Lifestyle

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 »

Condos Built After 2000 Superlative Living on Marco Island!

CONDO  REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos built between 2000 and 2008 were for sale. Altogether 397 condos were for sale on Marco Island last week. Prices for these recently built condos ranged from $210,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom 985 square foot condo built in 2001 that can be rented daily at the Olde Marco ... Read More »

Mexico’s Mayan & Colonial Heritage

Global Traveler Dave Pattison The Mayan and indigenous cultures of Mexico have left an indelible mark preserving their ancient cultures and heritage. And colonial cities and villages reflect Mexico’s Spanish roots. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, specializing in cultural senior tours, I saw preserved Mayan ruins dating back several centuries and Spanish colonial cities that have protected their ... Read More »

The Amethyst…The Color of Royalty or Party Animal?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m sure over the past twenty years or so writing this column I’ve touched on the subject of the semi-precious gemstone, the purple-luscious…Amethyst. And as promised as my New Year’s resolution, I will strive to educate the naïve, ignorant and even the folks who are mildly interested in what I have to say. Besides being ... Read More »

Who You Gonna Call?

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As this column runs throughout the year, I often find myself writing for an audience of full-time residents. However, we are blessed with a seasonal influx of visitors from around the globe. As a community, we need to care for our part-time residents and guests just as they take ... Read More »

1990s Condos – More Luxury & Space

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 80 of the 382 condos listed for sale on Marco Island were built in the 1990s. This decade saw a big increase in condo square footage and luxury. The vibrant community at Hideaway Beach grew dramatically during this time with the construction of the Villas, 2000, 3000 and 6000 buildings along ... Read More »

Aquamarine…Soft to Vibrant Caribbean Sea Blue

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I have always had a fondness for the natural gemstone aquamarine. It also happens to be my birthstone, but there is much more to it than that. Often times a customer will claim to own a really fine “Aqua” they may have purchased cheap on a cruise ship or abroad. Eight out of ten times ... Read More »