Tag Archives: focus

A Gift in Memory of Father & Son

Submitted Avow Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of $325,000 from the estate of Al Greene to honor the memory of Al and his son, Jamie. The gift will support Avow’s hospice and palliative care services with a special focus on Avow’s music therapy program. According to Nancy Gibbs, the Greene family attorney, “Al ... Read More »

Legislature Frequently Tinkers With Child Custody

LAW MATTERS William G. Morris  The two biggest issues in most divorce cases are money and children. Who gets the kids and how often involves a variety of considerations for the parties, including which party “wins,” taking the kids to punish the other parent and even child support. In some cases, the parents actually focus on what is best for the ... Read More »

Flocks of Feathers

Submitted  From the earliest written accounts, the Everglades and its wet habitat has long been known as the place to be for birds. More than 360 different species have already been sighted, and the list continues to grow each year. On July 19, at 7 PM, Master Naturalist Bob McConville will focus his attention on the 16 different types of ... Read More »

America Opens Her Gifts

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com If America could have had a collection of gifts to open on her birthday earlier this week she would have certainly had an eclectic number of riches to gaze upon. The last couple of evenings, after the short rain showers have passed we have been presented with some of the most spectacular sunsets ... Read More »

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

The First 72 Are Up to You! Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

Submitted The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline. In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane ... Read More »

Trailering Your Boat Safely, Part I

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Getting your boat into the water can be an adventure in and of itself, if you launch it from a trailer. Bringing the boat to the launch ramp, launching and retrieving your boat and returning home safely are the focus of this series of articles. Boat owners who routinely trailer their boats know all too ... Read More »

Why Yoga?

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga?” ~ Leslie Kaminoff The origin of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years, and across thousands of miles to northern India. What began as ancient texts of songs and rituals for Vedic priests, has been examined, ... Read More »

Where Did All Those Kids Come From? Goodland Changes Gears

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Monday morning March 13th dawned clear and cold in Goodland. The early morning temperatures were to be in the 50’s all week. At 9:00, as happens every Monday, the ladies of Joanie’s’ Juke Box popular exercise class began filing out of the Goodland Community Center into the chilly morning air to return to their homes. ... Read More »

Keep Your Game Up When We Slow Down

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com For those of us residing here on a year-round basis, summertime, aka “off season,” is a time when we get our little slice of paradise back and things calm down. Traffic has thinned out. We now see more Florida license plates than out-of-state plates. No more long lines at the grocery store. We can ... Read More »

ARIO: AN UNFORGETTABLE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Submitted  Currently in the midst of a $320 Million renovation project, the JW Marriott Marco Island is well on its journey to becoming the premier luxury resort in Southwest Florida. As the jewel of Marco Island, visitors and locals alike can expect nothing but the best at this incredible resort ¬– especially when it comes to the culinary offerings. Home ... Read More »

JW Marriott Marco Island Appoints New Executive Chef

By Samantha Husted The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort recently announced the appointment of Eric Vasta as the location’s new executive chef. The appointment comes in the midst of the resort’s expansive $320 million renovations. As executive chef, Eric will oversee all culinary operations for the JW Marriott Marco Island. In his new position Eric will also be responsible ... Read More »

New Committee Will Review Utility

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The City of Marco Island Utility Department has been a focus of much debate and discussion over the years, as councils from the past have debated its future. Those same challenges still exist and now a new council has decided to take a look at the future of the utility. Council Chairman Larry Honig minced no ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Investigator White and Lieutenant Mahoney conducted plain-clothes foot patrol within the Big Cypress WMA with a primary focus on the feeding of alligators. Upon arrival, three subjects were fishing from a bridge which is posted as “No Fishing from Bridge.” They saw a juvenile catch a fish and dangle it over the water to entice the alligators located near the ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they ... Read More »

Not Our Finest Hour

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those that have followed the political landscape on Marco Island during the last six months, the events leading up to the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt should not have come as a surprise. Hernstadt was not the favorite of the slate of four who swept to victory on November 8th, and ... Read More »

MIYC Hires New Sales & Catering Director

Submitted Ms. Paige Simpson has accepted a position with the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) as the Club’s new Director of Sales and Catering. Ms. Simpson, a Certified Wedding Professional and Certified Meeting Planner, will focus on making MIYC the premier venue for weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as major events. She has more than 26 years’ experience in ... Read More »