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Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff The Annual Everglades Bike Ride will begin at McLeod Park on Sunday, April 13, with registration starting at 7:30 AM. This year, the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride,” starting at 9 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A seafood lunch at McLeod Park is included in the registration fee. ... Read More »

Wood Storks of the Everglades

This feeding Wood Stork uses “tactolocation,” sweeping its bill from side to side until touching prey and closing its bill in 1/40th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Let’s step back to the Everglades of the 1900s. This pristine area is virtually untouched, and for nearly 5,000 years, a sheet of water from the overflow of Lake Okeechobee has developed this region into a haven for a large variety of reptiles and other animals, including many bird species. One of those bird species — the wood stork. Let’s fast forward to the 1930s. Development south of Lake O is taking place in the form of farms and ranches. Even further south, the logging industry has increased substantially. Efforts to drain the Everglades are ... Read More »

Bike Safety Tips

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Nearly every year I write more or less the same article, but I believe it is the most important one of them all. It’s about bicycle safety and knowledge. Safety goes for both motorists and bicyclists as we need to be aware of our surroundings; we need to watch for both vehicles and other bicycles; we must think ahead at times and even possibly anticipate what the other person may be doing. Whether it be a motorist or another bicyclist, safety for ourselves and others should always be on your mind. Be courteous as well! We also need to be ... Read More »

A Circle of Wives

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust [email protected] By Alice LaPlante Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014 325 pages Genre: Psychological Thriller “Alas, the love of women! It is known to be a lovely and a fearful thing.” Don Juan, Lord Byron John Taylor, M.D., a prominent plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown of Palo Alto, California. Not only does he have a stellar professional reputation, the 62-year-old man is beloved by his community for his pro-bono work for children with facial deformities, by his wife of 35 years, Deborah, and their three adult children. First thought to be the ... Read More »

Diamonds are Still a Girl’s Best Friend

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] A remarkable comeback is underway, and that is a renewed desire for nice diamond jewelry. I’m not talking about the blasé quality stuff (a nice way to say it) offered to the public for the past six years or so, but a true emergence of quality and fineness. I admit I’m guilty. For reasons of survival, I was forced to carry jewelry that customers, in fact, really did not demand but could only afford, such as alternative metals that were in fact not precious and not the highest quality. I kind of felt I was ... Read More »

Worst Swing Thoughts in Golf

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] Have you ever hit a thin shot or topped the golf ball, and after the shot a playing companion says, “you lifted your head” or “keep your eye on the ball.” I have given thousands of lessons and I have never given “keep the eyes on the golf ball” as advice. However, I have spent thousands of hours fixing swings that revolve around a player trying to keep the eyes on the ball. Let’s talk about these two myths: why they have some merit but can really influence the golf swing negatively in the long ... Read More »

Hideaway Pro tennis tournament coming

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Earlier this month, Hideaway Beach hosted the 4th Annual Open Doubles Tournament and it showcased some of the finest tennis players in our area; 3.0 through 4.0 divisional stars exhibited their many talents over a two-day period. On Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 PM, the Hideaway Beach Tennis Club will be running the finals of the prestigious Pro league, and they will be using a different format than what was done over a 20 week period. Prior to the playoffs, players often played with their favorite winning partner and they played one two out of ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in Southwest Florida. They also can be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima): This is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about 10-12 ... Read More »

The Energy of Life

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell [email protected] Prana is sanskrit for “life force.” The energy that moves life. The sea awakens to the rise of the sun. Our bodies become upright as the day breaks and the flowers open, often turning toward the sun witness and receive this force of all forces. The river and the birds settle down when the day closes with God’s artwork, the sunset. The energy is ever present and ever changing. Like us. The body of water has high tide and low tide points that can and do literally change the shape of an island slowly ... Read More »

Are You a CocoNut?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?” If not, you’re missing out! If so, you’ll remember how the dad’s remedy for everything under the sun was dousing it with a dash of Windex. This is precisely how I am with coconut oil – seriously! There are SO MANY uses for it it’s ridiculous! Here are some of my favorite ways to use it: As a moisturizer: I get compliments on my skin ALL THE TIME – no lie. People are shocked when I tell them that I only use coconut oil. I ... Read More »

Time for Mars

Facing East, 10 PM March 28th. Look for the Red Planet! SUBMITTED photo

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Mars is now the third brightest object in the evening sky. Only Jupiter and the star Sirius beat it out. Reddish Mars is located near the blue white star Spica, and together the two make an interesting color contrast; also nearby is the bright star Arcturus – an orange giant. Mars is nearing opposition, which it will reach on April 8. When any outer planet is located 180 degrees from the Sun it is said to be at opposition (that is it’s opposite the Sun). The importance for stargazers is that the planet ... Read More »

Keeping It Clean – It’s Team Work!

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Submitted The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s monthly beach clean-up could not have happened on a better Saturday of the year. Mid-March — the island is very populated and everyone is at the beach — unfortunately more people equates to more trash on the beach. Gathering early on March 15, members of the Beach Advisory Committee, Greenscapes Inc., Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Marco Island Civic Association and the Board of Realtors’ Young Professionals all cleaned the beach. Working together and armed with gloves and bags provided by Publix, this group removed close to 30 bags of ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala [email protected] We have some “stars” amongst us! We’ve known for a number of years that Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ladig were “angels amongst us” as they stepped forward to make our Marco Island museum a reality, and they continued to support and encourage the museum every step of the way, attending most of the functions and befriending everyone they met. Now, they also have been recognized as “Stars in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County. They received accolades and praise at the Stars in the Arts Annual Awards Luncheon. Many Marco Islanders attended the ... Read More »

How Do You Play the Game?

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By Carol Glassman Have you fully recovered from Olympic fever yet? Even from a distance it’s hard not to get caught up in the fervor and fever of the Olympic Games, getting a camera’s view of a country we may never visit and having an opportunity to witness people striving to be No. 1 after years of training, deprivation of a ‘normal’ life and hard work. A little of that competitive nature must be spreading, judging by the way people handle that four-wheeled lethal weapon commonly known as the automobile. Give people steering wheels and horns, and they become creatures ... Read More »

MI Seafood & Music Fest Redeux

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island, the Kiwanis Club and the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island are gearing up for the Sixth Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, and this year, visitors will notice some changes. First, the schedule is different with a new Friday-Saturday line-up. Second, there is an additional culinary theme — barbecue — and a rock ’n’ roll musical act has been added. Finally, the festival’s marketing plan has a new look, which attracted a new, high-profile sponsor, Acura-North America. The car maker will be at the festival offering ... Read More »

Imagine…No Power…No Peace…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun [email protected] It is Saturday night, March 15. A bright full moon graces Marco Island. It is the end of yet another beautiful day as I sit in front of my desktop computer writing this opinion piece, with windows in my room wide open to the scents and sounds of nature. It is very peaceful. It is hard to imagine that somewhere in the horizon there, past the Gulf of Mexico, the mountains and the oceans, Ukrainians are waking up to a miserable day, when a large portion of their country (Crimea) will be separated and ... Read More »

KELLER WILLIAMS Triple Crown Awards 2013

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The Keller Williams Realty is one of the largest real estate franchise companies in North America. The company mission to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living® for its associates, is a philosophy which has led to many successes and exponential growth. Recently, the local Keller Williams office celebrated a year success during their annual Triple Crown Award ceremony at Bistro Soleil. The McCarty Group came in First Place for Market Share for the Top Sales Group by Units with the total sales of 94 Units equaling $39,385,550 for the third year in a row. This ... Read More »

Lifejacket Program Comes to Marco

The stand at Tigertail Beach holds a total of 20 lifejackets.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The statistics are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people die everyday from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. Additionally, the United States Lifesaving Association reports that in some states — California, Florida, and Hawaii — drowning is the ... Read More »

Obituary: Tammie Lynn Yaeger

Our little Tammie Lynn Yaeger, beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014, in her home in Bandera, TX, surrounded by family and friends. Tammie bravely fought cancer for nearly a year and a half before her passing. Tammie was born January 8, 1963, in Copley, OH, to Harold and Lilly Bennett. Tammie moved to Marco Island at an early age, where she grew up with her four sisters and eventually met her husband, Harlow Alonzo Yaeger III (Lon). Tammie gave birth to the light of their lives, their son Harlow Yaeger IV, in 1987, ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum Back to Council

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] During its March 17 meeting, the Marco Island City Council voted to untable its previous discussion about the language for the proposed referendum “to determine whether to renovate and expand the indoor community center at Mackle Park.” Council will take up the discussion at future meeting, possibly on April 7. The motion — made by Councilor Joe Batte and seconded by Councilor Bob Brown — passed by a vote of 4-2. Council Vice Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilor Amadeo Petricca voted in dissent, and Councilor Chuck Kiester was not in attendance. Councilors attempted to tackle ... Read More »