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Association Consumer Alert: Watch Out For “Official Documents” That Are Not

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell It’s that time of year again! Many of the Annual Meetings for Associations have already taken place and others will take place within the next few months. After we get by the first of the year, it is time for the Annual Corporate Reports to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Most of these are filed by the managers once the Annual Meeting has taken place, so that any changes to the directors or officers of the association can be made. In that way the corporate information for the association ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »

Wellfit Girls Peruvion Adventure

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By Don Manley Alexis Buhelos embarked on a bold journey of self discovery last year that brought about some life-altering changes for the then 14 year old. The Marco Island resident and a group of other teen girls from Lee and Collier counties devoted five months of their lives to expanding their fitness, empowerment and leadership skills through the Naples-based Wellfit Girls Program. Created in 2014, the Wellfit Girls Program is dedicated to inspiring girls between 13 and 18 years old to maximize their potential through regular group meetings and a rigorous regimen of yoga, fitness and leadership training. That ... Read More »

Humanitarian of the Year: Al Bismonte

MICA’s Dick Adams with honoree Al Bismonte.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Civic Association Humanitarian of the Year award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island. It was recently announced the honor for 2015 goes to Al Bismonte. Al is a retired pediatrician. He still practices medicine and travels to Chicago for a couple of weeks each year to cover for his former partner while he goes on vacation. He prefers to get paid in the form of medicine so he can take it to his Mission in the Philippines where he spends three weeks every year opening a ... Read More »

40 Years of Marco Players

The cast of “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” rehearses.

By Don Manley The Marco Players is still going strong 40 years after staging its first production. “Challenging ourselves to do better and better work, a good fiscal outlook and having actors and directors who want to work here,” has been a key to the theater group’s longevity and success said Beverly Dahlstrom, its artistic director and president of its board of directors. “This doesn’t mean everyone will like everything we do,” she added. “But the work that we do is interesting and varied. Technically, like all the 501cs (nonprofits) on the island, a successful show is what brings in ... Read More »

Authorfest 2015

Kathleen Eichman and her coloring book entitled “Trouble’s Travels,” based on the escapades of “Trouble,” the African Gray Parrot perched over her shoulder.

By Don Manley Sue Strachman’s Marco Island vacation included a discovery that warmed the bibliophile’s heart. The find that brought a smile to her face was the third annual Marco Island Writers Authorfest 2015, held recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Authorfest featured 36 local authors promoting and selling their books, as well as readings and discussions by 16 of the authors. Strachman was part of a well-attended gathering, highlighted by spirited conversation as attendees rambled from one display laden author table to the next, sipping wine and snacking on cheese. A resident of Silver Spring, Md., ... Read More »

MI Half Marathon Takes off at Sunrise

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The sun just broke over trees as the horn sounded for the start of the Marco Island Half Marathon Run last Sunday. Runners assembled in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the event which benefits many local organizations. The Half Marathon originated as a way to give back to the community of Marco Island and was held in memory of Carole Sbertoli, a realtor, who suddenly passed away in August, 2007. “We have 465 runners on the course this morning,” said Race Director Jennifer Barstow. “It’s down a bit from last year, but we expected that. ... Read More »

2015 Wildlife Photo Contest Focuses on SW Florida

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Click! Click! Click! Amateur photographers send your photos to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest runs now through April 24th with winners announced May 1st. This year, photos are eligible for the following combined categories: Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants an t na atr rs an anscapes. A winner will be chosen in each of the following sub-categories: Color, Black and White and Creatively Altered photos. Amateur photographers aged 14 and up, are eligible to enter. An amateur is n as an trar as not ... Read More »

Spring Jubilee 2015

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Submitted Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Spring Jubilee event on Saturday, April 4th from 10AM1PM. This year’s event will include over 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and under. Age groups include: 3 years and under, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years old. Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 11:30AM. Additional activities this year include: music and games by Mobile Sound Entertainmnt a aintin irnt inatable games, Train Rides from Knights of Columbus, Youth Sailing rides by Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Con cessions by Marco Island Optimist Club, Easter holiday games and ... Read More »

United Church Donates to Habitat

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By Jan Kelly February was Habitat for Humanity month at United Church of Marco Island. Habitat month is an annual occurrence at UCMI. The history of the partnership between United Church and Habitat goes all the way back to 1977. Dr. Richard T. Disseler, the Senior Minister at UCMI at the time, was in the process of putting an addition on to the Administration building and enlarging the Chancel. During that process, United Church thought they have been blessed as a church, why not give a blessing to someone else, a Habitat home for a migrant family in Immokalee. Reverend Disseler ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Batfish Bash Brings Out the Best for Our Bay

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com March 14 couldn’t have had a more perfect evening. A golden sunset gave way to a star filled sky and the nite was soon filled with music, laughter, the clinking of glasses and a feast prepared in your honor. Too good to be true? Not if you were one of the 220 attendees at the 6th Annual Batfish Bash at Rookery Bay Learning Center. This was an evening about those who support the tremendous efforts to preserve, study and teach others about a local treasure that is uniquely ours. Its full name is the Rookery Bay ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

Book Signing at Sunshine Booksellers

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Submitted What a treat! Randy Wayne White will be hangin’ out with Marco Islanders, telling a few fishing stories and signing his new book, Cuba Straits, on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00. This event is free and open to the public courtesy of Sunshine Booksellers, 677 S. Collier Boulevard. Cuba Straits Randy Wayne White in Cuba? I thought he stuck to southwest Florida locales for his thrillers involving Doc Ford and his sidekick, Tomlinson. But White knows Cuba pretty well. He told me that 1980 was a formative year for him as well as thousands of Cuban refugees. For complicated ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Shows Beauty from the Beaches

The three day show saw about 2,000 visitors enjoy the exhibits and crafts.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Once again, the work of the Marco Island Shell Club was put on display March 12-14 for all to experience. And what a show it was. For 35 years, the MI Shell Club has been on a mission; to promote the study, conservation, history, and science of seashells and mollusks, and to encourage shell-related interests, such as shell collecting, crafting and shell art. The Shell Show saw about 2,000 visitors come through the doors at the United Church of Marco, which also serves as headquarters for their workshops and other endeavors. Greeters gave a quick overview ... Read More »

“ONE WORLD ONE HOPE” What is Your Definition of Relay?

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By Maureen Chodaba What does the word “relay” mean to you? The dictionary defines relay as “the act of passing something along from one person or group to another, as in passing a baton in a race” or “an electrical device designed to permit current flowing through in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit”. These are both adequate definitions, but there is another meaning of the word when it is used as the Relay For Life. In order to understand the definition of the Relay For Life, one needs to experience the event ... Read More »

Chris Costa at Crossfit Redline

Anthony DiSarro introduces Chris Costa to the audience.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff How many times have you walked into a store while looking at your cellphone or your wallet, “Excuse me,” you exclaim as you narrowly avert bumping into someone at the door? On an actual television news report recently, a woman stated, “I was driving and drove right into the active scene with the police.” Evidently she didn’t notice gnkghhekcnrnkeggkengk cnngktnkickicc “Unless you’re paying attention, you don’t know what you’re walking into, could be an armed robbery and now YOUR a target,” according to Chris Costa, of Costa Ludus, a weapons and tactical training speekcnkEtkrmgcEtgnkgk Naples, ... Read More »

New Self-Check Technology at Library

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By Don Manley The Collier County Library system has added a new self-check system at the Marco Island Library and the Headquarters Regional Library, on Orange Blossom Drive. The system features the latest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which allows patrons to easily check out various media without the aid of library staff. The new RFID self-check system is easy to use and intuitive, providing users with clear instructions at RFID kiosks via animated graphics and their choice of language. The new system enables library staff members to provide more personalized service to patrons by moving away from the circulation ... Read More »

Marsh Walk

A tri-color heron feeds in the shallow water of the marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Close to Marco is a relatively new walk, 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk, a mixed grass and mangrove marsh. It has a two-level observation tower with a good panoramic view of the marsh that has been revitalized by increased water flow, apparently one of the early benefits of Everglades restoration. The walk runs through the marsh with water, mangroves and grasses on both sides. We saw gators crossing the walk. From the observation tower we saw dozens of birds feasting on small fish, crustaceans and insects, and flying over head. This year the white pelicans landed ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Displays the Beautiful Bs’ of Island Living

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com There is much truth in how complex beauty can be, and on March 7-8, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island demonstrated that for all to see. The ‘Beautiful B’s’ of island living are beaching, birding, boating and building. Club members created exquisite designs based on each theme. Entries were then reviewed by an esteemed panel of six judges from the National Garden Club and based on elements of design with 100 points as a perfect score. A score of 90 and above earns a blue ribbon. It is no easy task to become a judge ... Read More »