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The Perfect Storm: The Rise of Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Roy Eaton  The news media and both the Republican and Democratic Parties seem surprised and shocked by Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to the position of presumptive Republican nominee for the office of the president. They also seem both awed and baffled by his accomplishment for he did so without the help of PAC and other special interest money and without major “Party” endorsement and sponsorship. Some, who thought Trump would simply fade away during the primary process, remain in denial, while a small group of others have spitefully disenfranchised themselves from his candidacy and in doing so, from the ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

Mallorca Dreaming. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Diamonds…what’s the hype all about?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I remember the time I overheard a soon-to-be-engaged gentleman mumbling under his breath while one of my sales staff was gift wrapping his diamond engagement ring purchase. “Why can’t my lady be satisfied with a small chip of granite?” I laughed, and said try presenting his love with a granite and gold engagement ring and see how he makes out. But honestly, diamonds are one of the few small things that can cost as little as $20 to an outrageous $12 million or more, and still be worn on a lady’s finger. I have been ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

Photo By Judy Wittwer

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

Uncle Ernest Gravallese taught Richard Alan the trade. Submitted Photos

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was one of the building’s first tenants.) Today it is better known as the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. By age twenty-two I actually started my own trade business. How hard could it be? I still helped my uncle, who was now ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Naples – World Pickleball Capital

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Submitted Save the date! On April 26 Collier County will become the pickleball capital of the world when the gates open for the first-ever Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. For six event-filled days, America’s fastest growing sport will take Naples by storm when over 800 athletes compete for top prize money while thousands of spectators fill the hospitality village in East Naples Community Park. This premier event will feature special Gold Box seating, parties, live entertainment, charitable fundraising activities, a Kids Day, a unique Zing Zang Championship Court, and of course the greatest pickleball players in the world. Saturday night ... Read More »

House of Horrors- Part III Taking the Bull By What Hurts

By Carol Glassman Even a patient person eventually loses it. The renovations to my flood-damaged home had come to a standstill. All the smiles and pats on the head with no results other than a newly-tiled floor under a leaky roof were no longer reassuring or even made any sense. Time for a showdown at the not-so OK Corral, wouldn’t you say? Tony, self-proclaimed contractor actually came to the house to tell me when the roof work would begin, assuring me all the permits were in place. I knew this was untrue. “How can this be?” I asked. “Although you ... Read More »

Island Angels Turn Dreams Into Reality

Sarah Reveland, Mitchell= Weis, Annie Palys, Areesa Chaudhry, RJ Munoz, Nicole Cholka, Jennifer Gammon and Sabrina Rod celebrate the donation from the Island Angels. PHOTO BY KYLE CHOLKA

By Don Manley Marco’s Island Angels charitable organization has made some dreams come true for Nicole Cholka and her modified curriculum-special education class at Lely High School. A little more than $22,000 was raised for the program at an Island Angels benefit, with the lion’s share of the money going toward purchasing new appliances for the Breakfast Café that operates from the kitchen at the classroom’s rear. As part of the curriculum, Cholka and her class prepare and deliver breakfast for the school’s staff every school day. The practice imparts such important life skills as cooking, grocery planning and purchasing, ... Read More »

Mutts & Martinis Fund Y Programs

Cutest Dog Contest winner Lily the Newfoundland. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Dogs of all shapes, sizes and creeds showed up this year to the annual Mutts & Martinis event held at CJ’s on the Bay. For each martini purchased by a human, half of the cost went towards the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s summer camp program, the event’s beneficiary. There was also a silent auction with items from restaurants and other local businesses, three separate cutest dog contests, a photo station, a doggy caricature artist, and even a pet psychic who read the canine’s paws, giving owners insights to their dog’s deepest desires. This is the second ... Read More »

A Genuine Imitation

Natural or imitation gems?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Like a preacher from the pulpit, I have tried to inform, warn and hopefully educate the naïve to the pitfalls of buying fine jewelry; I think it is safe to say if the price is really cheap, so is the “fine” jewelry you just purchased. It can begin with poorly informed salespeople, for instance the woman you meet while on vacation in Mexico, selling her wares from a horse blanket on the ground; it will probably result in the gold ring not exactly being solid gold. And then you can get the exact result from ... Read More »

Condo Fees

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com This week 380 condos are for sale on the island, ranging in price from $89,900 for an efficiency unit at Coquina Gardens to a Belize penthouse listed for $7,245,000. Just as condo prices vary greatly, so do condo fees. The Coquina Gardens efficiency condo fees are $2,136 per year, and the penthouse has fees of $18,000 per year. The median condo fee for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the island is $7,200 per year. Annual condo fees on the island vary from less than 1% of list price, to over 3% of ... Read More »

Life Saving Questions for Marco Islanders

Submitted What is a COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity)? Are the safety and wellbeing of Marco Island citizens seriously affected? How are the Marco Island Fire/Rescue Department’s Advanced Life Support rescue efforts being limited? What is the role of the Collier County Commissioners regarding the COPCN and emergency medical service for Marco Island? Do Collier County politics and money play into all of this? The voters of unincorporated Collier County, which excludes Marco Island, will vote to consolidate Collier County EMS in a “straw vote” on March 15, 2016. How can the results of this straw vote affect ... Read More »

How Do You Know That?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Questions, questions, always with the questions! And in case some of you out there don’t know it, I happen to be a goldsmith and jeweler to the stars. (This includes the sun, moon and deep blue seas.) So naturally I‘m asked a lot of questions on the subject of gold, jewelry, diamonds and precious gemstones, even subjects that I haven’t the slightest clue to the answer. For instance, “When do you think the price of gold will go up again?” If I knew the answer to that question I would be ruler of the ... Read More »

Thousands Visit 12th Annual Car Show

The shiny, red Chevrolet commanded the attention of all who passed it.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Keith Pershing, owner/master technician of Island Automotive, with the Marco Island Historical Society’s 1922 Ford Model T. Keith is responsible for resorting the 94-year-old car, and is one On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island held their 12th Annual Car Show at the NCH Health Care Center on Marco. It was a warm, sunny afternoon—a perfect occasion for a romantic stroll through the 200 shiny, classic cars. Each year Kiwanis organizes the event in an effort to raise money for the various children’s programs of Collier County and East Naples that they ... Read More »

Souper Bowl IV Exceeds Expectations

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday February 6, the day before the actual Super Bowl, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their fourth annual “Souper Bowl” event in an effort to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. And though Beyoncé wasn’t available to perform at the Mackle Park Airnasium, hundreds of people showed up to support their community, and to eat lots and lots of soup provided by the ten different local restaurants. It started as a cool, overcast day – a perfect morning for hot, homemade soup. Hundreds of people lined up, spilling out onto the ... Read More »

Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »