Tag Archives: Florida

Countdown to Election Day — Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Stevie Prettyman


As Election Day draws near, fewer than 40 days away, I would urge everyone to take a close look at our candidates for our Marco Island City Council. On Tuesday, November 8th residents will have the opportunity to send a strong signal to the current leaders of Marco Island about the need for change. This election year affords us the privilege of ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

Walking in History’s Footsteps

Robert N. Macomber

Submitted Florida author and historian, Robert N. Macomber recently embarked on a historical expedition to Santiago de Cuba, researching the battlefield sites of the Spanish-American War for his upcoming novels. His trek to eastern Cuba will be repeated in a Military History Expedition March 6-11, 2017, open to anyone interested in walking in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps. Macomber’s “eyeball recon” research ... Read More »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

Competitors in the swimming leg of the Marco Island Triathlon.

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »

Thanking Soldiers With a Day of Fishing

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For its sixth year, the annual Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event took place at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. This year 62 boat owners donated the use of their boats and their time captaining to bring soldiers and their families on a memorable fishing trip. The soldiers, mostly Air Force and some Marines, were all ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Dwight Brock, Collier County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, remains committed to helping Floridians who may be suffering from domestic violence. More than 120,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Florida last year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and sadly, many more incidents of domestic ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show


Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Senate approves $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration plan


The U.S. Senate today approved legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on a major $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration project. The Central Everglades Planning Project, which was included in a broader water resources bill that the Senate approved today by a vote of 95 – 3, is a nearly $2 billion series of engineering projects designed to reduce ... Read More »



Hurricane Matthew has not made landfall in the United States, but is already making a mess of travel plans in the southeast. Ports in Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral are closed to cruise ships until further notice. The chart below lists the various ports currently impacted by the storm and what cruise lines currently operate from there. “Cruise line officials ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

Skill Development, Part II: Solid Contact

Photo 2: The four-quadrant drill.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott In the last issue of Coastal Breeze News, my column Skill Development Part I gave readers an overview of why developing skills should be the main focus of a golfer’s plan to improve. Working on skills, and discovering certain techniques that help accomplish each skill, are the overall goals. Many skills were listed in my ... Read More »



Good Afternoon, I am writing as a concerned citizen and hoping that you will help spread public awareness for our state’s most valuable resource. Please note the recent events of Lake O discharges, the sink hole that has led to millions of gallons of radioactive waste into an aquifer, fracking and the Sabal Pipeline in the horizon. The water in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni


Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round ... Read More »

2016 America’s Favorite Places survey


Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America” and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. The six-month survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories including affordability, ... Read More »

Rabbi Gross to Lead JCMI High Holy Day Services


Submitted  Synagogue President Sue R. Baum said, “On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, we wish each of our members, their families and the Jewish community a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.” Two new happenings for the Jewish New Year 5777, which begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, ... Read More »

Fashion Show to Help Cancer Patients in Need


Submitted  The Buckeyes Care Luncheon and Fashion Show Premier Event, sponsored by the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples Outreach Program will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North at 11:30 AM. A special Hilton lunch is included with the cost of $60 or $70 for premier runway seating. All fashion clothing provided ... Read More »