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Cocktails in Style

Members enjoying the whiskey and cigar room.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday night’s cocktail party was an event to remember.  As members pulled up to the Island Country Club entrance they were warmly greeted with mai tais and music by JRobert. Members delighted in the eight culinary stations that were set up in the dining room and adjacent rooms.  Favorites included a shellfish raw bar with ... Read More »

Sailing Toward Adventure

Photos by Samantha Husted: Ray and Cherie Yager outside of their sailboat home.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It sounds like the plot of a movie. A retired couple, tired of their life on land, packs up all their earthly belongings; sells their car, their house and sets sail for the open ocean. While this story may seem far-fetched or fantastical, it’s exactly what high school sweethearts Ray and Cherie Yager have done. The ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

Photo by Steve Stefanides

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

Two Promoted at Island Country Club

Photos by Samantha Husted: Bid Bakkar has been working at the ICC for 16 years. Recently he was promoted to Club House Manager.

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employees, Bid Bakkar and Chobie Fekete to the positions of club house manager and dining room manager, respectively. Both Bid and Chobie have been dedicated members of the ICC team for over 10 years. Bid Bakkar began working at the Island Country Club in 2001 as the assistant food ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hey Now…What’s That Sound?

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Hey Now…What’s that sound? No, it’s not the quiet generated by the fact the elections are finally over. (Thank the heavens above!) It’s the sound you probably barely heard, that’s the sound of many of the island’s businesses closing their doors and locking their locks for the last time and closing forever. And the list gets longer every month. Don’t ... Read More »

October Fire and Life Safety

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Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Election

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I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

City Council Election: Kristina Pruyn

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I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Happy Place It’s Not Where You Think!

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Berlin Ohio is 72 miles south of Cleveland. Via I 77, the trip would have taken a little over an hour. Sherri, one of Donna’s daughters, often brings the grandchildren down from Cleveland for a visit.

By Barry Gwinn Donna Fiala has represented District 1 in Collier County since 2000, when she was first elected commissioner. She is, by all accounts, highly respected by her colleagues and revered by her constituents. She has consistently demonstrated her care and concern for East Naples and outliers, Everglades City, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, and Goodland. Until 1974, she ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Out the Park, but Not in Secret

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My wife and I live directly across the canal from Veterans Community Park. When you’re in the park, you might see us in our family room or grilling on the lanai or chilling on our dock. We have a front-row seat at the Seafood Festival and all the other wonderful events. It’s a real pleasure to live near the park, ... Read More »

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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... Read More »

The Oldest Realtor in Town Art Calvert Sells Goodland

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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »