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Defunct Constellation Argo Rises

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Nearly due south tonight burns the second brightest star in the sky – Canopus. This star can only be seen in southerly latitudes of less than 38 degrees and really only shines with its full brilliance in latitudes under 30 degrees; in Florida for example! Canopus is the brightest star in the constellation of Carina, the keel of the old ship constellation Argo Navis. In ancient mythology a man named Canopus was the navigator for Menelaus, the husband of the famous Helen. Argo Navis, after dominating the southern sky for a couple of ... Read More »

Come Jam in The Hammock!

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Collier-Seminole State Park is a nice quiet spot, centrally located from Marco, Naples and Everglades City and a mere hop, skip and a jump away from any of them. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. The park offers visitors a number of year round activities, including camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling and exploring the cypress swamps. The salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries and pine flat woods of Collier Seminole hold many different native species. Among them, American alligators, raccoons, osprey, white ibis, wood storks, bald ... Read More »

Wiener Dog Classics – a Classic!

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Wiener dogs and wiener dog wannabes of all ages and attitudes came out in droves to the first Collier County Wiener Dog Classics on Saturday, January 19. A part of the I Luv Pets Fest, hosted by Naples Estates, proceeds from the day went to Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans, a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans with special needs. Many other non-profit booths were set up in the name of animal rescue including a greyhound organization, an exotic bird rescue, a reptile awareness group and general animal rescue programs. Booths offered pet photography, clothing, ... Read More »

ROGG Pathway Workshop

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Do you want a multi-use pathway across the Everglades? The River of Grass Greenway Feasibility and Master Plan is holding a workshop January 29th through February 2nd, at Edison State College for the West portion of the pathway plan. This workshop features the ROGG corridor along US 41, west of Highway 29/ Everglades City. The four day workshop will cover topics such as its guiding principles, existing conditions, challenges, routing, trailheads, communities, connections, design and materials and areas of concern. An Open House with lunch at noon will summarize public input and stakeholder interviews. Future ... Read More »

BEDTIME BUNDLES EXPANDS TO INCLUDE “THE FORGOTTEN POPULATION” AND ASK FOR COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Bedtime Bundles is working diligently to help not only the children of today’s migrant working but also the forgotten population of adults who live in the greater Naples area that includes the  Golden Gate Community.  This disadvantaged group earns well under $10, 000 annually and includes migrant and former migrant workers. Migrants/former migrants are scattered throughout all of Collier County. Naples is so spread out, making it virtually impossible for the migrant/former migrant population to get to any centrally located community center; of which there is none. There is very little to no assistance in the greater Naples/Golden Gate area ... Read More »

America Travel Arrangements

In cooperation with Vikings River Cruises, America Travel Arrangements participated at the East Naples Business Association Show on Friday, January 18. See attached photo with business owner, Jill de Vries.  In celebration of the new innovative Viking ships on the German Rhine and Danube Rivers, the door prize for the show consisted of a basket with four engraved Viking beer mugs, four bottles of German beer, a Viking travel bag and two new foldable flower vases. The winner was well known Marco Islander and Marketing Director for the YMCA, Steve Reynolds. He collected his prize from Michelle Wegman at the ... Read More »

Ever thought of climbing Mt. Everest with your eyes closed?

Youth Haven’s Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon Scheduled for January 30 Tickets are still available for Youth Haven’s 3rd annual Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon that is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer’s presentation, “Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness.” Weihenmayer is the first blind man to climb to the top of Mount Everest and the only to reach the top of all Seven Summits. A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Weihenmayer is one of the most exciting, celebrated, and well-known adventurers in the world. ... Read More »

Par-Tee-Time Golf Tournament May 18, 2013

Chain Life Winter Haven LLC. to present the inaugural Par-Tee-Time golf tournament on Sat., May 18, 2013.  Modeled after the Conch Life Scramble in the Florida Keys, the Par-Tee-Time event is a nine-hole golf competition with boats replacing golf carts and holes located at various restaurant/bars on the intercostal waterways. The biodegradable golf balls are designed for this type of event and contain fish food released after 48 hours. “This event will take on a life of its own and will be highly anticipated each year, the combination of sun, boating, friends and a splash of golf makes it a ... Read More »

Come Walk the Beach With Us

Friends of Tigertail Debbie and Marty Roddy invite you to the Rose History Auditorium on Monday February 4th at 10:30 A.M. for a virtual tour of Tigertail Beach and Sand dollar Island. They will also, include a brief survey of the history and an explanation of nature’s impact on the area. Immediately after their presentation, Mango’s Restaurant will provide picnic lunches for $11.00—these come with bottled water, but you may bring your own non-alcoholic drink if you wish. The group will then adjourn to the beach, and you may carpool from the museum complex. If you do not have a sticker ... Read More »

Cruises to Fakahatchee Island set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 15

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced two February dates for their popular cruises through the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands to historic Fakahatchee Island. The chartered boat tours will leave Everglades National Park Ranger Station at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1 and Friday, February 15. The fee for the cruise is $75 and reservations are required. Cruise participants find getting to the island is often half the fun as dolphins frequently accompany the boat on its journey through Fakahatchee Bay. On the return trip, the cruise passes a bird rookery that frequently offers memorable glimpses of its residents ... Read More »

Hodges University announces Sixth Annual Diversity Festival

The 2013 Hodges University Diversity Festival will return to the Sugden Regional Park in Naples on February 23. The Festival, which runs from 12 pm – 6 pm, will bring together a broad array of vendors, entertainers and local artisans representing the cultural diversity of the Naples and Ft. Myers communities. The Festival will feature local high school marching bands, drummers, singers and dance performers from our diverse communities; an arts and crafts area, as well as a Fine Art gallery and several multi-cultural heritage exhibits. Local restaurants will provide a vast array of multi-cultural food samples for a small ... Read More »

Do you know how to make 2nd Set adjustments?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Nothing was more apparent last week during the big tennis exhibition showdown at Hideaway Beach than when veteran Franco Mata continually made strategic changes to confuse his young opponent and dominate the second set. In particular, he altered his speeds and placements and thus disrupted his foe’s tempo. As we delve into future CTA/USTA league doubles matches, players must be ready to completely change their game plan if the first set goes awry. Clearly, one of my favorite doubles strategies is to change return of serve positions. Why? This radical modification is obvious to the ... Read More »

Buffalo Soldier…

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The sun is beaming down on you, you smell the ocean breeze as it whirls around your body, you feel the sand around your toes, and you are now lost in your own little paradise. You pick up your cold beverage, take a long refreshing sip and then your feet start tapping in the sand as you hear the mellow lead-in to Bob Marley’s tune “Buffalo Soldier” as it starts playing on your radio or iPod You sing along; “Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock rasta, it was a buffalo soldier………” And you drift off. We all know a lot of songs and ... Read More »

Help Save A Life!

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Submitted In an emergency, after calling 911, do you know how to administer CPR? Wouldn’t it be great if there were several people in any given restaurant with the ability to help save a life if someone was choking? Or, if one in ten enjoying a day at the beach knew CPR if someone was drowning? Many businesses and condominiums have Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), when used during cardiac arrest AED’s can dramatically improve survival rates. Would you know how to use an AED if the need arose? When every second counts, these are critical life-saving techniques and they’re easy ... Read More »

Flames in the Florida Winter Landscape

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com South Florida gardens are ablaze with color during winter months by two particularly spectacular vines. First, the Florida flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta) which is native to Brazil. This vine is well known in Naples for its brilliant show of color in the winter months along about a one mile stretch of Goodlette Frank Road in front of the Wilderness community just north of Golden Gate Parkway. To have a vine known by so many people, not so much by its name but by put its presence along the road, speaks to its showiness. The Florida ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of “Florida Pirates: From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond;” they will be the special guests of the day. In an effort to give the museum branches their own identities, “all of the Collier County Museums have an ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show is Coming

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s time to break out the wax and get that classic car of yours shined up and looking pretty. The annual Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car show is coming and, as usual, it’s going to be a good one. Mark your calendar for February 17, and head over to the Marco Healthcare Center parking lot at 40 Heathwood Drive at 9:30 AM to see some true beauties. For the past eight years, the Kiwanis Club has hosted the Car Show to help raise money for the organization’s main cause: providing scholarships and other opportunities ... Read More »

One Million Acts of Kindness

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where six school teachers and administrators and 20 young students lost their lives, Ann Curry of NBC News came up with the concept #26Acts of Kindness. Encouraging people through her Twitter account to commit one act for each of the 26 lives lost, she wrote on her December 18 blog, “I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of ... Read More »

Water Manager Takes On New Role

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By Danielle Dodder For a relatively small city, Marco Island boasts a sophisticated water system. We’re a barrier island surrounded by saltwater and environmentally sensitive habitat. Consequently, getting water to paradise was never as simple as piping it in from Naples. Today, the city water utility encompasses an aquifer storage system, a reverse osmosis system, three drinking water facilities, two wastewater facilities and collection and distribution systems for both drinking and wastewater. Jeff Poteet is the general manager who oversees it all. On January 5, Poteet was elected president of the Florida Water & Pollution Control Association, a position that ... Read More »