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International Support for Mangrove Restoration

Roy Lewis explains the effort.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with China’s Rilin Group to help restore 225 acres of mangroves in Collier County. The industrial group has committed $5 million to restore and monitor the mangrove forest at Fruit Farm Creek within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR). RBNERR and its partners have been researching causes of the mangrove die-off in the area, which includes construction in the 1940s of state road 92, to develop a plan to restore environmental conditions such as historical water flows in the estuarine area. This project will enable implementing ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Announces Love Your Country Voter Registration Drive

February 1, 2016: The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host various voter registration drives throughout Collier County in an effort to register voters in time to vote in the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary. Between February 1 and 16, the elections office will ask residents to show love for their country by registering and voting in the upcoming election. Diplomats from the Supervisor of Elections office will be stationed at various locations including the annual Everglades Seafood Festival on February 13 and 14, and the Marco Island Car Show on February 14. In order to vote in the ... Read More »

Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... Read More »

Panther Kittens Safe Behind the Scenes at Naples Zoo

Last summer, Naples Zoo created a permanent home for a blind panther that also included space away from the public area to give temporary care for injured or orphaned panthers. Already, the Zoo has taken in two more panthers. The first arrival was a now six-month-old female that was orphaned in October when her mother was killed by a vehicle. The latest arrival came in just last week – a 2 to 3 month old male. Naples Zoo’s carnivore team is caring for these young cats behind the scenes as part of a collaborative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida ... 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 »

The China Syndrome: The Week That Was

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” ~ Thomas A. Edison Question: Could you explain what happened to the stock market during the first week of 2016? Answer: That’s a tall order, but here’s my best shot at describing a few of the market moving events that took place during that first week. For starters, China took center stage, overshadowing everything else. To borrow from the 1960s BBC political satire show featuring David Frost, “that was the week that was.” For anyone associated with financial markets in ... Read More »

Third Shot Opportunity

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my upcoming and ongoing articles related to pickleball, I will be covering many aspects of the fundamentals and strategies of this great game. As an instructor, most of the players I deal with at the Racquet Center are at a beginner to intermediate level of play, and my articles will be directed at this level of player’s abilities. Today, I am going to address a basic required strategy, which is vital to becoming a better pickleball player. However, execution of the shot itself does require some advanced level skills, and more importantly, a lot of ... Read More »

Good Wine for a Good Cause

PHOTOS BY LOUIS VENNE PHOTOGRAPHY. The incredible wine bar at the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most of us in Southwest Florida have heard about the exclusive Naples Winter Wine Festival, but many do not realize that this extravagant event is a major fundraiser for Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children. This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival takes place January 29-31, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The three-day gala brings out the area’s wine enthusiasts and philanthropists to raise millions of dollars for the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Since 2001, the Festival has raised more than $135 million dollars to support NCEF, ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work.  Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship applications and guidelines are available at www.CollierVotes.com, or can be obtained at the Collier County Supervisor ... Read More »

Fire Rescue Joins Rotary KOPS Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise has expanded its Kindness on Patrol Service (KOPS) program to include the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and members of the Collier County EMS, while on assignment to Marco Island. Originally, Rotary’s KOPS program partnered solely with the Marco Island Police Department. Including fire rescue and EMS personnel will expand the opportunities to help the Marco Island community. The KOPS program was initiated to reimburse Marco Island police officers, community service officers, reserve officers and auxiliary when they make a purchase to meet an immediate need of a Marco Islander. The only ... Read More »

Reflection, Recognition and Resolve

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco Happy New Year Marco Island! I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends and are rested and ready for yet another action packed season. Before we move into 2016 I’d like to look back on 2015 and provide you with the results that because of your generosity led to another record setting year for the third year in a row. All I have to say is $507,000! This is the final tally of all the hard work completed by our volunteers, sponsors and ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part One

(L to R) GET MORE SLEEP, Dr. Laura Nowosielski, Family Medicine. CUT BACK ON ALCOHOL, Dr. Doris Corey, Family Medicine. QUIT SMOKING, Dr. Richard Roland, Pulmonology

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Well, we’re just a week or so after the dropping of the ball in Times Square—as well as the dropping of countless New Year’s Resolutions by seemingly well-intentioned Southwest Floridians. I have to be honest, I have been guilty of losing sight of my best intentions not long after settling into the next calendar year. Legend has it that New Year’s Resolutions date back to the Babylonians. Babylonia was an ancient Semitic state and cultural region based in central-southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). The Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favor in the ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

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By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

Travel to Cuba – Logistics

Sunrise on part of the Vedado section of Havana. The famed Hotel Nacional is the building with the double red roofed cupolas.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travel to Cuba for US citizens is evolving. There are a host of new transportation options either already in place or planned including ships, ferries, charter and commercial flights, even trains (well, sort of….read on). While more choices are available, travel still requires that visitors from the US meet one of 12 broad categories to justify their trip; under US law, travel to Cuba purely for a vacation is not allowed. The 12 accepted purposes include visiting a close relative, educational activities which involve “people to people exchanges”, journalistic, religious, and humanitarian activities, public performances, professional ... Read More »