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EDITORIAL & OPINION: Gender Inequality in the Workplace, Home and Family

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By Roy Eaton   Many forms of discrimination exist in today’s society. People are differentiated by color, sexual orientation, athleticism, appearance, age, intellect, social standing and gender, to name a few. One of the most common forms that appear in nearly every facet of our daily lives, and an embarrassment to a developed nation such as ours, is the latter ... Read More »

MIA Students Work Out at Marco Fitness Club

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Coach Greg Fowler with his 2014 MIA football team, in what became a successful, long-standing collaboration between MIA and the Marco
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By Barry Gwinn Bob Cholka has done a lot of things in his life, but none has been more gratifying than his fitness club on Marco Island This guy has tried his hand at everything from deputy sheriff to an IT guy with large corporations. Bob grew up in Milwaukee, married his high school sweetheart, and had two children, both ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

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Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

One-of-a-Kind Auction Lots for Naples Winter Wine Festival  

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A guided trek with chimpanzees off the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania; a yacht trip to Havana, Cuba to experience first-hand a nation on the brink of rapid change; and a trip to Los Angeles with Judge Judy onboard her private jet “The Queen Bee” are just a few of the newly unveiled items up for grabs at the ... Read More »

Stop Texting While Driving

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Here are some chilling statistics about texting while driving from a report by the National Safety Council: Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road incidents each year. Of these, 1.6 million have cell phones involved – that’s 64%! Every year approximately 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a driver who was distracted. 78% of all ... Read More »

Relay For Life Kickoff Unveils Exciting Changes

Photos by Maureen Chodaba: Women’s Club of Marco Island team.

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Marriott recently hosted the kickoff of the 2017 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. More than 50 people from our community attended this party to jumpstart the fundraising season. The Relay For Life (RFL) is a global movement that flourishes as a grassroots community event, raising money in the fight against ... Read More »

The Sand Comes Trucking In

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides   Earth Tech Enterprises of Naples took to the South Beach area of Marco Island like a small, but finely tuned platoon of “combat engineers” as they prepared the way for the delivery of over 900 truckloads of newly mined high quality beach sand from the quarries owned by Stewart Mines in Immokalee last week. The ... Read More »

The Marco Island Boxing Club Presents Live Boxing

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016 LOCATION: Marco Island JW Marriott Hotel, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island (Palms Ballroom) TIME: Doors open 6 PM, first bout scheduled for 7 PM TICKETS: $20, available at the door NJ vs. Ireland This year, there will be five bouts between NJ and Ireland competing for the Frank Gervin Memorial Belt. Frank Gervin was ... Read More »

Fall Book Sale – Come Get a Bargain!

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 -5PM, 2016 The Collier County Public Library invites you to save money and help local library programs when you shop at the Fall Book Sale being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, Florida 34102. The sale offers adult and ... Read More »

New Law for Lobster Harvest Aims to Deter Poachers

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On October 1st, an amendment to the Florida statute pertaining to lobster harvest went into effect, giving authorities more latitude in prosecutions for those who harvest undersized spiny lobster. The new legislation, SB 1470, sponsored by Rep. Holly Raschein and Sen. Jack Latvala, and championed by many in the Keys, specifies that each undersized spiny lobster found in a violator’s ... Read More »

Collier County Calling for Nominations for ‘Against All Odds’ Award Program

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Know someone who has overcome great challenges, excelled and given back to our community? Think that person deserves to be recognized? The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday established procedures for its annual Against All Odds Award program. Beginning Nov. 1, the Collier County Communication and Customer Relations Office will accept public nominations for the award, which honors someone ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY ATTORNEY TO ASK THE BOARD FOR AUTHORIZATION TO FILE SUIT AGAINST THE CVS CORPORATION AND REALTY TRUST GROUP, LLC TO RETURN MORE THAN $6.5 MILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY

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Collier County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow next Tuesday will ask the Collier County Board of County Commissioners to authorize him to file suit on behalf of the County against the CVS Corporation and Realty Trust Group LLC, asking them to return over $6.5 million in taxpayer money that he asserts was wrongfully obtained by them as a result of an eminent domain jury ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »