the Year for 2015 at the event, held at the Hideaway Beach Club. In announcing the selection, Marco Police Chief Al Schettino said the process is always a difficult one because of his staff’s dedication and hard work. He said Ferris has been with the department since 2012, is working towards a bachelors degree at ... Read More »

Marco ALS Odyssey Walk Inspired by a “Living Angel”

Mary Jo and Mike “Moose” O’Regan, left, join Cindy
and Dave Amerine in their Naples condominium. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Mary Jo O’Regan refers to Cindy Amerine as a “living angel” who has blessed her life since they and their spouses formed a close friendship two years ago. So it’s no wonder that she and her husband, Michael “Moose” O’Regan, have thrown themselves into joining Amerine and her husband Dave in an effort to help eradicate a deadly disease from the planet. A Marco Island resident, Mary Jo O’Regan is the chief organizer of “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk,” a fundraiser that will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. The event is set for 10 AM, February 20 ... Read More »



By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

2016 Caregiver’s Award

By Maureen Chodaba Send Us Your Nominee’s Story The American Cancer Society continuously works to raise funds in the fight against cancer. These funds are used to provide medical research in the quest for a cure and support for all those touched by this dreadful disease. Caregivers for those who have been diagnosed with cancer are an integral part of the road to recovery. Caregivers provide love and support at a time when they are needed the most. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society wishes to honor these caregivers. This year they will recognize one such caregiver ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Budapest

Coastal Breeze News is read everywhere, even by statues in the center of Budapest.

By Carl and Joan Kelly There once was a city called Pest, pronounced Pesht. It sat on a bend of the Danube River opposite a city called Buda. No joke! They stood separated by the river for hundreds of years. Sometimes they were part of the same country, sometimes not. Sometimes opposing armies faced off over the river. At some time before present memory they joined and compromised on the name Budapest. Budapest is a fascinating city with a colorful history, a city that mixes people of varied backgrounds who are proud of their common history. This city is the ... Read More »

Cuba for the Senses

Music is everywhere!

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber By the end of our time in Cuba, visiting three of its cities, the beach, and the mountains, I felt as if I was on sensory overload, for Cuba is a country that truly appeals to the senses. Visually, it was a delight. The first thing that struck me, flying over the island on the way to the airport in Havana, was how green everything was. Once in Havana, there were bright colors and visual stimulation everywhere. There were the famous “Yank Tanks,” American cars from the 1940s and 50s, with their vivid colors; bubble gum ... Read More »