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The Marco Players are Serving Up “A Summer Double Dip”

(Left to Right) Sylvia (Tracy Lane); Greg (Greg Madera, Director); Kate (Casey Cobb). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Players is serving up “A Summer Double Dip” with two romantic comedies, Sylvia and Shooting Star. Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, is a romantic comedy about marriage. A suburban couple, Greg (Greg Madera) and Kate (Casey Cobb) have left the suburbs behind and moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising. Greg brings home a stray dog bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Greg finds comfort in his relationship with Sylvia (Tracy Lane) as an escape from his job and middle age. Kate sees Sylvia as a rival. After a series of hilarious complications, Sylvia ... Read More »

MIA’s Future Engineers Present Final Projects

Max Ruffat and Aidan Kahn test their catapult’s launch distances. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted For weeks now, Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) Principles of Engineering class carefully planned, crafted and built their final projects. The results were impressive. Taught by Hal Creech, the engineering class is just one of the many STEM classes students at MIA are offered each semester. The final assignment was to design, plan and create a mechanical, electronic or programming project from what they had learned. Creech told the students to “show me you learned something, and show me you can plan and create a project.” The students, made up teams of two and three, created unique projects. Some found ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff We do love our pets and the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest proves it. The contest was a great opportunity to show off our wonderful furry, feathered or scaly friends and support our favorite pet charity at the same time. Shown here are all the entries for the 2015 Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest. Judging will take place in the coming days. Winners will be notified and their photos will be featured in the next edition. First, second and third place prizes are awaiting the winners, sponsored by Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café. There ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work, and for his efforts in the preserving the Everglades. Upon entering the gallery, the “Giants” in the exhibit name not only refers to the subject matter, but also aptly describes the ... Read More »

Everglades City Graduates


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Everglades City School saw seven students graduate in the class of 2015. Principal Bob Spano wished the students the very best saying they have the potential for successful school and lifelong careers of their choice. Principal Spano, who has been at the school for the last three years, is retiring. Congratulations to Houston Brown, Savannah Oglesby, Trevyr Daniels, Nicholas Jones, Dylan Lucas, Dalton Patt and Ana Roldan. Houston Brown was named graduate of distinction and will be attending Columbia University.   Photos courtesy of The Mullet Rapper Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds!

A moment between a shorebird and her chick on the beach.

By Renee Wilson Florida’s white sand beaches are a playground for millions of residents and visitors each year. Beaches also serve as important habitat for shorebirds, with many species laying their eggs and raising their young right on the sand. Beaches in and around Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve historically have hosted some of the largest beach-nesting seabird colonies in the state. Audubon Florida and Audubon of the Western Everglades recently partnered with Rookery Bay Reserve to hire Adam DiNuovo in a new position as Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Manager. DiNuovo is working with research and stewardship staff ... Read More »

Glory of the Grape – All Praise for Chef Laura

The Chamber’s Sandi Riedemann and Donna Niemczyk greet guests at the Glory of the Grape event on June 7.

Submitted There was no shortage of wine lovers at the annual Glory of the Grape event. And if you weren’t a wine lover on arrival, you were by the time you left. The sold-out event, to benefit the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, took place at CJ’s on the Bay on Sunday, June 7. Five stations were set up in the restaurant, where there were 16 carefully selected wines, paired with complimenting hors d’oeuvres. CJ’s Chef Laura Owen had been planning the event for two months, tasting between 45 and 50 wines before making the final selections. Chef Laura tells ... Read More »

Leading Ladies

The cast of “Leading Ladies,” which opens on June 12. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming summer production of “Leading Ladies” sponsored by Jump Hair and Nails and the Island Diet Center. The ITC Teen Troupe are back and delighted to bring you the hilarious comedy “Leading Ladies” by playwright Ken Ludwig. “Leading Ladies” will run from June 12 through June 20. Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, ... Read More »

Marco Island Center Announces Board Appointments

John James, newly appointed to the Board of Directors for the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (L) William G. Morris, SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Vice President, Board of Directors of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (R)

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that Marco Island attorney, William G. Morris, has been appointed Vice President of the organization. Morris is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and currently also serves the Center as its volunteer Publicity Director. Morris has been active in community service since moving to Marco Island in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, including serving as past president of Marco Island’s branch of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Jaycees and the Marco Island Police Foundation. He has even served as president of the Center ... Read More »

WHO’S YOUR MAMA? Dolphin Birthing Season is Near!

In this photo taken May 24, adult female Nibbles looks
larger than usual and is a candidate to give birth this fall.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Giza, Nibbles, Rangle and Button. Ah, yes! These are some of my favorite girls. But wait…these are not girls’ names! They are, if we’re talking about dolphins. It’s that time of year, when the Dolphin Explorer’s survey team is noticing changes in behavior of some of the adult female bottlenose dolphins in the Marco Island area. Many of the 3 and 4 year old calves will be leaving their moms this fall for one main reason…mom is having a new baby. Birthing season is quickly approaching for our area. It will vary around the world, ... Read More »

Jeff Klinkenberg: “Alligators in B Flat” at the Rose History Auditorium

BJ Henning, program director, introduces  Jeff Klinkenberg, author, humorist and speaker. He regaled audience members with fun stories of Florida culture. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad It was a Tuesday night, June 2 to be exact, and Jeff Klinkenberg was speaking at the Rose History Auditorium. Who is Jeff Klinkenberg? Better yet, why should you know Jeff Klinkenberg? Jeff Klinkenberg is a local author and recently retired columnist from the Tampa Bay Times. Jeff’s beat was Florida culture and he writes from a very personal perspective that really captures the essence of the Florida way of life. If you have a good sense of humor and love the spinning of a good yarn, then you should know Jeff Klinkenberg. Jeff already had three ... Read More »

Teen Beach Bash Marks Summer’s Start

Marco Island’s finest show off their hula hoop skills. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The countdown is over, summer is here! “Every year we celebrate the beginning of summer,” said Lola Dial, Teen Center Recreation Leader for the City of Marco Island. This celebration is Marco’s annual Teen Beach Bash on South Beach, put on by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lola runs the event, free for kids grades six through twelve. Samantha Malloy, Special Events Coordinator and Pat Kuhn, Parks Maintenance, for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department were on hand to help with the event. Lola tells us that in the past the number of teens attending had declined because ... Read More »

The Dining Diary – Arturo’s Italian Restaurant

New to the menu, the  Lobster Ravioli with scallops. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Ms. Vittles I am a Foodie. Food is fun. At least it should be. I’ve spent the last 20 years in the hospitality business making it fun for a lot of people. I dine out more than in and love to play the ultimate hostess, creating food, fun and entertainment for many a group. I am also a hunter and a great dining experience is my quarry. I am not a professional food critic. Just a person who loves a great foodie experience and this is a very target rich environment. It was a warm Wednesday night and we ... Read More »

Macbeth Presented Skillfully by MIA Students for MI Shakespeare Festival

Kaitlynn McRae (center) with  the cast of “MacBeth.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The greed, treachery, betrayal, deceit and drama encapsulated in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” were skillfully and passionately brought to life by students from the Marco Island Academy. The presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most renowned works graced the stage for five performances recently at the Marco Players’ theater. The play was put on by the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival, marking the third year in which the organization has collaborated with MIA on a production one of the Bard’s masterpieces. Battle-worn Macbeth, the doomed King Duncan, the conniving Lady Macbeth and prescience of the Wyrd Sisters all sprang from the ... Read More »

Fifty Years of Condos on Marco Island

One of Marco Island’s early condominiums, Wexford Place, built in 1965.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Marco Island’s condo construction started fifty years ago when Wexford Place opened at the corner of Bald Eagle and Tallwood. This was a time of space exploration, jet planes and the Beatles. Condos built back then were about 700 square feet, and featured one or two bedrooms with one bathroom. Condo interiors tended to be minimalist, true Mid-Century Modern with simple lines. Drab earthy tones and campy colors like avocado green, harvest gold and bronze tones dominated cabinets, refrigerators and shag carpet. All of these condos have been updated, and today 17 of ... Read More »

East Naples Cat Deaths Caused By Predator Attacks

The recent East Naples cat deaths have been found to be caused by predator attacks. Necropsies were performed on five of the cats by the Austin, Texas-based Veterinary Forensics Consulting. All five cats had evidence of predator attacks as the cause of death, evidenced by bite marks on the cats’ skin, muscle and bone, according to the report. Pets are prohibited from running at large per the Collier County Animal Control Ordinance. Pets must be on a leash if they are off the owner’s property. “There are many dangers for animals that are allowed to roam unattended,” said DAS Director ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »


The Board of Collier County Commissioners approved an agreement that will give Arthrex more than $160,000 for its planned 55,027 square foot medical device finishing facility in Ave Maria. The agreement, which is under the Capital Investment for Diversification Incentive (CID) Program, provides Arthrex with a grant of up to $164,613.82 paid over four years as an inducement equivalent to the payment made for commercial impact fees. Under the agreement, Arthrex will pay the total county impact fee upfront and then will receive a yearly payment of $41,153.45 for four years, which will offset that impact fee. “This is a ... Read More »

“Dispatches from the Deep: The Archaeology of Florida’s Spanish Shipwrecks”

Collier County Museum: June 10 Spanish ships have been navigating Florida’s waters for more than 500 years. This talk will highlight the evidence underwater archaeologists have uncovered over the years about failed colonies, far-ranging trade networks, and doomed plate fleets. Visitors can see the evidence and learn about these unique Florida resources. The program was organized by Melissa Timo at the Florida Public Archaeology Network and begins at 2 p.m. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are suggested. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738.   Read More »

“The History of Collier County Place Names”

Collier County Museum: June 24 Ever wonder how some of our local places got their names? Who is Gordon Pass named after? How about Doctors Pass? What about Tigertail Beach? Collier County Museums invites visitors to look into an interesting history behind names of the places in the community. The program was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738 Read More »