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Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part Two

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I have often wondered why so many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, yet few seem to follow though. And yes, I have been guilty of this as well. But who says the “New Year” has to start on January 1? When it comes to your health, the day YOU resolve to make positive changes could be defined as your personal New Year’s Day. As I look at my calendar, I see that the issue of Coastal Breeze News that will carry this specific column will hit newsstands on Friday, ... Read More »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

MIA Girls Finish Season with a Bang

Olivia Watt (13) lines up a shot off a Teagan Havemeir (6) pass. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn Since a closely contested loss at First Baptist, 1-3, on December 3rd, the Lady Rays have rebounded to win three of five and tie the last regular season game with Gateway Charter. During that stretch the Rays beat Canterbury, Southwest Florida, and Seacrest. It was their 6-2 victory over Seacrest on January 6th however, which may prove to be a watershed breakout game for the MIA girls’ soccer program. Having split their prior two games with Seacrest, the Rays played a dispirited first half against Seacrest. One of the players likened their play to sleep walking. The ... Read More »

MIA Boys Finish Fourth Season, Find Growth With New Coach

Omar Rodriguez (14) breaks up a Canterbury HS attack. Juan Redondo (9) looks on. PHOTO BY PAULA RAGAN

By Barry Gwinn The MIA boys’ soccer team ended the regular season with losses against Seacrest and Gateway Charter. On January 6, at Winterberry Park, after giving up two goals, Omar Rodriguez scored on a free kick, followed with a goal by Collin McMullen (assist – Logan Cross). The Seacrest defense stopped the Rays the rest of the way. Final score Rays 2, Seacrest, 4. At Gateway on January 7, the Rays took a shellacking, on the short end of a 2 to 10 score. Jordan Barrett scored on a free kick and Collen McMullen did some fancy dribbling through ... Read More »

Avoiding the Traps

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. ~ John Steinbeck   Question: Eager to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’m wondering what separates successful investors from those who obtain mediocre or poor results? Answer: As the John Steinbeck quote above implies, we tend to be our own worst enemies. It’s safe to say that the classic emotional and psychological traps fall into five categories. These pitfalls, left unchecked, can sabotage otherwise sound financial planning. Trap 1: Overconfidence We trust ourselves, and ... Read More »

OCMI Soccer Championships

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By Meghan Bonos For the first time in Marco Island Optimist Soccer history, the soccer program crowned two 1st place champions (U10 and U12 Girls) and a second place runner up (U9 boys) in the Lee County Recreational League County Cup Tournament. The Optimist Club teams, named the Marco Island Sharks, advanced all five of their recreational travel teams to the LCYS County Cup Tournament set over back-to-back weekends at the Bayshore Soccer Complex in North Ft. Myers. The Optimist Club’s U10 and U12 girls’ teams won their championship games, and the U9 Boys, playing up a year in the ... Read More »

Historical Society Inducts New Board Members

MIHS members and volunteers (from left) Karen Breiger, Joyce Pastore and Suzanne Block.

Submitted At a recent festive holiday gathering at Bistro Soleil, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) welcomed new members to its Board of Directors. The 2016 additions to the Society’s leadership are County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Sonja Laidig and Linda Sandlin. “We are so proud of our Board of Directors,” said Pat Rutledge, the MIHS president and executive director. “The Society is fortunate to have a group of talented leaders guiding us on our mission to finish the Pioneer Room, the Historical Museum’s third and final permanent exhibit gallery, in 2016 and to secure the loans of the treasured Calusa ... Read More »

Neale and Manchen Co-Presidents of NPC

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Submitted Patrick Neale and Craig Manchen were elected to lead Naples Pathway Coalition as Co- Presidents by the NPC board of Directors. John Coffey was elected Vice President/ Secretary, and Sean Nolan was re-elected Treasurer. A longtime Collier County resident, Pat Neale practices law in the areas of business, contracting, real estate, and bankruptcy. He is also the president and owner of Lucera, Inc., a firm dealing with plastics, chemical and specialty petroleum products markets. He has traveled extensively and is an active member of the community who serves on numerous boards and has received many awards for his distinguished service. Pat is a ... Read More »

MIA Boys Soccer Players Compile Some Impressive Statistics

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By Barry Gwinn I have been watching the Marco Island Academy boys practice and have introduced myself to some of them and to their coach, Jerry Miller. They are spirited likable young men who like their coach and are working hard. I feel the same. I hope to report on their upcoming games. These guys deserve some attention. Jerry Miller teaches Environmental Science MIA. This is his first year coaching the team. The team has compiled a 3-1-10 record so far. In their 3 wins they scored 20 goals and pitched a shutout against First Baptist Academy. Two of their ... Read More »

Lady Rays Show Spunk in Three Tough Losses Merideth has another 4 goal game

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Submitted The MIA girls soccer team came of age on a December home game against a good First Baptist (FBHS) squad. Abi Merideth scored the game’s first goal dribbling in close from the right and propelling a ground shot into the far left corner of the goal. The score stood at 1-3, FB Baptist at the end of the half. None of the crowd left at half time, hoping and expecting an MIA come back in the second half. Despite First Baptist’s five goals in the second half, the Rays pulled to within I at one point, before losing 4 ... Read More »

MIA Student Wins Tennis Competition

Thomas and high performance coach Gary Mcdevitt at the “Spooktacular” event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It seems that the Marco Island Academy is bursting with talented kids. This past October Thomas Harrington, a 14-year-old freshman at the school, competed in the “Spooktacular” tennis competition at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. Thomas, a level 6 player, placed first in his age group—an impressive victory. Thomas has been playing tennis for over five years. He trains almost everyday at the South Seas condominiums on Marco Island, with high performance tennis coach, Gary Mcdevitt. Mcdevitt trains only the most serious of players, taking eight kids under his wing per year. ... Read More »

Lady Rays Win Two More Merideth Scores 8 in Last 3 Games

Kayla Kladis stops another SW Florida attempt on December 7.

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls’ soccer team disappointed fans at the first home game on December 1, losing to St. John Neumann, 0-8. Abi Merideth, the team’s leading scorer, was held out by her doctor, and Lexi Harrington suffered an arm injury in the first minute. Down only three at half time, poor goalkeeping by Kayla Kladis sealed the team’s fate in the second half. On December 3, at First Baptist, the Rays lost a closely contested game 1-3. Merideth, cleared to play, scored the only Ray’s goal. The game was played mostly in pouring rain. “It was raining ... Read More »

Lady Rays Hit Rough Patch. Lose Thriller

Abi Merideth breaks free for a shot against St. John Neumann. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn After a resounding victory over Seacrest on November 6, the Lady Rays lost a couple of tough ones at Southwest Florida, 0-2 and St. John Neumann, 2-5. Marco Island Academy was in both games all the way, but had trouble penetrating the defenses of both schools. At Neumann on November 12, the Rays did get through for two goals, by freshmen Miranda Webb and Teagan Havemeir, assisted by freshmen Abi Merideth and Morgan Jones. Olivia Watt and Elizabeth Schulteis had to sit this one out with injuries. On November 16, the Rays played their first home game ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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Not often that I agree with Councilor Honecker on anything, but it IS time to kill Marco’s rental ordinance. It’s dividing the island and pitting homeowners against condos again. But some of the comments are hilarious, such as referencing the ‘much improved’ code department. Every neighborhood on the island has code violations that are ignored by the city. We use grant money for the sidewalk widening projects. Those grants require ADA-compliance. The permits for driveway pavers, in most cases, indicates that pavers can run all the way to the street; an ADA violation. To Mister Karpman: do you recall when the ‘Group ... Read More »

DEP Announces New Rookery Director

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Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced Keith Laakkonen as the new southwest regional administrator for the Florida Coastal Office and director at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laakkonen’s duties include managing the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as the 12 aquatic preserves within the Florida Coastal Office’s southwest region. He will also coordinate with local, state and federal agencies on coastal management, listed species conservation, watershed management and environmental education and outreach. Laakkonen, a former DEP employee, returns to the department after seven years with the town of Fort Myers Beach, where he served as environmental sciences ... Read More »

The Team Approach

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY HAS CLEAR DIRECTION UNDER NEW PRESIDENT

Dr. Borofsky unveils new mission, vision and direction for the local, private nonprofit Hodges University President, Dr. David Borofsky, recently unveiled a new direction for the educational institution, including a strategic plan as well as a refined mission and vision. Faculty, staff and leadership participated in an extensive review of the University, its collective beliefs and goals for the future of the organization. The result of that work was a refocused positioning addressing the needs and wants of students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, partners and the Southwest Florida community. “This process began in February and will culminate in September when we roll out the complete plan including objectives and action steps,” said ... Read More »

Core Metrics for Better Health

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System It can be difficult to understand all the new healthcare metrics that sometimes add confusion, not clarity, for patients, families, physicians, health care systems and payers. So it’s important to remember that all those metrics are designed to realize one goal—namely, better outcomes at lower cost, which is the value equation defined as outcome/cost = value. This equation was at the heart of discussions last week in which I participated as a member of the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for Region 4, which extends ... Read More »