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Taking “No” for an Answer

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently had a not-so-unusual discussion with a potential customer, regarding the time process for her ring to be totally restored. Now to most of us business folks this is considered high season, and in our goldsmith shop my son and I are straight out with the influx of custom and repair work, resulting in the burning of lots of midnight oil. The volume is kind of like drinking from a fire hose. We take in, on an average day, anywhere from fifty to seventy watches for various reasons, such as battery replacement, straps, adjustments, ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2016 is Here!

Some of the beautiful hand-painted bowls which will be sold and filled with soup, at the Souper Bowl February 6. PHOTO BY LANA WITHERS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Souper Bowl is back and we’re not talking football. On Saturday February 6th, 10 different local restaurants will set up shop at the Mackle Park Airnasium, bringing with them 20 gallons of soup each. The event, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in order to benefit Leadership Marco’s scholarship fund. Last year through the Souper Bowl, as well as the organization’s other event Wet Paint LIVE, Leadership Marco was able to raise an impressive $20,000 for students. Each year 20 to 30 local high schoolers apply ... Read More »

JCMI Celebrates Third Annual Jewish Deli Fest

Volunteers Abbe Hankin (left) and Ted Bunten smile as they pose behind a mountain of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches they helped distribute. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 24th the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) celebrated their third annual Jewish Deli Fest. Thousands of eager, and hungry, people showed up Sunday morning to celebrate the occasion by feasting on the delicious kosher-style dishes. The synagogue was packed with rows of long tables, good smells and a whole lot of food. Patrons were divided into two long lines that spilled out into the parking lot and along the side of the building. One line was for eating in and the other for taking out. Once inside the line twisted and turned in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

Window and Doors Project Special Preview

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Submitted The community is invited to a very special “Coming-Out Party” to announce the artists who will be bringing the past to the present through the Windows and Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum, on Sunday, February 14 from 3-5 PM. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) will give the community a special preview of their Windows and Doors to History project. This project is part of a series of exciting changes happening at the MIHS during 2016. The Marco Island Historical Museum’s 20 faux windows and three doors will be transformed into vivid scenes from Marco ... Read More »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

A great blue heron proudly stands on a kayak.

Submitted The January 2016 Breakfast and Birds, presented by the Friends of Tigertail Beach, was well attended. Over forty persons had their attention on Friends of Tigertail members Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. They gave a brief description of the birds they might encounter on the walk, as well as explained that many of these birds migrate here for the winter. Does that sound familiar? On the beach, the birders were greeted by an osprey that swooped down, not once but at least three times to pick up material for building its nest. As the birders walked along the lagoon, ... Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport to Key West

Submitted The Marco Island Executive Airport will soon have scheduled flights directly to Key West on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays starting at $89 one-way plus taxes and fees (total fare $104.18). Beginning February 15, Raven Air Island Hoppers will offer the scheduled service in their ten-passenger Cessna 402. Flights are planned to depart Marco Island at 9 AM and arrive in Key West at 9:45 AM. Return flights are scheduled to depart Key West at 4:30 PM and arrive in Marco Island at 5:15 PM. Tickets are now on sale and available at the Raven Air Island Hoppers website at ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

SUBMITTED PHOTOS. Watercolors by Donald Sunshine will be on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. The Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of ... Read More »

Two-Bedroom, One-Bath Condos… A Great Option!

A view of one of the Seabreeze  condo buildings near the pool. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week there were only six two-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condos for sale on the island, compared to 38 two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos. These two-bedroom, one-bathroom condos built around 1970 are on the market with an average list price of $179,000 and 751 square feet. For comparison, two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos on the market average $318,000 with 1,045 square feet, and were built during the 1980s. These two-bedroom one-bathroom condos can be found at Seabreeze, Seabreeze South, Seabreeze West, Southwinds, Aquarius and other inland condominiums. The Seabreeze at 240 North Collier Boulevard is a ... Read More »

Lunch With the Chief

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its next “Lunch with the Chief” on Thursday, January 28 at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. Lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. Joining Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, foundation President Curt Koon, Marco Island Police Officers and foundation members and guests, will be guest speaker Lieu- tenant Colonel Tom Di Tomasso, who will speak about how to protect yourself from terrorism. Lt. Colonel Di Tomasso served in the Army for twenty years, earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart as a Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

Cultural Carnivale Offers Fun Glimpse Into Local Arts Scene

Marco Island City Council Chair Bob Brown, center, is flanked by  Kevin O’Fee, left, Hyla Crane, Cindy Love, Beverly Dahlstrom and Carole Roberts of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland, and Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Brown presented the organization with a proclamation designating Feb. 3, Cultural Arts Day in the city and encouraging citizens and visitors to attend CAMIG’s “Cultural Carnivale.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Kevin O’Fee believes that the arts are an important element in the composition of a vibrant community. So he was indeed excited to discover a thriving art scene after moving to Marco Island last August from Providence, R.I., by way of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. “I’ve always been involved in the arts and when I came to Marco, I was really quite excited to find the (Marco Island) arts center here,” said O’Fee, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones investments on the island. “It’s really a quality of life issue. Having a thriving arts ... Read More »

Goodland Arts & Crafts Fair

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA), along with Collier County Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring its third annual outdoor Members’ Arts & Crafts Fair on Sunday, January 31, 10 AM to 4 PM, at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. The event coincides with Goodland’s world famous Mullet Festival – a cultural extravaganza unto itself. Talented members of the GAA gather to support the organization’s mission to “preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the historic fishing village of Goodland through art, history and education.” The village may be tiny, but the talent is massive. Along ... Read More »

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

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Submitted Many of us remember the special times we had playing youth sports. Whether it was scoring your first goal, winning a team championship or the coach who encouraged you to push harder, sports have a way of creating defining moments in life. It is in that spirit that the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be hosting its inaugural “For the Love of the Game” winter soiree benefit. The event will be held on February 6th at the Marco Island Marriott’s Rookery at Marco Golf Club. “We have a commitment to our children to give them the best ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach

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January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

Reflection, Recognition and Resolve

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco Happy New Year Marco Island! I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends and are rested and ready for yet another action packed season. Before we move into 2016 I’d like to look back on 2015 and provide you with the results that because of your generosity led to another record setting year for the third year in a row. All I have to say is $507,000! This is the final tally of all the hard work completed by our volunteers, sponsors and ... Read More »

Emerald Beach Celebrates 50 Years

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Submitted Emerald Beach Condominium, Marco Island’s first residence, will celebrate its golden anniversary on Sunday, January 17th from 1- 4 PM. Emerald Beach entrenched in Marco Island history, developed by Florida’s Mackle brothers of the Deltona Corporation, who blended the island’s great natural beauty into a master plan for tropical living. Completed in May of 1966, this first condominium on the island was virtually sold out within a year. The seven-story condominium is located at 500 Saturn Court. Six of the eight apartments on each floor have an ocean view. When the Mackle brothers completed Emerald Beach, the island’s first ... Read More »

MIPD’s Citizen’s Academy

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By Don Manley The start of the Marco Island Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy is only three weeks away. Final applications are being accepted now for the academy, which is in its third year. The academy consists of nine sessions, beginning January 30 and concluding on March 26. The program’s goal, according to the Marco Police, “Is to teach the public basic police operations and techniques to bridge the information gap. Together we can form extended and expanded lines of communications between the community and its police department. Many policies and procedures related to the criminal justice system are foreign to ... Read More »