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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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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 »

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP SETS NEW DIRECTION FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC SERVICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Radio Stations in Miami, West Palm Beach and Naples to be sold to Educational Media Foundation   Recognizing that media consumption and audience choices are rapidly changing, and that efforts to build a sustainable classical music radio service in South Florida have not succeeded, American Public Media Group (APMG) announced today that it will move its classical music service in South Florida from FM radio to its national on-demand service,YourClassical.org. This new direction includes the sale of its Classical South Florida (CSF) network of stations—WKCP-FM in Miami (classical music), WPBI-FM in West Palm Beach (classical music and news), and WNPS-FM in Naples(classical ... Read More »

The Marco Bay Yacht Club’s Abaco Islands Adventure Continues

John and Dianne Kernan, trip organizers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Debbie Schroeder After a week of cruising the Abaco Islands, eight (we’ll call them land cruisers) joined members in Treasure Cay, about 21 miles from our last stop in Marsh Harbor. The spectacular sandy beaches are widely recognized as being among the top 10 beaches in the Bahamas. Collecting such treasures as seashells and sea glass was a great pastime. Treasure Cay also has the most romantic restaurant, Treasure Sands, where you can enjoy the most amazing food and breathtaking panoramic views with the most colorful sunsets. Next stop, Hope Town, a little town in Elbow Cay, home to ... Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

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By Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Ed Lucas and Christopher Lucas Jeter Publishing (Simon & Schuster) 320 pages. Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra   Well, sports fans, baseball is back! The first few weeks are always glorious because there are no deep disappointments yet and hopes are high. Boston won the World Series in 2013, so why shouldn’t Cubs fans think “Maybe next year” is THIS year? Did Back To The Future 2 writers get it right with “Cubs sweep Miami five games to ... Read More »

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Park Entrance

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Submitted National Park Week will be commemorated nationwide by the National Park Service April 18 to 26, and Everglades National Park is inviting everyone to come enjoy free park entrance the opening weekend, April 18 and 19. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities nationwide in America’s Great Outdoors, by reconnecting people with opportunities to enjoy parks located right in your back yard. The theme this year for National Park Week is, “Find Your Park.” “National Park Week is the perfect time for everyone to ‘Find Your Park,’ the national campaign premiered this month to launch ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Offers Journalism Scholarships

A joint press conference between the Greater Naples YMCA and the National Park Service (NPS), detailed the recent national partnership between the two organizations were announced. Naples YMCA President Paul Thein, Acting Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent J.D. Lee and South Florida National Parks Trust trustee, Howard Isaacson, were on hand to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve and the Naples YMCA will be partnering on transportation, programs and outings starting as soon as this Summer.  The national initiative, entitled Play. Learn. Serve Work. was announced just two weeks ago by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a meeting ... Read More »