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Bless the Blue

From left: Ofc. Adam Nelson, Ofc. Jeff Stafford, Ofc. Bob Marvin,  Ofc. Frank Steiger, Ofc. Clayton Smith and Sgt. Hector Diaz. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER

Submitted On November 21st the First Baptist Church of Naples hosted an event titled “Bless the Blue/Back the Badge.” The purpose of the event was to salute the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day in order to keep Collier County safe. “Bless the Blue/Back the Badge” allowed the community to get together and show their support. It was their way of saying “thank you.”   Read More »

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 »

Chanukah at the JCMI

By Sandra Hechler When I think of Chanukah, I see in my mind’s eye spinning dreidels, glowing candles and luscious latkes (potato pancakes). I think of the tiny bit of oil, which escaped defilement in the Jerusalem Temple during the rule of the Hellenic Syrians B.C.E. The oil miraculously provided light for eight days. Hence, this holiday lasts for eight days. Most of all I thank a small band of Jewish fighters, led by Judah Maccabee, who repelled the aggressor so that they and their Jewish brethren could live and worship as they pleased. Chanukah is a holiday whose ideas freedom-loving people ... Read More »

Hot Rod Turtle at YMCA

Posing with Hot Rod, from left: Ann Hughes (Community Foundation),  John Riley, Steve Garske, artist Christi Vadnais, Charlotte Garske, Cindy Love and Cheryl McDonnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Greater Marco Family YMCA was selected to house “Hot Rod,” one of 50 turtle sculptures from the community arts project, “Turtles on the Town.” Hot Rod, a turtle with yellow, orange and red racing flames, is the creation of artist Christi Vadnais. On November 12, Hot Rod was placed in front of the YMCA’s new Youth Development Center. It will be on temporary display until March 2016, when Hot Rod will be auctioned off to a permanent home. The YMCA would love to be Hot Rod’s permanent home; Consider bidding so Hot Rod can stay. Bidding will take ... Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Erin’s Isle Hosts Chamber After Five

The chamber’s president-elect Alex Parker, with Katie O’Hara (left) and past president Jacquie Koon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 21 islanders left the rock to attend the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce After Five Networking Event at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Irish Pub in Naples. The monthly networking event allows guests to mingle and hand out business cards while socializing at a local venue. Ninety-one guests were in attendance, according to Sandi Riedemann, Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. She says, “Erin’s Isle always does a nice job. Everything was delightful.” Erin’s Isle opened its dining area and treated guests to a lavish buffet. Fresh roasted turkey and pork, ... Read More »

Marco Y’s New Youth Development Center Dedicated in Grand Style

Marco Y board member Paul Tateo prepares to apply the giant scissors the ribbon at the  dedication ceremony for the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s new youth development center. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley A dream has been realized with the opening of the new youth development center at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The $1.2 million, 5,750 square-foot facility was dedicated recently in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony that included remarks from Marco Y CEO Cindy Love, as well as several board members. The event also included a color guard from Marco’s American Legion Post 404, music by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band, and the presence of a host of community members and officials from city government and the fire-rescue department, as well civic organizations and the business ... Read More »

Optimist Club Breast Cancer Awareness Through Kids Sports


By Meghan Bonos Sometimes the game is not about winning or losing. The lessons of life are more important than what can be learned on the field. The Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) continued its breast cancer awareness campaign to educate kids and families about the importance of this disease. Throughout the month, parents and kids were encouraged to participate in the organization’s “Pink Out” at sporting events and community gatherings. For the second year, OCMI participated in the Kick-or-Treat Soccer Tournament held by the Lee County Youth Soccer League. Opting out of wearing a Halloween costume, the players ... Read More »

Simply Pearls Breast Cancer Awareness Gala


Submitted Simply Pearls invites you for an elegant evening October 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Come sip a glass of wine while viewing precious pearl jewelry and accessories. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society, specifically for breast cancer support and research. Marco Island resident Susan Schiller started her business “Simply Pearls” after receiving many compliments on a simple black pearl necklace she wore while working at a retail store. Conversations with customers about the beauty of pearls inspired ... 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 »

The Arlington Welcomes Its First Residents


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Arlington upscale retirement community has officially welcomed its first residents. Wonderful people they are! Mr. and Mrs. Chaulk were delightful, well read and traveled, and we all enjoyed their sense of humor immensely. They bought one of the gorgeous villas that look more like a mini-mansion than anything else. It even comes with its own golf cart for riding around the community. The following day, and each day afterward, more residents are moving into the villas. Another couple that will be moving into their villa, upon arriving back in Collier County, is Tony and Connee Zeman, ... Read More »

Optimist Ready to Rock Fall Sports

Flag Football Pink Out.

Submitted When you think of Fall, you see kids and backpacks, preparations for Halloween and footballs being tossed, soccer balls kicked and kids playing sports. The Optimist Club of Marco Island sports programs are in full swing again this year. As the Island’s only youth sports organization, the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) plays a vital role in sports development and helping to shape young kids through sports. With over 300 participants across many sports, the organization has become an integral part of the community for families who live here seasonally or year round. “As you look around Marco ... 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 »

A New Day for MIA


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: The students at MIA will not notice any major changes on campus this week. However, October 1st will be one of the most pivotal days in the school’s history. What is the major change? MIA will officially have a permanent location on Marco Island. We are proud to officially announce that we are buying our land. Thanks to a generous private loan of $2 million dollars from Bill and Karen Young, Marco Island Academy will purchase the San Marco property from its current owner Kinsley Investments. The loan is being offered at a 2½ percent ... Read More »

Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Community Helps to Build Copeland Bus Shelter

Youth from the Interact Club pitched in to build the shelter for Copeland kids who take the school bus.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Possibly most people reading the following story have never heard of Copeland, right here in Collier County. If you have…have you ever been there? There are only 82 homes in Copeland and approximately 325 people. Some are 3rd and 4th generation Copelanders. The figure I heard two years ago was that they had an unemployment rate of 72%. Many have no cars, and they don’t even have a mail delivery. There is a tiny Baptist church there that is always clean and cool. Copeland has two separate and distinct “villages.” When the re-districting lines for commissioners changed, ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Hospitality & Tourism

The group got a great sunrise view while aboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTOS BY STEVE PURCELL

By Steve Gimmestad Leadership Marco was once again in session on September 23. This class was focused on the hospitality and tourism industry in our area. Not a big deal, you say? Read on. In Collier County, based on the 4% Florida Tourist Development Tax, nightly room revenue contributes about $2 billion annually to the local economy. To put that into perspective, the entire GDP of Belize is about $1.7 billion and ranks 167th in the world (According to the International Monetary List of 2014). “It is fascinating the abundance of information that is available and what it shows,” says ... Read More »