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The SUN Trail State

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Submitted “If you build it, they will come.” But, first you need dedicated funding. That’s why the 2015 legislation that appropriated $25 million annually for the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail (SUN Trail) program is more than momentous. It’s a seismic paradigm shift on how our state and communities view biking, walking, recreation, and safety. What is the top funding priority? The Coast to Coast Connector.  But how do trails become eligible for SUN Trail funding? First, they must be part of the Florida Greenways & Trails Priority System. Then, the regional trails must meet eligibility criteria developed by FDOT and the ... Read More »

Marco Company Books Cuba Cruises

By Don Manley Week-long cruises to Cuba that blend cultural-immersion and tours of the island’s three largest cities can now be booked at America Travel Arrangements on Marco Island. The Carnival Corporation will begin offering service to the island from Miami on May 1, after receiving approval from the U.S. and Cuban governments, said Ewout DeVries, who co-owns America Travel with his wife, Jill. He said reservations are being taken for the first available departure date, which is in September. But the trips are anything but inexpensive. DeVries said the starting price for an inside cabin is tentatively $1,800 and ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

George’s Web

PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER
George Moore, Ambassador of Fun

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he had worked with every actor in Hollywood, or with someone who had worked with every other actor in Hollywood, and a phenomenon was born. It was called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and was the creative brainchild of three ... Read More »

Habitat For Humanity Homes

Wilbert (front row, seventh from the left), his wife sitting in front of him, together with the
Hideaway Beach Club volunteers led by Erni Stevens (standing next to Wilbert). PHOTOS BY EWOUT RIJK DE VRIES

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Wilbert Luders, who immigrated from Haiti 12 years ago, met his South African wife, Candy Khumako three years ago at the New Hope Ministry in Naples. Seven months ago Wilbert and Candy had twins and ended up in Miami’s Children’s Hospital for surgery on a rare birth defect. Although he is working full time as a stock clerk at Whole Foods and at an Auto Glass Store, their future looked bleak. Luckily they had strong support through their church and someone suggested they apply for a Habitat for Humanity home. They were chosen out of ... Read More »

Who Owns the ATON?

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Submitted Let me start by defining an ATON, which is an aid to navigation. ATONs can be buoys, beacons and lateral aids to navigation (the red even-numbered triangles and the green odd-numbered squares). These ATONs define the safe channels for navigation in and around our Marco Island waterways. ATONs are the responsibility of the United States Coast Guard. Technically, all non-United States Coast Guard ATON’s are called Private ATONs (PATONS). Other signs in the water that alert boaters to a Manatee Zone, No Wake, etc. are PATONs. PATONs have been put up by the county and the city to help ... Read More »

Pioneering Women

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Submitted A century ago, the first woman to be mayor of a city in Florida was Marian O’Brien, who was elected in 1916 when the little town of Moore Haven, west of Lake Okeechobee, was incorporated. Included in its statutes was the right to vote for women – three years before Amendment 19 was passed in 1919. Marian was a competent businesswoman who took over her husband’s holdings in remote Florida after he suddenly passed away. She created a bank, a hotel, and other amenities for the new town. She then went on to help found Clewiston and the sugar ... Read More »

Young Sailor Sets Sights on Spain

On February 18th Zach will be competing in the 2016 International Palamos Optimist Trophy in Catalonia, Spain.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Zachariah Schemel isn’t what you’d call an average 13-year-old. Zach is homeschooled, he spends his weekends in Miami, and he’s about to compete in an international sailing competition in Spain. The Marco Island resident got his start in sailing at the age of eight when he spent a summer at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center. He enjoyed sailing so much he went on to join the racing team at the Naples Community Sailing Center where he stayed and practiced for two years, honing in on the more competitive side of sailing. Now Zach races for ... Read More »

Where Do Marco Island Condo Buyers Come From?

The Smokehouse Bay Club. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The Marco Island MLS shows 588 condos sold on Marco Island in 2015, representing $315 million in sales. Year after year, more than 550 condos are sold by realtors to people from all over the world. Where do all these condo buyers come from? Interestingly, the majority of condo buyers come from four distinct parts of the country. The Midwest, the Northeast and buyers moving to or already living on Marco Island represent about 25% each. All the rest of the United States represents another 23% and international buyers represent only 2% of ... Read More »

WVOI Adds Veterans Show to Line-up

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Don Finkle and friend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For Don Finkle and Gary Carter it’s for the love of veterans everywhere, the two along with varied guests were broadcasting from a single AM radio station at Arcadia Florida every Friday morning for an hour with information vets could use. Then their luck changed. Marco Island radio stations WVOI 98.1 FM and 1480 AM picked up the show and is now rebroadcasting it Sunday mornings at 9am to Marco Island, Naples and as far South as Key West. With the addition, Don and Gary instantly widened their coverage to Desoto, Charlotte, Collier and Monroe Countys and are looking at adding stations ... Read More »

Travel to Cuba – Logistics

Sunrise on part of the Vedado section of Havana. The famed Hotel Nacional is the building with the double red roofed cupolas.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travel to Cuba for US citizens is evolving. There are a host of new transportation options either already in place or planned including ships, ferries, charter and commercial flights, even trains (well, sort of….read on). While more choices are available, travel still requires that visitors from the US meet one of 12 broad categories to justify their trip; under US law, travel to Cuba purely for a vacation is not allowed. The 12 accepted purposes include visiting a close relative, educational activities which involve “people to people exchanges”, journalistic, religious, and humanitarian activities, public performances, professional ... Read More »

MIAAOR Installs New Officers and Directors

Members and staff of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors gather for a group photo

By Don Manley Marco Island Area Association of Realtors introduced its slate of officers 2016 and recognized outstanding performance for 2015 by members and staff at its 40th annual installation dinner. As always and in keeping with the holiday season, the affair was an evening of festive elegance, with dining and dancing, held recently at the Hideaway Beach Club. The gala saw Dick Shanahan named as the MIAAOR’s incoming president, replacing Susan Ackerson, broker-owner of Anchor Real Estate. It’s the fourth time Shanahan, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty’s Marco office, has held the post. His fellow officers are ... Read More »

Bring Back the Good Old Days

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Remember the “good old days” of air travel? Shoes, belt, jacket, scarf could remain on your body without having to take them off to clear security. You didn’t have to pull out your quart size zip lock bag of small size liquids such as Purell, or your laptop for special inspection. For $100 or less, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) offer programs that can help bring some of those good old days back. If your travel is primarily domestic, there is TSA Precheck, (TSA Pre?); for international travel, Global ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $5 million for new Golisano Children’s Hospital

To support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $5 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. In recognition of the pledge, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has earned a naming opportunity, and will dedicate the new Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall.   The SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Trends…

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 »

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 »

Enterprising MIA Student Makes Wishes Come True

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By Barry Gwinn Duneshka Cruz doesn’t have a lot of spare time on her hands. She is a senior at the Marco Island Academy, and is carrying 8 courses, plus teaching a course in Forensic Science as a teacher’s assistant. With the addition of online courses, she has managed to maintain a 4.68 weighted GPA in the 25 courses she has completed since 9th grade. The vast majority of these courses were either Honors courses or AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written and overseen by the University of Cambridge in England, ranked as one of the ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Gluten-free and vegan diets, insane workouts in the fitness center and yet, we had over 12 disqualifications, primarily due to heat issues, at this year’s U.S. Open? Something just doesn’t add up. Midwestern tennis star Jack Sock, now the number 2 ranked American, was dominating in the first two sets before leg cramps sidelined him. As he lay on the court in excruciating pain, the medical staff advised him to leave the court using a wheelchair! Unfortunately for me, I can relate to Jack Sock’s cramping problems. About 25 Florida summers ago while competing on ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Owners Come from All Over the World

Grandview Condominiums on S. Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com People from all over the world own vacation condos on Marco Island. Almost all the states and dozens of foreign countries are represented. Due to limitations on the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website, we took a sampling of condo owners’ home addresses along Collier Boulevard, the street with the most condos of any street on Marco Island, as a representative sample. Searching the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website reveals that 802 of these properties are owner occupied and 3,936 are not owner occupied, for a total of 4,738 residences along Collier Boulevard. Another ... Read More »