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Free Lecture on Pancreatic Cancer

21st Century Oncology, the nation’s leading provider of integrated cancer care, is pleased to announce a complimentary lecture about pancreatic cancer on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Northern Trust Bank, 8060 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919. The event is open to the public and a light dinner will be served. Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease, affecting an estimated 46,420 people in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those, more than 39,000 people, or 85 percent of those, will die from the disease. The lecture, titled “Pancreatic Cancer: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment,” will provide ... Read More »


Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members agreed to acquire two high-valued conservation properties in southwest Florida using Florida Forever funds. Both properties were purchased from the Trust for Public Land. The board agreed to acquire approximately 669 acres within the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Florida Forever project located northwest of Fort Myers. The Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods project protects the largest and highest-quality slash-pine flatwoods in southwest Florida and connects to the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area. Acquisition of the parcel will significantly improve the water quality in the area and provide an economic benefit of more than $14.1 million. The ... Read More »

Women’s Winter Bible Study Seminar and Luncheon

Helen Claassen

Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church kicks off their Women’s Winter Bible Study with a seminar and luncheon on Jan. 9. Registration for “How God uses the Threads of your Life” seminar begins at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker and missionary Helen Claassen wondered, “What now God?” after the death of her husband in 2009. She will share how God used the threads of her life to make himself known. Claasen will also introduce the Fig Leaf Boutique; a mission in Fort Myers that brings the hope of Jesus to sexually exploited and trafficked women in SW Florida. The boutique provides an opportunity ... Read More »

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life, Another in Hospital


Tragedy hit Marco Island Monday night when a man and a woman were thrown from a three-wheeled motorcycle while driving on North Collier Boulevard near Holly Court. Marco Island resident Albert  D. O’Connell, 71, lost control of the southbound motorcycle after careening off a curb, ejecting both him and his passenger, 57-year-old Patricia Reilly, from the bike. O’Connell died on the scene, and Med-Flight arrived on the scene to fly Reilly to the Lee County Trauma Center in Fort Myers to be treated for serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved. Marco Island authorities received the call about the crash ... Read More »

Blue Chip Community Business Award marks two decades of celebrating success


While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »


While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

MIA Ready to Kick Off 2014 Season

Cole Stretton #1 and Andrew Fowler #4. photoS By Roger LaLonde

By Roger Lalonde Back in the spring junior Cole Stretton, outstanding in basketball and football, predicted that the football team will be the talk of the school this year. That was after the basketball team won its first district basketball title and the football team had recorded one win last season against some very tough foes. This is a new season, and new head coach Greg Fowler is impressed by the work ethic of the team. Fowler and his staff have worked with the players on a new option-based offense and 3-5 defense. “The kids are picking up the ... Read More »

Darcie Guerin Announces New Partnership


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a match made in financial heaven. Darcie Guerin, resident branch manager and associate vice president of Investment Insights of Raymond James, has partnered with Michael Sbertoli, associate vice president of investments. “We are partnering together because of the substantial increase in the number of families being served in the Marco office,” explained Guerin. “Mike and I, as CFP practitioners believe in the same core investment principles and business practices. With Mike, I will be able to maintain the highest level of service to our ever growing client base.” Born and raised in the ... Read More »


Kira Krümm International Design ( announces two additions to its design team. The Estero based firm recently welcomed Interior Design Assistant, Keri Linden, a Fort Myers native who received her Bachelors in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, as well as a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of South Florida, and Andres Foianini, a native of Bolivia, with extensive industry experience, who will act as the company’s Business Development Manager, while completing his Interior Design Degree at Southwest Florida College.  Both Linden and Foianini bring talent and enthusiasm to Kira Krümm International Design ... Read More »

Pumping Polluted Water Must Stop

A major decision in federal court today will put an end to government-sanctioned pollution that’s been fouling Lake Okeechobee for more than three decades. The case, first filed in 2002 by Earthjustice, challenged the practice of “back pumping.” For years, South Florida sugar and vegetable growers have used the public’s waters, pumped out of giant Lake Okeechobee, to irrigate their fields. They wash the water over their industrial-sized crops, where it is contaminated with fertilizers and other pollutants. Then, they get taxpayers in the South Florida Water Management District to pay to pump the contaminated water back into Lake Okeechobee, where ... Read More »

Meet the Authors


Submitted Marco Island Writers will host its Second Annual AuthorFest at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. on Saturday, March 8 from 12-4 PM. More than 40 local authors from Fort Myers to Marco Island will be on hand to sell their books, sign autographs and talk about their lives as authors. The featured speaker, Suzi Weinert, author of “The Garage Sale Stalker,” will speak at 2 PM. “Stalker” was awarded the “Best Made-for-TV Book” in 2013. The event is free to the public. There is a huge selection of books ranging from non-fiction and cooking to ... Read More »

Story With Several Morals


By Monte Lazarus The tale you may be about to read is true. Even the characters, I’m embarrassed to say, are real. This is written as a public service for those of the public who travel by air. My Wonderful Wife and I wrapped up our annual Cultural Fix Week in Canada, after four different plays and musicals at the Stratford Theatre (Canadian spelling, eh) Festival. For those of you who might enjoy exhilarating theatre (eh, again) this is a genuine treat. Regrettably it was time to leave, so we packed the gigantic SUV our friends at Hertz had ... Read More »

Marco Island Triathlon


On September 29, endurance junkies readied themselves for the Marco Island Triathlon. The first leg included a quarter mile swim which was followed by a bike trek of 15 miles, finishing up with a three mile run. Hundreds of volunteers were spread around the island to help keep the racers on course and well hydrated. The first to the finish line, was the Diego Corredor from Fort Myers. His time was 1 hour, 7 minutes and 31 seconds. The race began and finished at the Marco Island Marriott. Overall awards went to the top five male and female finishers; top ... Read More »

Marco Soccer Club surges forward


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Soccer Club —The Surge — is making waves. Not only are the teams earning top finishes in 3v3 tournaments all over the state of Florida, but the organization itself is going through a changing of the guard. Longtime organizers Joe Bartos and Al Wagner have passed the proverbial baton to a new board of directors: Chadd Chustz, Patrick Baldwin, Tina Nash and Scott Lowe. “Joe and Al have built a great organization to support competitive youth soccer on Marco Island, but their boys have grown and moved on to the next level ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: So why is the USPS going broke?


By Ben A. Wolfe One very hot day I was sitting on my front step here on Marco Island. It was almost 12PM when the mail carrier stopped in front of my mailbox, shutting off the engine of his little vehicle because he had a box to deliver that was too large to put in our mailbox. After putting the box on the front porch, we chatted for a few minutes about the sad state of the current business climate in our country, both public and private. The mail carrier returned to his vehicle. (Let’s call him Jim.) Jim, upon ... Read More »

Henry the Rooster Update


By Ben Wolfe Coastal Breeze News has received several requests for an update on Marco’s own rooster, Henry, who lived in the hedges and bushes along the former Calusa Gardens Plaza, now the new home of Chase Bank on North Collier Blvd. We turned to one of Henry’s best friends, Ben Wolfe, for current news about Henry. Here are Ben’s recollections of his friendship with Henry and his latest adventure. I was first introduced to Henry about three years ago by Diane Baker, office manager for Dr. Joe Vickaryous, whose offices were located at Calusa and Ann Rudolph, owner of ... Read More »

USPS Hosts Extended and Sunday Hours for Holiday Season

Post Offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda are offering extended holiday hours of operation on Saturdays and Sundays. The extended hours will be effective through Sunday, December 16. Postmasters are hoping that customers will take advantage of mailing on the weekends!  Postal customers who take advantage of this opportunity will avoid the heavy traffic on Mondays! Naples Main Post Office and Coco River Post Office will staff the Self Service Shipping & Mailing Centers on Saturdays from 2-4 pm and Sundays from Noon – 4 pm. For complete addresses of these locations visit or call ... Read More »

Operation Santa Mail

Would you like to adopt one or more families this year in an effort to help make their Christmas a cheerful event? The Fort Myers and Cape Coral post offices are offering “Operation Santa Mail” for the second year. The post offices will be intercepting Santa’s mail and reviewing it for letters from children whose parents could use help to have a brighter holiday. The adopted families will be residents of Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties. Information on the adopted families is kept confidential. You will be provided with a child’s (or sometimes a parent’s) letter. You will be asked ... Read More »

Collaborating for a Cause

By Natalie Strom The collaborative effort between the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and Meals of Hope couldn’t be stronger. Closing out September’s Hunger Action Month, the two organizations came together to celebrate their latest joint venture. At an open house held on September 25, guests were treated to a tour of the Meals of Hope warehouse, which it will now be sharing with the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Based out of Fort Myers, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of food last year to hungry Southwest Floridians in five counties: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, ... Read More »