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Letter to the Editor: Bill Reckel

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I read your article about PRAC with great interest. I am 75 years old and have benn a Marco resident for 14 years. My family immigrated from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950. I have lived and written my personal biography about living the American Dream. What I see today is De Ja Vu about life in a socialist/communist country. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that somewhere between 16.5 to 17.2 of our working population ( tongue in cheek) work for some form of government. What I see happening here is another form of government ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market

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There is a clear misconception that Farmers’ Markets should be merely fruit and vegetable stands.  This perspective is looking through a limited lens of commerce versus one of community, so let’s take a step back.  Here, in Marco Island, we cater to both the local and transient guest, and we are truly one family.  These once-a-week markets for five hours are really about social connection.  Yes, radishes and cucumbers used to take center stage, but they have happily made room for flavored honeys, fresh pastas, locally carved sustainable artifacts, wildlife photography and custom terrariums.  As diversity started to populate the ... Read More »

Supreme Justice

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Max Allan Collins Thomas & Mercer, 2014 336 pages “I always turn to the sports page first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice, SCOTUS   Someone is assassinating the justices of the Supreme Court in this nifty little thriller set in the future, circa 2030. “Summertime and the readin’ is easy” to paraphrase that famous Gershwin tune. “Supreme Justice” was quite a delightful surprise. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Joe Reeder, CEO of ABC Security, is a former Secret Service ... Read More »

Beat the Bloat!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Summer is officially here, and with it comes beer bellies and bikinis — two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. Take some time to plan ahead this summer for get-togethers, cookouts and lazy beach days, and you’ll feel good no matter if you wear a swimsuit or not. To avoid the dreaded bulge, belly or bloat (or all three), adopt some of these tips: Have healthy snacks handy: Do this, and when temptation comes your way, you won’t even think twice about reaching for your healthy fare. I suggest loading up on good-for-you-treats that ... Read More »

Managing Black Bears in Florida

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Most Southwest Floridians are well aware of the wide variety of wildlife that lives amongst them. Alligators, panthers and manatees, oh my! Not to mention, the vast array of lizards, birds, squirrels, bob cats and raccoons scurrying on land and the wide assortment of fish swimming under water. The largest of the furry creatures — the Florida Black Bear — has been the focus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for the last month. The FWC launched its new Florida Black Bear Management Plan, introducing Southwest Floridians to it through three public ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Are You a Sugar Addict?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you crave chocolate or sweets on a regular basis? Do you reach for an afternoon carb-rich pick-me-up? Do you drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s? Do you just enjoy sugar in any shape or form? Then we need to have a little talk! Not only is sugar in the most obvious places, but it also lurks in some lesser-known areas as well such as salad dressings, bread, yogurt, barbecue sauces and ketchup, baked beans, smoothies and basically most processed foods in one way or another. Is all sugar bad and ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those who are hungry for knowledge and a tasty treat of fresh stone crab claws through Marco Island and Goodland to learn more about “the orange tree of the sea.” Goodland is home to many stone crab fishermen who work long, ... Read More »

Something’s Got to Give

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Something’s got to give. Soon. The Marco Island beach is raked daily and large debris is removed by Collier County. Volunteer Beach Stewards walk the beach daily picking up at least one bag of trash – sometimes two or more. The City’s Beach Advisory Committee partners with the Marco Island Civic Association, Publix and local businesses and groups for monthly beach clean-ups which remove dozens of bags of trash in only a few hours. Friends of Tigertail, Inc. has quarterly clean-ups that hundreds participate in removing carts full of trash and debris. This equates to ... Read More »

Mango’s Turns Two

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Mango’s Dockside Bistro celebrated its second birthday with a hog roast, bounce house and a dunk tank. At $10 a ticket, the price was right for the all-you-can-eat buffet, including a smoked pig, beautiful fruit tray, fresh, puffy and tasty homemade shrimp chips, strawberry shortcake and much, much more. Kids had a blast in the bounce house, getting their hair braided and ordering fruit juice drinks at the “kid’s bar.” Mango’s employees spent time in the dunk tank, including owner Lauren Feinman. The party, food and fun activities were definitely a hit. With all the positive ... Read More »

Healthy Snacking

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By Pam Filbin Now that school is well under way, many parents have reached the point of needing new ideas for what to offer their child in the way of healthy snacks. When your child comes home every day, it is better to have a healthier snack waiting for them to keep them from going for the potato chips or cookies. If the right foods are offered, snacks can play an important part in managing kids’ hunger and boosting nutrition. Without snacks, it can be difficult for some children to achieve their daily nutrition needs and have enough energy to ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Opens 15th Season

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Submitted In celebration of the opening of the 15th season of Bingo, Monday, October 7th, two watches will be given away. Each player will receive a ticket and the lucky numbers will be called during the mid-evening intermission. Some 62,395 persons have played bingo during the past years. Bingo will be played every Monday evening, from October 7th, 2013 through May 5th, 2014, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Bonanza is posted at 6:15 pm. and the game is called at 7 pm. The game is open to the public. Each ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY/OPINION: Thoughts on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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by Sheila McKlveen It’s been reported Silicon Valley interests are joining with strawberry growers and other agriculture corporations to lobby for “comprehensive immigration reform” because the country needs foreign workers to harvest crops and design software (San Francisco Chronicle 8/2/13). Most of the Catholic bishops tell their congregants they must welcome the stranger, contact their representatives to pass the Senate’s reform bill; it’s the way Jesus would vote, presumably (Catholic News Agency 5/23/13). So why am I against “bringing people out of the shadows,” giving folks who’ve worked here for years, many of them, the opportunities I enjoy? One of ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for colored gemstones, pendants, earrings and rings sporting deep purple or pastel green amethysts with dabs of electric blue or bright yellow topaz to mix or match bold colors. I have made pieces with a rainbow of colors in just a single pair of earrings and created more than one WOW finger ring. After a quiet May and June, last month I enjoyed a renewed interest in colored gems that has been a refreshing awakening in quiet summer months. Diamond jewelry in my opinion has seemed ... Read More »

Let the Countdown Begin!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com The third trimester is officially here! I cannot believe how quickly time is flying; I’ve heard that it will only go faster and faster—almost like an out of control merry-go-round with lots of fun, and no signs of slowing down. As we begin to plow through April, I am about to enter my 30th week of pregnancy! There is still so much to do! In addition to running a business, we also have a host of other little projects we are working on for the business and the baby. There are literally not enough hours ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party To Come!

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Don’t be late for this very important date! The Mad Hatter and Alice have invited you to join them in Wonderland on May 11th, for a morning filled with the puzzling nonsense and the maddening fun that is the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, neighbors, and friends are encouraged to celebrate the day before Mother’s Day by taking part in this once a year day. Ladies and the youngest of ladies will spend time designing necklaces, sipping tea and socializing. They will also design picture frames to surround their special Mad Hatter photo. This reintroduction to ... Read More »

Let’s Take A Mango Tour

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The mango is known as the ‘king of fruit’ throughout the world. Did you know more mangos are eaten fresh all over the world, than any other fruit? Its name ‘mango’ is derived from the Tamil word ‘mangkay’ or ‘man-gay’. When the Portuguese traders settled in Western India they adopted the mango which originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Over the years mango groves have spread to many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world, where the climate allows the mango to grow best. Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Recently the Chamber had a marvelous After 5 event at the Marco Island Florist showroom. I had no idea that they had anything more than flowers, but what a delightful surprise to step into a shop of lovely gifts and decorations, PLUS flowers! Remember the old Hallmark shop that Lou & Pat Smith owned and that we all loved? I would have to say this darling shop filled that gap………..plus the staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable! Just to mention a few treasures they offer besides gorgeous floral arrangements are: blooming plants, home décor and accents, candles ... Read More »

Bear on Marco

MIPD News Release  Evidence of the presence of a bear was found at a residence on the east end of the Island on Sheffield Drive. This is the first time in recent memory that the Marco Island Police Department has been advised of such an occurrence. While some people believe that seeing a black bear is a very exciting experience, many others view the experience as a danger or threat to their personal or pet’s safety. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) have indicated that “the presence of bears is not necessarily a problem or a threat to ... Read More »

KEY LIME SNAPPER

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com So with all of this “following of the fish” that we have been doing, isn’t it about time we show you how to cook some of it up? Summer is here and at my home we love to use all sorts of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies to cook up a cool and fresh summer time meal. In this recipe I used Mangrove Snapper, however you can substitute it with just about any fresh local fish fillets. Some of our locally caught fish such as Grouper, Redfish, Trout, Tripletail, Sheepshead, Permit, and Pompano, would ... Read More »