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Meals of Hope Next Year: New Captain, Same Hope

Coastal Breeze News sponsored a table of volunteers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2015 Meals of Hope packaging event on November 14 was a monumental success. Over 550 volunteers packaged a record 232,000 meals in less than two hours. The group was also successful in achieving their 2015 goal of raising $45,000. After the event, Meals of Hope gives the packaged meals away free of charge. A distribution network, which utilizes the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest, insures that the meals are given to needy children. The mission of Meals of Hope is to ensure that no child in Collier County misses even a single ... Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher Exhibit

Clyde Butcher. FILE PHOTO

SUBMITTED The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to host fine art photographer Clyde Butcher’s special exhibition “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary.” The exhibit, graciously sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, is to be on display at the museum from Tuesday, December 1 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Butcher is best known for his stunning photography and contributions to public awareness of the Florida Everglades, showing his deep and personal commitment to preserving endangered landscapes around the world. An internationally recognized artist and environmentalist, Butcher photographed and recorded images taken throughout America in his new “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” series. The photographs capture ... Read More »

Holiday Arts Festival


Submitted The Holiday Arts Festival is coming to Wesley United Methodist Church. Take some time on Saturday, December 5th between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to enjoy the art, music and festivity at this first-ever church event. If you are still searching for a unique holiday gift, you will find it here. Thirty professional artists will bring a variety of art forms to the festival. You will find beautiful and creative paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, shell art, woven baskets, wood creations and stained glass. In addition to the art, enjoy a free lunch and holiday music. Starting at 11:45 AM, ... Read More »

What ACS Means to Me & What It Could Mean to You


ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Even before I became an American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner, I was well aware of the nonprofit organization and its mission to fight cancer. However, what I did not know until I joined the wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, was just how much ACS provides for those diagnosed with cancer that goes far beyond funding research. Most importantly, the services ACS provides are either free, or at significantly reduced rates. I chose to work for the American Cancer Society because I wanted my passion for coordinating events to go towards an ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

Estate Planning: Avoiding the “Oops”


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin   “The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein   Question: My brother passed away and his will and estate plan had not been updated. This left everything in disarray with the family fighting. What can I do to avoid this type of chaos for my family? Answer: My condolences on the loss of your brother. Life is unpredictable and each day is a gift. Situations change personally and professionally and estate documents are often overlooked and not updated. Grief and uncertainty never go well together. Proper planning is a gift you can give ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Federal Trade Commission reports that Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of identity theft complaints per capita ( Victims of identity theft can attest to the enormous stress, aggravation and expense caused by this type of fraud. Victims also suffer serious damage to their credit report history, which is often difficult and time consuming to correct. The Marco Island Police Department, in conjunction with the Collier County Identity Theft Task Force, is helping residents avoid identity theft through the “Stop Identity Theft Forum” to be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 2-3 ... Read More »

Penny Musco to Perform at MIHS November 3

Penny Musco as Priscilla Sinclair in her one-woman play. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Drama takes center stage at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) next meeting, Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7:00 PM in Rose History Auditorium. Penny Musco performs her one-woman play, “Steal Away: The Story of a Homesteader and an Exoduster,” which focuses on a little known piece of American history: the greatest migration of blacks from the South to other parts of the United States. The story is set in 1880 and told from the perspective of Priscilla Sinclair, a white, New Jersey woman who together with her family is determined to claim free acreage in Kansas courtesy of the ... Read More »


Submitted IBERIABANK will host their Marco Shred Party on November 14 from 9 AM-12 PM. Guests are encouraged to bring documents to be safely shredded at the bank, which is located at 605 Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island. Some Facts about identity theft: Florida is #1 in the U.S. in identity theft for the 7th consecutive year. Naples is #3 in identity theft nationally. Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. South Florida leads nationally in medical identity theft. What does this have to do with our Shred Party? The Shred Party will provide one of the safest and ... Read More »

Strideaway Through Hideaway Family 5K


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Third Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk went off successfully on Saturday morning, with one significant glitch. Due to a miscommunication, some runners were directed off of the “official” course, and they wound up walking or running a longer distance than originally planned. Tim Clune, Kiwanis President, apologized to the participants, and informed them that anyone who registered for this race would receive free registration for the Fourth Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk in October of 2016. Despite this misstep, the crowd was jovial during the awards ceremony, and appeared to embrace the important ... Read More »

Isles of Capri, Marco Swimmers Shine in Meets

MIA’s three-member swim team (from left): senior Kasey Bersh, sophomores Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick.  PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Roger LaLonde Lely and Marco Island Academy swimmers made a big splash in district meets last week. With just three swimmers on the MIA team, coach Kamal Farhat has made the most of their ability. All three will compete in regional races at the Sarasota YMCA pool on Saturday, October 31. Kasey Bersh, Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick qualified for regionals with strong finishes in the Class 1A-District 9 meet. Bersh, a senior, had personal best times in winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. In the 50 free her time was 25.63 and in the 100 it was ... Read More »

Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon, Entering its 10th Year on the Island


By Samantha Husted Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon, located in the Marco Town Center, is Marco Island’s only full service value price salon. Full service means everything from kids’ to adult haircuts, color & gloss to foil highlights, and perms to facial waxing. Value price means low, everyday pricing. Regular price for an adult haircut is just $15.95; however, every Tuesday and Saturday you can get one for just $10 (cash price). Kids’ cuts are regularly priced at $9.95 but also on Tuesdays and Saturdays you can get one for just $5 (cash price). Included in the kids’ cut is ... Read More »

SKYFUN (Full disclosure: The writer is a retired airline executive)

In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! By Monte Lazarus Dear SKYFUN Customer, We value your membership in our Fun In The Skies Club, and are pleased to offer the following new amenities on your upcoming flights. Please continue to enjoy yourselves on our retro propeller-driven aircraft. No longer do you have to worry about missing the joy of lingering in the sky. With SKYFUN your trips are leisurely and ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium


Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes marine archaeologist Jeff Moates to Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Moates’s lecture will focus on the archaeology and history of Southwest Florida’s Cuban “Fishing Ranchos.” In the late 18th and 19th centuries, groups of Cuban and Spanish Indian fishermen established a number of “Fishing Ranchos” along the Gulf coast where they processed and sold their catch. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Moates will explain who these enterprising entrepreneurs were, where they came from and how they survived, even thrived, in a primitive land long after the Spanish had ... Read More »

National Estuaries Day


By Erin and Amelia Perchalski Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 26 by offering many unique, free experiences. Boat tours of the bay were given throughout the day, along with opening up the research lab. Many vendors filled the Environmental Learning Center with displays from Collier Mosquito Control District, Florida State Parks, the Audubon Society, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Sportfishing Club, Marco Shell Club and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, just to name a few. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the touch tank, filled with living sea creatures, and many ... Read More »

Enjoy Your Estuary

Rookery Bay, designated in 1978, was established on Shell Island Road  in 1984. In 1996, headquarters moved to Tower Road, but the Shell Island Road location, seen here, is still in use as a field station and hub for ecotours. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Marco Island is surrounded by natural beauty. Here, freshwater from land meets saltwater from the sea and forms a unique habitat known as an estuary. This special environment is vital to coastal communities like Marco because it provides shelter for fish and shellfish, recreational opportunities for people, and an economic engine that drives the local economy through tourism and real estate. The value of these natural resources to the local community was recognized in 1978, when the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established. A grassroots effort began with concerned citizens purchasing a few thousand ... Read More »