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Meet Breezy: The New Coastal Breeze Mascot!

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Breezy was welcomed into the Coastal Breeze family in September. He is a yellow Labrador puppy that has boundless energy. You should know in August, two days shy of his 13th birthday, my family had to put our beloved black lab, Bo, down. His full name was J.T.’s Mr. Bodacious. It was difficult on the family, as our daughters grew up with Bo by their side as their guardian, playmate and defender. A few months after Bo’s departure from our lives, I began to half-heartedly look at the Humane Society and Domestic Animal Services websites and ... Read More »

Things Are Coming Up New at Porky’s

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By Don Manley Porky’s has changed in some subtle and some not so subtle ways. The words “Last Stand” were dropped from the name and replaced by “Restaurant and Lounge” back in 2013 when Bob and Linda Berkowitz of Marco purchased the business from Wayne and Brooke Carmignani, who opened Porky’s in 1998. A more recent development is one that diners may have noticed on Porky’s menus and on their taste buds, as well. Those modifications are the handiwork of the restaurant’s new general manager, Michael McNaboe, and its new chef, Fernando Gonce. McNaboe, a long-time Marco restaurateur, and Gonce, ... 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 »

David Lee Thompson Exhibit at Museum of the Everglades

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By Pat Newman The Everglades unfold mile by mile along the Tamiami Trail (41) as mangrove swamps give way to green hammocks, shallow canals and bursts of seasonal color. David Lee Thompson’s collection, “Primordial Everglades,” captures the panorama and the natural minutia of Florida’s natural treasure. His photographs are on display through Jan. 31 at Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Thompson was on hand to discuss his work at the exhibit opening earlier in the month. “I love creating art, which is a natural and important part of my life,” Thompson explained. The Florida native has been working ... Read More »

Up a Creek at the Nature Festival

The kayak launch point was at the very end a slow, three-mile drive down Shell Island Road, After donning life vests and stashing our valuables, we were helped into our kayaks one by one before our tour.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As a reporter, I’m often presented with opportunities to participate in fun local activities; invited to join in some wild adventures; and sometimes even confronted with daunting new challenges. Recently, I was invited to join a two-hour, guided kayaking trip on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, as part of the Coastal Breeze’s coverage of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. When I agreed to take part in the tour, I was unsure of which category the day’s activity would eventually fall under. Having only kayaked twice in ... Read More »

Afiyet Olsun

Kumpir stands with their baked potato toppings piled high line  the street in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Many people have asked me about the food in Istanbul; we loved it. There was a wide variety of options available, both in terms of eating establishments and food choices. Street food is popular. Red push carts dot the streets and hole-in-the-wall kiosks are located throughout the city. For a quick breakfast or snack any time of the day, there is limit — thin rounds of baked dough that have been dipped in molasses and sesame seeds. During the day, other carts sell grilled corn on the cob and chocolate covered chestnuts. Kumpir stalls sell baked ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Dana Vogel

Miss Vogel takes some time before starting the day to go over homework with her 4th-grade students. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For Dana Vogel, coming to Marco Island was like going back to her childhood stomping grounds of Bethany Beach, DE. “I have family that live on Marco Island,” she says. “Marco Island reminds me of Bethany Beach, DE. When I lived there, I remember not having to lock our doors at night and being a smaller, tight-knit community. I feel safe on Marco Island just as I did when I lived in Bethany Beach. It’s a feeling that unfortunately is not so easy to find anymore.” That’s why she jumped at the chance to teach ... Read More »

Density Credit Ratio Transfers — The debate continues

New Planning Board Chairman Dr. Marty Roddy rolls up his sleeves, ready to get down to business. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman Marco Island Planning Board’s first meeting of 2015 focused on some lingering issues and addressed new business like allowing artificial turf and a temporary use permit for Rose Marina. Dr. Marty Roddy took over as chairman following the resignation of Monte Lazarus. As a newly appointed city magistrate, Lazarus was required by Florida state law to vacate his seat. The board voted 5-1 to increase the commercial component of mixed-use from 25 percent to 50 percent in C-4 zoning districts. Dr. Bill Trotter recommended that the ratios should be changed to 50 percent residential and 50 percent ... Read More »

Cutting the Ribbon on Xcel Fitness

The ribbon cutting marked the official grand opening of Xcel Fitness Spa, one of the newer businesses on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce membership rolls.

By Don Manley It’s a case of so far, so good for Xcel Fitness Spa, Marco Island’s newest, large-scale exercise center. Located in a 6,300-square-foot space in the Shops of Marco, off San Marco Road, Xcel has attracted a loyal following since opening last Feburary, said the business’ owner, Eddy Hoyo. “Here we are 11 months later and business is great,” he said recently. “We had a great summer sign-up from residents and season’s starting now, and we’re getting a great response from our out-of-towners. So we’re looking forward to a great season and growing Xcel in the best it ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Swears In New Bridge for 2015

Tom Dines and Keith Wohltman are sworn in by Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris and Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz.

By Laurie Harris Public Affairs Officer In a time-honored tradition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted the 48th annual Change of Watch. On Jan. 11, Flotilla 95 Marco Island swore in Keith Wohltman as flotilla commander and Tom Dines as vice flotilla commander. The program began with John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander, sounding the bell for the “Crossing the Bar” ceremony. The ringing of the bell provides a moment to remember those lost over the past year. In 2014, Flotilla 95 lost one of its most dedicated members, Ron Klein, after a long illness. This solemn time was followed ... Read More »

Auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to be Held

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Island Theater Company (ITC) will hold auditions for Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 2-3, beginning at 6:30 PM. Auditions will be held at the Centennial Bank location at 615 Elkcam Circle on the second floor. Those unable to attend the scheduled audition dates can contact ITC directly at 239-394-0080 to arrange another time. Sponsored by Clausen Properties, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the story of Abby and Martha Brewster, two charming and charitable sisters who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. They have ... Read More »

Bracing Myself

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was this time last year that I was first introduced to Goodland and the completely unfamiliar phenomenon of season. I flew back to Ohio with my head still spinning, but was ready to make the quick turnaround to relocate here. In the short month spent visiting my mother, I’d gotten caught up in the whirlwind of fun; so many things to do jam-packed into so little time. Over the last week, the air has once again become thick with an almost palpable anticipation for the sudden influx of tourism that’s just around the corner, and ... Read More »

MICMS Girls Soccer Wins GCAC Championship

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was beautiful afternoon for a soccer game on Friday, Jan. 9. Thanks to word-of-mouth community support and the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s recreational league, a crowd of about 200 spectators gathered at Winterberry Park to watch the Marco Island Charter Middle School Girls Soccer Team win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship game against Evangelical Christian School of Fort Meyers. Led by a strong backbone of eighth graders and second-year Head Coach Patrick Baldwin, the Eagles won handily 6-1 and brought the first conference championship in any sport back to MICMS since ... Read More »

Further Afield in Istanbul

The Mehter band performs below the piercing eyes of Atatürk. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber After writing about some of the “must sees” in Istanbul (Istanbul Highlights December 26, 2014), I wanted to share other worthy experiences if your travel time allows. The Bosphorus, the 20-mile long strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, is fundamental to Istanbul. Important for commercial navigation, it separates “old” Istanbul from “new” Europe from Asia; many of the major sights in this city are located along it and ferries regularly traverse it. Istanbul is a big, sprawling city full of neighborhoods and districts. Taking a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus provides a ... Read More »

Everything I Never Told You

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Celeste Ng Penguin Press, 2014, 297 pages Genre: Psychological Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it.”— George Eliot   For all of her life, her mother, a high school home economics teacher, had been grooming Marilyn to be the perfect homemaker, with all the virtues to attract the perfect husband, the goal of many 1950s young American females. Marilyn, however, wanted to be different. She wanted to be a physician. James was raised by Chinese immigrants, both of whom worked at the school he attended. ... Read More »

Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time. What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He ... Read More »

Keeping the Faith

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am writing this just a few days before the beginning of another New Year. Of course, by the time you are reading it, the Big Day shall have passed, the confetti cleared, the headaches healed, and the resolutions well underway. It’s now a time for soulful reflections and forward thinking. A time of promise and promises. As I look about my artful community I see a great flurry of optimistic activities: Cultural organizations are gearing up for a spate of new activities and events to delight and enrich the public. The newest kid on that ... Read More »

Seashells by the Seashore

Her doggies.Photos By Melinda Gray

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Someone asked me recently what I love about the beach. It was then I realized why I’ve always gravitated to the nearest body of water. The Great Lakes stay cool, even in the dead of summer; the Atlantic Ocean’s waves make me feel like a little kid, no matter my age; the Gulf of Mexico is warm and clear, reminding me of the Caribbean Sea, the most beautiful body of water I’ve ever seen. Despite their differences, every shore I’ve walked along has made me feel like I’m at standing at the earth’s end. At night, ... Read More »

Custom-Made Jewelry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net An increase in the demand of high-ticket items this past holiday season was all the proof I needed to assure me that many of my predictions came true. Certainly, my personal experiences in a small jewelry business located on a quiet little island sitting in the Gulf of Mexico can’t possibly be a national or world-wide barometer? I hit a threshold this past September; I simply got tired of trying to figure out what the public wanted. For the past five years or so, the cost of precious metals prohibited many folks from buying even ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »