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By Samantha Husted Sunshine Tours is a locally owned tour, sightseeing and charter company that’s been operating on Marco Island for a little over 30 years. Owner Rodger Parcelles started the company in 1984, when he was just 19 years old and has been running it ever since. Rodger, along with his dedicated and professional staff, including two sisters and two nephews, works hard to ensure that guests have an experience they won’t soon forget. The company offers a variety of boat-related services including: fishing excursions, sightseeing, shelling and sunset and dinner cruises. Their trips, charters and cruises can accommodate ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)


To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

Should Tennis Coaches Teach the Volley First?

Matt Browne, Marco 
Island, Florida demonstrating the simple
forehand volley. Little to no backswing and a punch stroke. PHOTO BY DOUG BROWNE

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As long as I have been around the great game of tennis, most coaches have started their new players with the forehand drive. A few lessons later, and the new player is working diligently on their backhand stroke, and eventually start moving forward to work on their net game. However, would it be a game changer if all new tennis players began their quest at the net verses the baseline? Would beginners look at the game in a different manner? First, let’s probe the advantages of coaching the volley ahead of the groundstrokes. First, the ... 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 »

Agreement with Collier County Schools Allows Marco Eagle Sanctuary to Plan for Future


By Don Manley Enhancement plans for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary are moving forward now that a lease-purchase agreement has been finalized between the property’s owner, the Collier County school district, and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, which operates the Tigertail Court eco-park. The new agreement replaces a five-year lease the district and the foundation entered in 2011 that was to expire in April. Approved unanimously by the Collier school board, the lease-purchase agreement calls for continuing the $30,000 monthly lease payments, with the foundation having the option to buy the land, based on the average of two appraisals at the ... Read More »

Goats and Water Bearers

Looking south-southeast August 21, 11:00PM. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Tonight Capricornus, the goat, rides fairly high in the southeastern sky. It is usually visualized as a hybrid half goat – half fish creature; it’s also extremely old – it has endured essentially unchanged for over 3,000 years. Likely this is because of its great importance (to an agricultural society) as being the site of the winter solstice in the early bronze age. Nowadays the winter solstice occurs in nearby Sagittarius. Capricornus is supposed to be the second dimmest of the zodiacal constellations after Cancer, but I don’t find it difficult to pick ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Sacher


We the people? Marco City Council passed Rental Ordinance #15-01; a group of Citizens exercising the rights granted under our City Charter chose to file a petition calling for a Repeal of this Ordinance and subsequently met all of the requirements necessary to have the petition certified, including signed petitions equalling a total of at least 10% of the registered voters on Marco (approximately 12,500 as of 12/31/14). Needless to say, this Ordinance has brought out both detractors and defenders, and is quite controversial and emotional at this time.  City Council was given the choice to either amend the Ordinance, ... Read More »

Dr. Doris Corey: Nature vs. Nurture


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too. Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human. There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family ... Read More »

Rookery Seeks Volunteers & Offers A Special Night


Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples is seeking volunteers for outdoor positions. Volunteers with some boating or captaining experience in local waters is preferred. The Team OCEAN program at Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking volunteers to operate vessels and provide other types of program support. The Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that serve as habitat for many of the state’s imperiled species. “It’s not necessary to be a licensed boat captain,” said Rookery Bay Reserve’s Volunteer Coordinator Donna Young. “We’ll provide the training.” Volunteers operating boats require some extra training, including ... Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

Rookery part of Blue Star Museums Program

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage. “We are proud to connect military families with the history and natural resources here at the Reserve,” said Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay Reserve. “The ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Bill Filbin (left at podium) and Bill Poteet introduce RPAC award recipients of the $99 Club. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad The annual Marco in Bloom contest came to a close, as winners received their certificates at the city council meeting on May 18. This year saw a record number of entries for the contest, which recognizes those who go above and beyond for their landscaping efforts. It is not just a beauty contest, although beauty is a major component. It also uses a criteria based on the use of Florida-friendly components, which helps save water and blends in with our natural environment. Donna Kay headed up this year’s contest, which is part of the City’s Beautification ... Read More »

Two Area Students Receive ‘Camperships’ to Camp Wekiva

Members of the Tommie Barfield Junior Gardeners, sponsored  by the Calusa Garden Club, surround Kira Swanson (center) after she received her campership award. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club awarded Denise Diaz from Avalon School and Kira Swanson from Tommie Barfield Elementary School camperships to Camp Wekiva. Camp Wekiva is located in Wekiva Springs State Park and is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. It’s a week-long residential nature camp for third through eighth graders. Additionally, Critter Camp, a mini-camp consisting of three days and two nights, is offered to first and second graders. Calusa Garden Clubs meets on the second Monday of the month from October through April. For additional information, call 239-394-1425 or log on to   Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

LTE: Elizabeth Moran Di Stefano


I own a condo in the Duchess on Marco Island and I have been notified about the the proposed ordinance No. 15 and want to point out that I am totally against including condominiums in this ordinance as I feel it is unnecessary for a variety of reasons. Proposing blanket registrations for condos will place additional responsibilities on condo management to file paperwork with the City, and will require an annual City fee to the Association for the right to rent units.  This proposed new rental ordnance should not apply to condominiums, who already have their own rules in place.  Expanding this ordnance to ... Read More »

Newest Collection of Homes Unveiled at The Isles of Collier Preserve


Submitted Minto Communities unveiled four new luxury villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve with a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 7. More than 500 guests toured Minto’s new villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — as well as three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. Hundreds of visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. The new one-story villas range in size from 1,565 square feet to 1,862 square feet ... Read More »

“Big Little Lies”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Liane Moriarty, 460 pages Penguin Group, 2014. Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” — Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot   “Big Little Lies” tackles some very serious issues but serves them up with a mega dose of humor. Moriarty’s characters are so artfully written that the reader can instantly visualize these people. By page 5, I was hoping that someone would make a movie out of ... Read More »

Marco Writers Publishes New Anthology


By Don Manley “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.” – The Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield (1649–1720)   Transforming creativity into finely wrought words upon a page is a passion for Marco Island Writers. It’s a skill the group’s members practice with a dedication that is displayed in their works, such as the group’s recently published anthology “Southwest Florida Stories & Poems.” The compilation contains 21 original stories and essays and 10 poems, all written by Marco Island Writers members with each work connected to life in Southwest Florida. Murder, romance, history, ... Read More »

Minto Communities wins National Sales, Marketing Award

Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve  was recognized with National Sales and Marketing Council Silver Award. SUBMITTED photo

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category. For 35 years, The Nationals — National Sales and Marketing Awards — have paid tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements. ... Read More »