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MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

Principal Scott in her office at MIA, her door is rarely closed; Walk into the administration building and she is the first staff member you will see. (Right) Principal Scott and three of her teachers (recommended by her) received the prestigious Shine Award from Governor Scott during his recent visit.

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking for. It had not been easy. After a titanic battle to obtain Collier County School Board approval and secure a building and campus, Marco Island Academy finally opened for business in August 2011. It very nearly closed up shop a ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »

Gwinn v. Delta Airlines (Gwinn Wins!)

PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN
Stock certificate, back from the FBI lab after being treated for fingerprints, dated and initialed in the upper right hand corner when received from an informant. Hundreds of thousands of worthless
shares, par value of one cent, were sold for two to five cents apiece.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com I arrived in the Phoenix FBI field office from New York in 1969. One year later I was immersed in white collar crime and was running down a couple of con men from Tampa who were peddling worthless Control Metals Corporation stock. The stock was coming through Phoenix via a stock transfer agency, run by an informant of mine. The con men had taken over a dormant Idaho shell corporation, printed up stock, and then made a market for it on an obscure stock exchange. When the market price rose (from one cent a ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

KIRK MCFEE’S UNUSUAL JOURNEY

Kirk McFee is pleased with the way his business is growing. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn In March 1971, Kirk McFee was born. In August 2014, Kirk’s Coney Island opened its doors in Old Marco. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016, it had one of its best days ever. What happened between those dates is the subject of this story. Kirk McFee was born and bred in Detroit. In 1996, he received a degree in human resources from Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan (a Detroit suburb). Kirk’s mother is an ex-nun who saw to it that the nuns who ran the university kept his nose to the grindstone. The arrangement must have worked, ... Read More »

Avow Groundbreaking for New Building

Ceremonial shovel toss at Avow’s groundbreaking on January 11, 2016.  From left: Architect Phil Krieg, Facilities Manager Greg Dougherty, Board Member Kent McRae, Board Member Vip Grover, Founder Glenna Hayhoe, Board Chairman Chuck
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Submitted Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony Avow leadership and special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York, and Avow benefactress Thelma Lyon addressed the crowd and participated in a symbolic shovel toss. Avow’s newest building will serve as the new home for its palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus community bereavement. It will be located adjacent ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

Gulfshore Playhouse’s “Informed Consent”

Gulfshore Playhouse Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre – is pleased to announce the cast of its upcoming production of Informed Consent, New York Times Critics Pick for the New York production, scheduled now through January 31 at The Norris Center, located at 755 8th Avenue South in Naples.  Tickets range in price from $20 to $74 per person.  To purchase tickets, please visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239.261.PLAY(7529). 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 »

Father and Son Veterans Harold and Ray Rosenberg

U.S. Army Veteran Ray Rosenberg today.

By Margaret Gust Harold Rosenberg served in WWII, U.S. Army 99th Infantry, June 1944 to December 1945. Ray Rosenberg served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1986, rose from PFC to Lieutenant Colonel, with two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1968 and 1971. The son of a toolmaker, Harold was born in Providence, Rhode Island. The family moved to Buffalo, New York when Harold was about eight years old in 1927. Harold’s maternal uncle convinced Mr. Abraham Rosenberg, Harold’s dad, that there were more opportunities in Buffalo, that it was a boomtown. Buffalo, New York, and New Port Richey, ... Read More »

Agents Join John R. Wood Properties

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Submitted John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents. Stacy Needles Witthoff as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a team leader of the Needles Group. She is originally from Marco Island and attended Florida State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is the recipient of the 1998 Bobbie Clark Award and a member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAR®). Scott Needles as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a member of ... Read More »

Naples Winter Wine Festival

Guests at the 16th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival will enjoy premiere wines poured by 17 of the world’s top wine professionals, all of whom earned the coveted Master Sommelier distinction, the ultimate professional credential that only 230 wine professionals have earned worldwide. More Master Sommeliers will participate in the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival than ever before, elevating the entire experience. These experts come to the Festival from some of the country’s most renowned wine programs.   “This group is at the top of their game, and it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to learn from them and ... Read More »

Attention Southwest Florida Shoppers: Save Money, Live Better … and be in a Music Video?!

Submitted The USA Freedom Kids are in production on a music video for their fun and upbeat dance song, “National Anthem Part 2.” The Kids will be shooting a scene at the Walmart Supercenter located near Marco Island on Monday, October 19. The Kids have already recorded several scenes, including one of their favorites with the Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue personnel. “It quickly became way more than a great scene for the video,” says Jeff Popick, the group’s founder and manager, “it was a party; and a truly terrific experience for everyone.” “National Anthem Part 2” is now ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Souper Bowl Marco 2016!

Desiree Buhelos helps volunteers paint bowls for the upcoming Souper Bowl Marco 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff While many folks were sleeping on Saturday morning, July 11, volunteers filled the Mackle Park Teen Center, painting bowls for the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016. The fundraising event is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Leadership Marco scholarship fund. Hand painted ceramic bowls are sold to event attendees, who can then sample a variety of delicious soups prepared by local restaurants and chefs. Over $20,000 was awarded to Marco Island high school students last year. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jada Shigley and Desiree Buhelos. They are preparing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank DiMaggio

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Dear Sir, I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council. I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively ... Read More »

Wasserman, Delivers Presentation to Members of American College of Mohs Surgery

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, presented at the recent 47th American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting on the intraoperative use of fractionated carbon dioxide lasers for the improvement of post-operative scars. Dr. Wasserman also moderated and spoke at a separate session with Christopher Barker, MD, radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, presenting results from his experience and outcomes of utilizing photodynamic therapy as a neoadjuvant treatment for select non-melanoma skin cancers prior to Mohs surgery. Members attending the sessions earned ... Read More »

Superheroes Glide Into Goodland

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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

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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 »

OBITUARY: Zoe L. Webb

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 »