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The Energy of Life

Solar prana. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com 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 Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com 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 usher34105@earthlink.net 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!

Greenscapes Inc. ready to clean the beach. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 donnafiala@colliergov.net 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

5th Annual Marco Seafood Festival last year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com 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…

Malaysian Airline. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com 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 noelle@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »

iPhone Photos: Beyond the Selfie

Marco Island. PHOTOS BY JASON REINHART

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For iPhone users, it is no secret that their cell phone has changed the way they record the important moments in their lives. “It’s played a huge role,” says local photographer Jason Reinhart. “The iPhone has made it possible to share moments with family and friends with a simple click of the upload button.” It has even taken the place of professional photographers in some cases, Reinhart notes. “In recent news, the Chicago Sun Times fired its photographers to teplace them with iPhones photographers. That’s a huge move showing how photography is evolving,” he adds. ... Read More »

Batfish Bash Raises Nearly $100k

Guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the  observation bridge overlooking the sunset on Henderson Creek. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

By Renee Wilson Rookery Bay Communications Coordinator The Friends of Rookery Bay held the Fifth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay Saturday, March 15, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a silent auction amidst the aquariums and art gallery, sunset and cocktails overlooking Henderson Creek, and a live auction followed by dinner and dancing on the center’s back lawn. FORB is the non-profit corporation that has been connecting people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic estuarine environment since 1987. Its mission is to support the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which protects 110,000 acres ... Read More »

1 Million Acts of Kindness at TBE

Bob Votruba and his Boston Terrier, Bogart, present
TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry and some of her
terrific kids with a Kindness Plaque. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On a quiet, sunny Tuesday in March, Bob Votruba and his six-year-old Boston Terrier, Bogart, pulled their big blue kindness bus into the parking lot of Tommie Barfield Elementary School for a third visit in just a year. This time, the visit was extra special because Votruba was giving a special “One Million Acts of Kindness” plaque to TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry and her students. You see, the Ohio native has been traveling the Unites States for the last seven years, spreading the gospel of kindness to school children everywhere. According to Votruba, his ... Read More »

32 Gulfport to Face the Wrecker’s Ball

By Carol Glassman At the March meeting of the City’s Code Enforcement Board, Officer Patrick Hayman reported on the progress of a property at 32 Gulfport Court, which had been cited as a public nuisance and an unsafe structure following a serious fire and explosion that injured the home’s owner, Roberto Roque (Roberto Roque Revocable Trust) in early December 2012. The property also has required extensive work on a sinkhole that appeared. Roque appeared at the hearing to explain that he had tried to prepare the house sufficiently for sale and then realized the structure was beyond salvaging. He also ... Read More »

John R. Wood Opens Marco Office

John R. Wood Properties has opened a new office on Marco Island at 1000 North Collier Boulevard. The 4000-square-foot office will be staffed by 30-35 Realtors and will include a John R. Wood Cyber Café™ to best serve the company’s mobile agents and transactions. “For the first time, this will give us a total presence on Marco Island,” said George Percel, who was hired to manage the office. Percel has been a Realtor in this area since 1992 when he was named “Realtor Rookie of the Year” by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. “Obviously, we are excited to ... Read More »

Help FWC – Be a Citizen Scientist

Horseshoe crabs on the beach. PHOTO COURTESY OF FWC

Submitted A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crab mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. Beachgoers likely will have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a new or full moon. The conditions around the new moon on March 30 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. Mating crabs “pair up,” with the smaller male on top of the larger female. Other ... Read More »

Center Stage Dance Now Open

Lucy LaCava (center) has enlisted some of the best instructors — Michelle Jordan (right) and Kathy Kurtz (left).

By Melinda Gray At just 22 years old, Lucy LaCava says she is living her dream. She always wanted to own her own dance studio, and on January 6, she opened Center Stage Dance Studio. She offers classes to suit all ages — including Zumba, yoga, Cardio and Ball fitness. “From ballet to ballroom, hip hop to jazz, you name it we offer it,” says Lacavas. Her instructors already each have their own good reputation. Michelle Jordan, is certified in four types of Zumba, and has a rather large following here on the island. Kathy Kurtz heads up the yoga ... Read More »

Annual SAMI Lady’s Day Regatta

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Submitted Saturday, March 15, was a beautiful day for sailing, and the Sailing Association of Marco Island took advantage of it, as it held its annual Lady’s Day Regatta in the Gulf waters along Marco Island’s beach. The coastal breeze was just right to be caught in the sails and gentle enough to provide a sway of waves for the boats at anchor. Even so, it was close quarters on the water, and some held their breath for a beat or two at the awesome sights. This is just one of several event SAMI conducts on Marco waters. The club ... Read More »