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Fishing the cooling trends


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Our typical weather patterns are here as December rolls into January, and we are seeing some of our first 40 degree mornings here in the 10,000 Islands. It is certainly our coolest period of the year, however the days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70’s, can make for some awesome fishing! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the Full ... Read More »

‘Family Medicine’ Puts Emphasis on ‘Family’


TO YOUR HEALTH Dr. Michelle Becker The American Academy of Family Physicians defines Family Medicine as “the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity.” More simply, your Family Medicine physician is there to promote overall health and advocate all-encompassing well-being for people of all ages. But Family Medicine is much more. Treating families, sometimes four generations at a time–from the newborn baby to great ... Read More »

“Anna Karenina”


REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” is generally considered one of the greatest novels ever written. It’s been made into movies 13 times, and the Greta Garbo/Fredric March version of 1935 is widely recognized at the best. This latest edition is a balletic show-within-a-show that dances back and forth from footlights to backstage to “reality”. Despite the heroic staging, magnificent settings of St. Petersburg and Moscow of the late 1800’s, and a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, it falls far short. Keira Knightley as Anna is beautiful, but unconvincing. Jude Law is excellent, but wasted as her ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details


from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island that unfortunately extended late into the night. We anchored in a little over two feet of water just a short distance from the beach. Keewaydin Island is a little used paradise that can only be reached by water. It is ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions and Survivors


FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear fellow felines: It is imperative that I caution you about an upcoming human tradition that spells bad news for those of us who share “their” world: the dreaded New Year’s resolution. The number one resolution going into 2012 was to lose weight, or so states the website Statistic Brain. Adding to the belt tightening promised by this stat is a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (December 18) admonishing cat (and dog) owners to utilize “interactive feeders” designed to keep us from inhaling our food while simultaneously making us ... Read More »

Finding Creative Freedom Where You’d Least Expect It


Artful Life Tara O’Neill Well, here we are at the end of an old [read: worn-out, done-in, used-up] year and ready to take on a shiny new one. (Mmmm, don’t you just love that new calendar smell?) I’m not one to make resolutions, but I do try to set new goals each New Year, and assess my previous ones. Oh, I know, many of you will put your best scoffs on: it’s just a date; a day like any other; it’s arbitrary! it’s imaginary! To you I say an artful life is filled with imagination and much else that can ... Read More »

Blues, Music and Food!


CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman A “Blues Joint” in the south is a place where people go to enjoy food, drink, and music. The sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans are coming to Marco Island. Live Blues and Jazz Bands are being introduced New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A much needed venue of entertainment for the island… with a twist of the deep south. Come and see why Mango’s Dockside Bistro will be the “home of Annie’s Blues Bar!” Mango’s Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade offers delicious cuisine and designer cocktails, in a delightful casual atmosphere on ... Read More »

21st Century Oncology East Naples Reopens

By Coastal Breeze News Staff 21st Century Oncology, the nation’s premier cancer treatment network and largest radiation therapy provider, announces the reopening of the East Naples Cancer Treatment Facility located at 8625 Collier Boulevard, Naples, Fla. 34114. Among other advanced treatments, this is the only practice in East Naples offering the state-of-the-art Calypso® 4-Dimensional Treatment Localization System to treat prostate cancer, and one of two 21st Century Oncology locations in the area with the technology. The innovative prostate cancer targeting system works like a GPS for the body®. It precisely adjusts to the patient’s position and movements – optimizing radiation ... Read More »

The Dog Star


SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Stargazers can look at this section of the sky for hours. Monoceros, the unicorn in the center, is not much to look at of course, but the Milky Way does run through it and there are some fine clusters awaiting inspection by binocular users. In particular, try to find M47 near the border with Canis Major. Sirius the Dog star is the brightest star in the sky, only the Moon and several planets are brighter. Not that anyone ever needs help finding it, but the belt stars in Orion point right towards Sirius. ... Read More »

Holiday Concert Tribute to Veterans


A lovely evening was had by all in attendance at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Concert for veterans held at the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium. Steve Stefanides, chair of Christmas Island Style welcomed veterans and guests. He thanked Coastal Breeze News for sponsoring the event and Classic Transportation for providing transportation to those unable to drive themselves. Keith Dameron introduced Malenda Trick and the portrait series she has done to commemorate the military careers of 20 local veterans. The series will be on exhibit at various locations, including Hodges University. Jim Lang, Commander of VFW Post 6370 called ... Read More »

Christmas Parade 2012

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 25th Anniversary of Christmas Island Style brought us one of the best parades in Marco Island history. Santa could certainly sense the holiday spirit on the island! In true Marco style, the chairs and vehicles staked out their favorite viewing areas early in the day. By 6 PM, the streets were filled with holiday revelers. Whether it was the bands from Lely High School or Marco Island Charter Middle School, the Newcomer’s ladies, or the Italian American Club, Santa and Mrs. Claus, or the Shriners, the parade ran like clockwork. Dozens of businesses and organizations ... Read More »

Sunday Bingo Special


Submitted The Bingo Committee of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island announces that Bingo will not be played on Monday evenings, December 24 and December 31, in observance of the holidays. Due to the closings, the Committee announces a special Lunch Bingo, to take place on Sunday, December 30. Doors open at noon; the Bingo is called at 1:30 PM. This will allow those attending Church services to have time to arrive for the lunch and enjoy the Bingo. Lunch will include a “Bingo Sandwich,” fruit, pastry, ice cream, coffee and cake. Multiple prizes will ... Read More »

Langlas shares with MIW


By Elinor Stanton The Marco Island Writers (MIW) convened for their final meeting of 2012 on December 12, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The air was alive with enthusiastic conversation and sharing. After a brief update of business issues the speaker was introduced. This month’s speaker was Jim Langlas, a recently published author dedicated to the craft of writing. Jim generously offered his time to share what he experienced in writing and publishing his first book, “Heart of a Warrior.” He was very open and receptive to all questions. Although Jim has been writing most of his ... Read More »


MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a strong market according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market during November 2012. 85 Total properties closed for a total of $44 Million (including Time Shares and Commercial) 28 Single Family Homes for $19 Million – Avg. Sale price $678K 42 Condominiums for $20 Million – Avg. Sale price $477K 14 Vacant Home Sites for $3 Million – Avg. Sale price $219K 96 Total properties went under contract in November (including ... Read More »

YMCA Fall Volleyball Season

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Fall Volleyball Season is finished with Team Powerhouse Marriott Resort & Spa again taking First Place honors. Second Place went to Classic Transportation Other participants included: Stan’s Restaurant American Computer Solutions The Winter Season of Adult Co Ed Volleyball is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 14, 2013 Enter your team for only $350 and enjoy up to 12 weeks of Adult Co Ed Volleyball at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. For more information please contact Steve Reynolds, Adult Co Ed Volleyball Coordinator at 239-394-3144 ext. 228 or via email at Pictured in photos ... Read More »

Teachers of Distinction Announced with Surprise Classroom Presentations

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2012-13 Teachers of Distinction were announced today in surprise classroom visits to their schools. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection process and from this group, six (6) teachers will be selected to receive a Golden Apple. The Golden Apple teachers along with the Teachers of Distinction will be honored at the 23rd Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers presented by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation on May 10, 2013.  This year’s celebration is a dinner, hosted by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Golden Apple continues to be one ... Read More »

A.J. DeHanas Joins the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus

April (A.J.) DeHanas, ABR, GRI, Realtor Partner; comes from a top producing family team of Realtors in Southern Maryland. Licensed in 1999, she was successful with RE/MAX and DeHanas Real Estate Services. The DeHanas Team was ranked among the Top 100 Realtors in the U.S. by Realtor Magazine and RE/MAX. She has attained designations as an Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute. A.J. is also a registered nurse. A.J. and her husband, Dave have been homeowners on Marco Island since 2003. A.J. loves boating, the beach, and sunsets. “We have known and respected A.J. for years as a real ... Read More »

A Little Birdie Brings Big News

Marco Island Marriott announces Scott Lien as new Head Golf Professional Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is pleased to announce Scott Lien as the Head Golf Professional at the resort’s award-winning Rookery at Marco Golf Club. Lien will be responsible for the supervision and direction of the day-to-day golf operations of The Rookery’s par-72 resort private course. With over six years of industry experience, Lien has earned great recognition for his accomplishments in successful golf management. Most recently Lien served as Head Golf Professional at the Marriott Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, Georgia. In ... Read More »


“AND THE WINNERS ARE” Home Decorating Winner – the Giannone family, 151 Channel Court Business Property Decorating Winner – Nacho Mama’s (Mission Plaza) The Decorating Contest Final judging took place on December 14 by the entire committee aboard a trolley supplied by the Naples Transportation and Tours Company. Plaques were presented to the 10 Home Contest Finalists before returning to the winning home at 151 Channel Court. The House Decorating winner received a Championship plaque, yard sign and check for  $250.00.  Funding for the program is supplied by premiere sponsor, LCEC.  Home owners, the Giannone family, generously donated the funds to “Toys for Tots”.  The announcement  was ... Read More »