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Marco Island’s Beachfront Condos

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Thirty four condo buildings were constructed along Marco Island’s beaches between 1967 and 2006. The first one built on the beach is the aptly named and well maintained, 48 residence Emerald Beach and the newest is the luxurious 101 residence called Madeira. Of the 4,091 beachfront apartments only 168 condos are for sale this week. The lowest priced listing is a $210,000, 534 square foot condo at Sunset North and the highest priced listing is a $9,500,000, 13,528 square foot penthouse at Belize in Cape Marco. On a dollar per square foot basis, ... Read More »

Thrifty or Just Plain Cheap?

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By Pat Newman Tax season always turns my attention back to spending habits—mine and others. I am not exactly a Ms. Moneybags, nor a penniless pauper. I am somewhere in between. I lust after BOGO sales and celebrate when gas prices drop below $3.00. But I can also shock my debit card with a hefty swipe after a “big occasion” dinner out with family and friends. New Year’s resolutions included a personal promise to monitor my daily spending and figure out why there was always more month than money. I am still working on that, but I determined that spending ... Read More »

Wine Wednesday

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island Florist and Gifts is proud to host “Wine Wednesday” on Februray 25th 3-5 with special guest MAGIC BY JOHN ROBERT. STONEWALLS will join us to pair a food item with a wine choice from our worldwide collection here at Marco Island Florist and Gifts. Tasty treats from Stonewall’s will be served. “We use only the freshest ingredients and serve upscale food favorites” says owner Kim Burke. Stonewall’s has been family owned and operated since 2012. We are also very pleased to announce a very special guest by Magician JOHN ROBERT, who is known ... Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... Read More »

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist and Gifts is proud to host our “Wine Wednesday” Februray 25 th 3-5 with special guest MAGIC BY JOHN ROBERT

Tasty treats from Marco Islands very own “STONEWALLS fine food fast” “We use only the freshest ingredients and serve upscale food favorites” says owner Kim Burke, family owned and operated since 2012. STONEWALLS will join us to pair a food item with a wine choice from our world wide collection here at Marco Island Florist and Gifts We are also very pleased to announce a very special guest star MAGIC BY JOHN ROBERT. MAGIC, ILLUSIONS, & WORLD-CLASS SLEIGHT OF HAND. JOHN ROBERT from right here in sunny Naples, Florida. Magician John Robert provides jaw dropping magic and a professionalism at ... Read More »

Remind Us Why We Love Marco….

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Last month, Marco Islanders Ewout and Jill de Vries of America Travel Arrangements took their family on a trip that would not appeal to most of their loyal travel clients to the Long Lake International Ice Fishing Derby on the Canadian border in northern Maine. For more than 30 years, they have organized unique deluxe travel experiences for small groups to the far corners of the world from Antarctica to Bhutan in the Himalayas and a wide variety of safaris. Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach: Life is Good!

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Hideaway Beach is a 300-acre upscale, gated community of homes, condos and lots located at the north end of Kendall Drive right on the Gulf with two miles of secluded beaches and all the amenities needed to enjoy a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. There are 367 condos located inside Hideaway Beach. This week, only 18 of these condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $549,000 for a two-bedroom condo at Habitat to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom condo at Riviera. The four Habitat condos listed for sale are located in ... Read More »

Argh, Matey!

‘Jumpin’ John Mincieli, Debi Goodaker and Bonnie Cottage guard the Pirates Day treasure chest.

By Don Manley Rain and wind outside did nothing to dampen spirits of the children and adults cavorting inside the Marco Island Historical Museum on a recent Saturday. The dank conditions also failed to significantly hold down attendance at the museum’s Third Annual Pirate Day festival, held from 10 AM-2 PM, Jan. 24. Pirate-themed crafts, face painting, pirate games and treasure hunts are the attractions at the family-themed event, where youths came decked out in their buccaneer best to solve puzzles, capture “treasure” and enjoy food, drink and all the museum has to offer. “It’s been a lot of fun, ... Read More »

Join the ‘Global Celebration’ for Island Montessori

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Grab your passports for “A Global Celebration” benefiting Island Montessori Academy (IMA), Saturday, Feb. 21, 3-6 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. A departure from the school’s past fundraising events, “A Global Celebration” is geared toward families and is child-friendly. There will be seven stations signifying the world’s continents, and each will host samplings of food and drinks from countries within the continent. Kids will have passports to be stamped at each station, and will be able to take part in special arts and crafts activities. There will be live entertainment from Center Stage ... Read More »

A New Bride Waits…

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Joseph Leone was attend an Italian Club dance, he didn’t know his life would change forever that evening. While there, he spotted a young lady and asked her to dance. It may not have been “love at first sight,” but fate stepped in. The young couple fell in love, and soon, Joseph asked Rosemary to be his bride. She said yes… It wasn’t that simple though, as Rosemary was only 16 years of age. Her parents didn’t even allow her to date, let alone fall in love and get married. To further test the couple’s ... Read More »

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Workshops

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is offering a unique workshop — Illustrated Watercolor Journal — suitable for beginners as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images and loosen up. Experienced instructor and well-known local artist Hannah Ineson (www.hannahineson.com) will lead the workshop. What is an “illustrated watercolor journal?” It’s a small book of watercolor paper in which to record images and text around any theme. Traditionally used to record memories while traveling, the journal can also explore family memories, images of one’s hometown, favorite recipes, visits to restaurants, any theme that ... Read More »

Gratitude

The family. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUR

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My children are here. In my house. Four adult children, their four significant others and our five grandchildren, ages 5 months to five years. They’ve been here nearly a week celebrating our own Christmas Holiday. That makes 10 adults, counting my husband and me and five young children, living in the same house for a week. Over the last six days, I have felt joy, pride, anxiety and exhaustion, but most of all, I have felt gratitude. I experienced overwhelming joy the very first morning when the babies all woke early, greeting each other ... Read More »

Have a Plan

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: What a whirlwind the holidays were for me and my loyal staff of volunteers here at For the Love of Cats. We had cats and kittens coming and going non-stop for two weeks. Everywhere I looked I saw cats being loaded into and out of carriers; kittens climbing the romper room walls, tumbling around in colorful balls of fur, stretching sore muscles, carb-loading at their troughs, standing in and knocking over their food and water bowls, wrestling and tackling one another, and chasing each other around in dizzying circles; ... Read More »

Introducing General Surgeon Dr. Brian Smith

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd We have all heard the story countless times: the one where “person X” or “person Y” comes to Southwest Florida on vacation and decides to stay. As it turns out, this really happens — sometimes at your neighborhood hospital. When Richmond, Virginia’s, Dr. Brian Smith and his family chose Marco Island for their recent vacation, little did they know that their lives were about to change. As the Physicians Regional Collier Boulevard campus tends to dominate the landscape for a brief stretch of Collier Boulevard just a few miles north of Tamiami ... Read More »

Meet Breezy: The New Coastal Breeze Mascot!

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Breezy was welcomed into the Coastal Breeze family in September. He is a yellow Labrador puppy that has boundless energy. You should know in August, two days shy of his 13th birthday, my family had to put our beloved black lab, Bo, down. His full name was J.T.’s Mr. Bodacious. It was difficult on the family, as our daughters grew up with Bo by their side as their guardian, playmate and defender. A few months after Bo’s departure from our lives, I began to half-heartedly look at the Humane Society and Domestic Animal Services websites and ... Read More »

Free Family Fun and Fundraiser

Family to Family, which has put more than 2000 Collier County moms and kids into beds of their own since 2009, recently acquired its 501 (c) 3 non-profit designation and will now celebrate a Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Day Open House in its new Kids’ Crisis Closet location, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3485 Enterprise Ave., one block off Industrial Ave., in Naples. Hosted by the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, the event will feature property tours, old-school arts and crafts using recycled materials, sidewalk art, photo booth, balloons, hot dogs, sodas and two brand new ... Read More »