Stumbling Blocks

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”  ~ Zig Ziglar Our grandson Boone is 4 years old, and the middle of three children. I’m not sure how important it is that he’s a “middle child” except that my husband and I ... Read More »

Condominium Association Insurance

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott The condominium association insurance policy is usually one of the largest line items of the association budget and proper coverage is an important fiduciary responsibility of the board of directors. Florida’s condominium laws dictate who covers what for the property insurance perils of loss, other than flood insurance. Coverage for “paint in” is ... Read More »

Red, Red, Red

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan July’s birthstone is the ruby, a red corundum. The most valuable color of a fine ruby is a deep blood red. The addition of the mineral chromium oxide is what gives it a superb deep hue. The word ruby in the ancient language of Indian Sanskrit is “ratna raj,” which means “King of Gems.” The ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Though summer officially began on Wednesday, June 21, in Southwest Florida, it often feels as if summer begins in late April or May. However, one true sign of summer has not changed from the days most of us were youngsters. In the summer, the kids are out of school. ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

HO6 Unit Owner’s Policy

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott After the extensive rains a couple of weeks ago, and now that we have entered that time of year when tropical weather returns to Marco Island, it is a good time to review your various condo insurances. As a condo owner, Florida law states you are required to have at least $2,000 of ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Condo Market: A Quick Review

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott The Marco Island condo market has had some big swings over the last two decades. Over the last 20 years the median condo price rose from $200,000 in 1997 to a peak of $635,000 in 2005, then dropped to a low of $300,000 in 2011. Since then the median price has been growing ... Read More »


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan As the season slowly comes to an end and I finally get to catch a breath, giving me the chance to reflect after a hectic five months. I came to the realization that no matter how much I preach about being careful with high end jewelry purchases on cruise line sanctioned establishments, folks will still ... Read More »

Why Yoga?

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer “Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga?” ~ Leslie Kaminoff The origin of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years, and across thousands of miles to northern India. What began as ancient texts of songs and rituals for Vedic priests, has been examined, ... Read More »

Sports Medicine is for Everyone

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System When most of us hear the words “sports medicine,” we likely get an image of a big-time football or soccer star receiving some sort of specialized treatment to keep them on their playing field of choice. However, the biggest public misconception about sports medicine is that it is limited ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Sales & Listing Activity

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Last week 393 condos were listed for sale. The amount of inventory for sale is just one indicator of the real estate market on Marco Island. In a recent 30-day period 65 condos sold, 64 new listings came on the market, 39 listings expired, 51 condo sales contracts were signed and became pending ... Read More »

Closer to Normal

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” ~ José N. Harris Three weeks ago my prosthetic knee was in a sterile package, sitting on a shelf somewhere, with my name on it. Twenty-four hours later, it was removed from its packaging, and carefully installed in the place ... Read More »

Stevens Landing: A Boater’s Dream

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Last week 414 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island ranging from $118,000 for a 406 square foot studio at Southwinds to a $6,250,000 five bedroom penthouse at Belize. Four of the condos for sale last week were at Stevens Landing. One of the unique condo complexes on the island, Stevens Landing ... Read More »

On the Mend

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “To get through the hardest journey we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese Proverb The worst is behind me. Or the worst is ahead. Possibly, I’m in the worst moment right now. I’ve been debating this with myself since my knee surgery five ... Read More »

My Jeweler…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It gives me great sense of pride when customers tell me they would never bring their jewelry to anyone but yours truly. It’s nice to know that there is still a small semblance of loyalty out there. We baby boomers all remember the word… LOYALTY In the good old days (Did I just hear the ... Read More »

Condo Rental Periods

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Last week 408 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. One of the considerations when buying a condo is how often you may want to rent your condo during the year and the minimum number of rental days allowed. Many new buyers rent their condo for a few weeks or months during ... Read More »

A Goldsmith? What’s a Goldsmith do?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I recently traded in an old toy for a brand new 2017 toy to add my garage collection. During the purchasing process the young woman at Harley–Davidson asked me my profession. “I’m a goldsmith.” A goldsmith? What does a goldsmith do? I could not help but notice that she was more than just slightly adorned ... Read More »

TO YOUR HEALTH Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I hope the title of this week’s column is thought provoking. Yes, we all have an actual heart, but caring for that heart is another matter entirely—especially as we get older, and the risk of heart disease rises exponentially. Heart care at Physicians Regional Healthcare System focuses on the ... Read More »