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Yuletide Shakespeare

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Submitted Celebrate the Christmas season with students from The Marco Island Academy who will conclude their acting workshop with The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival by performing a showcase of works from some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays. Yuletide Shakespeare will feature scenes from As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Joined by caroling singers and holiday cheer, this will be an event the entire family is sure to enjoy! The Yuletide Shakespeare showcase concludes an eight-week acting workshop that was taught by Kaitlynn McRae, Director of Operations at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I know what you’re thinking—not another excuse as to why we are overweight. Many people dismiss the new rule of thought that an obesity gene exists, and frown upon those who should “just exercise and eat right” to lose weight. Although I disagree, I do understand where they are coming from as fads, gimmicks, and excuses fill our inboxes and TVs on a regular basis, constantly changing and contradicting each other. In this case, we’re going to discuss hidden food allergies. Hidden food allergies are very real; studies have shown that once you remove the ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and ... Read More »

The Oil Change: Slipping on Oil

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day.” — Anthon St. Maarten, author of “Divine Living”   Question: Would you explain why oil prices are falling and how this affects the economy? Answer: Oil prices have tumbled dramatically since last summer, and this will surely influence the economy and consumer behavior. Like other materials, the price of oil depends on the principles of supply and demand. An added dimension is that oil prices are closely ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Be On the Lookout for the Kingly American Kestrel

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com On Marco Island, an urban, intensely developed island, surrounded on three sides by dense mangrove estuary habitat and one side by the Gulf of Mexico, it really is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife in our yards and along roadways. Driving through several island neighborhoods one recent cold November morning, more than a dozen American Kestrels were observed in just a few hours. All of these small raptors were spotted on electric lines, perching, some swooping over the grassy empty properties with their distinct “klee klee klee” call — sometimes a high-pitched ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

Red Tide

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent satellite images are not available due to cloud cover. Karenia brevis concentrations range from background to medium alongshore and offshore of Lee and Collier counties.  In several samples collected in the Pine Island Sound system (Lee and Charlotte counties), background concentrations have been detected.  ... Read More »

WORLD AIDS DAY

Planned Parenthood of Collier County knows that knowledge saves lives, and Monday, Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day – is the perfect time to act on that notion. Free and confidential rapid HIV testing will be available that day at its Naples and Immokalee locations. No appointment is necessary. Testing hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. All it takes is a simple finger prick, and results are available in as little as 20 minutes. To make the wait easier – even beautiful – those who get tested that afternoon can pass the time by receiving a free MAC makeup application. ... Read More »

Anchoring Regulation Survey

Interested parties on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters should contribute their thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is desired to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with ... Read More »

Water Works Lunch Program

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club. The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Open Through NOVEMBER 30

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ Thanksgiving Break from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on through Sunday, Nov. 30. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48 inches tall or taller (normally $13). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $6, and children 3 and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into the 1,200 foot long ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital projects. As the economy rebounds, Parks and Recreation is once again gearing up to deliver the long-awaited park. But one question remains: Does the park plan developed in 2006 meet the needs and expectations of the community today? To get ... Read More »

December Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Brian with a nearshore Gag Grouper on a Captain Rapps Charter. photos By Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Each December, we see some major changes to our local fishery. Around the middle of the month, we typically see our first major cold front come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in late November which brought the night temperatures down into the high 40s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid-60s later this month. I always mention to be extremely diligent at reviewing your local tides in December before planning ... Read More »

Leaving Time

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Jodi Picoult 417 pages, Ballantine/Random House 2014. Genre: Mystery/Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes Rating: 4.25/5.0   I have read two previous books by Jodi Picoult but never considered myself a fan. After reading “Leaving Time,” I am a Picoult fan. This a must-read for anyone who enjoys suspense stories with a clever twist. Much of the story is set in an elephant sanctuary near Boone, New Hampshire. The care, feeding, social life, emotionality and research of elephants figure very strongly in this novel. The older female protagonist, Alice Kingston, was studying elephants ... Read More »