Lifestyle

Spring Has Sprung, Your Diamonds Shouldn’t

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Spring is in the air, and so is the humidity. The crowds are beginning to wane and traffic is becoming bearable. It’s also time to clean and check your fine jewelry. By fine jewelry, I mean your gold, platinum and gemstone jewelry. It’s time to check the important components that hold your gemstones in the ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Lowest List Price Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 402 condos were listed for sale on the island. Thirteen of them are studios. The lowest list price condo on the island last week is a 406 square foot studio at Southwinds for $118,000. Southwinds is close to Residents’ Beach. This first floor efficiency condo features tile floors, high-impact windows, oak ... Read More »

Stick and Move

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” ~ Zen Proverb One day, a couple of years ago, I backed out of my driveway to run a few errands. Seatbelt on. XM Radio tuned in. Sunglasses in place. I was headed down a main thoroughfare here on the island when ... Read More »

If I Had the Tools…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes, the month of March in Southwest Florida… In like a lion, out like a lamb? I’d say it’s more in as a tyrannasaus rex and out like a rabid bull alligator. This March has been like no other I can remember in decades. The island is packed, and many folks have pushed impatience ... Read More »

Cuba Opens Its Door to Americans

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison The mysteries of Cuba, its isolation and its oppressive heritage has long fascinated and intrigued Americans. Now that Cuba has left its doors slightly open I took the opportunity to see for myself what is happening there. I booked a people-to-people cruise on Fathom’s Adonia, a 904 passenger ship sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, to gain ... Read More »

Condos With Enhanced Security

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island is one of the safest communities in Florida. Still, 120 of the 413 condos on the market last week feature a guarded entrance and other security measures. Among them is the South Seas Club, with 63 condos for sale ranging in price from $340,000 to $768,500. Cape Marco has 36 condos ... Read More »

You Can Do Anything Once Every 5-10 Years

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System President Clinton officially named March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000. Since that time, this designation has led to an annual parade of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates beating their various drums for colon cancer awareness. They wear blue; they sponsor fundraising and education events; but ... Read More »

Choose Happiness

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” ~ Ralph Marston At a recent yoga class, I had a ... Read More »

Vintage Bay – Tranquil, Gated & Spacious

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Vintage Bay is a tranquil, secluded gated community located off San Marco Road with only 132 condos. It is nestled on about 20 acres of lush plantings and mature tropical trees along the edge of Barfield Bay. The four identical buildings A, B, C and D were built between 1997 and 2006. Each ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part II

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison Editor’s Note: Part I of this column appeared in the March 3, 2017 edition of Coastal Breeze News. In that issue, ten special “Off the Beaten Track” destinations and photos were shared. This issue will give readers a glimpse into ten more unique, and largely unknown places. Following is a sample list of many of the ... Read More »

Which Watch?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Someone asked me a simple question the other day regarding what would be the best watch for her to purchase, seeing that the present one she owned did not survive multiple swimming sessions in her pool. I did point out to her that it was clearly marked “Water-resistant” – not water-proof. A fact that any ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part I

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison As a frequent international traveler I have had the special opportunity to explore and investigate many unique and largely unknown places not heavily visited by most tourists. These discoveries have led to a fascination with off-the-beaten destinations, many of which rival or exceed the pleasure of visiting better-known places. Following is a sample list of many ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

Condos in Olde Marco Historic Village

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Drive north on Bald Eagle towards the Snook Inn or Bistro Soleil restaurants and you will enter Olde Marco Historic Village. As the roadside welcoming sign says, this area of Marco Island was established in 1870. Last week 22 condos were listed for sale in Olde Marco. Ville de Marco East, a water ... Read More »

Thrill…her

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s no coincidence that 95% of my business is all about the ladies. I don’t count the guys, who bring in a hundred or so watches a week to replace dead batteries. Nine times out of ten I won’t see them again until the watch dies 365 days later. Personally speaking, in my 40-plus years ... Read More »

Two Bedroom Condos Dominate the Market

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condo sales is up 11% this January over last January. Last week 404 condos were for sale on the island. Two bedroom condos remain the most popular segment of the condo market. Half of these are two bedroom condos. The lowest priced two bedroom condo on the market last week ... Read More »

Scammers and Scallywags

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Just want to issue a heads up warning to my faithful followers. Apparently, there are some unscrupulous folks who are wandering around Marco and Naples selling jewelry under the pretense of it being real gold. It’s shiny and looks good, but the ring or chain feels a little too lightweight. That’s because it is gold ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Listen Close

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As the Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I talk to a lot of people. It’s a vital part of my job. I am also regularly tasked with not only listening to others, but hearing what they sometimes do not say as well. Not long ago I heard ... Read More »

Fate, Love and Choice

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com When I was 16, I worked as a clerk in a grocery store in my Iowa hometown. I earned about $2.35 an hour, and over the course of a week, I might clear twenty bucks. I liked the independence of having money in my pocket and in my bank account. But mostly I ... Read More »