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Marco Island Real Estate Summary and 1st Annual Economic Summit


By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare August 2015 to August 2014. Inventory decreased 15.60% from a year ago for all property types, while at the same time the median sale price for all property types jumped 4.94% from $405,000 to $425,000, according to Susan Ackerson, President. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in August 2015 v. August 2014 decreased 6.25% (30 v. 32). The total number of single family properties active on the market in the year-to-year comparison decreased 11.81% ... Read More »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »

Low Density Condos

The Tiki House, with only 4 units, is located on the south end of Marco Island.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Marco Island’s condos come in a variety of configurations and arrangements. About half of the named condos on the island have 40 units or less per building or complex, but they represent only 15% of the total condo units on Marco Island. These neighborly, low density condos can be found on water direct and inland locations. Only the Dunnfoire on the beach meets this criterion with 30 units. In comparison, a number of condos on the island have more than 200 apartments per building. Not a lot of condos come on the market ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed


Submitted Rookery Bay Reserve is looking for volunteers to be aquarium life support assistants and for water quality testing. A background in Biology and Chemistry is helpful. Education majors are also wanted to assist with our 4th and 7th grade programs. National Estuaries Day is Saturday, September 26, and volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Trail work day volunteers are needed on Tuesday, September 22 and Tuesday, October 13, both days from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. Email the Volunteer Coordinator at for more information and to Read More »

Lunar Totality in Marco

Looking Southeast 11:00 PM on September 27. 
Usually you don’t need a finder chart for the Moon, but you might this night! SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Usually you don’t need a finder chart to locate the Moon, but the evening of September 27th may be an exception. The last lunar eclipse for several years occurs between the hours of 7:47 PM and 1:22 AM, with mid eclipse at 10:48 PM. At 7:47 PM the Moon begins to pass into the shadow cast by the Earth. Don’t interrupt your dinner – it is only a partial shadow (called penumbral), and the dimming of the Moon is scarcely perceptible. More than an hour later at 9:07 PM the Moon touches the ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Tyler Gresham is going into his junior year at Marco Island Academy. It will be tough to top his sophomore year there. Last year, Tyler, as fullback, was the leading rusher on the MIA football team. He also played middle linebacker on defense. During the winter and spring, he starred on the basketball and track teams. In the classroom, Tyler finished the year with a weighted 3.65 GPA. Tyler doesn’t load up with creampuff courses, either. His schedule included a number of honors and AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written ... Read More »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land and outbuildings innate to an Iowa farm afforded me endless opportunities for exploration. There was a big barn and a machine shed. There was a grove of assorted maple and oak, a small livestock yard and a windmill. In addition, ... Read More »

Get Custom Fit for All Clubs


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott I get many questions when someone is buying a golf club, or a whole set of clubs; “What company should I purchase golf clubs from?” “What are the right clubs for me?” “How many golf clubs do I need?” “What should my set make up consist of?” The most common question is, simply, “Do I need a new set of clubs?” There is no one great answer to this question, and everyone’s situation is different. I have seen players get fit for a new driver on a launch monitor, and the new driver cannot outperform ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Gluten-free and vegan diets, insane workouts in the fitness center and yet, we had over 12 disqualifications, primarily due to heat issues, at this year’s U.S. Open? Something just doesn’t add up. Midwestern tennis star Jack Sock, now the number 2 ranked American, was dominating in the first two sets before leg cramps sidelined him. As he lay on the court in excruciating pain, the medical staff advised him to leave the court using a wheelchair! Unfortunately for me, I can relate to Jack Sock’s cramping problems. About 25 Florida summers ago while competing on ... Read More »

What Trust Means to Me

Dr. Robert Zehr, founder  of The Zehr Center for Orthopedics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I have tremendous respect for the importance of “trust.” For example, what it means to earn another person’s trust. However, almost more important are the ongoing steps required to keep that trust. When a patient comes through the doors of our Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard campuses or our Marco Island clinic, they must be able to trust — and find comfort in — the skill sets of everyone they meet. Not just our physicians and clinical staff, but every member of our team. Celebrated thought ... Read More »

To Rent or Not to Rent?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA It seems that Marco Island has been mulling over what to do regarding a proposed Rental Ordinance for some time now. Many questions have been raised, and just as many objections to its adoption. I would like to take a cold, hard look at it from a technical point of view. Let’s say, an architect’s point of view. In my last article, I covered the very complex and broad topic of land use and planning. The article focused on some of the primary guidelines that manage growth, and the built environment of Marco Island. ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01


In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

Donna Fiala is back!


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Well here we are after a long, very hot rainy summer, and ready for the breezes that come with October, which is only a couple weeks away. It seems a lot more of our residents stayed in town longer this year and are coming back earlier as well. I can’t blame them. Even in summer it is beautiful here! The Culver’s on the East Trail is open now! Hooray! It was so much fun having lunch with Dave & Doris Thompson and Sandy Santos! What a great trio they are! I’d never heard of a pot roast ... Read More »

For the Adoption of The FY 16 Tentative Budgets; Final Millage Rates & Final Budget Board Of County Commissioners Collier County, Florida


Submitted Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112, to conduct the final public hearing for the adoption of the Collier County Fiscal Year 2016 Tentative Millage Rates and Final Budget. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and to register to speak. All registered public ... Read More »

Relay Committee Rally


Submitted The American Cancer Society (ACS) is holding a Relay For Life Committee Rally on Saturday, September 19 from 10-11:30 AM at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Light appetizers will be included. If you would like to see an end to cancer, if you want a legacy in that fight, if you are willing to do whatever it takes…You are who the American Cancer Society needs! The 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island placed 3rd in fundraising for the state of Florida. ACS wants to do it again. Join in on September 19 to be a part of this ... Read More »

Historic Site #6 – Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County Museum, in the County’s Courthouse Complex, brings history to life with prehistoric saber cat skeletons, and stories of Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Seminole warriors. With five acres of native Florida gardens, the museum includes two historic cottages, a working archaeology lab, Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910 steam logging locomotive, a recreated Seminole War fort and a fully restored Sherman tank from World War II. Located on the property is the restored boat “Kokomis,” which was the ferry that operated from 1934 to 1999 between the Keewaydin Club ... Read More »

Community in Action

From left: Marco Island Police Officers Paul Keys, George Guyer and Bob Marley. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Little did Amy and Paul Ashby know when Amy’s cancer treatments began, that somewhere down the line they would experience the true essence of Marco Island; a group of people who roll up their sleeves, dig in and get to work when there’s a need. What transpired at the fundraiser for Amy Ashby at the Marco Brewery last weekend defines our COMMUNITY. Amy’s cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer and treatments are extremely costly. The Ashbys have three teenage children. The event was a fundraiser, and was organized by a few of Paul’s ... Read More »

Win-Win Proposal for Tract K and Marco Island Students


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: For those of you who were unable to attend the 7-hour Collier County School Board meeting on Tuesday night, I urge you read the following proposal I made on behalf of Marco Island Academy regarding Tract K. This option is the result of years of research, expert legal advice, and the desire to find a solution to benefit the entire Marco Island community. Please know that at all times, my focus remains on the best possible interest of the students in our community. Right now, I am asking for your help and your ... Read More »

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition


By Steve Gimmestad The 9th Annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK) got underway at Mackle Park just after some heavy rain hit Marco Island on Tuesday, September 15. The sun overpowered the low level clouds just in time for participants to get registered and do some warm-ups. NFL PPK is a nationwide competition, which allows boys and girls, ages 6-15, to learn football fundamentals and compete in a supportive, non-contact environment. Winners of this local event will advance to the sectional competition. It is one of the oldest NFL youth activities, attracting almost 5 million participants nationwide. Each ... Read More »