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Marco Island ?Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan,  President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January – April of 2016 to January – April of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, president, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $207,380,800 for the period January – April 2016 v. $316,678,025 for the same time frame in 2015 as the market stays steady and stabilizes. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – April ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
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Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

9th Annual ?Amateur Wildlife ?Photo Contes

“Me and My Shadow” – Photographer James Hobbs

Submitted  The 2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest has come to a close, leaving us with a look at nature through different lenses. The creative talent of Marco’s amateur photographers is abundantly clear in their images, as is the beauty of Southwest Florida’s flora and fauna. Despite this year’s late contest start, it did not deter photographers from submitting some amazing photos. The contest drew more than 50 entries from local talent. Their photographs celebrate the native wildlife unique to our area. Judging was certainly a challenge for judges Donna Kay, Barry Howe, Andrea Cooper and Pat ... Read More »

A Passion For Pickleball

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The Zing Zang Championship Court.

By Wayne Clark   During my career as a tennis coach, I have been to several United States Tennis Association (USTA) -sanctioned tournaments. I have also been to many professional tennis tournaments. I have attended the professional events as a spectator, as a coach, as a director of ball boys and ball girls, and as a vendor providing racquet-stringing services for the players. Professional tennis tournament events are very different than regular USTA-sanctioned events. It’s the big leagues! In addition to tennis tournaments, I have attended a couple of Unites States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) sanctioned pickleball tournaments, but ... Read More »

Boating Safety Saves Lives

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Submitted  Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron wants to remind islanders to always follow safe boating practices, including always wearing life jackets and becoming educated on water safety. Always Wear Your Life Jacket Accidents can happen without warning. There’s rarely time to reach stowed life jackets. It is estimated that approximately 86% of recreational boaters that drowned were not wearing their life jackets. Overall, approximately 400 lives could have been saved if boaters had worn their life jackets. That’s why the United States Power Squadrons® recommend that boaters always wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when ... Read More »

City Council Presents Safe Boating Proclamation

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Submitted  At a recent meeting of the Marco Island City Council, members, led by Chair Bob Brown, ordered a proclamation presented to the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS). The proclamation cited the large number of boating fatalities nationally and the reality that better than 80% of those drowned in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. The WEAR IT! Campaign, sponsored locally by MISPS, seeks to save lives by encouraging boaters to put on their life jackets while on the water. The major event of the campaign is the attempt, once again, to set a record by having ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Newcomers Club Honors Jacky Childress

Jacky enjoying a good laugh at her own expense. Submitted Photos

Submitted A select group of Newcomers Club of Marco Island members recently met at the Island Country Club for an Appreciation Luncheon to honor outgoing president, Jacky Childress. Kim King played hostess to this time honored event, a 46-year tradition. The attendees included several past presidents, board members, and Jacky’s Arts and Entertainment (“A&E”) club members. As always, the Island Country Club lunch was delicious and exceeded expectations. The Appreciation Luncheon is also a roast of sorts, where funny stories about the outgoing president are shared. It was an afternoon filled with a few tears, and lots of laughter. For ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Odland Honored by Civil Air Patrol

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Submitted At a recent bi-weekly meeting, Captain Lyle Odland was recognized by the Marco Island Senior Squadron for his long and distinguished community service. Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). He was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells or adult stem cells for the advanced treatment of human cancers. Following his training, he became a currier and made his first volunteer pickup and delivery on April 17, 2008. The NMDP’s expectation was that each currier would make a minimum of two deliveries per year. However, ... Read More »

The SUN Trail State

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Submitted “If you build it, they will come.” But, first you need dedicated funding. That’s why the 2015 legislation that appropriated $25 million annually for the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail (SUN Trail) program is more than momentous. It’s a seismic paradigm shift on how our state and communities view biking, walking, recreation, and safety. What is the top funding priority? The Coast to Coast Connector.  But how do trails become eligible for SUN Trail funding? First, they must be part of the Florida Greenways & Trails Priority System. Then, the regional trails must meet eligibility criteria developed by FDOT and the ... Read More »

Kittens Teach Students About Giving

Jan Rich introduces students to For the Love of Cats. Submitted Photos

Submitted Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community. Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers. “This is the third year that we have ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

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By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6. Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations. Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of office space at 291 S. Collier Blvd. (San Marco Residences) for their physical therapy practice. The current zoning at this location restricts businesses to those specifically associated with tourism and hotel guests. The couple would like to purchase two units ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

A young osprey peeks from behind mom.

Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

Big Cypress Tourism Boosts Local Economy

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,112,290 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2015 spent $87,185,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,225 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $124,524,400. “Big Cypress welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We are one of the most visited national park areas in Florida, and are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the preserve as a way to introduce our ... Read More »

Mercury Makes Solar Transit

Victor Farris and wife Mary Anne Farris. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  On May 9th, Mercury, our Solar System’s smallest planet, made its 7.5-hour trek across the sun in an event called a solar transit. Astronomers and space enthusiasts alike broke out their telescopes to observe Mercury’s rare journey. Victor Farris of the Everglades Astronomical Society set up shop right outside of the Red Rooster restaurant on Marco Island, inviting anyone who passed by to take a look. “Mercury is transiting across the sun,” said Farris. “It’s a pretty rare event. It happens about once every ten years or so. Give or take.” Through the telescope, Mercury, which is ... Read More »

Oil Exploration ?in Big Cypress Approved

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Submitted South Florida Wildlands Association is deeply disappointed with the decision by the National Park Service (NPS) to allow seismic testing for oil on 70,000 acres of the magnificent Big Cypress National Preserve. The project will involve “vibroseis” trucks weighing more than 60,000 pounds each criss-crossing the preserve and sending out seismic vibrations in the search for oil deposits. NPS has years of experience with off-road vehicles in the preserve. All of their own research indicates that this operation will likely lead to significant impacts to the preserve’s natural resources. Those include rutting and oxidation of fragile soils, hydrological changes ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Condominium runner-up, The Plantation.

Submitted The 2016 Marco in Bloom winners and runners-up were announced at the May 2nd Marco Island City Council meeting. What a turnout to receive their awards! Recognition certificates were also given to every qualified participant. Marco in Bloom recognizes those that go above and beyond with their landscaping efforts. This year, many talented participants worked hard to create unique landscapes for their homes and businesses, enhancing the beauty of their property and neighborhood. The many choices made it tough for the judges to decide, but winners and runners up were selected after careful deliberation. We thank all the people ... Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to a NIM that scheduled itself into a very small library meeting room, but people came out by the droves, filled the room to a packed standing room, then overflowed into another adjacent room, and then overflowed into the foyer of ... Read More »

Never Again!

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship. On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, ... Read More »