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Superheroes Glide Into Goodland


By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One of the safest places to be is Goodland? At least it was on February 21st, as the 19th Annual Goodland Boat Parade brought in the superheroes. “This is so cool,” said Sarah, a visitor from New York. “Floats that float and they all look great!” The boat parade is part of the Goodland Mardi Gras celebration and the turnout was fantastic with $17,000 raised for Avow Hospice on this day. Fifteen boats entered the parade with numerous variations on the superhero theme. As each boat passed through the harbor, judges had a tough decision ahead ... Read More »

Early Collier County History


Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »


Zoe L. Webb, a veteran of Word War II, died Wed., Nov. 26, at 5:05 AM. She was 92. Zoe’s childhood was uncomfortable, and as an only child, her dog took the place of the siblings she never had. It traveled with her everywhere. When World War II broke out in 1939, Zoe was due to go to a “ladies finishing school” in Switzerland, but instead realized an unquestionable opportunity. With her dog in tow, Zoe ran away from home to join the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. The British military was desperate for personnel at the ... Read More »

Kretschmer Family Freezes for a Reason

The Kretschmer family, Bruce Jr., left, Ellen and Halley before taking the Polar Plunge. Inset: Edward Cantwell, Ellen’s brother, with his Special Olympics medals. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Halley Kretschmer took the plunge, so did her mother, Ellen and brother Bruce Jr. It was the Polar Plunge, into the icy waters of Cedar Beach at Mount Sinai, N.Y. on Nov. 24. The Marco Islanders were “Freezin’ for a Reason,” to support Special Olympics of New York. “In late November of 2012, I was studying for finals (at the University of Miami) when I came across a posting for the plunge. I majored in special education and follow the Special Olympics avidly,” Halley said. “Hurricane Sandy had postponed the plunge into December, giving us enough ... Read More »

Survivor Stories from Pink Out

Lisa (second from right in with long pink scarf) is among breast cancer survivors honored at a Green Bay Packers game. Lisa hales from Wisconsin.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each year, the Lely High School Volleyball team honors breast cancer survivors during a special “Pink Out” game. All proceeds from the game, t-shirt sales, etc go to a breast cancer support organization. A few of the players have had their own breast cancer battles within their families. Two were willing to share a bit about their experience and were included in the game program. Barb Cooper is the grandmother of Katie Moss, and Lisa Meurgue is the mother of Emmanuelle Meurgue. Here are their stories, in their words: Barb Cooper – Saved by a ... Read More »

Floridians hunting deer out of state need to be aware of CWD laws

Florida hunters planning to hunt deer, moose or elk out of state this year need to be aware of certain laws and regulations aimed at preventing chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering our state. CWD is a contagious neurological disease that has been found in captive and wild cervids (white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk) within 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea. The disease causes degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. There is no known evidence that CWD can be transmitted to livestock or humans. The disease ... Read More »

McGuffie welcomes Dr. Abbiati


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Island dentist Dr. Axel McGuffie and his family, wife Debbie (office administrator) and daughter Jessica, will be relocating to the East Coast. In a letter to patients, Dr. McGuffie wrote “My commitment to maintaining your trust and providing quality dental care has led me to search for just the right doctor to assume my practice. I wanted someone with the same enthusiasm and commitment I had when I built my practice. Dr. Abbiati is enthusiastic about the practice of dentistry and providing patients with the highest quality in customized care.” The letter cites Dr. Abbiati ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

Pumping Polluted Water Must Stop

A major decision in federal court today will put an end to government-sanctioned pollution that’s been fouling Lake Okeechobee for more than three decades. The case, first filed in 2002 by Earthjustice, challenged the practice of “back pumping.” For years, South Florida sugar and vegetable growers have used the public’s waters, pumped out of giant Lake Okeechobee, to irrigate their fields. They wash the water over their industrial-sized crops, where it is contaminated with fertilizers and other pollutants. Then, they get taxpayers in the South Florida Water Management District to pay to pump the contaminated water back into Lake Okeechobee, where ... Read More »

11th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Regatta Championships

Radio-controlled Laser sailboats have gained in popularity. There are more than 6,000 Lasers in the US alone, and regatta’s like the one on Marco Island are held worldwide, even as far away as Durban, South Africa. SUBMITTED photo

The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is gearing up its 11th Annual Midwinter Regatta Championships. Set for Feb. 28-March 2, the event has grown in size and popularity over time. In fact, the Marco Island event has become one of the biggest and best Radio-controlled Laser Regattas in the nation. This year, the event will be hosted by the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department. Dave Brawner, president of the American Model Yachting Association, will be the principal Race official. The rules of the regatta follow the 2013 International Sailing Federation ... Read More »

Get Your Kicks on the Route to 66


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” Abe Lemons, American Basketball Coach, 1922-2002 Question: My husband is in his early sixties and I am in my late fifties. We are looking forward to retirement in a few years. What should we be thinking about now, before we stop working? Answer: Congratulations, assessing your situation before you actually retire increases the likelihood that you and your husband will have a smooth transition into the next phase of your lives. Advance planning is very important because there are so many unpredictable variables ... Read More »

I Love New York


By Carol Glassman There was a time when if anyone reminded me that a trip to New York in January was imminent, I would have questioned his or her sanity: “Are you crazy? You’d leave Florida in January to risk freezing?” I have had a lifelong love affair with that city and all that it offers, but the idea of visiting it mid-winter is more than I would want to consider. Last year, I was invited to attend a fabulous international conference of women educators in New York — the last week of January. In the throes of planning and ... Read More »

Authentic Italian Pizza – Kwik!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Have you ever found one of those little stops where the food is fabulous? The kind of place that makes your mouth water when you drive by? Kwik Stop on Collier Boulevard is already known among workers on the island as a great place for lunch. Now,they’ve added Sicilian New Yorker, William (Billy) Annino, and with his expertise, you’ve got an authentic pizza like you find only in Italy! Billy travelled between Naples/Marco and New York for many years. From being a child watching his grandparents, his time at culinary school in Rhode Island, or ... Read More »

“Which Came First, The House or The Job?”


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” Arnold H. Glasow, American Humorist, 1905-1998. Question: Why is the housing market so important to the economy? Answer: As one of the top five leading economic indicators, new housing activity is essential to the strength of our economy in several ways: 1) actual investment in private residential construction, 2) increased consumption spending on housing related expenditures and 3) higher employment levels. New home construction and rising home values increase consumer confidence. Optimistic people are more likely to open their wallets and spend. ... Read More »

The Rising Cost of Long-Term Care

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care information, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011 The average national cost of a one-year nursing home stay is $80,000 and, in many states, the cost is much higher. In the future, long-term care is likely to be even more expensive.

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.”    — George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950   Question: What is the difference between Medicare and Long Term Care (LTC) Coverage? Answer: Mistakenly, many people believe that Medicare, the federal health insurance program for older Americans, will pay for all LTC needs. The truth is that Medicare does not cover custodial care, which is usually the kind of care older Americans need. Medicare only provides limited coverage for skilled nursing care or physical therapy. The most common and preferred type of LTC is provided in the home ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Barbara S. Read

Goodland loses a remarkable friend “Babs” Barbara S. Read died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Goodland, FL. She was the daughter of William P. Spencer and Ethel Price, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her two brothers, William and Richard Spencer. Babs was married to Ted Read, who died in 1992. Together they raised nine surviving children; Susan, Chip, Hank, Amelia, Spencer, Jon, Cindy, Andrea and Stacy, as well as 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and years later earned her Masters in Special ... Read More »

Mystery at Hideaway Beach


COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com In September of 2010 the Marco Island Police Department received a concerned phone call saying that someone had discovered a number of large bones near the shore during a very low tide at Hideaway Beach. Sergeant Hector Diaz, who responded to the call, could see that the bones were projecting from what appeared to be an old wooden barrel – the remains of which were adjacent to the bones, making it appear the body had once been placed inside the barrel. Gene Erjavec, a Marco Islander who has worked on many local archaeological digs was called ... Read More »

Woody’s Best Blue Jasmine


REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net From the moment we first see Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) we’re entranced, even though she’s talking to herself and her neighbor on a flight from New York to San Francisco. Jasmine is dressed to the nines in Chanel and a huge Hermes purse. That’s all accompanied by monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage awaiting her on the carousel. What follows are flashes backward and forward as it becomes clear that Jasmine has left the Manhattan high-life destitute and is moving to San Francisco to live (temporarily?) with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). If all this hints of ... Read More »

Islander Finishes Fire Training


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Ask any little boy what they want to be when they grow up and a chorus of similar answers will sound: policemen, astronauts, super heroes, secret agents, and, of course, firemen. Some of these career choices are more easily attained than others (i.e. super heroes) but they are all noble choices. Nicholas Macchiarolo of Marco Island was once one of these young boys. His profession of choice: fireman. On August 3, Nicholas achieved his life long goal when he graduated from the North Naples Fire Academy. “My whole entire life I’ve wanted to be a fireman,” ... Read More »