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Joy of Giving Changes Web Address

Submitted Web Address The Joy of Giving holds their annual shopping event at Walmart on Collier Boulevard. Now in its 27th year, Joy of Giving provided Christmas for over 1,000 local children last year. It takes some mighty generous hearts to meet that challenge. Throughout the year, kind-hearted souls make donations to the Joy of Giving 501(c) 3 to help them meet the challenge. Many of those donations come through the form of online contributions to the Joy of Giving’s website. That is why it is extremely important everyone gets the word out that the Joy of Giving’s website address ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Next Year: New Captain, Same Hope

Coastal Breeze News sponsored a table of volunteers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2015 Meals of Hope packaging event on November 14 was a monumental success. Over 550 volunteers packaged a record 232,000 meals in less than two hours. The group was also successful in achieving their 2015 goal of raising $45,000. After the event, Meals of Hope gives the packaged meals away free of charge. A distribution network, which utilizes the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest, insures that the meals are given to needy children. The mission of Meals of Hope is to ensure that no child in Collier County misses even a single ... Read More »

Hot Rod Turtle at YMCA

Posing with Hot Rod, from left: Ann Hughes (Community Foundation),  John Riley, Steve Garske, artist Christi Vadnais, Charlotte Garske, Cindy Love and Cheryl McDonnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Greater Marco Family YMCA was selected to house “Hot Rod,” one of 50 turtle sculptures from the community arts project, “Turtles on the Town.” Hot Rod, a turtle with yellow, orange and red racing flames, is the creation of artist Christi Vadnais. On November 12, Hot Rod was placed in front of the YMCA’s new Youth Development Center. It will be on temporary display until March 2016, when Hot Rod will be auctioned off to a permanent home. The YMCA would love to be Hot Rod’s permanent home; Consider bidding so Hot Rod can stay. Bidding will take ... Read More »

Something New is Cooking in the Island Country Club’s Kitchen

Rudiger Loose, left, general 
manager of the Island Country Club, and Kurt Beattie, the club’s executive chef. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley While not obvious to diners in the Island Country Club’s dining room, a revolution, of sorts, has taken place behind the swinging doors that lead to the facility’s kitchen. It’s there that the club’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art kitchen is making life infinitely easier for executive chef Kurt Beattie and his staff, saving time and effort in the preparation of meals, while also helping to reduce the club’s energy costs. “Probably 85 percent of it is brand new,” said Beattie. “We couldn’t do anything with the footprint of the kitchen, so what we did was go ... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books by Local Authors


By Maggie Gust If you are looking for holiday gifts for family, children, friends, or acquaintances up north or locally, may I suggest you consider giving a little bit of the flavor of our region? We have many talented authors here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you’re looking for, cookbook, romance, history, fantasy, poetry, children’s books about local turtles, birds or other animals, chances are that a local author may have written just what you need. Area bookstores have local authors shelves/displays, but ideas are available on some websites as well. The local writers’ group here in Marco Island ... Read More »

Tour des Trees


Submitted On Thursday, October 29, the 85 cyclists of the STIHL Tour des Trees, North America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, travelled from Fort Myers Beach to Everglades City as part of their weeklong cycling trek through Florida to increase awareness of the need for tree research and to raise funds for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). The cyclists come from all walks of life, including arborists, educators, entrepreneurs, and tree enthusiasts from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. The Tour’s first stop of the day was at Naples’ Cambier Park, where councilman ... Read More »

New Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour

The new Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk tour stops at this gator hole. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A new naturalist-led tour of the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is the newest Friends of Fakahatchee adventure offered at The new tour uses high-tech two way headsets will help tour participants get the most out of their naturalist-led small group tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of the National Natural Landmark site on the Tamiami Trail is a morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220-foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The tour will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. Highlights include an old growth ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Berkshire’s Beach Bash


By Coastal Breeze News Staff People in Southwest Florida are known for their generosity. The same goes for the companies and organizations that call this area home. A perfect example would be Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). For 24 years, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and its predecessors, have supported kids with cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation, not just locally, but across the nation. This year, rather than the usual golf tournament fundraiser, Geri Nowak coordinated the Marco Island Berkshire Hathaway office effort, and garnered support for a new event. So, with further support from the Marco Island Marriott Beach ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Golf Tournament

Curt Koon, John Dougherty, Vip Grover and Jacquie Koon

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday October 31, 2015 at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. With a shotgun start at 8:30 AM, the players swung away, with many successfully hitting balls from tee to fairway and even from fairway to green. Getting the ball in the hole proved a challenge for many, but everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch and a few good laughs at what proved to be a perfect day for golf. The tournament included 112 golfers playing for the education programs of Marco Island Center for the ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Neither Saints Nor Demons, Human All Too Human

Submitted Robert A. Nowlan, Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller, lecturer and the author of two-dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event will be held in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Branch Library on November 6, 2015 at 10 AM. Dr. ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Volunteers Needed


Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a new VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION meeting on Monday, November 9th at 11 AM at the learning center on 300 Tower Road. Join us to learn about the many volunteer opportunities available at the Reserve! There will also be a volunteer training for the 4th GRADE ESTUARY EXPLORERS program at 1 PM on Oct 28th, new volunteers welcome! Our next TRAIL WORK DAY for exotic/invasive plant removal will take place on Wednesday, November 18th from 9 AM-12 PM. Please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator, Donna Young at to register for any of ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts 50th Anniversary Party

Submitted Dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening filled with fun and nostalgia. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is throwing a party to celebrate Marco Island’s 50th anniversary. The “Party Like It’s 1965” shindig will be held Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite 1965 (through ‘75) garb, whether floral prints, Birkenstocks and bell-bottom jeans; miniskirts and high vinyl boots; or bright sun shades, apple green and electric blue, polyester and platform shoes. Join in the fun, make your own statement and help us bring back the memories of a bygone ... 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 »

“Your Holiday Home” November 12

Marco Island Florist will provide demonstrations of holiday design themes  at “Your Holiday Home” event. Learn how to creatively decorate your tree. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the event “Your Holiday Home” on November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in multiple galleries. “Your Holiday Home” is proudly sponsored by Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, Marco Island Florist and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Marco Island Florist will have three design kiosks with several designers at tables providing “how-to” demonstrations of new holiday design themes. Designs range from wreaths and swags to small trees. Calusa Garden Club will join. Attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge on how they can decorate their homes ... Read More »

Center for the Arts… Presents Musical Interludes Series

The Gulfshore Tenors to perform at the  Marco Island Center for the Arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the first intimate concert in its Musical Interludes Series to be held at the Center on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The evening will feature the Gulfshore Tenors, consisting of Luciano Marsalli, Bruno Guererro and Teddy Collins. The Gulfshore Tenors is a new group in the style of such famous “3 Tenors” as Carreras, Domingo and Pavorotti. The talented Gulfshore Tenors will be joined by soprano, Natalia Salazar. These artists have been performing together for several years, but only this year formed the grouping to appear at Marco Island ... Read More »

Tram Tours Explore Fakahatchee Subtropical Wilderness

Naturalist Glen Stacell makes a point during a Fakahatchee tram tour. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Thanks to the Ghost Rider Tram, you don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down dusty roads to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. At 85,000 acres, the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve is the largest, and least developed, of Florida’s State Parks. The tram, named in honor of the famous ghost orchid found in the park, offers a naturalist-guided tour of the park, which is home to more orchid species than any other place in all of North America. The park is home to 47 native orchids, 38 native ferns and 14 ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Kathleen Reynolds and Avè Dussias. Mom Jennifer looks on.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 22, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island honored five fifth-grade children from Manatee Elementary School and Tommie Barfield Elementary School with the Terrific Kids award. October’s Terrific Kids are: Avè Dussias, Hope Heidreich, Woodjenley Nicolas, Alejandra Ramos and Olivia Saunders. Avè and Hope attend Tommie Barfield. Woodjenley, Alejandra and Olivia attend Manatee. The Terrific Kids program is a student recognition program that promotes character development and self-esteem. Outstanding students are nominated by their teachers. Every month the Terrific Kids and their family join the Kiwanians for breakfast where they are recognized for their ... Read More »

Turtles on the Town!

Tara O’Neill puts finishing 
touches on “Turtle Dreams.” PHOTOS BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill So, how much fun did I have this summer? Loads. Those who read my column in the last issue of Coastal Breeze News will be familiar with my desire for more art in public places. One project that addresses this desire is the upcoming “Turtles on the Town,” and I feel so very fortunate to be a part of it. “Turtles on the Town” is a community arts project (similar to “Gators Galore” in 2001 and 2003, and “Dolphin Debut” of 2002) that will place 50 loggerhead sea turtle sculptures in various locations throughout Collier County. A public exhibition ... Read More »

A Rare Encounter With a Rare Fish…

A smalltooth sawfish, classified as endangered in 2003. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff were conducting a nonbreeding bird route survey recently in the Ten Thousand Islands near Cape Romano, and were very excited to observe a 30-inch smalltooth sawfish. At this size, the sawfish would be considered “young-of-the-year” and was most certainly pupped in Reserve waters. They were able to watch the sawfish from a distance of just a few feet as it casually swam in a small mudflat pool in just 4 inches of water, likely attracted by the large number of bait fish that were also observed. “This was ... Read More »