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Teacher Meghan Bathke Raises Funds, Awareness for Youth Cancer

Meghan Bathke holds a sign for the  Ulman Cancer Fund, snow-capped mountains in the background. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Meghan Bathke learned how to ride a bicycle in January 2015. It’s a good thing she is a fast learner, because just six months later she embarked on a 70-day, 4,260-mile bicycle journey to raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Meghan, age 27, is a third grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. This summer she joined a group of 29 other young adults in 4K for Cancer, a cross-country bicycle trek whose focus is to raise funds, awareness and provide companionship and service to young adults battling cancer. All funds ... Read More »

Dolcezza Sweets Grand Opening Ceremony

The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcomed Dolcezza to Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted On September 22, Dolcezza Sweets held its grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony. Dolcezza is a sweet shop that specializes in handmade chocolates, truffles, confections, authentic Italian gelato and hand-paddled fudge. About 70% of their products are made from scratch and each gelato flavor comes from their own original recipes. They also offer customizable gift baskets, filled with your choice of sweets, for any occasion. Dolcezza is owned by Steven Tabeek and Gabriella Gaggiano, a husband and wife duo who just recently gave birth to a baby girl, Chiara. Before opening Dolcezza, Steven and Gabriella had been living ... Read More »

Marco Island Center For The Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit

Jennifer Semro

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced its October exhibit in the main gallery will be a photography art show with the Digital Photography Club of Naples. For the second year, photographers will display their beautiful images at the Center for the Arts. “These photographs are truly breathtaking,” said Hyla Crane, the Center for the Art’s executive director. It includes subjects as diverse as wildlife, street corners and landscape. “One can almost get lost in each picture,” concluded Crane. The photography exhibit will be on display beginning October 5 and closing October 28, 2015. As with all ... Read More »

Naomi’s Tennessee Ten


FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Please send help! I’m drowning in kittens! I have kittens from as far away as Tennessee – our first-ever snowbird felines, to as near as the closest Walmart. Things had been pretty slow for awhile here at For the Love of Cats – the island’s no-kill cat shelter, so my staff of 80 volunteers (remember – cats have staff, dogs have owners) had, understandably, grown bored. For my part, and as shelter supervisor extraordinaire, I made the executive decision to go on vacation before the season began; I ... Read More »

There Must be Something in the Water?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Upon entering certain establishments, such as dentists or doctors offices, I can understand why some folks may be irked, irritated, or just P’d Off. It probably has to do with the uncertainty of one’s health (they always find something wrong), and the biggest factor is the unpredictable amount of money you will have to shell out-of-pocket, whether you have healthcare or not. I can relate firsthand with my $2,500.00 toothache ordeal I had to deal with this past summer. I went through a blizzard of expensive x-rays, got not-diagnosed, which resulted in going to ... 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 WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com 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 »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Twelve condo buildings or complexes on Marco Island each have more than 200 apartments. These are the Admiralty, Tradewinds, Shipps Landing, the four South Seas Towers, Stevens Landing, Gulfview, Riverside, South Seas East and Anglers Cove. These dozen account for more than 25% of all the condo apartments on Marco Island. This week there are 59 condos for sale in this group, which is only 2% of the 2,826 condos in these complexes. They make up 23% of all the condos for sale, so they are quite representative of the Marco Island condo market ... Read More »

Historic Site #7 Nehrling Gardens (Caribbean Gardens/Naples Zoo) 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In 1921, Dr. Henry Nehrling established his tropical garden on this site, initially growing orchids, bromeliads and other tropical plants. By 1925 he had increased his collection to more than 3,000 different species. In 1952, the old Nehrling Gardens site was purchased by Julius Fleischmann, and was opened to the public in 1954 as a commercial tourist attraction under Fleischmann’s interest and guidance. Collier County purchased the property in 2005, and currently leases it to Naples Zoo, Inc. www.napleszoo.com/visitor_info/History.htm. Marco/Goodland: www.themihs.com. Everglades City: www.evergladeshistorical.org. www.colliermuseums.com In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance ... Read More »

Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium


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 »

National Estuaries Day


By Erin and Amelia Perchalski Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 26 by offering many unique, free experiences. Boat tours of the bay were given throughout the day, along with opening up the research lab. Many vendors filled the Environmental Learning Center with displays from Collier Mosquito Control District, Florida State Parks, the Audubon Society, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Sportfishing Club, Marco Shell Club and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, just to name a few. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the touch tank, filled with living sea creatures, and many ... Read More »

Kiwanis Reconvenes With Tim Clune at the Helm

Chamber President Dick Shanahan was the weekly speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on September 24.

Submitted On Thursday mornings if you drive by Stonewalls at 7:30 AM you will find a packed parking lot. If you venture inside you will find a room full of some of the nicest people you can find, and a breakfast worth waking up early for. After a brief summer respite, Kiwanis has resumed their weekly breakfast meetings. On September 24 the gavel was passed from Dianna Dohm to Tim Clune, this year’s Kiwanis president. Tim told us that the goals for this year are to “continue helping the children of our community.” Kiwanis fundraising events include the Seafood Festival, ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Swamp Walks Get wet? You bet!


Submitted The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall 2015 schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its 5-hour naturalist-led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3½-hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade through ... Read More »

Fishing Tournament Honors Trevor Smith


By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Though his life ended too soon, friends and family of Trevor Smith are planning a remembrance fundraiser through the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s to be a celebration of his life. “One last cast,” the T-Rex 1 Fish 2 Fish Tournament, is planned for October 16-17. A dinner starts the event with the captain’s banquet at 6 PM on October 16 at Kretch’s Restaurant on Marco Island. Silent and live auction items include fishing equipment and charters, timeshare weeks, a paddleboard and much more. The tournament begins at sun up on October 17 at ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers October Meeting


Submitted On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Barbara Miller to our meeting. Barbara is an author, motivational speaker, certified master life coach, and founder of Barbara and Company International, Inc. Her several books include “You Lost Your Marriage, Not Your Life,” and soon to be released, “How to Achieve Your Goals, Easy Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals.” Our topic for the meeting is Goodreads.com. Barbara will coach us through navigating that popular website and share her expertise on using it as a marketing tool for our published works. Flash Fiction is back at ... Read More »

A Call to the Community for Help; Your Used Car can Change a Life


Submitted On a typical day, Marie*(not her real name) is up and about before the sun even rises. Each day this hard-working single mother spends her mornings dressing, feeding and readying her young children for school. This routine can be challenging, yet she manages it with grace. Once the children are safely at school, Marie faces yet another challenge: how to get to work. Marie left an abusive relationship with the clothes on her back. She works hard in the restaurant industry to support her children and make a better life for them. When her car broke down she was ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

Knuckle Island


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I sort-of kind-of touched on this subject a while back, and it’s a real complicated problem – practically epidemic – and it’s something I deal with every single day in the shop. The process of making a nice diamond ring sale can be a challenge, as you may have gathered if you read my last column. It’s what happens after the sale that the fun begins, and that magical feat can range from impossible to miraculous. Now the diamond ring has to fit the finger. That may seem to many of you a simple cut-and-dried ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »

Low Density Condos

The Tiki House, with only 4 units, is located on the south end of Marco Island.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island’s condos come in a variety of configurations and arrangements. About half of the named condos on the island have 40 units or less per building or complex, but they represent only 15% of the total condo units on Marco Island. These neighborly, low density condos can be found on water direct and inland locations. Only the Dunnfoire on the beach meets this criterion with 30 units. In comparison, a number of condos on the island have more than 200 apartments per building. Not a lot of condos come on the market ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed


Submitted Rookery Bay Reserve is looking for volunteers to be aquarium life support assistants and for water quality testing. A background in Biology and Chemistry is helpful. Education majors are also wanted to assist with our 4th and 7th grade programs. National Estuaries Day is Saturday, September 26, and volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Trail work day volunteers are needed on Tuesday, September 22 and Tuesday, October 13, both days from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. Email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@rookerybay.org for more information and to register.www.rookerybay.org Read More »