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Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... 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 »

Mind, Because it Matters

A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

Naples Top City for Future Job Growth

Submitted Naples was named the top place in the United States for job growth, according to a report released July 29 by Moody’s Analytics. Naples is expected to see a 4.6 percent job growth through 2017, according to the report. Five other cities appear in the top 10, including Orlando at No. 4, Ocala at No. 5, Port St. Lucie at No. 9 and North Port at No. 10. “Five Florida metro areas with significant retiree populations rank among the 10 places with the fastest projected job growth over the next three years, according to forecasts from Moody’s Analytics. These ... Read More »

New Laser Lipo Treatment Available at Island Diet Center


By Coastal Breeze Staff Many of us are on a quest to lose weight, and new diets and treatments pop up all the time. As of 2012, the annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry was $20 billion, which included diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. “100 Million Dieters, 20 Billion Weight Loss Industry,” ABC News, May 12, 2012, When we heard that the Island Diet Center was offering a new treatment called “Laser Lipo,” we sat down with Dr. Joseph Lang to get the details. So how does it work? Laser applied to the surface dissolves fat ... Read More »

Livvy Gets Some Wheels!

The Watt family poses in front of Livvy’s new car. From left - Jim, Jonathan, Jane, Jacob, Olivia, Payton, Mary Lou and John Watt.

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt is known to many of us on the island as the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy on San Marco Road. She is likely to be sighted anywhere on the island. She attends unending meetings with supporters of MIA and has managed to author a book that was endorsed by Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee called “Fighting for Kids” about how MIA came to be. Jane is ubiquitous and peripatetic. These adjectives must have been invented for her. Jane’s husband, Jim Watt, is the volunteer coach of the MIA girls’ soccer team. He coaches ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

The American Dream is Alive and Well


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill In the artful world, there are a lot of talented people who refuse creative careers because they’re afraid they won’t reach The Top. “You’re either Elton John or some hack playing in a Holiday Inn,” a young, exmusician once told me (the “ex” is his description, not mine.) For him, to dedicate his life to music and not reach big stage SuperStardom was to set himself up for failure. In the same vein, many’s the painter who gave up their brushes because they realized were never going to be the hottest ticket on the New York ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…


By Steve Gimmestad It was a late fall day; overcast with a breeze. The man stood in the driveway contemplating what to do with all the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. The yard wasn’t huge but was surrounded by dense woods so the leaves piled up quick and deep. Being so late in the season, an idea came to him. Rather than rake or blow the leaves away as was usual, he decided to hook the snow plow to the lawn tractor. What a tremendous idea, he said to himself smugly. It would save so much time. ... Read More »

The Dining Diary – Arturo’s Italian Restaurant

New to the menu, the  Lobster Ravioli with scallops. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Ms. Vittles I am a Foodie. Food is fun. At least it should be. I’ve spent the last 20 years in the hospitality business making it fun for a lot of people. I dine out more than in and love to play the ultimate hostess, creating food, fun and entertainment for many a group. I am also a hunter and a great dining experience is my quarry. I am not a professional food critic. Just a person who loves a great foodie experience and this is a very target rich environment. It was a warm Wednesday night and we ... Read More »

Prime Shallow Water Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

Young fisherman with Redfish. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Here in the 10,000 Islands we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch Snapper, Sheepshead, Shark, Tripletail, Pompano, Permit, Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. Snook: There is great prestige in ... Read More »

MIFA’s Scholarship Winners & Artist of the Year


Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) accepts applications for scholarships from students seeking a college education in music, visual arts or a performing area of study. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce those who have been chosen to receive a scholarship during the Recognition Luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church. They include Joseph Byrne, beginning study in Theatre, Vocal Performance and Writing; Livia LenHoff, beginning study in motion design and illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design; Tyler MacDonald, continuing study in business, photography ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Kelvin with a nice redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps As May rolls out and June rolls in, we begin our summer fishing season and enter into our four warmest months of the year. With midday time air temperatures now hovering around 90 degrees each day, your best bet for fishing the shallow flats will be to start early in the morning before both the peak heat of the midday sun, and the almost daily afternoon showers. We are now fishing mostly on the outside flats and shorelines and have pretty much left the farther backwaters for the summer. The Snook will be feeding ... Read More »

Artist of the Year… Tara O’Neill

Tara with painting of Dan Kirkland. Submitted Photo

Submitted The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has named local artist, writer and educator, Tara O’Neill, 2015 Artist of the Year. Noted for her vivid oil paintings, Tara exhibits her work in many local shows and public installations. She is represented by Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco Town Center. Tara is being honored for her outstanding column in the Coastal Breeze entitled ‘The Artful Life’ in which she focuses on the arts and their importance in our community. Tara also teaches art to adults and children at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Tara is a founding ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May


By Capt. Pete Rapps   Spring is here and one of my favorite months of fishing is among us. Mild weather patterns make May a perfect month to enjoy our local waters. It is typically a dry month with light winds. The water is warming up into the 80’s and the fish are on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near shore Gulf flats and Island areas. Snook season was again open for a couple of months, but will close on May 1st and will remain closed until September 1st. The big “momma” Snook are ... Read More »

Until Next Year


By Laurie Kasperbauer   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Catch Mercury if You Can!


By Mike P. Usher As the too bright Moon in the east is nearly full, we might as well look westward to a slightly darker sky. Venus is unmistakable as it floats high in the west; it is in fact the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon. Below Venus, and a little to the right and just above the horizon lies the planet Mercury. Mercury is much more difficult to locate than Venus; at the time and date of the chart it’s only a little brighter than Polaris. During the next several days it will ... Read More »

Springtime Brings Close Encounters of Manatees, Boaters


Submitted As springtime arrives, chances increase that manatees and boaters will have close encounters. Boaters can enjoy opportunities to observe one of Florida’s unique species but to avoid colliding with manatees, people on the water should take basic steps such as slowing down, watching out for the animals and complying with regulations in manatee zones. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones that go into effect in April. They will be taking enforcement actions when necessary. “Our officers do their very best ... Read More »

Marvelous Marva’s Memory Bears

Jim and Marva Sutt hold just a few of Marva’s Memory Bears.

By Steve Gimmestad One of the most difficult things we deal with in this life is losing a loved one. Marva Sutt has found a way to help people through that process and bring comfort to family members and friends. She does this by creating Memory Bears. Memory Bears are created to give family members something tangible they can use to preserve the cherished memories of their loved ones. Each Memory Bear is unique and created by a loving hand that pays homage to a loved one’s life. “This is not a business,” say Marva. “I do this as ... Read More »