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Afiyet Olsun

Kumpir stands with their baked potato toppings piled high line  the street in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Many people have asked me about the food in Istanbul; we loved it. There was a wide variety of options available, both in terms of eating establishments and food choices. Street food is popular. Red push carts dot the streets and hole-in-the-wall kiosks are located throughout the city. For a quick breakfast or snack any time of the day, there is limit — thin rounds of baked dough that have been dipped in molasses and sesame seeds. During the day, other carts sell grilled corn on the cob and chocolate covered chestnuts. Kumpir stalls sell baked ... Read More »

Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

Sponsors Needed

Submitted Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite local businesses to consider an affordable $50 sponsorship for the Eighth Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of fine art plein-air painting followed by an evening of celebration and live auction to benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Marco Island serves as the backdrop for this Feb. 11 event, with up to 20artists capturing the essence of the island community while painting from several picturesque locations. The public is invited to visit the artists as they create their works around the area, and a map of ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief’

Curt Koon, Joe Granda, Bill Young

By Pat Newman The new president of the Marco Island Police Foundation, Curt Koon, along with incoming board members, were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 20, by Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Sacher at the foundation’s first luncheon of the year at Hideaway Beach. Koon and his wife, Jackie, are eight-year residents of Marco Island and owners of CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Attendees also gave a standing ovation to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, who has assumed the official title of “police chief” after being the “acting” chief since July 25. Since his hiring, the department ... Read More »

The Persistent Ospreys

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In December, a pair of ospreys did what most of their species do that time of year — they began building a nest. Unfortunately, they chose as the location for their new abode the top of a seawall construction crane parked in a local canal. Neighbors reported this event to ever helpful and knowledgeable Nancy Richie, Marco Island’s city environmental specialist, who contacted the owner of the crane, Duane Thomas Marine Construction LLC, and Jo Barnhart of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Protected Species Permitting Office. According to the FWC web site, ospreys ... Read More »

Further Afield in Istanbul

The Mehter band performs below the piercing eyes of Atatürk. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber After writing about some of the “must sees” in Istanbul (Istanbul Highlights December 26, 2014), I wanted to share other worthy experiences if your travel time allows. The Bosphorus, the 20-mile long strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, is fundamental to Istanbul. Important for commercial navigation, it separates “old” Istanbul from “new” Europe from Asia; many of the major sights in this city are located along it and ferries regularly traverse it. Istanbul is a big, sprawling city full of neighborhoods and districts. Taking a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus provides a ... Read More »

Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time. What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He ... Read More »

Istanbul Highlights

Hagia Sophia

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Whether visiting Istanbul short term as a cruise port or enjoying an extended stay, the top tourist sights are found in the Sultanhamet district. Also called the Old City, Sultanhamet is the seat of Ottoman Istanbul. The triumvirate of Topkapi Museum Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, more commonly called the Blue Mosque, are adjacent to each other. If visiting on your own, when you descend from the tram at the Sultanhamet stop, it may seem a bit confusing, particularly with the crowds and hawkers selling sight-seeing tours and cruises. Just ignore them or ... Read More »

January Fishing in the Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com January is typically our coolest month of the year. The days when the fronts are absent. The sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70s. This can make for some awesome fishing! The full moon this January falls on the 5th, and the new moon is on the 20th. In January, we typically have some of the most extreme tides of the year around the full and new moon. We will have extreme low tides the mornings of Jan.1-8 and the 17-24. They will still be great days to fish, ... Read More »

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn   Question: Every year, I make New Year’s Resolutions and never follow through. What suggestions can you make so I’ll do things differently this year, especially with my finances? Answer: Only 5 percent of those Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions actually keep them for the entire year. Florida is the top state for making resolutions, with 65 percent of us committing to some sort of change or improvement in our lives. Of this group, 54 percent are women and 39 percent are ... Read More »

Searching for the Perfect Marco Island Condo

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Condo Report By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.SandyElliottInteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net This week there are 327 condos listed for sale on the Marco Island MLS. They come in all different sizes, building types, prices and locations, and all have differing amenities. Finding just the right one can be a daunting and time-consuming task. To help make efficient use of your time while you are here consult with one of our local realtors. The search tools and photos available to realtors on the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service are invaluable to your search. The first thing to decide is a price range. Giving ... Read More »

Rev Your Engines!

PHOTOS BY JESSICA SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Feb. 15, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will hold its annual Car Show. The show runs 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Marco Island Healthcare Center grounds at 40 Heathwood (corner of San Marco Road). The annual show will host more than 175 vintage, classic, hot rod, sports and muscle cars. If you love cars, this is the show that can’t be missed! Spectator entry fee is only $5. Food and drink will be available and a variety of entertainment headed up by DJ Steve Reynolds, as well as a variety of ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

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Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

Take the Kids Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Just remember: It’s more about quantity, not quality. Forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. He loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other ... Read More »

We Are Not Ourselves

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Matthew Thomas Simon & Schuster 2014. 620 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “We are not ourselves when nature, being oppressed, commands the mind to suffer with the body.” - King Lear   Eileen Tumulty is 9 years old when we first meet her in 1950, failing miserably at the Irish dance classes her mother enrolled her in. Like most little girls, she idolizes her father and is bright enough to notice that all the men around them respect and defer to “Big Mike.” Both parents, Big Mike and Bridget, ... Read More »

Be On the Lookout for the Kingly American Kestrel

PHOTOS BY JEAN HALL

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com On Marco Island, an urban, intensely developed island, surrounded on three sides by dense mangrove estuary habitat and one side by the Gulf of Mexico, it really is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife in our yards and along roadways. Driving through several island neighborhoods one recent cold November morning, more than a dozen American Kestrels were observed in just a few hours. All of these small raptors were spotted on electric lines, perching, some swooping over the grassy empty properties with their distinct “klee klee klee” call — sometimes a high-pitched ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

PRESCRIBED BURN

If weather conditions permit, a one day prescribed burn will be executed sometime between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1, 2015, by the Florida Forest Service on the Conservation Collier Redroot Preserve, located 15 miles east of 1-75 north of Immokalee Road, east of Sanctuary Road and south of Limpkin Road in Section 23, Township 47, Range 27, Collier County.  The property is owned by Collier County under the Conservation Collier Program.  The burn is a part of on-going Forest Service fuel reduction and forest management programs and follows the Redroot Preserve Management Plan in place to benefit the natural resources and ... Read More »

Gag Grouper closed for season

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2. These closures help maintain sustainable gag grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico. State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30 and were not open during the July 1 through Dec. 3 season. Monroe County is also excluded from the July 1 through Dec. 3 season because it follows Atlantic rules ... Read More »

BCC, City Council Focus on Fate of Goodland Road

Improving tidal flow beneath the Goodland Road bridge could be a start to fixing the flooding issue.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Road and what should be done about it was the main topic of discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council came together at Government Center. Goodland Road (County Road 92A) is the only access in or out of the community of Goodland, and it acts as the singular emergency route for 300 homes. It’s long been in need of repair, as it often becomes impassable during high tides and storm surges. In 1999, Collier County ceded all roads within the city limits to ... Read More »