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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 »

Senior Night

Tyler Wallace, with parents Jessica and Fritz Braz, was honored with other athletes. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Senior Night is a once in a lifetime event. After four years of high school, with thoughts of the future and further education on their minds, seniors active in fall sports are honored by parents, faculty and fellow students and teammates. Coastal Breeze was fortunate enough to cover the Senior Night at a recent football game at Winterberry Park. Our coverage inadvertently omitted two seniors. We regret these seniors weren’t featured with their teammates! After all of their hard work and participation, they deserve to be recognized. Congratulations to seniors Tyler Wallace and Duneshka Cruz. Coastal ... Read More »

A SALUTE to Line of Duty Members

Submitted Ruben Zamora, a realtor with Keller Williams, introduces the SALUTE to Line of Duty Members, which contributes up to 25% of a realtor’s commission towards closing costs for members that are U.S. veterans, police officers, fire fighters, medical staff, and teachers. The program allows for those members to apply the commission towards their closing cost settlements, and would be reflected in their HUD-1 statements of the savings. This, in conjunction with other state benefits such as the Florida Bond, SHIP Program, and Military Heroes Government Loan Program, can result in little out-of-pocket costs. “I have been in the military ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades

Local author Marya Repko at a book signing. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In her book “Women in the Everglades” local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous “Brief History” books, but adds much more, as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental issues, even before they could vote. There are numerous historic photos, a timeline, a list of further reading, and brief biographies of some of the key people. Craig R. Woodward, Chairman Collier County ... 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 »

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books by Local Authors


By Maggie Gust If you are looking for holiday gifts for family, children, friends, or acquaintances up north or locally, may I suggest you consider giving a little bit of the flavor of our region? We have many talented authors here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you’re looking for, cookbook, romance, history, fantasy, poetry, children’s books about local turtles, birds or other animals, chances are that a local author may have written just what you need. Area bookstores have local authors shelves/displays, but ideas are available on some websites as well. The local writers’ group here in Marco Island ... 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 »

Lessons Learned

The orange glow from the first light of sunrise.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Some of you may have noticed that my column was on hiatus for a few months while I attended to some family medical issues. During that time, planned trips were cancelled, including my dream water view apartment in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Thank goodness for trip insurance. I purchased the insurance from Roam Right, via the insuremytrip.com website. Compared to a prior incident with another company, Roam Right was very accommodating in issuing a refund. Of course, having learned from that experience, I did have all my receipts and substantiating paperwork readily available in a folder ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com 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 »

Condo Sales on Marco Island

A view of the Seabreeze pool and condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com According to the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 517 condos on Marco Island have sold so far this year, ranging in price from $75,000 for a 400 square foot efficiency at Seabreeze to $6,450,000 for a 6,600 square foot penthouse at Madeira. According to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s records, about 860 condos have changed hands so far this year. Sales of condos through the Marco Island MLS sales represent about 60% of the appraiser’s total number of recorded transactions. Another 35% of the Collier County Property Appraiser condo transactions are those ... Read More »

“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Corban Addison Thomas Nelson 2015, 439 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   In “The Tears of Dark Water,” his third novel, Corban Addison proves himself to be one of the prominent authors of his generation. He has a beautiful writing style that is both intelligent and gripping, moving the story along at an almost-perfect pace while deepening the layers of the characters’ personalities with each page. It is November 2011, and Daniel Parker and his 18-year-old son ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

Students Tour Water Facility

First graders completed a fun scavenger hunt after the tours. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On October 29, the City of Marco Island Utilities hosted a guided tour of their facilities for a group of first graders from the First Baptist Academy in Naples. The teacher chaperoning the event was Danielle Bockus. The water and wastewater operators spoke with the children about water production— where it comes from, how it’s cleaned and how to conserve it. The children were then given a presentation on the wastewater system, where they learned the process of how water goes from individual homes all the way to the plant. The first graders were able to ... 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 »

Fall Athletes Honored on MIA Senior Night

Cheerleaders hold up a banner for their football players to crunch on Senior Night, pertaining to the last time the team was to play under the lights at

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com What started to be a nasty night, with high winds and rain, was still a memorable evening as the Marco Island Academy Senior Night at Winterberry Park on October 30. The game was nerve racking as MIA battled back to take the lead, but fell to Evangelical Christian School in the last 17 seconds, 30-26. At halftime, senior fall athletes on football, cheerleading, golf and swimming teams were honored.     Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Breakfast & Birds

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 7, Friends of Tigertail (FOT) held their semiannual “Breakfast & Birds” event. A group of about 20 birdwatchers, with binoculars and cameras in hand, combed Tigertail Beach in search of migratory birds. FOT Vice President Susan Kubat and former board member Fran Huxley led the event, sharing with participants their knowledge and love for the species. Fellow birders were able to mingle amongst others who share their passion, as well as learn about the birds that make Marco Island their winter home. The event was open to the public and FOT encourages anyone who’s ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors


By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Attorney Patrick H. Neale Debuts Renovation Project Protection

Submitted Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ Home Renovation Project Protection service, which is designed to minimize unnecessary cost and risk associated with renovations to homes and condos. Delivered for a fixed fee of just $500, it includes: 1) Checking for valid contractor licenses; 2) Review of the renovation contract; and 3) Evaluation of building permits. As the attorney for the Collier County Contractor Licensing Board for 15 years, with extensive real estate law experience, Patrick Neale is especially qualified to provide this protective service to clients. According to Attorney Neale, “Issues with any of these ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater Presents “Art of Murder” November 4–22


Submitted “Art of Murder,” a comical mystery with twists of greed, revenge and manipulation earned the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play in 2000. Written by Joe DiPietro, “Art of Murder” is directed by the multi-talented director and actor, Jim Corsica, and has attracted fresh, talented cast members to the Marco Players’ stage. The tangled plot introduces husband and wife artists who concoct an elaborate plan to increase the value of their work. Jack Brooks (Paul McCreight) feeling the loss of his creative gifts, plans to deceive his art dealer (Robert Armstrong) into believing that he has committed suicide in ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Sunshine Tours is a locally owned tour, sightseeing and charter company that’s been operating on Marco Island for a little over 30 years. Owner Rodger Parcelles started the company in 1984, when he was just 19 years old and has been running it ever since. Rodger, along with his dedicated and professional staff, including two sisters and two nephews, works hard to ensure that guests have an experience they won’t soon forget. The company offers a variety of boat-related services including: fishing excursions, sightseeing, shelling and sunset and dinner cruises. Their trips, charters and cruises can accommodate ... Read More »