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Singular Luxury a la 16th Century Venice

Villa Venezia makes for an eye catching site along Caxambas Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Venice’s rich history, romance and singular beauty have long captivated those who’ve eyes have feasted upon the stately, canal-laced, bursting-with-history assemblage of islands along Italy’s Adriatic coast. In fact, the suburban homes of Venice’s 16th Century sea captains so inspired a Naples resident that he designed and built a palatial, one-of-a-kind, 14,000-square-foot, Italian villa along Caxambas Court, also known as Marco Island’s “Millionaire’s Row.” Appropriately named Villa Venezia, the award-winning, waterfront home, with its eight-and-one-half bedrooms, eight-and-one-half baths, 1,100-square-foot guesthouse, expansive lanai, formal dining room with keystone columns and much more, is on the market for $9.45 ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe

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Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce its newest column, Keeping You Safe, which will provide readers with valuable, life-saving information from Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden, who also serves as the Public Education Coordinator for the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department.   Keeping You Safe By Chris Bowden This fire safety message brought to you by the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. The Marco Island Fire Department always recommends that you know what to do before an emergency strikes. With that in mind, it only seems fitting for this month’s fire safety message to be on creating ... Read More »

A Tale of Two Turtles Good Samaritan Replaces Sculpture at Y

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Submitted  There’s a new-look turtle gracing the entrance to the Youth Development Center at the Marco Y, courtesy of charitable donor Steve Garske and his wife Charlotte. For months, youngsters and visitors to the Center had enjoyed the sight of Hot Rod, one of 50 turtles placed at sites around Collier County after being commissioned by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the United Arts Council of Collier County. Graske originally sponsored one of the 50 turtles, and mid-year last year it was placed at the Y, one of the designated sites for display. Later, the Community Foundation allowed bids ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, Scuba Marco celebrated 18 years of successful business, taking a dive and loving it! The shop features diving instruction and certification, dive trips, service and rentals, and a vast array of diving products. Scuba Marco is known for its “Mom ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education and resource management. This partnership will enable both FIU and the reserve to continue developing science-driven monitoring and management approaches to these issues. “Current watershed-level restoration projects, such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, make this a critical time for ... Read More »

The Oldest Realtor in Town Art Calvert Sells Goodland

Photo by Barry Gwinn
This is the fourth and last iteration of a welcoming sign coming in to Goodland. This one was done by Kevin Hauke and installed in 2000. The first one was installed by Art Calvert (advertising his local real estate brokerage) in 1978.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn In the spring of 1945, when Art Calvert returned to the States from the South Pacific, his children didn’t recognize him. He had been taking Atabrine for his malaria, and it gave him a yellowish hue. He resettled the family in Miami Springs and resumed his electric supply business. He also got involved in politics and the newspaper business, chairing the Dade County Democratic Executive Committee, and publishing (and editing) the Dade Democrat. In 1961, after helping Doyle Conner to be elected as Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Art was appointed as Southern Regional Director of the ... Read More »

Am I a Bag Lady Yet? Don’t Let Short-term Risk Dominate Your Investment Strategy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Do I need to worry about becoming a bag lady yet? Answer: This is the question a friend asked me on Saturday morning at the gym, while we waited for our class to start. Doomsday concerns aren’t uncommon, especially in response to recent market volatility and current political and economic events. Between our warm-up stretches, and cardio, I reminded my friend that there’s a long way between her and a zero, so the likelihood of becoming a bag-lady is quite remote. It’s easy though to understand why people feel emotional and frightened; just turn ... Read More »

A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

Howie, napping with his tractor.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted nieces, nephews and cousins, I was anticipating my first full day in town most of all. On that day I had volunteered to take care of three of our grandsons for the day. That would be two boys about to ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and other upcoming issues. One of the responses we received was from Mary Nelson, a monitor with the Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Program, who is also known locally as the “Turtle Lady.” Mary told Coastal Breeze News how much she ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was a large, veneer buffet in the dining room. Right away, the word “buffet” might bring to mind an “all-you-can-eat” smorgasbord, but this buffet was instead a very functional piece of furniture. It had a broad top where food-filled dishes were ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: K. M. Salvi

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Editor: Residents of Marco should be aware that rental abuse in single-family neighborhoods is alive and well. On July 9th, 3 to 4 families rented a single-family home at 840 Newel Terrace. The noise was unbelievable and it was obvious there was no concern for neighbors. After listening to yelling and loud music for a day and a half, we contacted police on Sunday July 10th. After police responded, renters from this home parked in front of our home as an act of intimidation. We re-contacted the police immediately of this act. On July 11th, we contacted Escape Away who ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
Photos courtesy of Mila Bridger

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and lure since it was built in 1980. Many far-fetched tales have been spun about the futuristic bubbles, but right here, right now, the stories are put to rest. Bob and Margaret Lee’s daughter, Janet Maples, laughs when she recalls ... Read More »

Cat Adoptions Are $10 All Month

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Submitted Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help. To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter and three cats and 44 kittens in foster care. Any cat that is adopted or any person who can volunteer to be a foster family for these cats will make a huge difference. We have everything from kittens and nursing ... Read More »

A Hobby Lovingly Displayed

A 1964 Pontiac LeMans, right, is joined by a 1964 Ford Galaxy, a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

By Don Manley Steve Garske has been a car lover since he was a kid. “I grew up with them,” said the Marco Island resident. “When I was 16, Mustangs and Camaros were all showing up. I couldn’t wait until September when all the new models came out. My first car was a ‘67 Mustang.” College, marriage and then having a family kept him from fully indulging his interest by becoming a collector, but that all changed in 2000 when he purchased a Porsche and then a 1964 Chevy Malibu. “And then I kind of got hooked,” said Garske, who ... Read More »

Steve Gober’s Surprise

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By Barry Gwinn Steve Gober took over the reins of Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, upon his father’s death four years ago. By all accounts, he has done admirably in maintaining and burnishing the reputation and tradition at Stan’s. His dad, Stan Gober, would be proud. Last week, Steve showed me a bicycle, which he said had a large dose of sentimental value. It was a balloon tired old Huffy, with no gears. “It was my dad’s,” he said, “One of my cooks just gave it to me.” We were interrupted by an NBC-2 reporter who was doing a piece on ... Read More »

Art in the Park Returns to Cambier

The Naples Art Association (www.NaplesArt.org) – a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education, and enrich Southwest Florida through the visual arts – is pleased that its popular Art in the Park will return to Cambier Park in Downtown Naples for the 2016-2017 season. Now in its 59th season, Art in the Park is the oldest outdoor art show in Southwest Florida.  This popular, casual, and fun-filled event allows attendees to meet local artists and become acquainted with their work, while also giving the artists a platform from which to foster the public’s knowledge, understanding, and appreciation ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

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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 hundred orchid plants. “They are not my hobby, they are my therapy,” says Bismonte with a smile. Surrounded by their beauty, Bismonte explained his secret in caring for these thriving plants. “Sometimes people think an orchid has died, but it ... Read More »

Technology and Nature Keep Rookery Bay’s Marine Life Healthy & Happy

Photo by Dave Graff
Flounder often cover themselves with sand, leaving only their eyes exposed.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson June is National Aquarium Month and some exciting things are happening in the watery world at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Located between Naples and Marco Island, the 16,500 square-foot center features a two-story exhibit hall and was developed to serve as an interactive gateway into the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The center’s exhibits, nature store, art gallery and more provide a comfortable environment for kids of all ages to learn about the estuary. The center is also responsible for keeping many species of fish and other marine life comfortable in its seven aquarium ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part VII Are We There Yet?

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By Carol Glassman CarolGlassman@embarqmail.com When I began this incredible journey of necessary home repair following a flood from a leaky roof ten months ago, I had no idea it would take so long and lead me into the unknown. When I began writing about it, I wasn’t motivated by revenge or any other evil thought, it just seemed to me that almost everyone I spoke to about contractors and home repair had a horror story to tell. If you don’t, I’d say you are among the minority and very, very fortunate. Hopefully this saga will prevent some from making the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio

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What’s Good for the Goose… In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet. As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems. Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief ... Read More »