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Real Story Behind the TDC Numbers

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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 of the tourist tax dollars during the first half of 2016, but that may be directly related to the ongoing renovations being done at the Marco Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa on the island. Only 20-25% of the ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers – September Hiatus

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) thanks Joanne Tailele for her August 10th presentation on loglines and pitches. MIWI is taking some time off, and there will be no September meeting. MIWI will be back in October with a panel presentation on First Page Critique. In the meanwhile, everyone is invited to visit MIWI postings on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce blog (www.marcoislandchamber.org/blog). In addition to information about the group, each week of the summer a book title written by a member is featured. Check out Marco Island Writers, Inc. on the new Marco Island, Fl app, sponsored by ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this book. Aimee is a 29-year-old woman who has to attend the funeral and burial of her childhood sweetheart and fiancée James Donato on what should have been their wedding day. We are introduced to her while she is sobbing her ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The secret often lies with a realistic understanding of our skill level in each category of performance, which in turn results in avoiding an increase in mental pressure. Most golfers suffer from the curse of unrealistic expectations. This brings me to ... Read More »

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28. Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four ... Read More »

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of
Daring Pioneer Women
by Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain,
September 6. 2016, 208 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
Collier County Public Library: No

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This little nugget is a delightful find and carries quite a punch for a small book. The stories of 12 fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school. The author purposefully chose 12 women of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, to illustrate the diversity of the American West. Contrary to what our history textbooks and the Hollywood movies claim, white males were not even half the true story of the West much less the whole story. Monson wants to help correct that distortion. She hopes ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and we are all wearing long-sleeve Columbia brand breathable fishing clothing. Submitted Photo

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay Hydrated  Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you ... Read More »

Everybody’s Fool

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BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Guest Reviewer Everybody’s Fool By Richard Russo Knopf Publishers, May 2016 Available at the Collier County Library Available as Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Nook and Audio book I have just had the pleasure, and a pleasure it was, of reading Richard Russo’s newest book, “Everybody’s Fool.” Some might say it has no plot but it actually does, though I will admit it is rather a subtle one, and you might not really be aware of it until the end when you realize that all the individual stories running through the book have come to a conclusion of some sort, ... Read More »

Whoa, the Dreaded Words

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry As summer progresses, some of your children temporarily unoccupied by arts and crafts camps, drama experiences, nature field trips, organized sports, theme parks or other engaging experiences, may have uttered those dreaded words. “I’m bored.” If you haven’t experienced this declaration from your child or grandchild, you’re exceedingly lucky. I’ll tell you, it pains the heart. Here you are trying to find stimulation for your child(ren) beyond insipid TV and violent video games by researching the local and nearby activities, cross-referencing budgets, timing of events, carpooling options, supervision, whether friends will also ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

Capt. John from Captain Rapps Charters with a nice slot size redfish. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com In the Ten Thousand Islands in July, two things can be predicted with some accuracy – the weather, and the fishing patterns. Plan to start your fishing and boating early in the morning due to the midday heat and thunderstorms. The fish will tend to bite better during the cooler morning periods, and again in the early evening after the storms rip though and cool things off a bit. At this time of year, the daytime air temperatures reach the 90s, bringing the water temperature up to the mid 80s. The new moon falls ... Read More »

New Voter Cards Mailed

In June the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office started mailing new voter information cards to all registered voters in Collier County. These cards will reflect changes in voters’ senate district wherein districts 23 and 39 have been combined into senate district 28; affecting all of Collier County. Voters are reminded to carefully review their voter information including their name, address and party affiliation. If voters need to make updates to their voter information, they can call (239)252-VOTE or complete and return the voter information update form included in the mailing. Florida is a Closed Primary State and during the ... Read More »

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away
By David Bell
New American Library –
June 21, 2016 - 432 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
4.0/5.0 stars

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Bell is an accomplished storyteller who is equally adept at both character development and plot advancement. I first read his “Someone I Used To Know” last year and was riveted by the nuances of his characters’ personalities. The same is true of “Since She Went Away.” I was invested in these characters by the end of chapter one and put the book down only once. This is basically the story of RN Jenna Barton, a single mom, and her teenaged son Jared, detailing how their quiet lives in tiny Hawks Mill, Kentucky were up heaved by ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

New Owl Book on Bullying

Dr. Dolores Burton. Submitted Photo

Submitted  On Thursday, June 16th from 3-4 PM, Dr. Dolores Burton will read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library. The book is illustrated by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Current statistics show nearly one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. After seeing the results of bullying in schools during her career as a teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Dolores Burton decided to do something about it. “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” is a delightful story of Manny, ... Read More »

A Carefully Constructed Village

“The Neighborhood Gang,” circa 1992 Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill holes in their lives with pieces of you.”  – Bonnie Arbon In 1996 a book was published by none-other-than, Democratic presidential hopeful, Hilary Clinton. The title of the book is “It takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” The phrase, “it takes a village,” is thought to be an African proverb, built on the premise that raising a child is a collective effort that extends beyond the mother and father ... Read More »

Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Charlie Mike:  A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home By Joe Klein Simon & Schuster, October 2015 – 320 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes “Charlie Mike” is not the name of any person, but military shorthand for “continue the mission.” This is the story of some veterans from America’s 21st century wars and their reorientation to civilian life. Navy veteran Eric Greitens was the initial driving force behind the organization that grew to be named “The Mission Continues.” His life had been filled with a desire to achieve excellence in ... Read More »

Reading is Elementary

Photos by Janice Baptiste
From left: Martin Gillieson, Ray McChesney and Gayle Thawley have a little fun before giving away over 600 books to elementary school students.

By Roger LaLonde When Manatee Elementary School students jammed the media center it wasn’t for lunch. They were hungry to read. Some 750 students came in waves, by grades actually, to select a book that they will keep. The Marco Island Kiwanis Club volunteers made sure they signed their books to give them a feeling of ownership. Kiwanians have been providing books for Tommie Barfield and Manatee Elementary schools for 16 years. The originator was the Marco Island Pilot Club. Like Kiwanis, it was an organization that concentrated on children and families, said Diana Pagach, Kiwanis Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) ... Read More »

The Best Grilled Pompano You’ll Ever Have

A good day’s catch of pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing along our local beaches, you will have opportunity to catch some quality Pompano, and once you have your catch, you’ll want to make the most of it by turning it into something delicious. There are few feelings as satisfying as catching dinner, and we have a recipe that will allow you to make some of the best grilled pompano you’ve ever had! This easy recipe starts out with simple ingredients, and those you can typically find at your local grocery store. The ingredients are: 2 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of fresh lime ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party Opens Doors to All

From left: Marco Island Academy student, Kayla Kladis as the Red Queen, and Lely students
Katharine Spina as the Cheshire Cat and Bailey Dunstan as Alice. Photos By Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park Community Room was transformed. There were umbrellas on the ceiling, teapots scattered across the room and clocks everywhere. A long table stood in the middle with mismatched plates and flowers. It was a tea party fit for the Mad Hatter of “Alice in Wonderland.” Picture stills from the most recent film adaptation of the children’s book were posted onto the wall and characters walked around, offering their assistance to newcomers. For the seventh year in a row, Mackle Park hosted its annual Mad Hatter Mother/Daughter Tea Party event. This was the first year ... Read More »

Lilac Girls

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Eliot This is the story of a little known chapter in the European theater of the Second World War, the “Ravensbruck Rabbits.” The story is told in first person via three main characters: Caroline Ferriday, wealthy American socialite; Kasia, young Polish woman; and Herta, a young German woman just starting her medical career. The chapters alternate among the three women. Caroline is a hardworking philanthropist, carrying on a long family tradition of working for social justice and taking charitable ... Read More »