Tag Archives: change

Island Country Club Promotes and Hires

By Samantha Husted Island Country Club has seen extensive changes over the past year. The newest change comes in the form of both a promotion and a new hire. Dedicated employee and longtime Southwest Florida resident, Heather Hall, has been promoted to the Director of Membership and Marketing. New hire, Courtney Stevenson of Bonita Springs, has taken on the position ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Cruise Club (MICC) celebrated its 40th anniversary recently with a Commodores Ball. The event was held at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. Members dressed to impress for the symbolical ceremony, which included saying goodbye to the old bridge and welcoming the new. The event also included the time-honored tradition of the Changing ... Read More »

Young Activists Seek to Reinstate Reward Cards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In the January newsletter for Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), Principal Kary Stewart announced that the gold, silver and bronze honor cards that had been awarded to students for academic excellence would be discontinued. The cards rewarded students receiving A’s and B’s with movies tickets and discounts at local restaurants and businesses. The cards have ... Read More »

New Year, New You

By Samantha Husted  As many Americans will attest, 2016 was a strange year. Sure, there were some good times. Remember when Leo finally won his Oscar? Or when the Cubs broke their 100-year curse and won the World Series? Or when Simone Biles dominated gymnastics at the Rio Olympics? But there were also some bad times. Lots of them. Whole ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

It’s a Work in Progress

Ask The CFP®  Practitioner Question: During the holiday break we took the advice offered in your last column and held a holiday huddle to review family finances. Although awkward at first, I think everyone was a bit relieved now that we’ve discussed the “what ifs.” What’s next? Answer: Now it’s “go time!” If you have a plan in place, be sure ... Read More »

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of ... Read More »

It’s a Guy Thing… The Xmas Boat is Leaving the Dock

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This column dedicated is to my gentlemen clientele from all over the world. * This column could be considered offensive to many of those of the kinder and gentler gender. First of all, salutations; A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year celebration to all of you. (I’m not a happy holidays ... Read More »

Pure Florida Partners with St. Matthew’s

Pure Florida’s newest partner is St. Matthew’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the elements of poverty in the community at their base. Pure Florida’s partnership launches a new program to support employees of St. Matthew’s House and graduates of the organization’s Justin’s Place Recovery Program, a long-term program for men and women aimed to combat drug and alcohol abuse. ... Read More »

The Art of Clay on Display

Submitted The December exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts will feature “The Art of Clay,” in its main galleries and the annual “Mini Masters Show” in La Petit Galerie. The Center’s Clay Guild will feature a variety of pottery in its 6th Annual Show from December 5 through December 28, 2016. The remarkable Clay Guild will put ... Read More »

Exciting Changes for Relay For Life

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Many big changes are coming to the Marco Island American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which will take place on April 1, 2017 at Veterans Community Park. In addition to the change of location, the 2017 Marco Island Relay For Life has a new format, and hours reduced to 4-10 PM. The Luminaria Ceremony ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On November 8th Americans went to the polls around the country and participated in what could best be described as a revolution of sorts. Throughout the nation men and women, young and old went to vote that day and sent a message that they would like to see a change in the direction ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

Skill Development Part V: Variables – Lies

All Things Golf Todd Elliott A wise old poet once wrote, “Variety is the spice of life, that which gives it all its flavor.” If it’s variety you’re looking for, come to a golf course for all the flavor you can handle. With the exception of shots off the tee, golf courses are places of nearly limitless variation in terrain, ... Read More »

Tips to Survive?Thanksgiving With Family

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Thanksgiving is here, and the start to the holiday season has officially arrived. While the holidays are a special time to get together with family and share traditions, they are also a time of increased stress for many. Although we may love our family, inevitably when all members are in the same room for an ... Read More »

New Law for Lobster Harvest Aims to Deter Poachers

On October 1st, an amendment to the Florida statute pertaining to lobster harvest went into effect, giving authorities more latitude in prosecutions for those who harvest undersized spiny lobster. The new legislation, SB 1470, sponsored by Rep. Holly Raschein and Sen. Jack Latvala, and championed by many in the Keys, specifies that each undersized spiny lobster found in a violator’s ... Read More »