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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 »

Why We Do It


Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Self-deprecating humor is not in my DNA. I figure the rest of the world has enough opportunities to critique us that we don’t have to steal anyones’ negative thunder. That being said, I seldom miss the chance to laugh at myself when I do or say something foolish, and for that, there’s plenty of opportunity. Recently, I had a happenstance chat with Linda Chambers, an artist I greatly admire and a fellow instructor at Marco Island Center for the Arts. She commented on how stridently I market my work and myself. “I have to,” I ... Read More »

Victor Rios for City Council


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Victor Rios has thrown his hat into the ring, announcing that he is running for a Marco Island City Council seat in the Nov. 4 election. Rios was certified to run by City Hall on July 21 with 160 petitioner signatures. Candidates are required to provide at least 120 signatures, or 10 percent of the 12,400 registered voters currently living on Marco Island, in order to be certified to run. “I have attended 90 percent of the City Council meetings,” Rios explains. “I study all of the issues on the agenda. I already do 80 ... Read More »

CBN Wins Again!


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Once again, Coastal Breeze News has been recognized by its statewide industry peers for its in-depth reporting, historical storytelling, website design and all-round general excellence. CBN brought home five awards from the 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, which is hosted by the Florida Press Association. The contest is open to all Florida Press Association monthly, semi-monthly, weekly, semi-weekly and tri-weekly member newspaper. The awards ceremony was held during FPA’s 2014 Annual Convention at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami/Coral Gables, July 10-11. CBN’s five awards are solid examples of the combined team effort — publisher, editorial ... Read More »

‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

Tyler only uses two cameras. This camera for outdoor shots and another for underwater shots.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

Marco’s Real Estate Round-Up


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Real estate is the largest single industry in this area. It is the topic of conversation for hundreds of our neighbors, friends and family. Whether it be industry news, agent information, technology updates or new designations and awards, those involved in real estate want to know. Below is a compilation of real estate news items received by Coastal Breeze News: Marco Island Specialist Certification Jon Busch, Kathy Hunt, and Susan LaGrotta of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty have received the new Marco Island Specialist Certification from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). They ... Read More »

It’s only fair


ArtfuL Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] I have been judged and juried; I have judged and juried. Both roles are difficult. But, in the name of fairness, both are required of an artful life and, by my tally, a civilized life. I have juried multiple art exhibits and never is it easy, mostly because there is so much good work… How, after agonizing over 1st and 2nd place recipients, do you choose from the eight to 10 remaining contenders for 3rd place? Unlike jurors in a courtroom, jurors of art are invited; they are invited for their expertise and, oddly, their ... Read More »

FPA Awards Announced


By Natalie Strom [email protected] CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association. Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its labor with these latest honors from the FPA. The 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, hosted by the FPA, recently announced its random list of winners. The list can be found at Award placement will be announced in July at ... Read More »

Honoring the Top Tourism Employees in Collier


Submitted Collier County’s top tourism industry stars were honored at the 12th Annual Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards on Tuesday, May 6. The program is held each year during National Travel & Tourism Week to recognize the most outstanding tourism and hospitality employees in the region. Two hundred tourism industry leaders and employees attended the event at the New Hope Event Center in Naples. The awards program was followed by a Travel Rally to support the benefits that tourism brings to the Collier County community. Four Marco Island hospitality industry employees received top honors: • Rising Star: Ashley Brinker, Hilton ... Read More »

Bud Light Competitors Enjoy A Great Weekend of Sailing

Spinnaker Class sprints for the finish. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Jeff Johnson Sailing Association of Marco Island Light afternoon winds on Saturday and Sunday made for challenging racing in the annual Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) Bud Light Regatta, April 12-13. Boats of various categories and experience raced under mostly sunny skies enjoying a great weekend on the water. A total of three races were completed each day before mid-day swirling winds of less then 5 knots caused a suspension of the day’s races. As always, the starts were exciting to watch as the boats jockey for position at the start line. The top three places in each ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Celebrates

Breanna Anderson, Chris Sullivan and Bonnie Zaikov.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An awards ceremony for agents and employees at Re/Max Affinity Plus was held at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Rocky Farhat, co-broker/owner of Affinity Plus joined in the festivities. Honored guests Teri Blanco and Bryan Williamson came from the Re/Max corporate headquarters in Denver, CO, presented the awards. Rocky personally presented the 2013 Realtor of the Year award. “Bill, you’ve received this award twice in five years?” Bill Filbin humbly held up three fingers. “Bill won two times in the last three years.” Bill also won Realtor of the Year for the Marco Island Association ... Read More »

Naples Buckeyes Golf Tourney

Please join us for the Naples Buckeyes Golf Tournament to benefit the Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples on May 5, 2014. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Country Club of Naples in Naples, FL. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch buffet, a cocktail reception, dinner and an awards reception following the golf. For more information please visit; or contact Christopher Waleri at 239-513-6500 or [email protected] Read More »

Tyler MacDonald Featured at Festival of the Arts


Submitted This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts. Chief among the line-up of artistic talent is Marco’s own Tyler MacDonald. At just 18 years old, MacDonald already has won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is ... Read More »

11th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Regatta Championships

Radio-controlled Laser sailboats have gained in popularity. There are more than 6,000 Lasers in the US alone, and regatta’s like the one on Marco Island are held worldwide, even as far away as Durban, South Africa. SUBMITTED photo

The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is gearing up its 11th Annual Midwinter Regatta Championships. Set for Feb. 28-March 2, the event has grown in size and popularity over time. In fact, the Marco Island event has become one of the biggest and best Radio-controlled Laser Regattas in the nation. This year, the event will be hosted by the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department. Dave Brawner, president of the American Model Yachting Association, will be the principal Race official. The rules of the regatta follow the 2013 International Sailing Federation ... Read More »

Marco Island Triathlon


On September 29, endurance junkies readied themselves for the Marco Island Triathlon. The first leg included a quarter mile swim which was followed by a bike trek of 15 miles, finishing up with a three mile run. Hundreds of volunteers were spread around the island to help keep the racers on course and well hydrated. The first to the finish line, was the Diego Corredor from Fort Myers. His time was 1 hour, 7 minutes and 31 seconds. The race began and finished at the Marco Island Marriott. Overall awards went to the top five male and female finishers; top ... Read More »

Strideaway through Hideaway


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The local Kiwanis Club is bringing an international campaign to a whole new level. The effort, called The Eliminate Project, is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Kiwanis International joined forces with UNICEF to further this mission. Each year, the deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women. The project will reach women in some of the poorest countries around the world. To eliminate MNT, more than 100 million mothers and babies must be immunized. Not an easy task considering the financial requirements to get the ... Read More »

Congratulations Beach Stewards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The volunteer Beach Steward program, which began in 2012 under the guidance of Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie, has received quite an acknowledgment from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association. The objective of the Association, according to its website, “is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.” Keeping in mind physical, economic and social planning activities, the APA gives out awards every year based on these ideals. The 2013 APA Florida Project Awards granted Marco’s Beach ... Read More »

Five Reasons a Trust is Necessary


Ask The CFP® Darcie Guerin [email protected]   “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” Ben Stein   Question: Why should I consider having a trust document? Answer: Before the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 was approved, trusts were primarily used to minimize tax liabilities. The ATRA made “permanent” the lifetime exclusion for estate, gift, and generation skipping purposes permanent and set the limit at $5.25 million (inflation-adjusted). Since the tax planning aspect is no longer the driving force for trust document planning, here are five reasons why you ... Read More »

The Library and the Arts


By Karen Swanker The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist exhibits for two months. July and August 2013 will feature the work of Marco Island artist Rick Granneman. Before retiring and moving from Chicago to Marco in 2007, Rick and his wife, Billie, were involved in the R&D of new medicines like Humira, Depakote, Kaletra, Norvir, and Synthroid. Besides pursuit of their lifelong passion for the arts, they feel “blessed to enjoy the Gulf, Everglades, 10,000 ... Read More »

CBN Nabs 8 Awards in 2012


By Natalie Strom [email protected] The results are in, and Coastal Breeze News is a winner! After winning four national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in March, Coastal Breeze just received the announcement that it has won another four awards through the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. Newspapers of all sizes compete from across the state, hoping to wow their audiences with big wins. Coastal Breeze News is excited to share its latest round of awards with its loyal readers. The Coastal Breeze News website,, won the Overall Excellence Award. This award is even more ... Read More »