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Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

Falcon Fall Migrations Have Begun

The “barred” feathers on the chest and underwing, as well as the slate grey coloring around the eyes and head, make the peregrine falcon easy to recognize.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On September 23rd at 4:21 AM, Eastern Time, the first day of fall officially arrived. Here in Florida we all look forward to cooler temperatures and less humidity. We also notice the absence of some of our summer migratory animals, and the return of many others. The first day of fall is also known as the Autumnal Equinox. This occurs when the equator is closest to the sun. It also happens in the spring, known as the Vernal Equinox. It takes place twice because the Earth tilts as it rotates around the sun, and on ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Wake Up Marco is Marco Island’s premier coffee café that boasts freshness and quality drinks. Locally owned and family run, the coffee shop has been operating for about 10 months. Wake Up Marco offers organic, handcrafted coffee, tea and bakery items. For those serious coffee lovers out there, Wake Up Marco also sells wholesale coffee beans from areas across the world. They have beans available from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Asia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Owner and 12-year Marco Island resident, Oscar Galvez, believes that he has the best coffee in all of Southwest Florida. The quality of his ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Opens Monday October 5, for its 17th Season


Submitted Monday Night Bingo will begin its 17th season. Sue Baum, Chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island announces that Bingo will re-open on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the congregation, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Bingo Committee has re-assembled. Many have been with the game since the inception, and are known to the players Doors will open at 5:30 PM, Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game is called at 7 PM. The Bingo Committee will continue to round off winnings, when there are multiple winners, which awards the players additional money. Read More »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott Twelve condo buildings or complexes on Marco Island each have more than 200 apartments. These are the Admiralty, Tradewinds, Shipps Landing, the four South Seas Towers, Stevens Landing, Gulfview, Riverside, South Seas East and Anglers Cove. These dozen account for more than 25% of all the condo apartments on Marco Island. This week there are 59 condos for sale in this group, which is only 2% of the 2,826 condos in these complexes. They make up 23% of all the condos for sale, so they are quite representative of the Marco Island condo market ... 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 »

Meet Marco: Lina Upham

Lina with daughter Karla.

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. I would like to introduce you to Lina Upham. Lina shares a second floor office space at City Hall with a view of the Police and Fire Department parking lot. She is a Purchasing and Fiscal Analyst in the nine-person Finance Department headed up by Guillermo Polanco. That means if the city needs some new vehicles, new phone service, architect for a new building or more paper clips, Lina knows about it. She makes ... 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 »

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 »

Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium


Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes marine archaeologist Jeff Moates to Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Moates’s lecture will focus on the archaeology and history of Southwest Florida’s Cuban “Fishing Ranchos.” In the late 18th and 19th centuries, groups of Cuban and Spanish Indian fishermen established a number of “Fishing Ranchos” along the Gulf coast where they processed and sold their catch. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Moates will explain who these enterprising entrepreneurs were, where they came from and how they survived, even thrived, in a primitive land long after the Spanish had ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail International Beach Cleanup

Keeping our beaches clean is vital. Friends of Tigertail helps keep the beach healthy and beautiful. SUBMITTED BY JASMINE PARCELLES

By Samantha Husted On September 19, Friends of Tigertail Beach (FOT) held their annual International Beach Cleanup event. The cleanup was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup that took place around the world. Volunteers, with gloves and trash bags in hand, combed Tigertail in search of litter, debris and other harmful materials. Data cards were given to participants in order to document their findings. The results were then sent to the National Ocean Conservancy and were recorded. Over 75 people showed up this year and 15 bags of trash, weighing in at a staggering 200 pounds, were collected. ... 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 »

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 Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA, Part Two

Picture day for the 2015 MIA Football Team.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn A few days after being abandoned and picked up by his uncle, Tyler ended up with his sister in East Naples. She faithfully took him over to Marco Island Charter Middle School every school day during his 7th grade year. The next year, his dad returned and managed to rent another place in Goodland. Tyler moved back in with him for his 8th grade year. During this period, Jim Prange, the father of his best friend, was keeping tabs on Tyler. “My dad wasn’t doing so well,” Tyler recalled, “I had to get an ... 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 »

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 »

The United Church of Marco Island Welcomes New Associate Minister

Early this month Pastor David Barnes moved to Marco Island  from Virginia where he was stationed with the Air Force. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Samantha Husted The United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) has welcomed a new associate minister to their ranks. Pastor David Barnes, an active Air Force Captain and ordained minister, began working at the church on September 6. David will be with UCMI year-round, focusing primarily in the areas of pastoral care, outreach and worship. UCMI will formally celebrate his arrival on November 15, with an installation worship service. In many ways, David is a polymathic man. He has 12 years experience as a chaplain (Captain) in the United States Air Force Reserve, as well as experience in church and ... 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 »

Low Density Condos

The Tiki House, with only 4 units, is located on the south end of Marco Island.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Marco Island’s condos come in a variety of configurations and arrangements. About half of the named condos on the island have 40 units or less per building or complex, but they represent only 15% of the total condo units on Marco Island. These neighborly, low density condos can be found on water direct and inland locations. Only the Dunnfoire on the beach meets this criterion with 30 units. In comparison, a number of condos on the island have more than 200 apartments per building. Not a lot of condos come on the market ... Read More »