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Cross Country Invitational Meet Gaining Popularity

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students descended upon Mackle Park — all wearing the appropriate school colors — to enter the MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Cross Country Invitational. After some odd looking stretching and exercising on the field, they lined the start ready to race the clock — all 384 of them! The annual meet attracted 12 middle schools and 16 high schools from around the region. Of course, they didn’t all start at once; there were five races: high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, middle school girls and an open race. Middle school-aged runners had a course ... Read More »

The Fitness Challenge Triathlon

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Was held on Marco Island recently and included a ¼ mile swim, 15 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. Hundreds entered the race, now in its fourth year. Only 15 years old and up were able to participate. Race results can be found at http://www.thefitnesschallengetriathlon.com/results.html   Read More »

Open for Business

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As the temperatures slowly start to cool and the daily amount of rainfall begins to dwindle, things are heating up on our small, seasonal island of Goodland. Heavier traffic and longer lines at the grocery store mark the return of our migrating snowbirds, flying south to escape their now frigid northern homes. By now, it’s common knowledge that I’m a huge fan of our live entertainment here. The musical acts that pass through, as well as our own local talent, are first-class. Last week, each Goodland establishment celebrated the opening of season with live music, and ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com Of the nearly 300 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week, one-third of them are offered turnkey; one-third are being sold furnished; and another third are either partially-furnished, unfurnished or the furnishings are negotiable. Realtors refer to these condos as either “T, F, P, U or N”. There is no legal definition for these terms so it is important to develop an inventory list before closing. Turnkey includes furnishings, accessories, rugs, dishes, cutlery, linens, TVs, art and lamps — everything you see except for personal items. After the closing, you bring ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh stone crab claws of all sizes shortly after the boats hit their dock. This year, due to some recent expansion, their store will offer a larger quantity of fresh crab claws and other seafood. They’ve added two new crabbers, and ... Read More »

Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined. “Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to ... Read More »

Collier County Housing and Human Services Provides Prescription Drug Savings to Collier Residents

Collier County Housing and Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with Coast2CoastRX to provide savings on the high cost of prescription drugs. Through this partnership, Collier County HHS is making free prescription discount cards available to Collier County residents. Participants could save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, and can use the card at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Even the furry family members can benefit from this program as many pet prescriptions are covered. “We are happy to be able to provide the means to financial relief to those that need ... Read More »

All The Light We Cannot See

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Anthony Doerr Scribner 2014, 545 pages Genre: Historical Fiction   “A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, what human nature is and what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag   I resisted reading “All The Light We Cannot See” when it was published in May, thinking the world did not really need another novel about the second World War. Well, I was wrong. It is quite a vocabulary challenge to find the adjectives to describe this marvelous book ... Read More »

Together Again

In one final marathon road trip to Ohio, we brought the boys and their toys back home to Goodland. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com I have to admit that I wasn’t ready; it seemed like only a few weeks had passed since the original plan was laid. The last six months have flown by, though, and now my family is finally back together again. My two younger brothers, Chris and Tyler, and yet another dog, have joined our already busting-at-the-seams household here in Goodland until further notice. I love my brothers dearly, but this isn’t the first time we’ve lived together and heavily relied on one another. I would be lying if I claimed that it’s ever been easy. ... Read More »

Do You Overeat? – Part II

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In part one, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for your arsenal. Be cautious of your environment: Case in point: the holiday party. You arrive with good intentions, linger longer than you should at the smorgasbord of delectable indulgences, and before you know it, you’ve had to loosen your belt before ... Read More »

’Tis the Season for Murder, Mysteries and Mayhem

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com She’s baaaack! Just in time for Marco Island’s high season, Martha Horror (a.k.a. Gina Sisbarro) is launching the second season of her “Marco Murder & Mayhem” historical frightseeing tour — a “ghost tour” through the unsolved murders and mysteries of Marco’s last 150 years. “This is a historical tour as well as a ghost tour,” explains Sisbarro. “History plays an important part of what shapes our world…Ghost stories are all over the island, but I focus one the ones that I can identify that helped to shape the island and its history.” Still teamed with ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Safe Boating

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By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Did you know that if you were born before Jan. 1, 1988, you can buy a boat and immediately drive it home with no prior boating experience necessary? That means so can your fellow boaters. Safe boating doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication by the captain and crew of a boat. We’ve all heard the phrase “red, right, returning,” but when you live on an island, when are you returning and when are you headed back out to sea? You know who has the right of way at a four-way stop ... Read More »

Websites for Travelers

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know the best time to visit? Google it by entering the location and “best time to visit.” By putting the name of a city and “weather” in the search field, the results reveal the present temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity and forecast ... Read More »

Hummingbirds Return in the Winter

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Years ago when I began my quest to attract butterflies to my garden, little did I know that butterfly gardening came with a bonus? After years of removing turf grass from my yard and replacing it with colorful flowering plants to attract wildlife— particularly butterflies — I no longer have any grass left to mow. During the past couple of fall seasons, I’ve been seeing numerous hummingbirds competing for nectar with our year-round friends, the butterflies. This is such a great thrill! It started a few years ago, with one or two hummingbirds arriving every ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was clear. The sun was shining, and the parking lot of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was packed on Saturday, Sept. 27. The occasion: National Estuaries Day, an annual event established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to help educate the public and promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. Rookery Bay is one of 28 national estuarine research reserves, and the local crowd celebrated the day in fine style, with guided boat expeditions of the estuary, kayak and paddle board adventures on Henderson Creek, behind-the-scenes laboratory ... Read More »

National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority. “National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all need to be ready for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “September is also the height of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast.” Across the Nation, disasters are occurring with greater frequency, and are larger and more complex. Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts. ... Read More »