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Derby Day was in Full Bloom on Marco Island

By Jodi Pree On Saturday, May 6, over 250 festive islanders attended Talk Derby to Me at Sunset Grille to celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby. More than $20,000 was raised for the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). For $500, V.I.P. guests enjoyed early V.I.P. seating, admission for 4, a pre-party with appetizers, two drinks per person, a Kentucky Derby-style ... Read More »

WHODUNNIT? DNA Technology in Criminal Investigation

By Maureen Chodaba Practical application of the analysis technology of deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, has offered the greatest advance in criminal investigations since fingerprinting. An expert in this field, Retired Lieutenant-Commander of the New York City Police Department, Vernon J. Geberth, recently addressed the Marco Island Police Foundation on this topic. Marco Island resident Geberth is a nationally ... Read More »

Tennis Juggernaut Head Entering Pickleball World

By Scott H. Shook  Pickleball may be the fastest growing sport in the U.S., but until recently the big names in the sporting goods business have either fizzled out or not entered into the fray at all. But with tennis juggernaut Head entering the pickleball market, the sport now has a major brand seriously involved in their sport. “Other large ... Read More »

TDC Position an Important One

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In the last several weeks there has been a swirl of controversy surrounding remarks made by Councilman Victor Rios in his role as a representative of Marco Island on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The council is authorized by Florida Statue 125.0104 to advise the Board of County Commissioners pertaining to support of ... Read More »

My Jeweler…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It gives me great sense of pride when customers tell me they would never bring their jewelry to anyone but yours truly. It’s nice to know that there is still a small semblance of loyalty out there. We baby boomers all remember the word… LOYALTY In the good old days (Did I just hear the ... Read More »

But I Like to Drive…

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” ~ Henry David Thoreau  Question: What are your thoughts on how artificial intelligence may impact the economy and society? Answer: Artificial intelligence (AI) is an innovative advancement that’s changing our world. AI makes predictions based on compilations of loads and loads of relevant data. The goal ... Read More »

A Thank You 72 Years in the Making

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For 72 years one of Vernon “Bo” Sigo’s greatest hopes would be to have the opportunity to say thank you to one of the men he believed helped him to survive a combination of 32 sorties and 42 missions in B-17s during World War II. When he spoke of that desire to Rick Wobbe, one of ... Read More »

Correction to Letter to the Editor: The End of an Era

The letter to the editor titled The End of an Era and published in the last edition was printed in error. The misunderstanding for Memorial Day has been cleared up and the City will be providing much appreciated assistance. The letter was written prior to this being cleared up and I deeply apologize for it appearing. It was not to be printed and confused with our Memorial ... Read More »

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment and ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach took almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »

Heirloom Amaryllis a Florida Spring Bloomer

By Maria Lamb Amaryllis, which in Florida blooms in spring, is a favorite holiday gift. The bulbs sold in December are grown in greenhouses and forced to bloom just in time for holiday gift giving. The stunning amaryllis flowers make their way up the first week of March in a tubular stem one to two feet tall. It has a ... Read More »

Garden Club Visits Vizcaya

Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island went on a field trip last month to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens as well a stop at the Ancient Spanish Monastery.  There were forty-one who “got on the bus” for the drive to the Miami area. It was a beautiful day for the docent tour of the gardens and museum. Vizcaya ... Read More »

Austin Bell Named 2017 Artist of the Year

Submitted Since the spring of 2014, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been naming an Artist of the Year. This special honor recognizes the art or activity of a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our community. Ten nominations were received by the deadline, March ... Read More »

All Roads Lead to Resurfacing Programs

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com When Marco Island Public Works Director Tim Pinter recently briefed council on his plans to spend just over $600,000 in 2017 to continue with the planned repaving program for the island, Councilman Howard Reed made pointed inquires as to what it would take to make a more aggressive approach and spend about a ... Read More »

For Heidi

By Don Manley  Heidi Lynn Moss gave much of her time and talent to the island she called home. A longtime Marco resident, mortgage broker and mother of two, Heidi was a dedicated member of a variety of clubs and organizations, including the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, the Lely Athletic Booster Club, the island’s American Cancer Society unit ... Read More »

Cocomo’s Grill, Where the Food Speaks for Itself

Submitted Scott and Bonnie Gibbs were in the restaurant business for many years before they purchased Cocomo’s Grill in 2004. They had a passion for creating and serving the finest quality food, while offering a dynamic and diverse menu to their many customers. That passion translates today into a restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes for the many ... Read More »

Treating Customers Like Family For 34 Years

Submitted Trying to get Sandy Franchino to sit still for an interview is like trying to stop a whirling dervish from whirling! She’s up, she’s down. She’s opening shades to let the air in, she’s standing on a chair to adjust a ceiling fan, she’s responding to texts saying that she’s in an interview and will call them back, she’s ... Read More »

Savor the Sensations: William’s at Royal Wood Golf & Country Club

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ever wanted to experience fine dining at a country club without being a member? Chef Bill Springer and his wife Lynne own William’s inside the Royal Wood Golf and Country Club that is open to the public. Springer is a CIA originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. His philosophy is that food is the hero, not ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »