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Performers Look Forward to 50th Anniversary Concert

The Nowhere Band’s guitar collection spans the period of the Beatles’ career. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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


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 Launches Pure Education


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 »

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 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


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, 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


By Steve Gimmestad 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 (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 »


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 »