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PEDAL IN PARADISE  By Matt Walthour  It’s that time of year when the roads will start to get a bit busier with drivers from all over the world. It is important as a bicyclist that we know the rules of the road as much as the automobile drivers. With all the new bike paths and multi-use sidewalks that have been installed on Marco Island over the past few years, it has become a lot safer to cycle but we still have rules and laws that must be followed. Below are some Florida laws regarding bicycling. First and most important, according ... Read More »


Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. What are some tips for a healthier holiday season? A. When people think of the holidays, several images come to mind—generally yummy, indulgent food tops the list. We all know that the treats and eats are what can make or break us. Why not prepare ahead of time for the expected and unexpected? I generally workout in the days leading up to Christmas, so that when the big day arrives, I can squeeze in a morning workout if I want to, or sleep in and take it easy. We all deserve at least one rest day ... Read More »


After 26 years of partnership as Slocum & Christian, Inc., John Slocum has announced his retirement from the company planned for the end of this year.  It is the end of an era—but also a new beginning. “Year after year, we have built some of the finest homes and remodels for the most knowledgeable clients who have demanded the best.”  John said, “I am pleased to have been involved with our team, subcontractors and especially Tom Christian for the past 35 years.  Now I’m looking forward to wherever the path leads me, knowing most of life’s curves are behind me.”  ... Read More »

Presbyterians to Gather at the Historical Church

Marco Presbyterian Church’s 6:30 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study will gather on Dec. 21 at the Historic Church to sing Christmas Carols.  The Historic Church is located on the Marco Island Cemetery property.  All are invited. For information call 394-8186.   Family Christmas Service Marco Presbyterian Church will host a 6 p.m. Dec. 18 family Christmas service entitled “Through the Eyes of a Child”. The evening combines children, youth, PowerPoint, humor, drama, music and the Nativity. The service will be followed by a hot cocoa and cookie reception.  Free. The church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. For information call the ... Read More »

The Highwaymen Have Arrived

The Marco Island Historical Museum proudly announces a new exhibit called Against All Odds. Back in the middle part of the 20th century, a group of young black artists (25 men and a woman) were trying to sell their paintings along the highways on the other side of Florida, without much success.  A kind white artist befriended them and taught them some  tricks of the trade in order to speed up their production time.  Eventually some of them could turn out 30-35 canvases a day, and would sell them while the paint was still wet. Their subject matter was mostly interior Florida ... Read More »

Collier County Redistricting Map Approved by Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has issued a letter of no objection for the county commission redistricting plan approved in September by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners. The approved redistricting map (Map 1A) can be viewed at www.colliergov.net/redistricting The criteria used in developing the new map included the following: 1. The population of each district should be as similar as possible. 2. All districts should be as compact and regularly shaped as feasible. 3. The incumbent Commissioner’s residence (and same for School Board members) must remain in his or her current district. 4. Consider racial and ... Read More »


Christmas Decorating Contest Committee Plan for the 15th Annual House and Business Decorating Contest The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee met recently at Sanitasole, hosted by Paula and Richard Robinson, for final preparations for the 15th Annual Decorating Contest.  Enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as they noted early decorations already displayed. Marco Island has long been noted for the many outstanding Christmas decorated homes. In 2010, the contest included over 1700 homes and 125 businesses judged.  Residents and visitors alike increase their Christmas spirit by driving around the Island to see the innovative decorations.  The contest is operated ... Read More »


January 6 & 7 2012 9:00 – 1:00 Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N Collier   Marco Island For Reservations please Contact Don Hutchings 394-8780 Most Insurance Companies give discounts of each premium over a three year period. Learn current changes in the law. You do not need to be an AARP member. Open to everyone age 50 and up. Cost is $12.00 for AARP members. $14.00 for non members Read More »

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island to Host Community Hanukkah Celebration

The Collier County community is invited to attend the Third Annual Marco Island Community Hanukkah Celebration on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:45pm at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. This year’s celebration will include: –          Greetings from community leaders –          Menorah Candle Lighting –          Music featuring Klezmer Clarinetist Dr. Martin Cohn –          Lots of holiday spirit for the entire family –          Light refreshment This annual event always draws a crowd of over 200 people, including the young and the young-at-heart. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Collier County and the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. For ... Read More »


The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office received approval from the Department of Justice on its precinct consolidation proposal.  The new precinct and polling site changes will reduce the 94 current precincts with 82 polling sites to 62 precincts and 60 polling sites.  The approved change will be implemented prior to the January 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary. To eliminate any confusion, new voter information cards will be mailed to all registered Collier County voters.  The information card will indicate the voter’s precinct number, polling location and other essential voting information.  Registered voters may also visit www.CollierVotes.com<http://www.CollierVotes.com> for information. The model ... Read More »

Children’s Theater Presents “A Christmas Carol”

December 18 and December 19 Come join us for a children’s performance of the classic Charles Dickens’  “A Christmas Carol”  The Marco Players first Children’s Theater production is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on December 18 and 19. There will be two performances on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 and 7:00PM. Monday’s December 19  performance will be at 7:00PM. All tickets are $10.00, and the net proceeds will go to a local children’s charity. So come and enjoy the magic of this grand story through the acting and voices of children. You can purchase tickets on-line buy clicking on the ... Read More »

Rick Granneman at the library

Be sure to stop by the Marco Public Library during the month of December to view the beautiful paintings of Rick Granneman.  Rick Granneman’s exhibit “Legacies” is featured throughout the library. The display includes paintings of SW Florida, and landscapes of the rural Midwest and Mediterranean Europe. Although his style is generally realistic, he is not a devotee of any particular historical art movement. “Art history over the centuries comprises works of hundreds of talented artists with various philosophies and trainings, ranging from the tender genre depictions by Millet to the dreamscapes of Dali, and we are all impacted directly ... Read More »


The Marco Island Yacht Club is donned with mistletoe and holly, Christmas lights twinkle bright, and laughter and music are heard night after night. The Yacht Club’s Christmas Gala held on Friday, December 9, was not to be missed as all showed up to give Santa a big kiss. Santa arrived to spread Christmas cheer to all Yacht Club members both far and near. Santa’s elves danced around and helped Santa to be found. Then, after Christmas carols were sung the dinner bell was rung. A holiday menu of beef, fish, chicken, and special Christmas cookies and cakes were served.  Dancing around the Christmas tree continued ... Read More »

Adult Softball

In Week 3 of Adult Softball, after the dust had settled only two teams remained undefeated. Nene Kitchen defeated previously unbeaten Nacho Mama’s 18 to 12. Eric Nagel for Nene had 3 hits with one HR, and Brad Frazier,Wes Alberry and JP Nachef all added 3 hits each. Nacho’s was led by Matt Hopkins and Anthony Palermo’s 3 hits In the other game of previously undefeated teams, featured Davinci’s against Cocomo’s . Defense was the name of game here as the two normally high scoring teams held each other in check   Cocomo’s could only muster 3 runs, and Davinci’s with ... Read More »


Judy Green, President and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, announced the appointment of Cathy Rogers as Sales Associate. Ms. Rogers, a Certified Luxury Home Specialist, will focus on luxury real estate sales from Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s office at 760 North Collier Blvd, at the Esplanade Shops, on Marco Island. Previously, Ms. Rogers worked for Keller Williams Realty, where she consistenly ranked as one of their highest top producers and earned numerous Real Estate performance awards including Sales Team of the year multiple times as well as Gold and Platinum awards. Ms. Rogers also served on agent leadership boards. ... Read More »

Annual Recognition Breakfast

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Honors Members at Annual Recognition Breakfast December 8, 2011 (Naples, FL) Over 200 Conservancy of Southwest Florida members attended the Annual Recognition Breakfast in November in Naples. The annual event honors and recognizes those Conservancy members who have provided long term support for ongoing Conservancy initiatives and programs. At the event, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Supervisor Kelly Sowers updated the members on the progress and features of the future Conservancy Nature Center, scheduled to open early 2012.  Conservancy Wildlife Specialist Jonee Miller highlighted the wildlife rehabilitation efforts throughout the past year that are supported ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol celebrates 70 years of service

This week marked the 70th anniversary of the founding by Congress of the Civil Air Patrol. Seventy years ago civilian pilots from across the country signed up to perform their own homeland security in the air. Civil Air Patrol began on December 1, 1941 and it quickly became involved in combat operations off the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. After signing up, these pilots and crews went east to one of the Coastal Patrol Bases to perform a very hazardous form of flying. One such pilot who signed up back in December 1941, just days before the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian ... Read More »

The Historic Church Events

Wednesday, December 14th  Caroling Trolley pickup at 5 pm at The Historic Church, 590 W Elkcam Circle. “The Current” worship experience at 7 pm at The Historic Church for “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” Read More »


By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com When Denise Goldman was growing up, her aunt would take her to the finest shops in New York City. While shopping, Denise would make the occasional suggestions on accessories, or comment on the latest trends and styles. Her aunt always told her, “You have a good eye for fashion.” Little did she know that her aunt would be the catalyst for her turning her ‘flair’ into her own fine women’s clothing store. Denise Goldman opened Gabby Abbey’s, a great fashion boutique in the Shops of Olde Marco. “It’s been a lot of hard work. From going ... Read More »