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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 »

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 »

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 »

Bistro Soleil Recognized by BCC

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Bistro Soleil at The Olde Marco Inn and Petit Soleil recently were recognized by the Board of Collier County Commissioners for receiving a WRAP Award — Waste Reduction Awards Program — from the county’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department. Owner Lisa Meurgue received a proclamation from District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala, who congratulated her for her restaurants’ continued efforts to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling and for sustaining the usable life of the Collier County Landfill. The WRAP Awards recognizes newly created and/or exceptional recycling efforts by businesses located in unincorporated Collier County ... Read More »

S4TL

Gage Wheeler, Christy Thorstenson, Diana Vickers and Jessica Simon speak to Rotary Club members. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Five young students entering into their senior year of high school were chosen by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club to attend a weeklong Students 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) program. The program was held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Students from all over Central and South Florida converged on the campus, where past S4TL attendees greeted them as they arrived and divided them into groups. The students were housed on campus and had all meals there during the weeklong camp. Team building exercises and motivational speakers are presented throughout the week ... Read More »

‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

MIA Inaugural Summer Camp with an Environmental Twist

Dr. Richard Murphy (left), director of education for the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Futures Society, gives students an outdoor lesson near Tigertail Beach.

By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The first-ever Ambassadors of the Environment Camp in Florida was a rousing success for the joint partnership between Marco Island Academy and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. It was a journey that began five years ago when MIA Founder and Chair Jane Watt discovered the Ambassadors of the Environment Program through the Ocean Futures Society and its director, Dr. Richard Murphy. Currently, the active, hands-on outdoor education program has locations in California, French Polynesia, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Turks and Caicos. Many of the programs are affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton or a cruise ... Read More »

A Spamtacular Night

With attention to some cool details, the second place winner, Spam Idle Hour, stood out. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In the weeks leading up to Saturday, June 28, my Facebook news-feed confirmed that time had run out. While my local friends had been diligently shopping and preparing, I had procrastinated. The nasty rumors claimed Bealls had completely sold out of pajamas. I chalk my ill-preparedness up to the fact that, until now, it never occurred to me to wear my night-shirt on a night out, but I’m always up for a challenge. I had been looking forward to this party of legendary status since February, and after all my anticipation, the Little Bar’s 22nd Annual ... Read More »

Marco Community Lights Up Sky

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By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island did it again! The city government, community businesses, civic groups and residents came together to raise $44,000 for this year’s fireworks spectacular, and what an incredible show it was. Each year, the city of Marco Island contributes half of the expense to fund the fireworks. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sandi Riedemann, along with Joey Oliveria of Joey’s Pizza and Pasta House, team up to raise the remaining half from local businesses and residents. The fireworks display is the grand finale of MICA’s Fourth of July on Residents’ Beach event — ... Read More »

Marco’s Real Estate Round-Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Real estate is the largest single industry in this area. It is the topic of conversation for hundreds of our neighbors, friends and family. Whether it be industry news, agent information, technology updates or new designations and awards, those involved in real estate want to know. Below is a compilation of real estate news items received by Coastal Breeze News: Marco Island Specialist Certification Jon Busch, Kathy Hunt, and Susan LaGrotta of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty have received the new Marco Island Specialist Certification from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). They ... Read More »

City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula

Bella Maria was among  many food venders who participated in the Marco Island Farmers Market last season. PHOTO BY JAMIE BOZICNIK

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com What started out as a budget discussion about raising the vendor rates for the Farmers’ Market from $775 per booth to $950 turned into a debate about changing the overall vendor composition of the market, even limiting and excluding certain types of vendors, such as arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, prepared foods and open-air food concessions. At the heart of the discourse during a recent special meeting of City Council were the size of the market and the reported rising concern from local restaurants about the market’s “food court,” where a number of restaurants from ... Read More »

Warm Hearts and Willing Hands: San Marco Youth Serve the Poor in Tampa and Belize Youth in Tampa-service and smiles

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By Stephanie Shiller San Marco Church Youth Group, under the direction of Kim Adamson (DRE), sent two groups of young people on mission trips this summer with Catholic Heart Work Camps. The goal of these missions is to “share the love of Christ as we serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the marginalized in any way needed. Equally, to inspire participants to live as disciples of Christ through serving others as a way of life.”   Tampa This summer marks the third year of participation for the San Marco Youth Group in the Tampa mission trip. This group gave its all ... Read More »

Litha Berger to Run for City Council

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By Noelle H. Lowery Litha Berger has announced her candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. Elections will be held Nov. 4. In a letter sent to local media on Tuesday, July 8, Berger wrote: “The opportunity has been presented to me to serve on the Marco Island City Council. I am overwhelmed by the support and faith placed in me by residents, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities to work with the City Council members, the city manager and the Marco Island city staff.” Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Berger is a product ... Read More »