Southeastward from George Town, Bahamas to Dominican Republic

By Frances Diebler After spending a wonderful, rest­ful, pleasant, exciting time in George Town Exuma in the Baha­mas, the time came when we had to move on. We had to say farewell to some of our sailing friends and companions as we con­tinued southeast toward the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. For us at that time, the transition from the […]

Cooking up a love story

By Chef Annie  It’s been over a month since we closed doors at The Chefs Express in Olde Marco. In our quest to get our new restaurant opened at The Beach Club, I have been working on creating new menu options….and thus a Love Story is born. Have you wondered how great it would be married to a chef? I am […]

Boating booklet for visitors

By Capt. Carl Kelly Many of our visitors, families and friends, who stay a short time would nevertheless like to get oriented to boating on local waters. For those people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Collier County Environmental Services produced a “Boating and Angling Guide to Collier County.” It touches all the bases. It has a basic […]

Capt. Rapps’ local Snapper with cool and fresh mango salsa

By Capt. Pete Rapps   Here is a cool and fresh recipe for a hot summer night that will impress all of your guests! The ingredients are fresh and readily available at any market. It’s quick and easy to make. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being easiest – 5 be­ing most difficult) I give it a 2. This is […]

East meets West

By Tara O’Neill In the realm of Chinese brush painting, less is really more. It has to do with distilling a subject down to its essence. I was given a bit of insight recently from Edythe Newbourne of East Meets West Studio on Marco Island. “I was a watercolorist,” recounts Newbourne, “and I found myself less and less interested in backgrounds, […]

The Lock Artist

By Diane Bostick Author: Steve Hamilton Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur Books January 2010. Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Alex Award and a New York Times Notable Crime Book of the Year. When I was first asked to take over as book reviewer for the Coastal Breeze for the summer I figured it would be a simple […]

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the […]

It’s hot and slow, and there’s no where to go

By Natalie Strom  It has become clear that the lazy days of summer are in full swing in Goodland. During season, Goodland is a bustling town, filled with locals and vacationers. There is never a dull moment and there is always something to do. Yet, as summer approaches it seems as if at least half of Goodland goes into hibernation. This […]

Crazy Flamingo celebrated its 22nd Annual Birthday Bash

Crazy Flamingo celebrated its 22nd birthday with its Annual Birthday Bash at Marco Town Center. The heat did not spoil the event for anyone in attendance unless of course, we’re talking about the Hot Wings contest! Birthday revelers came out to celebrate, listen to some great music by Triple Shot, enjoy a great hamburger or barbecue pork sandwich, or just […]

BEHIND THE BADGE: Liz Carr, Code Compliance Supervisor

By Danielle Dodder “Call us before you get upset with your neighbor.” There are myriad of code ordinances that are meant to keep your average city reasonably manicured, and Code Compliance Supervisor Liz Carr would really rather help you navigate them than hand out a fine. Liz is excited to have her (new) old job back. When the code department […]