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Marco in Bloom Winners Announced

Bill Filbin (left at podium) and Bill Poteet introduce RPAC award recipients of the $99 Club. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The annual Marco in Bloom contest came to a close, as winners received their certificates at the city council meeting on May 18. This year saw a record number of entries for the contest, which recognizes those who go above and beyond for their landscaping efforts. It is not just a beauty contest, although beauty is a major component. It also uses a criteria based on the use of Florida-friendly components, which helps save water and blends in with our natural environment. Donna Kay headed up this year’s contest, which is part of the City’s Beautification ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala Recently, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had an Artists’ Awards Luncheon at Wesley United Methodist Church. The MIFA President, Carolyn Burger, called the meeting to order. The room was abounding with talent (and then there was me, who can’t even tell which side of the brush to use) as they called attention to four students who received scholarships toward their college education. A solo was sung by one of those students, Joseph Byrne. These students each have an exciting future ahead of them. Besides Joseph Byrne, the other winners were Livia Lenhoff, Tyler MacDonald and ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

The Key to Life is Balance

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton   Question: What are your thoughts on interest rates? Answer: When it comes to making predictions, I’ve learned over the years that it is helpful to plan for occasional economic wildcards and look for trends rather than absolutes. Current events such as dramatically lower oil prices, international tensions, a stronger than expected U.S. dollar and dramatically lower oil prices all influence interest rates and make it difficult to predict the timing of any movements. While expectations might be for rates to move ... Read More »

FIGHTING FOR KIDS

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Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Over five years ago, I sat in the front row at a district school board meeting in Naples awaiting the news of our school’s fate. This meeting was my second time in front of the school board. The first time, only a month earlier, the superintendent did not recommend our charter school for approval. Today was a new day. Anything was possible. As the motion to approve our school came to a vote, I shut my eyes, held my breath and listened intently to the comments from the board members. Out of the five members, ... Read More »

New Memories and Fresh Interiors

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com As Marco Island celebrates its 50th anniversary, a whole new group of excited condo owners are creating new memories and fresh interiors. This week 318 condos are listed for sale on the island, representing $243 million of real estate, and making the average list price of a condo on Marco Island $764,000. In the first four months of 2015, 60% of these active listings came on the market. If no new listings came on the market the current inventory would be sold out in 6.9 months. Over the last twelve months, 550 condos ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. Staff were directed to refine changes to the feeding rule by making a new sub-section specifically for bear feeding and adding coyotes to rule 68A-4.001(3). In responding to feeding violations, staff will focus on written warnings as a key component. ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp

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By Vickie Kelber   In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail ... Read More »

A Perfect Cartwheel

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mom and sister were recently here for a visit and they could not be more appreciative guests. Through their eyes I am reminded how beautiful our Island home truly is. No sunset is taken for granted. Everything blooming is awed over. The beach is marveled. And having a swimming pool out the back door, paired with consistently sunny days, is a luxury they do not take for granted. As with most families, I suppose, when two or more family members gather together, conversations tend to slip into memories of childhood. This reunion of mine was ... Read More »

Do Not Disturb Nesting Sea Turtles

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Submitted Sea turtles have begun nesting attempts in the area. Good time to post a few reminders about proper sea turtle etiquette. It can be thrilling to watch a sea turtle crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs. Just remember that “Do not disturb” is the best behavior to follow when observing a nesting sea turtle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles. Spring is the beginning of sea ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Just in time, the Goodland Fire Protection services, handled by the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Team, was rescued, thanks to a visit to my office by City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Counsel chairman Larry Sacher, and also Mike Barbush and Barry Gwinn who phoned from Goodland to alert me to a topic coming up for a vote by the County Commission shortly. We were able to rescue that service and keep Goodland fire protection where it belongs: with the Marco Island Fire Department. Team work at its finest! *Have you ever heard of a WaWa? When ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

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By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

Collier FC Surge takes 1st place at Mexisoccer Naples Finals

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Submitted Mexisoccer Naples Youth Soccer League finals last Saturday night had Collier FC competing for the championship in 3 out of the 4 age divisions. The U14 Collier FC Surge won against Bayern Munich in penalty shots 2-0. “The game was crazy intense,” said head coach Mario Guzman. The match was tied 1-1 at fulltime. Johnny Garcia made a spectacular save at the end of regulation time to keep the match tied. In overtime, Bayern Munich scored with only minutes left, but the Collier FC Surge boys didn’t give up, and scored just before the end of overtime. Goalie Luis ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi

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Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Can You Really Boost Your Metabolism?

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By Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the claims splashed across fitness magazines and various canisters of green tea: “fire up your metabolism” reads Herbalife’s Ultimate Thermofit or “naturally boosts metabolism – no jitters” reads Garden of Life’s fucoThin Green supplement. Sounds legit, right? Sadly it’s not. The scary truth is that these supplement companies need no evidence whatsoever that what they claim is actually true. It’s frustrating for the consumer who wastes their hard-earned cash on flimsy statements, which further demonstrates the rule of thumb that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. ... Read More »

It’s All Good

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By Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com   Painting outside can be an unparalleled pleasure for an artist, but it can also present some unexpected challenges. I usually enjoy besting the forces that endanger my mission – though sometimes I’m not so successful. It seems when the troubles are nature-made, I am usually prepared and able to rise above…but when they’re man-made, well, sometimes the buckle just breaks and patience snaps. In my plein aire experiences I’ve dealt with the surprise of sprinklers, swarms of mosquitoes, the rise of fierce winds and the fall of rain. I’ve been nipped by dogs and ‘saluted’ ... Read More »

Oleanders for a Spring, Summer and Fall Show of Color

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Oleanders (Nerium oleander) an evergreen shrub that makes a great specimen plant when planted in the garden but also makes a great hedge or container plant. However you decide to use this plant shrub, hedge or standard (tree), it will always be a very colorful and showy plant. Oleanders bloom from spring to fall, coming in colors of orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Some have single flowers and there are others with a double bloom. Flowers are usually in clusters at the end of branches. Oleanders can grow up to 12 feet and are almost ... Read More »