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Marco Burglary Facts

Marco Everyone is talking about the recent burglaries on Marco Island. Many feel shaken that this could happen in their idyllic island paradise. The truth is that Marco Island burglary incidents are low. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Chief Al Schettino to find out the facts. In 2013 there were 31 burglaries. That number was reduced to 20 burglaries in 2014. In the first six months of this year, four homes were burglarized on Marco Island. Even factoring in the recent 11, our burglary numbers are far lower than most neighborhoods in Florida. But those are just numbers. Anyone who ... Read More »

Paris, Mali and Beyond…

Injured man outside the Bataclan  concert hall in Paris receives aid. PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Friday the 13th I came home early in the afternoon and wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Coastal Breeze Newspaper, Val Simon: Dear Val, After my last article “Invasion of Europe Part II” I decided to turn in my resignation as an opinion writer for the Coastal Breeze Newspaper. While I do love writing for the Breeze and look forward to receiving my issue of this wonderful paper every other Friday, I feel very strongly that my articles stick out like a sore thumb, messenger of bad things to come amongst all ... Read More »

Something New is Cooking in the Island Country Club’s Kitchen

Rudiger Loose, left, general 
manager of the Island Country Club, and Kurt Beattie, the club’s executive chef. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley While not obvious to diners in the Island Country Club’s dining room, a revolution, of sorts, has taken place behind the swinging doors that lead to the facility’s kitchen. It’s there that the club’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art kitchen is making life infinitely easier for executive chef Kurt Beattie and his staff, saving time and effort in the preparation of meals, while also helping to reduce the club’s energy costs. “Probably 85 percent of it is brand new,” said Beattie. “We couldn’t do anything with the footprint of the kitchen, so what we did was go ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher Exhibit

Clyde Butcher. FILE PHOTO

SUBMITTED The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to host fine art photographer Clyde Butcher’s special exhibition “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary.” The exhibit, graciously sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, is to be on display at the museum from Tuesday, December 1 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Butcher is best known for his stunning photography and contributions to public awareness of the Florida Everglades, showing his deep and personal commitment to preserving endangered landscapes around the world. An internationally recognized artist and environmentalist, Butcher photographed and recorded images taken throughout America in his new “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” series. The photographs capture ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

Holiday Arts Festival


Submitted The Holiday Arts Festival is coming to Wesley United Methodist Church. Take some time on Saturday, December 5th between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to enjoy the art, music and festivity at this first-ever church event. If you are still searching for a unique holiday gift, you will find it here. Thirty professional artists will bring a variety of art forms to the festival. You will find beautiful and creative paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, shell art, woven baskets, wood creations and stained glass. In addition to the art, enjoy a free lunch and holiday music. Starting at 11:45 AM, ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft Forum

Carrie Kerskie presented to a full and attentive room. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted In front of a full room at the Marco Island Police Department on November 18, identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie, PI presented the “Stop Identity Theft Forum.” Kerskie is also the director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University, as well as the president of the Kerskie Group, Inc. Police Chief Al Schettino introduced Kerskie. “Identity theft is really an epidemic and it’s affecting a lot of people all over the world,” said Schettino. “Everywhere we go we’re exposed to that possibility.” While Kerskie says there is no one absolute way to prevent identity theft, there ... Read More »

Perfect Imperfections


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Might sound like an oxymoron to you, but when it comes to buying diamonds or precious gemstones a perfectly located imperfection can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing a fine diamond or any expensive gem, the clarity is graded by the amount of inclusions, imperfections, blemishes or flaws. Call them what you like, they can be white or black marks, striations, even surface cracks or chips. Sometimes flaws appear to be minute bubbles or similar to the scrape that an ice skate leaves on ice, inside or near the surface of the ... Read More »

What ACS Means to Me & What It Could Mean to You


ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Even before I became an American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner, I was well aware of the nonprofit organization and its mission to fight cancer. However, what I did not know until I joined the wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, was just how much ACS provides for those diagnosed with cancer that goes far beyond funding research. Most importantly, the services ACS provides are either free, or at significantly reduced rates. I chose to work for the American Cancer Society because I wanted my passion for coordinating events to go towards an ... Read More »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Meet the Marco Dolphins

2-year-old dolphin, Anji. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Submitted Join master naturalist Bob McConville on November 19th in Rose History Auditorium for the first in a series of fun-filled lectures on young, bottlenose dolphins in Marco waters. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7 PM and is open to the public. McConville will also continue his discussion of area wildlife on January 13, March 16 and April 13, 2016. Meet the dolphins and their calves, find out their names—Rangle and her baby Bubbles; Giza and her youngest Sammy; Skipper and Flag, among others— and get an update on how they are ... Read More »

Fine Fire Station Fare

Eddie (on the right, pouring his drink) eats with the other firefighters.

By Samantha Husted On my recent visit to the Marco Island Fire Station I met with firefighter Eddie Cabal so that he could teach me a thing or two about firehouse cooking. Eddie graciously agreed to share with me his chicken mojo recipe, served with beans and rice and crispy, fried plantains. Preparing dinner at the fire station can be somewhat chaotic. There are 12 mouths to feed, a constant coming and going of firefighters and staff and, of course, the threat of an incoming call that could disrupt cooking at any time. As we were about to begin ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum Hosts “Winners’ Circle” – Now Through Nov. 14

Submitted In early 2015 the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) partnered to create and exhibit the juried show “Painting S.W. Florida History.” As part of this collaboration, the awarded artists are now having a subsequent exhibit of their works at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The show “Winner’s Circle” is comprised of the artists’ own selections, and is currently on display. The awardees are: 1st Place: “The Watson Home” by Linda Chambers; 2nd Place: “Welk Wall-Otter Mound” by Peter Sottong; 3rd Place: “Early Fashionistas” by Inez Hudson; and the People’s Choice: ... Read More »

Quinn Hiaasen to Debut First Photography Exhibition


Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host an exhibit featuring the photography of Quinn Hiaasen, son of novelist Carl Hiaasen. On display November 1 through December 30, 2015, the exhibit showcases his passion for the environment, as well as his natural talents. “Growing up on the waters of South Florida instilled in me an interest in nature, particularly of the complex domains that exist beyond the ecumene. As a photographer, I find it amazing to be able to explore places like these and share the dramatic landscapes and wildlife with others,” shares Quinn Hiaasen. Visitors are encouraged ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Submitted November 7th marks another year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year there are two teams from Marco Island participating in the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Marco Island resident and 5th year team captain, Karin Hatcher, heads up Lillian’s “A” Team. The team is named after her mother Lillian, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Karin says “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

Undisciplined football leads Kings win over Marco Island

The captains for MIA for its homecoming football game, from left, Andrew Delgado, Brian Flynn, Patrick Michel and Andrew Fowler. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE AND VALERIE SIMON

By Roger LaLonde Southwest Florida Christian Academy football team rammed its way to a 35-7 win over Marco Island Academy on Friday, Oct. 16. Kings players continually showed unsportsmanlike play on the field, with the encouragement of their coaches. Hitting after the whistle had blown was common place for the Kings. The first quarter took one hour and six minutes due to game stoppage from confrontations and scoring drives. The Florida High School Athletic Association gave two Kings players six-game suspensions each on Monday, Oct. 18. One of the two Kings players was ejected twice. First for his actions in ... Read More »

Martha Horror Does Marco Murder and Mayhem

Submitted Martha Horror rides again with her third season of fright nights with Marco Murder and Mayhem Historical Frightseeing Tour. The season kicks off on October 23rd (Friday Night) from 7 – 9 pm. Participants can jump start their evening with a complimentary drink at the Olde Marco Inn’s Bistro Soleil with the doors opening at 6pm. Bistro Soleil offers a special three course meal for Martha’s guest for $25. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 389-0981. In addition to October, the preseason dates include 11/20 and 12/4. Reservations can be made through our website During the regular ... Read More »