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Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

2016 America’s Favorite Places survey


Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America” and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. The six-month survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories including affordability, ... Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport Plans Expansion

Photo via Photodevries.com
Kate Whitson, Airport Operations Manager (L), Justin Lobb, Airport Manager.

by Ewout Rijk de Vries  Our local airport is a unique destination, an exception to most of the rest of the world of air transportation. Normally, the 3-letter code for an airport in the USA is designated by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) is the same 3-letter code for both organizations. Not so for ... Read More »


Bonita Springs, Florida 2013 © Dennis Church

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its July exhibition is “AMERICANA,” featuring the work of renowned artists Dennis Church and Holly Manneck. Church describes his photography as work that he wants “listened to,” akin to improvising music. Church believes art should be felt, and not merely viewed. He improvises pictures with American places and subjects in digital ... Read More »

The SUN Trail State


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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

George’s Web

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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Who Owns the ATON?


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 ... Read More »

Pioneering Women


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 ... 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. ... Read More »

Where Do Marco Island Condo Buyers Come From?


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 ... Read More »

WVOI Adds Veterans Show to Line-up

Gary Carter (left) with 
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Bring Back the Good Old Days

TSApre3 is good for most
domestic airlines. (Left) TSApre3 provides expedited screening
airport security checkpoints. (Right) SUBMITTED

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »