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Pumping Polluted Water Must Stop

A major decision in federal court today will put an end to government-sanctioned pollution that’s been fouling Lake Okeechobee for more than three decades. The case, first filed in 2002 by Earthjustice, challenged the practice of “back pumping.” For years, South Florida sugar and vegetable growers have used the public’s waters, pumped out of giant Lake Okeechobee, to irrigate their fields. They wash the water over their industrial-sized crops, where it is contaminated with fertilizers and other pollutants. Then, they get taxpayers in the South Florida Water Management District to pay to pump the contaminated water back into Lake Okeechobee, where ... Read More »

Naples a Finalist in USA TODAY’s 10Best Golf Destination

Naples is one of the nominees in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The USA TODAY 10Best expert panel selected Naples as a contender for the Best Golf Destination category, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-golf-destination/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 11:59am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 11:59am EDT, then later on USA ... Read More »

Nesting Shorebirds Need Peace and Quiet

During spring and summer on Florida beaches, shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells and hatch chicks that can barely be seen. So well-camouflaged are the nests, eggs and chicks of shorebirds like the snowy plover that they can easily be stepped on or missed unless people know to watch out for them. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers to be on the lookout and avoid disturbing bird nurseries on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida. Among the state’s beach-nesting shorebirds facing conservation challenges are the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American ... Read More »

Treadmill Challenge To Benefit Harry Chapin

At high noon on Saturday, April 5th local media figures will go head-to-head on brand new Precor treadmills at the grand opening of Anytime Fitness Ft. Myers,9211 College Parkway. The grand opening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the competition from noon to 1:00 p.m. Anytime Fitness owners, Cordula Reichardt and Jim Stewart, will donate $100 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for every mile covered by both teams. In addition to the head-to-head challenge, there will be free food and refreshments. An annual membership to the gym will be given away, as well as personal ... Read More »

Selling Southwest Florida to Open on Fifth Ave

Selling Southwest Florida, a new, internationally-focused, residential real estate brand, is pleased to announce that it will open for business on April 15 at 300 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 213 in Naples, Florida. Managing members and licensed REALTORS®, Steven Segar and Adriano Pagnotta, are the team behind Selling Southwest Florida. The company will offer unmatched expertise in a variety of fields including new construction, renovation, investment analysis, income producing property, commercial, lot and land, as well as financing. For more information about Selling Southwest Florida, please visit www.SellingSWF.com or call 239.682.8285. Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »

Record Number of Florida Tourists

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today released data supporting the efforts of VISIT FLORIDA and the millions of dollars spent on marketing tourism programs used to bring visitors to the Sunshine State. Florida currently enjoys a $79.34 RevPAR rate, which is above the national average of $68.69. Growth in revenue is 8.3 percent for Florida in 2013 over 2012 versus 5.4 percent for the United States. Florida consistently has led the nation when comparing hotel occupancy rates, average daily room rates (ADR) and RevPAR statistics. RevPAR, or revenue per available room, is calculated by room revenue divided by rooms ... Read More »

Panther Captured Near Beach Relocated

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and law enforcement officers captured and relocated an endangered Florida panther found near the beach at Clam Pass Park in Collier County. Beachgoers spotted the panther in the mangroves as they were walking over a boardwalk that leads to the beach. FWC biologists and law enforcement officers responded to the scene and darted the panther with a tranquilizer. After a brief health assessment, biologists determined that the panther was in good condition. Biologists will use a radio collar to track future movements of the approximately 2-year-old male panther, which they estimate to ... Read More »

Moran Edwards to Host Seminar Series

Tom Moran and Bob Edwards, Managing Directors – Investments Senior PIM Portfolio Managers of Moran Edwards Asset Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors (www.MoranEdwards.com), will be conducting a series of seminars titled “The Case for Equities:  Dividend Investing” on Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3.  The seminars will be hosted at the Moran Edwards office located in the Wells Fargo Building at 5801 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Suite 200 in Naples on the following dates: Tuesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April ... Read More »

Joe Dickman: the hermit of Kice Island?

Joe on his front porch.

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward [email protected] South of Marco Island is the well known Cape Romano with its famous, dilapidated dome house tilted on washed out pilings above the Gulf of Mexico. Kice Island, located north of Cape Romano and just south of Marco Island, received almost no attention until recently, when a number of pilot whales beached themselves there. Kice Island is a beautiful island, running parallel to the Gulf with a long, sandy beachfront; leaving us to wonder, how did it get its name and what can we find of its history? Almost 100 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1915, ... Read More »

Shooting Down Kids Cancer 2014

Gary Landis hits his target.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] About five years ago, Don Henderson and Gary Landis were brainstorming ideas for fundraisers for the American Cancer Society-Marco Island. Henderson came up with the idea, and Landis agreed. Both men were survivors of prostate cancer, and Henderson’s family had a history with the dreaded disease. The result of their exchange was “Shoot Down Kids Cancer,” a clay target shooting event to raise money for pediatric kids cancer research. On Saturday, March 22, some 60 shooters gathered at Gulf Coast Clays (formerly Port of the Islands Gun Club) to participate in the Fourth Annual Shoot ... Read More »

MPC’s Mission: Story of a Shoebox

Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinators for Southwest Florida Art and Bonnie Hunkins, left, present a ten-year service plaque to Marco Presbyterian Church members Lois and Jerry Oxborough and Jim Stifler at the conference.

Submitted His last name means, “I pray to God,” and his life has come around full circle. Alex Nsengimana, a 1994 Rwandan massacres survivor, was orphaned at age four, and was later adopted by a loving Minnesotan couple. But the transforming moment is his life was when he received a little shoebox. Nsengimana, a recent Crossroads College graduate, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child — the shoebox project — spoke at Marco Presbyterian Church’s Mission’s Conference on March 14. He shared the power and joy of a little shoebox that lead to acceptance, love and forgiveness. As a child, he ... Read More »

K of C Bingo Crowd Surpasses 300 Mark

Bingo! The crowd at a recent Knights of Columbus bingo night drew a record crowd of 303. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The 10th bingo session of the season for the Knights of Columbus at San Marco Church was one to remember, as 303 players packed the parish hall. It was the most ever for the fraternal organization’s bingo fundraising program. The attendance surpassed a previous record set earlier this season. The Grand Knight of the San Marco K of C said, “It’s been a perfect storm for our bingo program this year. The weather has cooperated both here and up north — good here, bad there. More people seem to have come to the island this season. The economy is ... Read More »

Memory care site named at Terracina Grand

Construction has begun for Villa at Terracina Grand.  Photo by fastaerial.com

Submitted Terracina Grand, a premier senior living community, has announced that its expansion, with a new two-story memory care community, is underway and has been named “Villa at Terracina Grand.” The name was selected to compliment the community’s Italian namesake, and location. Terracina is a popular Italian coastal resort destination, situated between Rome and Naples, offering perfect panoramas in the area of sea, sky and land. “´Villa at Terracina Grand’ further highlights the new memory care community’s upscale countryside estate ambiance and distinct space and relaxing, resort-style residence,” said Peter Hendrickson, executive director, Terracina Grand. “The Mediterranean style architecture features ... Read More »

Tax Questions Answered

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin [email protected] “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Will Rogers Question: I’m working on my tax return. What can I focus on to save money and make this easier for next year? Answer: By now, you’ve likely received most of the necessary information to prepare your return. The next step is to concentrate on organizing and documenting taxable income and deductible expenses. If you’ve been diligent throughout the year with recordkeeping, the process shouldn’t be too overwhelming. For most of us, the days are gone when we could ... Read More »

Beware Heat Stroke for Your Pets

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Submitted by The Pet Loss Support Group of Marco Island The horrible details of heat stroke when it kills an animal can be heart wrenching, and many people don’t realize the devastation and heart break — not to mention the blame that stays with a person — when they don’t take precautions with regard to their pets. A dog can get heat stroke in less than 10 minutes. How? It only take a couple of minutes running in a back yard to become overwhelmed. Dogs running can become distracted as to what is happening internally, especially young dogs since they ... Read More »

A World of Hope

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, will celebrate ‘A World of Hope.’ The Relay will begin at 4 PM on April 12 and end at 6 AM on April 13. The event takes place at Mackle Park. This year, teams made up of community members, businesses, schools, and other organizations have selected countries to inspire them as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, programs and services. There will be food, games, activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. These teams and our sponsors hope that by ... Read More »

Honoring a Goodland Icon

Clyde Stuart “Butch” Cameron

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] Let me start by saying, this has been the most enlightening, yet hardest thing I’ve ever written. To try and capture in words, what this legend of a man has meant to everyone he’s loved and everyone who loves him, is almost impossible. Please take into consideration the fact that I never had the honor and pleasure of meeting Butch Cameron. Through talking to as many of you as I could, and attending his memorial, I feel like I almost know him by proxy, and thus I will try to honor him here in my Goodland ... Read More »

Great, Big, Beautiful Birds

GREAT BLUE HERON BREEDING PAIR. PHOTOS BY JEAN HALL

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected] They are tall, elegant and intensely avian. Like magnificently feathered ballerinas, Great Blue Heron, Great White Heron and the Great Egret magically grace many Southwest Florida habitats: the beach, back bay, mudflat and mangroves. And if a regular fisherman, one of these water birds hanging around the dock begging for bait is not uncommon. (Note: Please do not feed wildlife!) These three large species of wading birds are very similar. The most obvious is their stature. They are all so big; they certainly have earned their title of “grea.” That is about as simple ... Read More »

Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff The Annual Everglades Bike Ride will begin at McLeod Park on Sunday, April 13, with registration starting at 7:30 AM. This year, the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride,” starting at 9 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A seafood lunch at McLeod Park is included in the registration fee. ... Read More »