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Missi D’Ambrosio – Painting Marco With Sunshine

Missi’s clients are an extension of her family.

By Maureen Chodaba A new ray of sunshine has illuminated 1720 San Marco Road with color and light. Paint and Color Specialist Missi D’Ambrosio has joined the staff of Sunshine Ace Hardware, bringing along her talent, experience and dedication to customer service. A Marco Island resident since 1986, Missi is a familiar face, a powerhouse of expertise and a friend in need. You may know Missi from the Florida Paint Centers. Many assumed she was the owner of the establishment, but in her words, she was “simply the manager” for almost 20 years. Anyone who has ever known Missi knows ... Read More »

Wine Wednesday – More Than Just Wine

Tracy Bower, left, and Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts. Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley  Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts takes on a slightly different feel on the last Wednesday of each month. Walk through the business’ doors between 3 and 5 PM and you’ll find more than just the varied assortment of items that are the shop’s stock-in-trade. There will also be live music, visual artists displaying their creations, and appetizers from local chefs and restaurants, such as Chef Mike Duncan from Marker 8.5 and Chef Laura Owen from CJ’s on the Bay, paired with an appropriate vintage of the fermented grape. For almost two years, the S. Barfield Drive ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

Governor Having Love Affair with Goodland? It sure looks that way after second visit in two months

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Patty and Kelly Kirk

By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA). He was there at the invitation of founder and board chairman, Jane Watt, to confer awards on four of the school’s outstanding educators and to see for himself why this school was doing so well. It was about noon when he concluded his visit to MIA. Before leaving, he asked directions and distance to Goodland. The Governor had made the acquaintance of Patti Kirk eight years before, when both worked out at the same Naples fitness center. He had enjoyed meals at ... Read More »

Nikki Davis Awarded by Rotary

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Bill Morris (right) presents Joy of Giving founder Nikki Davis with the Unsung Hero award. Val Simon (left) nominated Nikki for her tireless work, bringing gifts to more than 1,000 local children annually.

Submitted  The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2016 to Nikki Davis. Nikki was honored for her service to the Marco Island community and for placing “service above self,” actions consistent with Rotary Club aspirations. Specifically, Nikki was recognized for her work with the organization she founded, the Joy of Giving, which raises money so that needy children may enjoy gifts from Santa during Christmas. Nikki began the Joy of Giving in 1988 after moving to Marco Island. She missed her family and friends over the holidays, and rather than feeling ... Read More »

Boaters and Condos

The Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have an assigned dock that transfers with that unit when it is sold. Most condo associations own and maintain their docks and lease them to owners and renters when available. The lowest priced condo for sale last week with a leased ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Locals Learn to Grow Vegetables

The Southwest Florida climate allows year-round gardening. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department presented a three-part gardening lecture series courtesy of the Collier County Extension Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The presentations covered topics ranging from orchids, the ins and outs of gardening in Southwest Florida and growing vegetables. Coastal Breeze News sat in for the last presentation and learned all about veggies—how to plant them and when to eat them. Growing vegetables in our Southwest Florida climate is much easier than one might think. We have no bothersome snow ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
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Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

Good Luck, George! Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires

Photo by Samantha Husted George on his last day at work.

Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires By Samantha Husted After 27 years, George Shaler is officially retiring from his job at Sunshine Ace Hardware on Marco Island. In the almost three decades that George has been an employee he’s seen a lot of changes. The Island for instance was a completely different place back in 1989 compared to now. Technologies have come and gone and George has remained, witness to it all. “This is the third owner I’ve been through,” said George “I was with the first guy for two years, the second guy for 14 years and I’ve been working ... Read More »

Baking Babka with Estie

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By Samantha Husted The babka is a Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chewy and flaky on the outside, yet gooey and sugary on the inside – not unlike coffee cake, though its texture is more similar to that of bread. And while this Slavic sweet is certainly no beginner’s loaf, don’t be discouraged. All you need is some patience, a little bit of bravery, a trustworthy dough mixer and about six hours, and you’ll be good to go. Luckily I had Marco Island resident Estie Karpman, a seasoned baker, to guide me through the process. As a ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

Uncle Ernest Gravallese taught Richard Alan the trade. Submitted Photos

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was one of the building’s first tenants.) Today it is better known as the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. By age twenty-two I actually started my own trade business. How hard could it be? I still helped my uncle, who was now ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Company = Better Sleep

Richard and Gregory Sumer. Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Toss…Turn…Toss…Turn! How many of us have had such sleepless nights? In my never-ending quest to achieve physical fitness, I now wear a Fitbit all day long, including to bed at night. It not only counts my steps taken and calories burned during the course of a day, it now records my hours and quality of sleep. And what does it say about that quality of sleep? In my case, the word is restless! I turn to the internet in times of insomnia. I tend to Google any and every topic that comes to my mind. On one ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

EMS Concerns Raised at Fiala Town Hall

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By Maureen Chodaba Commissioner Donna Fiala held a town hall meeting at the Rose Hall Auditorium on March 2. In her opening remarks, Fiala welcomed the packed auditorium and praised Marco Island for its many accomplishments. County Manager Leo Ochs addressed the audience in assurance that the City of Marco Island and Collier County staff are a team working closely together to effectively maintain a budget in efforts for our taxes to be held the same. He said, “We need to prepare for the future while catching up on deferrals of the past.” Division Director of Museums Ron Jamro was ... Read More »

Warm Reception for New Businesses

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Now THIS is our beautiful winter weather. It took a long time to get here, and we won’t have as much time to enjoy it as we would have had it come on time, so we’ll have to just enjoy it all the more right now! *Were you at the grand opening of the new Stein Mart on 951/41 on Thursday, March 10th? What a warm and excited reception they received! I bet we surprised them with all with the people so eager for a new store to open! I only stayed a short time before getting ... Read More »