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Stop Identity Theft Forum

Carrie Kerskie presented to a full and attentive room. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted In front of a full room at the Marco Island Police Department on November 18, identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie, PI presented the “Stop Identity Theft Forum.” Kerskie is also the director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University, as well as the president of the Kerskie Group, Inc. Police Chief Al Schettino introduced Kerskie. “Identity theft is really an epidemic and it’s affecting a lot of people all over the world,” said Schettino. “Everywhere we go we’re exposed to that possibility.” While Kerskie says there is no one absolute way to prevent identity theft, there ... Read More »

New Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour

The new Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk tour stops at this gator hole. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A new naturalist-led tour of the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is the newest Friends of Fakahatchee adventure offered at The new tour uses high-tech two way headsets will help tour participants get the most out of their naturalist-led small group tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of the National Natural Landmark site on the Tamiami Trail is a morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220-foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The tour will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. Highlights include an old growth ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts World-Class Entertainment


Submitted By popular demand, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is once again bringing world-class entertainment to Marco Island. The first of several musical/variety shows begin this holiday season, with more to come next year. The performances will be held live onstage at the Rose History Auditorium (RHA) on Marco. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these popular events. Later this month, on Saturday, November 28, Duo Romantico, the husband and wife team of Atilio and Christy Marinelli, will perform a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli. This classically trained tenor and soprano bring unforgettable chemistry to the RHA stage. As cousins ... Read More »

Meet the Marco Dolphins

2-year-old dolphin, Anji. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Submitted Join master naturalist Bob McConville on November 19th in Rose History Auditorium for the first in a series of fun-filled lectures on young, bottlenose dolphins in Marco waters. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7 PM and is open to the public. McConville will also continue his discussion of area wildlife on January 13, March 16 and April 13, 2016. Meet the dolphins and their calves, find out their names—Rangle and her baby Bubbles; Giza and her youngest Sammy; Skipper and Flag, among others— and get an update on how they are ... Read More »

Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Breakfast & Birds

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

By Samantha Husted On November 7, Friends of Tigertail (FOT) held their semiannual “Breakfast & Birds” event. A group of about 20 birdwatchers, with binoculars and cameras in hand, combed Tigertail Beach in search of migratory birds. FOT Vice President Susan Kubat and former board member Fran Huxley led the event, sharing with participants their knowledge and love for the species. Fellow birders were able to mingle amongst others who share their passion, as well as learn about the birds that make Marco Island their winter home. The event was open to the public and FOT encourages anyone who’s ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... 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 »

Santa’s Coming to Town!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are 
coming to the Shops of Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff After months of hard work fundraising, the Christmas Island Style organization once again will bring free holiday events to Marco for all islanders to enjoy. On Friday, November 27 at 6 PM at the Shops of Marco, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be paying a visit. They will arrive by fire truck and be greeting local children, both naughty and nice. Saturday, November 28 at 6 PM brings the annual tree lighting and community celebration at Veterans Community Park. The family-friendly event will be full of activity, including live music and dance performances by youngsters. ... Read More »

Saran Wishes You Balance Marco resident has authored book on his new form of yoga

Marco’s Saran, author of “Baraabar Yoga, The New Yoga of Balance.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Saran has had a very interesting life, the sort for which the term “renaissance man” was invented. The Marco resident has a psychology degree from the University of Miami. Aside from being a talented painter, Saran has worked as an orchestral songwriter and record producer, enjoyed international success as a fashion designer and a carved-glass artist, and established a memorial design company whose works can be seen locally. Along the way, he’s formed friendships with such luminaries as Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra and astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the ... Read More »

Casino Night “Gambling” For a Cause

Lucille Dotterweich, Diane Kernan, Kay Jacobs, Sue Anzalone  and Betty Barter enjoy Casino Night. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style’s first-ever Casino Night brought Vegas-style gambling to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, October 17. A red carpet set the mood, and led guests into the transformed auditorium. Professional casino party planners filled the space with blackjack tables, Texas hold ‘em, three card poker, mini baccarat, casino war, roulette and craps tables. Dealers were patient with the gambling newbies, clearly explaining rules of the games and answering questions. The bar was sponsored by Morgan Stanley, and manned by Brad Bersh and Lisa Honig. DJ Steve Reynolds provided the music for the evening. ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Sunshine Tours is a locally owned tour, sightseeing and charter company that’s been operating on Marco Island for a little over 30 years. Owner Rodger Parcelles started the company in 1984, when he was just 19 years old and has been running it ever since. Rodger, along with his dedicated and professional staff, including two sisters and two nephews, works hard to ensure that guests have an experience they won’t soon forget. The company offers a variety of boat-related services including: fishing excursions, sightseeing, shelling and sunset and dinner cruises. Their trips, charters and cruises can accommodate ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts 50th Anniversary Party

Submitted Dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening filled with fun and nostalgia. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is throwing a party to celebrate Marco Island’s 50th anniversary. The “Party Like It’s 1965” shindig will be held Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite 1965 (through ‘75) garb, whether floral prints, Birkenstocks and bell-bottom jeans; miniskirts and high vinyl boots; or bright sun shades, apple green and electric blue, polyester and platform shoes. Join in the fun, make your own statement and help us bring back the memories of a bygone ... Read More »


Roger Federer hitting his slice.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Taking my own advice from one of my previous articles, “Listen and Learn,” I was recently watching and listening to a post-match discussion earlier this year with Darren Cahill, former coach of Roger Federer. Cahill was commenting in regards to Federer, stating that while Roger prefers to offensively dominate in a match, he is so good at knowing when to play defense and when to play offense. With all sports there are times that offense is played, and there are times when defense is played. In most other sports, there is a definite separation of offense ... Read More »

“Your Holiday Home” November 12

Marco Island Florist will provide demonstrations of holiday design themes  at “Your Holiday Home” event. Learn how to creatively decorate your tree. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the event “Your Holiday Home” on November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in multiple galleries. “Your Holiday Home” is proudly sponsored by Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, Marco Island Florist and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Marco Island Florist will have three design kiosks with several designers at tables providing “how-to” demonstrations of new holiday design themes. Designs range from wreaths and swags to small trees. Calusa Garden Club will join. Attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge on how they can decorate their homes ... Read More »

Center for the Arts… Presents Musical Interludes Series

The Gulfshore Tenors to perform at the  Marco Island Center for the Arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the first intimate concert in its Musical Interludes Series to be held at the Center on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The evening will feature the Gulfshore Tenors, consisting of Luciano Marsalli, Bruno Guererro and Teddy Collins. The Gulfshore Tenors is a new group in the style of such famous “3 Tenors” as Carreras, Domingo and Pavorotti. The talented Gulfshore Tenors will be joined by soprano, Natalia Salazar. These artists have been performing together for several years, but only this year formed the grouping to appear at Marco Island ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Helps Habitat For Humanity

The Sunrise Rotary’s first Saturday mission helping Habitat for Humanity.

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, building homes and providing opportunities. Club members will be working in Habitat’s Naples communities on the second Saturday of every other month building homes, landscaping and providing manpower to assist Habitat in its mission. Sunrise Rotary volunteers joined with three student volunteers from the Rotaract Club for their first Saturday mission on October 10, 2015. Seven Rotarians converged on a Habitat home in East Naples at 8 AM. They painted and worked until almost noon. President Debra Shanahan stated, “Habitat’s ... Read More »

William G. Morris, P.A. Receives Best Practices Certification

Attorney William G. Morris SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted William G. Morris, P.A., a Marco Island law firm engaged in general practice and real estate law, recently became certified in accordance with the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices. National certified public accounting and consulting firm Pershing, Yoakley & Associates (PYA) provided the assessment and certification of William G. Morris, P.A. “There are a number of title and settlement services companies out there claiming to be certified in ALTA’s Best Practices, but a number of those certifications are either self-proclaimed or provided by third parties that lack the credentials of an established accounting firm,” said William G. Morris, ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer A few weeks ago I spent 11 days taking care of our 17-month-old granddaughter. It was quality time and I was her primary caregiver. We got to know one another really well and we integrated into one another’s lives and habits. I prepared her food, and she threw back at me what she didn’t like. I changed her diapers and she accompanied me on all my bathroom visits. I made calls on my phone and she put up a fuss if she wasn’t able to join in the conversation. She expressed her independence, and ... 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 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 »