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Perfect Imperfections


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Might sound like an oxymoron to you, but when it comes to buying diamonds or precious gemstones a perfectly located imperfection can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing a fine diamond or any expensive gem, the clarity is graded by the amount of inclusions, imperfections, blemishes or flaws. Call them what you like, they can be white or black marks, striations, even surface cracks or chips. Sometimes flaws appear to be minute bubbles or similar to the scrape that an ice skate leaves on ice, inside or near the surface of the ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Federal Trade Commission reports that Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of identity theft complaints per capita ( Victims of identity theft can attest to the enormous stress, aggravation and expense caused by this type of fraud. Victims also suffer serious damage to their credit report history, which is often difficult and time consuming to correct. The Marco Island Police Department, in conjunction with the Collier County Identity Theft Task Force, is helping residents avoid identity theft through the “Stop Identity Theft Forum” to be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 2-3 ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta


Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program, which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Submitted November 7th marks another year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year there are two teams from Marco Island participating in the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Marco Island resident and 5th year team captain, Karin Hatcher, heads up Lillian’s “A” Team. The team is named after her mother Lillian, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Karin says “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or ... Read More »

Veterans and Community Support Essential for Proposed Veterans Community Park Building


By Don Manley Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt discussed the facts surrounding the community building the city is considering erecting at Veterans Community Park with members of American Legion Post 404 on Tuesday afternoon at the organization’s monthly meeting. The topic generated controversy recently thanks to reports that the name “veterans” had been attached to the building’s name as part of the city’s effort to have $2.5 million in funding for the proposed project included when Florida’s legislature establishes its fiscal 2016 budget. Some Marco military veterans are concerned that community members may have the false impression that they ... Read More »

Meow Girls

Jan Rich feeding Ranger.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: The day dawned dark and stormy on Sunday, October 4, but – unruffled – my Meow Power team slinked through the course of the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon and made me and my staff (remember, cats have staff; dogs have owners) here at For the Love of Cats proud. Not only did they obliterate their target finishing time, but they also raised $2,095 for all the cats and kittens here at Marco’s no-kill cat shelter. This was a respectable 42% of their $5,000 fundraising goal. Despite the threatening ... Read More »

Change and Choice

Roger Federer’s change to 
a larger head size racquet has improved his game. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark In my first article I recommended watching, listening and learning from the tennis commentators on television. Following my own advice, I spent many enjoyable hours watching the 2015 U.S. Open. I watched and listened to a pre-match discussion with Roger Federer. The focus of the interview was on how Federer, now at 34-years-old, was playing some of the best tennis of his career. During the interview, Federer made the comment that “change and choice had become a strategy.” A year or so ago, Federer made a decision to change to a larger head size racquet, and ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... Read More »

To Rent or Not to Rent?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA It seems that Marco Island has been mulling over what to do regarding a proposed Rental Ordinance for some time now. Many questions have been raised, and just as many objections to its adoption. I would like to take a cold, hard look at it from a technical point of view. Let’s say, an architect’s point of view. In my last article, I covered the very complex and broad topic of land use and planning. The article focused on some of the primary guidelines that manage growth, and the built environment of Marco Island. ... Read More »

Community in Action

From left: Marco Island Police Officers Paul Keys, George Guyer and Bob Marley. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Little did Amy and Paul Ashby know when Amy’s cancer treatments began, that somewhere down the line they would experience the true essence of Marco Island; a group of people who roll up their sleeves, dig in and get to work when there’s a need. What transpired at the fundraiser for Amy Ashby at the Marco Brewery last weekend defines our COMMUNITY. Amy’s cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer and treatments are extremely costly. The Ashbys have three teenage children. The event was a fundraiser, and was organized by a few of Paul’s ... 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 »

Lakeland High just too much for MIA Rays

Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy football coach, makes a point to his defensive line, from left, Marcus Seidman, Andrew Delgado, Kyle Ginther and Bon Deese.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler said he wanted to play strong teams going into district play so that his 2A Marco Island Rays will be ready for the type of competition that lies ahead. He got just that in 5A Lakeland High of Orlando, ranked 19th in the state. Lakeland took command of the overmatched Rays for a 59-13 win at Winterberry Park on Sept. 4. It was the second straight week that Lakeland High scored 59 points in its wins. Next up for the Rays is another non-district opponent, St. Andrews of Boca Raton. The Rays play host ... Read More »

Restrictions: What are they? How do they affect me? Why should I care?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Few people think to ask the above questions. Significantly less people may realize the impact the answers to these questions may have on what, in most cases, will be the most important investment of their lives. Zoning, what is it? Zoning, also referred to as “The Zoning Code” or, in the case of Marco Island, it is specifically referred to as “The Land Development Code” (refer to the link provided to the city’s website). The Land Development Code basically deals with matters of growth, density, uses and restrictions as they pertain to the built ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Take a Basic Boating Course


Submitted Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat, and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. There are some very good reasons to get yourself informed about the rules of the road. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 of Marco Island is offering various safe boating courses this fall. Ten reasons to take a course, and some of the things you will learn, include: Safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. Driving a boat is vastly ... Read More »

Making Strides Against Cancer One Little Step at a Time


By Maureen Chodaba I keep a pair of antique little girl shoes on a shelf inside my home. In the 1930’s, they were actually tap shoes that belonged to a little girl who danced her way through life, making strides each and every day. That little girl was my mother. I keep her shoes on display to remind me that we all make strides throughout our lives not knowing what the future will bring. We sometimes make the smallest of steps that actually lead to big accomplishments. As a little girl, my mother never dreamed that she would grow up ... Read More »

WVOI Broadcasts Lely & MIA Football & Hoops Games

Bob Ladd, co-owner of  WVOI 98.1 FM and WVOI AM 1480, Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley The Coastal Breeze and Marco Island-based WVOI 98.1 FM have joined forces to bring broadcasts of local high school sports to fans. WVOI will cover select football and basketball games of Lely High School and Marco Island Academy this school year, with sponsorship from Coastal Breeze. “We are pleased to expand our school sports coverage in partnering with WVOI,” said Coastal Breeze Publisher Val Simon. “Certain games will be broadcast live and we will link to those broadcasts online ( It furthers our mission as a community newspaper. Go Trojans! Go Rays!” The arrangement also calls for ... Read More »

Tarik Ayasun Speaks at JCMI Deli Night

Four JCMI chefs (from left) Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday, August 14, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its doors for a Deli Night featuring speaker Tarik Ayasun. Prior to Shabbat services and Tarik’s speech, sixty guests noshed and kibitzed in the social hall. Guests enjoyed the feast of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye, with all the traditional accompaniments you would find at a real New York City deli. JCMI chefs Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz prepared for the event for two days. They showed their culinary skills with fresh homemade coleslaw, potato salad and pasta ... Read More »

The Summer Milky Way

Facing North, looking almost straight up, August 7 at 11:00PM. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Tonight the Summer Triangle is near the zenith. The bright trio of Altair, Deneb and Vega lies embedded in the summer Milky Way. Except for the previously mentioned three, there are few bright stars in this region, but there are literally millions of dimmer ones. Scan with your binoculars from Deneb leftwards towards Sagittarius – innumerable stars will be revealed. On the chart you will see a number of tiny circles; each one marks the location of a star cluster visible in your binoculars. The brighter objects have names or catalog numbers listed ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015


By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

Lights Out and Watch Your Step on the Beach!

Mary Nelson (left) and Beverly Ann Shipe

By Steve Gimmestad It’s nesting time in the Marco area, but don’t look up. These nests are under the white sands of our beaches and belong to Caretta caretta, fondly known as our Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Last issue, Coastal Breeze reported on the record-setting 101st nest. Now we have come to learn there are 114 nests. The previous record was 93 a few years ago. While this type of achievement merits some type of award, most sea turtles don’t have a mantle upon which to display a trophy. But we do have a couple people that deserve our most ... Read More »