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Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Looking for a free, family-friendly activity on Saturday, Sept. 27? Then head to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a day of free staff-narrated boat tours, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek and marine critter touch tanks and other live animal presentations. The event runs 10 AM-3 PM. Following a short hiatus in operation which began Sept. 15, this event — Rookery Bay’s Grand Reopening Estuaries Day — is part of an annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. The day’s activities aim to recognize the importance of the ... Read More »

Rent or Own?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin [email protected] “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou, author, 1928-2014.   Question: Many of my friends are selling their homes and downsizing or renting. What are your thoughts about this trend? Answer: Your question hits home (pun intended)! Last month, three family members took part in real estate transactions. Not knowing your age, my response will reference these personal examples to illustrate what’s happening as housing requirements have changed for different generations in our family. There is no right or wrong answer as ... Read More »

Art in Nature

Box turtle. PHOTO BY JEAN HALL

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected] A not so well known turtle roams Marco Island. It’s not the glamorous Loggerhead Sea Turtle or the well-known Gopher Tortoise. It is very commonly seen in the beachfront dunes and near wetlands and pond areas of the island such as Barfield Bay, in Hideaway Beach conservation areas and along Spinnaker Drive. The Florida Painted Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri) is a small turtle that is not only a small wonder but a treasure for the island. Its striking array of a yellow pattern on its shell is art in nature; some have said ... Read More »

How Gullible Are We?

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By Carol Glassman I know, I know, none of us likes to see ourselves in those terms. After all, gullibility suggests not only that someone or perhaps some group of people out there is a lot smarter or wilier than we are but also that they are quite likely to take advantage of us, publicize it and make us look quite foolish. Well, I suppose that could happen, but take heart. I happen to know that tests have been done — yes, actual scientific tests — that show gullibility is not our fault. For example, did you know that people ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: In Memory of Mike and JW….

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City Manager Roger Hemstadt visited our Rotary Club lunch and gave a fine speech. In the Q&A a hot topic was the issue over the Marriott expansion. Frankly the sentiment seemed to be: Why is this even an issue? The Marriott plan would boost the local economy. So why pay attention to any spoilers? Over the past few days I’ve chewed over the nature of the spoilers, points a, b & c. a)     Always we have some Luddites, mad about innovations, more technology. They complain, “It’s too much traffic, tourist, etc.” I suppose these luddites are befuddled by the competence ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself from the Summer Sun

Wide Rimmed Hats are a must. PHOTOS BY PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Most of us fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. We have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about ... Read More »

LCEC Update: Ospreys and Power Outages

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Many in the Marco Island community have wondered what happened to the osprey nests that were once perched on top of various power poles throughout the island. A quick email to Karen Ryan, LCEC’s public relations manager, solved the mystery. According to Ryan, LCEC has a long history of looking for a safe, effective and gentle way of dealing with the birds, theirs nest and power outages. “At LCEC, birds/animals are consistently one of the top five causes of outages system wide,” she explained in her email. “On Marco Island, this year, the number one ... Read More »

Sea Cucumber Management Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters. This change will go into effect June 1. The rapid, unregulated development of sea cucumber export fisheries elsewhere in the world has led to fishery collapses and sea cucumber depletions. Sea cucumbers are vulnerable to overfishing due to their sedentary nature, and they are also ecologically important, as they help cycle nutrients in nutrient-poor tropical reefs and oxygenate sediments. More information about the issue is available in the “Sea ... Read More »

Before the Calusa, Who Was Here?

Calusa Fishing People. COURTESY OF FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Just about everyone who visits this area is aware of some of the recent native American inhabitants of South Florida. The Calusa indians controlled the waterways from the Florida Keys as far north as Tampa Bay. The Seminole and Miccosukee roamed the inland areas and the Everglades while even more tribes settled other regions of the state. In fact, when Christopher Columbus first came to this part of the world, it is estimated that there were more than 300,000 natives in Florida. Many of these Indian nations did not have a written history, and ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society presents “Marco Island’s Living Beaches,” a presentation by Debbie and Marty Roddy, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. There is no charge for members; non-members are asked to pay $5. The Roddy’s will provide a virtual tour of Marco Island’s living beaches for interested beach goers. Learn about the critters, plants and formations that make the coastline a vibrant place. You’ll also learn how the Calusa Indians used local natural resources to live. Debbie and Marty are permanent residents of Marco Island and have devoted a majority of ... Read More »

Tyler MacDonald Featured at Festival of the Arts

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Submitted This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts. Chief among the line-up of artistic talent is Marco’s own Tyler MacDonald. At just 18 years old, MacDonald already has won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is ... Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »

SO WHAT?

Camping in the rain? So what! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Dianne Saywell [email protected] Camping in the rain. Okay, in a trailer, but still. I saw the weather forecast, and being an optimist, I decided 50 percent chance of rain meant 50 percent chance of no rain. So, the odds weren’t on my side — SO WHAT? We managed to observe a fairly uncomfortable nature walk with spirits high enough for a kiss on the canopy boardwalk. I did think, “Darn,” (might have used a different word), and then made the decision to say, “So what?” so as not to completely ruin the day. I have an ... Read More »

KARMA

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell [email protected] LAW OF KARMA – every action causes INFINITE effects.   Picking up the can on the beach that everyone glances at and passes over; holding the door for a few seconds longer for the elderly woman; listening to a neighbor talk about his new pacemaker when you have bags of groceries after a long day… all actions coming from the heart. The yogic, empathetic and true heart that realizes we are all one and do have profound effects on each other and our universe…. Most of us believe we can think any thought ... Read More »

Oil Drilling or Life: The Importance of Preserving Golden Gate Estates

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By Roseann Lahey The Dan A. Hughes Company is waiting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s decision as to whether or not they can have a permit to drill for oil and gas in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Florida. The demand for these resources is always high, and our reliance on foreign countries is increasing. This does not mean that oil drilling corporations should be allowed to search for crude close to homes, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Something is drastically wrong with this possibility. When did people, their homes, the native wildlife and the sensitive ... Read More »

Photo Showcase

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Requests were sent and the response was terrific. Southwest Florida residents, especially those on Marco, have been sending in their photos to be published in the Coastal Breeze. Many are shots of nature – especially the beautiful array of shorebirds and wading birds that live in our own backyard. Impending storms, skim boarding at sunset, happy dogs, river otters and those cute little burrowing owls round out the many photos received. Coastal Breeze is honored to publish these photos and many more in the future as our loyal readers continue to share their favorite shots. So, ... Read More »

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust [email protected] By Rod Dreher Grand Central Publishing, April 2013 271 pages I wanted to read this book because it addresses sibling relationships, in particular the loss by premature death of an adult sibling, a topic rarely written about or discussed. Society does not seem to acknowledge sibling grief but focuses on surviving parents and the grief of losing a child, and/or spouses and their grief. Not to be crass or denigrate anyone’s grief, but spouses can and usually are replaced while siblings cannot be. No one else knows your personal history, shares your DNA or your ... Read More »

Mutual Funds Explained

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS Darcie Guerin, CFP® “Muddy waters make for good fishing.” Daniel Drew, American financier, 1797-1879.  Question: Please explain what mutual funds are. I’m uncomfortable asking anyone because I feel like I should know this. – Gretchen S., Naples.   Answer: First, I’ll give you the same advice I give our grandkids and that is to take the word “should” right out of your vocabulary! Until a concept is explained to you in the way you can grasp it, there’s no reason you’d master terminology not used in your day-to-day life. As my husband often reminds me, financial professionals are ... Read More »

Ask the CFP®

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS Darcie Guerin [email protected] “There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.”  - Franz Kafka, German existentialist author, 1883-1924. Question: How frequently should I monitor my portfolio? - David S., Marco Island Answer: Monthly portfolio reviews are a good place to start. Even if you have chosen an appropriate asset allocation, market forces may quickly alter your allotments and require attention. If stock prices go up, you may eventually find yourself with a greater percentage of stocks in your portfolio than you intended. If stock prices go down, you may be concerned about reaching ... Read More »