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Introducing… Gema Pearl

By Natalie Strom The Annual Marco Island Seafood Festival always features great seafood and great music. In its fourth year, the event continues to grow, featuring some of the best local entertainers in the area. While attending the two-day event, to be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, make sure to stop and listen to local music sensation, Gema Pearl. Spectra Records recording artist, Gema Pearl will be performing live at the Seafood Festival from 4:30 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 24. Gema will be singing original songs from her first solo album. She will also ... Read More »

Larry Sacher announces bid for City Council

Marco Island’s next city council election will coincide with the national election in November.  Four council seats are open:  Council Chairman Jerry Gibson; Councilman Frank Recker; Councilman Wayne Waldack and Councilman Bill Trotter.  Mr.Trotter is term limited, and cannot run again. The only declared candidate thus far is Mr. Laurence Sacher, an Ohio native who moved to Marco Island.  He is co-founder of the Marco Island Homeowners who recently changed their name to Marco Island Property Owners.  Mr. Sacher has written a letter explaining his reasons for deciding to seek elective office: Marco Island needs a new City Council and ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White slept here

By Kathleen Douglas I admit it. I’m addicted. Once I discovered Randy Wayne White and his passion for narrative set in South West Florida I became his number one fan. In between escapades shared with our hero, Doc Ford and his erudite trans-channeling sidekick Tomlinson, I get my RWW fix by visiting some of the places Ford frequents from his base in a stilt house/laboratory overlooking the flats of Sanibel Island. You can imagine how delighted I was to have a little mistake turn into a walk in Randy’s tracks! Hoping to catch a tour of Useppa Island and lunch at ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year

By Monte Lazarus  There were guns galore and lots of husky guys in black uniforms. Not to worry. The event was Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation on February 17th at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Men in Black were Marco’s Finest, the police who insure the safety of residents and visitors. It was also the occasion for the Foundation to honor retiring Detective Glenn Zirgibel as Policeman of the Year. It was his second such award. County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took time from busy schedules to attend ... Read More »

Kayaking for KindnessSteven and his wife, Kieu on a recent visit to Thailand.

By Natalie Strom  Steven R. Banks is attempting to go where no man has gone before. Well, that’s not completely accurate, but he is planning something extraordinary. On Friday, April 23, Steven will attempt to kayak the total outer perimeter of the Marco Island, Cape Romano, Coon Key and Goodland commons area. This kayak trip may certainly have been done before, but not within the 24-hour time frame Steven has planned. People may think Steven is crazy for attempting this, but the only thing he is crazy about is raising awareness for local and global humanitarian concerns. That is ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  The 7th Annual Marco Island Kiwanis Car Show was even more successful than the last six! John DeRosa and his team of dedicated, determined, hardworking Kiwanians prepared beautifully, even to ordering perfect weather! I remember when he first suggested the idea, everyone was a little ambivalent, concerned that it would never be a good fund raiser. As most of you know, the Kiwanians (and Rotarians as well) raise money throughout the year to help the children in our community and the extended Collier County community; it’s for those little tykes who cannot help themselves, or who need ... Read More »

The Stolen Crown

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Bright Star Buddies, made up of Mrs. Albero’s second grade class at Tommie Barfield Elementary, put on a play entitled, “The Stolen Crown”. It was an opportunity for them to bring literacy to life through an engaging literary experience. The students, after reading a variety of fairy tales in class, wrote their own fairy tales. The class voted on which story would be used as the basis of their play. The story chosen was written by student, Carter Sickels, who modeled the play after a Russian fairy tale, “The Stolen Turnips.” The enchanting tale ... Read More »

Fashion, food and fundraising at Bistro Soleil

By Natalie Strom Marco Island Clothing Company and Bistro Soleil Restaurant are teaming up for their annual fundraising fashion show. The fourth annual show, to be held at 11:00 AM on March 8th, raises money for the Greater Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society. Joyce McFarland, owner of Marco Island Clothing Company, and her good friend, Lisa Meurgue, owner of Bistro Soleil, began this venture after Lisa found out that she, herself, had cancer. Lisa and Joyce have been good friends for years. Both private business owners on Marco Island, they had an immediate connection. Lisa has ... Read More »

65 years and counting!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Why would you want to be a member of the Masons? That is a question asked Owen Carr, a long-time Marco Island resident. Owen recently celebrated 65 years of being in the brotherhood of Masons! To bestow the honors, a formal ceremony was held recognizing this membership benchmark at the Cypress Lodge in Naples. His wife, Pat, and two other couples were in attendance as well as many fraternity brothers. After a sit down dinner in the lodge they were invited into the main hall to witness the presentation. Owen has a strong belief in ... Read More »

I’ll show you my axe if you show me yours

By Natalie Strom  Show Your Axe is one of those hidden spots on Marco that reminds true musicians of what small-town music shops are all about. Owner, Bob Duffy, has run the store, at its current location of 1165 Bald Eagle Drive for over three years now, but his first interaction with a musical instrument came long before he opened his doors on Marco. Duffy is an extremely interesting individual. He started his first business in his parents’ basement; a homemade candle-making company, when he was fifteen. Only a few years later, he sold the successful company. Since then ... Read More »

Not your typical T-shirt shop

By Natalie Strom Wind Tide, at Town Center Mall, is anything but your average vacation souvenir shop. The store, located three doors down from the Crazy Flamingo Restaurant, offers an amazing array of quality clothing and accessories for both visitors and locals. Yet, what truly sets them apart is the family-friendly atmosphere that owners, Billy and Shannon Diller, provide with great ease. That’s because Billy and Shannon believe in “treating others how they would like to be treated.” This motto extends beyond the human population as the Dillers even welcome dogs into their store. After all, Wind Tide was ... Read More »

Deltona Settlement Agreement – and its enormous impact

Craig Woodward The one single document with the greatest impact on the growth and density of Marco Island would be, without a doubt, the “Deltona Settlement Agreement.” This document created much of the current developed and undeveloped “eastern” Marco Island, as well as much of Rookery Bay and also created a great deal of the “951 Corridor” south of U.S. 41. The Agreement was not your normal arm’s length negotiated “deal” but was, in fact, the end result of years of complex litigation between the Deltona Corporation, who were the developers of Marco Island and of Marco Shores, and ... Read More »

Everglades homes tour

By Marya Repko  Everglades City has over 50 historic buildings, and a few of these will open their doors to visitors on March 10 at the Third Annual Everglades Homes Tour. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP) is again sponsoring the event from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Cost of seeing some of the oldest homes and buildings in Collier County is only $20 per person. The price includes a souvenir booklet with a map, pictures, and historical information. Registration for those without advanced tickets will be in McLeod Park, across the street from City Hall, right on the circle ... Read More »

Adoption of the 2035 plan amendment

Submitted  The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) opened a 30 day public comment period for the adoption of the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendment on Feb. 8. The Collier MPO Board will hold a public hearing in conjunction with its regular meeting to formally adopt the plan on March 9 at 9 AM at the Board of County Commissioners Chambers on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. The 2035 LRTP Amendment is posted on the Collier MPO’s Web site at http:// for the public to review prior to the ... Read More »

2012 Marco Island Shell Show shines

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Shell Club is busy preparing for its upcoming Marco Island Shell Show. The 32nd annual event will be held March 8th through the 10th at the United Church of Marco Island. The show, which features awards in both artistic and scientific categories, is also part shell art fair. Not only are shell works juried upon but they are also for sale. The Marco Island Shell Club originated over 30 years ago by a group of women who wanted to do more with the shells they were collecting along Marco’s beaches. As the years ... Read More »

There’s a Bus on the Beach!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On February 14, Bald Eagle Towing helped to tow the “Ion Bus” onto Marco’s beach. What on earth is the “Ion Bus” and why is it on our beach? The story is all about science. The bus is owned by Life Technologies. “A biotech company out of California,” explains Denise Mosey of Life Technologies. “We are here with a scientific convention that is going on at the Marriott called AGBT (Advances in Genome Biology and Technology). We do genetic sequencing. We’ve brought our mobile bus with us where we can do full genetic sequencing with ... Read More »

Geia sas, a Greek welcome

By Carl Kelly Geia sas! (Yah sas) They welcomed us all as one. The weekend of February 10 through 12 was another marvelous welcome. For more than 20 years the members of St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church have celebrated their heritage and shared it with the community of Collier County. Geia sas! Thousands came to the church grounds, the huge tent, the music, the traditional garb, the art and jewelry, the church icons. But, mostly they came for the food and the dance. The air was dense with the odors of Mediterranean spices, sweet pastries, and seared meats. In the ... Read More »

Kayaking, cruising, biking and walking in the Everglades

Patricia Huff Saturday, February 25, marks the first fundraiser for the Smallwood Store and Museum to help the not-for-profit organization with its fight to restore Mamie Street. Florida-Georgia Grove, LLP, was ordered by Judge Lauren Brodie to pave the street that they had destroyed in April; the deadline date to complete the paving is February 27 (as of 2/17 nothing had been done). Access to the Museum is now a rough road covered with pot holes. An update about the road will be published in the next BUZZ column. In the meantime, come support the Smallwood Store by attending ... Read More »


PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthor Last year I wrote an in depth article on bicycle safety and bicycle laws and, as a bicyclist, how we must follow them, not only for our own safety but for the safety of others as well. In my years of cycling I have seen a lot of people who don’t follow the laws, and I have ridden with a lot of them who ignore the rules. It is very important as a bicyclist to earn the same rights and share the same roadways with pedestrians and motor vehicles. We do that by following ... Read More »

Viking River cruises and America Travel

By Monte Lazarus Here on Marco Island, America Travel Arrangements has promoted river cruises ever since this form of relaxing travel became popular in Europe. The company was one of the first to take a group of Americans, most of them from this area, on the “Voyage of the Czars” itinerary from Moscow to St Petersburg when that became possible in the former Soviet Union. Several weeks ago America Travel staged a dinner presentation on Marco Island in cooperation with Europe’s largest operator of river cruises, Viking River Cruises. The outstanding dinner presentation by the Regional Director for South Florida, ... Read More »