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Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

An Interesting Islander

Al Landers is known for bringing many restaurants and cuisines to the island, including deli.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com A few months ago I did a story on Reno Landers, the part-time Marco Island resident who miraculously survived a skydiving accident. Recently I met up with his father Al Landers, to talk about Reno, as well as Al’s longtime role on Marco. Al has been here for over 30 years and is responsible for many of the restaurants us islanders consider staples. Al’s an interesting guy with a ton of experience. He’s been to culinary school, is good friends with Chef Bobby Flay and even spent some time in South America with the band Queen. ... Read More »

Better to Own a Safe Than Sorry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s a fact: there have been a rash of burglaries on our safe and secure island paradise. Barely a couple of weeks go by where I face a sobbing and distraught customer describing to me what was lost due to a break-in or a “misplacement” of valuable jewelry. Try and guess how many of these unfortunate souls are looking for appraisals on the lost articles? “It was a diamond ring that kind of look like this (crude drawing) and I think it was yellow gold, I’m not quite sure of the diamond size or what ... Read More »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

The Noes Arrive in Goodland

Noe and Pettus houses, street side – 1965

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net After the war, Walker Noe used his G.I. Bill to get a B.A. in English Literature from Center College in Danville, Kentucky (1948). Walker claims he never bought a book while there, but paid close attention and took good notes in class. He and his wife were housed in prefab housing for vets and were paid $110 per month. “That was more than enough to get by on,” Walker said. After college Walker taught high school, managed large farm operations, and finally moved back to Stanford where he opened a real estate and insurance ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in December

Lou Clementi with a nice snook on a Capt. Rapps charter. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com December in the 10,000 Islands is a time of change, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a time for great fishing! The change of season just means the fish are on the move into different areas. It’s in December that we’ll start seeing our first real cold fronts, and the water temperatures in the Gulf will begin dropping. Looking at the moon phase, tides and solunar bite times for December, I like what I see for best bet days on the 11th-15th and the 24th-28th. The new moon and full moon low tides ... Read More »

Five Reasons Fishing Trips Make Family Memories

Three generations: Todd, Sandy and Charlie Mintz.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing trips are great for people of any age, but they really bring quite a few distinct benefits to families. With today’s high tech world, taking the kids on a boat trip is one way to leave them with an experience ripe with lasting impressions, as everyone gets to spend some quality time together. Memories aren’t made in front of a screen, memories are made in front of one another, and taking a trip out on the boat is a great way to make it happen. Five reasons why fishing trips make the best ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Dockside Deli

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By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors

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By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

At the Calusa Island Marina, a 25,000 pound forklift approaches launching area. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always been high on my list since I had my own wooden rowboat at age 12. I began my seafaring days in 1950. In 1950, the Marina was just a part of a largely undeveloped area on the southeastern end of ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

Community Steps Up to Assist Injured Musician Merrill

The bar area was jammed  for much of the day at the Little Bar, with revelers and music lovers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Goodland community and friends from near and far turned out in large numbers during the day-long Merrill Fest benefit held at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant. Goodland musician Merrill Allen, who has entertained at the Little Bar since 1993, sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in a September 7 propane explosion on his boat, which was docked at the Old Barge Marina in Goodland. Allen returned home recently after being treated at Tampa General Hospital Regional Burn Center. But he still faces a long road in recovering from his injuries. Merrill Fest was the ... Read More »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Twelve condo buildings or complexes on Marco Island each have more than 200 apartments. These are the Admiralty, Tradewinds, Shipps Landing, the four South Seas Towers, Stevens Landing, Gulfview, Riverside, South Seas East and Anglers Cove. These dozen account for more than 25% of all the condo apartments on Marco Island. This week there are 59 condos for sale in this group, which is only 2% of the 2,826 condos in these complexes. They make up 23% of all the condos for sale, so they are quite representative of the Marco Island condo market ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet took place  on Saturday, September 26. PHOTOS BY ERIN PERCHALSKI

Submitted Everglades City celebrated the blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet on Saturday, September 26. The event was hosted on the grounds of the Rod & Gun Club and included music, a bake sale, local arts & crafts and a frog jumping contest. Many children from the community enjoyed the festivities. Local correspondent, Amelia Perchalski, reports that “at the blessing of the fleet they had a frog race and they had flower girls that put flowers out on the docks. I was one of them. The frog race you had to pick a frog and make it jump to ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »