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Havana to Tehran: When Does it End?

Men on street with bicycle cart - Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba. SUBMITTED photo

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Having traveled around the world for many years and negotiated many deals with various customers, distributors and some governmental organizations, I may claim to know something about what negotiations are all about. Negotiations are never “all or nothing.” There does not have to be one winner and one loser. While the goal of any negotiation is most certainly getting what you want, the fact is that the best deals are always a result of “give and take.” There is a definite technique involved in negotiations, and this is not a God-given talent or a result ... Read More »

Legal Services Sought

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council may be in the market for new legal services. After months of concern about the fees and quality of service being provided by GrayRobinson, P.A., city councilors voted 6-1 during a special workshop on Monday, Jan. 5, to open up the competition for city attorney. Councilor Larry Honig voted against the measure. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, councilors wanted to try to iron out the major issues it has had with principles of GrayRobinson and to see if the working relationship could move forward. Second, councilors also ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida’s History

Second Place: Pete Sottong’s acrylic on hand-carved wood block relief depicts oyster, clam and lightening whelk shells. They were among the bivalves and other marine life whose shells were used in the mounds constructed by the Calusa Indians, Marco’s Island’s original inhabitants.

By Don Manley Southwest Florida’s days as a frontier outpost is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Marco Island History Museum. Entitled “Painting SW Florida History,” the show depicts life in Collier County from the late 1800s to the 1920s. The artworks tell the stories of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family in 1902; W.T. Collier, who settled on Marco in 1870; and Barron Gift Collier, who bought large tracts of Lee County in the early 1920s. At the opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the winners of the show’s juried portion ... Read More »

Nature Calls at 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Keynote speaker Pete Frezza. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Call it Nature-palooza 2015. Next weekend — Jan. 16-18 — Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will join forces to host the 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival. In its 11th year, the three-day event is packed with some 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hotspots around Southwest Florida, as well as a number of lectures and workshops at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 16, with buy-one-get-one free $5 admission to Rookery Bay, along with ... Read More »

Susan Ackerson Takes Helm at MIAAOR

Susan Ackerson is serving a second time as president of the MIAAOR. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Susan Ackerson is stepping back into a familiar role as the president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2015. However, the picture for real estate is much brighter as compared to her tenure in 2010, when a recession, foreclosures, short sales and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico sent home prices plummeting. “I think this is going to be a fantastic year for real estate sales,” said Ackerson. “I have never seen so many people here as I do now. All segments of the market, condominiums, houses, lots and new construction, ... Read More »

Flea Market on Stage

Rockerfeller’s Attic was recon and research for Betsy Bennett.

Submitted “FleaBitten — Good Buys Gone Bad,” the one-act musical comedy playing at The Rose History Auditorium next weekend, is not just a figment of someone’s imagination. As research, co-author Betsy Bennett, took a double-wide stall at Flamingo Island in Bonita Springs and called it Rockefeller’s Attic. It offered stuff that had accumulated in her and her partner’s garages, in their parents’ storage facilities, “and, well, anything we could find that could be dusted off,” she recalls. But, selling the goods wasn’t the real reason for Rockefeller’s Attic; it was the flea market vendors who surrounded it, and the script ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

Scott Sherman at Cathedral Rock. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

Ladies of Marco Island, This is for You!

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Submitted That’s right, ladies. This is definitely for you! A sparkling new exercise program with lots of pizzazz is coming to Mackle Park just in time for season. This new program, Jukebox by Joanie, goes something like this. Low impact and fun! No jumping, just simple but sassy dance moves choreographed by Joanie Fuller, the creator and instructor. Joanie promises you a fun-filled 60 minutes of dance moves along with a little conditioning, balance and standing core work, and the best part id you will love the music! You won’t realize you are exercising; you will just be having a ... Read More »

Everglades City Gearing Up for Busy Season

Music and dancing at the main stage during the Everglades City Seafood Festival.

By Pat Newman Everglades City kicks off the New Year with a smorgasbord of events starting Friday, Jan., 9 with the showing of “Everglades Odyssey,” a self-filmed documentary of the 10,000 Islands between 1957 and 1960. The film features extraordinary scenery captured by Barbara Home Stewart, a photojournalist, and her husband, Orin Good Fogle, a naturalist, during their 30-month sojourn. The couple gave up all the creature comforts to camp out in a 12×14-foot hut with no electricity or running water to fulfill their dream of exploring the Everglades. They covered 3,500 miles in a 17-foot canoe over the course ... Read More »

Marco Writers Welcome SWFL Romance Writers of America

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By Connie Gaertner At the Jan. 14th meeting of the Marco Island Writers Inc., SWFL Romance Writers of America members, Karen Auturi and Sonja Gunter, will talk about romance writing and the differences and similarities it has to other genres. Meetings are held at the Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., on the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and meetings run from 6-8 pm. First time visitors are always free. Thanks to Susan Block of the Early Learning Coalition for attending our December meeting and promoting the Literacy Buddy Project. We encourage anyone ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

AMIkids Big Cypress has had much success already with its construction and skilled crafts programs. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

BMO Harris Adds 3 Employees

By Coastal Breeze News Staff BMO Harris Bank’s has added three new private bank professionals at its Marco Island branch. Joining the staff are wealth advisor Walter Schacht, personal banker Anthony DeLucia and mortgage banker Penny Armstrong. Schacht, a certified financial planner, advises high net worth individuals, families and organizations. He has a BBA from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Hodges University. He is active in a variety of community organizations, including serving on the board of the Friends of Foster Children SW Florida. He can be reached at Walter.Schacht@bmo.com or at 592-2442. DeLucia brings a ... Read More »

Jewish Deli Fest

In 2014, some 1,000 people visited JCMI’s Jewish Deli Fest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is back by popular demand. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will hold its annual Jewish Deli Fest Sunday, Jan. 25, 11:30 AM-4:00 PM, at 991 Winterberry Drive. Last year, more than 1,000 people delighted in the event, and it sold out. Members of the JCMI congregation have been cooking since Jan. 7, as they prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. This year’s Jewish Deli Fest will feature: Bernie’s Deli: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with ... Read More »

Center of the Arts to Host Outdoor Member Art Show

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its 2015 Member Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 AM-4 PM, on the grounds of the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The outdoor show will be imbued with a sense of “community,” as all participating artists are members of the Center, and many also have taught classes or provided individual instruction to local residents and visitors. Many of the artists will be creating new works at the show, and if a visitor sees something he or she likes, virtually everything on display will be for sale. All of ... Read More »

Minto Communities wins National Sales, Marketing Award

Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve  was recognized with National Sales and Marketing Council Silver Award. SUBMITTED photo

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category. For 35 years, The Nationals — National Sales and Marketing Awards — have paid tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements. ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The deadline for the completed application and two letters of recommendation must ... Read More »

Art, Conservation Discussion at MIHM

John Ruthven, center, with President and Mrs. Bush.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rose History Auditorium will become a classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when renowned artists John Agnew and John Ruthven speak about how they have used their art to shape conservation efforts throughout the United States and the world. The program is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos throughout the world where he designed exhibits, produced illustrations and painted murals and dioramas. He expanded his work beyond museum and zoos and began painting full time in 1983. Now, his paintings hang in collections around the ... Read More »

New Group to Hold Fundraiser for Y

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A small group of Marco Island residents are organizing a fundraiser to help the YMCA build a Youth Development Center for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Fritzi Holmes, one of the organizers, “the number of children under (the Y’s) care has grown, and the Marco Y is desperately in need of a larger more updated facility.” To make that dream come true, the group is holding “Dining for a Dream,” an elegant evening of dining and dancing, on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $150 per person. The evening will be divided into three sets: The ... Read More »

Two Buses for MICMS

Abounader is proud of the school’s A rating. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Tarik Ayasun In order to cut rising costs to its athletic transportation budget, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board of Directors last year authorized Board President Tarik Ayasun to purchase two 25-seat buses for transporting student athletes to and from away games. The purchase was completed, and the buses were refurbished with new seats, new seat belts, new tires and a complete inspection and repair of the engines were done by Gorman’s Auto Service or Marco Island. To raise funds for the operations of the buses without using school funds, the buses were wrapped with advertising of local ... Read More »