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The Girl In The Spider’s Web


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By David Lagercrantz English Translation by George Goulding Alfred J. Knopf, August 2015, 432 pages Genre: Scandinavian Crime Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack.” ~ Unknown   Like many readers, I was eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth Lisbeth Salander book. It has been a long time since the publication of the “Dragon Tattoo Trilogy” and the release of the films. Stieg Larsson, creator of the trilogy, died of a heart attack at age 50, before the books were published. He never ... Read More »

Change and Choice

Roger Federer’s change to 
a larger head size racquet has improved his game. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark In my first article I recommended watching, listening and learning from the tennis commentators on television. Following my own advice, I spent many enjoyable hours watching the 2015 U.S. Open. I watched and listened to a pre-match discussion with Roger Federer. The focus of the interview was on how Federer, now at 34-years-old, was playing some of the best tennis of his career. During the interview, Federer made the comment that “change and choice had become a strategy.” A year or so ago, Federer made a decision to change to a larger head size racquet, and ... Read More »

LandSharks Kick-off Events for Sunshine Kids


Submitted For over 25 years now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Prudential Real Estate has supported, volunteered for, entertained, chaperoned and loved the Sunshine Kids. The many fundraising activities undertaken each year by the brokers, managers and sales professionals play a major role in “helping put smiles on the faces of kids with cancer” everywhere throughout this great country of ours. The mission? The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting group activities so they may once again do what kids are meant to do: have fun and celebrate life! Hopefully there ... Read More »

The United Church of Marco Island Completes Renovations


By Samantha Husted On May 1, 2015, the United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) began what would become a five-month long, total renovation of their building. The church, which is a little over 40 years old, was in dire need of a facelift. There were mold issues, drywall issues and roof and drainage repairs needed. Essentially, everything had to go. New pew bibles and hymnals were purchased, a new sound system was installed and almost everything was repainted and refurbished. What is perhaps the most interesting and intricate part of the church’s renovation plan was the disassembly and subsequent reassembly ... 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 »

Fishing Tournament Honors Trevor Smith


By Roger LaLonde Though his life ended too soon, friends and family of Trevor Smith are planning a remembrance fundraiser through the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s to be a celebration of his life. “One last cast,” the T-Rex 1 Fish 2 Fish Tournament, is planned for October 16-17. A dinner starts the event with the captain’s banquet at 6 PM on October 16 at Kretch’s Restaurant on Marco Island. Silent and live auction items include fishing equipment and charters, timeshare weeks, a paddleboard and much more. The tournament begins at sun up on October 17 at ... 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 »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... 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 »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land and outbuildings innate to an Iowa farm afforded me endless opportunities for exploration. There was a big barn and a machine shed. There was a grove of assorted maple and oak, a small livestock yard and a windmill. In addition, ... Read More »

What Trust Means to Me

Dr. Robert Zehr, founder  of The Zehr Center for Orthopedics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I have tremendous respect for the importance of “trust.” For example, what it means to earn another person’s trust. However, almost more important are the ongoing steps required to keep that trust. When a patient comes through the doors of our Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard campuses or our Marco Island clinic, they must be able to trust — and find comfort in — the skill sets of everyone they meet. Not just our physicians and clinical staff, but every member of our team. Celebrated thought ... Read More »

A Skydiving Accident, Social Media & a Family’s Road to Recovery


By Samantha Husted On August 12, 21-year-old part-time Marco Island resident, Reno Landers was in an almost fatal skydiving accident. Reno is the son of Robin Gatto Turley and Al Landers, local restaurateur. The statistics of getting into a skydiving accident are profoundly improbable. According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2014 there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, of those jumps only 24 were fatal. This means that per 1,000 jumps the chances of an accident, which usually occurs due to either a parachute or human error, would be 0.0075 or one per 133,333. While the chances of getting ... 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 »

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Joseph J. Ellis Alfred A. Knopf, 2015 – 277 pages Genre: US History   “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (Preamble, Constitution of the United States, 1787.) Turns out Lincoln was wrong when he stated, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent ... Read More »

Between Here and Gone


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching” – Gerard Way   I admit, I listen to Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura is a marriage and family counselor, turned radio talk show host. She’s socially conservative, brash and outspoken. More often than not, the callers who reach out to her with their problems disconnect in a wash of embarrassment and shame. This is not why I listen. I tune in to hear Dr. Laura’s common sense advice and sometimes outrageous commentary. But there’s one recurring morsel of thought ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Take a Basic Boating Course


Submitted Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat, and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. There are some very good reasons to get yourself informed about the rules of the road. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 of Marco Island is offering various safe boating courses this fall. Ten reasons to take a course, and some of the things you will learn, include: Safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. Driving a boat is vastly ... Read More »

Making Strides Against Cancer One Little Step at a Time


By Maureen Chodaba I keep a pair of antique little girl shoes on a shelf inside my home. In the 1930’s, they were actually tap shoes that belonged to a little girl who danced her way through life, making strides each and every day. That little girl was my mother. I keep her shoes on display to remind me that we all make strides throughout our lives not knowing what the future will bring. We sometimes make the smallest of steps that actually lead to big accomplishments. As a little girl, my mother never dreamed that she would grow up ... Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »

Division Chief Scott Schultz, Pioneer of Training Program, Retires

Chief Scott Schultz (held up in center) retired after 34 years with the fire rescue department. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On August 27, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department held a retirement ceremony for Division Chief Scott Schultz. His retirement ends his 34 year career with the Fire Rescue Department, which is celebrating its 50th year of service. The ceremony, led by Fire Chief Michael Murphy and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne, included special traditions unique to firefighters. Fire Chief Michael Murphy presented Schultz with his duty fire helmet. A golden axe, which was a gift from the Professional Firefighters of Marco Island, was presented to Schultz by Captain Dustin Beatty. His retirement celebration cake was ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »