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The Wright Brothers

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory Shrinks

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com This week there are 269 condos for sale on Marco Island, down 28% from this time one year ago. During the last 12 months 581 condos sold on the island resulting in an overall sales rate of 48 condos per month. If this rate of sales continues with no new inventory coming on the market the island has less than 6 months of condo inventory for sale, which is generally considered a seller’s market. However, a closer look shows that each condo price segment has a different characteristic. For instance, there are 140 ... Read More »

Graze Your Way Around the World

The Greece marketplace booth featured gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, saganaki, Greek wines and a Tzatziki martini.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Before settling in for the heat and humidity of summer in Florida, think about planning an activity for the more temperate weather of fall. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando will take place September 25-November 16, 2015. Featuring foods from around the world, this year will be the 20th for this annual event. If you have never been to Epcot or are an Epcot fan and don’t have an opportunity to frequent a lot of ethnic restaurants, you might want to plan a visit. With the exception of Columbus Day weekend, this is a ... Read More »

Summerfest at Mackle Park

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Once again, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will hold Summerfest a fun filled evening open to all Collier County students and their families! The Hot Summer Nights themed event will be on July 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The evening is a FREE event held in a SAFE place! Plenty of fun for all ages is planned with music, karaoke, Wii games, a movie station, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall. Enjoy snow cones, popcorn and MORE! For more information call Mackle Park at 239-642-0575.   Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Curcuma: Tropical Flower or Medical Miracle

Curcuma alismatifolia 9Dwarf chaingmai pink

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Curcuma although tropical in origins, mostly from (Southeast Asia, India and Malaysia, does not like to be in sun all day. A filtered morning or afternoon sun is best, like most plants in southwest Florida the summer sun is deadly. The plants in the curcuma family are often called gingers but are really Zingiber and the Curcuma longa species is solely used for the harvest of the spice turmeric. The rhizomes are ground into a dried power which is turmeric. Not only is this one of the most tropical oriental looking flowers I have ever seen ... Read More »

Coaches Must Ditch Tradition Right Away

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Jumping groundstrokes, back leg moving through the air, say it isn’t so, right?  Perhaps I’m a tad liberal, but I absolutely encourage talented tennis players to buck the odds and ‘go for broke. It’s my line of reasoning that the great game of tennis never really appealed to the masses from the first exposure to the game to about 1975 because of the conservative coaching methods. In particular, I firmly believe that coaches stifled the then new players with either the Continental or Eastern grips; as it was not comfortable for many beginners. Whereas in ... Read More »

Keep an Eye on the Moon

Photo taken through a ten inch f/5 telescope at 96x  on June 26th when it was just past 1st Quarter. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We usually ignore the Moon in this column, but in many ways it is the most interesting object in the sky. It is the only celestial object whose surface can be examined in detail from your back yard for example. Although the Moon appears blindingly bright to dark adapted eyes, in reality it reflects hardly more light than old asphalt does. Intuitively one would think the Full Moon would be the best time to observe surface features, but this is quite wrong. Compared to Earth the Moon is a relatively colorless world; its ... Read More »

150 Pound Tarpon Caught In The Marco River

Matt Stark, left, and Captain Ted Naftal display a 150 lb Tarpon  caught in the Marco River. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On June 25, 2015 a trio of guests from Randolph, NJ joined Captain Ted Naftal on board the Miss Nancy II for a day on the waters around Marco Island. Brother and sister Matt and Mattie Stark were joined by their grandfather Jim Grecco, with hopes of catching something good for dinner. Little did they know what was in store for them. Not too far from the Rose Marina basin and working the sand bars and mangrove treelines, Mattie had a catfish for bait on her line. Using 40 lb test line, she felt a ... Read More »

Slowing it Down

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The bad news is, time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler Mondays are not my best day. Work seems to multiply and time accelerates on Mondays. I sit at my desk at 8:00AM and the next time I look up it’s always 2:30 and I wonder how I missed lunch and why there’s still so much work to do. I know I’m not alone. Everyone is catching up on Mondays. Phone calls pile up, the mail explodes, and anything that can break down will break down over the weekend, ... Read More »

Naomi’s Training Table

Team Meow Power in front of a quilt of mascot, Mr. Kitt. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: On Sunday, October 4, the island will be aswarm with spandex-clad athletes competing in the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon. As supervisor here at For the Love of Cats, I have thrown our whiskers into the ring with my team “Meow Power”. The three-discipline event is comprised of a quarter-mile open-water swim in the toasty waters of the Gulf, a 15-mile bike ride through the island’s few hills and fewer dales, and a 3.1-mile run on the steaming hot white-sand beach. Survivors are awarded medals. I ... Read More »

Core Metrics for Better Health

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System It can be difficult to understand all the new healthcare metrics that sometimes add confusion, not clarity, for patients, families, physicians, health care systems and payers. So it’s important to remember that all those metrics are designed to realize one goal—namely, better outcomes at lower cost, which is the value equation defined as outcome/cost = value. This equation was at the heart of discussions last week in which I participated as a member of the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for Region 4, which extends ... Read More »

Banana Moon Helps the Beat Go On!

Shirley Lorene (right) in concert with Kat Epple.

By Steve Gimmestad While you may not have heard OF local Shirley Lorene, there’s a good chance you have HEARD Shirley Lorene before. Banana Moon is the latest CD released by Marco Island resident Shirley Lorene. Shirley has been a commanding voice in the music industry for almost four decades. Banana Moon is the fourth CD Shirley has produced recently and will be a fan favorite for long time followers. It’s also a great introduction to her musical talents for those unfamiliar with her previous works. She has also produced many early records on the nostalgic 45 rpm vinyl. “My ... Read More »

Join the Souper Bowl Paint Party

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Graduates from the Leadership Marco class, an in-depth course put on by the Chamber of Commerce, take their commitment to community seriously. Their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for local students heading off to college. This year, through their efforts, the Chamber was able to award $25,000 to ten local high school students. Although the group holds a series of events throughout the year, two major fundraising events which produce the majority of the scholarship funding. The first is Wet Paint Live, where a number of local artists set out to paint their ... Read More »

101st Sea Turtle Nest

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a record breaking year for sea turtles! Marco Island’s 101st sea turtle nest was found this week. The prior record was set at 93 nests. Mary Nelson, affectionately referred to as The Turtle Lady, patrols the Marco Island beaches as she has done since she saw her first turtle nest hatch in the early 1990s. She begins checking turtle nests at 6:00 AM.   As someone dedicated to her mission, she was quite relieved over the recent holiday the nests were respected, even though there were plenty of Independence Day revelers. A sea turtle ... Read More »

Bill Hughes Wows the Crowd with “Marco in the Making”

Herb Savage (with microphone) leads the crowd in a rousing rendition of “God Bless America”.

By Steve Gimmestad Due to technical difficulties, we now bring you…a song! That was how the evening started out at Rose History Auditorium Tuesday, July 7. The technical glitch was solved but not before Bill Hughes, creator of the film, “Marco in the Making”, entertained the crowd with a short, fun monologue. “That was great,” said Lyzz Tinges, a very pleased audience member. “Bill’s talk alone was worth the price of admission (which was $5 for non-members). And then you get the song. That was over the top!” The song was God Bless America, and the leader was Herb Savage. ... Read More »

Historic Site #1 Naples Pier

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28 page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. Each of the sites listed was given the ‘historic’ designation by County Commissioners. The designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation ... Read More »

Fight 4 Jada

By Coastal Breeze News Staff CJ’s is opening their doors for an evening of fun on August 16th with live entertainment by Johnny Fusco. The event is planned as a cancer treatment fundraiser to benefit Marco Island’s own Jada Shigley who has breast cancer. Jada is well known on Marco for volunteering for numerous community and charity events. She is always giving of her time and superior organizational skills. This event is organized by Deb Shanahan and Marva Sutt, perfect party planners. They have organized live and silent auctions with a variety of great items and price points for everyone’s ... Read More »

Vets Honored with Day at Tigertail Beach

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Submitted Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF), in partnership with Tigertail Beach Paddleboard and Kayaks will host a morning out on the water for Veterans of all ages, offering camaraderie and a safe, fun environment to interact with civilians. Everyone will be meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Tigertail beach on Marco Island, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission is: Enhancing lives by providing boating opportunities and marine related activities for people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk, others with special needs, and Veterans. Tigertail Beach Paddleboard and Kayaks is providing the use of their equipment ... Read More »

Focus on Medium: Lure of the Lens

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By Steve Gimmestad Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy. I was 15 years old when the lens lured me in. It started with my Grandfather, who used to develop his own pics as a youth and translated to my Dad, who built me darkroom complete with all the gear and chemicals. I was hooked for life. An eye-blink later, the chemicals are gone and my darkroom, still in its original condition, has become a storage facility in my Mother’s basement. ... Read More »