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Exploring Western Canada

Stunning scenery in Western Canada. Photos by Dave Pattison

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

Photo by Cathy McConville
From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »

Mystery Resident Posts Road Signs: Marco Island Not Amused

Photo by Steve Morgan
One of the signs posted on September 14 stands forlornly in the Gulf waters, which are slowly taking over Goodland Road.

By Barry Gwinn At about 3 PM on September 14, about a dozen signs were posted along Goodland Road between San Marco Road and Angler Drive. No witnesses have come forward. The signs, tongue in cheek, and also apparently unpermitted, purported to give credit for the poor condition of the road to the City of Marco Island (CMI), which has ... Read More »

First Page Critique at October Writer’s Meeting


Submitted After our September hiatus, Marco Island Writers, Inc. is back on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, resuming its regular second Wednesday of the month schedule. The agenda is a panel presentation on First Page Critique. Members have submitted the first page of a current work for anonymous review by a panel of peers. At this meeting, the panel will read ... Read More »

Research is Cautiously Hopeful

In 2016 there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s
in Florida.

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway In my experience, most of us know someone with dementia, either a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. So, it is not surprising to learn that in Florida there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2016, just one of the many dementia diseases, but the most common. That figure will rise to 720,000 by ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing In October


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps October can prove to be one of the favorite months of year for many 10,000 Islands fishing enthusiasts. Although still a hot summer month, you can expect to see the regular rainstorms begin to taper off as the season begins to change. The daytime temperatures will average in the 87 degree range while the water ... Read More »

Lab Created Diamonds and Wrist Tops


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Call them what you will, manmade diamonds, created diamonds or even lab created, many of you reading this probably never even heard of such things, especially consumers who have not been in the market to buy diamonds in the last decade or so. Oh, I still get an occasional geriatric couple who have not been involved ... Read More »

One Bedroom Beachfront Condos

Admiralty house Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Recently 13 one-bedroom beachfront condos were for sale, ranging in price from $289,000 to $489,900, at five condo buildings. These condos are located at the north and south ends of the beach in Sunset House North, Emerald Beach, Tradewinds, Admiralty House and Apollo. They range in size from 504 to 750 square feet. ... Read More »

Let’s Get Fiscal


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is much better policy to prophesy after the event has taken place.”  ~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Question: What is the difference between fiscal and monetary policy? Can you also explain the role of central banks, especially during these interesting economic times? Answer: Central banks exist to oversee ... Read More »

Is That a Llama? Working in Grand Teton National Park

NPS File Photo

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Editors Note:  Please see other great articles on our national parks in our special edition. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I wanted to see our beautiful country so I headed off from the East Coast towards California with two friends. I remember thinking how HUGE and diverse it was, with pockets ... Read More »

Skill Development, Part II: Solid Contact

Photo 2: The four-quadrant drill.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott In the last issue of Coastal Breeze News, my column Skill Development Part I gave readers an overview of why developing skills should be the main focus of a golfer’s plan to improve. Working on skills, and discovering certain techniques that help accomplish each skill, are the overall goals. Many skills were listed in my ... Read More »

Of Major Importance

An interesting note in tennis history is that the U.S. Open is the only major
to have been played on all three surfaces and the only player to win on all three surfaces was Jimmy Connors.

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark Every sport has its season ending championship series or game. In football it’s the Super Bowl, in baseball it’s the World Series, in hockey it’s the Stanley Cup, in soccer it’s the World Cup, etc. But the sport of tennis is somewhat different. Professional tennis is played on a year-round basis and does not have ... Read More »

Growth in East Naples Leads to Growth at Physicians Regional

Physicians Regional-East Naples groundbreaking. Submitted Photos

To Your Health Scott Lowe  The topic of “growth” seems to be all over the local news lately. In her most recent column in Coastal Breeze News, County Commissioner Donna Fiala provided additional detail on the large number of projects in the works and/or underway in East Naples. In short, we’re booming. As the Market CEO for Physicians Regional Healthcare ... Read More »

Real Story Behind the TDC Numbers

Completion of the JW Marriott project expected to boost slight drop in tourist tax dollars.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The impact that Marco Island has on the tourist tax income levels within Collier County was on full display earlier this week when Jack Wert, the executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau shared a memo from personnel at the Research Data Services Group. Much discussion was spent on the reduction ... Read More »

Coffee With the Chiefs


Submitted Marco Island’s Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy have extended an invitation to all Marco Island residents to participate in “Coffee with the Chiefs” at Starbucks on September 30 and October 27 from 7:30-9:30 AM. Starbucks is located at 1080 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Chiefs Schettino and Murphy believe that keeping the lines of communication ... Read More »