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Yet, More Questions…

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The most common question I am asked as a jeweler is “how much is it worth?” Sometimes, the answer is cut and dry. For instance, a mass produced, Italian-made 14-karat gold rope neck chain can be weighed and calculated at the current gold market price. Let’s say it weighs 20 grams; the retail price could be between $1,500 and $2,000. That’s kind of a ball park figure because it all depends on when and where you purchased the item. If the chain was purchased ten or so years ago, the purchased price would have been ... Read More »

Gimme 3 feet… Gimme 3 feet Mister

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Two articles in a row with some great musical references and I haven’t even mentioned “Bicycle Race” by Queen. Not sure how long I can keep this up. This reference, however, may be the most important I will refer to in any article because it pertains to safety and the law. When you think of 3 feet it really doesn’t seem that much, especially when you see some athletes and even young kids nowadays that are 6 feet tall at 12 years old, but to those of us who bicycle on the roadways (where ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived!

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Wintertime here in Southwest Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snowbirds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, but these are much welcomed convicts…AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish begin to arrive in big numbers about this time each year to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they “wear.” In addition to being called convicts, sheepshead ... Read More »

Defunct Constellation Argo Rises

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Nearly due south tonight burns the second brightest star in the sky – Canopus. This star can only be seen in southerly latitudes of less than 38 degrees and really only shines with its full brilliance in latitudes under 30 degrees; in Florida for example! Canopus is the brightest star in the constellation of Carina, the keel of the old ship constellation Argo Navis. In ancient mythology a man named Canopus was the navigator for Menelaus, the husband of the famous Helen. Argo Navis, after dominating the southern sky for a couple of ... Read More »

Come Jam in The Hammock!

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Collier-Seminole State Park is a nice quiet spot, centrally located from Marco, Naples and Everglades City and a mere hop, skip and a jump away from any of them. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. The park offers visitors a number of year round activities, including camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling and exploring the cypress swamps. The salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries and pine flat woods of Collier Seminole hold many different native species. Among them, American alligators, raccoons, osprey, white ibis, wood storks, bald ... Read More »

Wiener Dog Classics – a Classic!

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Wiener dogs and wiener dog wannabes of all ages and attitudes came out in droves to the first Collier County Wiener Dog Classics on Saturday, January 19. A part of the I Luv Pets Fest, hosted by Naples Estates, proceeds from the day went to Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans, a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans with special needs. Many other non-profit booths were set up in the name of animal rescue including a greyhound organization, an exotic bird rescue, a reptile awareness group and general animal rescue programs. Booths offered pet photography, clothing, ... Read More »

Dogs Delight!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Audiences were completely won over by the shaggy Muttville Comix performers and their trainer, Johnny Peers. Johnny knows his way around an audience, being raised near the circus and graduating from the Ringling Clown School. He began working with dogs in the early 1990’s. There were 16 dogs in the show he brought to Marco. There was Joey the Fox Terrier, who walked backwards on two wires while Chico, a Chihuahua, walked underneath him in the opposite direction. One canine could leap through the air to Johnny’s arms, while others could dance, do a conga ... Read More »

Gator Adventures Opens

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The official opening of Gator Adventures was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included friends, family and visitors. With more than 15 animal species and a petting zoo, Gator Adventures is a fun and educational stop for visitors and locals who are looking for something unique. Gator Adventures holds alligator shows for schools, clubs and other organizations. A children’s group gathered recently at the Ritz Carlton and had an opportunity to get up close and personal with an alligator thanks to a visit by Gator Adventures. According to Kevin Hennings, owner, and resident gator ... Read More »

Civil War Days

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By Julia Barnett On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday January 13, the South Regional Public Library, located next to the Collier County campus of Edison State College, hosted the annual Civil War Days, full with period clothing and tools, historical information and a battle reenactment. The camp, as the participants called it, consisted of tents, each serving a different purpose and a different history lesson. There was a tent for weaponry and guns used during the Civil War age. There were also tents for cooking, medicine, and a tent for the “soldiers” to gather in front of, smoking and sharing ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Installation

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It was another gorgeous evening on Marco Island…absolutely fitting for a Chamber of Commerce event. A capacity crowd at the Marco Island Yacht Club enjoyed all the festivities, good food and outstanding entertainment at the 36th Annual Installation Dinner of the Chamber on January 13th. Part of the evening was bittersweet as members and guests bid farewell to outgoing Chamber President Kevin Donlan who has moved to Alabama. His affection for Marco Island was demonstrated not only by his return just for the event, but also by his emotional farewell remarks. He spoke movingly about the Island and the many ... Read More »

ROGG Pathway Workshop

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Do you want a multi-use pathway across the Everglades? The River of Grass Greenway Feasibility and Master Plan is holding a workshop January 29th through February 2nd, at Edison State College for the West portion of the pathway plan. This workshop features the ROGG corridor along US 41, west of Highway 29/ Everglades City. The four day workshop will cover topics such as its guiding principles, existing conditions, challenges, routing, trailheads, communities, connections, design and materials and areas of concern. An Open House with lunch at noon will summarize public input and stakeholder interviews. Future ... Read More »