Tag Archives: today

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

Planning Board Has Full Schedule

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board will reconvene on Friday, January 6 to undertake a fairly full agenda of items. A number of fairly complexed issues will be before the board when it meets at 9 AM in council chambers on that date. At the last city council meeting on December 5 one councilman opposed the board ... Read More »

A Cruise in France on the Seine River

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A river cruise on the Seine in France offers the unique opportunity to explore and discover places of extraordinary history and scenic beauty. I had this opportunity following a similar journey on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Paris to Normandy, as described in a prior issue of the Coastal Breeze News. Our ten-day Seine trip from ... Read More »

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of ... Read More »

Service Recognized

By Don Manley  The South Seas East Condominium Apartments chose to make the dedication of a new flagpole and flag at the highrise’s entrance a truly reverential affair. Held on the “day that shall live in infamy,” the ceremony was a solemn one that honored those who were killed and injured that Dec. 7, as well as the sacrifices of ... Read More »

Purposeful Fun At Tour de Taverns

By Don Manley The question, “What brings you out today?” prompted a quick and succinct response from Ronald Drake. “My girlfriend does,” Drake chuckled as he relaxed atop a bicycle recently. His girlfriend, Tina Carano, was next to him astride a bike of her own. “She’s talked about this for years and now I’m going to do it.” He was ... Read More »

Holiday Donation

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department presented The Shelter for Abused Women and Children with over $1,000 in gift cards and toys today. “The Shelter is an integral part of our community and we consider them part of our family,” said Police Chief Al Schettino. “I’d like to thank everyone for generously donating during this holiday season to this worthy ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a member-owned club by holding a Crystal Ball dinner dance on December 9. Over 80 members attended, many of whom were charter members of the club when it was founded in the fall of 2001. In his welcoming remarks, Dave Everitt, chairman of the Yacht Club Board of Directors, ... Read More »

A Journey Through France on its Rivers

Global Traveler Dave Pattison River trips are a relaxing and scenic way to experience the joy of travel, and I discovered this on a recent three-week journey through France from Province to Normandy, via Paris. On a two-segment trip sponsored by Vantage Deluxe Travel, I traveled first on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Avignon to Chalon and then, after a ... Read More »

Voted Best Place to Work

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company and its divisions including The Naples Trust Company announced today that it was named a Best Place to Work in Money Management for 2016 by Pensions & Investments, the global news source of money management. Pensions & Investments held the fifth-annual survey and recognition program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the ... Read More »

Right Way vs. Wrong Way

The words jury-rigged, Mickey Moused or “Good enough for government work,” come to mind; these terms can be a way to describe a temporary or makeshift repair remedy. Not the jargon you want to hear when a jeweler is describing how he or she is going to perform the repair of your fine jewelry. At a young age I learned ... Read More »

Morocco, Part II A Cultural Treasure

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Driving up to 7,417 feet on a crumbling dirt road in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains is not for the faint of heart, but it certainly was another highlight on our driving trip through this fascinating country and the Sahara Desert. (Read part one to the story in the Nov. 25 edition of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

Play the Percentages

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The sports of tennis and pickleball have a lot in common. As an instructor, I feel the biggest common denominator of both sports is having proper understanding of and being able to execute high percentage play. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I’ve said it before, “Unforced errors are ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment ... Read More »

Christianity in Palestine

By Don Manley Christianity is alive and well in the land that was the religion’s birthplace: Palestine. An insightful glimpse into Christianity’s history, challenges, scope and current status in that strife-worn territory was provided recently at Marco Lutheran Church by someone with first-hand experience, Rev. Mitri Raheb. Rev. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, located in his hometown and ... Read More »

Ask The CFP®Practitioner: What’s Next?

Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~Alan Alda  Question: What are your thoughts on how the Trump presidency will influence the economy and financial markets? Answer: Just when you think there aren’t any surprises left in ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

Marco Officer Injured

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Emergency Services personnel work together as a seamless team to assist island residents and visitors on a daily basis. However, when the alarm comes in for one of their own their adrenaline levels spike a little higher as they respond to a brother in need. Such was the case on late Tuesday morning, November ... Read More »

Ario Chef Competes on ‘Top Chef’

By Samantha Husted Gerald Sombright, Chef de Cuisine at the Marco Island Marriott’s premier restaurant Ario, is set to appear on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” come December. The cooking competition pits 16 chef contestants (or “cheftestants”) against one another as they compete for a $125,000 cash prize, a feature in Food and Wine Magazine and, of course, the title of ... Read More »