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Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

Fishing Tournament Honors Trevor Smith


By Roger LaLonde Though his life ended too soon, friends and family of Trevor Smith are planning a remembrance fundraiser through the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s to be a celebration of his life. “One last cast,” the T-Rex 1 Fish 2 Fish Tournament, is planned for October 16-17. A dinner starts the event with the captain’s banquet at 6 PM on October 16 at Kretch’s Restaurant on Marco Island. Silent and live auction items include fishing equipment and charters, timeshare weeks, a paddleboard and much more. The tournament begins at sun up on October 17 at ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers October Meeting


Submitted On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Barbara Miller to our meeting. Barbara is an author, motivational speaker, certified master life coach, and founder of Barbara and Company International, Inc. Her several books include “You Lost Your Marriage, Not Your Life,” and soon to be released, “How to Achieve Your Goals, Easy Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals.” Our topic for the meeting is Barbara will coach us through navigating that popular website and share her expertise on using it as a marketing tool for our published works. Flash Fiction is back at ... Read More »

Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s 4th Annual PINK PARTY


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Physicians Regional Healthcare System is once again hosting its annual “PINK PARTY” on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This year’s PINK PARTY will take place at Naples Luxury Imports, 900 Tamiami Trail North in Naples. A highly popular annual event, Physicians Regional’s PINK PARTY is free to the public and promises to deliver a healthy blend of essential wellness information, engaging activities, and much more. In addition to serving as a complimentary resource for important medical information, Physicians Regional’s PINK PARTY will feature prizes, ... Read More »

A Call to the Community for Help; Your Used Car can Change a Life


Submitted On a typical day, Marie*(not her real name) is up and about before the sun even rises. Each day this hard-working single mother spends her mornings dressing, feeding and readying her young children for school. This routine can be challenging, yet she manages it with grace. Once the children are safely at school, Marie faces yet another challenge: how to get to work. Marie left an abusive relationship with the clothes on her back. She works hard in the restaurant industry to support her children and make a better life for them. When her car broke down she was ... Read More »

Enterprising MIA Student Makes Wishes Come True


By Barry Gwinn Duneshka Cruz doesn’t have a lot of spare time on her hands. She is a senior at the Marco Island Academy, and is carrying 8 courses, plus teaching a course in Forensic Science as a teacher’s assistant. With the addition of online courses, she has managed to maintain a 4.68 weighted GPA in the 25 courses she has completed since 9th grade. The vast majority of these courses were either Honors courses or AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written and overseen by the University of Cambridge in England, ranked as one of the ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

Why Back to School is the Best Time of Year

Students take the opportunity to socialize before school starts. PHOTOS BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: As summer quickly comes to an end, I commonly hear parents and students grumbling about the first day of school. Occasionally, I even catch myself joining in on the conversation. Who doesn’t love the freedom and flexibility that summer brings? There are no schedules, no homework and plenty of time for vacation. Plus, I love to spend time with my family. This year, just like the last one, I have three children in three different schools on the island: Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Tommie Barfield Elementary. All three ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Bowing heads in prayer for a good season. Submitted Photo

Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again! But, do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon, to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on October 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send-off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, September 26, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event starts at 10 AM with fun for all the family, and ... Read More »

Between Here and Gone


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching” – Gerard Way   I admit, I listen to Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura is a marriage and family counselor, turned radio talk show host. She’s socially conservative, brash and outspoken. More often than not, the callers who reach out to her with their problems disconnect in a wash of embarrassment and shame. This is not why I listen. I tune in to hear Dr. Laura’s common sense advice and sometimes outrageous commentary. But there’s one recurring morsel of thought ... Read More »

Cardiac Care


TO YOUR HEALTH Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The essence of any healthcare institution – beyond all the statistics and accolades from third-party evaluators – is the heroic daily effort to save individual lives. I was reminded of this recently by Karen Floulacker, one of our most experienced interventional radiology technologists, who wrote me the following: “I have written to you in the past regarding numerous concerns. I now would like to share what we, in our family, consider a divine intervention. July 30, my 55-year-old brother-in-law suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home and survived. ... Read More »

Suspect Your House has Mold?

What looks like rust is actually mold growing on closet shelves.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As homeowners become increasingly aware of the problems associated with mold, they are left with many questions. Bart Drake, owner of Alpha Omega Inspections, a Florida certified mold assessor and remediator, sat down with Coastal Breeze News to give us the facts. Bart explained that there are common misconceptions about mold that can affect your health, your home and your wallet. Some of the things we learned were the basics about mold. Mold, which is living, needs a food source- be it cardboard, leather, wood, drywall, etc., and a moisture source. Mold grows above 60% ... Read More »

Amy Ashby Fundraiser September 13 at Marco Island Brewery

Amy Ashby and her husband Paul. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the Marco Island Police Department will host a fundraising event to benefit Amy Ashby at the Marco Island Brewery. For a minimum $10 donation, from 1-7 PM, guests can enjoy a complimentary buffet, drink discounts and a corn hole tournament. There will also be a silent auction and raffle of a pink Glock Model 42. Raffle tickets will be $10 each, or three for $20. A limited number of fresh Florida Keys lobster tails will be available for a donation. The event will be family friendly, and the new police ... Read More »

Elks Donate Uniforms

Students are proud to wear their new uniforms.

Submitted In August, the Elks Lodge #2010 of Naples, the Elks National Foundation Chairman, Frank Serrano, Exalted Ruler Tom Thomas, Leading Knight Paul Martella and P.E.R. Ray Honan were at the Manatee Elementary School in Naples donating 400 school uniforms for the second grade students. Manatee has a high rate of children whose family income is below the poverty line. All uniforms were handed over to the school principal, Wendy Borowski and the assistant principal, Renee Hanson, to be distributed. The smiles on the children’s faces were worth the efforts. Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »

Division Chief Scott Schultz, Pioneer of Training Program, Retires

Chief Scott Schultz (held up in center) retired after 34 years with the fire rescue department. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On August 27, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department held a retirement ceremony for Division Chief Scott Schultz. His retirement ends his 34 year career with the Fire Rescue Department, which is celebrating its 50th year of service. The ceremony, led by Fire Chief Michael Murphy and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne, included special traditions unique to firefighters. Fire Chief Michael Murphy presented Schultz with his duty fire helmet. A golden axe, which was a gift from the Professional Firefighters of Marco Island, was presented to Schultz by Captain Dustin Beatty. His retirement celebration cake was ... Read More »

Lely Senior Night

by Roger Lalonde Lely High School senior football players and cheerleaders will be honored before Lely’s home game against Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug.28) Here are those that will be introduced before the game begins.  Katie Schiller (captain) Escorted by: Her dad Richard Schiller & mom Susan Schiller Activities: Varsity member of cheerleading, cross country, soccer and track since freshman year Thank/College: Thank her parents for being persistent motivators, her sisters & brother, her friends and all of the coaches and teachers she has met in her past four years at lely high school. Plans on attending Florida ... Read More »

Island Life Comes to Marco

Kevin and Amanda Ray and their daughter Alyssia, of
Iowa, enjoy some beach time on Marco Island.

By Don Manley The allure of Marco Island’s upscale, subtropical, waterfront lifestyle will once again be on display for a national audience thanks to HGTV. “Island Life,” the cable network’s new show that depicts the experiences of families moving to their island dream home, has filmed two episodes on Marco this month. The show follows the families during their realtor-assisted search for a home that fits into their budget, whether it be something ultra-affordable or the sky’s the limit. The show also shines a light on each island’s natural wonders, dining, shopping and other amenities. “I think “Island Life” really ... Read More »


Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »