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Don’t forget to “Count Your Beans”

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s face it. Most people who are fortunate enough to buy a second home on Marco Island have been pretty smart with their money. Dr. Richard J. Van Ness, a part-time Marco resident has shared his secret to success in his new book, “Count Your Beans!! A Pathway to Riches.” Through the knowledge provided in Van Ness’ book, anyone at any level can achieve monetary success. “Count Your Beans” is co-authored by W. Ralph Sommers, M.A. and has been endorsed by William D. Danko, Ph.D. Danko co-authored the New York Times best seller, “The Millionaire Next ... Read More »

Old Florida friendly Marker 8

GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Are you the friendly type? Do you like to meet old timers and hear stories? If so, you definitely need to go to Marker 8 Restaurant and sit at their Friendly Table like I did the other morning. Of course, you feel at home the minute you enter the place. It is like going to someone’s home. How could it not be with its rustic Old Florida ambiance, a machine blowing bubbles over the docks and Dave Serber and Jimmy Ketchum running the place? But the Friendly Table is the best part. Here you sit with ... Read More »

Follow the TARPON!

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com Each summer giant Tarpon gather in huge schools in different areas around the state of Florida, as they have done for centuries before we even started to fish for them. They are on their annual spawning migration and arrive hungry and ready to eat. Tarpon are considered by many as the most incredible and ultimate game fish available. To experience a Tarpon’s violent head shaking and its raw strength as it leaps ten feet out of the water, is simply one of the most amazing adrenaline rushes out there! Although I am not headed ... Read More »

Florida Native Americans, Artists of the Everglades

ART UNCOVERED Tara O’Neill I’ll start by telling you that it has been my great honor to chair the Gallery Committee at the Marco Island Center for the Arts these past two years. I work with exceptionally creative men and women dedicated to bringing interesting, enlightening, and energizing exhibits and events to ‘’The Center.‘’ In March, 2011, during a brain-storming session, Ken Stroud, President of our Board of Directors, suggested to the committee an exhibit of work by Seminole artists. Sure, I think, this is a wonderful idea. I’m a Florida gal, I know people who know people, etc. Absolutely! I ... Read More »

Smallwood Store update and more buzz…

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Smallwood Store & Museum had a very successful fundraiser on February 25, based on the number of people who came out to support this historic site. Visitors from all over the county and beyond attended and donated funds to help with the battle to restore Mamie Street. It is still very difficult to travel on the unpaved bumpy road; it is so narrow in places that cars are required to move off the road in order to pass one another. Although Florida-Georgia Grove LLP was ordered to pave the road by February 27, they were ... Read More »

Bravest vs. Finest… second time around!!

By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net  It was April in March; a balmy day with temperature in the 80’s; an emerald green field awaiting kids and “The Bravest v. The Finest”. Marco Island’s second Community Fun Day was set to go. Thanks to very generous sponsors, the two hosts of the day – the Marco Island Fire- Rescue Foundation and the Marco Island Police Foundation – were able to set up the day and to provide food and beverages at rather remarkably low prices. Where can you get a hot dog for $2 these days? The largest sponsor was the Marriott Hotels ... Read More »

Why no becomes the only option

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s a sad day for me anytime I have to refuse service to certain clients. No, I’m not a bartender, although I am often asked what my opinion is about jewelry and certain subjects about life in general. The major way I make a living is with my hands busy at my work bench and on any given day, the things that appear before me can be a bit confusing to any other goldsmith or bench jeweler or any one else for that matter. Confusion? Just the other day I started with a malfunctioning strap ... Read More »

Sugar lover, part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. Are you addicted to sugar? A. Do you ever find that eating makes you happy? Do you ever notice that certain foods make you feel super happy? Women usually reach for comfort foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, (basically anything sweet) or salty. Men usually opt for salty and crunchy. Whatever your preference, consumption of carbohydrates is usually the food of choice; and the effects are real—thanks to your body pumping out serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone responsible for making you “feel good”. So, sad, happy, anxious, stressed, hungry, or bored, we ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach Open doubles tournament

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Open Doubles tournament featured 94 tennis players from all over Collier County and beyond. The following tennis facilities were represented: Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Marco Island Racquet Center, Marco Island YMCA, Cape Marco, Eagle Creek, Player’s Club, Pelican Bay and the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota. This year, we added the 4.0 divisions – in both the men’s and women’s events, the winning teams were undefeated. In particular, Ann Campisi and Jackie Pham were unbeatable this past weekend as they braved the sweltering heat and finally the wind to capture ... Read More »

MICMS routs Seacrest

By Ed D’Alessandro  In a hard fought series of matches at Seacrest Country Day School, some of the matches lasted over two hours. The Marco Island Charter Middle School Boys prevailed over Seacrest five matches to zero and the Girls won three matches tied one doubles match and lost the other. Read More »

Island Country Club tennis tournaments

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Mens’ 3.5 event was won by member Roger Boissie and his guest Paul Violette both from Dover NH 10-8 over Corky Trebilcock from the Island Club and his guest Kerry O’Brien . The Womens Open level Member/ Guest Tournament Championship went to the team of Island Club member Keely Miller and her guest Stacy Faremouth taking out club member Eileen Fisher and Elizabeth MidKiff 10-6 in the Match Tie breaker final. In the Mens Open level Member/ Guest the 3 time Champs Larry Sexton and Clay Zyerefld were eliminated 10-8 in the semi finals ... Read More »

THE DIPPERS

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  eas-newsletter@earthlink.net  If you can drag your eyes away from the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the west, look towards the north and find everyone’s favorite asterism – the Big Dipper. Besides being easy to find it’s also useful; in addition to its famous ability to point out the North Star if you flip the direction of the pointer stars they indicate the direction of the constellation Leo. Extend the arc of the handle you will come to the bright star Arcturus, although you should wait until the Big Dipper is higher in ... Read More »

Marco Yacht Club celebrates

Submitted In January, Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated its 38th Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. The event was held at Hideaway Beach Club, with music provided by the versatile Dan Vass and a wonderful dinner provided by the Hideaway staff. The beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea with red roses and miniature blue tinged flowers on tables covered with red, white and blue linens created a perfect environment for the patriotic theme selected by outgoing Commodore Brent Cook. More than a 100 members and guests were in attendance to witness Commodore Brent Cook welcome Alan Rapp as the ... Read More »

Business Brief: DRYLANAI COMES TO MARCO ISLAND

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Some of the simplest pleasures of life are enjoyed on the ubiquitous lanais and terraces of Southwest Florida. These spaces provide the best features of indoor and outdoor living, places where homeowners can enjoy the fresh subtropical air while reading the morning newspaper, relaxing over cocktails or watching the sunset over the Gulf. Many Southwest Florida homeowners have electric storm shutters on their lanais. They like to leave their shutters open as much as possible to let in the abundant Florida sunshine, and they close them when they sense that rain is imminent. But everyone ... Read More »

Visit Everglades City in March 10

Historic Everglades City is buzzing on Saturday, March 10, with something for everyone. ART-IN-THE-GLADES opens at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod Park on the Circle where the playground is a diversion for the kiddies while adults browse among arts & crafts stalls. Live music will entertain all ages. For information, phone (239) 695-2905. Then at 1:00 p.m. the EVERGLADES HOMES TOUR starts. You can visit historic private houses, open to the public especially for this event. Included are some of the oldest buildings in Collier County, dating from the early 1920s when Everglades City was the County seat and headquarters for ... Read More »

10,000 ISLAND BOY:101

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Listening to a favorite song or album can be like chatting with an old friend. It can bring back memories of when and where you were the time you first heard it. Somehow it helps you recall smells, sights and even feelings. Music can be a “pick-me-up”, like an anthem before a big game or match. It can be used to set “the mood”. It can help relieve stress. It awakens soldiers, sailors & summer campers. Lullabies put babies to sleep. It can indicate war. It helps mourners grieve for loved ones ... Read More »

Introducing… Gema Pearl

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Annual Marco Island Seafood Festival always features great seafood and great music. In its fourth year, the event continues to grow, featuring some of the best local entertainers in the area. While attending the two-day event, to be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, make sure to stop and listen to local music sensation, Gema Pearl. Spectra Records recording artist, Gema Pearl will be performing live at the Seafood Festival from 4:30 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 24. Gema will be singing original songs from her first solo album. She will also ... Read More »

Larry Sacher announces bid for City Council

Marco Island’s next city council election will coincide with the national election in November.  Four council seats are open:  Council Chairman Jerry Gibson; Councilman Frank Recker; Councilman Wayne Waldack and Councilman Bill Trotter.  Mr.Trotter is term limited, and cannot run again. The only declared candidate thus far is Mr. Laurence Sacher, an Ohio native who moved to Marco Island.  He is co-founder of the Marco Island Homeowners who recently changed their name to Marco Island Property Owners.  Mr. Sacher has written a letter explaining his reasons for deciding to seek elective office: Marco Island needs a new City Council and ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White slept here

By Kathleen Douglas I admit it. I’m addicted. Once I discovered Randy Wayne White and his passion for narrative set in South West Florida I became his number one fan. In between escapades shared with our hero, Doc Ford and his erudite trans-channeling sidekick Tomlinson, I get my RWW fix by visiting some of the places Ford frequents from his base in a stilt house/laboratory overlooking the flats of Sanibel Island. You can imagine how delighted I was to have a little mistake turn into a walk in Randy’s tracks! Hoping to catch a tour of Useppa Island and lunch at ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year

By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net  There were guns galore and lots of husky guys in black uniforms. Not to worry. The event was Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation on February 17th at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Men in Black were Marco’s Finest, the police who insure the safety of residents and visitors. It was also the occasion for the Foundation to honor retiring Detective Glenn Zirgibel as Policeman of the Year. It was his second such award. County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took time from busy schedules to attend ... Read More »