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Andrew Hunter Homes: Building Affordable Luxury

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By Don Manley What Andy Delgado finds most fulfilling about home building has nothing at all to do with the actual construction process. Instead, Delgado, of Andrew Hunter Homes on Marco Island, gains his greatest satisfaction after a home is built and the move-in has occurred. “What I find most rewarding after the build is running into a client at the supermarket and hearing the client tell me how much they love their new home and how wonderful my staff continues to treat them,” he said. Established in 2009, the company prides itself on “building affordable luxury” for its customers. ... Read More »

Building Your Dream on Marco Island

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com So, you did it! You bought a vacant lot on Marco Island, and you are ready to build your dream home. You have found paradise, but now, what? Where do you begin? According to Lisa Loewer, customer service supervisor for Marco Island Building Services, property owners usually start by finding the right home builder and design professional. The builder, designer and property owner put their heads together to create a preliminary design for the house. After that, they pay the city’s Building Services Division a visit. “It starts here with an inquiry,” Loewer notes. This ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

Doggone it! I Want to Live the Life of a Labradoodle

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By Pat Newman Have you noticed how dogs are taking over the world? No kidding! They are on morning TV news shows, shopping for bargains at TJ Max (in strollers, no less), and boosting the nation’s economy by licking their owners into buying them wardrobes, jeweled collars and sleep number beds. Not long ago, it was acceptable for a non-working canine (house-dog) to live in a fenced-in yard, sleep in a pre-fab dog house and eat crunchy bits from a 50-pound bag of warehouse-brand chow. The stereotypical dog — let’s call him Spot — would entertain himself by digging holes, ... Read More »

Courtyard Gardens

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com In Florida, there are many homes that are built around small courtyards having a view of the courtyard from all rooms in the house. Small areas, which can be a challenge to landscape, can be the true focal point of your home if done right. Keeping plants neat and organized and watching their size will ensure the area will not be overwhelming. Creating your own tropical paradise can be fun and rewarding even if you live in a condo with a small lanai. Plants and Trees Planting a small tree in your courtyard can really bring ... Read More »

Conversational Drifts

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Some of my favorite conversations — whether I’m actively involved or just eavesdropping — consist of one bright topic setting off a circuit of others. There are times when linear conversations — those that start with one topic and finish with it before moving to another — have their proper place, but it’s exhilarating to listen as creative ideas spark like electric arcs from one to another freeform. A recent article by David Pitt of the Associated Press on the spate of piano store closings around the country has ignited an impressive nationwide debate as to ... 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 »

Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve

Swisher, a resident of Everglades City, FL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Murder on O’Hollows Eve and other Short Stories, at Sweet Mayberry’s Cafe And Gifts Inc, 207 Broadway West, Everglades, FL 2-4:00 PM on January 31st. “Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve”, is a historical fiction/mystery/horror that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts around 1775. Mr. Hartings, a good friend of Mr. Andrew Moore, ends up dead. Lieutenant Jaykinson, a British soldier lodging in Mr. Moore’s house, claims that Mr. Hartings death was caused by the siting of the house’s resident ghost, Maggie Moore. However, was this death caused ... Read More »

Naomi’s Christmas Fun

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Did all you boys and girls get what you wanted from Santa Claws, or did you forget to leave the milk and yummy treaties out on the hearth? Remember, Santa Claws is a true-blooded tortie like me who loves his treats. I had a very Merry Christmas with the kitty elves, the shelter kittens and shelter founders Jan and Jim Rich. I supervised Jan for days while she decorated the place. My job was to test Jim’s lionel train set, but I got pretty dizzy watching ... Read More »

Ice Skating… the Marco Way

Jenna Golec, 8, shows off her painted face. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a picture perfect Southwest Florida day — sunny, breezy and temperatures in the mid-70s. It was the perfect day for…ice skating on Marco Island. A part of Christmas Island Style’s annual holiday events, a 60 x 25-foot synthetic ice rink was set up in Veterans Memorial Park by West Palm Beach-based BellaICE to allow Marco Islanders to take a turn on the ice. The company also offered 70 pairs of skates — both figure and hockey ice skates — for everyone. The day was made complete with a bounce house and giant mountain ... Read More »

New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he went into business for himself. At one point, he started a wine importing business, bringing fine German wines to the US. He even had the opportunity to work as a spokesperson for the Home Shopping Network. Then, 28 years ago, ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

GAIL TRENT RISNER

Artist’s Bio Gail Risner was born in South Dakota about an hour south of Mt Rushmore and has subsequently lived in Bardstown KY, Indianapolis, IN, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and for the last 10 years in Naples, FL. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. Gail’s interest in art began in grade school when she began painting portraits of her classmates and other imaginary characters. The vibrant and colorful art scene in California was an important artistic influence and encouraged her love of color and expressive brushwork. While living ... Read More »

Naomi Christmas 2014

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines, Now that I have — literally — Thanksgiving under my belt (boy, was that turkey and green bean casserole tasty), it’s time to talk about Santa Claws, elves, Christmas cookies (yummy smelling, but deadly for cats), stockings, tinsel, fake snow (what is snow by the way?), glass ornaments, those awful scented candles and, of course, that silly mistletoe your staff stands under in expectation that someone will kiss him or her. For you newbie felines experiencing your first Christmas, the joys of the day are many: dangling ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com More than 500 Marco Island condos will change hands in 2014, or about 5 percent of all the condos on the island. Sellers this year have owned their condos for 9.6 years on average or a median time of 7.7 years. Some of these condos were flipped in less than a year, and some have been in the family for longer than 30 years. Owners put their condos on the market for a variety of reasons including changes in family status or changes in financial circumstances. Some just want to cash out and ... Read More »

The Children Act

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2014 240 pages. Genre: Legal fiction In 1989, the United Kingdom’s parliament passed The Children Act to ensure that when families and legal guardians fail the young the legal authorities are mandated to step in and protect them. As the title indicates, this book is about that law and how its implementation affects the lives of those touched by it. When I started reading this book, I knew it involved a judge dealing with the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with end-stage leukemia who, along with his parents, ... Read More »

Chili Chefs Spice It Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held its Second Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11. There were 18 willing chili chefs, many of them firemen representing various fire stations around the county, as well as a few restaurants, fire department supporters and just great chili makers. They each wanted a chance to win the “copper ladle” trophy. An island favorite among the booths was manned by Chief Mike Murphy of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, who teamed with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino to serve up chili. There was white ... Read More »