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Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

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Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

Diagnosis by a Specialist

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you’re concerned about a family member or friend’s memory loss, perhaps your own. One way to find out whether it is memory loss or normal aging is to seek out a physician. A family doctor or internist could be your starting place and might use a brief test for memory. But you may be better served with a specialist. For instance, with heart issues you would probably seek out a cardiologist, if cancer, an oncologist. So, if the brain may be an issue, the Alzheimer Association and other experts recommend seeing a neurologist who ... Read More »

Young and Old Support ALS Odyssey Walk

Mary Jo O’Regan treated the walkers to an impassioned version of “The ALS Odyssey Anthem.”

By Don Manley Finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – and supporting those afflicted with the disease and their families is a cause that drew both young and old to Marco Island recently. The reason was the first annual “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk” fundraiser, which benefitted the ALS Association Florida Chapter. Held at Mackle Park, the event drew about 80 walkers and raised $5,500 for the organization. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is an incurable and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the disease progresses, voluntary ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Brings Opera to SW Florida Gala to feature Samuel Ramey and Michael Fabiano

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By Randall Kenneth Jones Steffanie Pearce’s true passion goes on display when discussing the joy of the human voice: “Opera expresses the human condition in a visceral, emotional way. It moves and inspires people.” And opera certainly inspired Pearce. In an attempt to bring the art form to a larger local audience, Pearce launched Gulfshore Opera in 2014. It’s not difficult to see why. Chat with Pearce about her love of opera and you hear it in her voice; you see it in her eyes. Yes, her heart sings. With Gulfshore Opera, Pearce immediately set out to reach as many ... Read More »

Agents Join John R. Wood Properties

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Submitted John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents. Stacy Needles Witthoff as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a team leader of the Needles Group. She is originally from Marco Island and attended Florida State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is the recipient of the 1998 Bobbie Clark Award and a member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAR®). Scott Needles as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a member of ... Read More »

Urologist Expands Marco Island Hours

Storey and staff, from left: Joanna Smith, Elizabeth Keller, Dr. Storey, Natalie Conde and Evangeline Perez.

By Roger LaLonde Urologist Dr. Barclay Storey is responding to patient needs by adding another day to treat patients on Marco Island. He also is offering same-day appointments and the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in an outpatient setting. Story has been seeing patients once a week on Marco Island for two years. He now will see patients on Tuesday, 8:15 to 11:15 AM and Friday, 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM in the NCH Medical Building at 40 Heathwood Drive. He will continue to see patients off island at his office behind the Physicians Regional Medical Center on ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Dawn Kuhn)

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center. When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island. There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dawn Kuhn

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center.  When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island.  There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park and Bonita ... Read More »

Lutgert Networks

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served to guests.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Lutgert Insurance and Lutgert Title hosted a meet and greet networking event. The event was held at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Marco Island location at the Esplanade. Over 30 people, including realtors, insurance agents and members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce were present. “Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the most successful business entities in the world,” said Lutgert Title Marketing Director Craig Kelley. “Lutgert Insurance has been on the island for a number of years, and Lutgert Title is excited about its new opportunity. We’re very happy to join this ... Read More »

Surge heads to Nationals

Coach Chadd Chustz with members of his U6 team that won the at the Caple Coral 3v3 tourney. From left, are Gabriel Polanco, Aeden Chustz and Mario Guzman.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Surge 3v3 teams are gearing up for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, July 31-Aug. 2. The Under 9 boys and U15 girls are rated No. 1 in Florida. The U6 boys are rated second, while the U12 boys are ranked third. The U6 team won the Cape Coral and Fort Myers tournaments, played at Jet Blue Stadium.  In the Cape Coral tourney, Surge U6 split with the top-ranked U6 team, Parma FC. The U10 boys and U11 girls also ... Read More »

Flea Market on Stage

Rockerfeller’s Attic was recon and research for Betsy Bennett.

Submitted “FleaBitten — Good Buys Gone Bad,” the one-act musical comedy playing at The Rose History Auditorium next weekend, is not just a figment of someone’s imagination. As research, co-author Betsy Bennett, took a double-wide stall at Flamingo Island in Bonita Springs and called it Rockefeller’s Attic. It offered stuff that had accumulated in her and her partner’s garages, in their parents’ storage facilities, “and, well, anything we could find that could be dusted off,” she recalls. But, selling the goods wasn’t the real reason for Rockefeller’s Attic; it was the flea market vendors who surrounded it, and the script ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Lighthouse of Collier’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Goldstone Garcia as its Executive Director. Robin has more than 20 years of successful business experience as Vice President in the Software Industry and as a Financial Advisor. She has been active in the Naples and Bonita Springs community and is currently involved in Leadership Bonita through the Bonita Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego majoring in both Business Administration and Psychology. In addition, Robin has served as a volunteer for the Lighthouse of Collier. She currently ... Read More »

FINDING LOST TREASURE

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenws.com Ron Lord is a familiar face on Marco’s beaches. He’s also a familiar face on the beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs and Sanibel. However, it’s probably not his face that you’ve noticed, but rather the large metal detector he carries, searching for lost treasure. Ron has been combing the beaches of Southwest Florida for 35 years. “I moved to Naples when Marco Island was just a swamp,” Ron explains. “When I got here, you still had to take the ferry to get onto the island.” The then-fishing guide was sent to Vietnam and upon return was ... Read More »

Physicians Regional Healthcare System Redesigns Bonita Springs Site & Will Expand Primary and Specialty Medical Care Services

Physicians Regional Healthcare System (PRHS) has redesigned and remodeled its Walden Medical Center in Bonita Springs, Fla., and will expand Primary and Specialty Care services there in 2012. The 22,000 square-foot medical facility — known as Bonita II — has a redesigned 10,000 square-foot first floor that features new medical suites, procedure rooms and common areas. A 3,000 square-foot Imaging Suite offers high-quality diagnostic imaging.  PRHS installed a Siemens 1.5 MRI and a new Siemens digital x-ray system was installed. The site has added new MRI and x-ray staff with 45 years of combined diagnostic imaging experience. The diagnostic imaging cases at Bonita II are ... Read More »

San Marco Catholic Church welcome international speaker Matthew Kelly

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Matthew Kelly, International acclaimed Catholic motivational speaker and New York Times bestselling author spoke to over 1,000 Catholics and people of faith who gathered for an evening of fellowship and inspiration at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Bonita Springs. Kelly, author of “Rediscovering Catholicism” has spoken to more than 3 million people in 50 countries and parishioners of San Marco Catholic Church along with members of the Council of Catholic Women of the Parish were present at the event. CCW members also volunteered with the sale of books, cds and dvds. Read More »

Bosom Buddies links to life luncheon

By Marilyn Honahan marilyn@coastalbreezenews.com Breast Cancer and Lymphedema should be matters of concern for all women and the people who love them. The lifetime risk of developing Breast Cancer is one in eight. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support, Inc. (BBBCSI) is a 501(c) (3) Charity which raises funds for the diagnosis and treatment of Breast Cancer for residents of Collier County and Bonita Springs. In addition the group offers emotional and educational support for women with Breast Cancer and/or Lymphedema. BBBCSI is run solely by volunteers, all of whom are Breast Cancer Survivors. They have no paid employees or professional ... Read More »

HOT DOG!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It’s old fashioned, but it’s new fashioned. A couple of entrepreneurs, Chris Quinton and Glenn Walton have brought a hot dog cart – specifically Beach Dogs – to town. You may see front man Chris around Marco Island behind his shiny new hot dog stand, a terrific mobile all-in-one device featuring a grill, refrigerator, sink and display case. He can pack it and tow it from place to place. He also has a tent and some seating for those who want to dine al fresco! Chris offers up regular hot dogs from world renowned Nathan’s, ... Read More »

A NATURAL COLLABORATION

Tara O’Neill  A different sort of beast was roaming in full display at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Tuesday, November 15. Rare and wonderful Florida Artists were out in numbers for the opening reception of the Rookery Bay Annual Painting Exhibition sponsored by the United Arts Council of Collier County and the Friends of Rookery Bay. (While the Florida Artist is not on the endangered list, it is often considered a threatened species, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.) Since 2004, the UAC (which I have told you to join about a million times) has teamed with ... Read More »