Tag Archives: Goodland



Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Another veteran has passed on to a better place. He was our own Walter Tucker — whom I considered one of my very special friends. Sadly, I didn’t know of his funeral until after it had taken place, as I was in Tallahassee when the obit was in the paper, or at least I assume it was ... Read More »

Pack Rat or Hoarder?


By Carol Glassman Many people like to accumulate things, and at a certain age, find they have amassed what looks more like a jumble than an organized collection. For some, it represents the inability to throw things away, fearing these items may be of use one day; while for others, it’s the inability to say “no” when someone drops off ... Read More »

Kevin Barry: Laws of Life Essay Winner

Kevin Barry with Debbie Cooper, TBE reading specialist. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ask Kevin Barry what “tolerance” means, and he will give you a couple of definitions. The Tommie Barfield Elementary School fifth-grader first will tell you that tolerance, “is the willingness to accept others who are different.” Second, he will say, “it is the capacity to endure harsh environments or difficult situations.” Ask Barry for an ... Read More »

Writing Contest


Submitted The Collier County Public Library Adult Programs have collaborated with Marco Island Writers to offer a Writing Contest for the general public. Submit a poem, short story or essay to MarcoIslandWritersInc@gmail.com by April 12 stating what made you come to Marco, what keeps you here or coming back or simply why you love Marco Island. A team of published ... Read More »

We Don’t Need a Guide…

SUBMITTED PHOTO. Molodova and Transnistria

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Nets 15-foot Sawfish


Submitted March 7 was a big day for Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers. The team captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on its monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The biggest — a female measuring nearly 15 feet — is the largest sawfish captured by Rookery Bay since May ... Read More »

Tyler MacDonald Featured at Festival of the Arts


Submitted This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts. Chief among the line-up of ... Read More »

A Marco man’s high adventure

The Day Before the Race. SUBMITTED photoS

By John Scott The sheer excitement of sliding down the backside of six feet of following sea in a small but well crafted open sailboat for the first time was an exhilarating awakening to the powerful forces of nature. We methodically rose on a wave’s front side, reached its crest and accelerated, only to skate into its trough. We would ... Read More »

Touring The Isles of Collier Preserve

The gang’s all here! PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On a blustery and sunny March day, Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala hosted a special constituent tour of East Naples’ newest eco-friendly resort-style community — The Isles of Collier Preserve. Spearheaded by Minto Communities Florida, the 2,300-acre development boasts some 1,649 home sites, which include coach homes, paired homes and single-family residences ranging ... Read More »

Karate Kids

Students responded in sync to Sensei Nick’s direction.

By Melinda Gray When people think of Karate, they think of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Mr. Miyagi, but make no mistake young grasshoppers, there is much more to it than the Hollywood portrayal. Nick Lemke, owner and sensei of Shima Dojo, will tell you that. On Saturday, March 22, Shima Dojo held their Third annual All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab fundraiser. ... Read More »

A barking good time

Oscar hits the stage in the Puppy Parade. PHOTOS BY JULIA BARNETT

By Julia Barnett Mutts and Martini’s returned to Marco for the sixth year, running this past Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event once again brought barks and bucks to the Esplanade Plaza, all in the name of charity. The “Yappy Hour” event ran from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and included a puppy parade, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. ... Read More »

Naples Chabad Dedicates World-Class Mikvah

The ribbon-cutting ceremony -- let to right, the Yitzchak family, Maria Elias, Chabad President Dr. Art Siegel, Sally Aaron, Rebbitzin Ettie Zaklos.

By Carol Glassman Jewish law states that building a mikvah is more important to a community than building a synagogue and that even a community’s most treasured assets such as the synagogue and the Torah scroll may be sold to raise the funds needed to build a mikvah. (A bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion, literally means “a ... Read More »

Habitat recognizes St. Mark’s

Rev. Lisa Lefkow, right, was greeted by Lauri Shafer, a member of the St. Mark’s Habitat team. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sunday March 23, was “Habitat Sunday” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Lisa Lefkow, executive vice president of Collier County Habitat for Humanity, presented the congregation with a plaque recognizing the congregation’s building of Habit homes number seven and eight. It read, “With gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous expression of faith in action,” ending with a quote from ... Read More »

Marco Riders Honor Dasti

Photos by Marilyn Honahan

By Marilyn Honahan On Saturday, March 22, the Marco Riders got together for an evening aboard the Marco Island Princess. The evening was arranged by long time member Marvin Tomlin. There were 79 members and guests in attendance. After an excellent dinner and a fun door prize drawing, there was a surprise award. Carmen Dasti was honored by his fellow ... Read More »

Local Women Doing a World of Good

By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) was formed in1966 by 16 friends who shared the desire to help support the people of Marco Island and various non-profit groups. Today, the civic-minded organization is an active social network for the women of Marco Island. The club is comprised of roughly 180 women who live on the island at ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those ... Read More »

Honoring the Arts


Recently, the Ladies of the Summit House attended the play The Drowsy Chaperone performed at the Sugden Theater in Naples. With them was the Tony Award Winner for the lyrics, Lisa Lambert, who visited with the cast of the play and was honored by the Ladies of the Summit House at their annual champagne party. Lisa Lambert gave high praise to ... Read More »

Sonoma Homes at Fiddler’s Creek


Fiddler’s Creek announces that move-in-ready homes are now available for viewing in Sonoma, a Mediterranean-style village of just 44 coach homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo


Pat Gage of Marco Island was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Miriam Slavich. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM.   Read More »

United Church Celebrates 25 years of Stephen Ministry


On Sunday, March 23, United Church of Marco Island celebrated a very special day, the 25th anniversary of Stephen Ministry. This International not-for-profit religious program was founded by Dr. Kenneth Haugk in 1975. Dr. Haugk was a pastor of a church in St. Louis and saw a need for care in his church that exceeded what he alone could offer ... Read More »