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Taking “No” for an Answer

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently had a not-so-unusual discussion with a potential customer, regarding the time process for her ring to be totally restored. Now to most of us business folks this is considered high season, and in our goldsmith shop my son and I are straight out with the influx of custom and repair work, resulting in the burning of lots of midnight oil. The volume is kind of like drinking from a fire hose. We take in, on an average day, anywhere from fifty to seventy watches for various reasons, such as battery replacement, straps, adjustments, ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Time to Stop the Foolishness…

Turkish security forces, following the suicide bombing which killed ten tourists.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The world today is a very dangerous place and we must accept the fact that there are people out there who hate us; who would kill us in an instant given the opportunity, and who want our civilization destroyed and our belief systems altered for good. We will not be able to defend ourselves or defeat those who want to harm us unless we recognize and identify them for who they are, and not who we hope they are. We can’t look around, see what is happening and be in denial. The events that shock ... Read More »

Winter in the Big Cypress Swamp

Green heron hides among the mangroves waiting for its next meal.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the harsh winter climate of South Florida! So blustery, so cold that I had to wear long pants twice last January! I don’t know how people can stand it! Actually our climate provides a safe haven for many of our northern visitors to escape the cold and snow. These humans will take advantage of the excellent beach conditions, boating opportunities and great eco-attractions to keep themselves entertained over the next four months. Some will also take the short trip, less than thirty minutes, and learn about the fascinating areas just west of the Everglades. ... Read More »

Avoiding the Traps

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. ~ John Steinbeck   Question: Eager to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’m wondering what separates successful investors from those who obtain mediocre or poor results? Answer: As the John Steinbeck quote above implies, we tend to be our own worst enemies. It’s safe to say that the classic emotional and psychological traps fall into five categories. These pitfalls, left unchecked, can sabotage otherwise sound financial planning. Trap 1: Overconfidence We trust ourselves, and ... Read More »

Where Do Marco Island Condo Buyers Come From?

The Smokehouse Bay Club. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The Marco Island MLS shows 588 condos sold on Marco Island in 2015, representing $315 million in sales. Year after year, more than 550 condos are sold by realtors to people from all over the world. Where do all these condo buyers come from? Interestingly, the majority of condo buyers come from four distinct parts of the country. The Midwest, the Northeast and buyers moving to or already living on Marco Island represent about 25% each. All the rest of the United States represents another 23% and international buyers represent only 2% of ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

MIPD Trains Officers in Active Shooter Situation

Officer Brad Gallagher of the Naples police department instructing the MIPD officers on how to properly work together to
ensure a smooth and safe operation.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was a surreal sight, police officers with guns drawn creeping through the hallways of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The same school that I spent my elementary years and graduated from in 2004. It still looks pretty much the same, maybe a little bit smaller. It definitely smells like it always did. The large, hunkering police officers did not fit. Nor did the guns. The officers were looking for an active shooter. Well, an actor posing as an active shooter. And the guns, they were the real deal, except that they were modified. Instead of bullets ... Read More »

A Thankful Year in Review

It was a banner year for  baby dolphin births in our area; Mom Giza shows off her newborn, Freedom. Giza also became a
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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. ~ Wm. Ward   What a fantastic year this has been! I would like to thank the Coastal Breeze News for allowing me to be a part of their team. It has been an honor and I am humbled. I would like, even more, to thank those who read my contributions to this paper. Your positive feedback and constructive criticism have made me a better person (although I like the compliments more than the criticism). One of my ... Read More »

Family Financial Huddle

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Give me the gift of a listening heart.” ~ King Solomon   Question: Our family will be together for the holidays. I’d like to take advantage of this time to discuss a few financial matters. What advice can you provide to make this conversation as valuable and productive as possible? Answer: Providing your family with the gift of communication is commendable. This is an opportunity to share financial philosophies, discuss planning strategies and listen to how others feel about monetary matters. Keeping the lines of communication open and flowing with information is vital to the ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Activity

A typical open house sign along Collier Boulevard. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com During season, owners and renters push condo occupancy rates on the island to the maximum. Friends and relatives come for a week or two, and visitors vacation at local hotels and enjoy the superb weather and activities in January, February, March and April. During season, a favorite leisurely pastime between beaching, boating and fishing is checking out open houses. Condo and home owners may be looking to downsize, upsize, change location or to compare their condo’s value for a future resale. Renters check out open houses looking for next year’s rental possibilities or ... Read More »

Dress Code Required

Pro tour player  Samantha Stosur looks good and properly equipped for hot, sunny conditions. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In previous articles, I have discussed how equipment such as our racquet, string and string tension can affect our performance and I have talked about the important safety issues related to playing on a properly groomed or squeegeed court. It is also important that we have the proper shoes and clothing when playing tennis or pickleball. So let’s start at the bottom and work our way up: Proper court shoes. Tennis shoes are specifically designed for movement in the sport of tennis. In tennis, there is a lot of lateral movement, along with forward motion. Running ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

Losing Florida Wildlife

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Recently I submitted a column concerning the loss of many species around the planet and the idea, by some scientists, that we are experiencing the beginning of the next mass extinction. Several readers responded and asked that I address the loss of some Florida species, rather than just a generalization of global statistics. (This is good that I get such feedback, now I know someone other than my wife reads these articles.) Human expansion seems to be the main concern regarding some Florida animals, but climate change also plays a major part in the migratory ... Read More »

Ayasun Speaks to Republican Club

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By Don Manley Coastal Breeze News columnist, Tarik Ayasun spoke at the recent meeting of the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, the topic of the presentation could not have been timelier. His appearance at the organization’s meeting and Christmas party occurred December 2, just a few hours after Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot 14 people to death and wounded another 21 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. Authorities are investigating the mass shooting as an incidence of terrorism. Before beginning his speech, Ayasun urged his audience to not “get too comfortable where ... Read More »

Equitable? Inequitable! Part Two & Three

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In my first Letter to the Editor concerning the equitable or inequitable of the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule, I compared the customer class of Individually Metered Condominiums to large Commercial classes of customers, the Hilton, Marriott and North Marco Utility for total Base Charge Only. The reason I selected these classes of customers is predominantly where the Base Charge inequitableness occurs. The current utility rate methodology is based on Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC) or meter size. Therein is the PROBLEM. This is not easy to explain, but I am going to try. This methodology was developed by the ... Read More »

Help the Community Foundation at no cost to you!

Calling all online shoppers! Would you like to support the Community Foundation of Collier County, while doing your regular holiday shopping, at no cost to you? If so, simply sign up on AmazonSmile!   What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Community Foundation or any eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organization every time your shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase ... Read More »

What is a Corporate Inversion?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Charles Kettering   Question: The term corporate inversion is in the news lately. Can you explain this and discuss why would a company want to invert? Answer: The dictionary definition of invert is “to turn something upside down, change the position, order or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been.” Corporate inversions are a hot topic in the presidential debates and are regular discussion items on financial news channels. Most recently, we’re hearing about the New York based drug maker ... Read More »

Can Senior Adult Tennis Players Avoid Injury?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com For the better part of three-plus decades, I have coached hundreds, if not thousands, of senior tennis players from all around the globe. Unfortunately for me, I also aged along with my students and have experienced innumerable injuries. In order to beat the clock, senior tennis players have to embrace the new and improved sporting world: Fitness room, chiropractors, massage and nutritional therapists. And let’s not forget the huge impact of the yoga world. If I had a dollar for every senior student who told me that all chiropractors were “quacks,” I would be a ... Read More »