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Gifts to Charity


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” ~ Francis Maitland Balfour, British Biologist, 1851-1882   Question: What is the most efficient way to make gifts to charities? I support a number of organizations and want to know if the gifts need to be completed before year-end for tax purposes? Answer: Making charitable donations isn’t only commendable, ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Makes First Award Under KOPS Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today its initial award under the recently adopted KOPS program to Officer Karie Petit of Marco Island Police Department. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise reimbursed Officer Petit for funds she spent to treat a person in need. Officer Petit bought groceries for a person with no food or home. She worked in coordination with Community Service Officer Charlene Greenblatt, who arranged temporary lodging. In Officer Petit’s words, “This person was in need. I did not even think about reimbursement until I was reminded of the KOPS program by Captain ... Read More »

Books & Brews


Submitted By Marco Island Friends of the Library Neither Saints nor Demons Human, All Too Human Robert A. Nowlan, PhD   Robert A. Nowlan Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller and lecturer, and the author of two dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Emeritus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event ... Read More »

Historic Site #7 Nehrling Gardens (Caribbean Gardens/Naples Zoo) 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In 1921, Dr. Henry Nehrling established his tropical garden on this site, initially growing orchids, bromeliads and other tropical plants. By 1925 he had increased his collection to more than 3,000 different species. In 1952, the old Nehrling Gardens site was purchased by Julius Fleischmann, and was opened to the public in 1954 as a commercial tourist attraction under Fleischmann’s interest and guidance. Collier County purchased the property in 2005, and currently leases it to Naples Zoo, Inc. Marco/Goodland: Everglades City: In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Hospitality & Tourism

The group got a great sunrise view while aboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTOS BY STEVE PURCELL

By Steve Gimmestad Leadership Marco was once again in session on September 23. This class was focused on the hospitality and tourism industry in our area. Not a big deal, you say? Read on. In Collier County, based on the 4% Florida Tourist Development Tax, nightly room revenue contributes about $2 billion annually to the local economy. To put that into perspective, the entire GDP of Belize is about $1.7 billion and ranks 167th in the world (According to the International Monetary List of 2014). “It is fascinating the abundance of information that is available and what it shows,” says ... Read More »

Mud Lake Fire Documentary


Submitted Big Cypress National Preserve and the Southeast Region of the National Park Service are pleased to announce the release of the new short film, “Mud Lake Mosaic.” The documentary covers the management of the Mud Lake Complex, a series of wildfires caused by lightning strikes at Big Cypress in late spring 2015. The Mud Lake Complex wildfires burned over 35,000 acres of Big Cypress National Preserve. Although naturally-ignited wildfires have helped shape the fire-adapted and fire-dependent Big Cypress landscape for thousands of years, fire managers cannot allow fires to freely roam the preserve without some degree of management. In the ... Read More »

Kiwanis Reconvenes With Tim Clune at the Helm

Chamber President Dick Shanahan was the weekly speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on September 24.

Submitted On Thursday mornings if you drive by Stonewalls at 7:30 AM you will find a packed parking lot. If you venture inside you will find a room full of some of the nicest people you can find, and a breakfast worth waking up early for. After a brief summer respite, Kiwanis has resumed their weekly breakfast meetings. On September 24 the gavel was passed from Dianna Dohm to Tim Clune, this year’s Kiwanis president. Tim told us that the goals for this year are to “continue helping the children of our community.” Kiwanis fundraising events include the Seafood Festival, ... Read More »

IberiaBank Puts Community at the Forefront

Bedford Biles and wife, Fay, along with Malenda Trick, 
unveiled Malenda’s WWII portrait of Earl Hodges to Seth Minso, GM Hodges Funeral Home,
during at Veteran’s Portrait Project In the Round series.

By Steve Gimmestad As business becomes more global, it has a tendency to become less personal. The internet allows us to conduct business with less frequent personal interaction. Because of this technology, it is easy to forget that a business, any business, still relies on people and community to be successful. Keith Dameron, Vice President and Business Development Officer at IberiaBank, works hard to ensure that “community” is still a prime consideration in doing business at a local level. “It’s a way to give back to the community,” says Keith. “It’s a way to stay connected with the people ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Events

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today two upcoming events in partnership with Connectivity-Me to which the public is invited. The Center for the Arts, at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, will be hosting Speed Networking and a Halloween Bash. The Speed Networking event will be Friday, October 16th from 6-9 PM. Speed Networking is a variation of the traditional business networking activity for meeting people. Participants will have the opportunity for brief one-on-one information exchanges which will hopefully lead to future business opportunities. At the end of the event, those attending will have the ... Read More »

Debra Bailey Joins Skin Wellness Physicians


Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Debra Bailey, MD, board-certified dermatologist to their medical team. Bringing extensive experience to her new position, Dr. Bailey offers services to adults and children for issues affecting the skin, hair and nails, taking special interest in caring for patients who suffer from complex disorders and chronic conditions. “I will be providing the latest options in skincare medicine with personalized treatment programs. I believe in treating people with sincere concern, not just treating their skin problems,” said Dr. Bailey. Dr. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction at Iowa State University in Ames, ... Read More »

MI Center for the Arts Adds Autographed Pin Flag to Golf Tournament Auction


Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the addition of a 2014 U.S. Open autographed pin flag to its auction list for the upcoming golf tournament at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. The pin flag is autographed by Nancy Lopez, Johnny Miller, Mark O’ Meara, Annika Sorenstam, Peter Jacobsen, Natalie Gulbis, and one of the hottest golfers on the 2015 PGA Tour, Jason Day. Jason Day is currently ranked number one in the world, with recent victories at both the PGA and the Barclays tournaments. Aris Petropoulos, chair of the golf committee, stated, “The flag is ... Read More »

A Call to the Community for Help; Your Used Car can Change a Life


Submitted On a typical day, Marie*(not her real name) is up and about before the sun even rises. Each day this hard-working single mother spends her mornings dressing, feeding and readying her young children for school. This routine can be challenging, yet she manages it with grace. Once the children are safely at school, Marie faces yet another challenge: how to get to work. Marie left an abusive relationship with the clothes on her back. She works hard in the restaurant industry to support her children and make a better life for them. When her car broke down she was ... Read More »

JCMI Book Club


Submitted Women readers searching for a book club to meet their needs are invited to visit the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Lively discussions, varied opinions and love of the written word pique the interest and intellect of all who attend. Members choose by consensus works from all available genres. The seasonal calendar begins Tuesday, November 17, 11 AM with a discussion of “Orphan Train” by Christine Baker Kline. Meetings will continue the third Tuesday morning through April, 2016. The book group welcomes the community. There are no membership dues for participants. However, a donation to JCMI ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed


Submitted Rookery Bay Reserve is looking for volunteers to be aquarium life support assistants and for water quality testing. A background in Biology and Chemistry is helpful. Education majors are also wanted to assist with our 4th and 7th grade programs. National Estuaries Day is Saturday, September 26, and volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Trail work day volunteers are needed on Tuesday, September 22 and Tuesday, October 13, both days from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. Email the Volunteer Coordinator at for more information and to Read More »

For the Adoption of The FY 16 Tentative Budgets; Final Millage Rates & Final Budget Board Of County Commissioners Collier County, Florida


Submitted Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112, to conduct the final public hearing for the adoption of the Collier County Fiscal Year 2016 Tentative Millage Rates and Final Budget. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and to register to speak. All registered public ... Read More »

Historic Site #6 – Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County Museum, in the County’s Courthouse Complex, brings history to life with prehistoric saber cat skeletons, and stories of Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Seminole warriors. With five acres of native Florida gardens, the museum includes two historic cottages, a working archaeology lab, Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910 steam logging locomotive, a recreated Seminole War fort and a fully restored Sherman tank from World War II. Located on the property is the restored boat “Kokomis,” which was the ferry that operated from 1934 to 1999 between the Keewaydin Club ... Read More »

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition


By Steve Gimmestad The 9th Annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK) got underway at Mackle Park just after some heavy rain hit Marco Island on Tuesday, September 15. The sun overpowered the low level clouds just in time for participants to get registered and do some warm-ups. NFL PPK is a nationwide competition, which allows boys and girls, ages 6-15, to learn football fundamentals and compete in a supportive, non-contact environment. Winners of this local event will advance to the sectional competition. It is one of the oldest NFL youth activities, attracting almost 5 million participants nationwide. Each ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Luncheon and Trade Show

From left: Island Title’s Deborah Needles, Suzanne Urban and Dawn Norgren.

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their general membership luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club recently. The event began with a tradeshow in which members of the Realtor Support Network (RSN) were invited to set up booths and hand out information on their company or business. This created an easy and fun networking experience for everyone. Before the meeting began, the Hideaway Beach Club staff served a beautiful buffet-style lunch. President Susan Ackerson then called the meeting to order, welcoming guests and members alike. Past presidents of the association, as well as the board ... Read More »

Pure Florida Launches Pure Education


Submitted Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade students. Marine Science Field Trips are also offered to individuals, families and organizations. Pure Education’s Marine Science Field Trips are currently available at Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location, with future plans underway for its Naples location. Marine Science Field Trip ... Read More »

A Tribute to Our Heroes

Marco Island’s first responders and city staff came together for the annual remembrance breakfast on September 11.

By Samantha Husted On Friday, September 11, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held their annual remembrance breakfast at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall. The event was meant to honor and remember the civilians and service people who lost their lives on that terrible day fourteen years ago. Dianna Dohm, president of MIFRF, began the ceremony by acknowledging the retired Marco Island firefighters as well as the first responders in attendance, stating that it is they “who put their life on the line everyday.” Sgt. James Bogliole of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department gave the key address. ... Read More »