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Hilton Grand Opening Set for January

Submitted Photo: Rendering of the Hilton Marco Island expansion and renovation project.

Submitted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will hold a grand opening January to mark the completion of a $40 million expansion and renovation project. Among the project’s components was the addition of 23 suites to increase the room count to 310 at the 11-story resort. Included is the introduction of all-new, oversized luxury family suites with connecting ... Read More »

Planning to Give

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ~William Wordsworth Question: What are the best ways to make gifts to charitable organizations? Answer: That’s a common question that comes up each year around the holidays. For that reason, let’s review how to best fulfill your charitable inclinations and make a difference ... Read More »

Play the Percentages

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The sports of tennis and pickleball have a lot in common. As an instructor, I feel the biggest common denominator of both sports is having proper understanding of and being able to execute high percentage play. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I’ve said it before, “Unforced errors are ... Read More »

Head Tennis Coach Needed For Special Olympics

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Special Olympics of Collier County is in urgent need of a head tennis coach for its upcoming season, which runs from January 7 through May 21, 2017. The coach will be responsible, along with several assistant coaches, for one practice per week, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Greater Naples YMCA. The head coach must be ... Read More »

Marriott Renovations Right on Target 

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A rendering of the new living room and dining
areas in a Marriott’s Crystal Shores villa.

By Don Manley The New Year promises to be memorable for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, and the nearby Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Both are in the midst of major construction projects that dramatically expand and improve facilities and offerings for guests. With work proceeding on schedule, everything is on target for completion dates in 2017, ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer:  Sunset class at our new temporary location.

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

Practice Makes Perfect

Photo by Wayne Clark: Players practicing and improving their dinking skills.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As someone who is a full time/year round resident, who continues to play and compete in the sports of tennis and pickleball during the off season, I find that my game tends to get in a bit of a rut, simply because I am playing and competing with the same handful of players day ... Read More »

Two Promoted at Island Country Club

Photos by Samantha Husted: Bid Bakkar has been working at the ICC for 16 years. Recently he was promoted to Club House Manager.

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employees, Bid Bakkar and Chobie Fekete to the positions of club house manager and dining room manager, respectively. Both Bid and Chobie have been dedicated members of the ICC team for over 10 years. Bid Bakkar began working at the Island Country Club in 2001 as the assistant food ... Read More »

Art For Art’s Sake

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Daniela Hernandez-Garcia, left, Scotia Holdsworth and Clare Hassell mold clay mugs of their own creation.

By Don Manley Anna Zeidman has established career goals at the age of 15 that include becoming either an animator or a video game designer and the Young Artists Academy at the Marco Island Center for the Arts is helping her develop the skills to turn that vision into reality. “It’s a free place where you can study art so ... Read More »

Leveling the Playing Field

Submitted Photo: The Racquet Center’s new court.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark As a coach and a competitor, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new pickleball players on the courts. Many of these players are actively competing on a daily basis, and some are even playing twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It is a sport that is easy to ... Read More »

Tips to Survive?Thanksgiving With Family

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Thanksgiving is here, and the start to the holiday season has officially arrived. While the holidays are a special time to get together with family and share traditions, they are also a time of increased stress for many. Although we may love our family, inevitably when all members are in the same room for an ... Read More »

Editorial & Opinion: Anthony Weiner’s Computer: FBI Director Blunders

By Barry Gwinn July 5th, FBI Director James Comey announced, on a nationally televised newscast, that the FBI had decided not to pursue further an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He said that her actions did not rise to the level of criminal conduct, but admonished her for being careless and negligent in her use of a private email server ... Read More »

The Leadership Coalition on Aging Fourth Annual Conference

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The Leadership Coalition On Aging Collier County will host their 4th annual Conference on Aging on Friday, November 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hodges University, located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples. This year’s conference aims to provide insight to local health care and social service professionals on enriching the lives of seniors in Collier County. The Coalition’s first Senior Expo, free and open to the general public, will follow the ... Read More »

Writing Romance in November

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Submitted Thanks to all for their participation in the First Pages discussion at the October 12, 2016, meeting. It was great to have everyone contributing feedback. For our November 9, 2016 monthly meeting, our guest speaker Sonja Gunter’s topic will be “Writing Romance.” She has written several romance novels, and serves as the current president of Southwest Florida Romance Writers. ... Read More »

The Trespasser

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Mystery, suspense and police thriller readers, rejoice! This book is a rare delight – you will absolutely love every scrumptious word of the 464 pages. Stephen King ... Read More »

Countdown to Election Day — Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Stevie Prettyman

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As Election Day draws near, fewer than 40 days away, I would urge everyone to take a close look at our candidates for our Marco Island City Council. On Tuesday, November 8th residents will have the opportunity to send a strong signal to the current leaders of Marco Island about the need for change. This election year affords us the privilege of ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

COUNTY EMS PREPARES TO HANDLE PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

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In an emergency, the unfamiliar and stressful situation can lead to the person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to become confused, agitated or aggressive. First responders on the scene could easily mistake the behavior for uncooperativeness, when it is actually caused by the disease. To help prepare first responders for this possibility, the staff at Barrington Terrace of Naples, an ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »