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Rotary Club Exchanges Banners

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Submitted The Marco Island Rotary Club Sunrise members enjoyed their Annual Presidential Exchange of Banners at their recent meeting. Each year, Rotary International operates under a theme adopted by its president. The theme is published on a banner to be used by each Rotary Club. The Marco Island Sunrise Club has developed a tradition under which the outgoing president exchanges banner with the incoming president. Exchanging banners is a Rotary tradition, and is often done when a Rotarian visits a club in another state or country. Presidential exchange is somewhat unique to the Marco Island Sunrise Club. Outgoing President Debra ... Read More »

Candidate Forum

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Submitted The Caxambas Republican Club is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for U.S. District FL-19 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The cost is $25, which will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuities. A happy hour cash bar will be available. The following candidates will be present: Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney. For reservations, please contact Litha Berger by July 25th at 239-450-3369 or lithasberger@gmail.com. PUBLIC NOTICE Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing For Voter Registration In order to vote in the Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Primary Election, ... Read More »

Rotary District Governor Visits Marco

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Submitted Newly installed Rotary District Governor Ladd Waldo recently visited the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to share his vision for the new Rotary year. The Rotary year begins July 1, 2016, which means Marco’s Sunrise Rotary is one of the first clubs in Ladd’s district to share his program. Ladd’s visit began with a dinner hosted by the Club, and attended by Ladd and the Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors. Ladd confirmed he wanted to continue the generous financial support of his district to the Rotary Foundation. Last year, the district donated more than one million dollars to ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking volunteers! Our learning center is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM (open Saturdays beginning October). Volunteers are an integral part of the reserve and there are many opportunities available. Currently we are filling volunteers positions in the following areas: Docents for our daily programs; teachers and assistants for our school programs; maintenance/handyman; visitor services (admissions and Nature Store); greeters; fish feeders; communications assistance; special events and administrative assistance. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and we welcome high school students. Training will be provided and ... Read More »

MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Gaming

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Since its July 6th launch the smartphone application Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Millions of people have downloaded the game that allows users to catch Pokémon (virtual creatures or “pocket monsters”) via their location. The application, which was developed by Niantic, has reportedly added over $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, meaning it combines the physical and the digital. Many are speculating that augmented reality is the next step in smartphone gameplay technology. The game uses your phone’s location services to create the world in which ... Read More »

Leigh Plummer Park- Native Plants Thrive Thanks to Garden Club

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Calusa Garden Club founder Eva Schliesser still active, tends to her native plants.

By Maria Lamb   “It is my goal in life to educate our community about our beautiful native plants and to help get rid of the exotics.” – Eva Schliesser, Calusa Garden Club founder It started with an initial inquiry to the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department by then club members, Eva Schliesser, Naomi White and Jeanne Key, about the possibility of volunteering to do planting, pruning and weeding at the Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. This simple request turned into: can they add more desirable plants? In 1984, the Calusa Garden Club, working with the Collier Country Parks and ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for the City of Marco Island’s general operations, .0878 mils for the special voted debt and 1.4000 for the Hideaway Special Taxing District. The percentage increase in property taxes is 4.95% more than the rolled-back rate of 1.9024 mils. Councilors Honig ... Read More »

Camp Able Brings ‘Diversability’ to Marco Island

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com When Camp Able first began 10 years ago there were only eight campers and 14 staff members. Today that number has grown exponentially. The annual camp kicked off last week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Fifty-four people with special needs and 120 camp volunteers participated in the weeklong event. “We have 54 campers, and the way I look at it, we’re running 54 Camp Able’s,” said Reverend Kyle Bennett. Reverend Kyle is the founder of Camp Able. Together he and his daughter Callie direct the camp. He says that his goal was to ... Read More »

Maddy Burt Breaks State Record

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Submitted At the 2016 Florida Age Group Championships on July 18, 2016, Marco Island’s Maddy Burt broke the state record in the 100-meter butterfly in her age group (13-14 years old). The swimmer, who is 14 years old, broke the state record with an incredible time of 1:03:56. Her stellar performance earned her the title of “State Champion,” as well as the accomplishment of creating a new swimming record in the State of Florida. Maddy, a member of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, is pictured above with Coach Kamal. Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Summer Road Trip Tips

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Submitted  Summer is here and for many families that means the time honored tradition of the summer road trip. Maybe school is out and you want to take the kids to Disney World or on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Maybe you want to visit your grandchildren in Georgia or North Carolina. Wherever you are planning to travel, if you will be driving there are some pointers you need to remember in order to make the trip both safe, and enjoyable for you and your family. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides tips for taking long road trips ... Read More »

This Place Is For The Birds!

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A Least Tern rests on Tigertail Beach, pretty well camouflaged among the sand and shells.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist   Join Bob on July 20th at 7 PM for more details about some of our area birds. This talk will take place at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Auditorium. On May 12th Bob gave a presentation about our birdlife and it was so well received that Part 2 was requested. Admission is free for all MIHS members and MIA students and teachers. A $5 donation is requested of all others. Look!!! Up in the sky…again!!! I contributed an article in early May and discussed some of the birds we see here, namely the ... Read More »

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com In the last column we discussed how financial planning involves so much more than just managing an investment portfolio. We explored several aspects of cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer’s and the concerns this evokes relative to financial planning. As promised, today we’ll cover five distinct financial management issues related to conversations with caregivers and family members dealing with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive ability changes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) AgeLab developed a five-element framework to discuss financial planning in the context of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. I was invited to visit MIT’s ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

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BOOK REMARKS  Joanne Tailele,  Guest Reviewer Author Kelli Estes opened my eyes, as well as protagonist Inara Erickson’s, to a piece of American history I knew nothing about. In the backdrop of the Orcas Island, on Puget Sound, state of Washington, Inara is drawn back to the island when she inherits a grand old estate that was once her childhood playground. She has no intention of staying long, just long enough to get the property on the market and leave the island that haunts her with guilt from when her mother died on a windy road on the island. The estate ... Read More »

Risk Factors and Recommendations

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Barbara and Jack Markel in their purple Alzheimer’s Association Walk T-shirts.

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway After hearing about Alzheimer’s disease from family, friends, or the media, we all might start to wonder about our own memory. Several years ago, I visited Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist then in Naples, to find out whether my brain was showing any signs of decline. After an initial visit, I was evaluated during two sessions of two hours each, and at the final visit, Beckwith told me the results. He had tested my memory with remembering lists of words, numbers forward and back, stories, and drawings. There were also timed exercises, questions about current events, ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos

Angler’s Cove features one and two bedroom condos. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott  Weekly rental condos on the island are popular with investors. Last week 72 weekly rental condos were listed for sale. They range in price from $134,900 for a two bedroom one bathroom inland condo to $1.3 million for a three bedroom, three bathroom condo on the beach. Although most weekly rentals can be rented 52 times a year there are exceptions. Some condos allow weekly rentals but only 3 times per year or 12 times per year or 36 times per year. Of the 72 condos listed for sale only 41 of these ... Read More »

Save the Date! October 15, 2016

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Submitted On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on Marco Island. Mark your calendars for this first time ever event. This fundraising event hopes to raise awareness of the growing problem of domestic violence in our area, and throughout the country. All proceeds from the Hands Are For Helping 5K will benefit the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, which serves as the shelter for local women and children in need. All ages are welcome to come walk or run in the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run. ... Read More »