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LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

LTE: Please: Mark Dorn

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Please – Just Say No To The Rental Ordinance. This is ridiculous and creates more costs, conflicts, admin burdens to the condo associations and undermines any further investment I would have living on Marco Island. – Mark Dorn, Mariner Condos Read More »

MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary Puts on the Ritz

Many door prizes were given out including the “Money Hat” Karen is wearing.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com An incredible Tuesday afternoon at Hideaway Beach Club goes a long way toward supporting Marco Island healthcare thanks to the efforts of the MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary. Volunteers had been making preparations for months and expectations were high for this important fund raiser. At stake was an EKG machine for Marco Island Urgent Care. “While part of NCH system, our efforts are focused on providing support right here on Marco Island,” said Anita Heffernan, Publicity Chairperson. “Everyone’s contribution today, both in time and dollars, makes a positive impact on the quality of health care for Marco ... Read More »

Adversity

Peaceful beach yoga weekly. PHOTO by LAURIE KASPERBAUER

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

From Marco To Alaska, Local Female Captain Is Always Busy

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist I hear a very pleasant “Good morning, Bob” as someone passes by. “Good morning, Captain Jesse.” I reply as she ushers guests to a catamaran for a sailing tour of Marco Island. Yes, I did say “she”. One of the few female captains in the area, Captain Jesse Baughman leads a very active life. From fishing with active duty soldiers, to finishing her college education, to working the salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is constantly on the move. In addition to conducting catamaran tours for the Marriott she owns a fishing charter business, ... Read More »

Color Your World…endlessly

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Season on Marco Island is in full swing, and I survived another Valentine’s Day rush that required my son and me only a couple of nights burning the midnight oil in the work shop. It was the smoothest, hassle free and profitable Valentine week I can ever remember! While in the process of investigating and individually interrogating my sales staff I found the reason it was not the normal yearly, chaotic Valentine’s experience… One thing stood out…Endless Jewelry. I mentioned that I had seen the Endless Jewelry line while in Europe last summer. It ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Beachfront Condos

Entrance to Hideaway Clubhouse

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Thirty four condo buildings were constructed along Marco Island’s beaches between 1967 and 2006. The first one built on the beach is the aptly named and well maintained, 48 residence Emerald Beach and the newest is the luxurious 101 residence called Madeira. Of the 4,091 beachfront apartments only 168 condos are for sale this week. The lowest priced listing is a $210,000, 534 square foot condo at Sunset North and the highest priced listing is a $9,500,000, 13,528 square foot penthouse at Belize in Cape Marco. On a dollar per square foot basis, ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived! Convict fish that is…

Jim with a Sheepshead. photos by captain dan rapp

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Winter time here in SW Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snow birds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, and these are much welcomed convicts… AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish arrive in good numbers each winter to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars, and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they bare. In addition to being called Convicts, Sheepshead are sometimes ... Read More »

More Good News for Lady Anglers!

Captain Lynn Keller, President of LASF. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There is plenty of exciting evidence that more and more women are discovering the great sport of fishing! One example of this is the continual growth of both local and state wide ladies fishing clubs and organizations where both fishing trips and social events are enjoyed by the club members and participants. One ladies fishing club, called Lady Anglers of South Florida (LASF), is comprised of ladies who love to fish and experience the enjoyment of the club’s social events as well. Captain Lynn Keller, the current president of the club states that “Lady ... Read More »

The Art of Forgiveness

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »

Who Made the Top 10 List for Best Tennis Cities in America?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The volunteer coach was a 3.0 level player and had never coached before. I’m sure there are tiny pockets of success when there is a non-tennis person at the helm but I urge all athletic directors to reach out to their communities and hire tennis pros to lead their programs. One more item: The easiest way to motivate young impressionable tennis players is to have them view a college tennis match. In southwest Florida, the Florida Gulf Coast University men and women’s tennis teams are not only talented but they are big winners in their ... Read More »

30 Years Young

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »

Gardening for Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honeybees are more important than most people realize. Hundreds of crops that we have come to love and also dislike rely on the honey bee for pollination. It’s estimated that the sum of approximately fifteen billion dollars annually, is the value of the honey bees work in the United States agriculture industry. About one third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by bees. Inadequate pollination will reduce the size and quality of crops. The demise of the honey bee is a complex issue. Since 2006 bee keepers have lost about one third ... Read More »

The Dipper Returns

Looking Northeast, 9:00PM Mar 6. Even though the Moon looks huge  when near the horizon you can still cover it up by a pinky finger held at arm’s length!
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After setting a few months ago the Big Dipper has returned to the early evening sky. The Dipper of course is not a constellation but merely an asterism and makes up a portion of the rather large constellation of Ursa Major, the bear. It is an odd fact that roughly half of the world’s cultures regard this grouping of stars as a bear; after all it does not look much like a bear. One possible explanation is that this constellation’s identification as a bear is a shared cultural tradition springing from a common ... Read More »

No Biting

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I hope you all had a terrific Valentine’s Day. I sure did. I was besieged with cards, treats, cat grass, treats, toys, treats, a fancy cat bed, treats, a designer cat tree, treats, and more treats. Mixed in with the hundreds of love letters, however, I ran across a few disturbing emails (yes, cats have email accounts; we just choose not to “reply”). It sounds to me like some of you have been biting your staff, the very hands that feed you, and without provocation. I’m not talking love ... Read More »

When Books Went To War

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014, 267 pages Collier County Public Library: Yes Genre: Historical Nonfiction “Books cannot be killed by fire.…..No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt This book is a nice little treat for history buffs and booklovers. It gives a heartwarming and personal perspective on our fighting men as well as some insight into life on the home front during the war years. After the US began ... Read More »

Earl of Oxford’s March to Bugle Call Rag

The Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Returning to Marco Island for its 9th consecutive year, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform Saturday evening, February 28th, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The performance will take place at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Brass Quintet consists of leading musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1990, the group has received national and international honors, including first prize at the prestigious Summit International Brass Competition and honors at the Concurs International at Grenoble, France. The musicians are known ... Read More »

Stretton, FACA 2A Player of the Year

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He was the target for every team he played, yet he produced, leading his team to a record season of wins, 16 and fewest losses, 7. For his effort Marco Island Academy’s Cole Stretton was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association 2A Player of the Year for Southwest Florida. Stretton averaged 22 points a game, yet Coach Roger Raymond pointed to his unselfish team play. “Cole is one of the most unselfish players I have ever coached,” Raymond said. “There were games where he could have scored more, but chose to pass off in support of his teammates. In one game ... Read More »