Tag Archives: Goodland

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan

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I have been following the Marriott expansion plans intently for months now but a recent spike in Letters to the Editor opposing the plans based solely on Marco being a “residential retirement community” or “tranquil resort island” could not be further from the truth. For the record, I enjoyed five wonderful years employed in the mid 2000’s at the Marco Island Marriott, ... Read More »

John Dandola Talks Dead by Happenstance

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By Holly Benedict In the past, author John Dandola has set one mystery novel on Marco Island (A Beckoning Wind) and soaked up atmosphere to write another (Dead in Small Doses). His latest, Dead by Happenstance, was written entirely during his last annual stay here. “My wife and I have had to put off relocating to Marco solely because of ... Read More »

Land More Fish

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com One of the most rewarding things about being a fishing guide is sharing the excitement and joy experienced through others when they hook and land fish. It has been my experience, however, that many less-experienced anglers lose a good number of fish through improper retrieval technique. Often, fish are lost due to over excitement ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Fashion Show Features Mock Wedding

The wedding party (l-r): Donna Gordon, Al Saunders, David Abercrombie (groom), Margi Abercrombie (bride), Sheila Sawyer and Bob Meyn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many “ohs” and “ahas” were heard Thursday, Feb. 27, as the “bride,” Margi Abercrombie, was escorted down-the-isle by her “father,” Bob Meyn. The bride wore a beautiful full-length, over-beaded lace gown with a cathedral train, and dad was elegantly attired in a black tux. Both outfits, as well as those worn by all the other members of the mock ... Read More »

New Workshops at Center for the Arts

Moseley’s ‘Everglades Approaching Storm’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two of Marco Island’s favorite senior artists — William Ward Moseley and Charles Gruppe — are back by popular demand this month at the Center for the Arts. Both are conducting workshops in their favorite mediums. Moseley will lead two sessions of “Fun with Pastels.” The first will be held Tuesday, March 11, 9:30 AM-4:00 ... Read More »

Shock to the System

I still can’t believe this is my backyard. PHOTO BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my 35 years, I’ve traveled all over the world. My mother and grandmother loved to see new places and experience different things. As a very young child, I was taken to various tourist destinations and third-world countries. I’ve known my fair share of culture shock. Yet, as well-traveled as I am, I never expected to ... Read More »

Is Your Workout Knotty?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Whether you walk or watsu, bike or bend it like Beckham, chances are you have some tight muscles, adhesions or “knots” that put you in a bind. You probably suffer through them, attempt to stretch them out or visit a physical (or massage) therapist to get rid of them. Have you ever tried a foam roller? Dubbed ... Read More »

Come ‘Play with the Arts’

Judy Chinski, The Artist’s Gallery. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Meet local artists and share in their creative process during demonstrations planned for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The Marco Players and The Artist’s Gallery are proud to co-sponsor “Play with the Arts,” an event designed to showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists. “We are excited to showcase Marco Island artists. The Marco Players wants to ... Read More »

March is a great month to hit the water!

Tom and Chris with twin Redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Typically, the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

Arlene Coff of Marco Island makes a donation to Knight Henry Cormier. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus have completed a successful Tootsie Roll drive to raise funds for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Knights, the Columbiettes (the women’s arm of the fraternity) and local volunteers offered donors a “Toostie Roll” in exchange for a donation. The Tootsie Roll Drive ran for three days, Feb. 21-23. Grand Knight Ben ... Read More »

Honoring the Individual

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Reclining in the pre-dawn hours of the rainiest camping weekend ever, I sip my coffee in this little, cozy space and feel happy as I watch Fred Astaire conducting a big band orchestra and move his feet in a brilliant, successful attempt to show us what the music looks like through dance. What a ... Read More »

Gardening for Honey Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honey bees are more important than you think. One-third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by honey bees, and hundreds of crops rely on the tiny honey bee for pollination. The value of those crops is estimated at $15 billion annually. Truth “bee” told, the future of the American agricultural industry depends ... Read More »

Cell

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: Robin Cook Publisher: G. P. Putnam, 2014 Length: 402 pages. Genre: Medical fiction Medicine for the soul” – Inscription over the doorway at the Library at Thebes. In his latest novel, Robin Cook takes on the issue of digitalized medical practice. The title refers to 21st century humanity’s ubiquitous accessory: the cellular phone. If you ... Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to (GULP) Pythons: Part 2

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist In the last edition of Coastal Breeze News, I gave you a brief introduction to Burmese pythons. These animals are an invasive species (not native to Florida), and they are now firmly established not only in the Everglades but as far west as Collier County. Their numbers have been estimated to be from 15,000 to ... Read More »

To be or not to be… Enhanced

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their ... Read More »

Just look, don’t touch!

The Saddleback Caterpillar. Look but don’t touch!

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Beware! Lurking in many South Florida backyards is a small critter that will offer a terrible surprise if touched. The half to one inch long, stout-bodied brown caterpillar has a conspicuous green back with brown oval outlined in white. It’s unique coloring may entice a closer look by touching or holding it– but don’t! It ... Read More »

Gender & the art of language

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me… To that childhood rhyme I say: ahh, baloney. Words can hurt, and deeply. The damage may be subtle, a slow insinuation into the core of your being, and with suffering so much longer lasting than a temporary scrape of the flesh from a ... Read More »

Tending the Garden

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British Journalist, 1941-2008 Question: After last year’s market activity, should I review and rebalance my investments? Answer: Yes, to maximize your efforts, it’s beneficial to monitor your portfolio on a regular basis. Whether you need ... Read More »

4th Annual Hideaway Beach Open

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Doug, I’ve played USTA tournaments throughout the state (Florida), and this is the best organized event I’ve attended,” entrant and former champion Monson Douglas offered Sunday afternoon. Not only did we have the largest draws in the four-year history but we had the greatest talent as well. The weather was picture perfect with 80 degree ... Read More »