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Coffee with the Councilor

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Bill Harris is a concerned citizen of Marco Island. He attends almost every City Council meeting, and tries to keep track of anything that may interest his fellow Marco residents. He also keeps a log of promises made by those running for and/or presently serving on the City Council. “One such promise that was made by the majority of those last elected to the council, was transparency in government, and Town Hall meetings where the citizenry can ask questions and get answers,” explains Harris. To date, though, this promise has gone unfulfilled. That’s why Harris ... Read More »

Building Paradise: Q&A with Herb Savage

Herb Savage sits in his office where he keeps memorabilia, amazing photographs and architectural plans. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Many Marco Island residents know Herb Savage. The man has lived here since 1979, but his legacy on Marco Island supersedes that date. As the official architect to the Mackle Brothers, Savage helped create the vision that is now Marco Island. Approaching his 95th birthday on January 6, Coastal Breeze News asked Savage to sit down and share some of his memories of building an island, thoughts on how Marco has grown over the years and how it feels to be surprised by a birthday party thrown in his honor at the Rose History Auditorium at ... Read More »

Florida for the Holidays

St. Augustine has a variety of holiday events scheduled at the holidays.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Since moving to Florida 15 years ago, we find ourselves increasingly spending the holidays in the Sunshine State. It’s not that we don’t like traveling at the holidays; we do. It’s the weather. We spent one Christmas in the Rockies. It snowed every day, and for three days, it was so bad that we couldn’t leave the condo. New York City is my favorite place at the holidays. Three years ago, we had a great trip there. We had a wonderful time seeing all the lights and decorations, checking out the displays in the ... Read More »

The Spotted Sea Trout

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The spotted sea trout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also called speckled trout, specs, trout or spotted weakfish, is a common shallow water fish found in our area of the Ten Thousand Islands. They are closely related to the northern weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). Even though most of these fish are caught on shallow grassy flats, spotted sea trout reside in virtually any inshore waters from the outside flats to far up our coastal saltwater rivers where they often move to for shelter during the colder winter months. Contrary to its name, the spotted sea trout is ... Read More »

Giving back to wildlife, our way of life

Friends of the Fakahatchee Tram Tours. SUBMITTED photo

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com As the rest of the country is shoveling snow, commuting dangerously on icy roadways and bundling up in scarves and coats, we are walking the sunny Marco Island crescent beach in flip-flops or even barefoot, gift shopping in shorts and t-shirts and asking for an iced peppermint latte to cool off. What a wonderful time of year! Most of us, if not all of us, live and visit here for the beauty and wildlife life that is just out our backdoors. From boating, fishing, beachcombing, tennis, golf to just our easy way of living ... Read More »

A Goldsmith’s Tales of Christmas past

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net While working yet another long day and burning many evenings worth of midnight oil in my workshop with my 21-year-old son, Andrew, I tried to ignore hearing his complaints about working late. I came to the realization that this was to be my 44th Christmas season in this crazy business. If he only knew what I had to endure when I was his age. Forty-four Christmas seasons as a bench jeweler! Even Santa’s head elf would have been impressed with the volume of work I would push out in those days and in a ... Read More »

How to engage this season

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Anyone can speak to you, but not everyone can make you want to buy. Become the business person who makes every client feel special, encouraging them to invest in the company by purchasing your goods and services. Become the best sales person possible with five quick steps. The first step to engage customers is to greet them with a friendly tone within three to five seconds of walking through your business’s doors. So often in retail, customers may be ignored due to staff helping others. Assign a greeter for the door to ensure every ... Read More »

What a Weekend!

It’s Stan’s! Go there at night and get a glow stick in your buzzard punch. I’m all for it.

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Yes! What a weekend! It’s always nice to take a time out from the hustle and bustle of working life and actually spend some regular time in Goodland. No work, no volunteering, just a bit of a good time with friends and local business owners. On Friday night we went down to Stan’s. I usually go on Sunday like everyone else, but we wanted to try something different, and it was worth it. Owner Steve Gober and his sons were there, working away as usual. But Steve made the time to sit and talk with us. ... Read More »

Nurturing Confidence

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ARtful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com It’s not very often I write a follow-up to a previously published column, but I did get some interesting communications on my last Artful Life column entitled, “Confidence, the Good Kind.” So, I would like to revisit the topic of nurturing confidence in folks young and old, and including ourselves. The most interesting call I received on the subject came from a semi-retired school teacher from New Hampshire. Here’s what she had to share: “Ask a classroom of first- and second-graders who in the room can sing, and 95 to 100 percent of those students will ... Read More »

Upland Adventures

White sand banks of the Blackwater River, a result of quartz  erosion from the Appalachian Mountains. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville I’m always telling my family and friends that the two best months of the year in Florida are November and April. So, when I woke up on November 13 and it was 30 degrees outside with a windchill of 24 degrees, I thought, “What!!! In Florida?? Mid November!?” You bet. Along with my wife Cathy (also a Master Naturalist and a full-time nurse at Physician Regional’s Marco Island Clinic), I took a trip to Florida’s panhandle to explore a few upland habitats. We experienced that cruel weather while staying in the Destin area. When we stepped out ... Read More »

For a Mixed Bag, Choose Shrimp

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Very few people can deny that shrimp are a tasty treat, and nearly all salt water fish concur. In fact, local species like sheepshead and black drum can be caught only on shrimp or other crustaceans. It is my belief that shrimp provide enticing bait offerings, but this is especially true during the winter months when water temperatures are cooler making it easier to keep the shrimp alive for extended periods, as shrimp are delicate crustaceans that tend to perish quickly. Additionally, finding and catching baitfish is more challenging during cooler winter months when ... Read More »

What’s lurking in your Garden

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Are there dangerous plants lurking in your garden? That pretty flower or leaf, or even the colorful bark you’ve been admiring, may cause redness, itching, blisters or even death! Because many tropical plants are toxic, those of us in South Florida have to be knowledgeable about selecting safe plants for our gardens. And, if children and/or pets frequent your garden, then you need to be extra vigilant of what’s growing out there. I’m going to first dispel the age-old assumption that the Poinsettia plant is poisonous. It’s not. It was proven in a well-known university ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Unveils Etched Art for Advent

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Artists in Residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church have done it again. Over 20 members within the congregation have created myriad mediums of artwork since 2008 – all representing the life of Jesus Christ. It’s fifth project celebrates the current season of Advent – the coming of Christ – the reason we celebrate Christmas. The group’s fifth project, entitled “Incarnation Windows,” is an incredible sight to see. Not only does it show the growth of artistic talent among the AIR group, but it represents the coming of Christ in spectacular fashion – through the medium ... Read More »

Preparing for common retirement surprises

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Ask The CFP® Pract itioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill Question: I am approaching retirement. Beyond the obvious evaluation of my expenses and income sources, what should I consider? Answer: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement and bravo for analyzing your cash flow. You’ve addressed the first step in this significant transition by making sure that long-term investments are on track to meet your target income needs. Planning for and anticipating the unexpected is wise. Unless you’re a fan of unwelcome surprises, it is sensible to identify financial vulnerability. The significance and likelihood ... Read More »

To be mindful, or not to be mindful?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Anyone who has ever delved into yoga and discovered its amazing benefits will certainly relate to the following sentence my husband texted me the day after I taught him a yoga class instead of practicing on his own, “Doing mindful yoga is a lot harder than hurry-up-and-get-it-over-with yoga.” I was happy to learn he discovered the difference. I am unsure if he was happy to know that now or not. “Knowledge is power,” I told someone one day; and he responded, “Yes, but ignorance is bliss.” Or is it? Any activity or undertaking ... Read More »

Act Like a Kid Again

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Are you stuck? Stuck in a workout rut or stuck behind a desk at work, or even stuck at the same weight that you keep trying to get off? Why not break out of the box and try something different? Watch little kids play; they are exercising without even knowing it. Why? Because they are having fun. Remember when you were a small child? I’ll bet some of your fondest memories are playing tag, hide-and-seek or simply running around the playground. Instead of working out indoors, take advantage of the cooler weather and take your ... Read More »

Christmas with Naomi

Sally and Franklin were sadly returned to FLC and are looking for a new fur-ever home.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have a lot of ground to cover this time around. For starters, lets begin with you and your staff’s (again, I remind you that only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) resolutions for 2013: Did you meet said lofty goals? I didn’t think so. You just couldn’t lose those five to 10 pounds you hoped to drop could you, your diet having fallen to the wayside some time after Valentine’s Day? I have to admit that I also failed to maintain my diet goal this ... Read More »

The Death of Santini

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Pat Conroy 352 pages, Nan A. Talese publisher Sold by Random House “Time passing has a soothing, ameliorative effect, and memory softens as its tides flow out to sea. And to the amazement of all his children, Dad was turning into a man of decency and self-control.” I wanted to read The Death of Santini because it was touted as a journey to forgiveness between a father and son. Every major world religion values forgiveness, and it seemed an appropriate read for the Christmas edition, covering father-son relationships, family, love and forgiveness. Also, Conroy ... Read More »

“What were you thinking?”

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com We all know what happens when we assume something, right? Just last week, my tennis ladies kidded me about something I always say to them when we practice each Wednesday morning. We constantly work on doubles strategy, and too often I am perplexed on their shot selection during a drill session. Typically, at the end of a puzzling shot, I inquire, “What were you thinking when you hit that shot?” “Doug, you are assuming that I ever think,” one of my ladies remarked with laughter. After each team practice, I always huddle up with ... Read More »

Jupiter Rises in the East Comet

Looking East, 9:00 PM December 20th. Bright winter stars are rising  over Marco. SUBMITTED photo

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Comet ISON was totally roasted on Thanksgiving day during its suicide dive into the close proximity of the Sun. Apparently nothing is left of the comet except perhaps a few rocks. At less than one solar diameter distance, the comet failed to endure temperatures hot enough to melt iron. Needless to say, my careful instructions on how to view the comet during December turned out to be useless. In the form of a consolation prize, we now have Jupiter visible again during the early evening hours this winter. It can not be missed ... Read More »