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Pending Condo Sales on Marco Island

Nautilus, a water-direct condo.

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 »

Town Hall Meetings Coming Up

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Mark your calendars now for the great St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Sunday March 6th on Marco Island! Parade participants will meet at the NCH Healthcare Center across from the City of Marco Island Government Center at 11 AM. For questions, please email Steve Stefanides at sstefanides@comcast.net. It’s always loads of fun and lots of people line the streets from all over. It’s a great way to prepare for the Irish holiday, and no one has more fun than the Irish! *The Coastal Breeze News started out a few years ago and they chose to serve both sides ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Budapest

Coastal Breeze News is read everywhere, even by statues in the center of Budapest.

By Carl and Joan Kelly There once was a city called Pest, pronounced Pesht. It sat on a bend of the Danube River opposite a city called Buda. No joke! They stood separated by the river for hundreds of years. Sometimes they were part of the same country, sometimes not. Sometimes opposing armies faced off over the river. At some time before present memory they joined and compromised on the name Budapest. Budapest is a fascinating city with a colorful history, a city that mixes people of varied backgrounds who are proud of their common history. This city is the ... 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 »

How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

Boone, Porter, Penn and Odie PHOTO BY MARY KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” In 19 days I made no less than 19 trips to the grocery store. I washed bedding and towels in quantities that would rival Motel 6. I baked cookies, made pies, fried fish and tossed salads. I wiped milk off ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Marco Islanders – Making Sense of the Republican Race

By John Arceri Vice President, Caxambas Republican Club As the primary race for the Republican candidate for President heats up and gets more complex, the members of the local Republican organization, the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida, tries to make sense out of the race by determining which of the present candidates have the characteristics that make a winning Republican candidate and, more importantly, a great President. To this end, the members have developed what they believe are the 6 most important characteristics a successful candidate must have as well as rating each of the present major candidates on ... Read More »

Cultural Carnivale Offers Fun Glimpse Into Local Arts Scene

Marco Island City Council Chair Bob Brown, center, is flanked by  Kevin O’Fee, left, Hyla Crane, Cindy Love, Beverly Dahlstrom and Carole Roberts of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland, and Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Brown presented the organization with a proclamation designating Feb. 3, Cultural Arts Day in the city and encouraging citizens and visitors to attend CAMIG’s “Cultural Carnivale.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Kevin O’Fee believes that the arts are an important element in the composition of a vibrant community. So he was indeed excited to discover a thriving art scene after moving to Marco Island last August from Providence, R.I., by way of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. “I’ve always been involved in the arts and when I came to Marco, I was really quite excited to find the (Marco Island) arts center here,” said O’Fee, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones investments on the island. “It’s really a quality of life issue. Having a thriving arts ... Read More »

Avoiding the Traps

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it. ~ John Steinbeck   Question: Eager to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’m wondering what separates successful investors from those who obtain mediocre or poor results? Answer: As the John Steinbeck quote above implies, we tend to be our own worst enemies. It’s safe to say that the classic emotional and psychological traps fall into five categories. These pitfalls, left unchecked, can sabotage otherwise sound financial planning. Trap 1: Overconfidence We trust ourselves, and ... Read More »

A Thankful Year in Review

It was a banner year for  baby dolphin births in our area; Mom Giza shows off her newborn, Freedom. Giza also became a
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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. ~ Wm. Ward   What a fantastic year this has been! I would like to thank the Coastal Breeze News for allowing me to be a part of their team. It has been an honor and I am humbled. I would like, even more, to thank those who read my contributions to this paper. Your positive feedback and constructive criticism have made me a better person (although I like the compliments more than the criticism). One of my ... Read More »

Lady Rays Show Spunk in Three Tough Losses Merideth has another 4 goal game

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Submitted The MIA girls soccer team came of age on a December home game against a good First Baptist (FBHS) squad. Abi Merideth scored the game’s first goal dribbling in close from the right and propelling a ground shot into the far left corner of the goal. The score stood at 1-3, FB Baptist at the end of the half. None of the crowd left at half time, hoping and expecting an MIA come back in the second half. Despite First Baptist’s five goals in the second half, the Rays pulled to within I at one point, before losing 4 ... Read More »

Cooking With Long Time Marco Resident Marion Nicolay

Marion stirs the onions on her specially made stove. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Marion Nicolay has been living on Marco Island for the past twenty-seven years. She used to write a cooking column for another local newspaper titled, “Cuisine.” Recently, Marion took me into her kitchen and taught me how to make her simplified version of Beef Miroton, which is basically a red wine sauce over roast beef. Marion’s home is warm and inviting. Her walls are decorated with her artwork (she used to be an art teacher) and old family memorabilia. As she led me towards the kitchen I could hear the faint sounds of jazz music playing ... Read More »

Victory Florida Kindness Tour

Bob and Bogart pay their respects at the Bay Pines National  Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted You may have seen him riding around Marco. He’s hard to miss. On the back of his bike is a large American flag and on the front there’s a sign that reads, “Riding Florida Perimeter for Veterans.” Sometimes the sign changes, depending on what he’s riding for. But he’s always riding for something. On November 10, Veteran’s Day eve, Bob Votruba began his 1,600 mile perimeter bike ride of Florida. He arrived back in Naples on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The purpose of his ride was to honor the veterans who fought bravely for our country. ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS Walker Noe Goes to War

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Walker Noe has wintered in Goodland since 1985. He has lived in a cottage at 519 Goodland Dr. W., which he purchased from his father who had the place moved over from Caxambas in the 1960’s. Walker was born at Stanford, Kentucky on May 18, 1923, the first of five siblings. Walker’s father owned a hardware store and sold Nash automobiles as a sideline. In 1932, due to the Depression, Walker’s dad lost his businesses. The family was forced to move to a farm in nearby Hubbell. “We moved from a house with all ... Read More »