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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Have you noticed the white banners on the Collier Boulevard lampposts? They’re advertising the 50th anniversary of Modern Marco. Yep, it’s been 50 years since the Mackle Brothers brought their vision to this hunk of paradise in Southwest Florida. There will be a grand celebration at the Marriott marking the occasion. It will be the last soiree at the Marco until it builds its new ballroom and tower beginning in May. Those 50 years have been good ones on the Island. At first the population was a few dozen folks, growing to a few hundred as ... Read More »

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival Grows to Three Days

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff What began just seven years ago has grown in popularity and become an annual signature event for Marco Island. “Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to be such a popular event. So far, it has subsidized the major part of charitable giving for three service clubs on the island; the same three that volunteer hundreds of hours to put the festival together, the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Each year we’ve grown and tried to make it better. This ... Read More »

Going Once, Going Twice…SOLD! at the Imagination Ball

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Imagination Ball is arguably one of Marco Island’s most glamourous affairs. This glitzy soiree, presented by the American Cancer Society, supports a cause everyone knows all too well, the fight against cancer. The ‘who’s who’ of Marco Island were on hand to show their support and support they did! Smashing all previous records, over $180,000 was raised. A silent auction netted approximately $40,000 alone. Park West Galleries offered several artworks including a Peter Max piece, hotel packages from around the world, sunset cruise packages and spa packages. There were golf outings, dining certificates from various ... Read More »

951/41 Road Construction Ahead of Schedule

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Although there are three road construction projects all taking place at the same time in the vicinity of 951/41 intersection, the traffic is running smoothly again. There have been huge lines of cars coming off Marco Island from around 3pm to about 6pm during the week, plus some night lighting problems, but those issues have both been resolved to a great degree. The County’s DOT project – the actual intersection being completely transformed into a footprint for a future overpass, has been a major construction project. They are actually about 6 months ahead of schedule and ... Read More »

Magazines

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By Pat Newman I have been a magazine junkie all my life and continue to lose myself in the glossy pages of at least a dozen monthly periodicals ranging from Good Housekeeping and Garden and Gun, to Elle, Vanity Fair and National Geographic weekly. I have outgrown Cosmo, Glamour and Seventeen, but still take an occasional peak at Highlights for Children and American Girl. I have learned how to cook, diet, style my hair, and travel the world from my armchair through magazines. I tried using a tablet for getting my fix at the push of a button, but nothing ... Read More »

The Perfect Storm Around the Corner

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Our Government is having difficulty naming the enemy that we are facing. For the reasonable everyday person with even a minimum degree of education and cultural knowledge the enemy is easy to name. It is the same enemy which declared war on anyone who chooses not to agree with their religious beliefs. In plain English it is the same enemy which beheads, burns alive and massacres Christians, Jews, Yazidis or even Muslims who do not agree with superiority of Islam over all others. It is the so called IS (Islamic State) formerly known as ISIS, ... Read More »

Columbus Ships Still Inspire Adventure

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Stepping aboard the Columbus ships as they were docked at Rose Marina in Marco Island on the weekend of February 28, my mind drifted back to what it must have been like. The wind filling the sails as the bow broke deep through the waves of an open ocean. Dolphins streaking keeping pace with the ship and the sun making me squint as I survey the rigging above me. How glorious it must have… Whoa…wait a minute! That was the fantasy. The reality was much different. In truth, these ships are not large; Nina is 65 ... Read More »

35th Annual Shell Show

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 35th Annual Shell Show is presented by the Marco Island Shell Club. There will be dozens of magnificent juried scientific and artistic exhibits. One can find beautiful shell art pieces, see unique specimen shells and A LIVE shell tank will be on display. The show will be held March 12-14, 10AM to 4PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. A $2 donation is requested. All proceeds of the show will go to support the Marco Island Shell Club’s scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded in conservation and education in line ... Read More »

Not Just a Lady…an Arlington Lady

Wreaths were placed at Arlington Cemetery during Veterans’ Day ceremonies and Nella was honored to be part of it.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “I am an Arlington Lady because I care and consider it an honor and privilege. It is important for the families to know that the sacrifice their loved ones have given in the service of their country, will never be forgotten.” - Nella Neary   The Arlington Ladies is a group of volunteers with the purpose of representing the Army Chief of Staff, his wife and the “Total Army Family”, during funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Its origins trace back to 1948. In 1973, Julie Adams, wife of General Creighton Adams, initiated the Army version and ... Read More »

Into Africa, Part Two: The People

At night from a rooftop restaurant Cape Town shows some of her beauty.

By Carl and Joan Kelly South Africa. As we considered our trip to South Africa we thought of some of the people and places: Zulu, Bushman, Dutch, English, Afrikaner, Johannesburg, Cape Town. As we traveled to South Africa those words were gradually filled by personal names, histories, stories and details. We came away richer for the experience. We met Jonathan in Johannesburg, Joberg to the locals. Jonathan is a Bushman, the grandson of a chief. He learned herbal medicine from his grandmother, has an herb garden at home. As we walked and he named plants, he noted their medicinal value, ... Read More »

A Great Day for Bocce!

A player attempts to score during the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament.

By Don Manley The thrill of victory had Jim Guilford and his teammates beaming at the conclusion of the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament. He, along with Peter Pereene, Joe Deo and Jerry Leeman captured the championship, outpointing 15 other four-person teams in the single-elimination contest held Feb. 28 at Mackle Park. They also captured the crown and the trophy that goes with it, in 2013. How did it feel to win again? “Wonderful, wonderful,” said Guilford. “This is the highlight of the year.” The annual tourney is sponsored by the Marco Island Italian-American Society and the city’s Department of ... Read More »

Superheroes Glide Into Goodland

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One of the safest places to be is Goodland? At least it was on February 21st, as the 19th Annual Goodland Boat Parade brought in the superheroes. “This is so cool,” said Sarah, a visitor from New York. “Floats that float and they all look great!” The boat parade is part of the Goodland Mardi Gras celebration and the turnout was fantastic with $17,000 raised for Avow Hospice on this day. Fifteen boats entered the parade with numerous variations on the superhero theme. As each boat passed through the harbor, judges had a tough decision ahead ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s family during his formative years in Detroit. As a case in point, he cites an act that was a routine part of their post-church visits to his grandmother’s apartment. Those trips invariably included his father, Bill Filbin, Sr., pulling over ... Read More »

Remote Controlled Sailboat Regatta Attracts Competitors

The top finishers in the two classes in the 2015 RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta.

By Don Manley Mackle Park’s lake was recently transformed into a platform for friendly rivalry that saw competitors slowly striding to and fro along one shore with eyes locked on small craft slicing through placid waters. It’s a scene is that’s been repeated there for the last 12 years during the first weekend in March when the annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta takes place. Each year, the event attracts participants from near and far, some hailing from as far away as Canada and Great Britain, as well as a host of Northeastern and Midwestern states. The 2015 Regatta was ... Read More »

Pancakes, Pancakes and More Pancakes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Lions Club is holding their 21st Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 7th at the United Church of Marco in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and milk and coffee. Be sure to come hungry as stacks and stacks of pancakes will be made! Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM through 11 AM. Cost is only $7 at the door, or $6 presale. Contact 239-293-2700 for tickets. All proceeds raised will support various eyesight related and other projects of the Marco Island Lions Club. Read More »

MIA Student Athletes, Faculty, Staff Team Together for Charity

MIA teachers, coaches and staff, Loria Galiana, Kelly Monnot, David Horn and Deneen Rose took part.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Boys and girls together on basketball teams – Half court shot 10 points – Principal hard-nosed referee – All for charity.   The Marco Island Academy faculty, staff and students teamed up for a charity basketball game on Feb. 26 in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital and its junior and senior prom events. The game, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, raised nearly $600. Faculty member David Horn organized the event. He runs a mentoring group for students, as each of the teachers at MIA have their own mentoring groups (kind of like homeroom). He tossed ... Read More »

CCW Casino Night

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Submitted The San Marco Council of Catholic Women will be presenting a Casino Night on Saturday, March 21st at the San Marco Parish Center. Come and support local charities and scholarships with an evening of gambling and fun! Tickets are $30 each. There will be light appetizers, a cash bar, a gift basket auction and a raffle. Each ticket holder receives $2000 in play money. Sponsors are needed in the following categories: a high roller Royal Flush $300 which includes three tickets and three drinks; a $200 Full House which includes two tickets and two drinks and $100 Blackjack with ... Read More »

Don Mills, Flying High on His 90th

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By Michael O’Hara Imagine being three miles above the Earth’s surface. Up above the open fields and up above the billowy clouds. The plane’s door is open and it’s your turn to jump. Would you??? Well, Donald did just that. Donald Mills, sky dived for the first time in his life and he did it in order to celebrate his 90th…that’s right, his 90th birthday!!! Holding on tight in the open doorway of a small prop plane at 14,000 feet, he’d held firm so that the wind would not suck him out. A sudden nudge came from the man he was harnessed in tandem with and they jumped. Out and away from the plane they dropped; immediately becoming airborne projectiles. Face skin flapping in the ... Read More »

Bonnie Bozzo Shares History with Style and Grace

Bonnie Bozzo thanks the audience after her portrayal of Grace  Kelly at the Rose History Auditorium. This was a sold-out performance
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com What better way to learn of history than through the mouths of those who lived it. A packed Rose History Auditorium got an earful when Bonnie Bozzo took the stage as Grace Kelly. On Monday, Feb. 23rd, the Marco Island Historical Society presented another installment of the popular series presented by Bonnie Bozzo. On this occasion it was Grace Kelly that took center stage. Her glamorous, and complicated, life unraveled as those in attendance absorbed all she had to tell. And she did it with a unique and enjoyable style. It would be impossible to cover ... Read More »