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Busy Afternoon for First Responders

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by Steve ‘Stef’ Stefanides Mid-afternoon on Wednesday emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire/Rescue and Collier County EMS were initially dispatched to Front Street on the island for a possible lightning strike. The actual location of the incident was on Marco Lake Drive and involved two workmen from a roofing company, one of which brought an aluminum ... Read More »

Making Magic with Sand, Canvas and Paints

by Don Manley
John and Laura Cimador Gowdy and sand sculpture of a griffin they created recently at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa.

By Don Manley John Gowdy is used to eliciting oohs and ahhhs from observers of his handiwork. It’s something that occurs with regularity at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa where he’s been crafting the eye-catching sand sculptures prominently displayed by the lobby stairs since 2005. Known as the “Man of Sand,” Gowdy is a retired Atlantic City fireman who has travelled the world competing in sand sculpting contests, winning numerous championships over the last decade. “I’d like to carve on the moon someday,” quipped the New Jersey-based Gowdy. “I hear they’ve got some good sand up ... 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 »

Sea Turtle Update and Manatee Mortality

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How Can You Help Marco Island’s Sea Turtles?  Submitted 1. Make sure all holes in the sand near nesting sites are filled in. 2. Remove everything from the beach at night. This includes tents, chairs, coolers, toys, towels, plastic bottles and bags. And remember, no glass! 3. If you live in a condo on the beach, go on the beach and check the lighting after 9 PM. Have all the outside balcony lights turned off, and all windows with light on inside, shaded. 4. Stay 20 feet from a marked sea turtle nest. Call Mary Kelly Nelson, Environmental Specialist, Collier County ... 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 »

A Note From Mary Kelly Nelson,

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Environmental Specialist, Collier County Sea Turtle Protection: We have received reports this week that there have been people on the beach at night with red headband lights looking for and disturbing nesting sea turtles.  Please remind your residents, renters and guests that flashlights, including red filter, flash photos and getting within 100’ of a sea turtle is not allowed. It is considered harassment and fines could be incurred. If anyone sees this kind of activity please call the Marco Island Police Department non-emergency phone number: 239-389-5050, or Mary Kelly Nelson: 239-298-9736. Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... 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 »

Fun Time, Summer Time

Island Kids advanced level players, Andrew, Jaxson and Camdon, with their favorite hitting partner, “Beauregard,” the ball machine!

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island. As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports! As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy fun activities, like going to the beach, or the movies, or just hanging out at home and having a barbeque and swimming in the pool for the afternoon. So, as a coach and a parent, my advice is make sure ... 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 »

Sandbar Closed for Nesting Season

A brown pelican dwarfed by his larger cousins, the American white pelican.

Submitted  By a unanimous vote, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) designated the Second Chance (SC) sandbar as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in November 2015. FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy, a Southwest Florida resident, was an ardent advocate for the CWA designation and recently visited the SC sandbar. Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Chairman Brian Yablonski also were strong supporters of the CWA designation for SC sandbar. Annually, from March 1st to August 31st, SC is closed to public access for the summer nesting season. The sandbar is located one mile southeast of Cape Romano. It is owned by ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

Tis the Season…Two Aquatic Friends Return

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM join Bob McConville at the Rose Auditorium for a discussion about the sea turtles and manatees found in our area. Meet special guest, Master Naturalist Nancy Anderson, a manatee specialist. MIHS members and MIA students are free. A $5 donation is requested for all others. Ah, the first day of spring! Thoughts of warmer weather have many of us planning adventurous days at the beach or on the water. Our eyes will scan the surface, looking for anything that might arise from below. All of a sudden there’s ... Read More »

South Seas Club – Unique, Desirable and so Marco Island!

Photos by Gary Elliott
View from one of the high rise condos on the beach.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com South Seas Club offers everything people are looking for on Marco Island including prime location, desirability, popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos, gated entrance and acres of green space with rambling walkways and benches. This extensive park-like setting features native to Florida plantings. The complex is rich in amenities including boat docks, Marco’s famous crescent beach, pools, clay tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce, kayaking, fishing and a great social calendar. Last week 166 popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos were listed for sale on the island. 54 of them were located ... Read More »

Sunrise Service Tradition Continues

The Sunrise Service drew a crowd of worshippers to the beach Easter morning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, March 27th Marco Island’s tradition of the Sunrise Service continued, drawing even more faithful to the beach early Easter morning than ever before. It was dark when people arrived at the Marco Island Marriott for the 28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach. But when they left, Marco’s glorious sun had risen, and there was a feeling of joy and community among the worshippers. A crowd of thousands filled the beach, people watched from balconies, and boats lined up on the water for this special Easter service. They sat in chairs and ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council met on February 16, 2016. Here are some highlights of that meeting: Gary McAlpin spoke on the first step in the plans to regrade the beach just north of Resident’s Beach. The purpose of this regrade is to build up the area where there is ponding, puddling and algae growth from a lack of drainage. The Marco Marriott has gifted 7,500 cubic yards of high quality sand, which was scheduled to start being transported on February 22 via the Marriott‘s entrance to the beach. In close coordination with the Marco Island police ... Read More »

Cuba: From the Beach to the Mountains

The beach at Playa Ancón. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Trinidad, Cuba, featured in my last column, is situated between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Escambray Mountains to the north. Our visit to Trinidad afforded us the opportunity to see both while staying at an all-inclusive resort. While it may not be held in as high esteem as the popular northern Cuban beach resorts of Varadero, Guardalavaca and Cayo Coco, we thought Playa Ancón was very attractive. A strip of land extending out into the Caribbean, Playa Ancón was developed after the 1959 revolution. Two and a half miles long, the off-white beach ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed the start by about 30 minutes so that by the time the first race got underway, winds were steady at eight to ten knots from the north/northwest. As racing continued during the day, winds steadily got stronger from the north, ... Read More »

Cuba: On the Road to Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Parque José Martí is WIFI enabled, a rarity in Cuba.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three and four hours east of Havana, on the Caribbean side of Cuba, are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Both are colonial cities, the first with obvious French influence, the other Spanish. The highway from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad was in good condition, but many of the secondary roads appeared to be more primitive. Traffic was light; we passed a few Yank Tanks, those American classics from the 50s, Ladas, other Russian and some Chinese makes of cars, and some horse carts. Outside of Havana, there was a Mercedes Benz dealership; certainly ... Read More »