Ayasun Speaks to Republican Club

By Don Manley Coastal Breeze News columnist, Tarik Ayasun spoke at the recent meeting of the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, the topic of the presentation could not have been timelier. His appearance at the organization’s meeting and Christmas party occurred December 2, just a few hours after Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot 14 people […]

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what […]

Losing Florida Wildlife

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Recently I submitted a column concerning the loss of many species around the planet and the idea, by some scientists, that we are experiencing the beginning of the next mass extinction. Several readers responded and asked that I address the loss of some Florida species, rather than just a generalization of global statistics. (This is […]

It’s a String Thing

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As with trying to choose which racquet is right for you, nowadays there are a wide variety of strings to choose from. Not too many years ago, most players on the pro tour used natural gut string because it provided them with more grip and control of the ball. Natural gut string is actually cow or […]

Marco Island’s Popular 2br/2ba Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com There are 294 condos for sale on the island this week, and 160 of them (more than half) are two bedroom, two bathroom (2br/2ba) units. These popular condos range in price from $165,000 for an Island Village condo, to $1,190,000 for a Hideaway Beach condo. The smallest two bedroom condo listed for sale […]

Part Two: The Physicians Regional- Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Open to patients since February 11, 2013, Physicians Regional-Marco Island is a 9,000 square-foot facility located at The Shops of Marco at the corner of Barfield and San Marco Road. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or a “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he […]

Art Around Marco Island

Submitted Next time you’re standing in line at the library to check out a book, or in the bank conducting business, or taking in a theater performance, or visiting the Chamber of Commerce, take time to really look at and enjoy the wonderful pieces of art displayed in these unexpected places. Did you know that you could own the art […]

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea..” In this nifty new book, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the exciting story of how the U.S. Marines earned bragging rights to include the shores of Tripoli in their hymn. Even before the […]

STASH CASH?

ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.” ~ Mark Twain Question: With interest rates so slow and the stock market basically flat for the past year, how much money do you suggest I keep available in cash? Also, do you […]

Ghosts from Christmas Past

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s astounding; I have actually broken my record number of diamond sales in just the first week of December. Could it have been my last column, where I may have either woken up or possibly humiliated some of the island menfolk, embarrassing them by mentioning the dismal offerings to their loved ones from recent Christmases […]