Tag Archives: Marco Island

Hands Are For Helping 5K

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt:
Marco Island Academy students were on hand to help.

By Maureen Chodaba October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. A group of over 120 runners, walkers and even baby strollers recently honored the month at the Hands Are For Helping 5K fun run on Marco Island. With the starting line at the Shops of Marco, the racers bound their way through the rolling hills of the Sheffield-Granada-Dogwood area of our ... Read More »

The Good, Bad, and the Downright Ugly


Life can be a comedy and even more hilarious if you work with the public. Oh! Yes, I was found in the dark then cut, faceted and polished by the public and the final product took over fifty years to complete, and here I sit. (Sitting I find is now more comfortable than standing.) Jewelry is my thing. I eat, ... Read More »

Happy Birthday to…Dolphins

Photos by Bob McConville: 
Halfway, one of the most productive females in Marco’s waters, with
her new calf, Wyatt.

Dolly, Halfway, Nibbles, Rangle, Sparky and Sydney…sounds like a random selection of words from a dictionary. In fact, these are the names of some adult female bottlenose dolphins seen in the Marco waters. So what do they have in common? All of the above gave birth to calves during the month of September! Baby dolphins can be born at any ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard


I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was not the only person to promote ... Read More »

Skill Development Part IV: Variables – Slopes

The following instructive videos accompany this column:
Downhill slope: https://youtu.be/P37fvD8UolQ
Side hill slope (ball below feet): https://youtu.be/aL0-8iAtvbc
Side hill slope (ball above feet): https://youtu.be/pAeH4gwpyvg
Uphill slope: https://youtu.be/5FTsfl8Pbw4
Find these videos at the above web addresses, or by searching Todd’s YouTube page,
where you can find all of his informative golf coaching videos. To find Todd’s page, search
“Todd Elliott Golf” or “Todd Elliott Hideaway Beach Club.”

As we continue on this journey of skill development, Part IV and beyond will discuss the different variables we encounter on the course, how we adjust, and how we prepare for them. A simple truth known to all golfers is that there are very few flat lies on any golf course. In reality, course layouts are replete with sloped terrain ... Read More »

My Editor Goes to a Rock Concert, Sort of


By Barry Gwinn On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Coastal Breeze News appeared in newsstands throughout Marco Island, on time, and with 80 pages chock-full of color photos, columns, and articles sent in by the staff writers and a wide network of contributors. As usual everything was well presented by the production staff. It is up to Val Simon, publisher ... Read More »

Getting in Tune with Tibetan Bowls

Photos by Val Simon

By Maria Lamb Mark “Dr. Dream” Peebler, a holistic healing practitioner, brought a rare experience to Marco Island with his 111 Tibetan singing bowls. At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with 100 participants, Dr. Dream set out to give the attendees a mind/body tune up. Tibetan Singing Bowls are used in yoga, meditation, sound healing and chakra balancing. Tibetan bowls emit ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Election


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: This Election


Dear Fellow Citizens, The state of local politics on this island has reached an all time low.   We have self appointed judges who, based on their own criteria and unsolicited opinions, unfoundedly evaluate a citizen’s constitutional position and circulate their vicious self serving opinion to others.  As a result, unquestioning citizens are emailing these negative opinions to others as if it was ... Read More »

City Council Election: Monica L Pierce


As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

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


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 »

Public/Private Partnership: Amadeo Petricca


At last night’s forum (Thursday, 09/29/2016) held at the Rose Hall Museum Auditorium, there was a discussion concerning the City finally being involved in a Public/Private Partnership with businesses on Marco Island. The first Public/Private Partnership in the City began in 2013, whereby the City allowed the businesses abutting Herb Savage Way alley to develop the swales for additional parking. ... Read More »

City Council Election: Adam Urban


It seems disingenuous for Amadeo Petricca to claim to be for taxpayers when he refused to vote for the roll-back millage rate the last two years. The roll-back rate would have kept tax revenue constant. Instead, Amadeo Petricca voted to raise collected ad valorem tax revenue for FY2016 and FY2017 by approximately 2.3 million dollars! He also claims to be ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

What Does $500K Buy on Marco?

Ville de Mar

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Marco Island condo list prices last week ranged from $118,000 for a Seabreeze West studio to $9.9 million for a grand penthouse at the Belize. The median list price of the 346 condos for sale last week on Marco Island was just under $500,000. What does $500,000 buy? That depends on what you ... Read More »

A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

From left: Philippe Cousteau, Capt. Tom Williams, Les Bowen (owner of the two cannons), and Ashlan Cousteau.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

By Maureen Chodaba The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island). The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the ... Read More »

The Latest From East Naples


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Many have wondered what ever happened to the plan to build a swimming pool for the Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. It is alive and well and kicking! They had a lot to do for planning and changing plans, etc., then design, then sending out for bid, then moving forward. I think it’s taken ... Read More »