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That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Mr. Smith woke up a bit early on that Sunday morning back in 1974. He poured a cup of coffee and walked out to grab the paper off the front step. He knew mornings were the best time to water the lawn so he walked around the side of the house to turn on the water for his sprinkler. He had just purchased the sprinkler from Bob’s Hardware & Lawn Emporium the week before. It was top of the line and he was proud of his acquisition. He looked up to view the spray that should ... Read More »

Angry … Disgusted … Frustrated…

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It was a terrible week and a half for anyone who loves this country; who loves the idea of living in America; being an American; anyone who obeys the laws; works hard to achieve their dreams and who believes in service to our country is above all other pursuits in life. As a result, I am angry; I am disgusted and I am frustrated! I am angry… As father of a young daughter it has been heart wrenching and totally unreal and unbelievable for me to try and imagine what Kate Steinle’s dad must have ... Read More »

New Laser Lipo Treatment Available at Island Diet Center

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By Coastal Breeze Staff Many of us are on a quest to lose weight, and new diets and treatments pop up all the time. As of 2012, the annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry was $20 billion, which included diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. “100 Million Dieters, 20 Billion Weight Loss Industry,” ABC News, May 12, 2012, abcnews.go.com. When we heard that the Island Diet Center was offering a new treatment called “Laser Lipo,” we sat down with Dr. Joseph Lang to get the details. So how does it work? Laser applied to the surface dissolves fat ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

MIA Student Goes to Washington

Student Gianna Rose, who received a perfect score on her biology  EOC exam, enjoys STEM based classes at MIA. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze Staff Gianna Rose has just completed her freshman year at Marco Island Academy. She has already made quite a splash. Gianna was attracted to MIA because of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based courses available there. She has found that in a small high school like MIA, she is not pushed aside. She receives guidance and help from her teachers when she needs it. As Gianna puts it “I get to learn and have fun at the same time.” Gianna got a perfect score in the end of course (EOC) biology exam and was motivated by ... Read More »

Livvy Gets Some Wheels!

The Watt family poses in front of Livvy’s new car. From left - Jim, Jonathan, Jane, Jacob, Olivia, Payton, Mary Lou and John Watt.

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt is known to many of us on the island as the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy on San Marco Road. She is likely to be sighted anywhere on the island. She attends unending meetings with supporters of MIA and has managed to author a book that was endorsed by Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee called “Fighting for Kids” about how MIA came to be. Jane is ubiquitous and peripatetic. These adjectives must have been invented for her. Jane’s husband, Jim Watt, is the volunteer coach of the MIA girls’ soccer team. He coaches ... Read More »

To Roth or Not to Roth?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “They are able because they think they are able.” ~ Virgil, 70 BC – 19 BC, Ancient Roman Poet   Question: What is the difference between a Roth IRA and a regular IRA? Is it true that I can convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? Answer: Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are personal savings plans that provide tax benefits. The IRS allows certain favorable treatment of these assets to encourage U.S. taxpayers to contribute to these accounts as way to take responsibility for their future financial well-being. Let’s start by identifying differences ... Read More »

Dining Diary – Gino’s Trattoria

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By Ms. Vittles This week’s adventure takes us to Gino’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria nestled in the Royal Palm Mall at North Collier & Bald Eagle. I really like the open-air courtyard setting that greets you. Joining us this evening were a couple friends (code name Olivia and Hudson). We requested a table off in the corner and they sat us in a small room toward the back. It would make a great place for groups that would like a more intimate area for their occasion. The atmosphere at Gino’s is very casual, yet with an upscale feel. There ... Read More »

Kathy Kurtz – Inspiring Through Fitness

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trains Wendy Bullock at the YMCA. BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff On any given day you may run into Kathy Kurtz somewhere on Marco Island, enthusiastically training a client or teaching a group fitness class at the YMCA. Kathy, who lives on Isles of Capri, is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, training and teaching clients and students and of all ages and fitness levels. Kathy’s love for fitness began early. As a child in Watsontown, PA, she created her own aerobic workouts in her bedroom. By the time she was a teenager, she begun working out at the gym with her brothers. As a ... Read More »

“Hot Summer Nights” Lures Both Young and Old to Mackle Park

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By Don Manley Alejandro Ruiz-Vallejo would not be denied when it came to summiting the rock-climbing wall erected on Mackle Park’s lawn. The sure-footed 9 year old was slow, but steady in his technique, carefully moved upward, making sure each foot-and-hand-hold was secure, as onlookers oohed, awed and shouted encouragement. Upon reaching the top, Alejandro, protected by a harness and safety ropes, was lowered to the ground by deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, which brought the climbing wall and other attractions to Mackle as part of the agency’s annual Hot Summer Nights festivals. Also known as Summer Fest, ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

Healthy Plus Lecture on Joint Replacement

Submitted Is joint pain holding you back? Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs will provide a guide to available treatments, from conservative therapies to direct anterior hip replacement and patient specific knee replacement. The presentation is hosted by IBERIABANK’s Marco Island branch, as part of the bank’s Health Plus lecture series. Dr. Biggs is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples. He completed his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before entering private practice. He serves as a national knee and hip replacement instructor and an advisor on replacement technology development. Dr. Briggs’ presentation ... Read More »

Goodland Returns to Normal

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net In the July 10, 2015 issue of the Coastal Breeze, I reported the theft and vandalism of four golf carts and an attempted burglary at Stan’s. An arrest has been made in the Stan’s burglary which has no connection with the other incidents during that week. That suspect has never lived or worked in Goodland. Since my prior article, I have learned of two additional burglaries, during the same time period, both of which seem to be related to the golf cart thefts. I have reviewed police reports and newspaper articles. I have interviewed ... Read More »

Attorney Launches Web Site as Community Resource

By Coastal Breeze Staff Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ new web site, which was designed to provide reliable legal information to the community. The www.patrickneale.com web site features links to trusted resources that include government, Florida Bar, non-profit organizations, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as a blog on timely topics. According to Attorney Neale, “There is a lot of misleading information on the internet about legal issues. We have compiled links to internet resources that we know to be reliable so that people can make informed decisions.” Patrick Neale & Associates, ... Read More »

TECH NOT

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have always believed, from tiniest totdom, that what one person can do, anyone can do. It’s just a matter of instructions. And I have always been very good at reading instructions. I have read instructions on everything from toy assembly to plumbing and wiring, to death and dying. There’s a wealth of information out there that is ours for the taking. In my teens I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, a work of philosophical fiction by Robert Persig. I’m afraid that, at the time, most of Mr. Persig’s ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Souper Bowl Marco 2016!

Desiree Buhelos helps volunteers paint bowls for the upcoming Souper Bowl Marco 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze Staff While many folks were sleeping on Saturday morning, July 11, volunteers filled the Mackle Park Teen Center, painting bowls for the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016. The fundraising event is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Leadership Marco scholarship fund. Hand painted ceramic bowls are sold to event attendees, who can then sample a variety of delicious soups prepared by local restaurants and chefs. Over $20,000 was awarded to Marco Island high school students last year. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jada Shigley and Desiree Buhelos. They are preparing ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015

PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD & ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

Lights Out and Watch Your Step on the Beach!

Mary Nelson (left) and Beverly Ann Shipe

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s nesting time in the Marco area, but don’t look up. These nests are under the white sands of our beaches and belong to Caretta caretta, fondly known as our Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Last issue, Coastal Breeze reported on the record-setting 101st nest. Now we have come to learn there are 114 nests. The previous record was 93 a few years ago. While this type of achievement merits some type of award, most sea turtles don’t have a mantle upon which to display a trophy. But we do have a couple people that deserve our most ... Read More »

Marco Karate School Brings Home the Gold

The Shima Dojo Karate School team at the 2015  AAU Karate National Championships. Front (L-R) are Ben Warnike, Logan Terreri, and Chase and Kirra Polley. Rear are Bryant Martinez, Connie Rausch and Sensei Nick Lemke. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Shima Dojo Karate School made a strong showing at the 2014 American Athletic Union Karate National Championships by capturing three gold medals. But this year, the small karate school, based at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, truly made its presence felt on a big stage by coming away with 10 gold medals in three categories at the AAU championships in just its second year of competing at the tourney. Marco residents Logan Terreri, Chase and Kirra Polley, Bryant Martinez, Ben Warnike and Connie Rausch all earned gold medals for the dojo, the Japanese term for a ... Read More »

Local Couple Visits Cuba

Classic American automobiles are a common sight in Havana.

By Coastal Breeze Staff The door to American travel to Cuba is opening wider, and locals Lana and Roger Withers are among the lucky few to walk through. The Withers took part in an educational “people to people” tour through Friendly Planet Travel, called the “Understand Photography Havana Tour.” Lana grew up in Florida. She vividly recalls the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the air raid drills experienced as a child in elementary school. Lana always had a curiosity about Cuba, and when her husband Roger’s 70th birthday approached it presented the perfect opportunity for the trip. Lana’s ... Read More »