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Missing You


BOOKREMARKS Maggie Gust By Harlan Coben Penguin Group 2014, 417 Pages Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Suspense “We know that everything in our lives is complex and gray. Yet we somehow expect our relationships to never be anything but simple and pure.” - Stacy in Missing You by Harlan Coben I became a Harlan Coben fan last year after reading Six Years which I was inspired to read after seeing that Hugh Jackman had been cast as the male lead for the movie version. Now, Mr. Coben is back with another superb, stay-in-your-seat-and-keep-turning-those-pages, good-heavens-what-will-happen-next whodunit. This time, the movie rights to Missing You ... Read More »

What’s All the Buzz About?


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Fraud is the daughter of greed.” - Jonathan Gash, The Great California Game Question: Please explain high-frequency trading (HFT) and what this means to individual investors? Answer: Simply stated, high-frequency trading describes computer-based stock market activity. The practice relies on mathematical technology and trading systems known as algorithms which allow traders to buy and sell securities within nanoseconds. The notion of high-speed stock market trading isn’t new. What’s new is Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.” While promoting his book that explores the world of high-speed fiber optics trading, Lewis ... Read More »

How to Write an Online Article


BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Our marketing firm receives numerous requests to write articles for businesses online, because managers struggle with understanding how to write for search engine optimization. In my last column, I suggested businesses look at hiring content writers for their websites and to submit articles to websites such as,,, and Some of you requested writing tips for success. This month’s column focuses on four tips that are key to successfully writing an article for a third-party site and for your own website’s optimization with search engines. Submit articles that are 70 ... Read More »

Before the Calusa, Who Was Here?


Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Just about everyone who visits this area is aware of some of the recent native American inhabitants of South Florida. The Calusa indians controlled the waterways from the Florida Keys as far north as Tampa Bay. The Seminole and Miccosukee roamed the inland areas and the Everglades while even more tribes settled other regions of the state. In fact, when Christopher Columbus first came to this part of the world, it is estimated that there were more than 300,000 natives in Florida. Many of these Indian nations did not have a written history, and ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

Matt Browne is raising his
elbows on his backhand service return. Submitted Photos

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one commanded vicious topspin groundstrokes that routinely bounced above one’s shoulders. In my era, there was such a premium on the serve and volley strategy that points were relatively quick. Conversely, in the present game, foes constantly battle from the baseline ... Read More »

Return of the Ringed World

Facing Southeast, 11 PM May 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Now that we stand on the doorstep of May, the days are longer and the nights become cloudier. Usually the clouds are gone after midnight, but that is too late for most casual stargazers; a good compromise is 11 p.m. when the clouds start breaking up. Perhaps you can sneak some stargazing in when you take the dog out for a late evening trip. Saturn returns to the evening sky this month and is well up by 11p.m. Saturn is a magnificent sight in a small telescope; at about 30x to 50x magnification ... Read More »

Marriott to Renovate Rookery Golf Course

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort has two championship  golf courses — The Rookery and Hammock Bay. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery Later this month, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa will begin a six-month, $4 million renovation to its award-winning Rookery Golf Course. The course will close until November. The project announcement comes on the heels of a number of accolades for golf on Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. First, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) — which held its annual meeting at the Marriott — selected Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as its 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for North America. Additionally, ... Read More »

Tour de Marco 4 Draws 180 Riders

The serious bicyclists lined up at 8 AM to begin their 30-mile route. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Scott H. Shook Riders in Tour de Marco 4 were treated to Chamber of Commerce weather as they traversed the island on 30-, 15- and 5-mile routes. Tour director Jeanette O’donnell reported that 180 riders participated in this year’s tour that benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s child care program. Riders also were encouraged to donate used bikes to Bikes for Tykes, which takes the donated bikes, rebuilds them and gives them to underprivileged children in Collier County. O’donnell donated six bikes to the cause. Bob Phelan, an event volunteer, said another goal of the ride is to show ... Read More »

May I have a word with you?


By Carol Glassman I have a problem with love. Not being loved or giving love, but with the word being overused insincerely a great deal of the time. It bothers me when an acquaintance or even a good friend ends a phone call with “Love ya.” I want to stop them dead in their tracks and question, “Why?” Don’t take that the wrong way. I am sure there are specific people who find me likable and even lovable, but I just don’t think a run-of-the-mill call to someone to give them an inconsequential piece of information demands such an effusive ... Read More »



Donna Fiala There are always good things to mention in this column. Recently, I went to Tallahassee to represent Collier County at the Florida Association of Counties Legislation Week. I am on the board of directors for the FAC. While there, I called on a number of our local legislators to tell them of our county’s concerns and priorities. One of the items especially important to Marco Island is the beach and continued renourishment dollars. The county’s Coastal Management Director, Gary McAlpin, had requested state dollars to help with funding needed for renourishment. While in Tallahassee I happened to ... Read More »

A Final Salute to Walt Tucker

Walt at Erin’s Isle. FILE PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Walter Francis Tucker (Walt) died of natural causes in his Naples home on a Sunday evening in late March. Walt was 92 years old and will be missed by all who knew him. Walt was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spoke candidly with elementary students about his experiences during the attack on Pearl Harbor after a Veterans Day tribute a few years ago. “I saw the pilot (of a Japanese plane) stick his head out of the cockpit and sort of smile at me, he had on goggles and a leather hat. He came back ... Read More »

Nominate Your Sir Galahad Today

Captain Chris Crossan, right, and Carole Roberts, congratulate  Bid Bakkar as the 2013 Galahad Award Recipient. PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

By Natalie Strom The Third Annual Galahad Award is fast approaching. It is a chance to honor members within the community for their acts of courage, bravery and compassion. Coastal Breeze News and the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation are now accepting nominations for the next Galahad Award recipient. What exactly IS the Galahad Award? Named for Sir Galahad, the most gallant and pure of King Arthur’s knights of the Round Table, Sir Galahad did not shy away from danger; he confronted it head on. He rescued those in trouble and was modest about what he accomplished. The award ... Read More »

Protecting Beach Birds

Least terns lay eggs in sand scrapes right on the beach.  Eggs and young are extremely vulnerable to sun and heat when adult birds are flushed by people, dogs, or vehicles approaching the nest site. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Flor-ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has posted a small por-tion of beach on the south tip of Keewaydin Island and part of an emergent sandbar one mile southeast of Cape Romano to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers. These areas have been posted an-nually since 2001 to protect beach bird nesting season April-August. “Protecting Florida’s wildlife and natural resources is our first priority,” said Rook-ery Bay Reserve Director Gary Lytton. “Taking steps to protect the least tern on Keewaydin Island during its ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces 2014 Summer Calendar

Art by Linda Soderquist. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its schedule of events for the summer 2014. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard (CR951), less than 10 miles from downtown Naples, on the way to Marco Island. From May 1 through Oct. 30, the center is open 9 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday, adding Saturday hours for Nov. 1 through April 30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities. DAILY PROGRAMS ... Read More »

2014 Spirit of Marco Awards Announced

Bruce Graev, Rachel DeHanas, Rosemary Wick and Linda Sandlin are pictured with Wick’s 2014 Spirit of Marco Island Award. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rotary Club of Marco Island has announced the recipients of the 2014 Spirit of Marco Island Award. They are Al Bismonte, Curt and Jacquie Koon, Ed and Kathy Miracco, Allyson Richards and Rosemary Wick. This is the sixth year the Rotary Club of Marco Island’s The Spirit of Marco Island Award has been given to individuals and organizations that are civically involved through their contribution of time, talent and financial support of community causes.   Al Bismonte  Bismonte received his award in front of a large group at the Knights of Columbus monthly social ... Read More »

Dreamlander Tours Making the World a Better Place

Steven spending time with Leonarda and Roberto Uriostegui on a recent trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a mission statement that reads “To build a business that blesses others in hopes that our business will be blessed,” it becomes obvious that Dreamlander Tours of Marco Island is not your ordinary for-profit business. Owners and operators, Steven and Kieu Banks, built this eco-educational tour company with a vision of building a sustainable foundation to be the economic engine to help them change lives all over the world, as well as locally. As Kieu is proud to point out, “We are a small family-owned, philanthropy-based corporation. Our inspiration is not how much money ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Celebrates

Breanna Anderson, Chris Sullivan and Bonnie Zaikov.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An awards ceremony for agents and employees at Re/Max Affinity Plus was held at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Rocky Farhat, co-broker/owner of Affinity Plus joined in the festivities. Honored guests Teri Blanco and Bryan Williamson came from the Re/Max corporate headquarters in Denver, CO, presented the awards. Rocky personally presented the 2013 Realtor of the Year award. “Bill, you’ve received this award twice in five years?” Bill Filbin humbly held up three fingers. “Bill won two times in the last three years.” Bill also won Realtor of the Year for the Marco Island Association ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

Marty and Debbie Roddy. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society presents “Marco Island’s Living Beaches,” a presentation by Debbie and Marty Roddy, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. There is no charge for members; non-members are asked to pay $5. The Roddy’s will provide a virtual tour of Marco Island’s living beaches for interested beach goers. Learn about the critters, plants and formations that make the coastline a vibrant place. You’ll also learn how the Calusa Indians used local natural resources to live. Debbie and Marty are permanent residents of Marco Island and have devoted a majority of ... Read More »

Easter at Marco Presbyterian Church


Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church will hold a 6 p.m. service on April 18 for Good Friday. The message is entitled “No More Nails” and will include the choir. “A Rose, a Seagull and an Empty Grave” is the title of the 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Service on April 20 and will include the handbell and choir. Sunday school and the evening worship service will not be held on Easter. Beginning April 27, Sunday school classes for all ages will meet at 9 a.m. with one worship service at 10:30 a.m. Marco Presbyterian Church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, ... Read More »

And the winner is…

Richard’s mother is blindfolded to pull out the winning entry.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A drawing was held on Friday, April 11 in front of dozens of hopefuls at Harbor Goldsmith. The prize? A green diamond ring valued at $10,000. Richard Alan, owner of Harbor Goldsmith, came up with the idea for the contest earlier this year. His plans included a treasure map and a series of five clues. Each clue was written in limerick form and the answers resulted in five numbers. Over 240 people entered the contest for the valuable ring. Of those entered, 40 had the correct sequence of numbers. The correct entries were put into ... Read More »