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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 »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

The Last Anniversary

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Liane Moriarty Harper Collins 2006, 388 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Warning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. Your frequent spontaneous peals of laughter may startle them. “The Last Anniversary” is not a new book, but it is presently on the New York Times Bestsellers List. It was originally published in Australia in 2005. Apparently interest in it ... Read More »

Acorns for an Artist

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By Inez Hudson My husband has a saying regarding luck, “Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds an acorn.” I’ve always liked it. Michigan, my former home, has lots of squirrels and chipmunks that work very hard to gather as many acorns as they can, before the cold winter arrives. Since moving to Southwest Florida in 2001, I’ve worked hard to gather art acorns, which include: awards; two cartoon maps of Marco Island; member of the former Artist Colony at the Esplanade; one-woman shows; painted life-sized sculptures of gators, a dolphin, and two turtles in the ongoing “Turtles on the Town” ... Read More »

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

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Submitted On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Marco Island Lions Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast at the United Church of Marco Island at 320 North Barfield Drive. The hours will be from 8 to 11 AM. Breakfast includes pancakes (all you can eat), eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, and milk. Children are welcome. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 drawing. The Pancake Breakfast is the Lions Club’s largest project for collecting donations for the year. Tickets will be $7 the day of the breakfast, or $6 if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Island ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

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Submitted The January 2016 Breakfast and Birds, presented by the Friends of Tigertail Beach, was well attended. Over forty persons had their attention on Friends of Tigertail members Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. They gave a brief description of the birds they might encounter on the walk, as well as explained that many of these birds migrate here for the winter. Does that sound familiar? On the beach, the birders were greeted by an osprey that swooped down, not once but at least three times to pick up material for building its nest. As the birders walked along the lagoon, ... Read More »

Coleman Hosts Book Presentation

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Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium, from 7-8 PM on January 30, 2016. Coleman’s book, a local bestseller, chronicles the transformation of Marco Island from an alligator-infested swamp to one of America’s top travel destinations. His presentation, “Secrets Shared: The Epic Struggle to Build Marco Island,” occurs exactly 51 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. His talk begins at 7 PM. Book signing follows. Admission is free. From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

Hazmat/Hasmat

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!   Marco Island has a lot of nifty amenities besides the beach and the periodic comedy routine at City Council meetings. One of those amenities is the $5 a session workout for “Over 55 Year Olds” at Mackle Park. Although my wife clearly looks younger than 55, she managed to dupe the authorities into believing she qualified, and they ... Read More »

Goodland Road, all but impassable – Again!

Only brave souls would run this Goodland Road gauntlet (7:50 AM, 1/17/16).

By Barry Gwinn In four out of the last six months, the only access road into Goodland has been inundated by rising tides – over 18” deep in spots. In August, September and October 2015, the only apparent causes for the flooding (which recurred for four or five days each time) were spring tides, the days otherwise sunny and calm. On Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, there was no spring tide. According to local tide charts, high tide at 7:35 AM was unexceptional and forecasted to be lower than a high tide later in the day. This time an unnamed ... Read More »

Cheetahs Spotted! Naples Zoo Coming January 12th

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming two new cheetahs to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden. These elegant creatures will be coming from White Oak Conservation Center in North Florida. Both cats were born and raised at White Oak Conservation Center. The new cats in town are sisters and they are nine years old. The new cheetahs will make their grand debut to the public on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Once widespread across Africa, into the Middle East and east to India, the cheetah has suffered dramatic declines over the last century. More recently, widespread habitat destruction has ... Read More »

Mayoral and City Council Forums

The first of a year-long series of public forums sponsored by a broad-based civic coalition are set for later this month. The races for mayor of Naples and three seats on City Council will be featured from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 27 respectively at Naples City Hall. The events will be broadcast live on the city’s Comcast cable channel 98. Incumbent Mayor John Sorey and City Council members Bill Barnett and Teresa Heitmann will face off Jan. 25, and council candidates Ellen Siegel, Reg Buxton, James Moon, Michelle McLeod and Wynn Phillips will discuss the issues on Jan. 27. Election day in ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Returns!

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Submitted The year, the students and staff from Tommie Barfield Elementary, Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and Marco Island Parks and Recreation have joined the Souper Bowl committee to hand paint one thousand bowls for this “Souper” annual event. The beautifully decorated bowls will be available for sale at Mackle Park for $15 each on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 11 AM. Attendees buying bowls will also have the opportunity to sample fine homemade soups from Big Cypress Culinary, Ciao Bella, CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marker 8.5, Petit Soleil, Philly Grille, ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

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Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

Better to Own a Safe Than Sorry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s a fact: there have been a rash of burglaries on our safe and secure island paradise. Barely a couple of weeks go by where I face a sobbing and distraught customer describing to me what was lost due to a break-in or a “misplacement” of valuable jewelry. Try and guess how many of these unfortunate souls are looking for appraisals on the lost articles? “It was a diamond ring that kind of look like this (crude drawing) and I think it was yellow gold, I’m not quite sure of the diamond size or what ... Read More »

Prescribed Fires Made Possible Through Partnership

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Prescribed fire is an important tool for natural resource managers in Southwest Florida. Within Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, thousands of acres of fire-dependent habitat are managed each year with the help of regional partners and crews from the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) in Tallahassee. “We rely on partners for a lot of what we do here,” said Resource Management Coordinator Jeff Carter, who is responsible for overseeing the reserve’s prescribed fire program. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burn activities with the Florida Forestry Service, and work with partnering land managers and local ... Read More »

In a Word

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... 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 »

OCMI Soccer Championships

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By Meghan Bonos For the first time in Marco Island Optimist Soccer history, the soccer program crowned two 1st place champions (U10 and U12 Girls) and a second place runner up (U9 boys) in the Lee County Recreational League County Cup Tournament. The Optimist Club teams, named the Marco Island Sharks, advanced all five of their recreational travel teams to the LCYS County Cup Tournament set over back-to-back weekends at the Bayshore Soccer Complex in North Ft. Myers. The Optimist Club’s U10 and U12 girls’ teams won their championship games, and the U9 Boys, playing up a year in the ... Read More »