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Cammi Cruisin’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Community Association Managers of Marco Island (CAMMI) held their 2017 director’s election in style with a sunset cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess. The theme of the cruise was a patriotic red, white and blue with prizes going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place best dressed. The 50/50 was won by John Erickson. ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

By Scott H. Shook When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the ... Read More »

Independence Day, Southwest Florida-Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are a number of family-friendly Independence Day festivities taking place in Southwest Florida, making it the ideal place to celebrate the birth of our nation. Try one of the following local favorites for an unforgettable time. Sand Jam at Residents’ Beach, Marco Island  The Marco Island Civic Association will hold its annual July 4th ... Read More »

‘The Whistler’ by John Grisham

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Moving on, though, was difficult, at least for Lacy. She was too emotionally involved in the case to simply close it and open another file.” A judge who collects rare first edition books…Love her! Being investigated for skimming money from a casino on Native American land? No! “The Whistler” opens in Florida with judicial misconduct investigator ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Trailering Your Boat Safely, Part II

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  In the last issue, we began this topic by looking at the hardware necessary to get your boat from home to the boat ramp. This week we will look at the launching process. I will give you some pointers and checklists to help you get your boat in the water successfully. As in any endeavor ... Read More »

Don’t Leave Dogs in the Car

Many people think a dog is safe in a car with the windows cracked, but this is not the case. When temperatures hit 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Within 30 minutes, temperatures may rise to 120 degrees. Even if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store, it ... Read More »

A Restoration Project to Honor All Veterans

By Jesus Calo Marco Island Cemetery is home to a veterans’ monument with a special past. A result of an Eagle Scout project by two boys a decade ago, it has been a gathering place for veterans and their loved ones each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Harsh elements and time have caused the original monument to become worn and ... Read More »

Raiford Starke Kicks off Florida Songwriter Showcase

By Scott H. Shook Florida Fiddler JRobert opened his ambitious Florida Songwriter Showcase Monday night, June 5, at the Marco Players’ theatre, when he presented Raiford Starke, the singer-songwriter whose stage name represents the name and location of two of Florida’s most notorious prisons; the Florida State Prison in Raiford and the Bradford Correctional Facility in Starke. Starke’s performance is fittingly stark…and ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »

Rookies Says Goodbye to Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Longtime Marco Island restaurant Rookies Bar & Grill has closed. The restaurant officially shut its doors in May after over 24 years in business. Rookies originally opened in 1992, back when Marco was a completely different island. The laid back bar and grill quickly became a staple for locals and visitors alike. Perhaps best known ... Read More »

The First 72 Are Up to You! Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

Submitted The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline. In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane ... Read More »

Encouraging Young Writers

Submitted  The Marco Island Writers’ motto “Writers Helping Writers” has long included efforts to encourage young writers. For some years, a percentage of the proceeds of the sales of the group’s annual anthology, “Short Stories and Poems of Marco Island Writers,” support the Early Learning Coalition of Florida, and the Mount Kisha English School in northeastern India. In recent years, ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

Cash on the Sidelines?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We always underestimate the future.” ~ Charles F. Kettering, Inventor (1876-1958); General Motors head of research from 1927-1940. Question: Before the presidential election I moved a significant percentage of my portfolio to cash. I’m still waiting for a market drop to get back in. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Answer: If it makes ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »