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Buying Organic? Join the Club!

By Natalie Strom “The whole idea is that we want to get as close to our food as possible.” These are the words of Patti Cohen, one of the founding members of the Marco Island Organics Buying Club. No, members are not staying up at night telling their deepest wishes and desires to their fruits and vegetables, they’re just making sure that they know what’s in the ones they’re buying and where they actually come from. It is getting more and more difficult to navigate the labels on our foods these days. Between what’s on the labels and what ... Read More »

Leaders in training

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Too old for summer camp, too young for a job, what could a kid do all summer? For one group of young people, work experience and volunteer service hours are gained through the Leaders-in-Training program at the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Rec Department for Camp Mackle. The program started three summers ago to help regular camp counselors, however, this is the first year the program was limited to high school aged kids only. “The LIT’s get great work experience,” said Mindy Matusiak, Recreation Manager. “They complete a job application, go through employment screening ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club Champions

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the second time in Marco Island Soccer Club’s four year history, the club has two 3v3 national champions! Marco’s Under 9 and Under 10 boys teams won the championships in dominating fashion. Our U13 Boys also took 2nd place in their division. All in all, the club brought 6 boys and 2 girls teams to the 3v3 Challenge National Championships in Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The U9 boys champs, coached by Jim Watt and Scot Buss, rolled through the tournament while putting in 63 goals compared to only 7 goals against. Members ... Read More »

Back to school road safety reminders

From the Florida Department of Transportation • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. • Be alert for reduced speed limits in designated school speed zones. • Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. Know and follow the state law that requires you to stop. • Keep an eye out for children riding their bicycles or walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. • Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those who ... Read More »

Sawfish sighting

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Baylor Rodman was on vacation recently with his family for his annual visit with his grandparents, Ed and Marianne Valvano. Baylor went out for a day of fishing and fun on the water with his father. They were off Coconut Island near Hideaway Beach when he caught something. As he reeled in the catch, passer-by’s were in awe of the catch, a 5-foot sawfish! They immediately took a photo and released the fish. “We knew the fish was rare, but didn’t know who to contact,” said Baylor’s father. Ed Valvano contacted Coastal Breeze New who ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Marco Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors a successful and worthwhile program called Leadership Marco, where interested people can learn more about Marco Island. I figured I knew a lot about the Island, but I’d heard so many good comments about the program that I applied, and thankfully was accepted. The first introductory program said it all! Nearly 30 involved people got to meet new people and renew old friendships. The second program focused entirely on the history of Marco Island, told by the master himself, Craig Woodward. We spent the entire day learning, and still ran out ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus We were quietly enjoying our favorite television program, “The Real Housewives of Nome, Alaska.” It was truly an eye-opener. The housewives were spectacular. They all wore stiletto heels and mini skirts. We were both somewhat surprised since the weather report was that it was minus 47 degrees outside. We expected long fur coats, boots made of seal skin and fur hats with ear flaps. The house interior matched the ladies. It looked huge and very warm indeed. Designer furniture and Hollywood type art on the walls made our view of Nome different than what we expected. ... Read More »

Chiropractor backs Olympians

By Natalie Strom  As Team USA heads home from the 2012 London Olympics, so does one Naples chiropractor who aided our athletes in bringing home gold. Dr. Cade Copeland and his wife Kristen, have just returned to their practice after adjusting athletes from USA Wrestling. Dr. Copeland joined nearly 100 chiropractors from Maximized Living, an international approach to chiropractic care which focuses on uniformity and has been adopted by USA Wrestling, Judo and Weightlifting. “Pretty close to 100 doctors went, which has never been done before,” explains Dr. Copeland. “Some of the doctors we worked with have been with ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sailors do more than sail. Sailing Association of Marco Island held their annual picnic Saturday afternoon, August 18th at Sarazen Park. The members each brought a dish to share, such as an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert. The Club supplied the hot dogs, hamburgers, and buns for the grill. The Club also provided soft drinks and beer. The day was just perfect with sunshine, a light breeze and entertainment by guitarist Keith Cooper. Sailors with a small boat, or big boat, who are interested in the sport of sailing, may contact us through our ... Read More »

Gators go to the Olympics!

By Madeleine Richie I had a fantastic time with the University of Florida Gator Marching Band on our trip to London where we performed at the Olympics. London is an amazing city, and it was especially fun to see it all decked out for the whole world to see. We’d been talking about this trip since last September, and for it to finally happen was definitely like a dream. One of the coolest privileges we were given while in London was to perform at the women’s cycling event on the Mall, which is essentially Queen Elizabeth’s driveway leading right up ... Read More »

Honoring the Tamiami Trail

By Natalie Strom It was a night that honored the Tamiami Trail. Guest speakers Keith Pershing of Island Automotive and Bob DeGross of Big Cypress National Preserve each lectured on the wonders of the era of the automobile to a full Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum on August 7. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Pershing, owner of Island Automotive on Marco, spoke about his efforts “Restoring Life to the MIHS 1922 Ford Model T Truck.” Donated to the Society by The Naples Daily News in 2009, the truck didn’t run until Christmas of 2011. Thanks to the ... Read More »

Shavasana at South Beach

By Natalie Strom “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu In what direction are you headed? If you’re on your way to Marco’s South Beach for Tuesday night yoga, then where you’re ending up is a pretty good place to be. If you’re not, you may want to reconsider your path. Dianne Saywell first changed her life’s direction after September 11. “I had to find some reasoning, some source of something within that was beyond the evil from that day. I just thought, I need to go to yoga. ... Read More »

Full house for Everglades photographer

By Natalie Strom  The months of August and September feature the inspiring Everglades photography of Captain Don McDonald at The Marco Island Historical Museum. A reception with the artist was held on Tuesday, August 7, where a full house enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with McDonald and his wife, Anne. For a mid-summer event on Marco, the turnout was extraordinary. “We had about 50 to 60 people show up within the first 15 minutes,” explained museum assistant, Lisa Marciano. Guests admired McDonald’s works and purchased copies of his photographic journal, “Reflections of the Everglades.” Also the ... Read More »

Archaeologists dig Marco

By Natalie Strom The Caxambas community of Marco Island has seen its fair share of construction this summer. As the sewer project continues in the area, Advanced Archaeology, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale has been tirelessly digging ahead of the construction in an effort to unearth mysteries of Marco’s ancient ancestors. Coastal Breeze News caught up with the archaeologists who shared their initial findings in the cover story of the June 28 edition. Nearing the half-way mark of the project, Joe Mankowski, President of Advanced Archaeology, Inc. and Field Director, Gene Erjavec have now uncovered thousands of artifacts in only ... Read More »

Island Writers moving

By Joanne Tailele  Co-Chair of Marco Island Writers  The August 8th meeting of the Marco Island Writers challenged the members to write the dreaded “Query Letter.” Just as our manuscript is far from ready on the first go-round, the query letter has to have a first draft. As writers, the muse within that drives us to write pushes us along through the original manuscript to the numerous rewrites and edits. The end result may be a culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. The fun stops here for most of us. If you choose the traditional route in lieu ... Read More »

Kids’ History of Everglades Area

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Just in time for back-to-school, here’s a kids’ history of the Everglades City area. “The Story of Everglades City; A History for Younger Readers” had been out of print for several years and is now available again. The book tells about the pioneers in this fascinating area, Barron Collier founding of the County, the building of the Tamiami Trail, Deaconess Harriet Bedell helping the Seminoles, logging in the Fakahatchee, and President Harry S Truman opening the Everglades National Park. Author Marya Repko has written a number of local history books including her adult version of ... Read More »

Mallorca….where the angels go for holiday

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s another beautiful day in southwest Mallorca! I write this from the balcony of our hotel room on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean in tranquil Cala Fornells, which is a small inlet near Peguera. It’s hard to believe I am less than 20 minutes from the capital city of Palma and the busy airport! I have just come to realize this vacation has involved a lot of cliff driving with hairpin turns and dizzying heights, a complete opposite of the flatlands back home! Anyone who has experienced the sheer terror of driving in a car ... Read More »

Above and beyond the call of duty

TO YOUR HEALTH C. Scott Campbell This week, I wish to highlight the extraordinary effort of a specific Surgical Services nurse who relentlessly pursued ways to improve the delivery of exceptional patient-centered care—even during one of the most difficult and tragic patient outcomes: a miscarriage. Recently, a young woman presented to the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. The patient was actively miscarrying—a condition which required immediate emergency surgical care. The pre-admission nurse, Ellen Muratore, became empathetic for the mother and the understandable emotional pain of losing a child. Ellen also realized that the healthcare team could benefit from learning ... Read More »

Pirating the backwaters

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom That’s it. I’m turning in my press pass and heading out to sea. This pirate looks at 30 like she’s ready for a change, and after taking a trip with Goodland-based Backwater Adventure I’m declaring a mutiny on my humdrum life. It’s time for this scallywag to commandeer their vessels and start off on my own excursion. After all, life is too short to wait. Just ask owner and operator of Backwater Adventure, Lisa Seymour. Three years ago she nearly lost her leg in a motorcycle accident. Rather than outfit Lisa with an-all-too-perfect-for-this-article peg leg, doctors ... Read More »

Light up orange

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Marriott is getting a surprising makeover. “For the entire month of September we’ll light up the entire building orange,” explains Jada Shigley, Director of Reservations and member of the Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee. In an effort to promote hunger awareness within Southwest Florida, the Marriott is participating in the Light Up Orange campaign, honoring September as Hunger Action Month. The Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee works with charitable organizations within the community and encourages employees to do the same. During it’s quarterly associate rally on August 14, General Manager Rick Medwedeff explained, ... Read More »