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Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

Three generations of Women in Business

Sandy Franchino with mother Carmela Lanni
and daughter Samantha Scheeler.

Dreams do come true, especially on Marco Island. When Sandy Franchino and her first husband drove south from New Jersey to check out a restaurant for sale, little did she know that 31 years later she would be the successful proprietor of Café de Marco. “When we came over the bridge (Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge), that was it! We fell in love with the island! We made a deal to buy what was then known as Delaney’s restaurant, and the rest is history,” Franchino says. “Marrying a chef was my main inspiration to work in the food industry. A desire ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

The Jewel of Marco

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On Nov. 8, Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco will celebrate its grand opening on Marco Island. Owners, Annelie and Amir Kathein, have been working in their store in the Shops of Marco since June 3. Marco Island is the location of their second store. The husband-and-wife team founded Golden Gate Jewelers 34 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, but have had a house on Marco for the last eight years. Mother and daughter, Annelie and Avital, are now year-round Marco Island residents and will operate this location full time. Father and son, Amir and Ari, commute during the week to run ... Read More »

Dedication Builds Mango’s

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The story of Mango’s Dockside Bistro is one of family and mother-daughter relationships. It is a story that began in 2004, when Chef Annie and daughter Lauren combined their talents to open a small carryout restaurant here on Marco Island. Lauren had gone off to college the previous year, but after a few short months, decided that was not the direction for her. Upon returning home to Marco, her mother Annie suggested they open this business. With Chef Annie’s creativity in the kitchen and Lauren and Annie’s experience in the restaurant business — Lauren working as a hostess at the ... Read More »

Keeping Health in the Family

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Sisters Jessica Holt and Sarah Asbell learned about the grocery business from the best — their late father, Steve Kaczynski. “My late father spent his entire career in the grocery business. He started as a bagger and retired as CEO,” Jessica remembers. “My fondest memory as a little girl was when my sister, Sarah, and I would ride our Big Wheels up and down the aisles of the grocery store after hours while our dad and mom did inventory. Today, the two women are carrying on his legacy as the owners of Summer Day Market & Cafe, Marco Island’s only ... Read More »

Cathy Rogers: Luxury Real Estate Specialist

John Toth, Cathy Rogers, Frank and Gingie Keefer at the Shanahan hosted soiree as a sneak preview to the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Imagination Ball held last February.

Cathy Rogers has spent the last 10 years honing her craft to become one of Marco Island’s top Luxury home sales specialists. For the last three years, she has been a top sales agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, and her 2014 home sales have reached $12 million so far in 2014. “I love this work,” Rogers explains. “I am a people pleaser. I love finding the right property for the right person. I love it when people are happy with their purchase or the sale of their property. I go above and beyond to make that happen.” Rogers grew ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown, 64, died October 8, 2014, in Naples, FL. She was born on June 16, 1950, to Alexander and Leona (Michalak) Dasky. Growing up, Mary Beth lived in Auburn (Fisherville), MI, where she graduated from St. Joseph High School, Bay City in 1968. She is the beloved wife of Bob Brown, whom she married 40 years ago on April 20, 1974, and dear sister of Monica (Terry) Hus of Auburn, MI, Patti (Russ) Friebe of Nashport, OH, Marcia (Bill) Reder of Auburn, MI, and Carol (The late Jerry) Vincent of Matthews, NC. She also is survived by many ... Read More »

PACE Collier’s ‘Love That Dress!’ Raises $112,000

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a record breaking 3,500 dresses and a number of new and returning sponsors PACE Collier’s 2014 “Love That Dress!” was destined to succeed, and it did, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds and reporting $112,000 raised. “Love That Dress!” is not only a feel-good community event, but it brings together local businesses, volunteers and community partners. The fourth annual event was held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Title Sponsor White House Black Market had an even bigger presence this year by providing thousands of pieces of jewelery that were sold for $5 ... Read More »

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com From the moment I sat down on her couch, by far the most comfortable seat in her home-office on Marco Island, I was drawn in; and it wasn’t just because of her soft tone of voice. Psychotherapist, Carolyn Katchmar is a very interesting woman with a story I found myself relating to in many ways. Born and raised in southern Illinois, her life experiences seem to have all but fated her to choose this career path and help others using her acquired skills. Katchmar married her first husband at just 20 years old, and shortly after, ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined. “Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Island

For Faith briefs Sunday school:  United Church of Marco Island is now offering Sunday School for children ages 2-12. Every Sunday, children will depart from worship at approximately 10:20 for Sunday School in the Sunday School room. The curriculum will include Bible stories, snack time, and a craft. Share this exciting new program with your children, grandchildren, and with the family next door!  Information: http://ucmarco.org/education/childrens-education/ Bible Study:  United Church of Marco Island offers Bible study every Tuesday at 10AM in the Conference Room, The topic of the study will be “The Seven Church’s in Revelation: Christ’s Vision for the Community of God.” In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus sent different messages to ... Read More »

Together Again

In one final marathon road trip to Ohio, we brought the boys and their toys back home to Goodland. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com I have to admit that I wasn’t ready; it seemed like only a few weeks had passed since the original plan was laid. The last six months have flown by, though, and now my family is finally back together again. My two younger brothers, Chris and Tyler, and yet another dog, have joined our already busting-at-the-seams household here in Goodland until further notice. I love my brothers dearly, but this isn’t the first time we’ve lived together and heavily relied on one another. I would be lying if I claimed that it’s ever been easy. ... Read More »

Balocki and O’Connell: Stories of Honor

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Rudy Balocki and Francis O’Connell have a lot in common. Both men were born and raised in New England — Balocki in Connecticut and O’Connell in Rhode Island. Both men now live on Marco Island. Both men joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, and both men fought in World War II. Recently, both Balocki and O’Connell also were among the 75 veterans flown to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 13, courtesy of Honor Flight of Collier County, for a whirlwind, police-escorted tour of the nation’s military monuments, including the World War II ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

The Manta Rays lost on a rainy, muddy night. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority. “National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all need to be ready for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “September is also the height of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast.” Across the Nation, disasters are occurring with greater frequency, and are larger and more complex. Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts. ... Read More »