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How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Florida’s Construction Lien Law: Protect Yourself and Your Investment

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff When it comes to building your own home, there are a number of lessor known — but vitally important — precautions that property owners must take to protect themselves, their properties and their bank accounts. According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713, Part 1), those who work on a property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against said property. Further, if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, the people who are owed money may look to the property owner for payment, even if ... Read More »

Steven A. Hennell: Building Marco’s Green Dream Homes

Looks can be deceiving... this home is GREEN!
Building High Efficiency Healthy Homes

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What makes a good home? Sturdy walls, hurricane-rated windows, fine and fancy appliances. What makes a smart home? One that can utilize simple concepts and smart technology while actually saving the homeowner money. Ask Steve A. Hennell of Steven A. Hennell Inc., Custom Home Building and Remodeling. Last year, the Marco Island custom home builder won the Aurora Award for “Green New Construction” at the 2014 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) for his Florida Green Building Certified Model Home at 316 Bald Eagle Drive. The home now serves as the model center for Hennell and consists ... Read More »

Building Marco with APM Custom Homes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Drive around Marco Island for five minutes, and it’s likely you will pass a structure built by APM Custom Homes, a locally-based residential and commercial development and construction company. Currently, there are more than 100 custom homes and a number of familiar commercial and retail buildings, such as the Schilling Professional Building, Sanitasole Health and Wellness Center and Mango’s Dockside Bistro (formerly Guy Harvey Island Grill), to APM’s credit. Builder Todd E. Schneider began leaving his mark on Marco in 2000 when he built his own house for speculation. “I saw that builders were selling ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Newest Collection of Homes Unveiled at The Isles of Collier Preserve

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Submitted Minto Communities unveiled four new luxury villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve with a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 7. More than 500 guests toured Minto’s new villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — as well as three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. Hundreds of visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. The new one-story villas range in size from 1,565 square feet to 1,862 square feet ... Read More »

Panorama Home Services Inc.

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Submitted Panorama president Roy Lansdown attributes his business’s success to a few key points. One is that he and his team are experts in client builder relationships. “We make it a priority to develop relationships with our clients reminiscent of small town friendships. Each client is given help every step of the way from concept to completion with their preferences, style, and budget in mind. We not only offer choice A B or C in any part of selection process; the world is literally our showroom. We help, guide and direct our clients with hands on to help them locate ... Read More »

Response to Sunken Tug

Diesel fuel spills from sunken tug on Hernando canal.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island emergency personnel had a busy evening, Saturday, Jan. 31. Early that evening, a 911 came in reporting a partially sunken tug boat attached to a construction barge in Hernando canal behind 549 Hernando Drive. A sheen of diesel fuel could be seen on the top of the water as well. The tug and barge are owned by Duane Thomas Marine Construction. According to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, an investigation has been opened into the incident, but he said the stern (or back) of the tug became submerged in the canal after ... Read More »

Richie, Carr Bid Farewell

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com At the end of January, Nancy Richie and Liz Carr walked through the doors of Marco Island City Hall for the last time. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Richie, who worked as the city’s environmental specialist and liaison with the Beach Advisory Committee, resigned to work in the private sector as a consultant, and Carr, one of the city’s three code enforcement officers, retired. “Their departures will be a loss of institutional knowledge to the city,” says Hernstadt. The recruitment process for a new environmental specialist — which was initially a part-time position — ... Read More »

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Marco Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, left, and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne join Dr. Todd Bethel, who specializes in emergency
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By Don Manley The Marco Island Urgent Care Center played a key role in Bill Harrison’s recovery after his heart bypass surgery in 1977. “I came here for rehab,” said the spry 93-year-old. “They were great. I live on the south end of the island, so it’s really handy for me.” He was among the many Marco residents who took part in the center’s 30th anniversary celebration, which was held Tuesday at the Heathwood Drive facility. The event featured testing for balance and pulmonary disease, blood pressure screenings, an ask-the-doctor booth, a tour of the campus, give-aways and light refreshments. ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

The students headed out en masse to Big Cypress, and they came prepared with mosquito nets.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

A Dolphin Year in Review

Socializing is a major function of our dolphin society. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE AND KENT MORSE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist February 2015 will mark the ninth anniversary of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team’s work of studying and identifying the bottlenose dolphins that call the Marco Island area their home. In 2014, we were able to recognize five newborn in our waters to go along with five more that turned a year old, seven that turned 2 and 8 that turned 3 years old. Professionally, it has been rewarding to note which adult females gave birth and which dolphins have new siblings. Personally, it has been just good, plain old fun! In the name ... Read More »

Travel Insurance: Safeguard or Scam?

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travelers often consider the purchase of travel insurance. Policies differ, but typically comprehensive insurance covers trip cancellation, delay or interruption expenses and accident and medical expenses. The policies are long, with lots of fine print, conditions and exceptions. For years, we never bothered with trip insurance, but started to as our parents began developing health issues; we never knew if we might be called home unexpectedly. The past few years, as we have aged, we have purchased it for ourselves for international trips. Until recently, our only occasion to put in a claim came in September ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach: Life is Good!

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Hideaway Beach is a 300-acre upscale, gated community of homes, condos and lots located at the north end of Kendall Drive right on the Gulf with two miles of secluded beaches and all the amenities needed to enjoy a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. There are 367 condos located inside Hideaway Beach. This week, only 18 of these condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $549,000 for a two-bedroom condo at Habitat to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom condo at Riviera. The four Habitat condos listed for sale are located in ... Read More »

Marco Island Senior Softball Results As of February 3rd, 2015

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ISLAND DIVISION                                                                                                                                                 Wednesday January 28th, 2015   Nacho Mama’s               13                                                Brewery     11   In a tight contest Nacho Mama’s prevailed with John Barrett chasing home four runs, Jack Martin three and Jim Stewart two in the win. Martin and Jeff Hultgren each walloped a triple. John Remhoff tore the ball up for the Brewery with four hits; Phil Holmes had three and drove in three runs, while Mike Endelman and Art Sinisi drove in two. Holmes and Sinisi each had a triple in the ... Read More »

‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Fishing can be so much more than just fishing! The sport of fishing provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife observation, quality time with family and friends as well as tranquility, rest and relaxation. If you are new to the sport, or haven’t been fishing for a while but would like to, there’s no better way to learn than by doing it yourself with the guidance from others who are knowledgeable and patient. There is a special fishing event coming in March that provides opportunities to learn or practice skills like casting, knot tying, cast netting, ... Read More »

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you want to go fast…go alone. If you want to go far…go together.” — African Proverb   Question: My financial affairs are in good shape, although they might be a bit random and unintentional. I know I need a plan, yet I’m afraid that if I do make changes I’ll do something wrong. World affairs are so volatile, the economy is uncertain, interest rates are low and the stock market is so high; what should I do?   Answer: It sounds like you’re in the right frame of mind to prioritize, organize and gain ... Read More »