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A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors


By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” ~ Sophocles, Greek playwright born in 495 B.C. Question: How do I distinguish reputable charitable organizations from others that may be scams? Answer: It’s interesting that you ask this question now because I just received several calls requesting donations for the victims of the South Carolina floods and was leery of making donations to unknown entities. We know that as year-end approaches, the push will certainly be on for donations to numerous organizations. Weeding out the worthy ones from the unworthy can be tricky. For instance, in ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Linda Colombo


Dear Councilors and Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am not in favor of the proposed building at Veterans’ Park. When the people of Marco voted on a referendum to buy the property I believe most of us were envisioning a place to enjoy with various venues. For example, a band shell, a walking path on the water’s edge and a performing arts, center.   Many designs were bantered about and considered by P&R. I understand the price tag on those desired plans is unaffordable at this time. ... Read More »

Misunderstandings Regarding Veterans Community Park

Dr. Gerald Swiacki, 
Chairman Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Dr. Gerald Swiacki, Chairman Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee There has been a great deal of inaccurate and misleading information circulating, recently, regarding Veterans Community Park. As Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), I would like to correct any misunderstandings. Let me begin by reviewing some history regarding the property. The 6.85 acre property, formerly known as “The Glon Property,” was purchased by the City of Marco Island for $10 million in 2003. The intended purpose was to maintain green space and add a multifunctional park for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors. The previous Veteran’s ... Read More »

Third Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off


By Samantha Husted On October 10, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held their Third Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off, hosted by CJ’s on the Bay. The event raises money for the foundation, whose mission it is to support firefighters who are in financial, medical, or personal need, and to offer scholarships to firefighters and their children. The title of the event, and the chili theme, is in honor of Jerry Adams, a Marco Island firefighter, who in 2012 lost his battle to cancer. Jerry was known for his famous firehouse chili. A chili so popular and tasty, it ... Read More »

Bringing Sunshine to Kids With Cancer


Submitted The Sunshine Kids Foundation has one, simple mission: to bring sunshine to kids with cancer. Since its start in 1982 by founder Rhoda Tomasco, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities for children with cancer so they have the opportunity to have fun and celebrate life. While Tomasco served as a volunteer in the pediatric cancer unit of a hospital in Houston, she witnessed the loneliness and depression among children during their extended hospital treatments. The Sunshine Kids is a culmination of her vision to provide these young cancer patients with opportunities to participate in positive group ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Opens Monday October 5, for its 17th Season


Submitted Monday Night Bingo will begin its 17th season. Sue Baum, Chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island announces that Bingo will re-open on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the congregation, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Bingo Committee has re-assembled. Many have been with the game since the inception, and are known to the players Doors will open at 5:30 PM, Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game is called at 7 PM. The Bingo Committee will continue to round off winnings, when there are multiple winners, which awards the players additional money. Read More »

There Must be Something in the Water?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Upon entering certain establishments, such as dentists or doctors offices, I can understand why some folks may be irked, irritated, or just P’d Off. It probably has to do with the uncertainty of one’s health (they always find something wrong), and the biggest factor is the unpredictable amount of money you will have to shell out-of-pocket, whether you have healthcare or not. I can relate firsthand with my $2,500.00 toothache ordeal I had to deal with this past summer. I went through a blizzard of expensive x-rays, got not-diagnosed, which resulted in going to ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Hosts Casino Night October 17


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style has added a new event to its line-up for 2015: Casino Night. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, October 17 from 6-9 PM at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The fun-filled evening boasts casino-style gambling, gift and cash raffles, a prize for the best-dressed couple (holiday-themed), silent auction items, and a bar manned by Marco Island celebrities. Light appetizers will be served. Christmas Island Style board member Allyson Richards told us “Casino Night is a first-time event for Christmas Island Style, and is another way to ... Read More »

Shaken, Stirred and Perturbed, or Were You Prepared?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.” ~ Sir John Templeton   Question: Why were financial markets so volatile during August? Was it all because of China? Answer: China’s currency devaluation and overall economic slowdown were the likely catalysts for the recent dramatic declines, yet other factors also fueled the fluctuations. It’s convenient and tidy to pinpoint one reason for the market’s downward drift, but it’s usually not that simple. Slow(er) Boat to China For the past twenty years, China has experienced frenzied growth. ... Read More »

Knuckle Island


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I sort-of kind-of touched on this subject a while back, and it’s a real complicated problem – practically epidemic – and it’s something I deal with every single day in the shop. The process of making a nice diamond ring sale can be a challenge, as you may have gathered if you read my last column. It’s what happens after the sale that the fun begins, and that magical feat can range from impossible to miraculous. Now the diamond ring has to fit the finger. That may seem to many of you a simple cut-and-dried ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »



BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By C.J. Box Minotaur (MacMillan) July 2015, 288 pages. Genre: Suspense   This is a terrific read. If you are already familiar with C.J. Box, you will not be surprised at that. The man is a w-r-i-t-e-r and an enthralling storyteller. Every word he puts on the page moves the plot along and deepens the character development so vividly that the reader can feel the very presence of these people. This book is made for one-sitting reads. Badlands features his newer character, Cassie Dewell, for the second time. She is in North Carolina at the ... Read More »

Greece is the Word


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar was for the benefit of those of us in the Philadelphia Office who were facing retirement. When I discovered that no attendance was being taken, we started touring Florida instead. When the seminar was over, we decided to stay for ... Read More »

Not so secret of success


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Several years ago my husband and I were visiting the outer banks of North Carolina. In the lovely town of Duck we found a gift shop that specialized in quaint, erudite, and whimsical hand painted signs on driftwood. It was a bottomless well of humor and pithy insights in all sizes. As charming as it was, my first thought was: How the heck do these people make money? Then a certain sign caught my eye, and although I didn’t buy it (how do these people make money?) it stayed with me, like a tune one can’t ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »