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2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

Bruce Graev, President of the Noontime Rotary Club presents George Abounader & Cindy Love-Abounader with the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award, while fellow club members look on. Left to right: Rachel DeHanas, George & Cindy Abounader, Bruce Graev (holding the certificate), Kathy & Ian Small in the foreground.

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Shows Beauty from the Beaches

The three day show saw about 2,000 visitors enjoy the exhibits and crafts.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Once again, the work of the Marco Island Shell Club was put on display March 12-14 for all to experience. And what a show it was. For 35 years, the MI Shell Club has been on a mission; to promote the study, conservation, history, and science of seashells and mollusks, and to encourage shell-related interests, such as shell collecting, crafting and shell art. The Shell Show saw about 2,000 visitors come through the doors at the United Church of Marco, which also serves as headquarters for their workshops and other endeavors. Greeters gave a quick overview ... Read More »

Keller Williams Double Play – A Grand Opening and a Grand Slam

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On March 11, Keller Williams Realty celebrated the grand opening of their new office facilities on Marco Island. On March 12, they held an awards banquet for achieving first place from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2014. It was their fourth win in a row – a grand slam. It was a busy two days. Grand Opening What was once nine individual office suites, is now one cohesive 8,000 square foot facility at 830 Bald Eagle Drive. “We wanted to create a place that would reflect our values of teamwork, education and agent-centered ... Read More »

MIA, Lely Players Earn Player of Week Honors

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report. Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees. “I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in ... Read More »

Tammi Vance Earns Membership in Prestigious Million Dollar Guild®

Tammi Vance of RE/MAX Affinity Plus has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within Marco Island and the surrounding communities. “Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore. “Whether you’re buying or selling a multi-million dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® members to have the ... Read More »

Rainbow of Fashions

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The San Marco Catholic Church held its “Rainbow of Fashions” Jan. 28. The Parish Hall was full to the brim with almost 300 ladies of all faiths in attendance. This is truly an “event” of the season with many of the ladies themselves dressed fashionably and ready for fun. You can be sure an annual event has been happening for many years when no one can recall just how long. That was cleared up quickly when the fashion presenters were greeted and Kay from Kay’s on the Beach, who mentioned they would be celebrating their ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; indeed it qualifies more as an anti-war movie, much as the first 15 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” The story follows Kyle, superbly played by Bradley Cooper, as he transitions from a laid back Texas guy to a husband, father, ... Read More »

Commodore’s Ball

Pinning the boutonniere on incoming Commodore Dick Irwin. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The 13th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony held recently at the Marco Island Yacht Club was a show of class and nautical tradition. The event recognized past and present members of the Bridge, (club officers) and those who have contributed their time and talent to the club over the past 12 months. Dick Irwin was sworn in as Commodore for 2015, promising to uphold the club’s mission statement to “Provide an outstanding boating, social and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.” He replaces Commodore Robert DeFeo who ceremoniously lowered his ... 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 »

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire coached Freshman volleyball. Coach Haire recognized Savannah Jones with a Just Got Served award, Yesenio Castillo as Body Sacrificer award, Lauren Bulka and Andrea Castillo with Freshman Athletic awards. Mike Cain coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team. He awarded Payge ... Read More »

Lely Golf Team Honored

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Golf Team were included in the awards night banquet. Several recognitions were awarded: Hunter O’Neil and Becca Gates were recognized for being named to the All-Conference and both made it to the Regional golf finals. The coach named Hunter as the team’s Most Valuable Player and he presented Nicholas Gross with the Team Spirit award. For the girl’s team, Becca Gates earned Most Valuable Player. Yanish Meester was named the Most Improved Player, and the Coach presented the Coaches’ Award to Itze Gomez.   Read More »

Sailing Away on Marco Island

Some of the participants in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta ply the waters behind the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. PHOTOS BY DON MANELY

By Don Manley Emily Wertman received a surprise when she decided to stroll the sands alongside the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa before checking out on a recent Sunday morning. The Aventura resident was greeted by the sights and sounds of a colorful aquatic competition, the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, held Nov. 15-16. Before Wertman were boats racing through the Gulf of Mexico’s waters, propelled by brightly hued sails as they navigated a triangular, three-mile course marked off by red inflated buoys between the Marriott and the Caxambas marina. “I walked this way ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the 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 MICSC began 12 years ago ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »