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Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium


Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes marine archaeologist Jeff Moates to Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Moates’s lecture will focus on the archaeology and history of Southwest Florida’s Cuban “Fishing Ranchos.” In the late 18th and 19th centuries, groups of Cuban and Spanish Indian fishermen established a number of “Fishing Ranchos” along the Gulf coast where they processed and sold their catch. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Moates will explain who these enterprising entrepreneurs were, where they came from and how they survived, even thrived, in a primitive land long after the Spanish had ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail International Beach Cleanup

Keeping our beaches clean is vital. Friends of Tigertail helps keep the beach healthy and beautiful. SUBMITTED BY JASMINE PARCELLES

By Samantha Husted On September 19, Friends of Tigertail Beach (FOT) held their annual International Beach Cleanup event. The cleanup was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup that took place around the world. Volunteers, with gloves and trash bags in hand, combed Tigertail in search of litter, debris and other harmful materials. Data cards were given to participants in order to document their findings. The results were then sent to the National Ocean Conservancy and were recorded. Over 75 people showed up this year and 15 bags of trash, weighing in at a staggering 200 pounds, were collected. ... Read More »

Lutgert Networks

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served to guests.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Lutgert Insurance and Lutgert Title hosted a meet and greet networking event. The event was held at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Marco Island location at the Esplanade. Over 30 people, including realtors, insurance agents and members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce were present. “Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the most successful business entities in the world,” said Lutgert Title Marketing Director Craig Kelley. “Lutgert Insurance has been on the island for a number of years, and Lutgert Title is excited about its new opportunity. We’re very happy to join this ... Read More »

MI Center for the Arts Adds Autographed Pin Flag to Golf Tournament Auction


Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the addition of a 2014 U.S. Open autographed pin flag to its auction list for the upcoming golf tournament at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. The pin flag is autographed by Nancy Lopez, Johnny Miller, Mark O’ Meara, Annika Sorenstam, Peter Jacobsen, Natalie Gulbis, and one of the hottest golfers on the 2015 PGA Tour, Jason Day. Jason Day is currently ranked number one in the world, with recent victories at both the PGA and the Barclays tournaments. Aris Petropoulos, chair of the golf committee, stated, “The flag is ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Hosts Casino Night October 17


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style has added a new event to its line-up for 2015: Casino Night. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, October 17 from 6-9 PM at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The fun-filled evening boasts casino-style gambling, gift and cash raffles, a prize for the best-dressed couple (holiday-themed), silent auction items, and a bar manned by Marco Island celebrities. Light appetizers will be served. Christmas Island Style board member Allyson Richards told us “Casino Night is a first-time event for Christmas Island Style, and is another way to ... Read More »

Mortensen Brings Abundant Experience to Marco Y Aquatics Program

Kasey Bersh, Caelan Burt, Karla Upham, Gleb Korchagin and Maddy Burt  proudly display their awards from the Key West ABC Pentathlon Invitational Swim Meet, held Sept. 5 at Florida Keys Community College in Key West. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Carol Mortensen is back in her element as an instructor for the Greater Marco Family YMCA aquatics program. Mortensen, who has taught swimming for 25 years, joins Steven “Bear” Terstegge in providing private lessons at the Y’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center, where she is also handling group lessons. She is a strong proponent of group lessons for youngsters who are just beginning to learn how to handle themselves in the water. “It’s what I’ve done for most of the time that I’ve been teaching,” said Mortensen, who joined the Marco Y staff in July. “I believe ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Summary and 1st Annual Economic Summit


By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare August 2015 to August 2014. Inventory decreased 15.60% from a year ago for all property types, while at the same time the median sale price for all property types jumped 4.94% from $405,000 to $425,000, according to Susan Ackerson, President. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in August 2015 v. August 2014 decreased 6.25% (30 v. 32). The total number of single family properties active on the market in the year-to-year comparison decreased 11.81% ... Read More »

Low Density Condos

The Tiki House, with only 4 units, is located on the south end of Marco Island.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Marco Island’s condos come in a variety of configurations and arrangements. About half of the named condos on the island have 40 units or less per building or complex, but they represent only 15% of the total condo units on Marco Island. These neighborly, low density condos can be found on water direct and inland locations. Only the Dunnfoire on the beach meets this criterion with 30 units. In comparison, a number of condos on the island have more than 200 apartments per building. Not a lot of condos come on the market ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne 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 »

Meet Marco: Jeff Poteet

Jeff Poteet shows some of the equipment that is critical to monitoring the quality of our fresh water.

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. Meet Jeff Poteet. Jeff is the General Manager of the Water and Sewer Department of Marco Island. He started with the utility in June of 1992 as an operator trainee. A few licenses and a couple degrees later, Jeff took on his current role in 2010. When asked to describe his job, Jeff responds: “My number one focus is to protect public health. The water industry, in general in the United States, does such ... Read More »



By Roger LaLonde The preparation time is over. After three non-district games, Marco Island Academy takes the home field against Moorehaven in a Class 2A-7 district battle. Game time is 7 p.m. After suffering five losses in district play a season ago, the Manta Rays are ready to show they can play against some really tough competition. On Sept. 11, playing a school more their size, the Rays won an offensive battle, 41-35, over St. Andrews of…. In their previous two losses they too were high-scoring affairs. The Rays set a number of records against St. Andrews with its overall ... Read More »

Lakeland High just too much for MIA Rays

Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy football coach, makes a point to his defensive line, from left, Marcus Seidman, Andrew Delgado, Kyle Ginther and Bon Deese.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler said he wanted to play strong teams going into district play so that his 2A Marco Island Rays will be ready for the type of competition that lies ahead. He got just that in 5A Lakeland High of Orlando, ranked 19th in the state. Lakeland took command of the overmatched Rays for a 59-13 win at Winterberry Park on Sept. 4. It was the second straight week that Lakeland High scored 59 points in its wins. Next up for the Rays is another non-district opponent, St. Andrews of Boca Raton. The Rays play host ... Read More »

Your Longest Vacation


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Never lose sight of this important truth that no one can be truly great until he has gained knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.” – Johann Georg von Zimmerman, Swiss Physician and Philosopher, 1728-1795.   Question: My husband and I are both 65. We don’t want to be caught off guard during retirement. What advice can you offer? Answer: While some surprises are positive experiences and lots of fun, eyes wide open is the way to go when planning for the financial reality of retirement, or the longest ... Read More »

Naomi’s Teenage Moms


FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: Just as I was packing for my annual six-week vacation to the rain forests of Hawaii, I found my paws full, yet again, with new kittens who, in most cases, were born to “teenage moms.” In 99% of these cases, the new moms are less than one-year-old. Because their humans failed to have them spayed, these teenagers (in human years) can, and usually do, get pregnant the first time they go into heat (usually somewhere around six months old). Once their humans notice their swelling bellies, their once beloved ... Read More »

Suspect Your House has Mold?

What looks like rust is actually mold growing on closet shelves.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As homeowners become increasingly aware of the problems associated with mold, they are left with many questions. Bart Drake, owner of Alpha Omega Inspections, a Florida certified mold assessor and remediator, sat down with Coastal Breeze News to give us the facts. Bart explained that there are common misconceptions about mold that can affect your health, your home and your wallet. Some of the things we learned were the basics about mold. Mold, which is living, needs a food source- be it cardboard, leather, wood, drywall, etc., and a moisture source. Mold grows above 60% ... Read More »

Amy Ashby Fundraiser September 13 at Marco Island Brewery

Amy Ashby and her husband Paul. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the Marco Island Police Department will host a fundraising event to benefit Amy Ashby at the Marco Island Brewery. For a minimum $10 donation, from 1-7 PM, guests can enjoy a complimentary buffet, drink discounts and a corn hole tournament. There will also be a silent auction and raffle of a pink Glock Model 42. Raffle tickets will be $10 each, or three for $20. A limited number of fresh Florida Keys lobster tails will be available for a donation. The event will be family friendly, and the new police ... Read More »

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…”

Firefighters raise the flag at Ground Zero.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun As stated in his work, “The Life of Reason; Reason in Common Sense,” American philosopher George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens fall into this category. Fourteen years after the largest and most deadly attack on America, there are those who still argue that the attack was an insider job, the twin towers were destroyed and 3,000 fellow Americans were murdered in cold blood by some secret, undercover service of the United States. Before I go any further in this article, on the ... Read More »

WVOI Broadcasts Lely & MIA Football & Hoops Games

Bob Ladd, co-owner of  WVOI 98.1 FM and WVOI AM 1480, Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley The Coastal Breeze and Marco Island-based WVOI 98.1 FM have joined forces to bring broadcasts of local high school sports to fans. WVOI will cover select football and basketball games of Lely High School and Marco Island Academy this school year, with sponsorship from Coastal Breeze. “We are pleased to expand our school sports coverage in partnering with WVOI,” said Coastal Breeze Publisher Val Simon. “Certain games will be broadcast live and we will link to those broadcasts online ( It furthers our mission as a community newspaper. Go Trojans! Go Rays!” The arrangement also calls for ... Read More »

A Retirement Delayed Jim Lang has Left Marco’s Utility Department, but Still Assists When Needed

Jim Lang, former customer 
servicedirector for Marco Island’s utility department, relaxes on his lanai. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Jim Lang may have retired, but that hasn’t meant that he stopped working. The longtime customer service manager for the City of Marco Island’s Utility Department, Lang retired in January, without fanfare. But it may seem like he never left given the many hours he’s logged, since then, at city hall while serving as a consultant for the utility department. He said that since leaving the post, he’s worked on an as-needed basis, initially putting in 40 to 45 hours a week, until reducing it over the last few months, as he assisted the department in the ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »