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Domicile, Residence and Homesteads, Oh My!


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


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


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 »

Losing Florida Wildlife


STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Recently I submitted a column concerning the loss of many species around the planet and the idea, by some scientists, that we are experiencing the beginning of the next mass extinction. Several readers responded and asked that I address the loss of some Florida species, rather than just a generalization of global statistics. (This is good that I get such feedback, now I know someone other than my wife reads these articles.) Human expansion seems to be the main concern regarding some Florida animals, but climate change also plays a major part in the migratory ... Read More »

Historic Site #11 Captain Collier House 1121 Bald Eagle Drive


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bob and Betty Whitaker managed the Marco Hotel (now called the Old Marco Inn) and lived in the Collier House that was then situated between the hotel and the two-story motel that Bob Carrier built and named “the Units.” Carrier owned the hotel from 1955 to 1967. The Collier House was moved in 1967 to its present location on Bald Eagle Drive, and has operated as a restaurant since 1995. See www.mareksmarcoisland.com. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological ... Read More »

JCMI Chanukah Celebration

From left: Bert Thompson, Abigail Quartararo, Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, City Manager Roger Hernstadt, City Councilor Larry Sacher, City Councilor Victor Rios and Jewish Federation of Collier County President Jeffrey Feld.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The first night of Chanukah began on Sunday, December 6, with a community candle lighting ceremony at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). As the sun went down, a crowd at the JCMI was led by Cantorial soloist Hari Jacobsen in a holiday prayer and celebration, complete with songs. JCMI member Bert Thompson’s young granddaughter Abigail Quartararo sang a Chanukah song to the delight of the guests. Following the candle lighting, refreshments were served in the social hall. Each year Chanukah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar, or ... Read More »

Flagship Real Estate Closing


Submitted After 42 years, Flagship Real Estate is closing its doors. While the company has obligations through December, the process began in early November. Flagship was formed in 1973 by Marv Needles, in a 430 square foot office in Old Marco Village. Within a few years a second location was established in Pelican Plaza, and soon thereafter a third office opened to accommodate the rental firm, Flagship Vacation Properties. In 1983, Marv built Flagship Harbour, a building located on Collier Boulevard to house the growing Flagship group of companies. During the 42 year run, Flagship Real Estate continued to serve ... Read More »

The Impact of Condo Rental Policies

A view of Marco Beach Ocean Resort. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Today’s Marco Island condo buyers tend to look for a great location, competitive price and an opportunity to rent their condo to help offset the annual cost of ownership including condo fees, taxes, utilities and insurance. The median price of the 282 condos for sale this week is $549,000, but this price varies widely between inland and beachfront condos. Half of these condos are located on the beach with a median price of $675,000. Owning a condo anywhere on Marco Island satisfies the need for great location, and once you’ve identified your price ... Read More »

What ACS Means to Me & What It Could Mean to You


ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Even before I became an American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner, I was well aware of the nonprofit organization and its mission to fight cancer. However, what I did not know until I joined the wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, was just how much ACS provides for those diagnosed with cancer that goes far beyond funding research. Most importantly, the services ACS provides are either free, or at significantly reduced rates. I chose to work for the American Cancer Society because I wanted my passion for coordinating events to go towards an ... Read More »

One Year for Squadron’s Tuskegee Painting

Marco Island Squadron completes first year of painting’s custodianship.

By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Cmdr., MI Senior Squadron, CAP This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The painting was donated to the Center for the Arts in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. However, since the Center is a gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis, there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project director Dave Rice ... Read More »

Quinn Hiaasen to Debut First Photography Exhibition


Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host an exhibit featuring the photography of Quinn Hiaasen, son of novelist Carl Hiaasen. On display November 1 through December 30, 2015, the exhibit showcases his passion for the environment, as well as his natural talents. “Growing up on the waters of South Florida instilled in me an interest in nature, particularly of the complex domains that exist beyond the ecumene. As a photographer, I find it amazing to be able to explore places like these and share the dramatic landscapes and wildlife with others,” shares Quinn Hiaasen. Visitors are encouraged ... Read More »

Snorkeling With Manta Rays… At Night…In Hawaii

The magnificent manta ray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalis It was a warm September evening and the sun had just set on Keauhou Bay. Captain Kirk Herring carefully guided our boat, Hula Kai, into position and two of our guides, Brent and Megan, sprang into action. A floating, plastic plank equipped with underwater lights was quickly in place behind the vessel. Wetsuits on and already breathing through our snorkels, my wife Cathy and I waited for the command. The lights along the plank were illuminated below the water and we were told to proceed. We smiled at each other, entered the water and made ... Read More »

Divorce: Rent or Own?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m in the midst of a divorce and don’t know if it’s better to keep the house, sell it and buy another or rent. What are your thoughts? Answer: The answer is the same as it is for most questions, and that is “it depends.” This is an important time to regroup emotionally and financially. Realistic analysis of the economics of your new lifestyle, with financial planning, gets beneath the raw numbers as you go through this transition. Cookie-cutter advice isn’t specific enough to rely on for decisions of this magnitude. A woman in ... Read More »

Fundraising Underway for Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Low-Income Seniors

Sandi Sims and the volunteers who helped make the 2014 Thanksgiving luncheon for low-income seniors  happen at Arturo’s Restaurant on Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Thanksgiving Day will once again be brightened for a group of low-income seniors thanks to the efforts of Marco Island realtor Sandi Sims and the volunteers and donors who assist her. This year, as she has for the last 10 years, Sims will host a Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional fixins’ at a Marco restaurant for residents of the Goodlette Arms Apartments, a 250- unit, Section 8 development for seniors, located off Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples. Costs for the meal and transportation for the seniors are all covered through donations from Marco residents and businesses, said ... Read More »

Mariner Tippy Cavanagh Visits Prime Meridian

Tippy with one foot in 
the Western Hemisphere and the other in the Eastern. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Patricia “Tippy” Cavanagh is a Past Commander of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. She has been a member for fifteen years, and now teaches some of the most challenging navigation courses, including celestial navigation. Tippy and her husband, John, toured England, Scotland and Wales this past summer. They visited one location that had very special meaning for this mariner and teacher. While in London, Tippy and John traveled by boat on the River Thames to see the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the location of the Prime Meridian of the world, known to mariners as longitude 000 degrees, ... Read More »

Community Helps to Build Copeland Bus Shelter

Youth from the Interact Club pitched in to build the shelter for Copeland kids who take the school bus.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Possibly most people reading the following story have never heard of Copeland, right here in Collier County. If you have…have you ever been there? There are only 82 homes in Copeland and approximately 325 people. Some are 3rd and 4th generation Copelanders. The figure I heard two years ago was that they had an unemployment rate of 72%. Many have no cars, and they don’t even have a mail delivery. There is a tiny Baptist church there that is always clean and cool. Copeland has two separate and distinct “villages.” When the re-districting lines for commissioners changed, ... Read More »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

September 4, 2015: Mom Halfway (notch halfway up her fin) leads Skipper in the Marco River on the anniversary of Skipper’s rescue. The tag is now gone from Skipper’s fin, leaving a notch toward the top.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent Morse are on Michael’s boat. Captain Chris Desmond is on a pontoon, and I am on a separate pontoon as well. Even more boats are at the Collier Boat Ramp ready to launch, all coming together to find a needle ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »