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LTE: Elizabeth Moran Di Stefano

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I own a condo in the Duchess on Marco Island and I have been notified about the the proposed ordinance No. 15 and want to point out that I am totally against including condominiums in this ordinance as I feel it is unnecessary for a variety of reasons. Proposing blanket registrations for condos will place additional responsibilities on condo management to file paperwork with the City, and will require an annual City fee to the Association for the right to rent units.  This proposed new rental ordnance should not apply to condominiums, who already have their own rules in place.  Expanding this ordnance to ... Read More »

Newest Collection of Homes Unveiled at The Isles of Collier Preserve

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Submitted Minto Communities unveiled four new luxury villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve with a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 7. More than 500 guests toured Minto’s new villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — as well as three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. Hundreds of visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. The new one-story villas range in size from 1,565 square feet to 1,862 square feet ... Read More »

“Big Little Lies”

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Liane Moriarty, 460 pages Penguin Group, 2014. Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” — Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot   “Big Little Lies” tackles some very serious issues but serves them up with a mega dose of humor. Moriarty’s characters are so artfully written that the reader can instantly visualize these people. By page 5, I was hoping that someone would make a movie out of ... Read More »

Marco Writers Publishes New Anthology

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By Don Manley “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.” – The Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield (1649–1720)   Transforming creativity into finely wrought words upon a page is a passion for Marco Island Writers. It’s a skill the group’s members practice with a dedication that is displayed in their works, such as the group’s recently published anthology “Southwest Florida Stories & Poems.” The compilation contains 21 original stories and essays and 10 poems, all written by Marco Island Writers members with each work connected to life in Southwest Florida. Murder, romance, history, ... Read More »

Minto Communities wins National Sales, Marketing Award

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category. For 35 years, The Nationals — National Sales and Marketing Awards — have paid tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements. ... Read More »

Art, Conservation Discussion at MIHM

John Ruthven, center, with President and Mrs. Bush.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rose History Auditorium will become a classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when renowned artists John Agnew and John Ruthven speak about how they have used their art to shape conservation efforts throughout the United States and the world. The program is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos throughout the world where he designed exhibits, produced illustrations and painted murals and dioramas. He expanded his work beyond museum and zoos and began painting full time in 1983. Now, his paintings hang in collections around the ... Read More »

Merry Christmas from Marco’s Baby Dolphins

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five baby dolphins. What? That’s not how the song goes! Well, it is this year, and all of the new baby dolphins around Marco Island deserve a golden ring. The survey team on board The Dolphin Explorer have seen five brand new calves so far this fall, with “so far” being the optimal words. Several adult females are still on our “nice” list as potential moms this season. Birthing usually takes place from September thru January in our area, so we are looking for more young every day. These ... Read More »

ROOKERY OFFERS NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

~Participants sharpen their nature photography skills both in the classroom and the field~ Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. Only five photographers may participate in the two-part class, which will address nature photography techniques led by reserve educator and photographer Dave Graff. The classroom session will teach a variety of photography techniques including spot metering, composition and depth of field, among others. A discussion about the ethics ... Read More »

Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Tales of a South Beach Parking Garage

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Many have already heard or read rumors and innuendos about a supposed “parking garage” at South Beach. Being that I’ve been involved from the start, let me tell you how it began and where it is now. Will it happen? We have no idea. As your county commissioner, I was approached by some property owners on Marco Island who explained all the problems they were having with parking spaces for the South Beach area. They asked how the county would feel about building a parking deck over the parking spaces on our side of the ... Read More »

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 »

FWC, partners see ultimate coral reef-building success

Researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) observed transplanted nursery-raised staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) spawning for the first time this month at Tropical Rocks, just over 4 miles offshore of Marathon. These corals were supplied by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Lab nurseries and outplanted by the FWC. The project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via The Nature Conservancy. The FWC, in collaboration with the Conservancy and other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act partners, began construction on the Middle Keys coral nursery in late 2009 but suffered setbacks due to ... Read More »

Rent or Own?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “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 NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com 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 »