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“Your Holiday Home” November 12

Marco Island Florist will provide demonstrations of holiday design themes  at “Your Holiday Home” event. Learn how to creatively decorate your tree. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the event “Your Holiday Home” on November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in multiple galleries. “Your Holiday Home” is proudly sponsored by Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, Marco Island Florist and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Marco Island Florist will have three design kiosks with several designers at tables providing “how-to” demonstrations of new holiday design themes. Designs range from wreaths and swags to small trees. Calusa Garden Club will join. Attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge on how they can decorate their homes ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

Center for the Arts to Present “The Art of Fashion”

Becky MacKenzie models a wedding gown. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it is hosting “The Art of Fashion” on October 26, 2015. The Art of Fashion is a fashion show and special art exhibition with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and, in the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “This will be one special event!” The show will feature artwork and fashion from participants in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathways Program for adults with disabilities. The evening will showcase models that designed their runway ensembles completely from Goodwill ... Read More »

Marco Island Center For The Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit

Jennifer Semro

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced its October exhibit in the main gallery will be a photography art show with the Digital Photography Club of Naples. For the second year, photographers will display their beautiful images at the Center for the Arts. “These photographs are truly breathtaking,” said Hyla Crane, the Center for the Art’s executive director. It includes subjects as diverse as wildlife, street corners and landscape. “One can almost get lost in each picture,” concluded Crane. The photography exhibit will be on display beginning October 5 and closing October 28, 2015. As with all ... Read More »

1st Annual Marco Island Economic Summit


Submitted Curious about Marco Island’s real estate trends? Come hear the latest from the experts. The 1st Annual Marco Island Economic Summit, hosted by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® (MIAAOR), will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Attendees will hear the latest Marco Island real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest Florida. MIAAOR President-elect Dick Shanahan spoke to us about the timeliness of this first-ever Marco Island Economic Summit, and the educational benefits it brings to the public. ... 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 »

FSBDC and IBERIABANK Host Fourth Seminar Focused on Funding Your Business and Your Retirement

 IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation and the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University will host the fourth seminar in a five-part series aimed at helping small business owners. This presentation will focus on funding your business and your retirement. Attendees will learn about capital sources and the steps involved in completing a business loan application. The seminar will then shift gears to talk about exit strategies for your business and how they may relate to your retirement planning. According to a study published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 36% of small business owners ... 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 »

Minozzi’s Volunteer Journey Takes Her to Noontime Rotary Presidency

Lynne Minozzi, incoming president of the Noontime Rotary Club  of Marco Island, is joined by recipients of the organizations college scholarships. From left, rear: Johann Charelus, Livia Lenhoff, Vanessa Grisco, Julie Kuper Kevin Lopez, Paula Pierrelus and to Minozzi’s right, Monica Lera. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Lynne Minozzi has been involved in volunteering in the community in some form or fashion since she and her late husband Mike moved to Marco Island in 1993. A sampling of her community service on the island, includes heavy involvement in activities at San Marco Catholic Church, volunteering at the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, and serving as a caseworker for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and as treasurer for Pro-Life San Marco. Minozzi is also a past president of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, the Marco Island Alumni Club ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Peggy Reiss, Commander


Letter to the Editor Naples Daily News, MI Eagle, Sun Times, Coastal Breeze One of the most wonderful things about living in our island paradise is the tremendous level of community involvement here on Marco Island. That was truly on display at the recent WEAR IT! event sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. I am deeply appreciative of all of the civic and social groups that turned out to spread the word that lives can be saved if boaters will simply wear their life jackets. Thank you to the City of Marco Island, its Police and Fire ... Read More »

MIFA Awards Scholarships and Artist of the Year

From left – Karen Swanker, 
Carolyn Burger, Tara O’Neill, Sandi Johnson, Allie Ellis. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad   It was a great Saturday luncheon on May 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, as the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts introduced their 2015 scholarship winners and presented their Artist of the Year. The scholarship winners were Joseph Byrne (Theater, Vocal Performance, Writing), Livia Lenhoff (Motion Design, Illustration), Tyler MacDonald (Business, Photography, Art) and Theodor Schimek (Illustration). Tyler was unable to attend due to a photography show in Hilton Head, SC. His mother, Priscilla, was on hand to accept in his stead. Attendees got a chance to view their works during the initial meet and ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

Tom Coffey showing Vanda. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »



Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop


Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
branch manager.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Means Business

Peggy, Ted, Bill AND Andrea at the 2015 Expo.

Submitted Members of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron want the community to know more about the many educational and social opportunities available through this organization for interested boaters and to those who may wish to become boaters some day. To spread the word, the Power Squadron recently joined the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and participated in the 2015 Business Expo held on April 6th at the Marriott Beach Resort. Attendees at the Business Expo had information available regarding the many boating classes sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, including the popular America’s Boating ... Read More »

Naples Children & Education Foundation presents Conservancy with $80,000 grant

The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs. Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have ... Read More »

Authorfest 2015

Kathleen Eichman and her coloring book entitled “Trouble’s Travels,” based on the escapades of “Trouble,” the African Gray Parrot perched over her shoulder.

By Don Manley Sue Strachman’s Marco Island vacation included a discovery that warmed the bibliophile’s heart. The find that brought a smile to her face was the third annual Marco Island Writers Authorfest 2015, held recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Authorfest featured 36 local authors promoting and selling their books, as well as readings and discussions by 16 of the authors. Strachman was part of a well-attended gathering, highlighted by spirited conversation as attendees rambled from one display laden author table to the next, sipping wine and snacking on cheese. A resident of Silver Spring, Md., ... Read More »

An Afternoon Around the World Benefits Local Students

O’Hara Leiner enjoys a treat from the African table of delights.

Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Food, music, drink and art from all corners of the globe were brought together to raise money for the Island Montessori Academy (IMA). “We decided to forego our usual gala celebrations in favor of a more family-friendly event,” said Lisa Nguyen, founder of IMA. “We got together and came up with a fun event that would allow all age groups to enjoy and participate in.” The event was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Upon entering, everyone is given a passport with information about all the food and drink available representing continents from around the world. ... Read More »