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Marco Island Real Estate Remains Strong

By Dick Shanahan, President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January 2016 activity to January 2015 activity. For all property types, volume sold listings January 2015 was $60,295,000, compared to $45,726,850 in January 2016, a 24.16% decrease. However, median sale price comparison was up 37.20%, from $410,000 to $562,500 for all property types according to Dick Shanahan, president. The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in January 2016 compared to January 2015 rose by 8.13% (266 v. 246). ... Read More »

Roaring Gulch: a Humorous, Tune-Gilled Journey Into the Old West

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By Don Manley A colorful spoof centered on the “Code of the Old West” unfolds in song and dance in the Island Theater Company’s production of “The Saga of Roaring Gulch.” The play opened Feb. 25, and runs March 17-20 and March 31 through April 3 at the Rose History Auditorium, located inside the Marco Island History Museum. Written by the late Jack L. Canon, the comedy is set in the mythical, small town of Roaring Gulch where the evil Bart Black has designs on young school mistress Hilda Heartfelt. However, his competitor for Hilda’s heart is the town’s marshal, ... Read More »

Purim Celebration – March 23, 6:30 p.m. Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

By Sandra Hechler Purim recounts another chapter in the history of Jewish survival. Long ago and far away in the land of Persia, King Ahashverus had as an advisor a very wicked man named Haman who was scheming to do away with all the Jews in the Kingdom. Haman, however, more than met his match in Mordecai, a very intelligent Jewish man extremely devoted to his people. Hearing of Haman’s twisted scheme, Mordecai introduced his beautiful niece, Esther, into the King’s court. Ahashverus fell in love with Esther and made her his queen. Esther subsequently informed the King of Haman’s ... Read More »

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As a kid, I spent the majority of my spare time outdoors, playing sports. The main sports in those days at school were football, baseball and track. If it rained, you went into the gym and played basketball. If the coach was in a good mood, we got to play dodgeball! When we weren’t at school playing organized team sports, we were in the backyard or a vacant lot, playing football and baseball, or dodgeball, with our neighborhood buddies. There was no Pop Warner baseball, no youth football leagues, and the sport of soccer ... Read More »

SURGE U8 Boys Win Shootout

SURGE U8 boys celebrate their win at the I-75 Shootout Tournament. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The I-75 Shootout, held in North Ft. Myers by Lee County Youth Soccer, hosted 50 youth soccer teams from Southwest Florida. SURGE finished 1st among eight other U8 boys’ teams. “It has been a tough few weeks preparing and practicing for the tournament between the cold, wet weather, and the players and myself being out sick. But it all came together, and the boys played great as a team to win,” said Chadd Chustz, coach and president of SURGE Soccer. “I can’t thank the parents enough for all of their support.” SURGE is a non-profit youth soccer club dedicated to ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

Naomi’s Rogue-Urinating Advice

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I’m still being a really bad girl. I’ve managed to stay away from the stove after my touch-and-go paw-burning incident of last month, but I’m still peeing in sinks and spraying walls and doors. As “supervisor” over here at For the Love of Cats, Marco’s no-kill cat rescue, people are always asking me why their cat is misbehaving. Yes, I know, that makes me a hypocrite! Take the other day for instance. My driver was driving me to Naples when a call came in from an exasperated woman ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part II

This is one of the ‘miraculous’ air scrubbers, 
said to remove dangerous and toxic mold and other air-borne particulates. Running them 24/7 as recommended guaranteed to render you deaf. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman “Listen my children and you shall hear,” NOT the midnight story you may be expecting, but the second, hair-pulling installment of ‘Homeowner Beware’ or how not to choose a contractor and why you should trust no one who tells you, “Don’t worry!” Facing possible replacement of a roof, a house full of floor tiles, and a complete kitchen, I awaited the verdict when the contractor Tony agreed to meet with my insurance company. The insurance adjuster John and his area manager Tom met with Tony on August 11, and the three of them seemed to have a plan. Of course my plan was ... Read More »

DAR Essay Contest Winners Honored

Karen Lombardy and guest speaker Jeanne Basso explained the history
of the many DAR pins, medals, ribbons and other insignia.

By Chris Curle Essay awards for middle school students and the details of insignia protocol were the main events at the February 18th meeting of the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Hideaway Beach Club. Three Marco Island Charter Middle School students read their winning submissions to the DAR American History Essay Contest. Zachary DeSerranno, 8th grade, Hailey Cartwright, 7th grade, and Ryan Palumbo, 6th grade, wrote imaginative narratives of colonial families trying to decide what to do about the crushing British stamp tax of 1765. Their assignment was to write from a young person’s point of view ... Read More »

4th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival

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Musicians Jim and Merrill Allen with JRobert perform at the 2015 Goodland Arts Alliance Harbor Arts & Music Festival.

Submitted The 4th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival, sponsored by the Goodland Arts Alliance and Collier County Parks and Recreation, is coming to picturesque MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland on Sunday, March 13, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Professional artists and musicians gather to support the Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) in its mission to preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the historic fishing village of Goodland through art, history, and education. This outdoor event also features an assortment of fine foods, making it a delight to all the senses! The venue, MarGood Harbor Park, has great ... Read More »

Turtles Provide Comfort, Fund Cancer Research

For $100 a sick child in a local hospital will receive a stuffed turtle and  personal card. Proceeds from turtle sales will support the American Cancer Society. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Close your eyes and imagine the days from childhood when you had that special friend that always made things better. That special friend may have been your very own favorite stuffed animal. That special friend was someone to hold, someone to love, someone with whom you could share your precious childhood dreams. With just a hug, that stuffed animal could wash away your tears and greatest fears. The American Cancer Society cordially invites you to their annual black-tie optional affair, the Imagination Ball 2016, “Wash Away Cancer” on Saturday, March 5 at 6 PM at the Marco Island Marriott ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council met on February 16, 2016. Here are some highlights of that meeting: Gary McAlpin spoke on the first step in the plans to regrade the beach just north of Resident’s Beach. The purpose of this regrade is to build up the area where there is ponding, puddling and algae growth from a lack of drainage. The Marco Marriott has gifted 7,500 cubic yards of high quality sand, which was scheduled to start being transported on February 22 via the Marriott‘s entrance to the beach. In close coordination with the Marco Island police ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues.” Wikipedia.com goes on to say that the idiom’s origin “may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what ... Read More »

Thank You Community Heroes

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sometimes heroes pop into our lives and we feel so thankful that they’ve arrived. I’ve had a few lately, and I want to thank them publicly. Kent and Marya Hedrick are two of those heroes, to whom I owe a world of thanks. And while I’m thanking people, Bill and Roseann Christ are right up there at the top of my list, but then again, I think they are at the top of everyone’s list of heroes. Not only did they shine their goodness on me, but they cook at the church, they volunteer in the community, ... Read More »

Can Trump trump the Republican Party? – The Trump You Should Know

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By Roy Eaton Presidential front-runner Donald Trump seems to be on the minds of most Americans, including his fellow candidates seeking the Republican nomination and his opposition seeking their Democratic endorsement. Equally attentive are those in control of the Republican Party as they struggle to comprehend the distrusts, anger, and discontent within their party’s membership and the membership’s overwhelming support of the Trump candidacy. Frustrated with their inability to anticipate what is going through the complex brain of the most publicized Republican candidate to date, they still fool heartedly ponder over how they can prevent Trump from obtaining their party’s ... Read More »

Libya…The Next Flash Point

American F-15E Strike Eagles targeted an ISIS training camp in Libya on February 19, 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those of you who remember reading a previous article I wrote about the Maghreb (“Mali and Beyond”) which talked about the growing Al-Qaida and Islamic State influence in Northern Africa will not be shocked reading this article. The Islamic State is a force we will have to deal with in North Africa, particularly in the oil rich nation of Libya. The United States and its allies have been worried about a growing threat from the Islamic State in Libya for some time now. According to sources, there has been increased reconnaissance and intelligence gathering activities ... Read More »

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Submitted On April 9th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. Although racers of top standing will be competing, novice racers are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. A $45 entry fee is now being accepted. Registration and check in start at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 8th at the Marco Island Marina (1402 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island) with a skippers meeting starting at 6 PM. Racing will start Saturday at 10 AM and the courses ... Read More »

American Hero To Speak at JCMI

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Submitted You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. This mantra has helped inspire the most elite combat unit in the world to push past their limitations and succeed in every environment imaginable. But you don’t have to be part of a Special Ops force to benefit from their training when the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) presents an inspiring evening with top motivational speaker and former U.S. Navy SEAL, and American hero, David Rutherford on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30 PM. A top tactical training expert, author, speaker and popular ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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Submitted by Maggie Gust March Meeting Please join us for a two hour workshop at our March meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 6-8 PM. Janice Hardy of Fiction University will illustrate techniques to construct a novel that will keep readers turning its pages. Some of the areas she will focus on include creating empathic characters, compelling storylines, inspiring settings, and other components of a good read. Janice will use hands-on exercises to illustrate these techniques in the workshop. Participants will be able to go home and apply them to their writing. Bring your laptop or printed pages. Published ... Read More »

It’s the Law- No Glass on the Beach!

Marco Island beach signage reminds visitors to leave prohibited items at home. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In 2014, TripAdvisor named Marco Island the No. 1 Island in the U.S. It referred to our island as “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.” Our beaches were also listed among the top 10 “family friendly” beaches in Florida. We attract thousands of visitors to our island each year and they all come to experience our six miles of spectacular beaches. All this fame and fortune comes at a cost.   Our beaches are under assault from litter and trash. Before you head out to the beach, let’s take a moment to review the city rules necessary to ... Read More »