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Historic Site #2 Naples Historical Society’s Palm Cottage

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Historic Palm Cottage is Naples’ oldest house (1895) and is listed as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. Docent guided tours of the house-turned museum are offered year round. The Cottage is the educational headquarters for all Naples Historical Society programs and initiatives, including the Cottage Theater, where visitors can view pioneer oral history films, and the Archival Viewing Center, which allows visitors to peruse the Society’s vast archives with state-of-the-art digital systems. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, ... Read More »

Networking, Food and Fun at the Chamber’s July After Five

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, Nikkie Sardelli. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano hosted the Chamber’s After Five networking event on July 15, which attracted 95 attendees, a great summer turnout. A few new faces were seen along with the familiar ones. This was Nikkie Sardelli’s first After Five event. Nikkie is the newest addition to the Marco Island American Cancer Society, filling the position of Coordinator- Division Office and Event Support. She thought the After Five event was “wonderful” and a “great way to meet everyone in the community.” Owners Juan and Marisol Cortazar and Arturo Perez outdid themselves. The food was plentiful and ... Read More »

The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island

Lynne Minozzi, president of the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, is encircled by fellow members of the incoming board of directors and club officers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Cyndi Doragh emphasized the power of one during her visit to the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. “One small person can make a difference, but that one small person needs others to join them,” said Doragh, governor of Rotary International District 6960, which includes Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, Glades, Sarasota, Desoto and Manatee Counties. She praised the club for its charitable work both locally and internationally, and urged its members to continue using their time and talents to better the world. Doragh attended the Noontime Rotary’s July 16 meeting to formally install the club’s slate of ... Read More »

Rotary International District Governor Visits Marco Island

Cyndi Doragh was the special guest at a recent Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island meeting.

Cyndi Doragh, governor of Rotary International District 6960, recently visited both of Marco Island’s Rotary Clubs to discuss the organization’s 2015-2016 initiatives, and to encourage the members to continue their efforts to both improve the lives of people in need and to better the communities the clubs serve. Stories on Doragh’s visits to the clubs can be found below. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise By Bill Morris Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise Recently Hosted District Governor Cyndi Doragh. Doragh follows her husband, Pete Doragh, as district governor for District 6960 of Rotary International. District 6960 includes Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Inventory Down, Prices Up

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By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, comparing the first half of 2015 (January – June) to the first half of 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total dollars volume sold of the Marco Island real estate market increased 5.75% from $246,628,214 (2014) to $260,815,478 (2015). New single family listings coming on the market in the first half of 2015 vs. the first half of 2014 increased by a slight 2.26% (136 v. 133). However, total active single family homes on the market decreased 13.40% (265 ... Read More »

New Laser Lipo Treatment Available at Island Diet Center

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By Coastal Breeze Staff Many of us are on a quest to lose weight, and new diets and treatments pop up all the time. As of 2012, the annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry was $20 billion, which included diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. “100 Million Dieters, 20 Billion Weight Loss Industry,” ABC News, May 12, 2012, abcnews.go.com. When we heard that the Island Diet Center was offering a new treatment called “Laser Lipo,” we sat down with Dr. Joseph Lang to get the details. So how does it work? Laser applied to the surface dissolves fat ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

MIA Student Goes to Washington

Student Gianna Rose, who received a perfect score on her biology  EOC exam, enjoys STEM based classes at MIA. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze Staff Gianna Rose has just completed her freshman year at Marco Island Academy. She has already made quite a splash. Gianna was attracted to MIA because of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based courses available there. She has found that in a small high school like MIA, she is not pushed aside. She receives guidance and help from her teachers when she needs it. As Gianna puts it “I get to learn and have fun at the same time.” Gianna got a perfect score in the end of course (EOC) biology exam and was motivated by ... Read More »

Livvy Gets Some Wheels!

The Watt family poses in front of Livvy’s new car. From left - Jim, Jonathan, Jane, Jacob, Olivia, Payton, Mary Lou and John Watt.

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt is known to many of us on the island as the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy on San Marco Road. She is likely to be sighted anywhere on the island. She attends unending meetings with supporters of MIA and has managed to author a book that was endorsed by Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee called “Fighting for Kids” about how MIA came to be. Jane is ubiquitous and peripatetic. These adjectives must have been invented for her. Jane’s husband, Jim Watt, is the volunteer coach of the MIA girls’ soccer team. He coaches ... Read More »

Dining Diary – Gino’s Trattoria

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By Ms. Vittles This week’s adventure takes us to Gino’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria nestled in the Royal Palm Mall at North Collier & Bald Eagle. I really like the open-air courtyard setting that greets you. Joining us this evening were a couple friends (code name Olivia and Hudson). We requested a table off in the corner and they sat us in a small room toward the back. It would make a great place for groups that would like a more intimate area for their occasion. The atmosphere at Gino’s is very casual, yet with an upscale feel. There ... Read More »

Kathy Kurtz – Inspiring Through Fitness

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trains Wendy Bullock at the YMCA. BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff On any given day you may run into Kathy Kurtz somewhere on Marco Island, enthusiastically training a client or teaching a group fitness class at the YMCA. Kathy, who lives on Isles of Capri, is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, training and teaching clients and students and of all ages and fitness levels. Kathy’s love for fitness began early. As a child in Watsontown, PA, she created her own aerobic workouts in her bedroom. By the time she was a teenager, she begun working out at the gym with her brothers. As a ... Read More »

“Hot Summer Nights” Lures Both Young and Old to Mackle Park

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By Don Manley Alejandro Ruiz-Vallejo would not be denied when it came to summiting the rock-climbing wall erected on Mackle Park’s lawn. The sure-footed 9 year old was slow, but steady in his technique, carefully moved upward, making sure each foot-and-hand-hold was secure, as onlookers oohed, awed and shouted encouragement. Upon reaching the top, Alejandro, protected by a harness and safety ropes, was lowered to the ground by deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, which brought the climbing wall and other attractions to Mackle as part of the agency’s annual Hot Summer Nights festivals. Also known as Summer Fest, ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

Healthy Plus Lecture on Joint Replacement

Submitted Is joint pain holding you back? Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs will provide a guide to available treatments, from conservative therapies to direct anterior hip replacement and patient specific knee replacement. The presentation is hosted by IBERIABANK’s Marco Island branch, as part of the bank’s Health Plus lecture series. Dr. Biggs is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples. He completed his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before entering private practice. He serves as a national knee and hip replacement instructor and an advisor on replacement technology development. Dr. Briggs’ presentation ... Read More »

Attorney Launches Web Site as Community Resource

By Coastal Breeze Staff Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ new web site, which was designed to provide reliable legal information to the community. The www.patrickneale.com web site features links to trusted resources that include government, Florida Bar, non-profit organizations, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as a blog on timely topics. According to Attorney Neale, “There is a lot of misleading information on the internet about legal issues. We have compiled links to internet resources that we know to be reliable so that people can make informed decisions.” Patrick Neale & Associates, ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Souper Bowl Marco 2016!

Desiree Buhelos helps volunteers paint bowls for the upcoming Souper Bowl Marco 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff While many folks were sleeping on Saturday morning, July 11, volunteers filled the Mackle Park Teen Center, painting bowls for the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016. The fundraising event is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Leadership Marco scholarship fund. Hand painted ceramic bowls are sold to event attendees, who can then sample a variety of delicious soups prepared by local restaurants and chefs. Over $20,000 was awarded to Marco Island high school students last year. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jada Shigley and Desiree Buhelos. They are preparing ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015

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By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

Lights Out and Watch Your Step on the Beach!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s nesting time in the Marco area, but don’t look up. These nests are under the white sands of our beaches and belong to Caretta caretta, fondly known as our Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Last issue, Coastal Breeze reported on the record-setting 101st nest. Now we have come to learn there are 114 nests. The previous record was 93 a few years ago. While this type of achievement merits some type of award, most sea turtles don’t have a mantle upon which to display a trophy. But we do have a couple people that deserve our most ... Read More »

Marco Karate School Brings Home the Gold

The Shima Dojo Karate School team at the 2015  AAU Karate National Championships. Front (L-R) are Ben Warnike, Logan Terreri, and Chase and Kirra Polley. Rear are Bryant Martinez, Connie Rausch and Sensei Nick Lemke. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Shima Dojo Karate School made a strong showing at the 2014 American Athletic Union Karate National Championships by capturing three gold medals. But this year, the small karate school, based at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, truly made its presence felt on a big stage by coming away with 10 gold medals in three categories at the AAU championships in just its second year of competing at the tourney. Marco residents Logan Terreri, Chase and Kirra Polley, Bryant Martinez, Ben Warnike and Connie Rausch all earned gold medals for the dojo, the Japanese term for a ... Read More »

Local Couple Visits Cuba

Classic American automobiles are a common sight in Havana.

By Coastal Breeze Staff The door to American travel to Cuba is opening wider, and locals Lana and Roger Withers are among the lucky few to walk through. The Withers took part in an educational “people to people” tour through Friendly Planet Travel, called the “Understand Photography Havana Tour.” Lana grew up in Florida. She vividly recalls the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the air raid drills experienced as a child in elementary school. Lana always had a curiosity about Cuba, and when her husband Roger’s 70th birthday approached it presented the perfect opportunity for the trip. Lana’s ... Read More »