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Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »

Rise of Courage

An image from Rebecca’s Seeking Serenity project, a coloring book with special meaning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What does a young vibrant woman do when she receives the news she has stage III C breast cancer? A woman known for her vitality, her hard work and her positive outlook does not give up. Especially, a strong lady who lived a healthy lifestyle, no less. Rebecca Burg was used to living life on her own terms. She was surprised at the curve life threw in her path, so she had to adjust. Now she uses her energies, her emotions and creativity in a way to help her work through the ordeal and maybe, ... Read More »

Gordon’s Service Will be Missed


By Coastal Breeze News Staff At the City of Marco Island Council Meeting on February 15, 2016, Chairman Bob Brown presented a Proclamation to Recreation Manager Mindy Gordon, for her service to the city. There was not a dry eye in sight. After her parks and recreation departmental report to the council, Mindy announced that she is leaving to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. Baby Chase will be one year old in March. Mindy graciously thanked the council for “all the opportunities.” She told them that the Parks and Recreation department has changed in 11 years, saying, “I’ve seen it ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed the start by about 30 minutes so that by the time the first race got underway, winds were steady at eight to ten knots from the north/northwest. As racing continued during the day, winds steadily got stronger from the north, ... Read More »


Kirk McFee is pleased with the way his business is growing. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn In March 1971, Kirk McFee was born. In August 2014, Kirk’s Coney Island opened its doors in Old Marco. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016, it had one of its best days ever. What happened between those dates is the subject of this story. Kirk McFee was born and bred in Detroit. In 1996, he received a degree in human resources from Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan (a Detroit suburb). Kirk’s mother is an ex-nun who saw to it that the nuns who ran the university kept his nose to the grindstone. The arrangement must have worked, ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Brings Opera to SW Florida Gala to feature Samuel Ramey and Michael Fabiano


By Randall Kenneth Jones Steffanie Pearce’s true passion goes on display when discussing the joy of the human voice: “Opera expresses the human condition in a visceral, emotional way. It moves and inspires people.” And opera certainly inspired Pearce. In an attempt to bring the art form to a larger local audience, Pearce launched Gulfshore Opera in 2014. It’s not difficult to see why. Chat with Pearce about her love of opera and you hear it in her voice; you see it in her eyes. Yes, her heart sings. With Gulfshore Opera, Pearce immediately set out to reach as many ... Read More »

February Events at Rose Auditorium

Presidential Re-enactors: Front - Adams, Jefferson; Back - Grant, Eisenhower. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted This month, the Marco Island Historical Society is bringing to Rose Auditorium first-class entertainment that islanders will not want to miss. February 8, 2 PM & 7 PM: Presidential Re-enactors, “Mr. President” For the past several years, Marco Island Historical Re-enactors, in cooperation with the Historical Society, has produced a series of remarkable productions, all centered on First Ladies of the United States. This year, the men trade places with the women and take on the roles of former Presidents of the United States in two showings of “Mr. President.” This year’s Presidential lineup includes two Founding Fathers of ... Read More »

Big Changes to 701 Bistro & Lounge Menu

Another signature dish, 701 Bistro & Lounge’s Zuppa Di Pesce.

Submitted 701 Bistro & Lounge is making some big changes in the way of their cuisine. The restaurant, which originally served contemporary dishes with a Latin flare, is now getting back to its roots. The menu has been reworked and revamped and is now better than ever. Owner Davide, after careful consideration, has decided to add more authentic Italian dishes to the menu, his specialty. You may know Davide from his other eatery, Davide Italian Café & Deli located on Bald Eagle. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to dine there then you know that Davide knows a thing or ... Read More »

Everyone a Winner at Power Squadron Party


By Coastal Breeze News Staff San Marco Catholic Church was overflowing on Friday, January 28 for the annual Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Party. From the moment guests stepped in the parish hall doors they had a chance to win, their ticket stub entering them in a prize drawing. The ultimate goal of this fun-filled event was to raise funds for squadron missions, such as boating safety; vitally import for us islanders who spend so much of our time on the waters that surround us. The party gave guests many opportunities to become winners that ... Read More »

Spirited Winners of the 2016 Spirit Award

Tarik Ayasun holds his 2016 Spirit of Marco award certificate, while flanked  by Kathy and Ian Small, left, Linda Sandlin and George Abounader of the Noontime Rotary Club. PHOTOS BY AL DIAZ

By Don Manley Exemplary commitment to public service is again being recognized and celebrated by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island’s annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards. This year, three couples and two individuals are being honored with spirit awards, which are presented to individuals and organizations that are civically involved in the community through their contribution of time, talent and financial support to the community. The 2016 Spirit of Marco Island Award winners are Ron and Pat Rutledge, Tom and Lori Wagor, Tarik Ayasun, Ben Farnsworth and Dr. George and Mary Baron. They learned of their selection from ... Read More »



A festive reception was held the evening of January 27th at The Local Color Art Gallery as host to the artists and sponsors of the 9th “Wet Paint Live” fundraiser sponsored by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Opening remarks were made by the Chamber’s executive director Sandi Riedemann who introduced the artists and sponsors. Wine and champagne greeted the many artists and guests while a fabulously decorated buffet table offered guests a variety southern style food all cooked by Clark Shaw from “secret” family recipes.   This supreme buffet menu included: Olives imported from Spain and wrapped in cheddar ... Read More »

Results for February 8th 2016

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As of February 8th 2016 Approaching Mid-Season all Divisions Remain Close Sand Bar knocked off Speakeasy and are now tied for first with them in the Island Division. CJ’s on the Bay holds a slim a half game lead over Stonewalls in the Marco Division, while the West leads the East by two games in the Legends Division. ISLAND DIVISION Tuesday February 2nd 2016 Sand Bar – 9 Speakeasy – 6 Sand Bar and Speakeasy played another tight ballgame against on another with Sand Bar coming out on top. Jon Wiseman was the catalyst for Sand Bar with four hits ... Read More »

Results for January 25th 2016

As of January 25th 2016 ALL THREE DIVISIONS REMAIN CLOSE Sand Bar and Speakeasy remain unbeaten in the Island Division with both teams invoking the mercy rules in their wins (15 run differential) this past week. In the Marco Division CJ’s holds a half game lead over Stonewalls, who increased the teams winning streak to four games.The Legends Division saw the West win two games by one run and hold a two game advantage over the East even though there is only a one run difference in total runs scored by both teams through six games. ISLAND DIVISION Tuesday January 19th ... Read More »

Results for January 18th 2016

As of January 18th 2016 ALL THREE DIVISIONS TIED The 2016 is off to a very competitive start with Sand Bar and Speakeasy undefeated and in first place in the Island Division. In the Marco Division Crazy Flamingo’s and CJ’s on the Bay are tied for first. In the newly formed Legends Division the East and West teams are tied with only a one scoring differential between the two teams through the four games played. ISLAND DIVISION Tuesday January 12th 2016 Brewery – 11 Mutual of Omaha Bank – 5 Phil Holmes rapped out three hits for the Brewery one a triple leading ... Read More »

International Support for Mangrove Restoration

Roy Lewis explains the effort.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with China’s Rilin Group to help restore 225 acres of mangroves in Collier County. The industrial group has committed $5 million to restore and monitor the mangrove forest at Fruit Farm Creek within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR). RBNERR and its partners have been researching causes of the mangrove die-off in the area, which includes construction in the 1940s of state road 92, to develop a plan to restore environmental conditions such as historical water flows in the estuarine area. This project will enable implementing ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »

Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

Taking “No” for an Answer


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently had a not-so-unusual discussion with a potential customer, regarding the time process for her ring to be totally restored. Now to most of us business folks this is considered high season, and in our goldsmith shop my son and I are straight out with the influx of custom and repair work, resulting in the burning of lots of midnight oil. The volume is kind of like drinking from a fire hose. We take in, on an average day, anywhere from fifty to seventy watches for various reasons, such as battery replacement, straps, adjustments, ... Read More »

Art Flicks Schedule

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts Third Annual Art Flicks program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films, has begun. All films are shown at 10 AM at Marco Movies, located at 599 South Collier Boulevard in Marco Island. Admission is free, and the program includes lively discussions concerning the films and the art of film. The theme for 2016 is “Food, Glorious Food.” Upcoming films are: February 16, 2016: “Kings of Pastry.” Contenders seek France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs- not to mention adrenaline- to create gorgeous, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »