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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!   Marco Island has a lot of nifty amenities besides the beach and the periodic comedy routine at City Council meetings. One of those amenities is the $5 a session workout for “Over 55 Year Olds” at Mackle Park. Although my wife clearly looks younger than 55, she managed to dupe the authorities into believing she qualified, and they ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Standing Watch

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The Board of Directors of Standing Watch has been of the opinion that the Manatee should have been removed from the Endangered Species list since the year 2000. As populations in all areas of Florida have steadily risen since such records have been kept, the species has expanded well beyond their purported historical range. As animals are now found up the eastern seaboard to Virginia, and across the Gulf Coast to Texas, thermal pollution outfalls are encouraging manatees to venture into areas where they have previously never been. With numbers growing into the thousands at some individual sites in Florida, ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Marco Islanders – Making Sense of the Republican Race

By John Arceri Vice President, Caxambas Republican Club As the primary race for the Republican candidate for President heats up and gets more complex, the members of the local Republican organization, the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida, tries to make sense out of the race by determining which of the present candidates have the characteristics that make a winning Republican candidate and, more importantly, a great President. To this end, the members have developed what they believe are the 6 most important characteristics a successful candidate must have as well as rating each of the present major candidates on ... Read More »

Time to Stop the Foolishness…

Turkish security forces, following the suicide bombing which killed ten tourists.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The world today is a very dangerous place and we must accept the fact that there are people out there who hate us; who would kill us in an instant given the opportunity, and who want our civilization destroyed and our belief systems altered for good. We will not be able to defend ourselves or defeat those who want to harm us unless we recognize and identify them for who they are, and not who we hope they are. We can’t look around, see what is happening and be in denial. The events that shock ... Read More »

Minto’s “The Isles of Collier Preserve” Named Master-Planned Community of the Year; Celebrates Highly Anticipated Grand Opening of The Isles Club

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The Isles Club, the new clubhouse and amenity center at The Isles of Collier Preserve, is celebrating its grand opening with a public celebration. On Saturday, January 23rd from 12-4 PM, come experience this latest addition to the one-of-a-kind lifestyle offered at The Isles of Collier Preserve in the brand new clubhouse overlooking the sparkling Cypress Waterway. The design of the 16,500 square-foot Isles Club was inspired by the charming coastal cottage style of the original Naples Beach Hotel built in 1888. The Isles Club is distinguished by a stylized cupola and large awning-shaded front porch, and will be the ... Read More »

Emerald Beach Golden Anniversary

Emerald Beach has a place in history as Marco Island’s first condominium.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Hundreds of curious islanders attended Emerald Beach’s 50th Anniversary open house on Sunday, January 17, hoping to learn more about the history of Marco Island’s first condominium and take a peak inside at its newest renovations. The seven-story Emerald Beach was developed by the Mackle brothers, and designed by architects Herb Savage and Jim Vensel. Its beach location, amenities and design made the building very desirable. After it was completed in May 1966, the building sold out within one year. Emerald Beach residents joined guests from the Marco Island community in the building’s first floor ... Read More »

Deli Fest: More Than a Sandwich

Bert and George show off a freezer full of pastries made by the ladies of
Bubbie’s Bakery.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com In preparation for the upcoming Jewish Deli Fest, the men of Bernie’s Deli have been hard at work cooking their famous homemade soups. Last week Coastal Breeze News visited the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) where the men were making their classic chicken soup with matzo balls. Also available at the Deli Fest will be their homemade beef barley soup, New York style deli sandwiches with kosher style corned beef or pastrami, and of course sweets from Bubbie’s Bakery. It was the first cold day Marco had seen. Walking into the JCMI you could smell ... Read More »

Good Wine for a Good Cause

PHOTOS BY LOUIS VENNE PHOTOGRAPHY. The incredible wine bar at the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most of us in Southwest Florida have heard about the exclusive Naples Winter Wine Festival, but many do not realize that this extravagant event is a major fundraiser for Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children. This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival takes place January 29-31, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The three-day gala brings out the area’s wine enthusiasts and philanthropists to raise millions of dollars for the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Since 2001, the Festival has raised more than $135 million dollars to support NCEF, ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Rachael Pietrini Klein

Rachael at the National Mall Reflection Pool on her Honor Flight visit.

By Maggie Gust Rachael Pietrini served in the WAVES November 1943 to March 1946 as a yeoman third class but prior to that served her country as a civil servant in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Shortly after the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) were instituted, Rachael expressed to her supervisor, a rear admiral, that she wanted to enlist. He quipped that at 90-some pounds, she was “A ripple, not a WAVE,” and gave her a glowing recommendation. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Rachael was the youngest of five children born to Italian immigrant parents. After ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

Goodland Road, all but impassable – Again!

Only brave souls would run this Goodland Road gauntlet (7:50 AM, 1/17/16).

By Barry Gwinn In four out of the last six months, the only access road into Goodland has been inundated by rising tides – over 18” deep in spots. In August, September and October 2015, the only apparent causes for the flooding (which recurred for four or five days each time) were spring tides, the days otherwise sunny and calm. On Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, there was no spring tide. According to local tide charts, high tide at 7:35 AM was unexceptional and forecasted to be lower than a high tide later in the day. This time an unnamed ... Read More »

Historic Site #14 Otter Mound 1821 Addison Court, Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Otter Mound has native vegetation representative of what covered the Island before modern development; the whelk shell walls located throughout the property were built in the 1940’s and 50s by Ernest and Gladys Otter from the Calusa shell that was found on the site. Archaeological surveys show that Calusa Indians occupied the property around 750-1200 A.D. It is thought that the walls were constructed for the Otter’s vegetable and flower gardens. After selling most of Caxambas to Barron Collier in 1922, the Barfield’s moved into their house which was located on the south half of ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

Memory Loss and Aging Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise is sponsoring a Memory Loss and Aging Program, Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Joseph Shega, M.D. will lead an open discussion of memory loss and aging. Dr. Shega will address such issues as risks and methods to reduce risk of memory loss. Dr. Shega has been caring for and educating others about geriatric patients and end-of-life care since 1999. He is board certified in geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and appetizers ... Read More »

Party with the Power Squadron

Past Commanders serve wine at both ends of the party room. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Join the party to find out why boaters have more fun at the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center. The event takes place from 5 to 7:30 PM, and everyone is invited to come, have fun, and enjoy great food and fine wine while contributing to a good cause. The annual Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party is the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s only fundraiser. All of the money raised is used to sponsor boating and safety events, ongoing ... Read More »

Cultural Carnivale Offers Fun Glimpse Into Local Arts Scene

Marco Island City Council Chair Bob Brown, center, is flanked by  Kevin O’Fee, left, Hyla Crane, Cindy Love, Beverly Dahlstrom and Carole Roberts of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland, and Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Brown presented the organization with a proclamation designating Feb. 3, Cultural Arts Day in the city and encouraging citizens and visitors to attend CAMIG’s “Cultural Carnivale.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Kevin O’Fee believes that the arts are an important element in the composition of a vibrant community. So he was indeed excited to discover a thriving art scene after moving to Marco Island last August from Providence, R.I., by way of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. “I’ve always been involved in the arts and when I came to Marco, I was really quite excited to find the (Marco Island) arts center here,” said O’Fee, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones investments on the island. “It’s really a quality of life issue. Having a thriving arts ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Change of Watch

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 recently held its 49th Change of Watch.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On January 16, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 held its 49th Change of Watch ceremony at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The time-honored Change of Watch ceremony is conducted annually before flotilla members, guests and dignitaries. In the ceremony, the continuity of the watch’s authority is restated. There is also a transfer of responsibility and authority from one individual, to another as part of the Change of Watch. PDCO Walter Jaskiewicz was master of ceremonies for the evening. The Sounding of the Bell was done by John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander. ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Dedicates Freedom Fountain Plaque

The Marco Island Woman’s Club,  joined by Lee Rubenstein (center), at the Freedom Fountain for the dedication ceremony. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Marco Island Woman’s Club has donated a plaque that now graces the base of the Freedom Fountain at the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park. A dedication ceremony for the plaque was held recently at the fountain, with the club’s officers and members in attendance, along with Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee. The plaque states that the club “honors all those who served and all those who sacrificed for our freedom.” It is the club’s second donation to the memorial. A bench bearing a plaque inscribed “Donated by Marco Island ... Read More »

MIA Girls Finish Season with a Bang

Olivia Watt (13) lines up a shot off a Teagan Havemeir (6) pass. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn Since a closely contested loss at First Baptist, 1-3, on December 3rd, the Lady Rays have rebounded to win three of five and tie the last regular season game with Gateway Charter. During that stretch the Rays beat Canterbury, Southwest Florida, and Seacrest. It was their 6-2 victory over Seacrest on January 6th however, which may prove to be a watershed breakout game for the MIA girls’ soccer program. Having split their prior two games with Seacrest, the Rays played a dispirited first half against Seacrest. One of the players likened their play to sleep walking. The ... Read More »

Sunshine Fiber Art Exhibit

Submitted Now through February 2016, the fabulous and colorful fiber art of Isle of Capri artist Joanna Sunshine will be both on exhibit and for sale. A percentage of her sales will go to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Marco Island Public Library works cooperatively with the Marco Island Center for the Arts to present art shows, such as this one, to the Marco Island community. More than 50 years ago Joanna acquired her first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junkyard. Since then there have been floor looms, table looms, back strap ... Read More »