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Taking “No” for an Answer

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently had a not-so-unusual discussion with a potential customer, regarding the time process for her ring to be totally restored. Now to most of us business folks this is considered high season, and in our goldsmith shop my son and I are straight out with the influx of custom and repair work, resulting in the burning of lots of midnight oil. The volume is kind of like drinking from a fire hose. We take in, on an average day, anywhere from fifty to seventy watches for various reasons, such as battery replacement, straps, adjustments, ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Kittle Raises the Bar

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Submitted Marco Island’s top producer, Donna Kittle, began 2016 with confidence as she in transitioned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus’ state-of-the-art café office located in the heart of the hotel district across from the Hilton Hotel at the Marco Walk! “It was a HUGE decision for me to make!” said Donna. “However, my professional lifestyle as well as my goal to continue to deliver five star personalized customer service and satisfaction have been elevated. RE/MAX is a leading brokerage on the island and is in the process of expanding its presence on Marco. With its global brand name recognition, prime position ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Officer Josh Ferris, left, receives his Policeman of the Year award from Marco Police Foundation
President Curt Koon and Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Josh Ferris had no idea that he was going to be front and center at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. But Ferris was indeed in the spotlight, having been named the organization’s Policeman of the Year for 2015 at the event, held at the Hideaway Beach Club. In announcing the selection, Marco Police Chief Al Schettino said the process is always a difficult one because of his staff’s dedication and hard work. He said Ferris has been with the department since 2012, is working towards a bachelors degree at ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Budapest

Coastal Breeze News is read everywhere, even by statues in the center of Budapest.

By Carl and Joan Kelly There once was a city called Pest, pronounced Pesht. It sat on a bend of the Danube River opposite a city called Buda. No joke! They stood separated by the river for hundreds of years. Sometimes they were part of the same country, sometimes not. Sometimes opposing armies faced off over the river. At some time before present memory they joined and compromised on the name Budapest. Budapest is a fascinating city with a colorful history, a city that mixes people of varied backgrounds who are proud of their common history. This city is the ... Read More »

How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” In 19 days I made no less than 19 trips to the grocery store. I washed bedding and towels in quantities that would rival Motel 6. I baked cookies, made pies, fried fish and tossed salads. I wiped milk off ... Read More »

Hazmat/Hasmat

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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!   Marco Island has a lot of nifty amenities besides the beach and the periodic comedy routine at City Council meetings. One of those amenities is the $5 a session workout for “Over 55 Year Olds” at Mackle Park. Although my wife clearly looks younger than 55, she managed to dupe the authorities into believing she qualified, and they ... Read More »

Goodland Road, all but impassable – Again!

Only brave souls would run this Goodland Road gauntlet (7:50 AM, 1/17/16).

By Barry Gwinn In four out of the last six months, the only access road into Goodland has been inundated by rising tides – over 18” deep in spots. In August, September and October 2015, the only apparent causes for the flooding (which recurred for four or five days each time) were spring tides, the days otherwise sunny and calm. On Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, there was no spring tide. According to local tide charts, high tide at 7:35 AM was unexceptional and forecasted to be lower than a high tide later in the day. This time an unnamed ... Read More »

MIPD Trains Officers in Active Shooter Situation

Officer Brad Gallagher of the Naples police department instructing the MIPD officers on how to properly work together to
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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was a surreal sight, police officers with guns drawn creeping through the hallways of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The same school that I spent my elementary years and graduated from in 2004. It still looks pretty much the same, maybe a little bit smaller. It definitely smells like it always did. The large, hunkering police officers did not fit. Nor did the guns. The officers were looking for an active shooter. Well, an actor posing as an active shooter. And the guns, they were the real deal, except that they were modified. Instead of bullets ... Read More »

A Community Holiday Spirit

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala *The Christmas Island Style Parade was a huge success! Each and every float was outstanding! It would have been difficult to choose one over the other. The marching bands were just as good as those in the Macy’s Day Parade – no kidding! The parade watchers started setting up their food tables and folding chairs early in the day. Neighbors joined neighbors to watch from their driveway chairs and snack on the tempting foods. Children were squealing with delight as the parade slowly rolled down their street with wonderful entertainment. The parade watchers were as much fun ... Read More »

Victory Florida Kindness Tour

Bob and Bogart pay their respects at the Bay Pines National  Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted You may have seen him riding around Marco. He’s hard to miss. On the back of his bike is a large American flag and on the front there’s a sign that reads, “Riding Florida Perimeter for Veterans.” Sometimes the sign changes, depending on what he’s riding for. But he’s always riding for something. On November 10, Veteran’s Day eve, Bob Votruba began his 1,600 mile perimeter bike ride of Florida. He arrived back in Naples on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The purpose of his ride was to honor the veterans who fought bravely for our country. ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS Walker Noe Goes to War

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Walker Noe has wintered in Goodland since 1985. He has lived in a cottage at 519 Goodland Dr. W., which he purchased from his father who had the place moved over from Caxambas in the 1960’s. Walker was born at Stanford, Kentucky on May 18, 1923, the first of five siblings. Walker’s father owned a hardware store and sold Nash automobiles as a sideline. In 1932, due to the Depression, Walker’s dad lost his businesses. The family was forced to move to a farm in nearby Hubbell. “We moved from a house with all ... Read More »

Ayasun Speaks to Republican Club

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By Don Manley Coastal Breeze News columnist, Tarik Ayasun spoke at the recent meeting of the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, the topic of the presentation could not have been timelier. His appearance at the organization’s meeting and Christmas party occurred December 2, just a few hours after Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot 14 people to death and wounded another 21 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. Authorities are investigating the mass shooting as an incidence of terrorism. Before beginning his speech, Ayasun urged his audience to not “get too comfortable where ... Read More »

Pets Strut Their Stuff

Marco Island Academy students  volunteered to help at the annual Pets on Parade. PHOTO BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff To welcome in December and, of course, the upcoming holidays, Christmas Island Style held their annual “Pets on Parade” event at CJ’s on the Bay in the Esplanade. Singer Rosetta Stone provided the entertainment for the night, singing Christmas tunes and other holiday classics. For the parade, pets and their owners were encouraged to come dressed in their most festive holiday attire. There was a dog costumed as a present, another as mistletoe and who could forget the crowd favorite, golden retriever and winner of “Most Original Costume,” Jake from State Farm? The costume competition ... Read More »

Grant’s Return

After a month long journey and 3,000 miles,  Grant finally made it back to Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On November 1, Grant Bergsma began his month long, 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. His goal was to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that creates programs in order to help military members heal both physically and mentally. On December 5, the Coastal Breeze News caught up with Grant as he rode into the Snook Inn, finally done with his journey. Welcome back! Are you happy you finally made it to Marco? Yes. It was a long ride. How did you keep yourself entertained on the road? On the ... Read More »

How to Impress a Woman (Do It Right This Time!)

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Wine her, Dine her, Call her, Hug her, Support her, Hold her, Surprise her, Compliment her, Smile at her, Listen to her, Laugh with her, Cry with her, Romance her, Believe in her, Cuddle her, Shop with her, Lavish her with diamonds.   For His Eyes Only!   Heavens, yes! Gentleman, it’s that time of the year again! I know, I know you don’t want to hear it, but here’s my friendly and early heads-up warning. Just because you think you got away with giving her that sorry excuse-for-a-gift you presented her last Christmas. Did ... Read More »

Happy Feline Holidays

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have an annual tradition here at For the Love of Cats: every year on Black Friday all felines in residence collaborate on a letter to Santa. Wait for it at the bottom of this column! As the shelter’s surrogate Santa Claws, official supervisor, and top cat I am overseeing my staff of 73 elves this season as they decorate kitty condos, lead the cats and kittens in singing cat-mas carols, and distribute gifts to the most deserving and purr-fect felines to cross our threshold. Each shelter cat and ... Read More »

Time Flies, Give Thanks

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Where has this year gone, and why did it travel by so quickly? When I was 12 years old it took a whole year for a year to go by. Now it seems like it’s gone in a few short months. I’m sure I just took my Christmas tree down, yet now I’m preparing to put it back up again. Each year my children and grandchildren come to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. After everyone has had lots of food, fun and conversation, they clean up the kitchen and then head for the garage where they take ... Read More »