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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 »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 20th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby will be held on Saturday, April 25th in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day at the Greater Marco Island YMCA. Besides the duck derby, there will be music, pool games and prizes. The race time will commence at 1:00 and run until all the ducks are in. With a little help from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department spray, ducks will make their way toward the finish line of the Olympic sized pool. Registration is $15.00 per duck or $25.00 for two ducks. You can purchase celebrity/rock and roll ducks ... Read More »

Speaker Provides First-Hand Glimpse into The Monuments Men

Harry Ettlinger, of the original “Monuments Men” chats with Brenda Pollard, after his recent presentation at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

By Don Manley Millions of viewers around the world were entertained and informed by the 2014 movie “Monuments Men.” But for Harry Ettlinger, the movie was more than the cinematic depiction of a little-know, but real-life event. What he saw on the screen represented the dramatization of real-life experiences because he was one of the original Monuments Men. Ettlinger recently discussed his experiences with the special group that recovered and returned to its rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis, at The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The Monuments, Fine Arts, ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

Sami’s Kwik Stop

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By Pat Newman Sami Rahman of Sami’s Kwik Stop is conquering the food world one country at a time. Nine years ago, he added a delectable selection of Mexican favorites to the store which also carries all the staples a Kwik Stop would be known for. The Mexican food has become a lunch time favorite among islanders ever since. Then, two years ago, a pizza kitchen was introduced and according to Sami, “I’m very pleased with the response! Everyone LOVES our pizza, most of our business comes from word of mouth!” His Pizza Grande New York style pizza is as ... Read More »

Model Railroad: Skip Merriam’s Love Not Lessened Over the Years

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By Don Manley Skip Merriam developed an interest in childhood that has stayed with him for a lifetime – model railroading. The nature of his hobby can’t be missed upon entering the garage of the Marco Island home he shares with his wife. Instead of a car or two, the space is dominated by a 14-foot by 7 ½-foot model train layout sure to inspire awe in anyone who enjoyed model railroading in his youth. “Trains have been a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember,” said Merriam. “I’m just totally fascinated with them, ... Read More »

Keynote Speaker Dan Alon Addresses Chabad Gala

Dan Alon, keynote speaker at Chabad’s annual fundraiser and one of five survivors of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games, was a member of Israel’s fencing team. He spoke surrounded by photos of the eleven athletes, trainers and coaches who were murdered by the Black September terrorist group.

By Carol Glassman On Wednesday, March 18, nearly 500 people from the Naples/Marco Island communities assembled for the Chabad of Naples Gala Event at the Ritz-Cartlon Tiburon to hear keynote speaker Dan Alon, who was one of five survivors of the terrible Munich Massacre that occurred during the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany. One could have heard the proverbial pin drop as Alon, a member of Israel’s fencing team, spoke for almost an hour, recalling in painful eyewitness detail the events of the horrific day when eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team — athletes, trainers, and coaches were murdered ... Read More »

Collier Domestic Animal Services To Begin Dogs Program

Collier County Domestic Animals Services (DAS) has begun a new program with its staff and volunteers that will hopefully lead to the adoption of more animals from our kennels. Dogs Playing Life lets the shelter dogs get outside and play together in groups. While the dogs are playing, staff and volunteers assess each dog to determine how they get along with other dogs, how much energy they have and other factors. The assessment allows shelter employees and volunteers to be more knowledgeable about the animals when potential adopters come to Collier County DAS and want to know about a particular ... Read More »

Inside The O’Briens

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Book Remarks By Maggie Gust   “The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.” – George Santayana Boston PD officer Joe O’Brien is frantic. If he does not find his service weapon RIGHT NOW, he will be late for roll call and he is already in hot water with his sergeant. He looks everywhere, retracing his steps and finally into the kitchen where his wife Rosie is serving breakfast to their four children. The Glock is on the kitchen counter. Each of them denies seeing or touching his weapon even though he ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

Expectations

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“A gift that far exceeded my expectations”

Body, Mind And Spirit By Laurie Kasperbauer ……you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need…. - Rolling Stones   I celebrated my birthday recently and as always, I was humbled by the wishes of family and friends. Because I was born on Valentine’s Day, it’s an easy birthday to remember, which is a distinct advantage, especially for my husband. Not that he forgets important dates like anniversaries and birthdays, but because he sees constant reminders of Valentine’s Day through advertisements and store displays, he sometimes even plans ... Read More »