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Seashells by the Seashore

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Someone asked me recently what I love about the beach. It was then I realized why I’ve always gravitated to the nearest body of water. The Great Lakes stay cool, even in the dead of summer; the Atlantic Ocean’s waves make me feel like a little kid, no matter my age; the Gulf of Mexico is warm and clear, reminding me of the Caribbean Sea, the most beautiful body of water I’ve ever seen. Despite their differences, every shore I’ve walked along has made me feel like I’m at standing at the earth’s end. At night, ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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By Pat Newman It’s Jan. 9, 2015, and the memories of a heart-warming Christmas still linger…the smell of evergreens, sparkling lights, Baby Jesus in the manger, bourbon-infused eggnog, and the of warm hugs of my children home for the holidays. Yes, it’s all here and more, including my two adult children. Unfortunately, the third child couldn’t make it home for our cozy reunion as she is in South Korea. I never knew two young men could kill so much time fishing and watching back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development on DVD. Then, there are always informational pod casts and texting to ... Read More »

A Sense of Community

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COASTALCOMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net What a wonderful time of year! People seem to be sparkling as much as the festive lights all over the Island. There have been so many parties and events over the past few weeks which continue to keep us all together. As I was thinking about writing this column and accentuating the holiday season, I again feel that the island is so blessed to have the City Council who voted to buy the Glon Property, now the Veteran’s Park, and the focal point of many of the Island festivities. I truly believe it is because you ... Read More »

Try Something New

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By Pat Newman The New Year is just around the corner, and it’s time to step out of my comfort zone and pick up a new skill or hobby. “Today’s” Hoda Kotbe strummed the guitar before a TV audience of kazillions recently, after only a few months of lessons. Bravo, Hoda! So what should I pick up for 2015? I ran through a mental check list of things I have always wanted to try, and quickly dismissed most of the options due to fear or expense. Platform diving, trapeze flying and swimming with sharks topped the “too chicken” list. Becoming ... Read More »

Fireworks: Illegal in Florida, Strictly Enforced on Marco Island

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By Nancy Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist As the holidays approach, fireworks will be for sale at stores or in tents set up along the roadway, but in Florida, they can only be used by special permit on farm lands or fish hatcheries to scare off nuisance animals. The only legal fireworks for use by consumers — who don’t possess a farm of fish hatchery special permit — are the non-projectile types that are known as “sparklers.” “Sparklers” include sparklers, fountains, snakes and glow worms. Illegal fireworks are the type that are launched in the air or explode ... Read More »

Condo Market Activity

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Realtors often use the term “absorption rate” to help understand real estate activity in segments of a market. One definition of absorption rate is how many months it would take to sell all the active listings if no new condos came on the market. Using this definition, six months of supply is normally considered a balanced market. If a segment has more than six months of supply, then the buyer has an advantage, and if the market has less than six months of supply, the seller has an advantage. Both sellers ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com More than 500 Marco Island condos will change hands in 2014, or about 5 percent of all the condos on the island. Sellers this year have owned their condos for 9.6 years on average or a median time of 7.7 years. Some of these condos were flipped in less than a year, and some have been in the family for longer than 30 years. Owners put their condos on the market for a variety of reasons including changes in family status or changes in financial circumstances. Some just want to cash out and ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve

Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers join other dedicated volunteers and professionals to count shorebirds at more than 1,000 locations across six continents as part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day. Beverly Anderson, Rookery Bay Reserve Research Associate, and Deborah Woods, Rookery Bay Reserve and Collier County Shorebird Steward volunteer, counted all birds seen along a three-mile route at Tigertail/Sand Dollar beach and lagoon at the north end of Marco Island. The location was chosen because the sandy beach, dunes and mudflats in the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area serve as important year-round feeding and resting areas for breeding, ... Read More »

Organizationally Challenged

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By Pat Newman I’ve always wanted to be one of those women whose shoes are arranged by color and lovingly arranged on shelves shuttered by tinted glass. Instead, I am constantly seeking two matching shoes in a two-room apartment. It’s clear that I am not remotely related to Martha Stewart, despite my desire to build gingerbread castles at Christmas and hand-stitch the perfect fairy godmother costume for Halloween with 15 yards of pink tulle and a single needle and strand of thread. Kitchen acumen? How about lining up my three spices in alphabetical order — cinnamon, pepper, salt? Celebrating a ... Read More »

Safety Meets Creativity

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Submitted Ask Lon Boggs, manager of The Somerset of Marco Island condominiums, what his biggest on-the-job headache is, and he’ll answer right away: “signage.” Not the maintenance of 122 units, nor the comfort of all those residents and guests; not upkeep of the lush botanical grounds, two swimming pools, boardwalks to the beach, or all that infrastructure. And definitely not his A-team staff — who are responsible for seeing that his headaches are few. Nope, it’s signage. “Well,” says Boggs, “we have a beautiful environment here, and I don’t like signs that disrupt the integrity of the architecture or landscaping, ... Read More »

An Invitation to Learn About Boating around Marco Island

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Submitted A few years ago, I would look at my boating friends mournfully, hoping they would invite me along on their outings. (Thankfully, they frequently did.) It dawned on me one day that I really didn’t have to wait on anyone; I was fully able to create and join in the fun on my own. It just took a little courage, a little coin and finding out where to start. By poking around on the internet, asking people and looking into the notices in the local papers, I very luckily came to know our own Marco Island Sail and Power ... Read More »

Flat Out Gorgeous

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ARtful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Chances are that if you’re reading this in the paper, you live here year-round, or you are someone revolutionary enough to visit Florida in summer — when the really exotic stuff happens. Yes, it’s hot; it’s buggy; it rains alot. But, the number one complaint among Floridaphiles is that it’s so darn humid. Some days are like breathing through a wet army blanket, but it’s easily worth it to experience the extravagant theater of summer skies. Are you on Facebook? Facebook is flush with South Florida sky photographs, and not just sunrises and sunsets but ... Read More »

Acting MIPD Chief 1st Responder in Water Rescue

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was late afternoon when the 911 call came in. A man reported that his 81-year-old wife — Eileen Stuart — and her blue floatation device had been swept out of Caxambus Pass by a swift moving current. On vacation, the Hernando, FL, couple had been floating together just off the beach nearly an hour before, but as the tide began running out of the pass, she was not able to make it back to the beach. Onlookers kept watch from the beach, and 45 minutes later, the woman was nearly half a mile out ... Read More »

Karma

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom …Our thoughts,our words, and deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” — Swami Vivekanada   Most of us have heard of karma. We consider it to be the result of an incident or series of incidents that happen by chance that create either positive feelings (“good” karma) or negative or cautious feelings (“bad” karma). I’ve had both lately and the effect was the difference between feeling consumed with joy and appreciation of life, and feeling fearful of the next step and what ... Read More »

Beat the Bloat!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Summer is officially here, and with it comes beer bellies and bikinis — two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. Take some time to plan ahead this summer for get-togethers, cookouts and lazy beach days, and you’ll feel good no matter if you wear a swimsuit or not. To avoid the dreaded bulge, belly or bloat (or all three), adopt some of these tips: Have healthy snacks handy: Do this, and when temptation comes your way, you won’t even think twice about reaching for your healthy fare. I suggest loading up on good-for-you-treats that ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Stock Signature homes is offering the move-in-ready Victoria Grande at Isla del Sol, an enclave of 34 custom estate homes located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Victoria Grande is a one-story plan offering 3,897 air-conditioned square feet and 5,706 total square feet. The home features a split floor plan with four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. The front entrance of the Victoria Grande provides a covered entry and foyer that lead to an adjoining living room and dining room. There also is a spacious family room just off the kitchen with breakfast area and wet bar. ... Read More »

A Meeting with Mr. Misguided

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill You are NOT going to believe what happened to me. This story begs the question: If someone is misguided, then who or what guided them there? I recently participated in a Naples event called “An Evening on 5th.” It involved visual artists and musicians scattered up and down the avenue to enhance the dining and shopping experience of the out-and-abouters. Sounded nice. I rather like talking to folks when I’m at my easel; I feel the more information the public has about the creation of art, the better for artists. The event was well organized, although ... Read More »