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Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

BAC Community Forum

Submitted On Wednesday, February 10 the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is sponsoring a Community Forum from 7-9 PM in the city’s Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Bring your questions relating to Florida-friendly landscaping! The event is a great way to learn about an array of gardening topics. Exhibit booths include Doug Caldwell, University of Florida (Tree Diseases), Lee County Electric Cooperative, 2015 Marco in Bloom Winners, Calusa Garden Club, Bio-Green, and the Botanical Garden-Butterfly Gardens. There will be speaker presentations by Cris Costello, Sierra Club (Fertilizers, Clean Water); James (“Nik”) Nikolich (Water Conservation, Irrigation); Donna ... Read More »



By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

Minto’s “The Isles of Collier Preserve” Named Master-Planned Community of the Year; Celebrates Highly Anticipated Grand Opening of The Isles Club


The Isles Club, the new clubhouse and amenity center at The Isles of Collier Preserve, is celebrating its grand opening with a public celebration. On Saturday, January 23rd from 12-4 PM, come experience this latest addition to the one-of-a-kind lifestyle offered at The Isles of Collier Preserve in the brand new clubhouse overlooking the sparkling Cypress Waterway. The design of the 16,500 square-foot Isles Club was inspired by the charming coastal cottage style of the original Naples Beach Hotel built in 1888. The Isles Club is distinguished by a stylized cupola and large awning-shaded front porch, and will be the ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist Wins Couples’ Choice Award®


Submitted WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Marco Island Florist and Gift as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Florist in Marco Island and Naples! The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. While many industry award winners are selected by the ... Read More »

United Way and Lighthouse of Collier

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss, is excited to have been selected as a 2016 partner agency member with United Way of Collier County. The United Way of Collier County’s 2016 allocation of $15,000 will allow Lighthouse of Collier to continue to offer monthly Support Group programs for blind and visually impaired clients, expand upon the services currently provided, and support Operational expenses. The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired ... Read More »

Evening at Naples Municipal Airport to include a salute to Ted Soliday

Tickets are on sale only until Jan. 25 for the second annual Naples Disabled Veterans Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Naples Municipal Airport. Presented by the Museum of Military Memorabilia and supported by the Naples Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, the evening will include a mess-hall banquet and a USO-style show, as well as displays, games and auctions to raise funds to support wounded veterans, the museum and the Civil Air Patrol. The live, hour-long show will feature “Bob Hope” and his guest stars “Red Skelton,” “Jack Benny,” “Jimmy Durante,” and “Ann Margret.” Guests are encouraged to dress ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

Monroe Station 1920s

Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

Winter in the Big Cypress Swamp

Green heron hides among the mangroves waiting for its next meal.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the harsh winter climate of South Florida! So blustery, so cold that I had to wear long pants twice last January! I don’t know how people can stand it! Actually our climate provides a safe haven for many of our northern visitors to escape the cold and snow. These humans will take advantage of the excellent beach conditions, boating opportunities and great eco-attractions to keep themselves entertained over the next four months. Some will also take the short trip, less than thirty minutes, and learn about the fascinating areas just west of the Everglades. ... Read More »

In a Word


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... Read More »

Mental Mastery


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

The Language Barrier

By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!   Maybe it’s not strictly the American syndrome, but some of my friends get very peculiar when they’re in a foreign country and do not understand the language. Their normal reaction is, “Oh, I’m not speaking loudly enough”. So they crank up the decibels. “Waiter, I’d appreciate a glass of red wine” becomes, “Hey, gimmee some of that red ... Read More »

Local History & Mysteries

Submitted Ghosts of Chokoloskee? Death of Ochopee? New books with these fascinating local histories will be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades on Saturday, January 16, in Everglades City along with arts and crafts by local vendors. Chokoloskee is the home of the famous Smallwood Store & Museum, which is the setting of the killing of Mister Watson, the subject of a famous novel by Peter Matthieson. Author Rick Magers imagines, after meticulous research, what the conversations would have been like back then among all the protagonists. His book “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” is one of many historical books that will be for ... Read More »

Middle East Cultural Series


Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island opens its first program of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 2016, Sunday, January 10th, 2016, at 7:30 pm. This is the 22nd year of the Cultural Series, which focuses on programs of interest to the Congregation and Community. The speaker, Shibley Telhami has gained international recognition for his knowledge of the Middle East. He is an Arab, born and raised in Haifa, Israel, where his parents still reside and are closely tied to the Jewish Community. Educated at the University of California, Berkley, Professor Telhami has taught at Cornell, Princeton, Swathmore, Ohio University, Columbia and ... Read More »

A Meal at Home in Croatia

Parting gifts seem as much a part of Croatian life as the welcome plum brandy drink. We ate the grapes before we left and Joan carried the rose until it fell apart.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our ship docks at Vukovar, Croatia. We 150 tourists flow out of the vessel to be bussed a few miles to Osijek. There we are to enjoy home cooked meals in private homes. This is one of the high points of every Grand Circle trip we have taken. Nearly 20 local families host eight to ten guests each for food and unguided, unscripted, unrestricted talk for three hours. The bus delivers us to the home of Stephane Swarz. The guides stay on the bus. First meetings are usually a bit awkward. But, Stephane and his ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County Celebrate the 2015 Paragon Awards

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County held the first annual Paragon Awards at the Naples Botanical Gardens. This awards luncheon celebrated and honored seven community supporters who demonstrated the greatest dedication and impact as advocates for the Boys & Girls Club Movement. Boys & Girls Club President and CEO, Theresa J. Shaw, presented the 2015 Paragon Awards to: Timothy Ubben, Legacy Award; Mary & Thomas Lear, Volunteer Award; Kingman Webster, Education Ambassador Award accepted in memoriam, by his wife, Dee Webster; Lisa Akita-Cannon of ACT-SO, Minority Leader Award; Naples Children’s Education Foundation (NCEF), ... Read More »

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

People who live in southwest Florida can learn to identify and safely capture Burmese pythons at upcoming 2016 Python Challenge™ in-person training sessions in Lee and Collier counties. Training for Lee County is on Dec. 20 at the Olga Community Center in Fort Myers, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Can’t make it to the December training? You can still sign up for training in Collier County on Jan. 19 at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples. For those who can’t make the west coast trainings, more sessions are offered in different locations throughout south Florida in December, January and February. Training ... Read More »

New Local Business Wants to Personally Teach You Technology

Today, 1 on 1 Lessons, a new local business specializing in teaching individuals how to use iPhones and iPads, announced its official launch for Naples and Southwest Florida. 1 on 1 Lessons offers a personalized educational service to all ages for anyone who wants to learn more about technology. Lessons are offered in-home or at location of your choice and each lesson is unique to your needs and your devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, readers, and more. Excited to help our great community, owner James McQuillin said “I absolutely love the excitement I see in someone’s face when they learn ... Read More »

Freestyling With Chris Draper


By Meghan Bonos It is hard enough to spin a ball on your finger and balance on one foot at the same time. But to spin a ball on your head, flip it to your ear, bounce it to your foot and then jump over the ball in midair sounds almost impossible. These skills, or tricks as commonly called in the world of freestyle soccer, are second nature to Chris Draper, almost as easy as riding a bicycle. The Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) Soccer Program was given quite a show on Monday night at their youth soccer practice. ... Read More »