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Why Can’t We Live Together?

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It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

Finding a Marco Island Condo

Condos along the beach. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Starting your search for a Marco Island condo? Here’s a brief overview. Generally about 3% of Marco Island’s 10,500 condos are on the market at any given time. For instance, last week 337 condos were for sale. Marco Island’s condos can be found along the beach, adjacent to water, inland and along the Gulf. 38% of Marco Island’s condos are located on the beach and this tends to be the first area that people are drawn to. Last week, 152 were for sale. Prices on the beach range from $289,000 for a ... Read More »

Richard Alan…Jeweler to the Stars!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net That might be one way to get your attention, or not? In June I thought I nearly died of boredom, and thankfully it got busy after the Fourth of July, despite the heat and days of torrential downpours. There were some mornings I swore there were tumbleweeds blowing through the parking lot; maybe it was only a heat mirage? It is a fact in my illustrious past I have created jewelry for rock stars from the Boston band Aerosmith, numerous Boston Celtic team members, a Red Sox player or two, heck I even designed pieces ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos

Angler’s Cove features one and two bedroom condos. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott  Weekly rental condos on the island are popular with investors. Last week 72 weekly rental condos were listed for sale. They range in price from $134,900 for a two bedroom one bathroom inland condo to $1.3 million for a three bedroom, three bathroom condo on the beach. Although most weekly rentals can be rented 52 times a year there are exceptions. Some condos allow weekly rentals but only 3 times per year or 12 times per year or 36 times per year. Of the 72 condos listed for sale only 41 of these ... Read More »

Doing the Right Thing

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any task that takes us out of our comfort zone or off the couch. Yeah, we know what we should do, but it’s just so much easier to put it off until later, or tomorrow, or never. I remember reprimanding our ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Luxury Condos

Cape Marco Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 357 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Fifty-seven of these condos are listed for more than $1 million and 16 are listed for over $2 million. The units listed for over $2 million are all on the beach. They are concentrated at Cape Marco in buildings aptly named Belize, Veracruz and Cozumel. They are also found at the center of Marco’s crescent beach in the luxurious Madeira complex and in the private gated community of Hideaway Beach in the two Riviera buildings. These 16 luxury condos come ... Read More »

Stroke Care Update: Please Be Prepared

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System If you—or a loved one—are one of nearly 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke this year, it’s important to know the warning signs and where to go for immediate care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Closer to home: the average age citizen in Collier County and Lee County ... Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

More Than a Number

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The woman was white-haired, and equally bent, with tubes in her nose that extended to an oxygen tank she pulled wagon-style behind her. But more than their postures and their accessories, I noticed that the fingers of their free hands were ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Sales and ?Active Listings

Smokehouse Harbour, a water-direct condo. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Of the 164 condos sold on Marco Island during January, February, March and April 2016, 100 of them were two bedroom units. Two bedroom condos made up 61% of the condo market this season compared to 57% last season. Three bedroom condos represented 20% of condo sales this season, and one bedroom condos were responsible for 16%. Three percent of the sales were for either studio or four bedroom condos. Condo sales prices this season ranged from $81,000 for a one bedroom inland condo to $2,075,000 for a four bedroom beachfront condo. Median ... Read More »

The Jewelry Genius

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s the beginning of the end of the 2016 seasonal madness. It’s nice to look around and take a breather, maybe sort the things out in your life that went on the back burner – or maybe you completely forgot about them all together, like the fact you can no longer fit an automobile in your garage or your yard looks like a category three hurricane passed through it. It’s time to get the simple things done that were impossible to do the past few months. It’s also that time of the year for inspection ... Read More »

A Carefully Constructed Village

“The Neighborhood Gang,” circa 1992 Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill holes in their lives with pieces of you.”  – Bonnie Arbon In 1996 a book was published by none-other-than, Democratic presidential hopeful, Hilary Clinton. The title of the book is “It takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” The phrase, “it takes a village,” is thought to be an African proverb, built on the premise that raising a child is a collective effort that extends beyond the mother and father ... Read More »

Boaters and Condos

The Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have an assigned dock that transfers with that unit when it is sold. Most condo associations own and maintain their docks and lease them to owners and renters when available. The lowest priced condo for sale last week with a leased ... Read More »

Let’s Talk About Veins

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Safe to say, those of us in Southwest Florida tend to show more skin. Though our weather is wonderful and our pools are open year-round, there is no doubt that shorts and swimsuits become even more popular during the summer months. The result? Our veins are even more exposed than usual. And yes, this can be an unsettling thought for those who wish to keep their less-than-appealing veins under wraps. That said, it’s surprising how little the public knows about vein care and vascular surgery—specifically, the technological advancements in the ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Shipp’s Landing – Serene Seaside Paradise

View of the Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Shipp’s Landing is ideally located on a quiet, southern tip of the island adjacent to Caxambas Pass with incredible views of the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. This 206-unit condo complex on 14.6-acres of mature, manicured green space features a “village” of two to four story condos, a seven-story mid-rise and a 19-story high-rise tower. Developed and built by Harold Shipp from Toronto in the early 1980s, many of the condos have been renovated and upgraded. Last week’s list prices at Shipp’s Landing for a two-bedroom condo start at ... Read More »

The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »