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What Does $500K Buy on Marco?

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Marco Island condo list prices last week ranged from $118,000 for a Seabreeze West studio to $9.9 million for a grand penthouse at the Belize. The median list price of the 346 condos for sale last week on Marco Island was just under $500,000. What does $500,000 buy? That depends on what you ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White Comes to Sunshine Books

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Submitted “Seduced” by Randy Wayne White will be released by Penguin Randomhouse on Tuesday, October 18. On Friday, October 21 at 3 PM, Randy will be at Sunshine Booksellers South store. He’ll be talking about his new book, telling a few stories and autographing copies for his many fans. Due to the fact that our event is three days after ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

From left: Philippe Cousteau, Capt. Tom Williams, Les Bowen (owner of the two cannons), and Ashlan Cousteau.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... Read More »

How to Find a (Really) Cute Chiropractor

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By Barry Gwinn Goodland residents are known for their generosity in helping neighbors through rough times. In the past two years they have raised over $34,000 for neighbors in need. We have a system of getting in touch with each other when quick action is needed. As Goodland Civic Association (GCA) secretary, I maintain a list of the email addresses ... Read More »

Islanders Explore Everglades

Peggy and Charlie Carswell with Sharon and Bill Fiedlar.

Submitted Lecture goers spent an evening exploring the fragile Everglades environment not long ago. Their guide on this tour was Rachael Kangas, public archaeology coordinator with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The lecture was just one in a series of monthly events sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and held at Rose History Auditorium. Read More »

Full Swing Skill Development, Part III Club Face Awareness

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To see Todd Elliott’s skill development video on club face awareness, go to https://youtu.
be/nw_PYeoQwE0, or search “Todd Elliott Club Face Awareness” on YouTube.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott As we continue our journey toward better golf, let’s review for a moment why the process of skill development provides an excellent pathway to fulfilling each golfer’s capabilities. The capabilities of a golfer — or athletic ceiling — as I call it, plays an important part in how good a golfer can be, and how ... Read More »

Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament

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Submitted On Sunday, October 16, the Rookery at Marco will host the third annual Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament. Holding fundraisers was always a great passion for Dave. He loved to help those in need. The golf tournament is a way to continue his legacy of giving. Proceeds to go to Jacob Carranza, a two-year-old with a hearing deficiency that ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

Show Me Shows Readers a Positive View

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Submitted Featuring a foreword by the Emily Post Institute’s Peggy Post and an introduction by Erin Brockovich, Randall Kenneth Jones’s Show Me is a result of more than 50 years of research: 50-plus years of living a life, 10 years of journaling about that life, and four years as a Southwest Florida newspaper columnist writing about people who, at one time, Jones assumed ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Can Pickleball Improve Your Tennis?

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark With the ever-growing popularity of the sport of pickleball, I have had many tennis players tell me that they don’t want to play pickleball, because they fear it will mess up their tennis game. However, due to the fact that the fundamental strategy of the sport of pickleball is to play and complete points at ... Read More »

Smooth Ride for Bread Run

Pedestrians enjoy the improved Blue Heron Drive. Submitted Photos

Submitted Each morning, Y Bread Run volunteers collect unsold bread and bakery goods donated by Publix and Starbuck’s to distribute to those in need. Until recently, a road in East Naples that was the last leg of the Bread Run was nothing short of a moonscape. The dirt strip featured more potholes than smooth sections, and negotiating it by car ... Read More »

Hurricane Threat

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By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

Truth About Spending

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

Get Ready For Spooktacular

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The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park will take place on Saturday, October 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Everyone, from kids to adults, is encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Bring a basket or bag to collect candy and treats at each craft and game station. Visitors will be ... Read More »

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

By Maureen Chodaba The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island). The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the ... Read More »