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‘A hit on all Sixes’ THE SPEAKEASY

By Jesus Calo Speak easy… but tell everyone! You would never guess from simply driving by that a restaurant exists in the corner of the Chamber of Commerce Plaza. But as you park and walk up to the building a sign reads, “in the back, doll face,” and you enter The SpeakEasy of Marco Island. The open bar restaurant feels ... Read More »

New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as ... Read More »

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

Strange Goings On… And It’s Not Even Halloween!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I love the exquisite blooms, flowering trees and swaying palms of Southwest Florida and, even though it takes a lot of work, it’s totally worth the effort to sustain beauty in my own yard. When I walk the dog, ride my bike or drive around the Isles of Capri or Marco Island, ... Read More »

Danny Mootispaw’s Life Afloat: How Does He Do It?

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Danny Mootispaw has lived on a boat in waters adjacent to Naples or Goodland since 1993. In 2002 he traded a pickup truck for a 26-foot 1973 Chris Craft. He and his wife Roseanne, whom he had known since age 8, and with whom he had two of his children, lived aboard the Chris Craft, ... Read More »

Arbor Day

By Maria C. Tobin The beautification committee of Marco Island spearheads the Arbor Day Celebration every year.  On January 20, 2017, Marco Island city officials and citizens will gather at Leigh Plummer Park located at 400 N Barfield Drive at 10AM to celebrate Arbor Day.  A Tabebuia tree was selected this year.  This highly ornamental tree grows between 20 and 30 feet.  ... Read More »

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

Buche de Noel, the Perfect Holiday Dessert

By Samantha Husted  With the winter holidays fast approaching, many families are in a rush to go out and get things done.  Presents need to be bought, cards need to be sent out, and of course, that special holiday meal needs to be planned. And while the holidays bring cheer and good times, they can also be stressful and anxiety ... Read More »

EXTREMES FROM HUMBLE SIMPLICITY TO OUTRAGEOUS LUXURY

By Ewout Rijk de Vries The silence was intense. There is no other place I have ever been that is so completely devoid of sound. We were standing at the top of a sand dune in the world’s largest desert, the Sahara. My wife, Jill, and I had been riding our camels accompanied only by a camel herder who clearly ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

Author Randy Wayne White Exposes His Secret to Success at Marco Appearance

By Scott Shook  Randy Wayne White’s famous Doc Ford series has catapulted him to the top of the New York Times bestseller list on numerous occasions. But Randy Wayne White didn’t hesitate to give credit where credit is due when addressing a standing room only crowd at Sunshine Booksellers on Friday, October 21st. “I couldn’t give away my early books,” ... Read More »

Love to Learn? Listen Up!

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry Marco Island, Isles of Capri and nearby environs are full of intelligent, inquiring minds that search out opportunities to be more informed and inspired. Let’s face it, we could be watching past seasons of “Game of Thrones” On Demand to make sense of it before the new series starts, but what would that ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show

Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Bingo Returns to JCMI

Submitted  For the 18th season, Monday Night Bingo is returning to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), opening its doors on Monday, October 10, 2016. For all these years, the Bingo Committee has remained the same, loyal workers, identified by their bright yellow aprons with JCMI Bingo and their names embroidered in blue. The group has been a great ... Read More »

Risk Factors and Recommendations

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway After hearing about Alzheimer’s disease from family, friends, or the media, we all might start to wonder about our own memory. Several years ago, I visited Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist then in Naples, to find out whether my brain was showing any signs of decline. After an initial visit, I was evaluated during two sessions ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

By Maureen Chodaba Upon entering the Marco Island home of Al Bismonte, you are greeted by a garden ornament with the message “All Things Grow With Love.” That is a theme that lives and flourishes in the heart of this man of many talents. This “retired” pediatrician from Waukegan, Illinois enjoys a home that is filled with more than one ... Read More »

Fun Time, Summer Time

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island. As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports! As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the ... Read More »

Bubbie’s Bakery is Back!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The pleasant smell of cinnamon is once again in the air at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). In the kitchen, Bubbie’s Bakery is keeping the ovens hot, baking for the more than 2,000 diners expected to attend the Jewish Deli Fest on January 24. Bubbie’s Bakery is a group of talented ladies who ... Read More »