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HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

MIA Honor Student to Attend Johns Hopkins University

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Submitted Fermin Mendoza, a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior, has never received a grade lower than an “A.” He will graduate at the top of his class on May 29, 2015. His weighted GPA of 5.2 helped him gain acceptance to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with scholarships, grants, and work study to pay for most of his college. Fermin will be the first of his family to graduate from high school. His parents grew up in San Juan, Mexico, where his father toiled on a small family farm. His parents seeing little opportunity for their children in ... Read More »

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. Commercial harvesters targeting spiny lobster while diving are requiredto have a crawfish commercial dive endorsement along with a saltwater products license (Florida’s basic commercial license) and a restricted species endorsement. The commercial dive endorsement program was implemented in 2004 in an effort to reduce conflicts within the commercial lobster fishery during a time when the commercial dive fishery was rapidly expanding. No new or additional commercial dive endorsements have been issued since the program was ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Nurses Matter—All Year Long

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By Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Award-winning American filmmaker Carolyn Jones said, “At one point in our life each of us will encounter a nurse, whether it’s as a patient or as a loved one and that one encounter can mean the difference between suffering and peace; between chaos and order. Nurses matter.” National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This is the very special week that each hospital, doctor’s office and healthcare facility sets aside to honor our nation’s national healthcare treasures: our nurses. As the CEO of Physicians Regional ... Read More »

Online Identity and Your Legacy

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder   Question: Having just lost my mother, I’m now more aware than ever of how important it is to make things as easy as possible for my loved-ones after I’m gone or for when I cannot manage my own affairs. It was extremely difficult to gain access to my Mom’s on-line information for bill paying, email and other matter further complicating the situation. What recommendations can you make? Answer: First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. ... Read More »

Spring Ring Bling Fling

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By Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net April was here and gone, it’s time to spring clean, clear-out and check your fine jewelry. Periodic cleaning and inspection is the surest way to prevent diamond or gemstone loss from faulty or missing prongs in settings. It seems this past season many have heeded my advice and many have not. I replaced a record amount of “missing” diamonds these past months, all of which losses could have been prevented by a simple inspection. A prong in time saves nine grand. My simple cleaning and inspection, which by the way is a free service takes three ... Read More »

MIFRD: Grassroots Commitment via Pancakes and Students

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the bays of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were filled with members of the community enjoying a morning breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to chat alongside our fire/rescue personnel. The City Manager, the Fire Chief, several members of the Marco Island Police Department and a few City Councilmen were there, as well. While several took the opportunity to tour the facility and kick the tires on fire trucks, members of the Fire Rescue Foundation manned their stations cooking, serving, pouring coffee and making sure everyone was happy. ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

Marco Island High Schoolers Are DAR Award Winners

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Submitted Three Marco Island high school students received medals, certificates and scholarships at the April 16th meeting of the Marco Island Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. DAR Regent Karen Lombardi noted, “The focus of the national DAR is education, so what better way to demonstrate this than to meet and greet our Marco Island scholars!” Joanie Shields introduced the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner, Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza, escorted by her father, Sandro. Andrah is the first Marco Island Academy student to win this award. Andrah is a straight A student who loves science, especially robotics, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rod Thole

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It’s a Matter of Trust. With the outbreak of emails, and letters again being sent to Marco Island City Councilors, on “reconsideration” of the rental ordinance, it becomes abundantly clear that the Council is again breaking trust with the electorate. The matter of exempting condominiums was debated over many months. Deliberations occurred with considerable input of the citizenry. Condominium owners wrote letters and emails, they appeared at City Council meetings to plead their case, and they met with individual Councilors to explain why including condominiums was poor public policy. Now all of that citizen involvement and input, and the decision ... Read More »

Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

It’s All Good

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By Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com   Painting outside can be an unparalleled pleasure for an artist, but it can also present some unexpected challenges. I usually enjoy besting the forces that endanger my mission – though sometimes I’m not so successful. It seems when the troubles are nature-made, I am usually prepared and able to rise above…but when they’re man-made, well, sometimes the buckle just breaks and patience snaps. In my plein aire experiences I’ve dealt with the surprise of sprinklers, swarms of mosquitoes, the rise of fierce winds and the fall of rain. I’ve been nipped by dogs and ‘saluted’ ... Read More »

Smallwood Store Settlement

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By Patty Huff Finally, after many years of frustration and expense, the Smallwood Store & Museum and Florida Georgia Grove, LLP, reached a settlement agreement on March 17. According to the Col the County Commissioners, “the four year Smallwood litigation has been resolved in favor of the County and the Smallwood family. In an agreed-upon Final Judgment… the Developer has agreed that Mamie Street is a publicly dedicated roadway, with the County and the Smallwood family accepting this newly paved road ‘as is.’” As a publicly dedicated roadway, neither the Smallwood Store nor Florida Georgia Grove will have to maintain ... Read More »

La Tavola-Family, Food and Friends

Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi discuss their dining philosophy.

By Don Manley The traditional family gathering place – the kitchen table – evokes thoughts of heartwarming moments for long-time Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi. Such memories and their shared Italian heritage served to inspire the Verdi’s selection of a name for their new restaurant, which they have dubbed “La Tavola,” Italian for “the table.” “I really thought long and hard about it,” said Lisa Verdi. “I thought about how Guy and I, both here and when we travel to Italy and France to visit family, the best times and our favorite memories are always around the table ... Read More »

Coping with Alzheimer’s

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Submitted America’s aging population means Alzheimer’s disease is one of the country’s leading health problems. Learn how to recognize it, how to care for a loved one, when to see a doctor and how to ensure quality end-of-life care. BMO Harris Bank is hosting an open discussion format presentation by Dr. Daniel Kaplan, DO, CMD on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. The event, to be held at BMO Harris Bank located in the ... Read More »

The Nightingale

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press 2015, 440 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” — Winston Churchill   Set against the backdrop of the Second World War in France, The Nightingale is a riveting story of love and family drama. Like All The Light We Cannot See, this book is told from the perspective of civilians, specifically the extremely heroic ordinary Frenchwomen. By the end of 1940, France was basically a land of women and children. ... Read More »

Relay for Life and the Power of Teams

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Relay for Life is known around the world. In fact, the theme for this year’s Relay is One World, One Hope. The Relay is much more than ‘an event’. It is as an opportunity for family and friends to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, a time to celebrate those who have survived cancer and a chance to recognize those who are fighting back. But it is through the grassroots efforts of locally organized teams, that Relay for Life is able to raise funds through a gamut of fun, creative ways. These teams ... Read More »

Marco’s New Environmental Specialist Enjoys Job & Community

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By Don Manley Dana Dettmar is a newcomer to Marco and her exposure to the island’s environs and its residents have left her enthralled. The New Jersey native is the city’s new environmental specialist, assuming the post two weeks ago. She replaces Nancy Richie, who occupied the position for thirty plus years, before resigning in January. “It’s just a very beautiful area,” said Dettmar. “I’ve met some really nice people down here, some people who are allies for what I’m doing. There are some unique animals here that I didn’t see when I was in New Jersey or going to school ... Read More »