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LTE: Marilyn Mancuso

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The Proposed Rental Ordinance has no valid reason to include condominiums. To protect the quiet peacefulness of single family homeowners next to or nearby home rentals, I sympathize with their concerns. However, condominiums already have their own rules and regulations that are enforced daily on owners, guests and renters. At the Royal Seafarer, there is weekday staff on duty plus nightwatchmen every evening who are very effective in keeping the peace if need be. Because of their presence there are never any serious issues. Each potential renter is required to submit a “Lease Application'” with references and other pertinent information so we always know who the renters are.   ... Read More »

LTE: Lola Sinelli

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I am upset that City Council wanted to help the home owners adjacent to transient rentals on the island, however are lumping Condos in that group. 1.  We have our own governing boards 2.  We can deal with our own loud renters 3.  Our taxes are very high and adding an additional burden on us, when it’s the home owners who have the problems with the renters, is not acceptable 4.  We don’t need redundant fire and code inspections. Please exclude Condominium owners from this enforcement. Lola Sinelli, Condo owner Read More »

LET: Michael Wagenbrenner

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All, As one who has been in the real estate business for 40+ years as both a broker and a developer, I have never heard of such an unusual ordinance. You are  asking property owners to be the first line of defense to deal with unruly tenants. If the tenant challenges the owner and things get out of control. Who is to stop them? The owner cannot evict without just cause and going to court. Marco Island has a police force on duty 24/7. They should be the 1st line controlling the noise level. The property owner should be notified ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows

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MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

LTE: Richard R Riegler

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I am writing re: the subject rental ordinance , representing the views of the Prince Condominium Association , its owners ,the Board of Directors , and our on site Manager. I serve on the Board and have been a resident for 12 years . I do not rent my unit . Our Association has a three month minimum rental policy , along with By-laws and Rules and Regulations , including enforcement provisions which address the issues stated in the proposed ordinance . Relating to the proposed Ordinance’s purposes as stated in the ‘whereas’ paragraphs , it is abundantly clear that this ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

LTE: Please: Mark Dorn

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Please – Just Say No To The Rental Ordinance. This is ridiculous and creates more costs, conflicts, admin burdens to the condo associations and undermines any further investment I would have living on Marco Island. – Mark Dorn, Mariner Condos Read More »

MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary Puts on the Ritz

Many door prizes were given out including the “Money Hat” Karen is wearing.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com An incredible Tuesday afternoon at Hideaway Beach Club goes a long way toward supporting Marco Island healthcare thanks to the efforts of the MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary. Volunteers had been making preparations for months and expectations were high for this important fund raiser. At stake was an EKG machine for Marco Island Urgent Care. “While part of NCH system, our efforts are focused on providing support right here on Marco Island,” said Anita Heffernan, Publicity Chairperson. “Everyone’s contribution today, both in time and dollars, makes a positive impact on the quality of health care for Marco ... Read More »

Adversity

Peaceful beach yoga weekly. PHOTO by LAURIE KASPERBAUER

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

From Marco To Alaska, Local Female Captain Is Always Busy

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist I hear a very pleasant “Good morning, Bob” as someone passes by. “Good morning, Captain Jesse.” I reply as she ushers guests to a catamaran for a sailing tour of Marco Island. Yes, I did say “she”. One of the few female captains in the area, Captain Jesse Baughman leads a very active life. From fishing with active duty soldiers, to finishing her college education, to working the salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is constantly on the move. In addition to conducting catamaran tours for the Marriott she owns a fishing charter business, ... Read More »

Color Your World…endlessly

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Season on Marco Island is in full swing, and I survived another Valentine’s Day rush that required my son and me only a couple of nights burning the midnight oil in the work shop. It was the smoothest, hassle free and profitable Valentine week I can ever remember! While in the process of investigating and individually interrogating my sales staff I found the reason it was not the normal yearly, chaotic Valentine’s experience… One thing stood out…Endless Jewelry. I mentioned that I had seen the Endless Jewelry line while in Europe last summer. It ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Beachfront Condos

Entrance to Hideaway Clubhouse

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Thirty four condo buildings were constructed along Marco Island’s beaches between 1967 and 2006. The first one built on the beach is the aptly named and well maintained, 48 residence Emerald Beach and the newest is the luxurious 101 residence called Madeira. Of the 4,091 beachfront apartments only 168 condos are for sale this week. The lowest priced listing is a $210,000, 534 square foot condo at Sunset North and the highest priced listing is a $9,500,000, 13,528 square foot penthouse at Belize in Cape Marco. On a dollar per square foot basis, ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived! Convict fish that is…

Jim with a Sheepshead. photos by captain dan rapp

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Winter time here in SW Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snow birds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, and these are much welcomed convicts… AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish arrive in good numbers each winter to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars, and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they bare. In addition to being called Convicts, Sheepshead are sometimes ... Read More »

More Good News for Lady Anglers!

Captain Lynn Keller, President of LASF. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There is plenty of exciting evidence that more and more women are discovering the great sport of fishing! One example of this is the continual growth of both local and state wide ladies fishing clubs and organizations where both fishing trips and social events are enjoyed by the club members and participants. One ladies fishing club, called Lady Anglers of South Florida (LASF), is comprised of ladies who love to fish and experience the enjoyment of the club’s social events as well. Captain Lynn Keller, the current president of the club states that “Lady ... Read More »

The Art of Forgiveness

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »

Who Made the Top 10 List for Best Tennis Cities in America?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The volunteer coach was a 3.0 level player and had never coached before. I’m sure there are tiny pockets of success when there is a non-tennis person at the helm but I urge all athletic directors to reach out to their communities and hire tennis pros to lead their programs. One more item: The easiest way to motivate young impressionable tennis players is to have them view a college tennis match. In southwest Florida, the Florida Gulf Coast University men and women’s tennis teams are not only talented but they are big winners in their ... Read More »

30 Years Young

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »

Gardening for Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honeybees are more important than most people realize. Hundreds of crops that we have come to love and also dislike rely on the honey bee for pollination. It’s estimated that the sum of approximately fifteen billion dollars annually, is the value of the honey bees work in the United States agriculture industry. About one third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by bees. Inadequate pollination will reduce the size and quality of crops. The demise of the honey bee is a complex issue. Since 2006 bee keepers have lost about one third ... Read More »