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Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

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Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she raise children, obtain her college degree and work full time simultaneously? She’s worked tirelessly for her community working on the Parks and Recreation committee, the Big Flag Committee and welcoming our newest community members as a former President in the ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA – COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR BASKETBALL FOR THE 2014/2015 SEASON

DATES: 4 November 2014 to 10 February 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Tuesday 5:30–7:00 pm or 7:00- 8:30 pm (There will be some Tuesdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and Christmas Break). We will have two sessions for our practices (5:30 and 7:00pm) we only ask that you do one or the other. LOCATION: Golden Gate Middle School, 2701 48th Terrace S.W., Naples 34116. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:  10 January 2015 day trip to Sarasota Area Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed). 30-31 January 2015 overnight trip to State Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed). ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics ... Read More »

Relax, It’s Just the Doctor

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blv As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I’m used to interacting with doctors, but for many, that is not the case. Though some people may be (at least somewhat) apprehensive about a trip to the doctor’s office, other folks worry to the point of experiencing high blood pressure surges — a phenomenon referred to as “white coat syndrome.” In addition, if someone you know claims, “I don’t have time to go see the doctor,” there’s at least a chance this is their fear talking and not common sense. As children, many of ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor N Rios

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To the Editor: A significant event in my life, was being a political prisoner in Cuba where I was severely tortured. My release from prison and exit papers from Cuba to come to the US was thanks to a good hearted man who risked his life to help people like me. That man that saved my life taught me that we need to give back to our fellow citizens. My many years of Community service, from helping children in NJ learn computer technology, to serving as a proud member of the U.S. Army, to helping Los Angeles children at risk learn about computers, in a program I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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A better voice for Marco Island I firmly believe that anyone who runs for office must be an involved, concerned and active member of the community. I back up my beliefs with action! I have served as President of Newcomers, Vice President of the American Association of University Women, President and Founder of the Caxambas Republican Club, member of the Big Flag Committee, past board member of MITA, active member of the annual Prayer Breakfast committee and am currently serving on the Parks & Recreation Committee. These experiences have provided the opportunities to hear what is important to Marco Island ... Read More »

Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

Jumping for Joy

Katie Schweighoefer, co-owner of Jump Hair & Nails, is no stranger to making her dreams come true. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. Ten years ago, she started her own tanning salon on Marco Island, and kept her dream alive with plans for one day adding hair and nails to the menu of services. Her dream came true when she teamed with her business partner, Peter Galluzzo. The two opened Jump Hair & Nails in April. A board-certified cosmetologist for 16 years, she attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in advertising. ... Read More »

Three generations of Women in Business

Sandy Franchino with mother Carmela Lanni
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Dreams do come true, especially on Marco Island. When Sandy Franchino and her first husband drove south from New Jersey to check out a restaurant for sale, little did she know that 31 years later she would be the successful proprietor of Café de Marco. “When we came over the bridge (Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge), that was it! We fell in love with the island! We made a deal to buy what was then known as Delaney’s restaurant, and the rest is history,” Franchino says. “Marrying a chef was my main inspiration to work in the food industry. A desire ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

Gabby Abbeys – It’s all in the Name

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Gabby Abbey’s opened three years ago at the Shops of Olde Marco. Owner Denise Goldman had always been told she had an eye for putting things together as a child, particularly for a favorite aunt. Her aunt loved to take Denise shopping with her to her favorite boutiques. Now, years later, Denise has her own women’s clothing store, Gabby Abbey’s, named after a daughter and granddaughter. When you speak with Denise, you quickly learn she travels regularly to fashion shows and buys from a variety of fashion designers in an effort to offer her customers the latest in clothing, shoes ... Read More »

Dedication Builds Mango’s

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The story of Mango’s Dockside Bistro is one of family and mother-daughter relationships. It is a story that began in 2004, when Chef Annie and daughter Lauren combined their talents to open a small carryout restaurant here on Marco Island. Lauren had gone off to college the previous year, but after a few short months, decided that was not the direction for her. Upon returning home to Marco, her mother Annie suggested they open this business. With Chef Annie’s creativity in the kitchen and Lauren and Annie’s experience in the restaurant business — Lauren working as a hostess at the ... Read More »

Retail Dreams and Leaps of Faith

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Lee Ann Adams knows retail. She managed stores for Chico’s, and spent 15 years with Fresh Produce Sportswear working in a variety of roles from store manager to overseeing the Caribbean accounts and district manager. Then, she turned 50, and took a leap of faith. She opened her own store, Beach Daisy, in June 2011. The women’s island style boutique features many “made in the USA” labels, and her tag line is “effortless lifestyle clothing.” Some of her lines include Spirit football jerseys, Michael Stars, Sympli the Best, Tribal, Jude Connally, Slimsations, Johnny Was, XCVI, Jams World, Magdelana, Eileen Fisher, ... Read More »

Keeping Health in the Family

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Sisters Jessica Holt and Sarah Asbell learned about the grocery business from the best — their late father, Steve Kaczynski. “My late father spent his entire career in the grocery business. He started as a bagger and retired as CEO,” Jessica remembers. “My fondest memory as a little girl was when my sister, Sarah, and I would ride our Big Wheels up and down the aisles of the grocery store after hours while our dad and mom did inventory. Today, the two women are carrying on his legacy as the owners of Summer Day Market & Cafe, Marco Island’s only ... Read More »

Cathy Rogers: Luxury Real Estate Specialist

John Toth, Cathy Rogers, Frank and Gingie Keefer at the Shanahan hosted soiree as a sneak preview to the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Imagination Ball held last February.

Cathy Rogers has spent the last 10 years honing her craft to become one of Marco Island’s top Luxury home sales specialists. For the last three years, she has been a top sales agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, and her 2014 home sales have reached $12 million so far in 2014. “I love this work,” Rogers explains. “I am a people pleaser. I love finding the right property for the right person. I love it when people are happy with their purchase or the sale of their property. I go above and beyond to make that happen.” Rogers grew ... Read More »

Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Crossfit Challenge Hits Marco Beach

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Crossfit is exploding as the latest fitness craze. It puts going to “work out” to an EXTREME level. For the second year in a row, Fit Nation Box Battles has brought a crossfit challenge to the beaches of Marco Island. Enthusiastic athletes came from all over the state and blew up the beach! The event consisted of a series of professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility and power. Co-ed teams consisted of two males and two females that challenged their physical and mental fortitude while having the extent of ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »