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Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

FWC: Record High Manatee Count

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Submitted Warm temperatures and clear, sunny days between some of the coldest weather of the year assisted FWC biologists and partners in counting an all-time high number of manatees during this year’s statewide aerial survey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,063 manatees statewide. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state. This year’s synoptic survey count exceeded the previous high count for 2010 by almost 1,000 animals. “Manatees used warm-water sites and ... Read More »

Keller Williams Double Play – A Grand Opening and a Grand Slam

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On March 11, Keller Williams Realty celebrated the grand opening of their new office facilities on Marco Island. On March 12, they held an awards banquet for achieving first place from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2014. It was their fourth win in a row – a grand slam. It was a busy two days. Grand Opening What was once nine individual office suites, is now one cohesive 8,000 square foot facility at 830 Bald Eagle Drive. “We wanted to create a place that would reflect our values of teamwork, education and agent-centered ... Read More »

MIA Student Athletes, Faculty, Staff Team Together for Charity

MIA teachers, coaches and staff, Loria Galiana, Kelly Monnot, David Horn and Deneen Rose took part.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Boys and girls together on basketball teams – Half court shot 10 points – Principal hard-nosed referee – All for charity.   The Marco Island Academy faculty, staff and students teamed up for a charity basketball game on Feb. 26 in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital and its junior and senior prom events. The game, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, raised nearly $600. Faculty member David Horn organized the event. He runs a mentoring group for students, as each of the teachers at MIA have their own mentoring groups (kind of like homeroom). He tossed ... Read More »

Stretton, FACA 2A Player of the Year

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He was the target for every team he played, yet he produced, leading his team to a record season of wins, 16 and fewest losses, 7. For his effort Marco Island Academy’s Cole Stretton was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association 2A Player of the Year for Southwest Florida. Stretton averaged 22 points a game, yet Coach Roger Raymond pointed to his unselfish team play. “Cole is one of the most unselfish players I have ever coached,” Raymond said. “There were games where he could have scored more, but chose to pass off in support of his teammates. In one game ... Read More »

Lady Trojans Softball

Submitted The final score was Lely 4 to Naples 2. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. Key players for the game from Lely High School were Vany Palacios 2-4, Savannah Wieben 2-4, RBI and Sivan Palacios 2-4 with a triple. Rebecca Gates got the win on the mound, scattering 6 hits, 1ER, and struck out 4. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. The coach commented, “This was a great win for the girls. Anytime you can play a program like Naples, it is always a good ... Read More »

MIA Loses in Regional after Outstanding Season

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Manta Rays, undersized and undermanned, did what they have done all season in the Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against Sarasota Christian on Feb. 12. They fought. The Rays played with valor against all odds and stayed in the game early against a team that had many weapons, losing 80-52. The Rays ended with a best-ever record of 16-7, winning its Class 2A-District 10 championship for the second straight time. Pretty good after just four seasons. Coach Roger Raymond used a four-corners offense to slow down the game and it worked early. In ... Read More »

Former Co-owner of The Precision Cut now at Skin Renewal Systems

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For over 30 years, Teresa DiFranco has impacted the beauty industry. From precision cuts, premium hair products and a determination to succeed, this Sicilian-born Stylist knows her creativity. Born in Casteltermini, Prov. Agrigento, Sicily she began her trade in Chicago Illinois at the age of 17 years old. DiFranco was also known as Cosmetology Sweetheart, earning her first place amongst her class, which was no easy task coming to the Unites States at the age of 13, where she learned English and rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by her own will and determination. Being an entrepreneur and having a ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »

Panorama Home Services Inc.

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Submitted Panorama president Roy Lansdown attributes his business’s success to a few key points. One is that he and his team are experts in client builder relationships. “We make it a priority to develop relationships with our clients reminiscent of small town friendships. Each client is given help every step of the way from concept to completion with their preferences, style, and budget in mind. We not only offer choice A B or C in any part of selection process; the world is literally our showroom. We help, guide and direct our clients with hands on to help them locate ... Read More »

Rookery Bay’s Citizen of the Year

Pictured from left to right: Chris Hagan, past president of East Naples Civic Association; Gary Lytton, citizen of the year; and Marci Seamples, president East Naples Civic Association.

Gary Lytton, director for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was named “Citizen of the Year” by the East Naples Civic Association at their annual banquet on Jan. 19. The award is given annually to a citizen that has provided a long history of service to the East Naples community. “Rookery Bay Reserve is the jewel of East Naples and has been a great asset to the entire community,” said Chris Hagan, past president of the association. “During Gary’s tenure it has flourished. His dedication and hard work in environmental education has been exceptional.” Lytton, with degrees in biology and marine science, ... Read More »

MIA, Lely Players Earn Player of Week Honors

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report. Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees. “I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in ... Read More »

How Symczek’s Sportsmanship Raised the Bar

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tim Smyczek’s (pronounced Smeecheck) recent gesture at this year’s Australian Open (Grand Slam) not only earned the respect of his top-ranked opponent but also of the entire tennis world. Leading 6-5 in the fifth and deciding set and the score 30 love, Rafael Nadal was serving when a disrespectful fan screamed just as he was hitting his first serve. Nadal badly missed the shot. Within seconds, Milwaukeean Smyczek told the umpire that Nadal should get another serve. Nadal appreciated this act of kindness and set up to serve again with two serves coming. To put ... Read More »

Island Country Club’s Charity Golf and Tennis

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By Pat Newman Picture perfect weather greeted 125 golfers recently for tee-off at Island Country Club’s 14th Annual Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception, according to coordinator Gary Landis. The club’s charitable foundation (ICCCF, founded in 2000), has a two-fold purpose — promote community involvement and raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The monetary awards are determined through a grant process. One of this year’s recipients is the American Cancer Society where funds are earmarked for pediatric cancer research. Groups who have benefitted over the years from the foundation include ... Read More »

Introducing General Surgeon Dr. Brian Smith

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd We have all heard the story countless times: the one where “person X” or “person Y” comes to Southwest Florida on vacation and decides to stay. As it turns out, this really happens — sometimes at your neighborhood hospital. When Richmond, Virginia’s, Dr. Brian Smith and his family chose Marco Island for their recent vacation, little did they know that their lives were about to change. As the Physicians Regional Collier Boulevard campus tends to dominate the landscape for a brief stretch of Collier Boulevard just a few miles north of Tamiami ... Read More »

Dr. Lam and the Wound Care Center at Physicians Regional

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By Pat Newman We all recognize that oxygen is a vital element for life, but in its purest form, it can be a miraculous curative for patients dealing with hard-to-heal wounds. Every year, doctors are faced with between 1.1 million and 1.8 million new cases nationwide of chronic wounds, plus the 8 million existing cases. Obviously, the need for cutting-edge wound care is essential. For patients living on Marco Island and Naples, treatment is just a phone call away at Physician’s Regional Health Care System’s Wound Care Center on Collier Boulevard. The addition of a third hyperbaric chamber enhances the ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Boys Basketball Team Champs Again

Players watch as Manta Rays' Victoria Vale takes aim on one of two foul shots in game against Evangelical Christian. Vale led the team with 15 points in its loss to Evangelical.

By Roger LaLonde With steady Cole Stretton leading the way the Marco Island Academy boys basketball team won its second straight Class 2A District 10 championship by downing Seacrest Academy. The win on Jan. 16 resulted in the Manta Rays going undefeated in the district at 6-0. In the Seacrest win, Stretton scored 27 points, the lone Manta Ray in double figures. Strong on defense was Tyler Gresham. Coach Roger Raymond said, “Tyler is a very young player in terms of experience. As a sophomore player, his varsity experience is “on the job” training. He basically sat out last year, ... Read More »