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Sharks Among Us

White shark (Carcharodon carcharias). FILE PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already halfway complete. Sitting here contemplating the first 6 months of the year and then the last 12 months total, I realized that it has been 1 full year since I was right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea and that’s where my wife and I were swimming….with Whale Sharks! About the size of a small school bus, it was quite an experience to be in the migratory route of these plankton eating giants. It got me thinking about the Gulf Stream current, other migrating ... Read More »

Independence

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Independence is Happiness” – Susan B. Anthony On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted and thirteen colonies broke free from the governance of Great Britain. Those thirteen colonies would one day become part of the United States of America, and for the more than 200 years that have passed since it’s signing, we have fought every day to maintain the independence implied in that landmark document. John Hancock, in his support of this newly-sought freedom, concluded that Americans would have to rely on the “Being who controls both Causes and Events ... Read More »

Condos with Boat Docks and Fishing Piers

Boat docks with and without lifts.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Boating and fishing are popular pastimes on Marco Island. 90 of the 284 condos for sale this week on Marco Island feature boat docks and 50 feature fishing piers. Condo owners can choose between various types of boat dock arrangements like daily, weekly, monthly or annual rental plans or ownership of a deeded dock. 13 condos for sale this week come with a deeded dock – that is, the dock is part of the condo and conveys to the buyer upon the sale of the condo. Eight of these condos with deeded docks ... Read More »

City, BAC Help Residents to Adopt a Cul-De-Sac

the flushing pipe after improvements.

By Steve Gimmestad Formally known as a Cul-De-Sac Median (CM), the City of Marco Island Public Works Department, together with the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC), have worked out a program to help residents adopt and maintain their CMs. The City approved a budget of $1,500 for 2015. The money will be given out in $100 gift cards for up to 15 residents that apply. There are still permits and gift cards available as of this writing. The process of obtaining a permit helps residents understand the needs and restrictions of maintaining a CM in their neighborhoods. One person who went ... Read More »

“Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast” Shines Light on Marco’s Luxury Homes

Christina Lusby of WINK-TV interviewing Frank Monti at the Alameda Court home featured in an episode of “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” while Cliff Donenfeld looks on.

By Don Manley It’s only natural that Marco Island’s bounty of luxurious homes be included in “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast.” “Everybody wants to be in it,” said Chuck Ardezzone, co-founder, of the 30-minute reality show’s producer, Naples-based In Trouble Zone Productions. “We’ve got Marco, we’ve got Cape Coral. We’ve got all kinds of places.” As the title, “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” makes clear, the show focuses on the luxury real estate markets in Collier and Lee counties, and the professional and personal lives of the realtors who deal in multi-million dollar homes. “It’s the high end homes and ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

A chance to crew the police/fire boat.

By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Westberry Among Changing Guard

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By Don Manley Jory Westberry is moving on to the next phase of her life after 14 years as the principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE). Last week’s end to the school year also marked the close of her tenure at TBE, as well as her 25-year career with the Collier County school district. The move is a painful one for Westberry. “I love this place,” she said. “I love the kids. I love the staff. There wasn’t a day that I ever was sad to come to work. I was always excited. Never had a crabby day, honest ... Read More »

TruPayroll Seeks Support in Attaining Grant

Submitted Marco Island based TruPayroll is seeking support in its effort to qualify for a $100,000 grant from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street Grants program. Mission Main Street will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small companies that submit a business profile, a grant questionnaire and meet relevant eligibility requirements. To be eligible, businesses must also receive at least 250 votes at the program’s website, https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/31625. Founded in 2007, TruPayroll is an accounting, tax and payroll firm specializing in serving small and mid-sized businesses. It also has offices in Naples. “TruPayroll is striving to grow and expand its services in ... Read More »

WHO’S YOUR MAMA? Dolphin Birthing Season is Near!

In this photo taken May 24, adult female Nibbles looks
larger than usual and is a candidate to give birth this fall.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Giza, Nibbles, Rangle and Button. Ah, yes! These are some of my favorite girls. But wait…these are not girls’ names! They are, if we’re talking about dolphins. It’s that time of year, when the Dolphin Explorer’s survey team is noticing changes in behavior of some of the adult female bottlenose dolphins in the Marco Island area. Many of the 3 and 4 year old calves will be leaving their moms this fall for one main reason…mom is having a new baby. Birthing season is quickly approaching for our area. It will vary around the world, ... Read More »

Fifty Years of Condos on Marco Island

One of Marco Island’s early condominiums, Wexford Place, built in 1965.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island’s condo construction started fifty years ago when Wexford Place opened at the corner of Bald Eagle and Tallwood. This was a time of space exploration, jet planes and the Beatles. Condos built back then were about 700 square feet, and featured one or two bedrooms with one bathroom. Condo interiors tended to be minimalist, true Mid-Century Modern with simple lines. Drab earthy tones and campy colors like avocado green, harvest gold and bronze tones dominated cabinets, refrigerators and shag carpet. All of these condos have been updated, and today 17 of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Campbell

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10% of voters are required to sign a petition in the month of June, is this fair? I implore everyone eligible to vote, please turn in your signed copy of the petition by May 18th. Real estate offices and the Marco Board of Realtors are collecting them, as you cannot mail one copy with standard postage. More laws will not lead to peace, but injustice to our property owners. Empower law enforcement and ticket offenders. Do you believe it is fair that property owners will be regulated like hotels if they rent by the month or week? No it is not! Renters can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Councilor Batte’s commentary,

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Councilor Batte’s commentary, while passionate and eloquent, misses the point on many fronts. I am responding not so much to him as to all of City Council. Obviously Councilor Batte is in the majority, and I suspect his feelings about the matter reflect the majority of Council as well. Here’s where Councilor Batte is just plain wrong: First, the rental ordinance recall petition is not “government by special interests,” as he charges. It is an attempt by the people to take back the government that has been hijacked by those who have hidden agendas that go way beyond “quality of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense

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About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Regards Martin Winter

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Hi Editors Just thought that I would tap out a few words on the latest from the good folks on the council at Marco Island. It appears that we are now looking to force home owners down a new path concerning rentals on the Island the legislation looks lengthy and I am quite sure will be just the very start of a process to extract additional revenue from home owners. Quite frankly this is just another Tax  that I am sure will be misappropriated. I would be interested to see the cases of noise etc that justify this move. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15

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Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature

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Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature; City Attorney Approves Petition  The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About?  The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Russo

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Gentlemen, I write to you to in the hopes that you can cease the frequent and continuing harassment of Councilor Rios by some members the council especially by Mr. Honecker.  Does Mr. Honecker have an outside agenda with Mr Rios that he is bringing to the council. His frequent looking at the ceiling and loud and obvious exhale of breath because Mr Rios is asking for more information are so insulting..Let us get things straight Mr. Honecker you have been a disappointment for the people of Marco Island you are not following what they have asked you to do but do only what you want. Instead of ... Read More »

The following local residents recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University.

* Michael Sanchez of Marco Island (34145) graduated with a Master of Art degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * Brian Paxson of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering. * Francina Nazareth Joseph of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business. * Melissa French of Naples (34114) graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * Nicole Migut of Naples (34114) graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. * ... Read More »

Be Authentic

Be yourself; everyone 
else is taken - Oscar Wilde SUBMITTED PHOTOS

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

To Catch a Sawfish….Twice in Two Years!

The Sawfish, which had no rostrum (saw), put up a fight for nearly 2 hours.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s late winter of 2014 and Captain Ted Naftal gets a call. The voice on the line says “I want to go for something big, something that might hurt us.” Captain Ted replies “There are fish that WILL hurt you, and it’s not funny!” It’s an ongoing joke that the Captain has with regular customers, the Graham family. They’ve been friends for years and have caught some trophy-sized fish together. The next prize was about to get very big, and unique! On April 25th, 2014, on board the Miss Nancy 2, guests Michael Graham and ... Read More »