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New Year’s Resolutions in August?

Basic “Summer Fun Health Care Tips” apply. Keep hydrated, use skin and lip protection,  sunglasses for eye protection and don’t overdo the your time in the sun... FILE PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Few would argue that certain times of the year usher in a renewed focus on health and physical fitness. Each Jan. 1, the “new year” leads to countless New Year’s Resolutions — whether we adhere to them or not. Exercise, eat healthier, etc. Though Southwest Florida enjoys a certain amount of “summer” throughout the year, in most northern areas the pools open on Memorial Day weekend. To prepare, countless Americans diet in anticipation of exposing more skin in the months ahead. Plus, the wise ones buy sunscreen in preparation for the “ray ... Read More »

National Parks Big Biz in SW Florida


Submitted A new National Park Service report shows that more than 2.5 million visitors to the national parks in South Florida spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported roughly 2,700 jobs in the region. Locally at Big Cypress National Preserve, the impact encompassed just over 1 million visitors, spending an estimated $76 million in Southwest Florida communities and creating approximately 997 jobs. Combined 2013 report figures include those for Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress. The total for the four parks is up slightly from the previous year, while visitor ... Read More »

How Can My Opponent Be the Umpire?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Unless you are playing in a Grand Slam tennis tournament or a Master Series pro event, your opponent will be calling the lines in your next USTA or CTA match. Is it possible that your tennis foe has so much power? There is no way to sugarcoat this topic. With no umpires in sight, you have to rely on your opponent to call the ball as honestly as possible. However, tennis players are not the only participants who must deal with this fate. Here is an example of how crazy rules are in the great ... Read More »

A closer look at the Marriott’s $1 Million Offer


By Noelle H. Lowery On June 2, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared another hurdle when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The second reading of the PUD amendment will be held Monday, June 16, at 5:30 PM, during the next regular City Council meeting. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

181 Dresses Collected For PACE


Seminole Casino Immokalee hosted a charity event on Thursday, May 1, to benefit the PACE Center for Girls’ fourth annual “Love That Dress!” shopping spree event. The casino collected 181 new and slightly used dresses during the event. The fourth annual “Love That Dress!” shopping spree event will be held August 23 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, where guests may enjoy cocktails, a silent auction and choose from thousands of new and gently used dresses and accessories available for purchase at low prices. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the PACE Center for Girls in Collier County. Read More »

Soccer BBQ Fundraiser at Mackle Park

Support Marco Island youth soccer and enjoy some of the BEST CHICAGO STYLE BBQ by Herbeque on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am til 3pm at Mackle Park. Herbeque is a favorite at the Marco Island Wednesday Farmers’ Market, with some of the best hickory smoked BBQ in South Florida. Hawaiian Shave Ice and soft drinks will also be available to keep you cool. Supporters can watch live 3v3 soccer competition while enjoying their BBQ at the 1st Annual Marco Island Surge 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Marco Island Soccer Club, a Florida not for profit company dedicated to teaching the ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Donates to the Police Foundation Scholarship Fund

Pictured are Lou Prigge, Keith Dameron, Al Schettino, Barb Prigge, Kurt Coon, Joe Granda, Ed Stenzel and Dick Adams. On hand to share in some heavy lifting, but not able to make the check presentation, were Chief Don Hunter, Bill Morris, Steve Reynolds and Harold Kendall. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Deemed a shredding success, Iberia Bank recently held its 14th Shred Party. “This was our best to date,” said Keith Dameron, manager of Iberia Bank. “Over 6.6 tons were shredded. Over 740 boxes or bags of documents were shredded. We had nearly 200 vehicles come through to drop off documents to be shredded.” The Marco Island Police Foundation helped with the party and received a check for $2,260 for their scholarship fund. “We always donate the proceeds to a worthy cause. The success of the Shred Party is spreading. Our other branch locations have started ... Read More »

New Program Heals Vets and Saves Pets

Collier County Veteran Services and Domestic Animal Services (DAS) are teaming up to support veterans and give shelter pets a second chance with the creation of Operation Welcome Home: Shelter Pets for Vets. The program is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal at no cost. If a successful match is made, the pet will receive the appropriate training and begin its new life serving a deserving U.S. veteran. For more information, call Daniel Christenbury, Public Information Coordinator, at ... Read More »

Winn-Dixie Helps Feed Furry Friends

Winn-Dixie launched the first PAWS “Feed the Love” Community Donation Program to benefit area food banks and non-profit partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in their local communities. Now through Tuesday, April 29, Winn-Dixie customers can purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag of pet food with their Winn-Dixie Reward Card or give a monetary donation of their choice at any store register. Each bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, Winn-Dixie’s own brand of high-quality, nutritious cat and dog food. For every bag purchased, Winn-Dixie customers will receive an additional 5 cents per gallon ... Read More »

Naples Buckeyes Golf Tourney

Please join us for the Naples Buckeyes Golf Tournament to benefit the Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples on May 5, 2014. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Country Club of Naples in Naples, FL. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch buffet, a cocktail reception, dinner and an awards reception following the golf. For more information please visit; or contact Christopher Waleri at 239-513-6500 or Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer pave the way


by Julia Cartwright This year’s Marco Island Academy girl’s soccer season has come to a close. Eight games were played throughout the entire season, all of which were lost, though the Marco girls did not go down without a fight. The girls started practicing in October, and worked hard to be prepared for the season ahead of them. In the years past, MIA has always had a coed soccer team, as there were never enough girls to participate for two separate teams. Having a coed team proved to be a disadvantage for the girls participating. The boys got a lot ... Read More »

Celebrating Life with Martha Gallagher

Martha Gallagher. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Parish Center at the San Marco Catholic Church will be filled with music and more on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00PM. Multi-faceted performer Martha Gallagher shares her one-woman show of songs and stories celebrating the many facets of life, sprinkled with in-the-moment inspirations. The performance will benefit the San Marco Catholic Youth Group. Gallagher, based in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, is a singer of many styles of music from Blues and Jazz to Contemporary Folk to Celtic. Her instrument of choice is not the expected guitar or piano, but is rather unique. It is the ... Read More »

Mountain Pose: Tad asana (tah-dahs-anna)


Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell Mountain pose is a standing pose and starting pose for many other poses commonly practiced in yoga sessions. You are standing strong and tall as the name suggests, unwavering and focused in the present. It represents a strong foundation, and is full of power and meaning when taken and used to stabilize not only your physical body but also your mind and spirit. You may find yourself at first swaying a bit, or slightly moving back and forth. Given time, focus and a few cues, though, you will discover the mountain within, and be ... Read More »

Ride for Joy


Eighty members of the Marco Riders roared down the road for a charity poker run this month to benefit the Joy of Giving. The annual trek started and ended from Porky’s, providing the perfect venue. Father Tim from San Marco Catholic Church was on hand to bless the motorcycles before the ride. This Marco Riders event raised $10,000 for the Joy of Giving, 100% of which goes directly towards purchasing gifts for needy children. Read More »

Questions on Social Security & Divorce


Ask The CFP® Pract itioner Darcie Guerin “The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) Question: I’m divorced, can I claim benefits based on the earnings of my ex-spouse? Answer: There are a number of factors to examine before determining the answer. If your marriage lasted 10 years or more, you are age 62 or older, your ex-spouse is currently entitled to receive Social Security retirement benefits and you have not remarried, then the answer is yes. Divorce often scrambles the retirement nest egg that couples have worked hard to accumulate. When the time comes to ... Read More »

Smallwood Family Suffers House Fire


By Natalie Strom The descendants of one of the most famous settlers of Chokoloskee and Everglades City are in need of assistance. Kenny Smallwood, great-great grandson of pioneering settler Ted Smallwood, and his family lost their home on October 25. Ted Smallwood is known as the man who built the historic Smallwood Store, once a busy trading post for early pioneers and Native Americans. While the historically relevant building still stands as a museum, the direct descendants of Ted sadly lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire that started in the middle of the night. The ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Highway Robbery

By Patricia Huff The title of this article is not my own but came from someone who believes this is what is happening to Mamie Street. On Thursday, October 10, District 5 Commissioner Tim Nance along with County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow; Nick Casalanguida, Administrator of the Growth Management Division; and Richard Grant, Attorney for the Smallwood Store & Museum, met with Chokoloskee neighbors and the public to discuss the settlement agreement whereby Collier County would “vacate” Mamie Street which would then become the private road of Florida-Georgia Grove LLP. Thirty-six people attended the meeting, most of whom voiced their opposition ... Read More »

Businesses & Community Fight Cancer Together


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over, kids are back in school and season is just around the corner. We have had a busy summer at The American Cancer Society and I wanted to update everyone about two recent events that without the support of our local businesses and citizens, would not have been possible. The first was the 4th annual Stick a Fork in Cancer sponsored by WINK News. Local restaurants agree to participate and to donate a portion of one day’s revenue to the American Cancer Society. This year 56 restaurants from ... Read More »

Five Reasons a Trust is Necessary


Ask The CFP® Darcie Guerin   “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” Ben Stein   Question: Why should I consider having a trust document? Answer: Before the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 was approved, trusts were primarily used to minimize tax liabilities. The ATRA made “permanent” the lifetime exclusion for estate, gift, and generation skipping purposes permanent and set the limit at $5.25 million (inflation-adjusted). Since the tax planning aspect is no longer the driving force for trust document planning, here are five reasons why you ... Read More »