Tag Archives: Southwest Florida

WAVES IN MOTION | Photos by Joey Waves

By Jessica Hernstadt Joey Waves is well known for his striking, artistic photographs. Now the local photographer has brought his still photos of Southwest Florida’s natural habitat to life through animation. Joey creates the “moving pictures” by manipulating the original shot and applying technology to make them appear to move. He can even animate a single photo of a boat ... Read More »

A Heartwarming Sight

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Photographer Tracy Stanfield spotted this darling baby manatee (called a calf) with its mother while visiting her friend’s dock in Goodland. Female manatees give birth every two to five years. Pregnancy for a mother manatee lasts approximately one year. At birth, the calf will be approximately 47 inches long and weigh an impressive 66 pounds. ... Read More »

Southwest Florida Summer Golf

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The summer season in Southwest Florida has officially arrived. The hot and sticky mornings, followed by afternoon rain and lightning, and then more hot and sticky conditions to finish out the day. Most activities in Southwest Florida are developed to be outside. In the summer months it can be tough to maintain all our ... Read More »

Naples Reserve Wows Residents  

Once they grow accustomed to the lush subtropical landscape that surrounds them, first-time visitors to Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, usually have the same question when they take a closer look at the plantings gracing the community’s grand guard gate or lining the linear park: “What is that?” “I love ... Read More »

Care for the Elderly to Keep Them at Home

Collier County has a Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Program that provides support services in the home to frail, functionally impaired residents age 60 and older, enabling them to remain in the community and “age in place,” rather than face nursing home placement. While the eligibility guidelines begin at 60, the average client we serve is in his or ... 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 »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »

Royal Poinciana Trees in Full Bloom

By Scott H. Shook One of the gifts of summer has arrived. The royal poinciana tree, with its beautiful red canopy, makes its presence known in Southwest Florida around this time every year. So why not hop in your car and enjoy a few hours discovering some of the beautiful trees that are within a half hour or so of ... Read More »

A Bridge Over Troubled Water?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Move fast with stable infrastructure.” ~Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook  Question: Our nation’s infrastructure problems are obvious. With the Trump Administration’s commitment to fixing the problems, what are your thoughts on this sector? Answer: It’s easy to agree that we need to maintain and upgrade our infrastructure. If these issues aren’t addressed, the American ... Read More »

What’s Old is Not Forgotten

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to present “What’s Old is Not Forgotten” by the Naples Digital Photography Club (DPI-SIG), on display from June 6 to August 26. The exhibit is comprised completely of images captured within Collier County by local photographers. A free opening reception sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society will be held from on ... Read More »

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

A Thank You 72 Years in the Making

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For 72 years one of Vernon “Bo” Sigo’s greatest hopes would be to have the opportunity to say thank you to one of the men he believed helped him to survive a combination of 32 sorties and 42 missions in B-17s during World War II. When he spoke of that desire to Rick Wobbe, one of ... Read More »

Again a Hit with Players and Fans

By Don Manley  This year’s event may be recently completed, but organizers are already considering what they’d like to see at the 2018 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Adding courts at the tournament’s home, East Naples Community Park, to enable an additional 500 participants to take part in the one-week long event will be among the topics included in the ... Read More »

For Now, the Center of the Pickleball Universe

By Don Manley If there is a descriptive phrase that can be overused when considering a multitude of things, situations and events it is “bigger and better.” But where the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are concerned, it’s difficult to come up with a more apt characterization. The second installment of the week-long tourney has top-echelon players from around the ... Read More »

Grand All Image Award 

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was honored with the Grand All Image Award at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Florida Chapter Image Awards ceremony last week. The Grand All Image Award is presented to the best public relations program in Southwest Florida and was awarded for the elections office’s “Election Ready” public information campaign which aimed ... Read More »

ICC Prepares for Golf Course Renovations

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) recently held a “Demolition Day” themed golf tournament event and BBQ to celebrate its upcoming golf course renovations. The ICC golf course will be closed from now until December 1, 2017 as it undergoes a complete modernization and refurbishment initiative. Golf course architect Dave Wallace designed the original course over 50 years ... Read More »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

Photography Exhibit Featured at Library

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco library on Heathwood Drive. The months of April and May 2017 will feature the works of photographer Ed Cohen. Ed Cohen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his education led to medical school and specialty training ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »