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Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Coach Jim Watt fires up his U10 team up before the big game. As always, he has their undivided attention.

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), both soccer players par excellence. Watt is national sales manager for a thriving family business, King’s Company (commercial lumber), which has now gone global. He is constantly on the road keeping his customers happy and signing up new ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »

Rosenblum ?Team Awarded ?President’s Circle

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Submitted  Gerry Rosenblum of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, along with teammates Nancy Ehlen and Robert Camposano have been named to the prestigious President’s Circle for 2015 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The award recognizes the network’s top three percent of residential sales professionals who in 2015 exemplified great sales achievement in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units. Gerry’s team was recognized during Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ annual awards event that was held at the Ritz Tiburon in Naples. Real estate professionals from the Southwest Region attended the annual event. “Gerry and his team are truly deserving of this ... Read More »

Lely Passes Spring Test

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

By Roger LaLonde There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20. Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead. Both teams had breakaway plays, yet each had great moments on defense. A major defensive thrust for Lely came as the seconds wound down in the second quarter, but a lapse on defense set up the possible score for Blanche Ely. The Trojans had ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
Billie Maine, Sheila Wilbur, Linda Boston and Beverly Boggs

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

Jesus Godinez tosses a pass.

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

Principal Scott in her office at MIA, her door is rarely closed; Walk into the administration building and she is the first staff member you will see. (Right) Principal Scott and three of her teachers (recommended by her) received the prestigious Shine Award from Governor Scott during his recent visit.

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking for. It had not been easy. After a titanic battle to obtain Collier County School Board approval and secure a building and campus, Marco Island Academy finally opened for business in August 2011. It very nearly closed up shop a ... Read More »

International “Sharkman” Wows MIA Students

Katherine, a female great white, is one of the sharks the Global Shark Tracker follows. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Bob McConville, Master Naturalist Great white sharks. For some, those three words cause the hairs on the back of the neck to stand on end. Others will get goosebumps. But for a select few it means it is time to go to work. Such is the case with Chris Fischer. Recently Mr. Fischer donated his time to educate students at the Marco Island Academy about his life work and passion, tracking sharks around the globe. His goals, however, reach much deeper than that. He is a scientist, an educator and a motivator. As founding chairman and expedition leader for ... Read More »

Big Wins for Girls Soccer Team Set Record

The MICMS team set a record by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and the Collier County Athletic Conference in the same season. Front row, from left: Samantha Reeves, Vanessa Alvarez, Jillian Cartwright, Morgan Maile, Sophie Shea,
Adriana Lopez, Reese Jones and Nicole Rodriguez. Middle row: Ellie Poling, Jenna Palumbo, McKinley Champeau, Sierra Sann, Ellie Ball, Madison Champeau, Brielle Penzo, Kristen Petronzio, Lauren Faremouth, Victoria Alvarez, Daelynn Aguilar and Savannah Heimerl.
Back row: Coach Patrick Baldwin, Roger Raymond, athletic director, George Abounader, principal, assistant coaches Cory Maile and Michale Alvarez. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Are you kidding? Last season the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls soccer team went 19-1, winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Lady Eagles only loss was in the Collier County Athletic Conference championship semifinals to Pine Ridge Middle School, 1-0. And that goal came after a scoreless regulation and a 10th shot in a shootout. They had every right to feel more than good about their accomplishments. Yet this season the theme was “Unfinished Business,” said Coach Patrick Baldwin. The 11 seventh graders, now eighth graders, eight of them starters, were about to make ... Read More »

The January Effect

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” – Sir Francis Bacon Question: Is it true that how the stock market behaves in January indicates what it does for the rest of the year? Answer: “As January goes, so goes the year,” was conceived in 1972 by Yale Hirsch, the creator of The Stock Trader’s Almanac. The January Effect simply means that January’s market performance, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, is an indication of how the market will do for the year. Back-testing to 1937, ... Read More »

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 »

Museum of Military Memorabilia expands

The Naples Airport Authority has provided a new space for the Museum of Military Memorabilia at Naples Municipal Airport. In addition to the area the museum has occupied since 2011 near the ticket counters in the Commercial Airline Terminal, the museum has moved display cases from the terminal lobby and hallway into a new space opposite the rental car counters. The museum now has 1,300 square feet of space to display many of the 11,000 artifacts in its collection. More than 25,000 people a year visit the museum, which was founded in 2006 with the goals of honoring the veterans who have ... 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 »