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Hodges University Announces New President

The Board of Trustees at Hodges University has announced Donald W. Wortham, Ph.D. as the new President of the institution. Wortham will lead the university, which offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online. Wortham comes to Hodges from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, MN where he has served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives since 2012. Before he entered his current role, Wortham served as the Executive Director of Extended Studies at CSS from 2009 to 2012. He has previously held senior positions at the American Higher Education Development Corporation. Wortham began his ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?

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Submitted We’ve heard of Gasparilla – it was the name of a supposedly famous pirate, and it is also the name of an island off the coast of Fort Myers. But, did he really exist? Was the island named in ancient maps long before he was reported to have marauded these coasts? And, there was our own Juan Gomez who lived on Panther Key until he died aged 120 (or was it 105?). He wasn’t a myth. The Storter family from Everglade and Colliers from Marco Island made sure he had supplies in his old age. You can learn more ... Read More »

Hills No Problem for Marco 5 Mile Run Winners

Lely High runners, from left, Garrett Southerland, Emma Fernandez, Rosie and Michael Poling, just before the run. Rosie came in second overall for women, Michael won his 14-and-under class and Emma came in second in the 15-19 class.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco 5 mile Hill Run gave way to winners who experience running hilly traverses in their home states. Jesse Armbruster of Columbus, Ohio and Jennifer Rapaport of Medford, Massachusetts attacked the 17 hilly sections of the race, fighting chilly weather and a strong head wind to the finish line to win easily. Armbruster won in a time of 27:48.7. It was 51 seconds faster than second-place finisher Adam Cholewin of Fort Bragg, NC (28:37.5) and more than two minutes faster than third-place finisher Nick Kamen of Naples (30.05.6). Rapaport’s time of 32.53.2 was just over ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities announces 2016 Chef Vintner Dinner Hosts

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the hosts of the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Chef Vintner Dinners. At the Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26, the hosts will wine and dine guests with the help of distinguished vintners and local chefs. Each host will present a uniquely themed dinner for guests to enjoy, paired with select wines from participating vintners. Nine extraordinary dinners will kick off the weekend of gracious giving, and each dinner will offer guests a creative and entertaining experience. “Magnolias Over Miromar” will be hosted by Don and Cathy Canterna in partnership ... Read More »

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

People who live in southwest Florida can learn to identify and safely capture Burmese pythons at upcoming 2016 Python Challenge™ in-person training sessions in Lee and Collier counties. Training for Lee County is on Dec. 20 at the Olga Community Center in Fort Myers, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Can’t make it to the December training? You can still sign up for training in Collier County on Jan. 19 at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples. For those who can’t make the west coast trainings, more sessions are offered in different locations throughout south Florida in December, January and February. Training ... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books by Local Authors

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By Maggie Gust If you are looking for holiday gifts for family, children, friends, or acquaintances up north or locally, may I suggest you consider giving a little bit of the flavor of our region? We have many talented authors here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you’re looking for, cookbook, romance, history, fantasy, poetry, children’s books about local turtles, birds or other animals, chances are that a local author may have written just what you need. Area bookstores have local authors shelves/displays, but ideas are available on some websites as well. The local writers’ group here in Marco Island ... Read More »

Performers Look Forward to 50th Anniversary Concert

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By Don Manley Modern Marco Island’s half century of existence will be commemorated with music at the 50th Anniversary Concert in the Park, set for November 21 at Veterans Community Park. The genre-spanning lineup will include Marco resident Jim Long, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and featured guest, Beatles tribute artists The Nowhere Band, whose repertoire spans the entirety of the Fab Four’s illustrious career. Based in Southwest Florida, The Nowhere Band brings the Beatles’ material to life for audiences by blending authentic period costumes and vintage instruments, with modern lighting ... Read More »

Stretton Returns to MIA

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By Roger LaLonde Mums the word when it comes to Cole Stretton returning to Marco Island Academy (MIA) in time for basketball season. Stretton decided to transfer in the fall to play his senior year at Lely, with the hopes of greater exposure for scholarship opportunities by playing at the 5A level, rather than MIA’s 2A team. The reason for coming back to MIA is not clear. In an email, William Mottola, Lely athletic director, gave a “No comment” remark when asked if there was a reason for Stretton leaving Lely. In a text, Roger Raymond, MIA basketball coach, confirmed ... Read More »

Pure Florida supports breast cancer awareness with special October promotion

Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special promotion to support the fight against breast cancer. When guests purchase any Pure Florida cruise, tour, excursion, gift card or apparel in October and wear pink on the day of their Pure Florida experience, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s “Making Stride Against Breast Cancer” program. Pure Florida’s support of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” cause is inspired by a close friend and colleague, Barb Frederick, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. To ... Read More »

Pure Florida Launches Pure Education

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Submitted Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade students. Marine Science Field Trips are also offered to individuals, families and organizations. Pure Education’s Marine Science Field Trips are currently available at Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location, with future plans underway for its Naples location. Marine Science Field Trip ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY INTRODUCES R.E.D. FRIDAYS TO HONOR DEPLOYED U.S. TROOPS

Hodges University has begun a R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday movement to honor United States military servicemen and servicewomen who are currently serving overseas. The movement encourages students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, as well as the general public, to wear something red on Fridays. “Only a minority will serve in the United States Armed Forces, but a majority can show their support,” said Christine Manson, Hodges University’s Director of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center. “R.E.D. Fridays are a great way for Hodges University and the community to show our continued support and appreciation for the service of the members of our military.” Participants are encouraged to share photos and videos on ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY IDENTITY FRAUD INSTITUTE OFFERS FREE CONSULTATIONS

Victims of Identity Fraud in Southwest Florida Now Have a Local Resource for Help Earlier this summer, Hodges University announced the establishment of the Identity Fraud Institute. The Identity Fraud Institute, which is research and education focused, will serve as the central hub for all identity theft and fraud related information in and throughout the state of Florida, as well as provide victim assistance programs. Previously mentioned, citizen education is a prominent component of the institute. While programs are in development, the institute has begun offering free, 30-minute consultations for victims of identity fraud once a month at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Victims will meet with Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud ... Read More »

Surge heads to Nationals

Coach Chadd Chustz with members of his U6 team that won the at the Caple Coral 3v3 tourney. From left, are Gabriel Polanco, Aeden Chustz and Mario Guzman.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Surge 3v3 teams are gearing up for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, July 31-Aug. 2. The Under 9 boys and U15 girls are rated No. 1 in Florida. The U6 boys are rated second, while the U12 boys are ranked third. The U6 team won the Cape Coral and Fort Myers tournaments, played at Jet Blue Stadium.  In the Cape Coral tourney, Surge U6 split with the top-ranked U6 team, Parma FC. The U10 boys and U11 girls also ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls

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About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young women, ages 12 to 18, in the areas of entrepreneurship, careers and financial independence. “Girls Going Places here in Fort Myers is a wonderful collaboration between Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Packs Up Until Next Season

The gang from Clay Guild, Writer’s Guild, Angela’s Gourmet Pasta, Katherine’s Bead Designs and Cardzbynikki bid adieu.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com (Insert heavy sigh here) Well, another season of the farmer’s market is in the books. April 22nd was the final takedown and many hugs and, yes, even a tear or two on the last day. Let’s hope the summer goes quickly cause there are many people that will be missed. “Many of these vendors don’t have a store,” said Amanda Kuck, a farmer’s market regular. “The only place I can get some of this great stuff is right here. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s still kinda hard when they’re gone.” ... Read More »

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 »

GOVERNOR AND CABINET APPROVE TWO FLORIDA FOREVER ACQUISITIONS

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

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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 »