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Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

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Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com With poisoning now being listed as one of the leading causes of death in the State of Florida, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages you to poison proof your home. Preventing these tragic incidents before they occur should be everyone’s top priority. As many of us know, children are very curious and will get ... Read More »

Container Gardening Workshop

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Island Garden Center owner Chris Burt surrounded by Calusa Garden Club members.

Submitted Island Garden Center owner Chris Burt hosted a workshop on container gardening for members of the Calusa Garden Club, as part of the club’s November program.  Members had fun getting helpful tips on potting mixes, watering, spacing and pairing of plants. Annuals are the mainstay of a blooming garden, providing instant color and variety. Some annuals grow upright, trail, ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

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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 »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Assisted Living Discussion

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For a number of years now the discussions regarding whether or not Marco could support some type of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) for those in need of that service may be reaching a point where a conversation of greater substance might be about to occur. An ALF is simply defined as housing for those that due ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Baseless Claims Cause Damage

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In today’s world of instantaneous news and the digital matrix that winds through our lives without missing a beat, how does an individual restore his good name and reputation after allegations are brought that are found to be baseless, months, and even years, after they have been on the front page? Such was ... Read More »

Prime Fish to Target in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The shallow waters of the 10,000 Islands offer many different species of fish to target throughout each season. As each season changes, so do our target species, and also the methods of how and where we fish for them. The most popular targets here include redfish, speckled trout, and snook. In addition to these three, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Grifoni

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In our Marco Island City Council race this year, we can vote for four candidates. I hope you will join me in including Jared Grifoni as one of your four choices. He is an extremely bright attorney, an articulate speaker and has a solid grasp on the issues and solutions needed for Marco Island. Jared is the type of person who can ... Read More »

Yacht Club Regatta to Set Sail

Photos by Frank Brown: Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta.

Submitted Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico on November 12, when the Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta takes place directly off Marco Island’s beach. Competing for sailing awards in Marco waters will be South Florida skippers and crew, in as many as 24 sailboats. Proceeds from the regatta will go ... Read More »

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

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David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president
and executive director, and one of his company’s artificial dock habitats.

By Don Manley The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Facing Lewy Body Dementia With Courage and Love

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By Maureen Chodaba Years ago, the word “dementia” was rarely heard. Senility was the more common expression. The term “senile” would conjure up an image of a forgetful old codger whiling away the time in a rocking chair. In today’s world, dementia is becoming more of a household word, but many are still unfamiliar with the correct definition. Dementia is ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Dr. Swiacki

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Dear Dr. Swiacki: You have gone to great length and great pains to try to convince Marco Island voters that you cannot take a position on the Veterans’ Park Hotel issue due to guidance that you have received from the City Clerk who received the guidance from the City Attorney. As this issue is one of the most important, if ... Read More »

How Spin Affects Today’s Game

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark In today’s world of professional tennis, with all of the big topspin forehands and two-handed backhands, players don’t just hit the ball hard, they hit it heavy! By heavy, I mean that they hit the ball with a lot of spin. Through the utilization of high tech photography, it has been measured, that the men ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

Gina Sisbarro. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The ... Read More »

The Laughter Starts at Square One

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By Don Manley Comedy presented live with a spontaneous, walking-the-knife-edge, hope-the-audience-and-my-castmates follow manner is what it’s all about for improvisational actors. Improvisation, also known as improv, is live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are created impromptu, as seen on the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Bringing that experience to live audiences in a spirited, interactive, ... Read More »

August Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

The Wicklund crew with a nice black drum on a Capt. Rapps charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps With July ending and August only just beginning, we are approaching the hottest season of the year in the Ten Thousand Islands. With the right planning, you can easily take advantage of the best and most productive fishing our area can offer you. At around midday, the air temperatures will begin to average around 93 ... Read More »