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Trends, Part II

Inside/outside: open floor plan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Continuing my column on “Trends,” we pick up where we left off and now delve inside the modern house (literally inside, as in under the hood, so to speak). Behind the scenes, or better yet, just behind the walls, things are getting sophisticated. More and more we see water reclamation in the form of cisterns or green roofs. And who on Marco wouldn’t want to save on water consumption- especially for irrigation? HVAC systems are being split into scalable systems, such as those manufactured by Daiken, to allow for room-by-room zone controlled environments. No ... Read More »


Courtesy of G3 Homes, South Miami Fl.

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA I figured I would give my readers a much-needed break from the heady topics and discussions concerning zoning, land use, deed restrictions, ordinances, etc. Let’s talk architecture, design and trends. As we look forward to the start of season, let’s see what’s hot and happening in design. So I’m going to take a very deliberate right turn on this one and set eyes on our nearest design capital, and arguably one of the current trendsetters internationally today. Yes, you guessed it, our neighboring metropolis of MIAMI. MIA for short, or the “305” if you ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: What We Leave Behind…


By Hector Fernandez So there has been much ado lately about discussions, ideas, opinions and plans for some kind of facility, building, offices, veterans’ facility, etc. at Veterans Park. It seems that some of the speculation and rumors were laid to rest at this past week’s PRAC meeting where City Manager Roger Hernstadt presented some of those ideas. So as usual, I am going to look at this issue from an architectural point of view. I like to divorce the hearsay and sticky political mumbo jumbo from things. After all, after the years have passed and we are all long ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... 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 »

Standardized Test Results Showing MIA Student Progress


By Don Manley Marco Island Academy’s top administrators could hardly be more pleased with their students’ performance on two standardized testing programs that are a key barometer of academic preparedness for college. The charter high school recently released its most recent scores for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests, which were administered to students in May and June. Also released were the MIA students’ results for the ACT college admissions examination, which is traditionally taken during a high school student’s junior and senior years. For both, MIA students showed marked improvement in most categories, when compared to ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Hosts Casino Night October 17


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style has added a new event to its line-up for 2015: Casino Night. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, October 17 from 6-9 PM at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The fun-filled evening boasts casino-style gambling, gift and cash raffles, a prize for the best-dressed couple (holiday-themed), silent auction items, and a bar manned by Marco Island celebrities. Light appetizers will be served. Christmas Island Style board member Allyson Richards told us “Casino Night is a first-time event for Christmas Island Style, and is another way to ... Read More »

Relay Committee Rally


Submitted The American Cancer Society (ACS) is holding a Relay For Life Committee Rally on Saturday, September 19 from 10-11:30 AM at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Light appetizers will be included. If you would like to see an end to cancer, if you want a legacy in that fight, if you are willing to do whatever it takes…You are who the American Cancer Society needs! The 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island placed 3rd in fundraising for the state of Florida. ACS wants to do it again. Join in on September 19 to be a part of this ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Announces Fire and Ice Exhibition

Vince Anthony and Tami Zadnik -mixed media.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its September exhibit “Fire and Ice.” The exhibit will run through September 29, 2015, featuring the work of outstanding artists in the glass and metal medium. Local artist Betty Newman gushed, “This will be an exhibit of unique glass and metal art.” The exhibit will feature the work of six artists, all of whom have been recognized for the high quality of their work. Metal artist Bryon Wood blasts his art in a 2,600 degree forge. When his steel turns red, he can start forming his vision. As noted by ... Read More »

WVOI Broadcasts Lely & MIA Football & Hoops Games

Bob Ladd, co-owner of  WVOI 98.1 FM and WVOI AM 1480, Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley The Coastal Breeze and Marco Island-based WVOI 98.1 FM have joined forces to bring broadcasts of local high school sports to fans. WVOI will cover select football and basketball games of Lely High School and Marco Island Academy this school year, with sponsorship from Coastal Breeze. “We are pleased to expand our school sports coverage in partnering with WVOI,” said Coastal Breeze Publisher Val Simon. “Certain games will be broadcast live and we will link to those broadcasts online ( It furthers our mission as a community newspaper. Go Trojans! Go Rays!” The arrangement also calls for ... Read More »

Marco Island Lions Club

Submitted In June of 1917, a Chicago insurance executive in his late thirties named Melvin Jones, called together a group of local businessmen and suggested that they form an outreach organization for the community to do something for others. His message reached willing minds, and they very shortly began meeting for this purpose. They initially borrowed their name from a member organization called Lions, remembering that the lion, as king of the jungle, was fierce, loyal and strong. However, the name is not for an animal, but is an acronym meaning liberty, integrity and our nation’s safety. Later, at the ... Read More »



Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it? photo credit.

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »

Believe to See


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer I am a visual person. I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a little deficient in the category of imagination. I have to see evidence in order to confirm that something exists. I have never seen a ghost, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster, therefore I am skeptical of their existence. Growing up as a child in the 60’s and 70’s, imagination was a pretty important element in day to day play. Toys in that era were fairly simple and involved creativity to fully enjoy. For instance, I had several dolls growing up, but they ... Read More »

New Laser Lipo Treatment Available at Island Diet Center


By Coastal Breeze Staff Many of us are on a quest to lose weight, and new diets and treatments pop up all the time. As of 2012, the annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry was $20 billion, which included diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. “100 Million Dieters, 20 Billion Weight Loss Industry,” ABC News, May 12, 2012, When we heard that the Island Diet Center was offering a new treatment called “Laser Lipo,” we sat down with Dr. Joseph Lang to get the details. So how does it work? Laser applied to the surface dissolves fat ... Read More »

FSBDC and IBERIABANK Host Fourth Seminar Focused on Funding Your Business and Your Retirement

 IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation and the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University will host the fourth seminar in a five-part series aimed at helping small business owners. This presentation will focus on funding your business and your retirement. Attendees will learn about capital sources and the steps involved in completing a business loan application. The seminar will then shift gears to talk about exit strategies for your business and how they may relate to your retirement planning. According to a study published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 36% of small business owners ... Read More »

Lights Out and Watch Your Step on the Beach!

Mary Nelson (left) and Beverly Ann Shipe

By Steve Gimmestad It’s nesting time in the Marco area, but don’t look up. These nests are under the white sands of our beaches and belong to Caretta caretta, fondly known as our Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Last issue, Coastal Breeze reported on the record-setting 101st nest. Now we have come to learn there are 114 nests. The previous record was 93 a few years ago. While this type of achievement merits some type of award, most sea turtles don’t have a mantle upon which to display a trophy. But we do have a couple people that deserve our most ... Read More »

Through My Eyes

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present Through My Eyes,  paintings of Naples and the Everglades by local artist Kevin O’Brien on display August 5- October 24, 2015. The free wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, will be open to the public and held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.   Kevin O’Brien is a third generation artist who drew inspiration from his mother and grandmother. Raised in Rocky Neck, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, the oldest, still working Art Colony in the U.S., O’Brien had the opportunity at an early age to appreciate ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Curcuma: Tropical Flower or Medical Miracle

Curcuma alismatifolia 9Dwarf chaingmai pink

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Curcuma although tropical in origins, mostly from (Southeast Asia, India and Malaysia, does not like to be in sun all day. A filtered morning or afternoon sun is best, like most plants in southwest Florida the summer sun is deadly. The plants in the curcuma family are often called gingers but are really Zingiber and the Curcuma longa species is solely used for the harvest of the spice turmeric. The rhizomes are ground into a dried power which is turmeric. Not only is this one of the most tropical oriental looking flowers I have ever seen ... Read More »