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Lely Senior Night

Lely High School senior football players and cheerleaders will be honored before Lely’s home game against Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug.28) Here are those that will be introduced before the game begins.  Katie Schiller (captain) Escorted by: Her dad Richard Schiller & mom Susan Schiller Activities: Varsity member of cheerleading, cross country, soccer and track since freshman year Thank/College: Thank her parents for being persistent motivators, her sisters & brother, her friends and all of the coaches and teachers she has met in her past four years at lely high school. Plans on attending Florida State University to ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Island Life Comes to Marco

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By Don Manley The allure of Marco Island’s upscale, subtropical, waterfront lifestyle will once again be on display for a national audience thanks to HGTV. “Island Life,” the cable network’s new show that depicts the experiences of families moving to their island dream home, has filmed two episodes on Marco this month. The show follows the families during their realtor-assisted search for a home that fits into their budget, whether it be something ultra-affordable or the sky’s the limit. The show also shines a light on each island’s natural wonders, dining, shopping and other amenities. “I think “Island Life” really ... Read More »

Community Center Unveiled

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The building design for the new Mackle Park Community Center was unveiled at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) meeting Tuesday, August 18th. The total square footage of the center, including covered areas, is 12,054. The overall consensus of the committee was positive. The committee, in a motion by Dr. Carlos Portu, agreed to review the plans in more detail during a workshop to be held on September 1st at 3:00 PM. The architect, Victor Latavish, AIA, who also designed the Fiala Community Center in East Naples, will be present. The plans include an ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »

Marco Teen Ariana Garousi Travels to Tanzania

On safari in the Ngorongoro crater; in the background are zebras and wildebeest. PHOTO BY KELSEY HUEBNER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most teens, and adults for that matter, have a hard time being without their cell phones, internet and other technology- even for a short period of time. But this summer 17-year-old Ariana Garousi stepped away not only from technology, but virtually every other creature comfort in order to explore the world while serving others. From June 30 to July 23, Ariana travelled with a group called Rustic Pathways to Tanzania, Africa. A total of 11 teens from all over the world joined her on the trip. For the first week, the teens climbed Mount Kilimanjaro ... Read More »

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Burson!

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SUBMITTED Wanda Day and Gene Burson would like to announce their marriage. They were married at Naples City Hall on August 7, 2015. Dick and Debra Shanahan were their best man and matron of honor. After the ceremony the couples celebrated with friends at Vergina Restaurant in Naples, and then went on to the Bistro Soleil on Marco Island for dinner and more celebrating. The Bursons will continue to reside on Marco Island. Read More »

Historic Site #4: Tin City 1200 Fifth Avenue South

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Around the time that Naples was founded in 1886, the waterfront area was attracting wealthy tourists and investors. In the 1920’s economic activity was centered around the tin-roofed buildings, as this part of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction and maintenance. In the 1970’s seven of Tin City’s old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace” with a mixture of shops and restaurants. Today, Tin City holds its historic old Florida charm and is home to over 30 unique shops, waterfront restaurants ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Alex Galiana

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island is a great community. This is the first in a series which profiles some of the City employees that make it that way. Meet Alex Galiana. Alex works for the Parks and Recreation Department as the Administrative and Facilities Manager. He is tasked with overseeing all the duties and facilities that go into the recreation activities of the Parks and Recreation department. “I wear many hats in my position,” explains Alex. “On the administrative side, I prepare the budgets, three of them, for the recreation departments. All the administrative and financial responsibilities fall in ... Read More »

Tarik Ayasun Speaks at JCMI Deli Night

Four JCMI chefs (from left) Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday, August 14, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its doors for a Deli Night featuring speaker Tarik Ayasun. Prior to Shabbat services and Tarik’s speech, sixty guests noshed and kibitzed in the social hall. Guests enjoyed the feast of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye, with all the traditional accompaniments you would find at a real New York City deli. JCMI chefs Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz prepared for the event for two days. They showed their culinary skills with fresh homemade coleslaw, potato salad and pasta ... Read More »

Seafood (BBQ + Music) / FRESH = Saltwater Blues

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By Don Manley & Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a simple equation and you don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate it. Gulf seafood – awesome, smoked BBQ and fun music all come together at Saltwater Blues on 951 just south of the I-75 interchange. (Yes, yes, we all know it’s where Cracklin’ Jacks used to be). Chef Mark Shores, a Lely High School graduate, opened Saltwater Blues in June of this year. He and his wife, Anne, had a couple M&M Down Home Diners in Collier County 14-15 years ago, but closed them. “My wife, last year, said, ‘Why ... Read More »

La Scarpa Moves to Heritage Square

Shoppers will find Nicole Miller dresses and the perfect accessories at La Scarpa.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff La Scarpa has moved to Heritage Square, a perfect location to enjoy a day at the salon and spa, shop with friends, sip coffee at the new Starbucks and lunch at the popular Philly Grill. But make sure to leave enough time to explore the racks at La Scarpa. La Scarpa has been a Marco Island favorite since 1985, when owner Jeanine Pastore’s parents opened the store. They took frequent trips to Italy, often accompanied by Jeanine or her sisters, to find the finest goods for their customers. After her parents retired in 2007, Jeanine ... Read More »

Inventory Down, Volume Sold Up

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare July 2015 to July 2014. While inventory decreased 12.62% from a year ago for all property types, volume sold jumped from $44,762,374 in July 2014 to $51,842,400 in July 2015, a 15.82% increase according to Susan Ackerson, president. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in July 2015 v. July 2014 decreased a slight 2.22% (44 v. 45). However, the total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 10.54% (263 v. 294). ... Read More »

Chamber Announces FIRST “Chamber Champion” Rick’s Island Salon & Day Spa

The Popoff family poses with their Chamber Champion award, joined by Dick Shanahan, far left and Nancy Carrington, far right. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Lisa and Rick Popoff are the perfect example of a Chamber Champion. With head to toe services as their business, Rick’s Island Salon and Day Spa has been providing outstanding service since 1992, and has been a selfless contributor to the Marco Island community since the day they opened their doors. As a past president of the Chamber and current Board Member, Rick knows the importance of giving back to the community. During the month of August, Rick and his staff have provided teachers and students with free haircuts for the past six years to prepare for back to ... Read More »

First Day of School for TB’s New Principal

By Don Manley Monday was a first day of school, of sorts, for Kathleen “Karey” Stewart. She is the new principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School, replacing Jory Westberry, who retired in June after leading the school for 14 years. Stewart has been a school administrator in the Collier County district for 15 years, most recently serving as principal at Pine Crest Elementary School in Immokalee for four years. Prior to that, she was principal at Lely Elementary for six years. Stewart also has 23 years of classroom experience – 15 as an elementary level music teacher, and eight years ... Read More »

Holiday Services at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

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Submitted Guest Rabbi John H. Spitzer, Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, and Dr. Ron Doiron will lead the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island in song and prayer during this High Holy Day season. Rosh Hashanah services begin Sunday evening, September 13, 2015 at 8 PM and resume Monday morning, September 14, 2015 at 10 AM.  Tuesday morning, September 15, 2015 there will be a Tashlich service for those gathering at 10:30 AM at JCMI and proceeding to designated beach area for this ritual. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM, there will be a Pre Kol Nidre dinner at DaVinci’s Restaurant, Marco ... Read More »

Historic Site #3 Mercantile Building 1117 Third Street South

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Naples’ first commercial building was constructed in 1919. The Naples Mercantile Building served as the first commissary offering food and general merchandise for the Naples area. This two-story wood frame structure, covered with stucco, now operates as a restaurant. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: A Good Kind of Summer School

from left) Dianna Shearer – Independent Brokers Realty, Cathy Price McConville – Physician’s Regional Marco Island, Tracey Petricca – Coldwell Banker, Elisabeth Novakovich – Naples Daily News, Laura Schneider – Iberiabank.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together. Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment. Leadership Class of ... Read More »