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One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps 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 »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: David Rush


Editor, Coastal Breeze: I believe if Ms Kuhn would re-read her letter before sending it, she might sound more informed with a little bit of editing. Veteran’s Park is NOT a park strictly for veterans.  It is a Park for Marco Citizens and visitors. It gets its name from this Island’s appreciation for what our Veterans have done and the sacrifices they made so we can have the freedoms we enjoy, including a day in the Park. Like others who have voiced and opinion   I’m opposed to putting a building there to destroy the peace and tranquility and the outdoor ... Read More »

Students Tour Water Facility

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

By Samantha Husted 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 »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Fine Fire Station Fare

Eddie (on the right, pouring his drink) eats with the other firefighters.

By Samantha Husted On my recent visit to the Marco Island Fire Station I met with firefighter Eddie Cabal so that he could teach me a thing or two about firehouse cooking. Eddie graciously agreed to share with me his chicken mojo recipe, served with beans and rice and crispy, fried plantains. Preparing dinner at the fire station can be somewhat chaotic. There are 12 mouths to feed, a constant coming and going of firefighters and staff and, of course, the threat of an incoming call that could disrupt cooking at any time. As we were about to begin ... 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 »

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 »

A Few Words for My Fellow Catholics

By Saran My philosophy of balance I call Baraabar Yoga, the new yoga of this new millennium. I have been a Catholic all my life. For the last 45 years I have been fortunate enough to study many of the other religions of the world and how those religions interact with their followers. It has been a very interesting and informative journey. One of the main reasons I took this journey was because of my last name, Saran. That name comes to me from my Hindu ancestors who have had that name since the very beginning of Hinduism some 8,000 ... 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 »

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 »

Weekly Rental Condos on the Beach

View of the Somerset. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Many people in the area like the idea of buying a weekly rental condo on the beach for their own enjoyment and to accommodate visiting family members. The rest of the year they rent the condo to offset the costs of ownership. Others, who have experienced the daunting task of finding a rental in season, decide to buy one instead, use it when they want, and then rent it out the rest of the year. Investors are another big group in this market segment. The island offers weekly, monthly and longer-term beach condo ... 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 »

Jewelry Common Sense… Jewelry Repair

Don’t swim with your necklace  on - it will get damaged by chlorine
and salt water! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’m a goldsmith and own a jewelry store, and that means we make our own jewelry and also repair jewelry that people break. Yes, sad but true, jewelry breaks, wears out, gets mistreated and then needs repair. I’m also proud to say we rarely repair jewelry that has been purchased in our shop. I can’t count how many times when inspecting people’s jewelry with my trained eye and see problems that are present or about to occur and get lambasted because of it. Remember now, they asked me to “look at their jewelry” to make ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event is Just Around the Corner

By Don Manley Neil Snyder is eagerly counting down the days until he and hundreds of other volunteers will be busily doing their part to help fight hunger at the annual Meals of Hope Packaging Event. Set for 8:30 to 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14 at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, Snyder is expecting 550 to 600 people to turn out to package 225,000 meals to be dispensed to needy Collier County families for the Christmas holiday season and beyond. “It’s just a very busy and exciting time,” said the man who is also known as “Captain Hope” ... Read More »

Snorkeling With Manta Rays… At Night…In Hawaii

The magnificent manta ray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalis It was a warm September evening and the sun had just set on Keauhou Bay. Captain Kirk Herring carefully guided our boat, Hula Kai, into position and two of our guides, Brent and Megan, sprang into action. A floating, plastic plank equipped with underwater lights was quickly in place behind the vessel. Wetsuits on and already breathing through our snorkels, my wife Cathy and I waited for the command. The lights along the plank were illuminated below the water and we were told to proceed. We smiled at each other, entered the water and made ... Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Linda Colombo


Dear Councilors and Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am not in favor of the proposed building at Veterans’ Park. When the people of Marco voted on a referendum to buy the property I believe most of us were envisioning a place to enjoy with various venues. For example, a band shell, a walking path on the water’s edge and a performing arts, center.   Many designs were bantered about and considered by P&R. I understand the price tag on those desired plans is unaffordable at this time. ... 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 »