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Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »

Independence

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Independence is Happiness” – Susan B. Anthony On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted and thirteen colonies broke free from the governance of Great Britain. Those thirteen colonies would one day become part of the United States of America, and for the more than 200 years that have passed since it’s signing, we have fought every day to maintain the independence implied in that landmark document. John Hancock, in his support of this newly-sought freedom, concluded that Americans would have to rely on the “Being who controls both Causes and Events ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice Snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic ... Read More »

Sir Richard…The Bridezilla Slayer II

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Folks have been walking in the shop and stopping me on the island laughing about my last article where I mentioned public enemy #1…The Bridezilla. They can sometimes be easily slayed with the reality of the actual price tag, yet woe and behold when that merely bounces off her armored scales, and then I am told money is no object; much to the surprise to the groom to be and future in-laws. There is no amount of money in the world they could pay me to subject myself to the insanity. As I mentioned in ... Read More »

Unique Florida Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The butterfly season here in Florida is a long one, actually all year. June begins an all-out attract of all types of Florida butterflies on the host plants (plants butterflies lay their eggs on and sustain their caterpillars on their way to butterfly hood). In the butterfly gardens all over south Florida people are calling, emailing and texting do you have milkweed, dill, and parsley and passion vines on and on? The summer season is off with a bang, not only are people looking for host plants to feed these hungry little critters but in the ... Read More »

Condos with Boat Docks and Fishing Piers

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Boating and fishing are popular pastimes on Marco Island. 90 of the 284 condos for sale this week on Marco Island feature boat docks and 50 feature fishing piers. Condo owners can choose between various types of boat dock arrangements like daily, weekly, monthly or annual rental plans or ownership of a deeded dock. 13 condos for sale this week come with a deeded dock – that is, the dock is part of the condo and conveys to the buyer upon the sale of the condo. Eight of these condos with deeded docks ... Read More »

Brand Names Sam’s Club, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and More, Coming Soon!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Soon the County Commission will be in recess for six weeks, and possibly some of you have wondered why we have a summer recess while others already asked. It started back in the 90’s when unhappy residents felt the Commissioners were approving land use issues and new developments while the residents were away on vacation or back up north to their summer home. After much complaining, the then-Commissioners decided to take a recess the last week of July and the month of August, which pleased the community. That effort was extended a little further two years ago ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a late fall day; overcast with a breeze. The man stood in the driveway contemplating what to do with all the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. The yard wasn’t huge but was surrounded by dense woods so the leaves piled up quick and deep. Being so late in the season, an idea came to him. Rather than rake or blow the leaves away as was usual, he decided to hook the snow plow to the lawn tractor. What a tremendous idea, he said to himself smugly. It would save so much time. ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

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By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems every year has a new surprise. This year the white butterflies in South Florida are more abundant then I have seen. Actually, I have seen more great southern whites, Florida whites and cabbage whites this year then I have seen ... Read More »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

Remaking the Marriott

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By Don Manley Everything is on target with the $250 million expansion and improvement project at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. Among the multi-phase project’s enhancements are expanded meeting space, additional guest rooms, a new exhibit hall, a revamped roster of restaurants and more. “It’s going great,” Rick Medwedeff, the Marriott’s general manager said of the project. “We are moving right on schedule. We have a substantial number of construction workers here working to get this project done. We have a lot to accomplish during the 90 day window. What we’re very excited about is, ... Read More »

Marco Contributes to Boating Safety World Record

A panoramic perspective of the “Wear It!” effort, held at Rose Marina. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Please forgive members of Marco’s boating-oriented organizations if you should occasionally hear them shouting “We’re No. 1” should you encounter them on the island. They’re merely elated over the fact that Marco outdid six other sites around Florida with the number of participants in the National Safe Boating Council’s “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event. Held May 16 by the National Safe Boating Council, “Ready, Set, Wear It!” promotes safe and responsible boating by having participants gather at designated locations wearing life jackets, in hopes of setting a world record for the most people wearing the flotation devices ... Read More »

Westberry Among Changing Guard

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By Don Manley Jory Westberry is moving on to the next phase of her life after 14 years as the principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE). Last week’s end to the school year also marked the close of her tenure at TBE, as well as her 25-year career with the Collier County school district. The move is a painful one for Westberry. “I love this place,” she said. “I love the kids. I love the staff. There wasn’t a day that I ever was sad to come to work. I was always excited. Never had a crabby day, honest ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was sundown on the St. Croix River in late spring. The river rats were gathered on the island as was usual all summer long. Youthful enterprise reared its ugly head as one of the rats proposed a swim across the channel. It was getting dark but three strapping lads stepped up and accepted the proposal. They dove into the cool water and began their odyssey. It was about 200 yards across and the waning moon didn’t help navigation. After what seemed much longer than it actually was, they made landfall on the other side. It ... Read More »

Teen Beach Bash Marks Summer’s Start

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Submitted The countdown is over, summer is here! “Every year we celebrate the beginning of summer,” said Lola Dial, Teen Center Recreation Leader for the City of Marco Island. This celebration is Marco’s annual Teen Beach Bash on South Beach, put on by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lola runs the event, free for kids grades six through twelve. Samantha Malloy, Special Events Coordinator and Pat Kuhn, Parks Maintenance, for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department were on hand to help with the event. Lola tells us that in the past the number of teens attending had declined because ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Walsh conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was unable to stay in a single lane.  Officer Lugg arrived to assist.  After initially complaining of health issues, the driver was cleared by EMS.  Seated field sobriety tasks were performed by the driver which led the Officers to believe that the driver was probably impaired. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.  During an inventory of the vehicle, Officer Lugg found open containers of beer and vodka.  The subject was taken to the Naples Jail where a breath alcohol test resulted in a 0.386 and 0.378 g/210L breathe alcohol ... Read More »

Top 10 Beach List for 2015

Four Florida beaches are listed among the best in the nation in the annual Top 10 Beach List for 2015: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked #2, St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle ranked #3, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #6 and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples was ranked #9. Florida State Parks include more than 100 miles of beaches and are a tremendous driver for the state’s tourism industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities. Governor Scott said, “I am excited that four of our beautiful beaches have been named to the ... Read More »