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Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Real Estate, a Sector of Its Own

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: I’ve heard that real estate is being added as a new sector to the stock market. Is this true? Answer: Yes, you’re right. As of August 31, 2016 stock-exchange listed real estate companies officially became a sector of their own. Prior to this, real estate fell under the financial sector. Some investors thought that real estate was overshadowed and lost by being included with banks and brokerages in the financial sector. Now that companies primarily engaged in real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have their own dedicated sector, their popularity and volatility ... Read More »

Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and brown. Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem. The vitality of coral reefs and their sensitive ecosystems worldwide are in trouble. Stable levels of sunlight, the proper amount of salt content (salinity), warmth and cleanliness all combined and allowed ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

Annual Realtors Luncheon

At the end of the luncheon members of the Realtor Support Network raffled off prizes.

By Samantha Husted  On September 8th the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their annual membership luncheon and tradeshow at the Hideaway Beach Club. The morning kicked off with the tradeshow. Colorful displays set up by the Realtor Support Network lined the inside of the club. MIAAOR members sipped on their ice tea as they perused the many booths, saying hello to familiar faces and networking with new supporters. This year it seemed like the affiliates were competing for the most creative display, many incorporating mini games, balloons, candy and other fun takeaways into their booth. The law ... Read More »

Hero House Gives Military Family a Marco Vacation

Natalie and Ava play in the sand. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted When Marco Island resident Brandi Tramazzo created the Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors in 2015 she had just one goal in mind: to give back to the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country. The organization aims to provide vacation homes for military personnel that have recently returned home from deployment. Brandi’s mission is founded on a simple premise, to give military members and their families, most of whom have been separated for months, a chance to relax and spend time together. “You want to change the world?” said Brandi Tramazzo. “Then ... Read More »

Pointing Fingers

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By Jory Westberry This year, more than any in recent memory, has been a political hotbed of accusations, misinformation, prevarication and unprofessional behavior. One has to wonder, “What in the world (or USA) is going on here? Didn’t we used to look to our leaders as Leaders? Weren’t we motivated by their education, articulation, humble beginnings, sincerity and humanity? We now have candidates campaigning for the highest offices in our land, our states and for important local positions, who have questionable character, demeaning attitudes to most everyone in our country (and out of our country) and little or no accountability ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

Deborah, Sharon and Zaida caught some nice redfish, snook, trout, and sheepshead. Submitted photos

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps September is the warmest and usually rainiest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. You can expect the daytime temperature to remain about 92, with the water temperature hovering around 86 to 88 degrees. Our average monthly rainfall in September is 9.2 inches. The tidal movements here are not huge like they are in the winter, so in September, scheduling around extreme negative tides will not be much of an issue. This September, the new moon falls on the 1st and the full moon on the 17th. Looking at the solunar calendar for ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Top Five Luxury Condo Listings

The Belize at Cape Marco. Photos by Kristine Bareis

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Last week the top five luxury condo listings on Marco Island by price were all located at the Belize in Cape Marco. Belize is a remarkable 25-story building built in 2004 with fantastic amenities. These first class amenities include a grand lobby, library, social room, billiard room, theater, fitness area, infinity pool, and tennis center. Concierge services, private beach gate access, fishing pier and guest suites are part of the upscale Belize lifestyle. Two penthouses and a grand penthouse are included in this top five list. The condos listed for sale range from 7,165 ... Read More »

Funding Your Future

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include starting early and make saving and investing a priority.

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” – Lucretius, Roman Philosopher, 99-55 BC Question: What is the best way to start spending funds during retirement? Answer: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, exact scientific formula or precise system to use when it’s time to start taking withdrawals from your retirement funds. It’s more of a subjective and ongoing process that depends on a number of variables. A few of these factors include how much you’re starting with, life expectancy, health status, family financial needs, market performance, inflation, and an understanding that income requirements may change during different phases ... Read More »

Is “Natural Selection” in Jeopardy?

The green iguana is a reptile, but closely related to amphibians. As a species, amphibians are
disappearing from the face of the Earth at an alarming rate. Could this one be next? Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist     Since the earliest times of life on Earth, animals, plants and minerals have been changing. Even today, as our planet makes “adjustments,” everything here must do the same. Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, the rotation of the Earth is slowing, factors such as El Nino and La Nina will affect weather patterns, and waters levels are rising, again. Some creatures will easily survive and adapt to these changes, while others will not. The ones that do continue to flourish depend on their abilities to migrate, mutate ... Read More »

Hansen Joins YMCA Board

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Submitted Scott Hansen, senior vice president at The Naples Trust Company has joined the Greater Marco Family YMCA Board of Directors. He brings 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and enthusiasm for his community to the role. “I am honored to serve as a member of the YMCA board,” said Hansen. “It’s the nation’s leading nonprofit for community development and healthy living, and a powerful organization committed to bringing about personal and social change.” The YMCA focuses on nurturing the potential of children and adults, improving our nation’s health and well-being by engaging 9 million youth and ... Read More »

Betty Kimble Shares Art of Calligraphy

Betty Kimble with her calligraphy students. From left: Gina Roberts, Anthony Cosentino, Gaby Porter and Mona Anderson

By Samantha Husted While some may consider it a dying art form, it seems that calligraphy has found its home on Marco Island. All thanks to artist Betty Kimble. Each year for the past 12 years that she’s lived on Marco, Betty has held a two-week calligraphy workshop in her condo. Space is limited and only the most serious of students need apply. This year, due to popular demand, Betty held two separate classes. The first round of students consisted of: Gaby Porter, Gina Roberts, Mona Anderson and Anthony Cosentino. “They all have their own style. I try to teach ... Read More »

Avow Foundation Charity Golf Tournament planned October 24th

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Proceeds support families touched by serious illness and loss. Golf lovers in southwest Florida have an opportunity to play for a cause this fall. The second annual Avow Open Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Monday, October 24 at the Audubon Country Club in Naples.  Funds raised through the event will support the non-profit palliative and hospice care services provided by Avow. Registration begins at 8 AM; shotgun start at 9 AM. The event is open to men and women and features a $25,000 hole-in-one prize and long drive golf pro on par 5. Player fee is $175 per person and includes lunch. Online registration is accepted ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part I Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million Americans have the disease and over 600,000 will die each year. Approximately 700,000 will suffer a heart attack during the same time period and over 350,000 Americans will perish. The most common form of the malady is coronary heart disease, CHD, often referred to as arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. The most common subset of arteriosclerosis, is atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the vessels that supply blood to the muscles, lungs, and organs including the heart. If one is fortunate and ... Read More »

Runaway

“Runaway”
by Peter May
Quercus 2016 – 327 pages
Genre: Mystery
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This book is a must-read for any mystery lover, Anglophile, or Baby Boomer. In addition to having an exciting storyline, it is beautifully written with luscious language: “Moonlight cascaded across black water below us as we drove down into a larger town beyond the village of Threlkeld. Its street lamps twinkled in the night, light pollution masking the great canopy of the cosmos whose jewelled sky had, until then, sparkled above our flight path.” The “flight path” refers to the drive that five 17-year-old Glasgow boys, all members of a band “The Shuffle,” take to London. They ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Own the Moment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott Conventional wisdom holds that “golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” But based on work done by researchers in the world of sports in general and golf in particular, a more apt phrase describing the game we love may very well be “golf is 100% mental,” an enlightened concept opening a path toward higher performance levels on the golf course. While golfers have known for years how important the mental side is to the game, most think the phrase specifically relates to mental control during the course of a round of golf. But I maintain the ... Read More »

Handling Nerves

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark All of us get anxious and nervous about things. As a high school or college student, it may SATs or final exams. In our careers, it may be a new job interview or a meeting with your boss. Maybe you don’t like to speak in public or in front of large groups.?Some of us don’t like to fly or we have a fear of heights. Whichever one it is for you,?the truth is, in sports, everybody, even the great champions, gets nervous when competing. Whatever the occasion, the main reason we get nervous is because ... Read More »

City Council Update

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the August 1 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Kelli DeFedericis, the Flood Plain Coordinator for the city, made a presentation to the board, which amounted to what could best be described as an early Christmas present for homeowners on the island. Homeowners within the city will be receiving an additional 5% improvement in their flood insurance premium; previous to this latest adjustment property owners had received a 20% credit and will now receive a 25% deduction from their previous rates on flood insurance. DeFedericis was quick to point out that it was a ... Read More »