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Imagine…No Power…No Peace…

Malaysian Airline. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It is Saturday night, March 15. A bright full moon graces Marco Island. It is the end of yet another beautiful day as I sit in front of my desktop computer writing this opinion piece, with windows in my room wide open to the scents and sounds of nature. It is very peaceful. It is hard to imagine that somewhere in the horizon there, past the Gulf of Mexico, the mountains and the oceans, Ukrainians are waking up to a miserable day, when a large portion of their country (Crimea) will be separated and ... Read More »

KELLER WILLIAMS Triple Crown Awards 2013


The Keller Williams Realty is one of the largest real estate franchise companies in North America. The company mission to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living® for its associates, is a philosophy which has led to many successes and exponential growth. Recently, the local Keller Williams office celebrated a year success during their annual Triple Crown Award ceremony at Bistro Soleil. The McCarty Group came in First Place for Market Share for the Top Sales Group by Units with the total sales of 94 Units equaling $39,385,550 for the third year in a row. This ... Read More »

Lifejacket Program Comes to Marco

The stand at Tigertail Beach holds a total of 20 lifejackets.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The statistics are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people die everyday from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. Additionally, the United States Lifesaving Association reports that in some states — California, Florida, and Hawaii — drowning is the ... Read More »

Obituary: Tammie Lynn Yaeger

Our little Tammie Lynn Yaeger, beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014, in her home in Bandera, TX, surrounded by family and friends. Tammie bravely fought cancer for nearly a year and a half before her passing. Tammie was born January 8, 1963, in Copley, OH, to Harold and Lilly Bennett. Tammie moved to Marco Island at an early age, where she grew up with her four sisters and eventually met her husband, Harlow Alonzo Yaeger III (Lon). Tammie gave birth to the light of their lives, their son Harlow Yaeger IV, in 1987, ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum Back to Council

By Noelle H. Lowery During its March 17 meeting, the Marco Island City Council voted to untable its previous discussion about the language for the proposed referendum “to determine whether to renovate and expand the indoor community center at Mackle Park.” Council will take up the discussion at future meeting, possibly on April 7. The motion — made by Councilor Joe Batte and seconded by Councilor Bob Brown — passed by a vote of 4-2. Council Vice Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilor Amadeo Petricca voted in dissent, and Councilor Chuck Kiester was not in attendance. Councilors attempted to tackle ... Read More »

iPhone Photos: Beyond the Selfie


By Noelle H. Lowery For iPhone users, it is no secret that their cell phone has changed the way they record the important moments in their lives. “It’s played a huge role,” says local photographer Jason Reinhart. “The iPhone has made it possible to share moments with family and friends with a simple click of the upload button.” It has even taken the place of professional photographers in some cases, Reinhart notes. “In recent news, the Chicago Sun Times fired its photographers to teplace them with iPhones photographers. That’s a huge move showing how photography is evolving,” he adds. ... Read More »

Batfish Bash Raises Nearly $100k

Guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the  observation bridge overlooking the sunset on Henderson Creek. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

By Renee Wilson Rookery Bay Communications Coordinator The Friends of Rookery Bay held the Fifth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay Saturday, March 15, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a silent auction amidst the aquariums and art gallery, sunset and cocktails overlooking Henderson Creek, and a live auction followed by dinner and dancing on the center’s back lawn. FORB is the non-profit corporation that has been connecting people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic estuarine environment since 1987. Its mission is to support the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which protects 110,000 acres ... Read More »

1 Million Acts of Kindness at TBE

Bob Votruba and his Boston Terrier, Bogart, present
TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry and some of her
terrific kids with a Kindness Plaque. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery On a quiet, sunny Tuesday in March, Bob Votruba and his six-year-old Boston Terrier, Bogart, pulled their big blue kindness bus into the parking lot of Tommie Barfield Elementary School for a third visit in just a year. This time, the visit was extra special because Votruba was giving a special “One Million Acts of Kindness” plaque to TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry and her students. You see, the Ohio native has been traveling the Unites States for the last seven years, spreading the gospel of kindness to school children everywhere. According to Votruba, his ... Read More »

32 Gulfport to Face the Wrecker’s Ball

By Carol Glassman At the March meeting of the City’s Code Enforcement Board, Officer Patrick Hayman reported on the progress of a property at 32 Gulfport Court, which had been cited as a public nuisance and an unsafe structure following a serious fire and explosion that injured the home’s owner, Roberto Roque (Roberto Roque Revocable Trust) in early December 2012. The property also has required extensive work on a sinkhole that appeared. Roque appeared at the hearing to explain that he had tried to prepare the house sufficiently for sale and then realized the structure was beyond salvaging. He also ... Read More »

John R. Wood Opens Marco Office

John R. Wood Properties has opened a new office on Marco Island at 1000 North Collier Boulevard. The 4000-square-foot office will be staffed by 30-35 Realtors and will include a John R. Wood Cyber Café™ to best serve the company’s mobile agents and transactions. “For the first time, this will give us a total presence on Marco Island,” said George Percel, who was hired to manage the office. Percel has been a Realtor in this area since 1992 when he was named “Realtor Rookie of the Year” by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. “Obviously, we are excited to ... Read More »

Help FWC – Be a Citizen Scientist

Horseshoe crabs on the beach. PHOTO COURTESY OF FWC

Submitted A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crab mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. Beachgoers likely will have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a new or full moon. The conditions around the new moon on March 30 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. Mating crabs “pair up,” with the smaller male on top of the larger female. Other ... Read More »

Center Stage Dance Now Open

Lucy LaCava (center) has enlisted some of the best instructors — Michelle Jordan (right) and Kathy Kurtz (left).

By Melinda Gray At just 22 years old, Lucy LaCava says she is living her dream. She always wanted to own her own dance studio, and on January 6, she opened Center Stage Dance Studio. She offers classes to suit all ages — including Zumba, yoga, Cardio and Ball fitness. “From ballet to ballroom, hip hop to jazz, you name it we offer it,” says Lacavas. Her instructors already each have their own good reputation. Michelle Jordan, is certified in four types of Zumba, and has a rather large following here on the island. Kathy Kurtz heads up the yoga ... Read More »

Annual SAMI Lady’s Day Regatta

The Moby Nick

Submitted Saturday, March 15, was a beautiful day for sailing, and the Sailing Association of Marco Island took advantage of it, as it held its annual Lady’s Day Regatta in the Gulf waters along Marco Island’s beach. The coastal breeze was just right to be caught in the sails and gentle enough to provide a sway of waves for the boats at anchor. Even so, it was close quarters on the water, and some held their breath for a beat or two at the awesome sights. This is just one of several event SAMI conducts on Marco waters. The club ... Read More »

Nest Fest Raises $11,000

By Noelle H. Lowery On March 16, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation raised more than $11,000 during its Fourth Annual Nest Fest — the most money raised at a single function by the organization to date. “It was a great success,” says Carl Way, the foundation’s chairman and founder. “We thank all those that supported our cause.” The event was held at the Island Country Club. The event is one way the foundation helps fund its efforts to protect and maintain the habitat for Marco Island’s resident mating pair of Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa. The foundation leases the ... Read More »

MIA Art Show Set for April

By Noelle H. Lowery April is a very important month for Rob Eder’s art history class at Marco Island Academy. His students will be showing roughly 30 original art works at the La Petite Galerie at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. These are not just any old paintings or sketches, and patrons definitely will not see any pottery. What they will see are computer-enhanced watercolors of guitars — bright, colorful, authentic guitars. Part of a class project, Eder divided his class into working groups who then created their own guitar design companies complete with corporate name and ... Read More »

Make World Water Day Every Day

The 110,000 acres of RBNERR are a great place to explore by paddleboard,
kayak or boat.

By Natalie Strom News flash! Water is essential to our everyday lives! Oh, you already knew that? Good. Well, did you know that you can celebrate what keeps you alive on March 22 with the rest of the world. That’s right. It’s World Water Day, and the best way to celebrate the liquid locally is by taking a trip to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) where its specialty, of course, is water and water research. Head out to 300 Tower Road, just off of US-951, and you will find the Reserve tucked away in a hidden paradise ... Read More »

Marco Faith & Wine Presents Christina King


Submitted Author, national radio host, international speaker, featured guest of EWTN and mother of eight, Christina King’s highly dynamic and interactive style will inspire you to embrace the beauty of faith and God’s plan for your life. King will present “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” at San Marco Church, Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 PM. The Marco Faith and Wine event is sponsored by Coastal Breeze News. “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” is an encouraging and inspirational presentation describing individuals as unique treasures in earthen vessels that God can, and does, work through — even though we might be “cracked.” King uses ... Read More »

Sue Monk Kidd Comes to Marco Island

Sherrie Meek, Maureen Brennen and Susan Schalier drove down from Naples for the book signing event.

By Noelle H. Lowery Recently, the Marco Island Center for the Arts and Sunshine Booksellers joined forces to bring renowned author Sue Monk Kidd to Marco Island for a book signing event for Kidd’s latest release — “The Invention of Wings.” It was a natural partnership, after all. While Rosemary Wick, president of the Center’s board of directors, is a close friend of Kidd’s, the owners of Sunshine Booksellers — Stuart and Theresa Unsworth — have represented her for years. To say the partnership and the event were unprecedented successes is an understatement. Tickets sold like proverbial hotcakes, and ... Read More »

Big Cypress Annual Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Big Cypress National Preserve invites aspiring poets to submit their poetry for the Second Annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences. The preserve is accepting poetry submissions through April 14. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, and poems will be displayed on the Big Cypress National Preserve website and Facebook page. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 30. Here ... Read More »

Publix supports Bedtime Bundles

The Publix staff’s enthusiasm encouraged shoppers to donate  over $8,500 worth of bagged groceries for Bedtime Bundles.SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Dianna Dohm Publix kicked off its “Culture of Caring” campaign by assisting Marco’s hometown organization, Bedtime Bundles, with its semi-annual Spring Food Drive. Together, Publix staff and Bedtime Bundle volunteers collected over $8,500 of bagged groceries for migrant children, their families and the underserved of Collier County. Publix manager Hugh Hackett and his assistant manager Melanie Cortes worked closely with Karen Saeks, founder of Bedtime Bundles, to develop the contents of the grocery bag which included rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit. The Marco Island community came out in force to support both Publix and Bedtime Bundles. “I have ... Read More »