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Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

There Must be Something in the Water?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Upon entering certain establishments, such as dentists or doctors offices, I can understand why some folks may be irked, irritated, or just P’d Off. It probably has to do with the uncertainty of one’s health (they always find something wrong), and the biggest factor is the unpredictable amount of money you will have to shell out-of-pocket, whether you have healthcare or not. I can relate firsthand with my $2,500.00 toothache ordeal I had to deal with this past summer. I went through a blizzard of expensive x-rays, got not-diagnosed, which resulted in going to ... Read More »

Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Mind, Because it Matters

A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... 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 »

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 »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land and outbuildings innate to an Iowa farm afforded me endless opportunities for exploration. There was a big barn and a machine shed. There was a grove of assorted maple and oak, a small livestock yard and a windmill. In addition, ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01


In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

A Skydiving Accident, Social Media & a Family’s Road to Recovery


By Samantha Husted On August 12, 21-year-old part-time Marco Island resident, Reno Landers was in an almost fatal skydiving accident. Reno is the son of Robin Gatto Turley and Al Landers, local restaurateur. The statistics of getting into a skydiving accident are profoundly improbable. According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2014 there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, of those jumps only 24 were fatal. This means that per 1,000 jumps the chances of an accident, which usually occurs due to either a parachute or human error, would be 0.0075 or one per 133,333. While the chances of getting ... Read More »

Marco Island Lions Club

Submitted In June of 1917, a Chicago insurance executive in his late thirties named Melvin Jones, called together a group of local businessmen and suggested that they form an outreach organization for the community to do something for others. His message reached willing minds, and they very shortly began meeting for this purpose. They initially borrowed their name from a member organization called Lions, remembering that the lion, as king of the jungle, was fierce, loyal and strong. However, the name is not for an animal, but is an acronym meaning liberty, integrity and our nation’s safety. Later, at the ... Read More »

Seafood (BBQ + Music) / FRESH = Saltwater Blues


By Don Manley & Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a simple equation and you don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate it. Gulf seafood – awesome, smoked BBQ and fun music all come together at Saltwater Blues on 951 just south of the I-75 interchange. (Yes, yes, we all know it’s where Cracklin’ Jacks used to be). Chef Mark Shores, a Lely High School graduate, opened Saltwater Blues in June of this year. He and his wife, Anne, had a couple M&M Down Home Diners in Collier County 14-15 years ago, but closed them. “My wife, last year, said, ‘Why ... Read More »



BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By C.J. Box Minotaur (MacMillan) July 2015, 288 pages. Genre: Suspense   This is a terrific read. If you are already familiar with C.J. Box, you will not be surprised at that. The man is a w-r-i-t-e-r and an enthralling storyteller. Every word he puts on the page moves the plot along and deepens the character development so vividly that the reader can feel the very presence of these people. This book is made for one-sitting reads. Badlands features his newer character, Cassie Dewell, for the second time. She is in North Carolina at the ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 

By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa  reopened on August 1. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next year, the resort will be ready for its transformation, in January 2017, from a Marriott to the more upscale J.W. Marriott brand, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States. The August 1 reopening was called for ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar was for the benefit of those of us in the Philadelphia Office who were facing retirement. When I discovered that no attendance was being taken, we started touring Florida instead. When the seminar was over, we decided to stay for ... Read More »

Not so secret of success


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Several years ago my husband and I were visiting the outer banks of North Carolina. In the lovely town of Duck we found a gift shop that specialized in quaint, erudite, and whimsical hand painted signs on driftwood. It was a bottomless well of humor and pithy insights in all sizes. As charming as it was, my first thought was: How the heck do these people make money? Then a certain sign caught my eye, and although I didn’t buy it (how do these people make money?) it stayed with me, like a tune one can’t ... Read More »

Buying Diamonds That Dazzle


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently sold a nice diamond engagement ring to a young couple I had never met before that day. They had told me I was highly recommended, a welcome compliment. The “perfect” diamond was set into one of my classic diamond halo mountings, and was presented to his lady during a complimentary romantic dinner that very evening. What made this young couple stand out from most was that they did not have sheaves of printed information they had downloaded from doing “research” on the internet. Honestly, when someone requests that they would like to show ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it?

www.synergydrinks.com. photo credit.

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »

Gardens Summer Survivors

Plumbago (Leadwort).

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Summer is here and it came quickly! One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what will grow and flower here in Naples and South Florida during the summer months? Summer in Florida is one of the most trying times, not just for us human beings who are bombarded with constant panic weather forecasts about fires turning the State of Florida into a large charcoal briquette, and upcoming storms which are going to sweep our children and pets into another world, but for our flowers and shrubs as well. It’s a wonder we go ... Read More »