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Some Things Should Just Stay Broken

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ALL THAT  GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I fix this, repair that. A solder here, a laser weld there, and lately the use of quick set epoxy glue and enamels have their merits. You already know if you enjoy or dread reading my column that I have acquired an excellent reputation repairing or restoring almost any piece of jewelry that enters my establishment. (Not to mention household objects, such as statues, dog collars, ladies shoes, belts, electric razors, Rolls Royce and Bentley interior parts, sunglasses and numerous ceremonial pieces from all religious denominations.) News of my expertise also has crossed the ... Read More »

Independence Day

Birds of a feather!! Goodland's favorite winged-resident, Pirate, and his feathered friend, this year's Buzzard Queen. Pretty ladies got a "hello" and a wave.

GOODLAND LIFE  Melinda Gray  melinbrya3@yahoo.com Living in a seasonal town is still very new to me. Though I am trying to acclimate quickly, many unfamiliar things about my home continue to surprise me. My July 4th memories have always been made of Hallmark staples: red, white, blue, family, fireworks and food. But, they also were tainted by the woes of over-planning and stress. I expected this year to follow that time-tested recipe, sprinkled with a touch of homesickness. The sheer distance from my son, family and friends all but guaranteed a lonely, wistful holiday. Contrary to my expectations, this Independence Day ... Read More »

Save Room for Tortoises

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com For a small, developed, semi-tropical island, Marco Island has a diversity of habitats which equates to abundance of wildlife species. Sandy beaches with wide, lush vegetated dunes, sea grass beds in nearshore shallow waters, tidal mudflats, mangrove wetlands, upland scrub oak and palmetto, tropical hardwood hammock, patchy slash pine stands and even open undeveloped, grassy properties — all provide a variety of opportunities for wildlife to survive and sustain a side-by-side existence with the suburban activity. Surmised from many inquiries, interactions with residents, increased numbers of volunteers, large membership in wildlife groups, roadside stops by ... Read More »

Highlights from New Association Laws

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CONDO LAW  By Bob Murrell  Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. On June 13, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law three bills that will impact community associations in Florida; those were Senate Bill 440, House Bill 807 and House Bill 7037. All of them became effective on July 1. The law that impacts community associations the most is House Bill 807. The following are some of the highlights from this law. The first of the highlights deals with abandoned condominium units and an association’s right to protect the common elements and other units of the condominium. Under the new law, in ... Read More »

Negative GDP

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ASK THE CFP®  PRACTITIONER  Darcie Guerin  darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill   Question: Please explain negative Gross Domestic Production (GDP) for the first quarter of 2014. What does this mean for investors? Answer: We define GDP as the total output of all goods and services resulting from economic activity in the United States. GDP consists of consumer spending, government spending, business spending, investment and total net exports (exports minus imports). According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, during the first quarter of 2014, GDP decreased at an annual rate of ... Read More »

Lessons From a Dog

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT  Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com You may have heard the expression, “Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten.” Simple concepts like share everything and play fair. Don’t take things that aren’t yours, and wash your hands before you eat. How about clean up your own mess? Imagine how that one simple rule could alter the landscape and affect the human connection? If each of us, individually, were accountable for our own mess (AKA actions)? In my household alone, especially when the kids were growing up, abiding by that aphorism would have resulted in greater harmony. I agree ... Read More »

Health Care’s Unsung Heroes

So often, the ability to provide “care” does not require an advanced  degree, just a giving heart. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe  CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd A major part of my role as CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on compassionate care—is truly inspirational. However, there’s another very special group of caregivers—a somewhat hidden community that rarely gets recognized. A group that, without fanfare, selflessly gives their time to our patient population each and every day ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match

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READMY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 and first cousin Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. Billy Bush, like his famous cousins, has a solid educational background as he attended the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then attained his degree at Colby ... Read More »

A Call to Artists

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Submitted The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and the Marco Island Historical Museum are working together to bring a unique art show to Marco Island called “Painting SW Florida History.” Artists from Collier and Lee counties are invited to participate in this exciting event, which will be held at the Marco Island History Museum, Jan. 6–March 21, 2015. Southwest Florida was one of the last frontiers to be settled in our country. The stories of those early pioneers who came in the 1800s and early 1900s have been told through several books written locally and many old photographs. These ... Read More »

FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 6th year

Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s boating fatalities for 2013. “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many. We want all boaters to enjoy the freedom to get out on the water and the opportunity to do it safely.” That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” this weekend. This nationwide, public ... Read More »

DISCOVER GEOCACHING AT FLORIDA’S STATE PARKS AND TRAILS

Join the new outdoor geocaching craze at Florida State Parks Adding to the already dynamic recreational opportunities at Florida state parks, the availability of geocaching is now expanding at many locations around the state.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks is excited to begin offering Operation Recreation GeoTour, hosted by Geocaching.com. Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held GPS devices or smartphones. The game is an inexpensive, interactive high-tech treasure hunt that teaches geography and outdoor recreation skills. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. “Geocaching is a popular activity ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is underway on a new Somerset model at Chiasso, a village of 59 classical Mediterranean-style single-family homes within the luxury, master-planned community. The model is anticipated to be completed and open for viewing in the fall. Offered by D.R. Horton, the Somerset is a two-story residence offering 3,461 air-conditioned square feet and 4,297 total square feet. The home features a luxuriously appointed master bedroom, master bath, and powder bath on the ground floor and three guest bedrooms and three additional full baths on the second floor. The second floor also provides an entertainment/game room with ample ... Read More »

YMCA, FCA Hold Football Camp on Marco

Athletes taking part in the skills camp, along with their coaches, former NFL players through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Marco Island YMCA ran the camp, with assistance from YMCA volunteers.

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Two former NFL players towered over athletes, but it wasn’t the size that made the Marco Island YMCA Football Skills Camp a success. The camp was put on by former NFL players Steve Grant and Michael Cobb, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Marco Island YMCA. Sometimes in a gentle voice, or a booming voice, the kids, ages 6-13, learned a lot of football and many life lessons. Grant was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, 1992-1997, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998. He understands the importance of team work. “For me, sports parallels ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County help raise awareness of swimming safety at “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently joined more than 40 Collier area agencies at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon to participate in the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.” The Southwest Florida waterpark broke the record for the Largest Single Location with over 1,200 swimmers taking part in the lesson. The global event included registrations of more than 40,000 participants at 900+  locations in 48 states and 26 countries. It was created by the World Waterpark Association to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim. During the event, children were led by instructors to practice swimming activities such as ... Read More »

Gone Coastal by FWC Scalloping offers family-friendly fun

I’ll never forget my first time scalloping. It was 2008 and there I was, face down in the water, sun warming up my back, seagrass tickling my feet and legs, searching for hidden treasure and trying not to look up, lest there be something larger than me swimming about. A boat loomed above us, dive flag displayed, warning others that folks were in the water. In the distance, the Steinhatchee coast sat, waiting for our return. That was the day I fell in love with the sport of scalloping. There is something calming about intensely looking through plot after plot ... Read More »

Independence Day 2014

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com I am writing this article on July 4, 2014. Today is Independence Day. A very special day when we as Americans commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain, when a number of patriots said “NO” to a king and “YES” to freedom and established a representative Republic. As a naturalized citizen, one of millions who chose to pledge their allegiance to this great country, I am full of pride, happiness and patriotism. Seeing the stars and stripes fly against a perfectly ... Read More »

Managing Black Bears in Florida

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Most Southwest Floridians are well aware of the wide variety of wildlife that lives amongst them. Alligators, panthers and manatees, oh my! Not to mention, the vast array of lizards, birds, squirrels, bob cats and raccoons scurrying on land and the wide assortment of fish swimming under water. The largest of the furry creatures — the Florida Black Bear — has been the focus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for the last month. The FWC launched its new Florida Black Bear Management Plan, introducing Southwest Floridians to it through three public ... Read More »

DEP, DOT REACH AGREEEMENT TO OPTIMIZE PETROLEUM CLEANUP PROGRAM

~Agreement to make petroleum rehabilitation more efficient and economical reached~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that augments current collaboration between the two agencies to prioritize environmental assessment in areas critical to the expansion of vital transportation corridors. The agreement also ensures taxpayer funds used to remediate petroleum sites located under state roads are optimally utilized. The two agencies have agreed to share knowledge and expertise related to the environmental assessment and remediation of petroleum sites that are located next to state roads or in the ... Read More »

E-Filing Option Now Available to the Public

Members of the public who wish to file their own court documents electronically, including new cases, may now do so using the Florida Courts E-filing portal, which handles the electronic filing of court documents statewide. The Florida Courts Technology Commission recently gave unanimous approval to allow pro se, or self- represented, litigants the use of the Florida Courts E-portal. Citizens must first register with the portal similar to an attorney, although no Florida Bar number is required. Also, when filing court documents, pro se filers must comply with Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 which requires confidential information to be identified in any ... Read More »

Region’s Native American Past Highlighted in American Archeology Summer 2014 Issue

Southwest Florida Museum of History and other cultural resources featured  The Southwest Florida Museum of History is featured as part of an 8-page spread titled “On the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage” in the Summer 2014 issue of American Archaeologymagazine. The article tours sites from Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. In this region, the Southwest Florida Museum of History’s exhibits on life during the Paleolithic Age, the Calusa and the Seminole are highlighted. The author also makes stops at Mound House, Mound Key and the Randell Research Center.   American Archaeology is the quarterly publication of the national Archaeological Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites discovered on ... Read More »