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Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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

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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 »

First Day of School for TB’s New Principal

By Don Manley Monday was a first day of school, of sorts, for Kathleen “Karey” Stewart. She is the new principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School, replacing Jory Westberry, who retired in June after leading the school for 14 years. Stewart has been a school administrator in the Collier County district for 15 years, most recently serving as principal at Pine Crest Elementary School in Immokalee for four years. Prior to that, she was principal at Lely Elementary for six years. Stewart also has 23 years of classroom experience – 15 as an elementary level music teacher, and eight years ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: A Good Kind of Summer School

from left) Dianna Shearer – Independent Brokers Realty, Cathy Price McConville – Physician’s Regional Marco Island, Tracey Petricca – Coldwell Banker, Elisabeth Novakovich – Naples Daily News, Laura Schneider – Iberiabank.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco Class of 2015 kicked off their session on July 29 with a morning scavenger hunt and evening reception at La Tavola. Spouses, friends, staff and alumni were in attendance to lend support to the 12 students for this year’s class. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce puts it all together. Leadership Marco is in its 14th year and offers a variety of in-depth experiential sessions in such areas as: Health Care/Emergency Services – History – Hospitality/Tourism – Media – Education/Recreation – Culture/Real Estate – Law Enforcement – Government/Infrastructure/Transportation – Agriculture/Environment. Leadership Class of ... Read More »

Appreciation and Community at the Police Foundation Picnic

The annual Police Foundation Picnic on August 1 drew a crowd of police officers and their families, foundation members and volunteers. (left) Officer Ryan Montgomery and daughter Mary, age 8.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An event like the Police Foundation’s Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, August 1, reminds us how lucky we are to live on Marco Island. The Marco Island Police Foundation’s Annual Police Department Appreciation Picnic brought together Marco Island’s finest and their families and Police Foundation members and volunteers. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church provided the setting for this community event. Most of the 127 people who RSVP’d attended, along with 15 Police Foundation volunteers who planned and worked the event so that the officers and their families could enjoy the day. Outside, Chief Al Schettino grilled hot ... Read More »

Summer Training at Marco Island Fire Rescue

Marco Island firefighters preparing to train at
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although call volume declines with the end of season, summer time is no vacation at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Off-season is training time for all fire rescue personnel. Chris Byrne, Deputy Chief, tells us that every summer the department trains in a variety of ways. Much of the training is to comply with annual training requirements, for rescue divers to keep up to date on their state certifications, to satisfy EMT and paramedic medical training hours, and to keep compliant with all updates to county medical protocols. “Things are always changing,” Deputy Chief ... Read More »

The English Spy

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Daniel Silva Harper Collins 2015, 484 pages Genre: Suspense   “No more tears now; I will think upon revenge.” – Mary, Queen of Scots   The above quotation from the epigraph page of The English Spy states exactly what this book is – the story of a manhunt. The fourth in a series about Israeli spy and assassin Gabriel Allon who sometimes dabbles in art restoration as a sideline, this book is bound to please any lover of thrillers and spy stories. You do not need to have read any of the previous Allon novels ... Read More »

NCH Has Optimistic Future

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Every three years, the Joint Commission visits NCH—and 2,000 other hospitals and healthcare systems around the country—to assess how the organization is serving its patients. Last week was our visit. As always, it was an exhaustive, important and rewarding exercise. Seven Joint Commissioner surveyors inspected almost every area of our system over five days. Half their time was focused on the NCH Physician Group and out-patient areas. This Joint Commission visit equated to a 31 “survey days” covering 462 standards, 2,000 elements of performance, and 3,000 federal conditions of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chief of Police

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Message to the Community: As Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department, I am deeply concerned regarding recent allegations regarding the possibility of internal procedural violations, moreover potential criminal acts associated with the un-approved dissemination of an un-vetted police report. I have been meeting with the City Manager, staff and consulting with allied criminal justice professionals since early July when I was made aware of the facts. I regret that the concerned parties did not contact me personally, as the subsequent dialog would have answered many questions and reduced personal and community distress. It appears clear that certain ... Read More »

Dr. Doris Corey: Nature vs. Nurture

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too. Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human. There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family ... Read More »

Networking, Food and Fun at the Chamber’s July After Five

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, Nikkie Sardelli. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano hosted the Chamber’s After Five networking event on July 15, which attracted 95 attendees, a great summer turnout. A few new faces were seen along with the familiar ones. This was Nikkie Sardelli’s first After Five event. Nikkie is the newest addition to the Marco Island American Cancer Society, filling the position of Coordinator- Division Office and Event Support. She thought the After Five event was “wonderful” and a “great way to meet everyone in the community.” Owners Juan and Marisol Cortazar and Arturo Perez outdid themselves. The food was plentiful and ... Read More »

Rotary International District Governor Visits Marco Island

Cyndi Doragh was the special guest at a recent Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island meeting.

Cyndi Doragh, governor of Rotary International District 6960, recently visited both of Marco Island’s Rotary Clubs to discuss the organization’s 2015-2016 initiatives, and to encourage the members to continue their efforts to both improve the lives of people in need and to better the communities the clubs serve. Stories on Doragh’s visits to the clubs can be found below. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise By Bill Morris Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise Recently Hosted District Governor Cyndi Doragh. Doragh follows her husband, Pete Doragh, as district governor for District 6960 of Rotary International. District 6960 includes Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

Attorney Launches Web Site as Community Resource

By Coastal Breeze Staff Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ new web site, which was designed to provide reliable legal information to the community. The www.patrickneale.com web site features links to trusted resources that include government, Florida Bar, non-profit organizations, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as a blog on timely topics. According to Attorney Neale, “There is a lot of misleading information on the internet about legal issues. We have compiled links to internet resources that we know to be reliable so that people can make informed decisions.” Patrick Neale & Associates, ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015

PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD & ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

Core Metrics for Better Health

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System It can be difficult to understand all the new healthcare metrics that sometimes add confusion, not clarity, for patients, families, physicians, health care systems and payers. So it’s important to remember that all those metrics are designed to realize one goal—namely, better outcomes at lower cost, which is the value equation defined as outcome/cost = value. This equation was at the heart of discussions last week in which I participated as a member of the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for Region 4, which extends ... Read More »

Join the Souper Bowl Paint Party

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Graduates from the Leadership Marco class, an in-depth course put on by the Chamber of Commerce, take their commitment to community seriously. Their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for local students heading off to college. This year, through their efforts, the Chamber was able to award $25,000 to ten local high school students. Although the group holds a series of events throughout the year, two major fundraising events which produce the majority of the scholarship funding. The first is Wet Paint Live, where a number of local artists set out to paint their ... Read More »