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Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta


Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program, which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Fine Fire Station Fare

Eddie (on the right, pouring his drink) eats with the other firefighters.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On my recent visit to the Marco Island Fire Station I met with firefighter Eddie Cabal so that he could teach me a thing or two about firehouse cooking. Eddie graciously agreed to share with me his chicken mojo recipe, served with beans and rice and crispy, fried plantains. Preparing dinner at the fire station can be somewhat chaotic. There are 12 mouths to feed, a constant coming and going of firefighters and staff and, of course, the threat of an incoming call that could disrupt cooking at any time. As we were about to begin ... Read More »

Art in the Glades


Submitted This annual event will take place Saturday, November 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM at McLeod Park, Everglades City. There will be food vendors and arts and crafts for sale, and live music for your entertainment. Stop by and join the fun! VENDORS: No charge, bring your own table and chairs! Call Marya for more information at 239-695-2905.   Read More »

Fall Athletes Honored on MIA Senior Night

Cheerleaders hold up a banner for their football players to crunch on Senior Night, pertaining to the last time the team was to play under the lights at

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com What started to be a nasty night, with high winds and rain, was still a memorable evening as the Marco Island Academy Senior Night at Winterberry Park on October 30. The game was nerve racking as MIA battled back to take the lead, but fell to Evangelical Christian School in the last 17 seconds, 30-26. At halftime, senior fall athletes on football, cheerleading, golf and swimming teams were honored.     Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

MIA Creative Writing Students Share Stories

Aidan Kahn, 12th grade, reads to TBE kindergartners. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 29, 2015, Marco Island Academy’s creative writing class took some time out to share Halloween stories with the kindergartners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Creative writing at Marco Island Academy (MIA) is an elective class taught by David Horn. The students range from 9th to 12th grade. Some of the writing assignments include different forms of poetry, a story from the perspective of an object and dialogues. Students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations while learning about the various forms of writing as a form of self-expression and communication. Keeping with the theme ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary: Service to Community

From left: Color guards Elizabeth Clark, Jennifer Vergara and Nathalie Martinez with Rotary President Debra Shanahan.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tuesday, November 3rd brought another bright and early weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to Bistro Soleil. “Member Obligations, Opportunities and Challenges” was the topic, presented by speaker Bob Thomas. Bob has been a Rotary Club member for about 55 years. In 2015 he was awarded Rotarian of the Year, the first club member to receive the honor twice. Bob explained the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.” ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Breakfast & Birds

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 7, Friends of Tigertail (FOT) held their semiannual “Breakfast & Birds” event. A group of about 20 birdwatchers, with binoculars and cameras in hand, combed Tigertail Beach in search of migratory birds. FOT Vice President Susan Kubat and former board member Fran Huxley led the event, sharing with participants their knowledge and love for the species. Fellow birders were able to mingle amongst others who share their passion, as well as learn about the birds that make Marco Island their winter home. The event was open to the public and FOT encourages anyone who’s ... Read More »

One Year for Squadron’s Tuskegee Painting

Marco Island Squadron completes first year of painting’s custodianship.

By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Cmdr., MI Senior Squadron, CAP This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The painting was donated to the Center for the Arts in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. However, since the Center is a gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis, there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project director Dave Rice ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... Read More »

Area Schools First Quarter Honor Roll


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District announced honor roll students for the first semester of the 2015/2016 school year. Below are the names of students in middle or high school that attend a reporting school, which is in the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to each student on a job well done!   Everglades City School: High School Honors Ashlyn Goff, Alanna Humphreys, Courtney Jim, Bryce Kish, Tawny Wood.   Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Brady Bowen, Brandy Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Alexis Hendrickson.   Lely High School: Highest Honor Roll Brandon Acosta, Juan Acosta, ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Golf Tournament

Curt Koon, John Dougherty, Vip Grover and Jacquie Koon

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday October 31, 2015 at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. With a shotgun start at 8:30 AM, the players swung away, with many successfully hitting balls from tee to fairway and even from fairway to green. Getting the ball in the hole proved a challenge for many, but everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch and a few good laughs at what proved to be a perfect day for golf. The tournament included 112 golfers playing for the education programs of Marco Island Center for the ... Read More »

Urologist Expands Marco Island Hours

Storey and staff, from left: Joanna Smith, Elizabeth Keller, Dr. Storey, Natalie Conde and Evangeline Perez.

By Roger LaLonde Urologist Dr. Barclay Storey is responding to patient needs by adding another day to treat patients on Marco Island. He also is offering same-day appointments and the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in an outpatient setting. Story has been seeing patients once a week on Marco Island for two years. He now will see patients on Tuesday, 8:15 to 11:15 AM and Friday, 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM in the NCH Medical Building at 40 Heathwood Drive. He will continue to see patients off island at his office behind the Physicians Regional Medical Center on ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Children’s Book Raises Funds for Burrowing Owls


Submitted Marco Island resident Roseanne Pawelec is launching a new children’s book, “Ollie Finds a New Home,” and donating $1 from every copy sold to a fund which helps protect Marco Island’s burrowing owls. The book takes children on a journey with Ollie, a burrowing owl on the island, as he and his family search for a new underground home. The book addresses the trauma of moving for young children and positive life lessons about change. “In writing the book I became inspired by the burrowing owl communities near my home in the Tigertail Beach area,” Pawelec explained. “I feel ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors


By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Santa’s Coming to Town!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are 
coming to the Shops of Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff After months of hard work fundraising, the Christmas Island Style organization once again will bring free holiday events to Marco for all islanders to enjoy. On Friday, November 27 at 6 PM at the Shops of Marco, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be paying a visit. They will arrive by fire truck and be greeting local children, both naughty and nice. Saturday, November 28 at 6 PM brings the annual tree lighting and community celebration at Veterans Community Park. The family-friendly event will be full of activity, including live music and dance performances by youngsters. ... Read More »

MIAAOR’s First Annual Economic Summit


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors organized and held their First Annual Economic Summit at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Laurie Kasperbauer of the MIAAOR Development Committee introduced the panel of four presenters, who shared their views and expertise with the audience. Panel member Dr. Christopher Westley is the Director of Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics, FGCU. Next up was Jack Wert, the Executive Director of Collier County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cindy Carroll, SRA, Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants was also a part of ... Read More »