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How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

Coleman Hosts Book Presentation

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Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium, from 7-8 PM on January 30, 2016. Coleman’s book, a local bestseller, chronicles the transformation of Marco Island from an alligator-infested swamp to one of America’s top travel destinations. His presentation, “Secrets Shared: The Epic Struggle to Build Marco Island,” occurs exactly 51 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. His talk begins at 7 PM. Book signing follows. Admission is free. From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Dillman’s Mid-Winter Arts Festival

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today that Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat will hold one of its vastly renowned Festival of Arts at the Center on January 31, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. The festival will be free to attend and is open to the public. It will feature complimentary artist demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Dillman’s has offered art workshop retreats and creative art workshops for 39 years. Its programs have included more than 10,000 artists at its headquarters in Wisconsin and exotic ports of call. The Marco program will feature artists David R. Becker, ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island

Calusa Garden Club centerpieces for the American Cancer Society Annual Fashion Show.

Submitted It is going to be a very busy February for Calusa Garden Club members. The Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 AM, starting with a workshop for its members. They meet at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive. For February 8th at 11 AM, the topic for the floral workshop will be “Elements of Design” presented by Lindy Kowalczyk. Members come prepared with their containers, soaked oasis, foliage and flowers, ready to be creative and inspired. At 1:15 PM, club members Connie Lowery and Jackie Purvis will continue ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Rear Commodore Carol Bryant with friends, Karen and Ed Booth, past commodore. The Booths talked Bryant into joining the club.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Cruise Club rode the waves when it celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary on January 14 at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Change of Watch highlighted the evening. Members of the Bridge include new Commodore Tom Dines, outgoing Commodore Neil Blaaboer, Vice Commodore Lynn Stiles, Rear Commodore Carol Bryant, Treasurer Betty Thatcher and Secretary Palma Klein. Past Commodore Bill Berry recalled his days as just the second commodore of the club. The first commodore was the late Harry Shook. “In those days it was a small group of around ten boats,” he recalled. “Boats then ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

Boone, Porter, Penn and Odie PHOTO BY MARY KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” In 19 days I made no less than 19 trips to the grocery store. I washed bedding and towels in quantities that would rival Motel 6. I baked cookies, made pies, fried fish and tossed salads. I wiped milk off ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

SUBMITTED PHOTOS. Watercolors by Donald Sunshine will be on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. The Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of ... Read More »

Two-Bedroom, One-Bath Condos… A Great Option!

A view of one of the Seabreeze  condo buildings near the pool. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week there were only six two-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condos for sale on the island, compared to 38 two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos. These two-bedroom, one-bathroom condos built around 1970 are on the market with an average list price of $179,000 and 751 square feet. For comparison, two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos on the market average $318,000 with 1,045 square feet, and were built during the 1980s. These two-bedroom one-bathroom condos can be found at Seabreeze, Seabreeze South, Seabreeze West, Southwinds, Aquarius and other inland condominiums. The Seabreeze at 240 North Collier Boulevard is a ... Read More »

The China Syndrome: The Week That Was

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” ~ Thomas A. Edison Question: Could you explain what happened to the stock market during the first week of 2016? Answer: That’s a tall order, but here’s my best shot at describing a few of the market moving events that took place during that first week. For starters, China took center stage, overshadowing everything else. To borrow from the 1960s BBC political satire show featuring David Frost, “that was the week that was.” For anyone associated with financial markets in ... Read More »

Third Shot Opportunity

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my upcoming and ongoing articles related to pickleball, I will be covering many aspects of the fundamentals and strategies of this great game. As an instructor, most of the players I deal with at the Racquet Center are at a beginner to intermediate level of play, and my articles will be directed at this level of player’s abilities. Today, I am going to address a basic required strategy, which is vital to becoming a better pickleball player. However, execution of the shot itself does require some advanced level skills, and more importantly, a lot of ... Read More »

New Cancer Statistics Web Site

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ACS Cares Submitted In its efforts to promote cancer education, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched a new web tool that makes it easy to find and share cancer statistics (CancerStatisticsCenter.cancer.org). The ACS Cancer Statistics Center uses data collected from ACS, along with other significant data gathered from a variety of sources. The information has been organized and is now available through the new website. ACS made sure that the information is clear and easy to read. Readers will be able to view breakdowns of cancer rates and survival rates by state and cancer type. The new website is ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Guests had a chance to meet Dr. Telhami and ask questions.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday evening, January 10, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its first program of this year’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series with Middle East expert Shibley Telhami. With the constant news of ISIS, terrorism and violence in the Middle East, this topic was well received by the hundred or so guests attending. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. Being an Arab, yet born and raised in Israel, gives Dr. Telhami a unique perspective of Middle East politics. Dr. Telhami is also well ... Read More »

Lunch With the Chief

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its next “Lunch with the Chief” on Thursday, January 28 at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. Lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. Joining Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, foundation President Curt Koon, Marco Island Police Officers and foundation members and guests, will be guest speaker Lieu- tenant Colonel Tom Di Tomasso, who will speak about how to protect yourself from terrorism. Lt. Colonel Di Tomasso served in the Army for twenty years, earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart as a Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Summary

By Dick Shanahan MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January-December 2015 activity to the same time frame for 2014. For all property types, volume sold listings calendar year 2014 was $677,384,744, compared to $765,914,381 in 2015, a 13.06% increase. Median sale price comparison year-to-year was up 8.04%, from $435,000 to $470,000 for all property types, according to President Dick Shanahan. • The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in 2015 compared to 2014 rose slightly by 2.24% (1,820 v. 1,780). New listings for ... Read More »

Parker Installed as Chamber President

Leadership Marco students graduated on January 17 at Hideaway.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Hideaway Beach Club was again the beautiful setting for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Installation of the 2016 Board of Directors and Graduation of Leadership Marco Class of 2015 on January 17. Executive Director Sandi Riedemann welcomed guests, and along with 2015 President Dick Shanahan, graduated an enthusiastic Leadership Marco class. Calling themselves graduates are: Lynn Alexander, Marisa Cleveland, Patrick Corkhill, Catherine McConville, Elizabeth Novakovich, Tracey Petricca, Steven Purcell, Laura Schneider, Melissa Scott, Dianna Schearer, Ryan Williams and Rev. Dr. Mark Williams. Leadership Marco Chairpersons Charlette Roman and Lana Withers were recognized for their ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »