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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 »

Tournament Benefits YMCA

YMCA campers; The Y’s golf tournament helps provide camp scholarships. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On December 12th the Greater Marco Family YMCA will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament to benefit their Strong Kids Scholarship Campaign. Strong Kids Scholarships help low income families send their children to the YMCA’s preschool, the East Naples outreach afterschool, and summer day camp programs. Annual preschool tuition costs around $7,000. Tuition assistance is required by approximately 50 percent of the participating families. Jean Shaw is a member of the tournament organizing committee, and was its chairman for the last three years. She is looking forward to another successful event. “It was one of our better years, last ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet


By Maggie Gust On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will enjoy a presentation by Dr. Rich Blonna. His topic will be “Marketing Checklist.” Basically, it is a how-to for writers to build a platform for promotion of their works, as well as themselves. Following his presentation, there will be a social time with holiday snacks, beverages, and a blind book exchange. Please see our website for details explaining the fun book exchange. The November 11, 2015 meeting was very busy. Thanks are due to our president Joanne Tailele for sharing “The Ten Most Important Things I Have ... Read More »

Marco Firefighters Honored for Distinguished Service

Munier Gattas (L) Sergio Deleon (R) SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department’s Sergio Deleon and Munier Gattas are being recognized for their off-duty actions, which saved the life of Munier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Ron Krawczyk. Ron suffered from sudden cardiac death in his home on July 30, 2015. The firefighter paramedics were chosen to receive the 2015 Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Public Service Award for emergency medical services. The events that led to the award took place under circumstances that may have ended much differently. That day, Munier was enjoying a well-needed day off. He had just purchased a home in Naples. ... Read More »

Stone Crabs … Interesting Facts

Bob displays a male stone 
crab for guests to view onboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTO BY CAPT. MICHAEL TATEO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturali Yum! There they are, precooked, and on a plate right in front of me. Just a bit cooler than room temperature, with a side of drawn butter, as well as a mild mustard sauce, I can already taste them and I’m three feet from the table. Those delicious stone crab claws are back in season! Hundreds upon hundreds of crab traps were placed in position in the backwaters and just offshore during the first two weeks of October all around the Marco Island area. Traps were baited and commercial crabbers waited for the magic date ... Read More »

November Meeting Second Wednesday


Submitted On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIW) will welcome our own Joanne Tailele, president of MIW, as she takes us “Back to the Basics of Writing.” She will share what she has learned over the past few years in her own writing career and refocus our attention from marketing to our love for writing. A hearty thank you to Barbara Miller, guest speaker at our October 14, 2015 meeting. Barbara gave an excellent presentation on including a very organized 3-page handout of how to sign up and maneuver around the site, the etiquette of posting, ... 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 »

Isles of Capri, Marco Swimmers Shine in Meets

MIA’s three-member swim team (from left): senior Kasey Bersh, sophomores Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick.  PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Roger LaLonde Lely and Marco Island Academy swimmers made a big splash in district meets last week. With just three swimmers on the MIA team, coach Kamal Farhat has made the most of their ability. All three will compete in regional races at the Sarasota YMCA pool on Saturday, October 31. Kasey Bersh, Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick qualified for regionals with strong finishes in the Class 1A-District 9 meet. Bersh, a senior, had personal best times in winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. In the 50 free her time was 25.63 and in the 100 it was ... Read More »

One Room, One Hour, One Way Out

Cell Block M  is ready for booking. This room challenges gamers to prove their innocence in 60

Submitted To say a new business is opening on Marco Island would be an understatement. Not only is it a new business, but a brand new concept that, until now, has been reserved for metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. In a world dominated by smartphones and evolving technology, this is a refreshing change. “Think video games meet real life,” said co-founder, 15-year-old Marco Island resident Howie Jordan. “Instead of watching the character on a screen, you are the character.” The real-life adventure game phenomenon started in 2007 in Japan. It’s extremely popular in ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Celebrates 35 Years


Submitted In celebration of its 35th anniversary, and to honor its valued customers, Marco Island Florist and Gifts is giving a complimentary rose to every person who comes into the shop on Saturday, October 17, between 9 AM and 5 PM. Throughout the day refreshments will be served and the shop will feature a design table where residents can watch professional floral designers at work and learn decorating tips and flower names. Those who stop by can also enter a drawing to receive a flower arrangement delivered to their home or office every month for a year. “We’ve enjoyed helping ... Read More »

Center For the Arts and MIFA Partner in Your Lucky Day – Nov. 13th 5:30-7:30pm


Submitted On Friday, November 13, the Marco Island Center for the Arts and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts are bringing a special evening full of luck, fun, good food, laughter and wonderful art to the Center for the Arts, beginning at 5:30 PM. The signature drink for the evening, the “Green Flash” will begin the fun, along with a special Wheel of Fortune. Guests will have a chance to win a variety of art pieces and special opportunities. The evening will include a buffet provided by Stonewalls to delight palettes with a variety of good food. Unique pieces ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Law Enforcement Day

The day starts with a tour  of the police station. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 7, 2015, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco 2015 class attended their fifth session- Law Enforcement Day. In the morning, the Marco Island Police Department’s Chief Al Schettino and Captain Dave Baer welcomed the students at breakfast, and provided them with an overview. The Leadership Marco students were given station tours at the police department, and had the opportunity to learn about various law enforcement topics and procedures. Some of the subjects presented included traffic stops, crime scene processing and marine enforcement, which is particularly relevant to island living and the ... Read More »

LandSharks Kick-off Events for Sunshine Kids


Submitted For over 25 years now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Prudential Real Estate has supported, volunteered for, entertained, chaperoned and loved the Sunshine Kids. The many fundraising activities undertaken each year by the brokers, managers and sales professionals play a major role in “helping put smiles on the faces of kids with cancer” everywhere throughout this great country of ours. The mission? The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting group activities so they may once again do what kids are meant to do: have fun and celebrate life! Hopefully there ... Read More »

IberiaBank Puts Community at the Forefront

Bedford Biles and wife, Fay, along with Malenda Trick, 
unveiled Malenda’s WWII portrait of Earl Hodges to Seth Minso, GM Hodges Funeral Home,
during at Veteran’s Portrait Project In the Round series.

By Steve Gimmestad As business becomes more global, it has a tendency to become less personal. The internet allows us to conduct business with less frequent personal interaction. Because of this technology, it is easy to forget that a business, any business, still relies on people and community to be successful. Keith Dameron, Vice President and Business Development Officer at IberiaBank, works hard to ensure that “community” is still a prime consideration in doing business at a local level. “It’s a way to give back to the community,” says Keith. “It’s a way to stay connected with the people ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers October Meeting


Submitted On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Barbara Miller to our meeting. Barbara is an author, motivational speaker, certified master life coach, and founder of Barbara and Company International, Inc. Her several books include “You Lost Your Marriage, Not Your Life,” and soon to be released, “How to Achieve Your Goals, Easy Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals.” Our topic for the meeting is Barbara will coach us through navigating that popular website and share her expertise on using it as a marketing tool for our published works. Flash Fiction is back at ... Read More »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »