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MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

Forty Under 40 Recognizes Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams, vice president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction, stands near a model home the company is building at the intersection of Barfield Drive and Majorca Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Ryan Williams can boast of being in rare company after being named to Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Class of 2016.” Williams, the vice-president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction on Marco Island, was selected from the more than 350 people, nationally, nominated for the award which is based on their personal and professional accomplishments. “These young leaders are as dedicated to serving their communities as they are to growing their businesses and have remarkable achievements in their personal lives as well,” said Denise Dersin, Professional Builder’s editorial director. Williams, 37, was nominated by his father, ... Read More »

BAC Community Forum

Submitted On Wednesday, February 10 the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is sponsoring a Community Forum from 7-9 PM in the city’s Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Bring your questions relating to Florida-friendly landscaping! The event is a great way to learn about an array of gardening topics. Exhibit booths include Doug Caldwell, University of Florida (Tree Diseases), Lee County Electric Cooperative, 2015 Marco in Bloom Winners, Calusa Garden Club, Bio-Green, and the Botanical Garden-Butterfly Gardens. There will be speaker presentations by Cris Costello, Sierra Club (Fertilizers, Clean Water); James (“Nik”) Nikolich (Water Conservation, Irrigation); Donna ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Guests had a chance to meet Dr. Telhami and ask questions.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday evening, January 10, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its first program of this year’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series with Middle East expert Shibley Telhami. With the constant news of ISIS, terrorism and violence in the Middle East, this topic was well received by the hundred or so guests attending. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. Being an Arab, yet born and raised in Israel, gives Dr. Telhami a unique perspective of Middle East politics. Dr. Telhami is also well ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

Sunshine Fiber Art Exhibit

Submitted Now through February 2016, the fabulous and colorful fiber art of Isle of Capri artist Joanna Sunshine will be both on exhibit and for sale. A percentage of her sales will go to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Marco Island Public Library works cooperatively with the Marco Island Center for the Arts to present art shows, such as this one, to the Marco Island community. More than 50 years ago Joanna acquired her first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junkyard. Since then there have been floor looms, table looms, back strap ... Read More »

Evening of Vision – Under the Stars

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce its inaugural gala “Evening of Vision – Under the Stars, will be held Friday evening, January 22, 2016 at Bascom Palmer’s new, landmark eye center in Naples. “Bascom Palmer’s gala is an exciting new event for the Naples social season,” says Alan R. Korest, gala honorary chair. “More importantly, the gala raises significant funds for vision health and patient care in our community.” More than 250 people are expected to attend the gala that will include a cocktail reception, building tours, gourmet dining, dancing and auction.  Entertainment ... Read More »

Urologist Expands Marco Island Hours

Storey and staff, from left: Joanna Smith, Elizabeth Keller, Dr. Storey, Natalie Conde and Evangeline Perez.

By Roger LaLonde Urologist Dr. Barclay Storey is responding to patient needs by adding another day to treat patients on Marco Island. He also is offering same-day appointments and the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in an outpatient setting. Story has been seeing patients once a week on Marco Island for two years. He now will see patients on Tuesday, 8:15 to 11:15 AM and Friday, 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM in the NCH Medical Building at 40 Heathwood Drive. He will continue to see patients off island at his office behind the Physicians Regional Medical Center on ... Read More »

Penny Musco to Perform at MIHS November 3

Penny Musco as Priscilla Sinclair in her one-woman play. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Drama takes center stage at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) next meeting, Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7:00 PM in Rose History Auditorium. Penny Musco performs her one-woman play, “Steal Away: The Story of a Homesteader and an Exoduster,” which focuses on a little known piece of American history: the greatest migration of blacks from the South to other parts of the United States. The story is set in 1880 and told from the perspective of Priscilla Sinclair, a white, New Jersey woman who together with her family is determined to claim free acreage in Kansas courtesy of the ... Read More »

Busy First Year for Marco Civitan Club

Marco Island Civitan Board of Directors, from left: Sargent at Arms Eileen Kelly, Past President Naples Civitan Club/Director Nery Kircher, Director Lori Grisko, Chaplin June DeLucia, Treasurer Alex Elaty, Director Trish Boone, President Naples Civitan Club/Director Bob Kircher, President Anthony DeLucia

By Don Manley The Marco Island Civitan Club has spent its first year of existence getting up and running and involved in some of the community’s charitable efforts. Formed last October, the Marco branch of the national volunteer service organization has been involved in raising funds and volunteering for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Camp Able summer program for people with special needs, as well as the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life program. “We’re in existence to help fundraise and better the lives of developmentally challenged adults, including those who are Alzheimer’s patients,” said ... Read More »

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Announces Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new Naples Campus October 26

This is not a public event due to limited space, but media are invited to attend. Media members interested in attending should contact Natali Latorre at nlatorre@med.miami.edu Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples is celebrating its official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, October 26th at 5:00 p.m. at 3880 Tamiami Trail North, conveniently located near the downtown business district at the intersection of US-41 and Cypress Woods Drive. Join Mayor John Sorey and other local politicians and community leaders, members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Bascom Palmer’s Naples Advisory Group, including Usha Ahuja, Reg Buxton, ... Read More »

Turtles on the Town!

Tara O’Neill puts finishing 
touches on “Turtle Dreams.” PHOTOS BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com So, how much fun did I have this summer? Loads. Those who read my column in the last issue of Coastal Breeze News will be familiar with my desire for more art in public places. One project that addresses this desire is the upcoming “Turtles on the Town,” and I feel so very fortunate to be a part of it. “Turtles on the Town” is a community arts project (similar to “Gators Galore” in 2001 and 2003, and “Dolphin Debut” of 2002) that will place 50 loggerhead sea turtle sculptures in various locations throughout Collier County. A public exhibition ... Read More »

Monte Lazarus, Attorney, Veteran and Community Leader

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September 19, 1930 – October 3, 2015 Monte Lazarus passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Avow Hospice with his wife and friends at his side. In 1951, Monte received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1954. At Yale he received the Munson Prize for the Public Defender of the Year. He was a member of the Florida Bar, Connecticut Bar, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Monte served in the U.S. Army in Europe ... Read More »

Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes marine archaeologist Jeff Moates to Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Moates’s lecture will focus on the archaeology and history of Southwest Florida’s Cuban “Fishing Ranchos.” In the late 18th and 19th centuries, groups of Cuban and Spanish Indian fishermen established a number of “Fishing Ranchos” along the Gulf coast where they processed and sold their catch. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Moates will explain who these enterprising entrepreneurs were, where they came from and how they survived, even thrived, in a primitive land long after the Spanish had ... Read More »

Debra Bailey Joins Skin Wellness Physicians

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Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Debra Bailey, MD, board-certified dermatologist to their medical team. Bringing extensive experience to her new position, Dr. Bailey offers services to adults and children for issues affecting the skin, hair and nails, taking special interest in caring for patients who suffer from complex disorders and chronic conditions. “I will be providing the latest options in skincare medicine with personalized treatment programs. I believe in treating people with sincere concern, not just treating their skin problems,” said Dr. Bailey. Dr. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction at Iowa State University in Ames, ... Read More »

The United Church of Marco Island Welcomes New Associate Minister

Early this month Pastor David Barnes moved to Marco Island  from Virginia where he was stationed with the Air Force. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Samantha Husted The United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) has welcomed a new associate minister to their ranks. Pastor David Barnes, an active Air Force Captain and ordained minister, began working at the church on September 6. David will be with UCMI year-round, focusing primarily in the areas of pastoral care, outreach and worship. UCMI will formally celebrate his arrival on November 15, with an installation worship service. In many ways, David is a polymathic man. He has 12 years experience as a chaplain (Captain) in the United States Air Force Reserve, as well as experience in church and ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Tyler Gresham is going into his junior year at Marco Island Academy. It will be tough to top his sophomore year there. Last year, Tyler, as fullback, was the leading rusher on the MIA football team. He also played middle linebacker on defense. During the winter and spring, he starred on the basketball and track teams. In the classroom, Tyler finished the year with a weighted 3.65 GPA. Tyler doesn’t load up with creampuff courses, either. His schedule included a number of honors and AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Jeff Poteet

Jeff Poteet shows some of the equipment that is critical to monitoring the quality of our fresh water.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. Meet Jeff Poteet. Jeff is the General Manager of the Water and Sewer Department of Marco Island. He started with the utility in June of 1992 as an operator trainee. A few licenses and a couple degrees later, Jeff took on his current role in 2010. When asked to describe his job, Jeff responds: “My number one focus is to protect public health. The water industry, in general in the United States, does such ... Read More »

ROOKERY BAY RESERVE COMPLETES THREE-YEAR WATERSHED RESEARCH PROJECT

Modeling tool developed to help manage water distribution Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) has completed the “Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary” project, a three-year watershed-focused research project aimed at understanding freshwater inflows to the Rookery Bay estuary and associated ecological effects. A significant outcome of the research has been the development of a hydrologic model, which is a tool that can be used by private and public sectors to run different scenarios to help manage the volume and timing of water entering the estuary. Guided by a diverse advisory group comprising local, state, federal and non-profit stakeholders, the ... Read More »