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The Icefields Parkway

The Glacier Skywalk juts out over the Sunwapta Canyon.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  The Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada, also known as Highway 93, is 144 miles of natural beauty, wildlife, tourist attractions, and, in high season (July, August), a moving parade of cars, RVs, and tour buses traversing this double lane road. Paralleling the Continental Divide, it runs from Lake Louise north to Japer and passes through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. We traveled its length twice, the first time, enjoying all it had to offer, took more than nine hours. The second, using it merely as a route from one location to another, took considerably ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoise – There is an App For You!

Pair of adults eyeing each other. Breeding season is from August-November. Photo by Jean Hall

Submitted No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport a gopher tortoise or parts thereof, their eggs, molest, damage or destroy their burrow except by permit from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The month of March has been devastating for gopher tortoises in Marco Island. There were five gopher tortoises reported killed in March in an area that is highly populated by gopher tortoises. The gopher tortoise can live to be over 50 years old, but do not reproduce till they are 15-20 years old. The current generation is aging, and ... Read More »

NEW LOCATION! Veterans Community Park Meeting

In the last edition, Coastal Breeze News reported a meeting seeking public opinion on future enhancements at Veterans Community Park was scheduled for April 19th at 5:30 PM. This meeting WILL take place on that date and time, but the location has been changed to the Community Center at Mackle Park (not IberiaBank). For several months, PRAC has sought public feedback on future amenities at Veterans Community Park. Dr. Gerald Swiacki, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee will give a brief history of Veterans Community Park and then take public comment on future enhancements. Some members of the Parks ... Read More »

Comments Sought on Oil & Gas Survey

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Submitted  The National Park Service is seeking public comment related to scientific or technical information that would aid in the agency reaching a decision on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Co. in Big Cypress National Preserve. This EA is a revision of the EA released by the NPS on November 29, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives: The EA is available at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=352&projectID=53498&documentID=71803.  Additional documents related to this proposed project are at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=53498.  You can provide comments online or by mail. Before including ... Read More »

South Seas Club – Unique, Desirable and so Marco Island!

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View from one of the high rise condos on the beach.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com South Seas Club offers everything people are looking for on Marco Island including prime location, desirability, popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos, gated entrance and acres of green space with rambling walkways and benches. This extensive park-like setting features native to Florida plantings. The complex is rich in amenities including boat docks, Marco’s famous crescent beach, pools, clay tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce, kayaking, fishing and a great social calendar. Last week 166 popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos were listed for sale on the island. 54 of them were located ... Read More »

Help Protect Our Owls

These chicks check out the world, sideways. Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted At only nine inches tall when mature, the burrowing owl is a beloved Florida native and year-round resident of Marco Island. Those piercing, yellow eyes have drawn us all in, and their presence reassures us that all is well with our natural world. Recently, there was an incident in Marco Island in which a resident intentionally plugged an owl burrow. Thanks to the quick action of a neighborhood Owl Watch member, the incident was reported to the proper Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement authorities, and charges are being prepared. It is illegal to “take” (pursue, hunt, ... Read More »

George’s Web

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George Moore, Ambassador of Fun

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he had worked with every actor in Hollywood, or with someone who had worked with every other actor in Hollywood, and a phenomenon was born. It was called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and was the creative brainchild of three ... Read More »

Baby Gator Time at Briggs Boardwalk

Two baby alligators right near the boardwalk close to the overlook. Notice the yellow stripes.

By Bob Schulteis Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer   We are enjoying watching (at a distance) seven baby gators born to Smiley, our resident gator, on the big pond at Briggs. Baby alligators, when born, are usually 6–8 inches in length. They grow about one foot a year for the first five or so years, although each year’s growth rate is not exactly the same. At about five years or so, they lose their stripes because they no longer need the camouflage. When small, baby gators eat small prey such as crickets, insects, spiders, lizards, crustaceans, frogs, and fish, if ... Read More »

Notice to Residents on Fertilizer Ordinance 16-02

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By Gene Burson, Chairman of the Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee As of March 7, 2016, your City Council passed Ordinance 16-02, known as the “Fertilizer Ordinance.” To minimize negative environmental effects – both on land and in our waterways – Marco Island City Council voted to regulate the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous. By reducing the use of these fertilizers, they hope to upgrade the quality of life for city residents. The fertilizer regulations are based on the Model Ordinance for Florida Friendly Fertilizer Use. Low to no phosphorus fertilizer and slow release nitrogen fertilizer, along with ... Read More »

Half Marathon & 5K Basics

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon Bridge Run and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The start location is The Shops of Marco, 1845 San Marco Road. Start time for the half marathon is 7:30 AM, and for the 5K it is 7:45 AM. Packet pickup is at the Shops of Marco on Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 PM (recommended) or on race day, Sunday, March 20 from 6-7 AM -sharp! If you pickup your packet the morning of the race, arrive early to avoid long lines. If you haven’t yet registered ... Read More »

Smart911, A Must-Have Service

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Every second counts in an emergency. In the time that it takes for the dispatcher to receive a 911 call and alert first responders a lot can happen. These are the crucial moments that could change a person’s life. But what if there was a way to expedite the process? First responders arrive as fast as they can but they don’t always know what kind of scene they are about to enter into. They don’t know if the person they’re caring for is allergic to certain medications or if they have a medical condition such as ... Read More »

Goodbye, Burger King

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff March 1, 2016 may have marked the end of an era for Marco Island with the closure of the island’s only Burger King. It is unclear if the closure is temporary, or permanent. Burger King, on the corner of Barfield and San Marco Roads, has been a constant on Marco Island for 20 years. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Manager Javier Torres on February 29th, the day before the signs came down and the doors were locked. Javier explained that he and other employees did not know for certain if the company would be renovating, ... Read More »

Cuba: From the Beach to the Mountains

The beach at Playa Ancón. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Trinidad, Cuba, featured in my last column, is situated between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Escambray Mountains to the north. Our visit to Trinidad afforded us the opportunity to see both while staying at an all-inclusive resort. While it may not be held in as high esteem as the popular northern Cuban beach resorts of Varadero, Guardalavaca and Cayo Coco, we thought Playa Ancón was very attractive. A strip of land extending out into the Caribbean, Playa Ancón was developed after the 1959 revolution. Two and a half miles long, the off-white beach ... Read More »

Domicile, Residence and Homesteads, Oh My!

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~ Confucius Question: As a retiree from another state, with homes in both places, I’m confused about the difference between residency, homestead and domicile. I read all the information on various workshops and seminars on this topic, yet I’m still confused. Please help. Answer: Actually, it’s not as complicated as it may appear. Let’s start with a little history to help understand the background of the subject matter and the differences between the three terms. Homestead In 1862, during the Civil War, Abraham ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island

Calusa Garden Club centerpieces for the American Cancer Society Annual Fashion Show.

Submitted It is going to be a very busy February for Calusa Garden Club members. The Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 AM, starting with a workshop for its members. They meet at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive. For February 8th at 11 AM, the topic for the floral workshop will be “Elements of Design” presented by Lindy Kowalczyk. Members come prepared with their containers, soaked oasis, foliage and flowers, ready to be creative and inspired. At 1:15 PM, club members Connie Lowery and Jackie Purvis will continue ... Read More »

Family Financial Huddle

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Give me the gift of a listening heart.” ~ King Solomon   Question: Our family will be together for the holidays. I’d like to take advantage of this time to discuss a few financial matters. What advice can you provide to make this conversation as valuable and productive as possible? Answer: Providing your family with the gift of communication is commendable. This is an opportunity to share financial philosophies, discuss planning strategies and listen to how others feel about monetary matters. Keeping the lines of communication open and flowing with information is vital to the ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Activity

A typical open house sign along Collier Boulevard. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com During season, owners and renters push condo occupancy rates on the island to the maximum. Friends and relatives come for a week or two, and visitors vacation at local hotels and enjoy the superb weather and activities in January, February, March and April. During season, a favorite leisurely pastime between beaching, boating and fishing is checking out open houses. Condo and home owners may be looking to downsize, upsize, change location or to compare their condo’s value for a future resale. Renters check out open houses looking for next year’s rental possibilities or ... Read More »

Historic Site #12: Church of God & Pioneer Cemetery 590 West Elkcam, Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This early wooden church built of yellow pine was the first church on Marco. Caroline Robinson held Sunday school classes in her home and is credited with collecting money and supplies to construct the Church. This Cemetery is the burial place of pioneers significant to Marco Island history. It also has a form of early cement head stones. The Church of God, originally constructed in Old Marco, was moved to its present location. www.newlifemarco.irg/content?id=314 In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY:

In 2015 there have been a record number of Florida panthers killed on the roadways. Recently, a two and half year old female was killed by a vehicle collision near a designated Panther Zone on Corkscrew Road. This was the 27th road mortality in 2015. In response, Officers Polly and Thurkettle conducted speed enforcement patrols in the Panther Zone off of Corkscrew Road. Both officers documented numerous speed violations and took an educational approach to inform the citizens of the importance of obeying the posted speed in the Panther Zones. While on water patrol, Officer White received a distress call ... Read More »