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MIW and the Law

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Marco Island Writers met at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday, November 14. Two speakers brought a wealth of information to the group of over 20 members and guests. For the first hour, Tina Murray, PhD, romance author of “A Chance to Say Yes” brought her insights in her talk titled “Believe in Your Writer- Self.” It emphasized the need for authors to believe in themselves and to give themselves permission to explore their inner child as a source of their inspiration. For more information about Murray’s book and newest edition of her trilogy, ... Read More »

Local author gets big backing


By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  It isn’t every day that one receives an endorsement from Donald Trump. Local author, Roy Eaton, has received three. A former classmate of Trump’s, Eaton recently released his third book, “Makers, Takers & Shakers.” Not only has Trump thrown his support behind the book, he even went as far as to share his sentiments about the book on his Twitter page. “Makers, Takers & Shakers” is a collection of Eaton’s published newspaper pieces. Discussing a wide range of political and social issues, Eaton also outlines his own life through articles about his family, education experience, owning ... Read More »

MIHM store makes every day a gift day


By Diane Bostic  One of the delights to be found in our very own Marco Island Historical Museum, the newest of Collier County’s five museums, is the well stocked gift store. Although small, it is chock full of beautiful and educational items for purchase. With the holidays just around the corner you might be searching for something special to give to that special someone on your list. Look no further as the Museum Store has a beautiful selection of jewelry. Lisa Estrada’s necklaces and bracelets are hand made of polymer clay in colors to perfectly catch the color of our ... Read More »

Thanksgiving among friends


By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  For the past eight years, local Keller Williams realtor, Sandi Sims, has hosted a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Marco Island for low income seniors from Naples. With the help of friends, family and the owners of Arturo’s Restaurant, 69 seniors were treated to a sit-down meal with all the fixings at Arturo’s. When Sandi moved to Marco Island from Colorado, she hoped to carry on her Thanksgiving tradition. “I was a manager at a restaurant in Colorado that provided meals for seniors on Thanksgiving. I wanted to do the same here but it was hard at ... Read More »

Honors to top students

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The following students achieved a place on the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2012/2013 school year. Listed are only the schools in the Coastal Breeze News circulation area, except for Manatee Elementary. Congratulations to these students! EVERGLADES CITY SCHOOL Elementary Straight A Honor Roll  Brandy Bowen, Destany Vanleeuwen. LELY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  ‘A’ Honor Roll  Emiliana Bossio, Michelle Castro, Halmer Castro-Davila, Rommel Cintron Santos, Angel Diaz, Riley Dorestal, Nathaniel Gustave, Ariel Joel, Renee Listrom, Nephtalie Merisnor, Fauster Pierrecharles, Leonardo Quezada, Julian Rodriguez, Vincent Rosati, Naesha Saint Louis, Yasmin Samaha, Taylor Savage, Hisam Setyawan. ... Read More »

Marco Island Moms calendar


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It is time to start looking for that special 2013 calendar, whether you’re looking for that perfect gift or for your own personal use, the Marco Island Moms Against Cancer calendar is ready for purchase. The calendar features a different Marco mom each month and the best part is 100% of the proceeds go to the local branch of the American Cancer Society. We need to extend a sincere note of thanks to all of the businesses that assisted with the calendar. Among them, Peter Berec, professional photographer, Bill Young for his classic cars, Progressive ... Read More »

Respecting our beaches


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Recently, I had the pleasure of becoming a Volunteer Beach Steward for the City of Marco Island. A training session for those interested in this position of great power was held at the Marco Island Police Department Community Room on Tuesday, November 20. Marco Island beach ordinances, wildlife, sea turtle nesting season and neighborhood watch aspects were taught at the two-hour session. As I get ready to hit the beach with my new knowledge, I thought I would share some of it with you, the beach goer, so that during my volunteer time I can do ... Read More »

Art in the Glades


BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com  In the Glades, we begin the month of December with the ever-popular Pancake Fly-In. On Saturday, December 1, Wings 10,000 Islands will host a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark from 10:00 AM. until noon. Everyone is welcome! For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296. The following evening Dr. Roger Hammer, author of Everglades Wildflowers and other books, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk on Sunday, December 2, at the Everglades Seafood Depot. Tickets for the delicious roast beef buffet are $30 for members and $40 for guests. For ... Read More »



REEL REVIEWS  By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net For the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond movies, “Skyfall” is a perfect fit. Daniel Craig ranks one or two with Sean Connery as the best Bond of all. This Bond is very different. He’s not the suave, sophisticated James of yore, although he manages to handle a tuxedo fairly well. This is a gritty, darker Bond. This one can handle a motorcycle with the best while being able to play baccarat with the wealthiest. Of course, “Bond – James Bond” has his romantic moments, but they are momentary as he proceeds from peril ... Read More »

The White Pelican


PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com  One the largest and oldest known birds in our nation, named by a German naturalist in 1789, is the White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos. It migrates from the north to winter in south Florida, particularly Sarasota to south of Marco Island, giving the moniker, “snow bird,” real meaning. Once hunted as sport, the White Pelican is protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and is listed as a species of special concern in the State of Florida and several other states. This species of pelican, one of the two in the United States (the ... Read More »

THE RICHEST WOMAN IN AMERICA: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust  winetaster13@gmail.com Author: Janet Wallach  Publisher: Doubleday, 2012  “Before deciding on an investment, seek out every kind of information about it.” To Hetty Robinson Green, this was just common sense – work hard to learn everything possible about a venture before committing. Some saw her as cruel and heartless because of her no-nonsense-when-it-comes-to-business philosophy. Ironically, Hetty never paid workers slave wages, paid off government officials, bought off public land or manipulated stockholders as did many of her more celebrated male counterparts. She gave much to help others, but quietly, without fanfare, without having her name chiseled on the ... Read More »

Learning to scrawl


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Drawing is a form of language you can conjure an image, a story, a feeling, even an idea, using pictures instead of words. Our prehistoric ancestors may have had the capacity to grunt and bark basic concepts – yes, no, danger, hunger, lust, scram – but they could also tell whole stories, epics even, by drawing pictures in the dirt or on rock walls. Drawing may not have preceded verbal language, but it does preceded written words. How do we learn to talk? We learn through practice, through trial & error, and by making many, often ... Read More »

Southern Americana Tour: Part 5 The Last Leg

The flyer for Muddy Roots sister festival in May.

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Gotta love this new and improved seasonal climate. It has me thinking that “winter” in southern Florida is upon us! Heck it did’t get above 73 degrees yesterday! Brrrr.. Chuckle, brrr… what can I say, I didn’t see snow until after high school, in Tallahassee, and it wasn’t enough to even stay on the ground. Anyhow, hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving/Black Friday and you’re ready for whatever the last month of the Mayan calendar holds for us. I’m not so sure that time itself will end on December 21, but my ... Read More »

Save the date!


GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. No, Goodland isn’t getting hitched, but the fishing village does offer a little bit of everything as it kicks off yet another season of important dates. First up, the annual Goodland Christmas Bazaar. This year’s bazaar will take place on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at the Goodland Boat Park. From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM local artists and crafters, along with some out of the area vendors, will set up shop in a fun and family friendly environment. Find something new and unique for ... Read More »

Hot and not so hot


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The 2012 holiday shopping season is off and running, and I can safely say giving a piece of jewelry as that special gift will become as popular as it once was. Notice I said jewelry – not fine jewelry. Since early October, certain items have been selling well, and there is a reason for this. The past couple of gift giving seasons for the jewelry business can be summed up in one word… Dismal. Even De Beers, the largest diamond conglomerate in the world that refused to spend millions of dollars on blanketing TV ads, ... Read More »

Beach clean-up report


Submitted The City of Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee hosted a Beach Clean-Up on Sunday, November 18, at South Beach. Over thirty participants collected garbage. Publix provided the water, bags and gloves for the clean-up; MICA provided the vehicle to haul trash, supplies and participants if necessary and also disposed of all trash collected. Two large pieces of lumber were removed from beach between the two jetties at Cape Marco and over forty bags of trash were removed from the beach. Participants reported an abundance of cigarette butts and plastic bottle caps, but much fewer straws than usual. Thank you ... Read More »

CELEBUDOG: The best of TWJ


DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com  Each year, as we enter into the holiday season and begin to reflect upon the year behind us, many of us serious journalists “Best of” ourselves. Though I would like to believe my readers have committed every piece of my sage advice to memory, even I wag my tail a tad harder at revisiting some of my more clever 2012 bon-mots. As for 2013 and my upcoming 11th Birthday, don’t you worry—there’s life in the old dog yet. On Covers Ups As dogs, we are predisposed to being “naked.” However, we do not need to ... Read More »

A fantastic time to fish


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Typical to this time of year, we are seeing some mild cooling trends to both the air and water temperatures here in the 10,000 Islands. Weather trends are usually about the same right now up until the middle of December, when we typically see our first major cold fronts come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in November which brought the night temperatures down into the low 50’s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down ... Read More »

To choose or not to choose?


READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com In most cases, it has only been a brief five or ten minute warm up and it’s time to make a critical decision! Who is going to serve, receive, or are we going to leave the decision to our opponents? Oddly enough, far too many people over-think this decision and find it compelling to not make a decision; better yet, we will trick our foes and have them make the all-important verdict. Without a doubt, this has to be the most ridiculous idea in the game of tennis. Just like in life, avoiding resolutions is ... Read More »

Gifts for the traveler


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com  This time of year, in anticipation of the holidays, I usually write a column recommending gifts for the traveler. This year, I am going to highlight some of those items I like when traveling, as well as mention some popular and new travel items on the market. For easily traversing the airport, I use a neck strap passport holder with compartments. I fill it with my passport or driver’s license, boarding passes, money, and credit card. Not only are my documents conveniently located, but I have ready access to money if I want to purchase ... Read More »