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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 »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Roger Raymond

Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
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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 steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »

The Greenest Grass

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates   I just returned from a truly special family vacation. My husband and I rented a log home nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and along with our children and their families, we spent seven days together exploring the 120-acre home site. Located seven winding, rolling miles from the nearest town, we ate our meals at the big wooden table using the groceries we carried in. We took a few day trips ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!

The Kathryn. PHOTOS BY JIM FREEMAN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Goodland has long been known as a fishing community, both commercial and private. Being located in the Ten Thousand Islands, with quick and direct access to the gulf, makes it a natural for fishermen. With our many canals, almost every waterfront residence here has a fishing boat sitting on a lift out back. We didn’t all come here to fish, however. Goodland is also ideally situated for sailors, especially for trips to the Keys, Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, or even the Bahamas. There are a few sailboats on lifts here. Larger sailboats can be ... Read More »

La Scarpa Moves to Heritage Square

Shoppers will find Nicole Miller dresses and the perfect accessories at La Scarpa.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff La Scarpa has moved to Heritage Square, a perfect location to enjoy a day at the salon and spa, shop with friends, sip coffee at the new Starbucks and lunch at the popular Philly Grill. But make sure to leave enough time to explore the racks at La Scarpa. La Scarpa has been a Marco Island favorite since 1985, when owner Jeanine Pastore’s parents opened the store. They took frequent trips to Italy, often accompanied by Jeanine or her sisters, to find the finest goods for their customers. After her parents retired in 2007, Jeanine ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Building Permit Increase

Submitted Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen a 46 percent increase in building permit applications between June 2014 and June 2015, according to the county’s latest figures. The county also had a nearly 19 percent increase in permit applications between May 2015 and June 2015, an increase of 816 permits. Collier County saw 4,303 permits applied for in June 2015, an increase of 1,362 permits from the 2,941 permits applied for in June 2014. Those 4,303 permits represent a 109 percent increase from the 2,057 permits applied for in June 2013. There were 311 permits issued for new construction ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Time for Some Fun

Dr. James Bowen leaves Island Animal Hospital to Pursue His Many Interests By Don Manley Dr. James Bowen may have stepped away from the workaday world, but please don’t describe the move with the dreaded “R” word. “I don’t even like the word retirement,” said Bowen, until recently, the owner and veterinarian at the Island Animal Hospital. “How shall I put it? Working less.” Bowen has sold the practice and is moving on to enjoy his varied interests on an almost fulltime basis. But he’ll still keep his hand in the game as a “relief veterinarian” on Florida’s East Coast, ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 
DeHanas. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »

Greece is the Word

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »

Bark Busters: A Better Way to a Better Dog

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The tell-tale collar and stern “BAH!” lets dog owners instantly recognize fellow Bark Busters clients. Naples Bark Busters, owned by June and Colin Glass, provides dog training and behavior services in Naples and Marco Island. In 2008, the couple, originally from Scotland, opened their business in Naples, combining their love of dogs with their desire to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bark Busters’ philosophy is to get the dog to think and make correct decisions. They never use pain, electricity or treats (“PET”) as training methods. “No PET’s!” Colin explains. One method they do use ... Read More »

Feel the Music

Blue Sky Ranch, Nederland, Colorado. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The bad news is, time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler When our kids were younger, and still living at home, we used to go on vacations about once a year. When they were really little we had a pop-up camper we towed out to Colorado or South Dakota for a week or so. Once they were older the tight space of a camper proved a bit challenging for our family of 6, so we rented condos or hotel rooms. But for a couple of years we rented a ... Read More »

Community Raising Funds for its Residents

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By Jessica Hernstadt Marco Island residents are known for their generosity towards community causes. Over the next few weeks, three fundraising events will be held locally for three island residents who are in need of our help and support. Kris Hodgdon City employee and resident Jim Hodgdon and his family have experienced a family medical emergency. Recently, Jim’s wife Kris Hodgdon suffered a brain aneurysm. She was taken by ambulance to NCH, and then airlifted to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she underwent surgery. Her condition is critical, and Jim has been by her side. On Saturday, August 8 from 2 PM-8 ... Read More »

Dr. Doris Corey: Nature vs. Nurture

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too. Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human. There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family ... Read More »

Angry … Disgusted … Frustrated…

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It was a terrible week and a half for anyone who loves this country; who loves the idea of living in America; being an American; anyone who obeys the laws; works hard to achieve their dreams and who believes in service to our country is above all other pursuits in life. As a result, I am angry; I am disgusted and I am frustrated! I am angry… As father of a young daughter it has been heart wrenching and totally unreal and unbelievable for me to try and imagine what Kate Steinle’s dad must have ... Read More »

Livvy Gets Some Wheels!

The Watt family poses in front of Livvy’s new car. From left - Jim, Jonathan, Jane, Jacob, Olivia, Payton, Mary Lou and John Watt.

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt is known to many of us on the island as the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy on San Marco Road. She is likely to be sighted anywhere on the island. She attends unending meetings with supporters of MIA and has managed to author a book that was endorsed by Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee called “Fighting for Kids” about how MIA came to be. Jane is ubiquitous and peripatetic. These adjectives must have been invented for her. Jane’s husband, Jim Watt, is the volunteer coach of the MIA girls’ soccer team. He coaches ... Read More »

Dining Diary – Gino’s Trattoria

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By Ms. Vittles This week’s adventure takes us to Gino’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria nestled in the Royal Palm Mall at North Collier & Bald Eagle. I really like the open-air courtyard setting that greets you. Joining us this evening were a couple friends (code name Olivia and Hudson). We requested a table off in the corner and they sat us in a small room toward the back. It would make a great place for groups that would like a more intimate area for their occasion. The atmosphere at Gino’s is very casual, yet with an upscale feel. There ... Read More »