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AAA Lot Mowing Cited for Repeat Violations

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By Carol Glassman Donald Liston, a tractor operator for AAA Lot Mowing owned by Bernard Wegman, ran up a very expensive tab for his lunch break May 12. Liston decided to have his lunch “with a better view” and “possibly seek another client,” but chose the wrong location. 1929 Indian Hill Street is a privately-owned lot that for approximately 15 years, according to city staff, has been deemed unmowable. In addition, the lot has been posted by Wegman himself, as a result of a previous conviction, as a protected gopher tortoise habitat. In December 2012, Wegman’s company was found guilty ... Read More »

I’m Grounded, and I Can’t Get Off!

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By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons In many locations where boaters cruise, there are opportunities to run aground. If you do, see that no one is injured, and get life jackets on all persons aboard. Then check to make certain there is no hull damage. A cracked or punctured hull means you don’t want to be afloat or in deeper water, so just remain aground while you make emergency repairs and call for help. If the hull is okay, you can get about the task of freeing your boat. Check the tide tables. A rising tide may work ... Read More »

Drama-less Jewelry Inspections

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s something most people rarely think about… the present condition of your fine jewelry; and that can include that expensive watch you have been wearing nonstop for a couple of decades or so. I am the first stop when something goes terribly wrong. For example, the loss of the important and highly cherished center stone in your engagement ring or the metal or leather strap on your favorite watch falls from your being during the frenzy that occurs at airport security or the luggage carousel. I’ve heard it all… Folks will tell me again ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Dan A. Hughes Co. Illegally Drills for Oil; DEP Responds

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finalized a Consent Order last week with the Dan A. Hughes Company, L.P. for unauthorized activities at the Collier – Hogan well south of Lake Trafford in Collier County. “The department caught the Dan. A. Hughes Company conducting unauthorized activities and immediately took action to assess the maximum civil penalties. In addition, the department is requiring Dan A. Hughes to hire an independent expert, approved by the department, to conduct ongoing groundwater monitoring of the area to ensure no damage to the environment or risk to the public occurred because of their unauthorized actions. The ... Read More »

The Goodland Good Life

Dub holds up his prize proudly. (left) J.W. "Dub" Abbott will celebrate his 100th birthday next month. (right) SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Life has been good in Goodland for J.W. “Dub” Abbott, who will turn 100 years old this month. The Drop Anchor resident was born May 2, 1914, in Checotah, Oklahoma, to Wayne and Beulah Abbott, who had five other boys and one girl; his youngest brother is only 93 years young. He says his mother gave him his initials because her other sons had all been given nicknames, and she didn’t like that. She thought that her method would prevent him from being nicknamed; he’s been known as “Dub” all his life. Growing up with ... Read More »

Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I believe it’s a verse from a Paul Simon song, and it’s something that can occasionally occur by accident in a jewelry shop that happens to work with really tiny diamonds. It can happen. Crazy you say? I guarantee shoe soles and heels impregnated with industrial diamonds would last darn near a life time or better than that. Imagine how long car tires would last? Diamonds… Just ordinary carbon created by Mother Nature that becomes transformed into something so beautiful and precious with a little help from we mere mortals. Diamonds are an incredibly hard ... Read More »

Copperleaf: A Rainbow of Colors in the Garden

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Native to Fiji in the South Pacific, the Acalypha — better known as Copperleaf — group of plants has the most colorful foliage I’ve ever seen. They can turn your garden into a spectacular, unending kaleidoscope of color. Under perfect conditions, they will grow to 10 feet and just as wide, but they can be kept to any desired height with just a little trimming. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, mostly hidden by the colorful foliage. Copperleaf comes in a large variety of leaf shapes, ranging from large and oblong to round and fringed to ... Read More »

Is Your Diet Aging You?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It very well could be! I could literally spin this multiple ways, but I’ll just focus on one direction — alkalinity versus acidity. Unlike the multiple diets out there, this one is actually geared more towards health (surprise!) and less about weight loss. Now, before you write it off because I didn’t say you’d shed weight like a Biggest Loser contestant, hear me out. Many diets promise quick fixes, lasting results, flatter abs or saving the planet one animal at a time — and to each their own. If you adopt this style of eating, ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Reclaiming Empowerment: How the American voter can hold Congress accountable

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By Roy Eaton There is no question that the American voter has the means to hold Congress hostage, but do Americans have the will and intestinal fortitude to hold this branch of government accountable for their inept leadership, lack of statesmanship, and total incompetence? When will we gather the will and courage to turn the tables on these irresponsible bureaucrats and hold them responsible for their actions – or lack thereof? The Second Amendment may have given us the right to bear arms, but the 19th Amendment granted to ‘all’ Americans, a far more powerful weapon – the right to ... Read More »

When Lightning Strikes

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By Julia Barnett When planning a vacation, you always plan for something to go wrong—forgetting your toothbrush, umbrellas for rain—but not many people would plan on what to do if lightning strikes. The chances, in fact, of being hit by lightning are one in 700,000. In early June, the Gordon family was that one. Captain Larry and Pierrette (Pete) Gordon, their two Standard Schnauzers, Ernie and Gucci, and Captain Doug Adamson set out aboard the Gordon’s 70 foot Horizon boat, named Pie-rette, for a four to six week voyage around the Bahamas. Traveling with them were friends on their own ... Read More »

Storm Season and Trees

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com As of June 1st, hurricane season officially began and by midweek, the first named storm, Tropical Storm Andrea, was blowing by our island. Luckily, Marco Island just received lots of rain but not much wind from Andrea. As the season progresses, it’s important to know ahead of time what to do when a storm strikes to protect trees to prevent or minimize financial and aesthetic losses. In the past couple of years, most of the trees on the island have been impacted by spiraling white fly and the ones which have had treatment are ... Read More »

Oleanders Deliver Multi-Season Color

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com If you’re looking for a colorful hedge shrub or a showy specimen plant that will bloom profusely and nearly year-round, try an Oleander (Nerium oleander). This fragrant (some varieties) evergreen shrub or tree will bloom from spring to fall with pretty orange, pink, red, white or yellow flowers. Oleanders display their colorful single or double-flowered clusters at the end of their branches. They grow up to 12-feet high and almost as wide, hence a great screen plant. Once extremely popular in many southern landscapes, these shrubs have started to make a comeback. They can be ... Read More »

What’s Your Flood Risk?

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By Chris Sparacino City of Marco Island CFM, Planner/Floodplain Coordinator In the wake of Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, and the recent April flooding events in the Midwest, the reality and need for flood insurance once again becomes an important topic. With 98 percent of Marco Island lying within the Special Flood Hazards Area (SFHA) many residents are already bound by their lenders to the mandatory purchase of federally backed flood insurance. Many new homeowners are surprised to find out that their homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding. Even if a single family residence is located in an ... Read More »

Cape Romano Takes Third

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By Natalie Strom - natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Only weeks ago, BuzzFeed.com came out with its list of “The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World.” Just after the underwater Christ of the Abyss in Italy and the Kolmanskop ghost town in the Namib Desert, is listed, in third place, the “Abandoned Dome Houses in Southwest Florida.” A photo and nothing more accompanies the third place title. With well over 1.5 million views on BuzzFeed.com and over 60,000 Facebook shares, it seems that the dome home of Cape Romano is no longer Southwest Florida’s secret treasure. Many may recall the September 8, 2012 issue ... Read More »

LCEC prepares for hurricane season

LCEC’s preparation begins long before a hurricane threatens to make landfall in Southwest Florida.  To ensure LCEC has the resources needed for restoration, the organization cultivates relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, fuel companies, material vendors, food service vendors, other cooperatives and local agencies for back-up resources. In addition, LCEC’s 400+ employees play a critical role in the restoration plan. Employees put their typical job responsibilities on hold to pitch in during restoration. Restoration Priorities LCEC has a detailed restoration plan that outlines priorities of electric restoration during large power outages. LCEC’s plan first calls for restoration of essential services ... Read More »

BEWARE THE POST!

By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net I hate posts. Concrete posts. You know the ones I mean. The ones that are in a road, or “protecting” a gate, or just there. The common belief is that they are fixed in place. I know better. They were devised by fiends, and they move around when nobody is there to watch. They reveal their ugly cemented bodies when we back up our cars, or when we’re otherwise not looking for a monster slab that has no purpose except to cause us great material and psychological damage. Just the other day I was being extremely ... Read More »