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There is Nothing Like the Real Thing!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First and most importantly, Happy New Year to all of our tennis enthusiasts in Southwest Florida and around the world. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and tennis continues to thrive in the area. Recently, I have been doing pro-bono work with a rising junior tennis player from California, and he has a solidly-built foundation. He lacks tournament proficiency, though. His ultimate goal is to play college tennis, and he has the work ethic to pursue his dream. However, the world of tennis has produced thousands of great practice players, but too many ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »

South End Condos are Popular

South Marco condos on the Gulf of Mexico.

Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The South end of Marco Island is a popular location for condos. This quiet residential area is located south of Winterberry Drive, east of South Collier Boulevard and west of Heathwood Drive. Most of the condos are clustered on streets with names like Collier Court, Panama Court, Huron Court, Swallow Avenue and South Collier Boulevard. The South end is popular because it provides a great combination of fishing, boating and easy access to South Beach. Today, there are 50 south end condos for sale ranging in price from $249,000 to $899,000, ... Read More »

Jupiter Returns to the Evening

Looking South, 9 PM, Jan. 23, the vertical line is called the meridian,  an imaginary line passing through both poles and the zenith. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After a vacancy of some months, we finally have a bright planet available for viewing this evening, two actually, but Venus has set by the 9 PM chart time. Looking east at that time you can’t miss Jupiter. It’s the brightest thing in the sky. Tonight, four of its satellites are visible in binoculars. Between 10-11 PM, Callisto and Io appear so close together that they be difficult to split apart in your binoculars. The moons move fast though so this state of affairs will not last very long. A tripod will greatly ... Read More »

Dick Shanahan: 2015 Chamber President

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By Don Manley It would be hard to top the community involvement of Dick Shanahan. The long-time Marco resident has been part of virtually every civic and fraternal organization to be found on the island, often serving as president — in some cases, multiple times. However, the presidency of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce had been one job he has not held, at least until now. Shanahan will be sworn in as the organization’s president for 2015 at its annual installation dinner, set for Jan. 18 at the Hideaway Country Club. “My goals are to continue the growth pattern ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year to all and my wishes for a great year filled with joy, happiness, good health and lots of fun! And speaking of fun, the Smallwood Music Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the old Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City from 11 AM until dark. General admission is $10 (bring your own chair) or $40 for special seating. All proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood Store, a 501(c)3 charity. Among the spectacular array of South Florida musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser are Wholetones, Raiford ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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By Pat Newman It’s Jan. 9, 2015, and the memories of a heart-warming Christmas still linger…the smell of evergreens, sparkling lights, Baby Jesus in the manger, bourbon-infused eggnog, and the of warm hugs of my children home for the holidays. Yes, it’s all here and more, including my two adult children. Unfortunately, the third child couldn’t make it home for our cozy reunion as she is in South Korea. I never knew two young men could kill so much time fishing and watching back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development on DVD. Then, there are always informational pod casts and texting to ... Read More »

2015 Arbor Day Ceremony

TBE Singers: ‘The root is connected to the stem; the stem is connected to the leaves; the leaves make the plant its food through PHO-TO-SYN-THE-SIS!’ (2014 file photo).

Submitted All members of the community are invited to attend the 2015 Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to be held at 10 AM on Friday, Jan. 16, at Mackle Park near the parking lot entrance. The ceremony will include singing performances by 130 Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grade students, musical performances by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and a display of Arbor Day posters created by TBE artists. The Tree Blessing will be done by Rev. Kyle Bennett of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and guest speakers will include City Manager Roger Hernstadt and City Council Chairman Larry Sacher. ... Read More »

Be A Star Gazer

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The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park is sponsoring three upcoming star gazing events. Visitors will be viewing the night skies with The Everglades Astronomical Society. There will be an interpretive presentation followed by constellation tours using telescopes to view stars, galaxies, planets and nebulae. The first will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 PM; the second on Saturday, March 14, at 7 PM; and Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 PM. The star gazing parties can only be held if the weather permits, and make sure to bring your chairs and insect repellant. Regular park entrance fees — $5 per ... Read More »

Coming to Isles of Capri

Celebrated ornithologist, Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be visiting the Isles of Capri Community Center at 338 Capri Blvd., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2-3:30 PM. He will be sharing his work on the efforts to rescue the whooping crane — North America’s largest bird — from the edge of extinction. All are invited to come hear the presentation meet with Archibald. Read More »

Havana to Tehran: When Does it End?

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Having traveled around the world for many years and negotiated many deals with various customers, distributors and some governmental organizations, I may claim to know something about what negotiations are all about. Negotiations are never “all or nothing.” There does not have to be one winner and one loser. While the goal of any negotiation is most certainly getting what you want, the fact is that the best deals are always a result of “give and take.” There is a definite technique involved in negotiations, and this is not a God-given talent or a result ... Read More »

Legal Services Sought

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council may be in the market for new legal services. After months of concern about the fees and quality of service being provided by GrayRobinson, P.A., city councilors voted 6-1 during a special workshop on Monday, Jan. 5, to open up the competition for city attorney. Councilor Larry Honig voted against the measure. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, councilors wanted to try to iron out the major issues it has had with principles of GrayRobinson and to see if the working relationship could move forward. Second, councilors also ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida’s History

Second Place: Pete Sottong’s acrylic on hand-carved wood block relief depicts oyster, clam and lightening whelk shells. They were among the bivalves and other marine life whose shells were used in the mounds constructed by the Calusa Indians, Marco’s Island’s original inhabitants.

By Don Manley Southwest Florida’s days as a frontier outpost is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Marco Island History Museum. Entitled “Painting SW Florida History,” the show depicts life in Collier County from the late 1800s to the 1920s. The artworks tell the stories of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family in 1902; W.T. Collier, who settled on Marco in 1870; and Barron Gift Collier, who bought large tracts of Lee County in the early 1920s. At the opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the winners of the show’s juried portion ... Read More »

Nature Calls at 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Call it Nature-palooza 2015. Next weekend — Jan. 16-18 — Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will join forces to host the 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival. In its 11th year, the three-day event is packed with some 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hotspots around Southwest Florida, as well as a number of lectures and workshops at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 16, with buy-one-get-one free $5 admission to Rookery Bay, along with ... Read More »

Susan Ackerson Takes Helm at MIAAOR

Susan Ackerson is serving a second time as president of the MIAAOR. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Susan Ackerson is stepping back into a familiar role as the president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2015. However, the picture for real estate is much brighter as compared to her tenure in 2010, when a recession, foreclosures, short sales and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico sent home prices plummeting. “I think this is going to be a fantastic year for real estate sales,” said Ackerson. “I have never seen so many people here as I do now. All segments of the market, condominiums, houses, lots and new construction, ... Read More »

Flea Market on Stage

Rockerfeller’s Attic was recon and research for Betsy Bennett.

Submitted “FleaBitten — Good Buys Gone Bad,” the one-act musical comedy playing at The Rose History Auditorium next weekend, is not just a figment of someone’s imagination. As research, co-author Betsy Bennett, took a double-wide stall at Flamingo Island in Bonita Springs and called it Rockefeller’s Attic. It offered stuff that had accumulated in her and her partner’s garages, in their parents’ storage facilities, “and, well, anything we could find that could be dusted off,” she recalls. But, selling the goods wasn’t the real reason for Rockefeller’s Attic; it was the flea market vendors who surrounded it, and the script ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

Ladies of Marco Island, This is for You!

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Submitted That’s right, ladies. This is definitely for you! A sparkling new exercise program with lots of pizzazz is coming to Mackle Park just in time for season. This new program, Jukebox by Joanie, goes something like this. Low impact and fun! No jumping, just simple but sassy dance moves choreographed by Joanie Fuller, the creator and instructor. Joanie promises you a fun-filled 60 minutes of dance moves along with a little conditioning, balance and standing core work, and the best part id you will love the music! You won’t realize you are exercising; you will just be having a ... Read More »

Everglades City Gearing Up for Busy Season

Music and dancing at the main stage during the Everglades City Seafood Festival.

By Pat Newman Everglades City kicks off the New Year with a smorgasbord of events starting Friday, Jan., 9 with the showing of “Everglades Odyssey,” a self-filmed documentary of the 10,000 Islands between 1957 and 1960. The film features extraordinary scenery captured by Barbara Home Stewart, a photojournalist, and her husband, Orin Good Fogle, a naturalist, during their 30-month sojourn. The couple gave up all the creature comforts to camp out in a 12×14-foot hut with no electricity or running water to fulfill their dream of exploring the Everglades. They covered 3,500 miles in a 17-foot canoe over the course ... Read More »