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Clay Guild and Mini Masters featured at Art League

By Natalie Strom [email protected] The Art League at the Marco Island Center for the Arts is celebrating a first while also holding its annual Mini Masters collection this year. On December 13th, the Art League will hold its reception for “Expressing Art Thru Clay;” a clay exhibition which will feature works from the Clay Guild held at the Center for the Arts. The reception is free to the public and begins at 5:30PM. The exhibit will be on display beginning December 5th and will run through December 29th. This will be the first gallery show held by The Clay Guild ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It’s old fashioned, but it’s new fashioned. A couple of entrepreneurs, Chris Quinton and Glenn Walton have brought a hot dog cart – specifically Beach Dogs – to town. You may see front man Chris around Marco Island behind his shiny new hot dog stand, a terrific mobile all-in-one device featuring a grill, refrigerator, sink and display case. He can pack it and tow it from place to place. He also has a tent and some seating for those who want to dine al fresco! Chris offers up regular hot dogs from world renowned Nathan’s, ... Read More »

Exciting faculty additions at Marco Island Charter High School

By Jane A. Marlowe  [email protected]  Marco Island Academy has announced the addition of two new faculty members with impressive credentials who began teaching this week at the Charter high school. Dr. Michael H. Doherty and Mr. Robert A. Eder bring fine educational backgrounds, strong teaching credentials and unique, diverse practical experience in their respective fields to Marco Island Academy. Michael Hugh Doherty, Ed. D., received his B.A in Biology, Minor in Chemistry from Salem State College, Salem, MA. He received a M. Ed. from Tufts University, Medford, MA and Ed. D. in Mathematics and Science Education from the University of ... Read More »

Lou Thibeault: still swinging after 50 years

By Carol Glassman There are not many people who can claim to have done the same job for over 50 years, to have done it well, and still greet a working day with an optimistic smile. Lou Thibeault, well-known local golf professional, can make that claim. Recently recognized by the Professional Golf Association of America for 50 years of service, Lou enthusiastically recalled his history as a teaching pro and some of the many individuals to whom he is grateful for support and advice. With a tinge of nostalgia but no regret, Lou remembered how, as a youth, he might ... Read More »

Volcano project

By Val Simon  [email protected]  Dr. Vincent Albanese from Marco Island Charter Middle School teaches science to a group of eager sixth graders. Several projects are completed throughout the year by the students. A mousetrap race car, a volcano, building towers made out of straws and toothpicks and piece de resistance, dissection, including worms, clams, crawfish and fetal pigs. Dr. A, as the students refer to him, challenges the students and they respond to the hands-on projects with excitement and determination. The volcano project offers students the choice of making a volcano cake, or building a volcano to erupt. The cakes ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  County have their holidays made a bit brighter by the Joy of Giving. Teachers, counselors and an afterschool care program Sports Camp identify children in need. The names and the number of children per family are verified by Misty Nixon, Executive Director of Sports Camp and each family is allotted a dollar amount based on the total funds available for the year and the number of children per family. “Those families are then invited to Wal-Mart on 951 (6650 Collier Boulevard) and are allowed to shop the store for age appropriate gifts, up to the ... Read More »

Dedication of the new span of the Jolley Bridge

By Jane A. Marlowe  [email protected]  The new Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge was dedicated on November 19, 2011, a breezy, sunny morning on Marco Island. The beautiful new southbound span eases long time congestion on the original bridge which served traffic heading north and south. The older span has been repaired and reinforced to meet current safety standards and the entire bridge should serve the needs of our community for decades to come. Steve Fickling, driver/engineer and Ray Ladurini, EMT/firefighter, both of the Marco Island Fire Department, were on hand in a motorized cart to provide assistance if needed. “We’re here ... Read More »


I would like to take this moment to thank you, Mike Minozzi, for your passion, vision and persistence in giving the people of Marco Island this beautiful and safe second span to our bridge. I watched you over the years work so diligently, attending meetings and writing reports on why we should have this second span. I would see you sometimes way after midnight sitting at your computer making notes and deciding who to call. You never gave up even when there was adversity at your door step. You knew in your heart that a second span to our bridge ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus  [email protected]  Several weeks ago, ON A Friday, I had the great, good fortune to wander down to a nameless facility located approximately across the street from City Hall. It’s a formidable place where folks sit for long stretches awaiting their turns. Luckily I was there only to pick up a kit for a test prescribed by one of my myriad doctors. My good luck turned sour almost immediately. When I reached the bullet proof window after lurching through about a dozen patient patients who were absorbed in last year’s magazines, I told the guardian that I was simply ... Read More »

Lights on your Dash Like Lights on Your Tree

By Tim Gorman & Keith Pershing [email protected] It is common for us to have customers stop in with a question regarding a light on the dashboard. Sometimes it is the TPMS (as we discussed in our last article), but other times it’s something else. Cars today have all kinds of computer components that easily trigger lights. We’re here to help you determine the lights and turn them out. In our last article we talked about the TPMS light. It appears on your dashboard and can drive you “mental” as Keith likes to say. This light is attached to your tire ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler

By Vickie Kelber [email protected] With the holiday season fast approaching, are you wondering what you can buy for that family member or friend who likes to travel? Here are some ideas encompassing a wide price range. For a big ticket item, nothing beats an iPad. iPads are the Swiss Army knives of travel. Guide book, reading book, translator; use it to organize travel documents, research anything, check email, send photos, make phone calls with Skype or similar app, occupy down time by playing games, keep a journal. It works with WIFI or purchase a 3G version and a data plan ... Read More »

Vintage military vehicles, memorabilia on display

As part of the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall’s visit to Marco Island December 7-10 at Veterans Community Park, there will be a display of Vietnam War era military vehicles, weaponry, equipment, photos, and artwork. Throughout the four days, visitors can see a Hughes OH-6 helicopter used during Vietnam operations for scouting and general transport. Known as one of the most survivable “helos” ever made, it was often used to draw out enemy fire by providing a target. While in service, it was typically equipped with a 7.62mm mini gun or small rocket pod while its crow chief gunner was ... Read More »

CCSO to escort traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Marco

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with deputies, troopers and police officers from other Southwest Florida law enforcement agencies, will lead a motorcade to escort the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall as it makes its way to Marco Island on Dec. 6. The Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be traveling by truck along a 50-mile stretch through Collier County from around 10:30AM to 11:30AM The mile-long motorcade will be led by CCSO, Marco Island Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and hundreds of motorcycle riders, mostly veterans, creating a ... Read More »

Everglades holiday events

by Patricia Huff [email protected] The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is celebrating Swamp Heritage Days. In addition to viewing selected items from the Rob Storter Collection, events include the following presentations: December 2 • 12:00-12:45PM – Fisher Folk of the Swamp by Ranger Heinrich. • 1:00-1:45PM – Smoke on the Water by Ranger Stubblebine. • 2:00-2:45PM – Songs of the Big Cypress by Volunteers. • 3:00-3:45PM – The Story of Rob Storter by Patty Huff. December 3 • 12:00-12:45PM – Fisher Folk of the Swamp by Ranger Heinrich. • 1:00-1:45PM – The Story of Rob Storter by Patty Huff. • 2:00-2:45PM ... Read More »

Reminder from the Marco Island Police Department

The Marco Island Police Department would like to remind our boating neighbors to be pro-active in the prevention of the theft of fuel and other items from their boats. There are several commercially produced devices that will deter or slow thieves from stealing fuel, including locking gas caps and anti-siphon devices. While more complex and expensive, some boaters have multiple fuel fittings, with the fake or faux fittings readily visible and the real fitting hidden from view. Finally, the bad guys can’t take what isn’t there. Mariners by nature like to be prepared and many like to have their vessel’s ... Read More »

Caxambas Republican Club

The Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida announces their November and December schedules as follows: Wednesday, November 23 will be a Pre-Thanksgiving Social. Wednesday, December 28 will be the December Social. All socials are held at CJ’s On the Bay on Marco Island from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Club’s General Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 13 at Rose Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome to attend. Guest speaker for the evening will be Senator Garrett Richter. Having been elected to the ... Read More »

Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host an informational meeting about the new Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. The park, which is expected to open in January, will provide an opportunity for people using non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to access quiet backwaters in the reserve. The park is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department. A short presentation will be provided on the ... Read More »

Marco Island Property Owners

The intent of Marco Island Homeowners is to act as an advocate for ALL property owners on Marco Island. To better reflect the mission statement of the organization, starting immediately, Marco Island Homeowners’ name has been changed to MARCO ISLAND PROPERTY OWNERS. This is done to dispel any misconceptions that the purpose of this mission is on behalf of single family homes only. Virtually all issues affecting homeowners, also affects all property owners, whether it be utility charges, density, growth and, especially, city spending and city debt. Civic organizations and individuals have expressed deep concern that our city officials are insensitive ... Read More »

Learn about the Monroe Station & the Trail

When the Tamiami Trail was completed across the Everglades in 1928, Barron Collier set up six patrol stations along the road to help motorists. One of these historic buildings is Monroe Station, once a popular wayside stop in the desolate Big Cypress east of Ochopee. It became a popular meeting place for hunters who still leave their trucks there when negotiating the Loop Road on swamp buggies. The building has been closed and boarded up for many years but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can hear about the history of Monroe Station, the gladesman culture that favored it, ... Read More »

Adult Softball

The City of Marco Island Adult Softball season got underway on Nov 10 with games being played at both Winterberry Park and Tommy Barfield ball field. This year there will be 8 teams competing every Thursday night at 6:15 and 7:30 pm. This year’s teams are Cocomo’s, Davinci’s, Joey Pizza, Nacho Mama’s, Islander Pool, Marco Island Brewery, NeNe Kitchen and Kretch’s. In the first week of games at TBE, Last season’s regular season champions, Cocomo’s came out in mid-season form and defeated Joey’s 15 to 7 and Davinci’s defeated Islander Pool 20 to 9. At Winterberry, the balls were flying ... Read More »