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Lessons Learned

The orange glow from the first light of sunrise.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Some of you may have noticed that my column was on hiatus for a few months while I attended to some family medical issues. During that time, planned trips were cancelled, including my dream water view apartment in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Thank goodness for trip insurance. I purchased the insurance from Roam Right, via the website. Compared to a prior incident with another company, Roam Right was very accommodating in issuing a refund. Of course, having learned from that experience, I did have all my receipts and substantiating paperwork readily available in a folder ... Read More »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer The season of pumpkins and goblins is behind us for another year and we have officially entered into the “Holiday” season. Looking back at Halloween, I wonder how many children suffered bellyaches from over-indulging in sugar? No judgement from me. When I have sugar products in the house I eat them. I OVER eat them. My self control dissolves and I fall into a cycle of eat, headache, regret, repeat. If only I was better at moderation. Recently a news report was released warning us to limit our intake of red and processed meat ... Read More »

Perfect Imperfections


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Might sound like an oxymoron to you, but when it comes to buying diamonds or precious gemstones a perfectly located imperfection can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing a fine diamond or any expensive gem, the clarity is graded by the amount of inclusions, imperfections, blemishes or flaws. Call them what you like, they can be white or black marks, striations, even surface cracks or chips. Sometimes flaws appear to be minute bubbles or similar to the scrape that an ice skate leaves on ice, inside or near the surface of the ... Read More »

Trends, Part II

Inside/outside: open floor plan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Continuing my column on “Trends,” we pick up where we left off and now delve inside the modern house (literally inside, as in under the hood, so to speak). Behind the scenes, or better yet, just behind the walls, things are getting sophisticated. More and more we see water reclamation in the form of cisterns or green roofs. And who on Marco wouldn’t want to save on water consumption- especially for irrigation? HVAC systems are being split into scalable systems, such as those manufactured by Daiken, to allow for room-by-room zone controlled environments. No ... Read More »

Condo Sales on Marco Island

A view of the Seabreeze pool and condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott According to the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 517 condos on Marco Island have sold so far this year, ranging in price from $75,000 for a 400 square foot efficiency at Seabreeze to $6,450,000 for a 6,600 square foot penthouse at Madeira. According to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s records, about 860 condos have changed hands so far this year. Sales of condos through the Marco Island MLS sales represent about 60% of the appraiser’s total number of recorded transactions. Another 35% of the Collier County Property Appraiser condo transactions are those ... Read More »

The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos on the Beach

View of the Somerset. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Many people in the area like the idea of buying a weekly rental condo on the beach for their own enjoyment and to accommodate visiting family members. The rest of the year they rent the condo to offset the costs of ownership. Others, who have experienced the daunting task of finding a rental in season, decide to buy one instead, use it when they want, and then rent it out the rest of the year. Investors are another big group in this market segment. The island offers weekly, monthly and longer-term beach condo ... Read More »


Courtesy of G3 Homes, South Miami Fl.

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA I figured I would give my readers a much-needed break from the heady topics and discussions concerning zoning, land use, deed restrictions, ordinances, etc. Let’s talk architecture, design and trends. As we look forward to the start of season, let’s see what’s hot and happening in design. So I’m going to take a very deliberate right turn on this one and set eyes on our nearest design capital, and arguably one of the current trendsetters internationally today. Yes, you guessed it, our neighboring metropolis of MIAMI. MIA for short, or the “305” if you ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense…Watches


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan With any profession there are words or jargon (call it what you like) that pertain to only that particular business. The word “shop talk” comes to mind. Sometimes I catch myself using jewelry terminology in front of a customer, and at once realize he or she has no clue what I am taking about. Sort of like me understanding the daily goings on the subject of physics or nuclear fusion. Over the years I have tried to educate or give advice on certain aspects of the business, whether it is on the subject of jewelry ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer A few weeks ago I spent 11 days taking care of our 17-month-old granddaughter. It was quality time and I was her primary caregiver. We got to know one another really well and we integrated into one another’s lives and habits. I prepared her food, and she threw back at me what she didn’t like. I changed her diapers and she accompanied me on all my bathroom visits. I made calls on my phone and she put up a fuss if she wasn’t able to join in the conversation. She expressed her independence, and ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense… Jewelry Repair

Don’t swim with your necklace  on - it will get damaged by chlorine
and salt water! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’m a goldsmith and own a jewelry store, and that means we make our own jewelry and also repair jewelry that people break. Yes, sad but true, jewelry breaks, wears out, gets mistreated and then needs repair. I’m also proud to say we rarely repair jewelry that has been purchased in our shop. I can’t count how many times when inspecting people’s jewelry with my trained eye and see problems that are present or about to occur and get lambasted because of it. Remember now, they asked me to “look at their jewelry” to make ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

Turtles on the Town!

Tara O’Neill puts finishing 
touches on “Turtle Dreams.” PHOTOS BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill So, how much fun did I have this summer? Loads. Those who read my column in the last issue of Coastal Breeze News will be familiar with my desire for more art in public places. One project that addresses this desire is the upcoming “Turtles on the Town,” and I feel so very fortunate to be a part of it. “Turtles on the Town” is a community arts project (similar to “Gators Galore” in 2001 and 2003, and “Dolphin Debut” of 2002) that will place 50 loggerhead sea turtle sculptures in various locations throughout Collier County. A public exhibition ... Read More »

Rose-Colored Glasses


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind…” ~ Miley Cyrus My mother is a cancer survivor. Twenty-seven years ago she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stage 3. The doctor ordered chemo and radiation. In addition, my mother made the decision to have a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, and it worked. She was cured. Which is not to say she didn’t experience the side effects of her experience. The chemotherapy treatment ended early because of the devastating effect it had on her body. There was permanent damage ... Read More »

Meow Girls

Jan Rich feeding Ranger.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: The day dawned dark and stormy on Sunday, October 4, but – unruffled – my Meow Power team slinked through the course of the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon and made me and my staff (remember, cats have staff; dogs have owners) here at For the Love of Cats proud. Not only did they obliterate their target finishing time, but they also raised $2,095 for all the cats and kittens here at Marco’s no-kill cat shelter. This was a respectable 42% of their $5,000 fundraising goal. Despite the threatening ... Read More »

Naomi’s Tennessee Ten


FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: Please send help! I’m drowning in kittens! I have kittens from as far away as Tennessee – our first-ever snowbird felines, to as near as the closest Walmart. Things had been pretty slow for awhile here at For the Love of Cats – the island’s no-kill cat shelter, so my staff of 80 volunteers (remember – cats have staff, dogs have owners) had, understandably, grown bored. For my part, and as shelter supervisor extraordinaire, I made the executive decision to go on vacation before the season began; I ... Read More »

There Must be Something in the Water?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Upon entering certain establishments, such as dentists or doctors offices, I can understand why some folks may be irked, irritated, or just P’d Off. It probably has to do with the uncertainty of one’s health (they always find something wrong), and the biggest factor is the unpredictable amount of money you will have to shell out-of-pocket, whether you have healthcare or not. I can relate firsthand with my $2,500.00 toothache ordeal I had to deal with this past summer. I went through a blizzard of expensive x-rays, got not-diagnosed, which resulted in going to ... Read More »

Big Art, Out and About

Part of a series of shade shelters along Tampa’s Riverwalk.

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill South Tampa is flush with public art. Flush. I’m talking bay-to-shining-bay. There’s oodles that serve physical functions: mosaic-tiled benches shaped like waves whirlpool around a tiny garden park; organic-looking steel and canvas canopies provide shade and shelter along the Riverwalk: large ones over rest areas, tiny ones over directional stations and water fountains; a shiny red “hydrant” that squirts water into a giant cartoonish dog dish (yep, it’s a water fountain for dogs); and the lights downtown do so much more than illuminate the streets, they inspire, they also change colors and shapes. Very cool. Then ... Read More »

Mind, Because it Matters

A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... Read More »