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Stop Identity Theft Forum

Carrie Kerskie presented to a full and attentive room. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted In front of a full room at the Marco Island Police Department on November 18, identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie, PI presented the “Stop Identity Theft Forum.” Kerskie is also the director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University, as well as the president of the Kerskie Group, Inc. Police Chief Al Schettino introduced Kerskie. “Identity theft is really an epidemic and it’s affecting a lot of people all over the world,” said Schettino. “Everywhere we go we’re exposed to that possibility.” While Kerskie says there is no one absolute way to prevent identity theft, there ... Read More »

Lessons Learned

The orange glow from the first light of sunrise.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Some of you may have noticed that my column was on hiatus for a few months while I attended to some family medical issues. During that time, planned trips were cancelled, including my dream water view apartment in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Thank goodness for trip insurance. I purchased the insurance from Roam Right, via the website. Compared to a prior incident with another company, Roam Right was very accommodating in issuing a refund. Of course, having learned from that experience, I did have all my receipts and substantiating paperwork readily available in a folder ... Read More »

Meet Marco’s New Baby Dolphins

Cosmo and her baby  Honeymoon play in a wave. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Freedom. Honeymoon. Little Bear. These words do not describe a mountain getaway for newlyweds. They are, instead, the names of the first three baby dolphins seen in the Marco Island area this fall. This is birthing season for the bottle nosed dolphins in this section of the world, and we are hoping to see a few more “Young of Year” (YOY) over the next several months. As well as being an educational ecotour, the dolphin survey team onboard the Dolphin Explorer takes pride in monitoring the birth statistics in the area; which one is the ... Read More »

Trends, Part II

Inside/outside: open floor plan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Continuing my column on “Trends,” we pick up where we left off and now delve inside the modern house (literally inside, as in under the hood, so to speak). Behind the scenes, or better yet, just behind the walls, things are getting sophisticated. More and more we see water reclamation in the form of cisterns or green roofs. And who on Marco wouldn’t want to save on water consumption- especially for irrigation? HVAC systems are being split into scalable systems, such as those manufactured by Daiken, to allow for room-by-room zone controlled environments. No ... Read More »

“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By Corban Addison Thomas Nelson 2015, 439 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   In “The Tears of Dark Water,” his third novel, Corban Addison proves himself to be one of the prominent authors of his generation. He has a beautiful writing style that is both intelligent and gripping, moving the story along at an almost-perfect pace while deepening the layers of the characters’ personalities with each page. It is November 2011, and Daniel Parker and his 18-year-old son ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... 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 Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors


By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Sunshine Tours is a locally owned tour, sightseeing and charter company that’s been operating on Marco Island for a little over 30 years. Owner Rodger Parcelles started the company in 1984, when he was just 19 years old and has been running it ever since. Rodger, along with his dedicated and professional staff, including two sisters and two nephews, works hard to ensure that guests have an experience they won’t soon forget. The company offers a variety of boat-related services including: fishing excursions, sightseeing, shelling and sunset and dinner cruises. Their trips, charters and cruises can accommodate ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

One Room, One Hour, One Way Out

Cell Block M  is ready for booking. This room challenges gamers to prove their innocence in 60

Submitted To say a new business is opening on Marco Island would be an understatement. Not only is it a new business, but a brand new concept that, until now, has been reserved for metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. In a world dominated by smartphones and evolving technology, this is a refreshing change. “Think video games meet real life,” said co-founder, 15-year-old Marco Island resident Howie Jordan. “Instead of watching the character on a screen, you are the character.” The real-life adventure game phenomenon started in 2007 in Japan. It’s extremely popular in ... Read More »

Veterans and Community Support Essential for Proposed Veterans Community Park Building


By Don Manley Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt discussed the facts surrounding the community building the city is considering erecting at Veterans Community Park with members of American Legion Post 404 on Tuesday afternoon at the organization’s monthly meeting. The topic generated controversy recently thanks to reports that the name “veterans” had been attached to the building’s name as part of the city’s effort to have $2.5 million in funding for the proposed project included when Florida’s legislature establishes its fiscal 2016 budget. Some Marco military veterans are concerned that community members may have the false impression that they ... Read More »

Snorkeling With Manta Rays… At Night…In Hawaii

The magnificent manta ray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalis It was a warm September evening and the sun had just set on Keauhou Bay. Captain Kirk Herring carefully guided our boat, Hula Kai, into position and two of our guides, Brent and Megan, sprang into action. A floating, plastic plank equipped with underwater lights was quickly in place behind the vessel. Wetsuits on and already breathing through our snorkels, my wife Cathy and I waited for the command. The lights along the plank were illuminated below the water and we were told to proceed. We smiled at each other, entered the water and made ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Linda Colombo


Dear Councilors and Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am not in favor of the proposed building at Veterans’ Park. When the people of Marco voted on a referendum to buy the property I believe most of us were envisioning a place to enjoy with various venues. For example, a band shell, a walking path on the water’s edge and a performing arts, center.   Many designs were bantered about and considered by P&R. I understand the price tag on those desired plans is unaffordable at this time. ... Read More »

Think Pink in Memory of Beth Johnson


By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 6, 2015, the Lely High School Lady Trojans celebrated volleyball with their annual Think Pink games. Always a fun event, supported by students who come out in force with pink gear including hats, t-shirts, face paint and signs! Proceeds from the evening went to Bosom Buddies, in memory of Mrs. Beth Johnson. It was a clean sweep for the Gulf Coast High School team, which also defined the team as the Collier County Athletic Conference Champions. Lely lost in three games, 21, 17 and 11. Coach Haire said, “We mentally and physically prepared ... Read More »

Rose-Colored Glasses


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind…” ~ Miley Cyrus My mother is a cancer survivor. Twenty-seven years ago she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stage 3. The doctor ordered chemo and radiation. In addition, my mother made the decision to have a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, and it worked. She was cured. Which is not to say she didn’t experience the side effects of her experience. The chemotherapy treatment ended early because of the devastating effect it had on her body. There was permanent damage ... Read More »

The Black Pearl

By Maureen Chodaba It called out my name in a sense. I looked at it and it almost seemed to have a life of its own, to actually be an eye that watched me. I walked away. Like a magnet, it drew me back. So elegant in its style, breathtaking in its mysterious, almost spiritual hue, and crowned with sparkling stars, it told me that I needed it, and that it would serve me well. From the very moment that it became mine, the magic began. My life has been forever touched by my encounters with breast cancer. First among ... Read More »

Fundraising Underway for Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Low-Income Seniors

Sandi Sims and the volunteers who helped make the 2014 Thanksgiving luncheon for low-income seniors  happen at Arturo’s Restaurant on Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Thanksgiving Day will once again be brightened for a group of low-income seniors thanks to the efforts of Marco Island realtor Sandi Sims and the volunteers and donors who assist her. This year, as she has for the last 10 years, Sims will host a Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional fixins’ at a Marco restaurant for residents of the Goodlette Arms Apartments, a 250- unit, Section 8 development for seniors, located off Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples. Costs for the meal and transportation for the seniors are all covered through donations from Marco residents and businesses, said ... Read More »