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What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. Not too long ago, my son was training with three of the top juniors in the land: Bjorn Fratangelo, Brett Clark and Gordie Watson. Clearly, Matt Browne hit far more balls with Bjorn and Brett but he was blessed to ... Read More »

All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Naomi’s April Woes

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By Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Spring has pounced, we’re still in the paw-grip of kitten season, and sherpas packing fleas are pitching tents in our warm and radiant fur coats. Now let’s talk bikini season. Most felines, such as ourselves, eat way too many carbohydrates in the form of dry food. I don’t care how much your staff (as you may recall only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) pays for a bag of the good stuff, even if it’s $175 for an eight -pound bag. Cats don’t need to carbo-load like amateur athletes in ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Double Play – Adult Softball League

The champs are Island Plaza.

Submitted For the second year in a row the Island Pizza/NeNe Kitchen team won the season ending tournament. Island Pizza along with its regular season crown “Doubled up” as champions of the City’s adult softball league for the second year in a row. On a beautiful night you could feel the electricity in the air as Island Pizza prepared to defend its crown against their arch rivals Joey’s Pizza at Winterberry field. In what would turn out to be a seesaw game the game had it all, hits, great defensive plays, home runs and errors. Island Pizza was led by ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

FWC: Record High Manatee Count

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Submitted Warm temperatures and clear, sunny days between some of the coldest weather of the year assisted FWC biologists and partners in counting an all-time high number of manatees during this year’s statewide aerial survey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,063 manatees statewide. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state. This year’s synoptic survey count exceeded the previous high count for 2010 by almost 1,000 animals. “Manatees used warm-water sites and ... Read More »

Keller Williams Double Play – A Grand Opening and a Grand Slam

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On March 11, Keller Williams Realty celebrated the grand opening of their new office facilities on Marco Island. On March 12, they held an awards banquet for achieving first place from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2014. It was their fourth win in a row – a grand slam. It was a busy two days. Grand Opening What was once nine individual office suites, is now one cohesive 8,000 square foot facility at 830 Bald Eagle Drive. “We wanted to create a place that would reflect our values of teamwork, education and agent-centered ... Read More »

MIA Student Athletes, Faculty, Staff Team Together for Charity

MIA teachers, coaches and staff, Loria Galiana, Kelly Monnot, David Horn and Deneen Rose took part.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Boys and girls together on basketball teams – Half court shot 10 points – Principal hard-nosed referee – All for charity.   The Marco Island Academy faculty, staff and students teamed up for a charity basketball game on Feb. 26 in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital and its junior and senior prom events. The game, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, raised nearly $600. Faculty member David Horn organized the event. He runs a mentoring group for students, as each of the teachers at MIA have their own mentoring groups (kind of like homeroom). He tossed ... Read More »

Stretton, FACA 2A Player of the Year

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He was the target for every team he played, yet he produced, leading his team to a record season of wins, 16 and fewest losses, 7. For his effort Marco Island Academy’s Cole Stretton was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association 2A Player of the Year for Southwest Florida. Stretton averaged 22 points a game, yet Coach Roger Raymond pointed to his unselfish team play. “Cole is one of the most unselfish players I have ever coached,” Raymond said. “There were games where he could have scored more, but chose to pass off in support of his teammates. In one game ... Read More »

Lady Trojans Softball

Submitted The final score was Lely 4 to Naples 2. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. Key players for the game from Lely High School were Vany Palacios 2-4, Savannah Wieben 2-4, RBI and Sivan Palacios 2-4 with a triple. Rebecca Gates got the win on the mound, scattering 6 hits, 1ER, and struck out 4. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. The coach commented, “This was a great win for the girls. Anytime you can play a program like Naples, it is always a good ... Read More »

MIA Loses in Regional after Outstanding Season

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Manta Rays, undersized and undermanned, did what they have done all season in the Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against Sarasota Christian on Feb. 12. They fought. The Rays played with valor against all odds and stayed in the game early against a team that had many weapons, losing 80-52. The Rays ended with a best-ever record of 16-7, winning its Class 2A-District 10 championship for the second straight time. Pretty good after just four seasons. Coach Roger Raymond used a four-corners offense to slow down the game and it worked early. In ... Read More »

Former Co-owner of The Precision Cut now at Skin Renewal Systems

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For over 30 years, Teresa DiFranco has impacted the beauty industry. From precision cuts, premium hair products and a determination to succeed, this Sicilian-born Stylist knows her creativity. Born in Casteltermini, Prov. Agrigento, Sicily she began her trade in Chicago Illinois at the age of 17 years old. DiFranco was also known as Cosmetology Sweetheart, earning her first place amongst her class, which was no easy task coming to the Unites States at the age of 13, where she learned English and rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by her own will and determination. Being an entrepreneur and having a ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »

Panorama Home Services Inc.

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Submitted Panorama president Roy Lansdown attributes his business’s success to a few key points. One is that he and his team are experts in client builder relationships. “We make it a priority to develop relationships with our clients reminiscent of small town friendships. Each client is given help every step of the way from concept to completion with their preferences, style, and budget in mind. We not only offer choice A B or C in any part of selection process; the world is literally our showroom. We help, guide and direct our clients with hands on to help them locate ... Read More »