Police donate backpacks to shelter

Members of the Marco Island Police Department have donated 23 backpacks, all fully stocked with school supplies, to the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter, which provides services to Marco Island, assists more then 1,100 child victims and survivors of domestic violence through safety, intervention, and direct support annually. The project was spearheaded by School Resource Officer Al […]

Get out on the highway

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Florida Highwaymen – not the sweat and bug-plagued road crews we pass daily – but the 1950s artist movement started by sweat and bug-plagued African American painters from the Fort Pierce area. These Highwaymen are considered by many enlightened scholars and critics as the beginning of the Florida Regional Art tradition. But […]

Cruising with Children

We have found that one of the greatest gifts you can give a child is a skill that can be learned and enjoyed for a lifetime. We started our children very early on and offered them these lessons and experiences which they still enjoy and can now pass them on to their children. My husband and I wanted to do […]

American interest keeps on growing

All sports have pre-season games and soccer is no exception. In the last edition of Coastal Breeze News, I covered the growing number of Americans investing in soccer and the increasing interchange of players both from Europe to USA, and vice versa. A perfect example of this was the game between Manchester United and MLS All-Stars at the Reliant Stadium […]

What’s biting right now . . .

The middle of August can be one of your most productive fishing periods of the year…if you plan your day correctly. Daytime air temperatures are now averaging around 92 degrees. Water temps are around 88 degees. Plan on getting an early start before the mid-day heat sets in. The daily thunder storms will drive you back to the dock just […]

Purple Martins – Housing Needed

So, you want to be a landlord but not pay tourist tax, get headaches from the tenants or maintain landscape, fences or roofs? How about becoming a Purple Martin Landlord? It is only for a few months, creates entertainment year after year, and benefits your yard! Purple Martins (Progne subis) are the largest swallow in North America that migrate in […]

House Rules

by Jodi Picoult Published by Atria Books a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York If you said, “Take a seat” to Jacob Hunt, he would pick it up and ask you where to take it. “Don’t move” to Jacob would leave him motionless until you told him otherwise. Tell Jacob to “get the picture” and he will want […]

Everglades City offers free reclaimed water

The new street lights, towering over the palm trees in the median as you drive into town, have now been installed and inspected per Mayor Sammy Hamilton’s report at the August 3 City Council meeting. The Mayor also noted that Public Hearings for the Millage and Budget are scheduled for September 7 and 15. New playground equipment for toddlers has […]

Acing Depression

Acing Depression, a tennis champion’s toughest fight, a new autobiography from former pro tennis star Cliff Richey, begins with a bang. In the first few pages of the book, Richey’s daughter Hilaire Richey Kallendorf offers an observation that cuts to the bone: “My sisters and I agree that our father, famous celebrity or not, was among the top few flaming […]

Switzerland – A Wanderer’s Delight

Ever since the 1800s, when the Brits discovered its wonders, wandering in Switzerland has been a traveler’s delight. Although we have been to Switzerland about a dozen times, it had been the same number of years since our last trip. Going to Switzerland, for us, has always felt like going home and we were curious to see if much had […]