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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The season of pumpkins and goblins is behind us for another year and we have officially entered into the “Holiday” season. Looking back at Halloween, I wonder how many children suffered bellyaches from over-indulging in sugar? No judgement from me. When I have sugar products in the house I eat them. I OVER eat them. My self control dissolves and I fall into a cycle of eat, headache, regret, repeat. If only I was better at moderation. Recently a news report was released warning us to limit our intake of red and processed meat ... Read More »

Meet Marco’s New Baby Dolphins

Cosmo and her baby  Honeymoon play in a wave. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Freedom. Honeymoon. Little Bear. These words do not describe a mountain getaway for newlyweds. They are, instead, the names of the first three baby dolphins seen in the Marco Island area this fall. This is birthing season for the bottle nosed dolphins in this section of the world, and we are hoping to see a few more “Young of Year” (YOY) over the next several months. As well as being an educational ecotour, the dolphin survey team onboard the Dolphin Explorer takes pride in monitoring the birth statistics in the area; which one is the ... Read More »

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

Johnathan Watt; Students’ individual talents cannot 
only be measured by standardized tests. PHOTO BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school system, I have personal experience with how the testing has affected my own kids. In both cases, there is an unnecessary amount of stress caused by the abundance of standardized testing in schools today. During the past few years, legislators ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

Condo Sales on Marco Island

A view of the Seabreeze pool and condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com According to the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 517 condos on Marco Island have sold so far this year, ranging in price from $75,000 for a 400 square foot efficiency at Seabreeze to $6,450,000 for a 6,600 square foot penthouse at Madeira. According to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s records, about 860 condos have changed hands so far this year. Sales of condos through the Marco Island MLS sales represent about 60% of the appraiser’s total number of recorded transactions. Another 35% of the Collier County Property Appraiser condo transactions are those ... Read More »

Senior Cat Adoption

Submitted For the Love of Cats began the Seniors for Seniors program in 2010 with a one year grant from Home Again, the microchip company. This program has become so valuable that For the Love of Cats has made it a part of their ongoing programs. Older cats languish in shelters for years. Most do not get adopted, or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone, and depression is a major concern. Having a cat increases seniors’ activities, social interaction and is beneficial to their overall health. “This is the fifth ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... 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 »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island


Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Berkshire’s Beach Bash


By Coastal Breeze News Staff People in Southwest Florida are known for their generosity. The same goes for the companies and organizations that call this area home. A perfect example would be Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). For 24 years, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and its predecessors, have supported kids with cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation, not just locally, but across the nation. This year, rather than the usual golf tournament fundraiser, Geri Nowak coordinated the Marco Island Berkshire Hathaway office effort, and garnered support for a new event. So, with further support from the Marco Island Marriott Beach ... Read More »

Delgados Committed to MIA Experience

Andrew and Ivette Delgado, with MIA athletic director Kelly Monnot,  and football coach Greg Fowler, show check for $8,847.20, provided by Delgado’s Andrew Hunter Homes. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com When Marco Island Academy High School was in its infancy Andy and Ivette Delgado joined in the commitment to make it a success. Their most recent aid came with their donation of $8,847.20 to cover the cost for the football team and staff traveling to Texas for an outstanding football and bonding experience at the beginning of the season. Jane Watt, school founder and board president, acknowledged the generous donation, adding that the Delgados mean much more to the school. She talked with the Delgados when it was time for son Andrew to choose a high ... Read More »

Performers Look Forward to 50th Anniversary Concert

The Nowhere Band’s guitar collection spans the period of the Beatles’ career. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Modern Marco Island’s half century of existence will be commemorated with music at the 50th Anniversary Concert in the Park, set for November 21 at Veterans Community Park. The genre-spanning lineup will include Marco resident Jim Long, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and featured guest, Beatles tribute artists The Nowhere Band, whose repertoire spans the entirety of the Fab Four’s illustrious career. Based in Southwest Florida, The Nowhere Band brings the Beatles’ material to life for audiences by blending authentic period costumes and vintage instruments, with modern lighting ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Children’s Book Raises Funds for Burrowing Owls


Submitted Marco Island resident Roseanne Pawelec is launching a new children’s book, “Ollie Finds a New Home,” and donating $1 from every copy sold to a fund which helps protect Marco Island’s burrowing owls. The book takes children on a journey with Ollie, a burrowing owl on the island, as he and his family search for a new underground home. The book addresses the trauma of moving for young children and positive life lessons about change. “In writing the book I became inspired by the burrowing owl communities near my home in the Tigertail Beach area,” Pawelec explained. “I feel ... 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 »

‘Tis the Season for the Joy of Giving


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In just a few short weeks, the charity Nicki Davis founded in 1988 once again will perform their elf-like duties by allowing underprivileged children to experience the magic of Christmas. So how does this work? Many have heard about the Joy of Giving but don’t fully understand its operation. Organizations throughout the year raise funds and donate to the Joy of Giving. The Joy of Giving, through teachers in the Collier County School District and through organizations like Sports Camp and Parks Departments, identify children in need and the number of other children in that ... Read More »

Robinson downs Lely for regional title

The Lady Trojans celebrate an early score in the Class 5A Regional final at Lely on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold the momentum, losing three straight games to Tampa Robinson.

By Roger LaLonde The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. That sums up Tampa Robinson sweeping Lely in the Class 5A regional final on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Lely jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. That would be the last time it led in a game until late in the third game, but Robinson came back to finish off the Lady Trojans, ending their season, again without winning a regional championship. It was a bitter loss for a team that thought they would finally end what has seemed like a curse. With service problems and mistakes ... Read More »