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Coleman Hosts Book Presentation

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Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium, from 7-8 PM on January 30, 2016. Coleman’s book, a local bestseller, chronicles the transformation of Marco Island from an alligator-infested swamp to one of America’s top travel destinations. His presentation, “Secrets Shared: The Epic Struggle to Build Marco Island,” occurs exactly 51 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. His talk begins at 7 PM. Book signing follows. Admission is free. From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Rear Commodore Carol Bryant with friends, Karen and Ed Booth, past commodore. The Booths talked Bryant into joining the club.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Cruise Club rode the waves when it celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary on January 14 at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Change of Watch highlighted the evening. Members of the Bridge include new Commodore Tom Dines, outgoing Commodore Neil Blaaboer, Vice Commodore Lynn Stiles, Rear Commodore Carol Bryant, Treasurer Betty Thatcher and Secretary Palma Klein. Past Commodore Bill Berry recalled his days as just the second commodore of the club. The first commodore was the late Harry Shook. “In those days it was a small group of around ten boats,” he recalled. “Boats then ... Read More »

Good Wine for a Good Cause

PHOTOS BY LOUIS VENNE PHOTOGRAPHY. The incredible wine bar at the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most of us in Southwest Florida have heard about the exclusive Naples Winter Wine Festival, but many do not realize that this extravagant event is a major fundraiser for Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children. This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival takes place January 29-31, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The three-day gala brings out the area’s wine enthusiasts and philanthropists to raise millions of dollars for the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Since 2001, the Festival has raised more than $135 million dollars to support NCEF, ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

Sunshine Fiber Art Exhibit

Submitted Now through February 2016, the fabulous and colorful fiber art of Isle of Capri artist Joanna Sunshine will be both on exhibit and for sale. A percentage of her sales will go to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Marco Island Public Library works cooperatively with the Marco Island Center for the Arts to present art shows, such as this one, to the Marco Island community. More than 50 years ago Joanna acquired her first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junkyard. Since then there have been floor looms, table looms, back strap ... Read More »

Art Around Marco

Browsing Karen Swanker’s work.

Submitted The First Friday of each month is alive with creativity and fun on Marco Island. Members of the Local Color Gallery, located above the historic Shops of Olde Marco (across from Café de Marco), have been hosting open house events since opening the gallery in April 2015. Currently, ten artists are represented in three rooms with Malenda Trick’s own gallery just next door. Photography, jewelry, fiber art, encaustic, mixed media, watercolor and fine art abound. Friday, January 1st started off the New Year with a glittering buffet of hors d’oeuvres and champagne worthy of any New Year’s celebration. The ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Wins Couples’ Choice Award®

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Submitted WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Marco Island Florist and Gift as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Florist in Marco Island and Naples! The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. While many industry award winners are selected by the ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

Monroe Station 1920s

Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

3 Ways To Cook Mangrove Snapper

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Mangrove snapper is going to start to become a regular catch as winter season moves in, and if you plan to bring a few home you’re going to want to know how to cook them! A few recipes can turn this kind of fish into your new favorite kind of fish, and there is a way to cook up mangrove snapper to suit any sort of taste. Three fairly simple and really delicious ways to cook and serve mangrove snapper are: Pineapple Crusted – Mangrove snapper has a flavor that goes so well with ... Read More »

Bob Zottola Jazz Trio to Perform

Submitted The Bob Zottola Jazz Trio will be performing at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on January 24, 2016 at 4 PM, as part of the Center’s Intimate Concert Series. Bob Zottola is well known to jazz musicians and fans in Southwest Florida. Zottola has played with many musical legends including Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Chick Corea. He lets music happen, which is how he explains, “the best jazz is made.” He never even suggests how one of his talented sidemen should play, with each given ample solo space. The Center for the Arts is ... Read More »

Pastel Society Show at Center for the Arts

“As Good As It Gets” by M. Weil.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is hosting the Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member Annual Show. The show, which runs through January 26, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. This show is not merely an exhibition; all of the outstanding art is for sale, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society is a non-profit organization of pastel artists who live and work in Southwest Florida. It encourages and promotes enthusiastic pastel artists in their growth and success and is excited about expanding its public offerings to include the show at ... 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 »

Our Island Ecology

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By Chadd Chutsz New Year 2016 brings a new column to Coastal Breeze News- Our Island Ecology! Enjoy regular updates and insights on Marco Island nature and wildlife, straight from the desk of the City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, Chadd Chutsz. Burrowing Owl Chicks Arrived! The first chicks of the season have been spotted by Owl Prowl volunteers! Three fluffy chicks along with mom and dad have made themselves at home on a sandy lot just a short fly from the beach. Writer Rosanne Pawelec is kindly donating a portion of sales proceeds from the book “Ollie Finds A ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »

Play Ball!

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Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children ages 4 to 14 years old and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coat Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions! If you are seeking a structured activity for your child that will instill teamwork and sportsmanship while making lasting friendships Gulf Coast Little League can provide this. As a 100% parent volunteer organization, Gulf Coast Little League has been shaping positive outcomes in our area for over ... Read More »

MIPD Donate to Shelter for Holiday

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Submitted On December 9, 2015, the Marco Island Police Department presented the Collier County Shelter for Abused Women and Children with a check for $435. Assorted gifts and toys, including the big teddy bear pictured, were also donated to the Shelter. The Shelter provides services to Marco Island residents and visitors, assists more than 1,100 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and direct support. The Shelter has served more than 68,000 children, women and men (as well as their pets) since 1989. For more information on the Collier County Shelter for Abused Women and Children, ... Read More »

Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Birding for Beginners  field trip at Sand Dollar Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Leaves rustling on a light breeze in harmony with twittering songbirds. A mullet splashing out of a brackish bay. Slivers of sunlight dappling the leafy ground. There are many sights and sounds to enjoy in Southwest Florida. Throughout the seasons residents and visitors can enjoy nature hikes, paddling, birding and photography on hundreds of thousands of acres that are protected as conservation lands. As temperatures drop, the environment welcomes new arrivals from the north, many of which have flown here on their own two wings. Now in its 12th year, the Southwest Florida Nature Festival at ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2015

Great stocking stuffers: Vaultz mesh bags and water bottle carabiner.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s column on gift suggestions for the traveler, I am featuring some recent acquisitions that I have found useful. Always trying to remain hands-free and unencumbered by a handbag, I recently started using a Sholdit. It looks like a traditional infinity scarf, but has a hidden zipper pocket to store items such as a passport, cash, credit cards, key, tickets, lipstick, glasses, phone; whatever one doesn’t want to be without. I used it daily on our most recent trip and loved it, never having to fuss with a purse. Although I purchased mine at ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Changes Web Address

Submitted Web Address The Joy of Giving holds their annual shopping event at Walmart on Collier Boulevard. Now in its 27th year, Joy of Giving provided Christmas for over 1,000 local children last year. It takes some mighty generous hearts to meet that challenge. Throughout the year, kind-hearted souls make donations to the Joy of Giving 501(c) 3 to help them meet the challenge. Many of those donations come through the form of online contributions to the Joy of Giving’s website. That is why it is extremely important everyone gets the word out that the Joy of Giving’s website address ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades

Local author Marya Repko at a book signing. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In her book “Women in the Everglades” local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous “Brief History” books, but adds much more, as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental issues, even before they could vote. There are numerous historic photos, a timeline, a list of further reading, and brief biographies of some of the key people. Craig R. Woodward, Chairman Collier County ... Read More »