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YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Rear Commodore Carol Bryant with friends, Karen and Ed Booth, past commodore. The Booths talked Bryant into joining the club.

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Cruise Club rode the waves when it celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary on January 14 at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Change of Watch highlighted the evening. Members of the Bridge include new Commodore Tom Dines, outgoing Commodore Neil Blaaboer, Vice Commodore Lynn Stiles, Rear Commodore Carol Bryant, Treasurer Betty Thatcher and Secretary Palma Klein. Past Commodore Bill Berry recalled his days as just the second commodore of the club. The first commodore was the late Harry Shook. “In those days it was a small group of around ten boats,” he recalled. “Boats then ... Read More »



The Board of Directors of Standing Watch has been of the opinion that the Manatee should have been removed from the Endangered Species list since the year 2000. As populations in all areas of Florida have steadily risen since such records have been kept, the species has expanded well beyond their purported historical range. As animals are now found up the eastern seaboard to Virginia, and across the Gulf Coast to Texas, thermal pollution outfalls are encouraging manatees to venture into areas where they have previously never been. With numbers growing into the thousands at some individual sites in Florida, ... Read More »



Submitted Many of us remember the special times we had playing youth sports. Whether it was scoring your first goal, winning a team championship or the coach who encouraged you to push harder, sports have a way of creating defining moments in life. It is in that spirit that the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be hosting its inaugural “For the Love of the Game” winter soiree benefit. The event will be held on February 6th at the Marco Island Marriott’s Rookery at Marco Golf Club. “We have a commitment to our children to give them the best ... Read More »

Gema Pearl at Rose Auditorium Friday, January 22nd


Friday January 22nd, 2016 will be a very special night at the Rose Auditorium • Marco Island Historical Museum when GRAMMY nominated recording artist GEMA PEARL will be performing a concert to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Florida. Marco Island resident, Gema Pearl was forced to cancel her “Red Blooded American Girl” tour last year when she was diagnosed with the disease. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. Of the 1.5 million Americans that have Lupus, 90% are women. Awareness, early diagnosis and various treatments are key to managing it’s effects. The “Red Blooded American ... Read More »

Fire Rescue Joins Rotary KOPS Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise has expanded its Kindness on Patrol Service (KOPS) program to include the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and members of the Collier County EMS, while on assignment to Marco Island. Originally, Rotary’s KOPS program partnered solely with the Marco Island Police Department. Including fire rescue and EMS personnel will expand the opportunities to help the Marco Island community. The KOPS program was initiated to reimburse Marco Island police officers, community service officers, reserve officers and auxiliary when they make a purchase to meet an immediate need of a Marco Islander. The only ... Read More »

Avoiding the Traps


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. ~ John Steinbeck   Question: Eager to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’m wondering what separates successful investors from those who obtain mediocre or poor results? Answer: As the John Steinbeck quote above implies, we tend to be our own worst enemies. It’s safe to say that the classic emotional and psychological traps fall into five categories. These pitfalls, left unchecked, can sabotage otherwise sound financial planning. Trap 1: Overconfidence We trust ourselves, and ... Read More »

Putting For Eagles

Submitted A “Kids Putting Contest and Family Event” is being hosted by the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The event will run from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Marco Golf & Gardens located at 971 Winterberry Drive. A ticket includes 18 holes of putt-putt, hotdog, chips, beverage, t-shirts for kids 12 and under (while supplies last), face painting and DJ. Contest prizes will be awarded to winners in age groups 4-7, 8-9 and 10-12. A great family event with the ticket price of $25 admitting one adult and up to three children, 12 and ... Read More »

Let the Games Begin!

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee’s first fundraising event of 2016 begins on January 30 with tennis at Hideaway. Courts + Course Conquering Cancer will take place on Saturday, January 30. A full day of activity will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and includes a morning clinic with an area pro and a buffet lunch at the sports center. Also, you can compete in or watch the ProAm competition, and enjoy an all-pro exhibition match. Even if you don’t play tennis, just come out to be a spectator and support the cause. Sunday, January 31 brings Goofy Golf ... Read More »

MIPD to Use Mobile Shooting Range


Submitted The Marco Island Police Department is pleased to announce they will be the first department in the Southeastern United States to secure the use of a mobile shooting range. This range will allow the Marco Island Police Department to conduct use of force training that is mandated by the State of Florida to ensure that officers maintain the highest level of preparedness, with the most up-to-date training available. More importantly, the training will be onsite, which allows the police department to train officers while on duty and still be available to respond to calls for service. Currently the Marco ... Read More »

Your Holiday Home

Calusa Garden Club members at Your Holiday Home event.

Submitted On November 12, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Calusa Garden Club and Marco Island Florist co-hosted “Your Holiday Home,” an evening event that featured three kiosks where designers provided “how to” demonstrations of holiday decorating and designs. Over 50 attendees enjoyed wine and appetizers as they moved around the gallery from kiosk to kiosk, learning the tips and techniques of new holiday design themes. Two lucky winners won door prizes of a family membership to the Marco Island Center for the Arts and a floral design from Marco Island Florist. The club’s next community event will be ... Read More »

Festival of Trees Winter Wonderland


SUBMITTED The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the Second Annual Festival of Trees, December 1 through 3, 2015. Islander Dave Rice will chair the event, which will kick off from 10 AM-12 PM on December 1. During the Festival of Trees, the Center for the Art’s main galleries will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, featuring a unique variety of decorated trees. The display will be open for public viewing December 2nd and 3rd from noon until 7 PM. Bring your children and grandchildren to the festival’s Family Night on December 2 from 5-7 PM. Family ... Read More »

Nominate a Family in Need

Submitted Starting with its 30th anniversary two years ago, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has been donating an all-expenses-paid vacation to Disney World to a local family. The firm announced today that it needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its “For the Family” holiday give-away. This year the firm is donating to a local family of four, three-day park passes, two nights at a hotel, and a gift card for incidentals such as food, gas or parking. Attorney William G. Morris said, “My staff and I really enjoy participating in this ... Read More »

Regatta Results

Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. PHOTOS BY FRANK BROWN

Submitted Following a brief at-sea memorial honoring friends and loved ones who had passed-away during the past year, plus victims of the Paris attacks, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats circled around a line between a 42-foot power boat and an inflatable orange buoy in the Gulf of Mexico, about a mile off of the Marriott beach. This was the start of the recent Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Wind conditions were 15-20 knots from the northeast. Because of the strong winds, only the larger boats (30-50 feet) raced. Sailors on those boats loved it! Two classes of ... Read More »


The first fleet of Compressed Natural Gas powered waste and recycling trucks are now on the road in Collier County. Waste Management of Florida, Inc. launched the trucks, which are cleaner, greener and powered by natural gas, in the Collier County market on Thursday, Nov. 12. The company made a $1.2 million investment to build the county’s first CNG fueling station, in addition to upgrading its fleet. Waste Management will transition all 105 Collier County collection trucks to CNG in the next year. “Over the years, the Board of County Commissioners and Waste Management have worked collaboratively to provide our ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2015 RedSnook Tournament

A total of 52 teams participated in the 2015 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 23-25, generating $82,000 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s juvenile game fish studies, water quality research and estuary protection. The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley and RGM Capital were the presenting sponsors of the 2015 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament. Wayne A. Meland of The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley and Gary Parsons were co-chairs for the event, and fly-fisherman, Oliver White, served as the honorary chairman. “There are clearly some issues going on in the Everglades with water ... Read More »

MIAAOR’s First Annual Economic Summit


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors organized and held their First Annual Economic Summit at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Laurie Kasperbauer of the MIAAOR Development Committee introduced the panel of four presenters, who shared their views and expertise with the audience. Panel member Dr. Christopher Westley is the Director of Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics, FGCU. Next up was Jack Wert, the Executive Director of Collier County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cindy Carroll, SRA, Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants was also a part of ... Read More »

William G. Morris, P.A. Receives Best Practices Certification

Attorney William G. Morris SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted William G. Morris, P.A., a Marco Island law firm engaged in general practice and real estate law, recently became certified in accordance with the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices. National certified public accounting and consulting firm Pershing, Yoakley & Associates (PYA) provided the assessment and certification of William G. Morris, P.A. “There are a number of title and settlement services companies out there claiming to be certified in ALTA’s Best Practices, but a number of those certifications are either self-proclaimed or provided by third parties that lack the credentials of an established accounting firm,” said William G. Morris, ... Read More »

The Greater Naples YMCA

The Greater Naples YMCA, in partnership with The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Help a Diabetic Child Foundation and Lee Memorial Health System’s Golisano Children’s Hospital will host the Inaugural Naples Diabetes Conference on Sunday, November 15th  at the Greater Naples YMCA from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.  The cost starts at just $10 per person and need-based scholarship is available courtesy of the Naples YMCA.  Prior to the conference kickoff, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for the new Weny Trust Diabetes Education Center inside the Naples YMCA. The event includes a light brunch, and multiple sessions on ... Read More »