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Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

White pelicans are gregarious and will work together to gather fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

Domicile, Residence and Homesteads, Oh My!

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~ Confucius Question: As a retiree from another state, with homes in both places, I’m confused about the difference between residency, homestead and domicile. I read all the information on various workshops and seminars on this topic, yet I’m still confused. Please help. Answer: Actually, it’s not as complicated as it may appear. Let’s start with a little history to help understand the background of the subject matter and the differences between the three terms. Homestead In 1862, during the Civil War, Abraham ... Read More »

Begin Lent With Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Every Friday through March the Knights of Columbus  will hold a Fish Fry at San Marco Church. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus Fish Fry opens for the 2016 season on Friday, February 5th at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 14 years after its inaugural dinner. For the second year in a row, every Friday through March, the Knights will serve their in-house seasoned Atlantic Cod filets, which became instantly popular when it was introduced last year. The half-pound portion of fish is baked or fried to perfection and served along with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and butter, and dessert. Coffee and tea are included and bottled water, soda, wine ... Read More »

Pending Condo Sales on Marco Island

Nautilus, a water-direct condo.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos were listed as pending on Marco Island, down about 30% from the same period last year. These are condos with a signed contract between buyer and seller but have not yet closed. Closings follow about a month or two after a contract is signed. This drop in pending sales may be due to a combination of higher seller list prices, a softening of confidence in the global economy and a colder and wetter than normal January. Pending sales provide a good indication of what is currently happening in ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2016 is Here!

Some of the beautiful hand-painted bowls which will be sold and filled with soup, at the Souper Bowl February 6. PHOTO BY LANA WITHERS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Souper Bowl is back and we’re not talking football. On Saturday February 6th, 10 different local restaurants will set up shop at the Mackle Park Airnasium, bringing with them 20 gallons of soup each. The event, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in order to benefit Leadership Marco’s scholarship fund. Last year through the Souper Bowl, as well as the organization’s other event Wet Paint LIVE, Leadership Marco was able to raise an impressive $20,000 for students. Each year 20 to 30 local high schoolers apply ... Read More »

Town Hall Meetings Coming Up

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Mark your calendars now for the great St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Sunday March 6th on Marco Island! Parade participants will meet at the NCH Healthcare Center across from the City of Marco Island Government Center at 11 AM. For questions, please email Steve Stefanides at sstefanides@comcast.net. It’s always loads of fun and lots of people line the streets from all over. It’s a great way to prepare for the Irish holiday, and no one has more fun than the Irish! *The Coastal Breeze News started out a few years ago and they chose to serve both sides ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

Museum of Military Memorabilia expands

The Naples Airport Authority has provided a new space for the Museum of Military Memorabilia at Naples Municipal Airport. In addition to the area the museum has occupied since 2011 near the ticket counters in the Commercial Airline Terminal, the museum has moved display cases from the terminal lobby and hallway into a new space opposite the rental car counters. The museum now has 1,300 square feet of space to display many of the 11,000 artifacts in its collection. More than 25,000 people a year visit the museum, which was founded in 2006 with the goals of honoring the veterans who have ... Read More »

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for essentials such as rent or the electric bill. Patients suddenly discover that cancer not only strikes their body, but their family, friends, profession and their finances. Elaine Miller had to stop working when she was diagnosed with metastatic Stage 4 breast cancer. Although she had some money saved for emergencies and was covered by health insurance, she was soon having trouble paying her bills. That’s when she was referred to ... Read More »

Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... Read More »

Despite Rain Fashion Show Shines

A crowd of 300 braved heavy rains to attend the American Beauty Fashion Show.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On January 27 Marco Island was soaked with record-breaking rainfall of almost four and one-half inches. But even heavy showers did not deter the three hundred women who attended the sold-out American Beauty Fashion Show at San Marco Catholic Church. The annual fashion show is organized by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) as a fundraiser for the many charities and scholarships the group supports in the community. This year’s theme, American Beauty, was reflected in the red, white and blue decorations throughout the church, as well as the attire of many of the ladies. ... Read More »

Happenings at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

“City Dusk” by Oscar Glottman

Submitted Glottman Photography Exhibit The Marco Island Center for the Arts February gallery features the photography of Oscar Glottman. The exhibition is open through February 23, 2016 and the art will be available for purchase. Glottman is both an artist and architect. He has been experimenting with visual art and photography as a second career, running parallel to his architecture practice. Glottman’s photography is not the usual pictures of the world we live in. It is a mixture of form and color approaching the abstract. Glottman describes his work as “fragmentation and the capture of the DNA of time and ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

Change of Watch – Marco Island Yacht Club

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Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) held its 14th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch Saturday, January 23, 2016. Fine yacht clubs throughout the world mark this transition of leadership with pomp and circumstance. This year’s gala event was consistent with that tradition. The Change of Watch ceremony saw outgoing Commodore Dick Irwin have his burgee lowered and Commodore Harris’ new burgee raised. At MIYC, Dick now joins the group of 14 prior Commodores. At last night’s ceremony, five past Commodores were in attendance at the Change of Watch for the first time in the Yacht Club’s history. ... Read More »

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

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Submitted On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Marco Island Lions Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast at the United Church of Marco Island at 320 North Barfield Drive. The hours will be from 8 to 11 AM. Breakfast includes pancakes (all you can eat), eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, and milk. Children are welcome. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 drawing. The Pancake Breakfast is the Lions Club’s largest project for collecting donations for the year. Tickets will be $7 the day of the breakfast, or $6 if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Island ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

SAMI Changing of the Watch

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Submitted The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) is the oldest sailing club in Collier County. On January 21, SAMI members enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Konrad’s honoring the 46th Changing of the Watch. Outgoing Commodore, Dan Singer, passed the flag to incoming Commodore, Ken Bardon, who just completed a three-year circumnavigation. Attending members welcomed the new bridge for 2016: Commodore Ken Bardon, Vice Commodore Phil Litow, Rear Commodore Micki Gobeil, Secretary Robin Singer, Treasurer Mary Lee Cale, and Fleet Captain Bronwen McKiever. All members are looking forward to another banner year for SAMI in 2016! Read More »