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Green Reading – Start Line

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

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott 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 »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

How Much???


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan 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 »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

Capt. Pete Rapps with a speckled sea trout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one ... Read More »



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 »

An Interesting Islander

Al Landers is known for bringing many restaurants and cuisines to the island, including deli.

By Samantha Husted A few months ago I did a story on Reno Landers, the part-time Marco Island resident who miraculously survived a skydiving accident. Recently I met up with his father Al Landers, to talk about Reno, as well as Al’s longtime role on Marco. Al has been here for over 30 years and is responsible for many of the restaurants us islanders consider staples. Al’s an interesting guy with a ton of experience. He’s been to culinary school, is good friends with Chef Bobby Flay and even spent some time in South America with the band Queen. ... Read More »

Marco Island Car Show Returns

(FILE PHOTO) A classic Cadillac chassis - struttin’ its stuff at the Annual Kiwanis Club Car Show. Photos by Val Simon & Jessica Simon

Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2016 is Valentines Day, and we want you to spend that special day with all of your loved ones. Celebrate and enjoy the day with something that can be bright, colorful, shiny, fast, slow, unique, cool, old or new. That “something” is a lot full of over 200 cars you will love, at the Marco Island Car Show hosted by Kiwanis from 9 AM-3 PM at the Marco Heathcare Center, corner of San Marco Road and Heathwood Drive. Music will be provided by Marco Island’s favorite DJ Steve Reynolds, who also is the master of ceremonies. ... Read More »

Avoiding the Traps


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. ~ John Steinbeck   Question: Eager to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’m wondering what separates successful investors from those who obtain mediocre or poor results? Answer: As the John Steinbeck quote above implies, we tend to be our own worst enemies. It’s safe to say that the classic emotional and psychological traps fall into five categories. These pitfalls, left unchecked, can sabotage otherwise sound financial planning. Trap 1: Overconfidence We trust ourselves, and ... Read More »

Mental Mastery


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott 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 »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

Pastel Society Show at Center for the Arts

“As Good As It Gets” by M. Weil.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is hosting the Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member Annual Show. The show, which runs through January 26, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. This show is not merely an exhibition; all of the outstanding art is for sale, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society is a non-profit organization of pastel artists who live and work in Southwest Florida. It encourages and promotes enthusiastic pastel artists in their growth and success and is excited about expanding its public offerings to include the show at ... 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
ensure a smooth and safe operation.

By Samantha Husted 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 »

So You’re Going to College!


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!     Something like this conversation is taking place every day… Daughter: Great news Dad. I got accepted at the college I want! Dad: Where’s that? And how much? Daughter: It’s that small school in Arizona, and the tuition is only $35,000 a year. Dad: Gulp. Arizona? Will they let you in the state? They’re very strict on immigrants. ... Read More »

A Cocktail and Culinary Crawl through the Marriott

The scallops served at Ario. Also served with this course was the beef tartare and foie gras.

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa will be undergoing some major changes come 2017. The hotel, which has long been a staple on Marco Island, is transitioning into a JW-branded-property. Upon its completion, it will be the JW Marriott brand’s first oceanfront resort in the United States. Though the resort isn’t complete just yet, many changes have already been made specifically in the way of the cuisine. Earlier this month the Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa invited the Coastal Breeze News on a Culinary and Cocktail Crawl to showcase their ... Read More »

New Local Business Wants to Personally Teach You Technology

Today, 1 on 1 Lessons, a new local business specializing in teaching individuals how to use iPhones and iPads, announced its official launch for Naples and Southwest Florida. 1 on 1 Lessons offers a personalized educational service to all ages for anyone who wants to learn more about technology. Lessons are offered in-home or at location of your choice and each lesson is unique to your needs and your devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, readers, and more. Excited to help our great community, owner James McQuillin said “I absolutely love the excitement I see in someone’s face when they learn ... 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 »

Ayasun Speaks to Republican Club

Tarik Ayasun

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 »

Councilor Kudos:


A recent Letter to the Editor from City Councilor Amadeo Petricca offered the reader a clear-eyed example of the disparities that exist in Marco Island’s utility rate structure. Petricca’s letter was simple and straightforward, so much so that even an eighth grader could understand and grasp the inequality that exists in our water and waste rates, something that highly paid professional “consultants” seemingly try to avoid. Every once in a while, a city councilor merits kudos instead of criticism. For his honest and direct assessment, totally devoid of the usual Marco political nonsense, Councilor Petricca earned my appreciation and applause…and, ... Read More »

Lady Rays Win Two More Merideth Scores 8 in Last 3 Games

Kayla Kladis stops another SW Florida attempt on December 7.

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls’ soccer team disappointed fans at the first home game on December 1, losing to St. John Neumann, 0-8. Abi Merideth, the team’s leading scorer, was held out by her doctor, and Lexi Harrington suffered an arm injury in the first minute. Down only three at half time, poor goalkeeping by Kayla Kladis sealed the team’s fate in the second half. On December 3, at First Baptist, the Rays lost a closely contested game 1-3. Merideth, cleared to play, scored the only Ray’s goal. The game was played mostly in pouring rain. “It was raining ... Read More »

Jump: Innovation Plus Service

Jump owners Peter Galluzzo and Katie Schweighoefer at the salon. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Business partners and co-owners, Peter Galluzzo and Katie Schweighoefer met doing what they love: hair. Their collaboration brought the innovative Jump Hair & Nails to Marco Island. Although Jump has been open since August 2014, the energy in the salon still feels exciting and new. The salon recently expanded, adding a treatment room and an additional stylist area. Peter’s vision for Jump is that there will be “something fresh every year.” He says, “This year the spa is new. Next year, it will be something else.” In the new treatment room, Reiki and energy work ... Read More »