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Cuba: On the Road to Cienfuegos and Trinidad

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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 »

Pending Condo Sales on Marco Island

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos were listed as pending on Marco Island, down about 30% from the same period last year. These are condos with a signed contract between buyer and seller but have not yet closed. Closings follow about a month or two after a contract is signed. This drop in pending sales may be due to a combination of higher seller list prices, a softening of confidence in the global economy and a colder and wetter than normal January. Pending sales provide a good indication of what is currently happening in ... Read More »

Cuba for the Senses

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber By the end of our time in Cuba, visiting three of its cities, the beach, and the mountains, I felt as if I was on sensory overload, for Cuba is a country that truly appeals to the senses. Visually, it was a delight. The first thing that struck me, flying over the island on the way to the airport in Havana, was how green everything was. Once in Havana, there were bright colors and visual stimulation everywhere. There were the famous “Yank Tanks,” American cars from the 1940s and 50s, with their vivid colors; bubble gum ... Read More »

Hazmat/Hasmat

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!   Marco Island has a lot of nifty amenities besides the beach and the periodic comedy routine at City Council meetings. One of those amenities is the $5 a session workout for “Over 55 Year Olds” at Mackle Park. Although my wife clearly looks younger than 55, she managed to dupe the authorities into believing she qualified, and they ... Read More »

In a Word

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta

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Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall 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 Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Weekly Rental Condos on the Beach

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Many people in the area like the idea of buying a weekly rental condo on the beach for their own enjoyment and to accommodate visiting family members. The rest of the year they rent the condo to offset the costs of ownership. Others, who have experienced the daunting task of finding a rental in season, decide to buy one instead, use it when they want, and then rent it out the rest of the year. Investors are another big group in this market segment. The island offers weekly, monthly and longer-term beach condo ... Read More »

13th Street Skim Jam

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Old Naples Surf Shop put on their annual 13th Street Skim Jam contest. The competition was complemented by gorgeous weather and brought out a wide age range of competitors, as well as a crowd of spectators, to the beach. The wave action may have been a bit flat for skimmers, but they did the best they could to get some ‘air,’ as seen here. Age 10 and under: 1st Place- Corey Klint 2nd Place- Kai Spitzer 3rd Place- Dean Reynolds Ages 11-14: 1st Place- Shane Figas 2nd Place- Jacob Carter 3rd Place- Jack Smith ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

Meow Girls

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The day dawned dark and stormy on Sunday, October 4, but – unruffled – my Meow Power team slinked through the course of the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon and made me and my staff (remember, cats have staff; dogs have owners) here at For the Love of Cats proud. Not only did they obliterate their target finishing time, but they also raised $2,095 for all the cats and kittens here at Marco’s no-kill cat shelter. This was a respectable 42% of their $5,000 fundraising goal. Despite the threatening ... Read More »

The Name Says It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Organizers of the Marco Island Triathlon, The Fitness Challenge, immediately hypnotize all in their path. Their name is used to entice, The Fitness Challenge. Director Linda Gregory goes on with “Y NOT TRI…Accept the Challenge.” Almost 300 from all across Florida, from Washington D.C. to Ohio, Oregon and even as far as Spain, accepted that challenge. Participants could run either as an individual under Clydesdale or Athena categories, or as part of a team of two or three. Teams were divided as male, female, corporate, mixed, family and special response. The race should have consisted ... Read More »

Low Density Condos

The Tiki House, with only 4 units, is located on the south end of Marco Island.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island’s condos come in a variety of configurations and arrangements. About half of the named condos on the island have 40 units or less per building or complex, but they represent only 15% of the total condo units on Marco Island. These neighborly, low density condos can be found on water direct and inland locations. Only the Dunnfoire on the beach meets this criterion with 30 units. In comparison, a number of condos on the island have more than 200 apartments per building. Not a lot of condos come on the market ... Read More »

Artesia Naples

Newly introduced Carriage Homes round out the variety of home designs available at Artesia Naples, WCI Communities’ 261-acre master-planned community centrally located between Marco Island beaches and Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Carriage Homes complement Artesia Naples’ popular collections of multi- and single-family home designs that feature open great room designs and 1,056 to more than 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned living area, and plan-specific garden courtyards, balconies, flex rooms and dens. The two-bedroom, two-bath Carnoustie and St. Andrews Carriage Homes overlook nature preserves and offer flex space to personalize into a hobby area or to use as extra room ... Read More »

Holiday Services at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

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Submitted Guest Rabbi John H. Spitzer, Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, and Dr. Ron Doiron will lead the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island in song and prayer during this High Holy Day season. Rosh Hashanah services begin Sunday evening, September 13, 2015 at 8 PM and resume Monday morning, September 14, 2015 at 10 AM.  Tuesday morning, September 15, 2015 there will be a Tashlich service for those gathering at 10:30 AM at JCMI and proceeding to designated beach area for this ritual. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM, there will be a Pre Kol Nidre dinner at DaVinci’s Restaurant, Marco ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar was for the benefit of those of us in the Philadelphia Office who were facing retirement. When I discovered that no attendance was being taken, we started touring Florida instead. When the seminar was over, we decided to stay for ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Lugg and Johnson were on land patrol when they were dispatched to a call reporting that a male was fishing from the beach and keeping undersized snook. When they arrived on scene they saw a male fitting the description of the fisherman described earlier. The officers concealed themselves and watched the male for approximately 20 minutes. After identifying the man’s personal belongings, which included a cooler, the officers approached the man and questioned him. Officer Johnson opened the man’s cooler and discovered two undersized snook. The subject was cited accordingly. Lieutenant Mahoney and Officer Johnson were fueling their patrol ... Read More »

Slowing it Down

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The bad news is, time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler Mondays are not my best day. Work seems to multiply and time accelerates on Mondays. I sit at my desk at 8:00AM and the next time I look up it’s always 2:30 and I wonder how I missed lunch and why there’s still so much work to do. I know I’m not alone. Everyone is catching up on Mondays. Phone calls pile up, the mail explodes, and anything that can break down will break down over the weekend, ... Read More »

Historic Site #1 Naples Pier

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28 page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. Each of the sites listed was given the ‘historic’ designation by County Commissioners. The designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation ... Read More »

Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »