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Brain Attacks Can Cause a Lifetime of Physical Challenges: Learn about strokes and more at the Health Plus Lecture on November 12

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, and Physicians Regional Healthcare System continue the Health Plus Lecture Series with the life-saving topic of “Brain Attacks” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Marco Island branch ofIBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death with more than 750,000 Americans experiencing a new or recurrent stroke each year. A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow in an artery, or when a blood vessel breaks which can interrupt blood flow to the brain. ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 5

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we will review two bills that were signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 13, with both effective on July 1. The first of these bills, House Bill 7037, has limited impact on Community associations, but because of the potential impact on community association managers (CAMs), it may have an impact on the operations of community associations. H.B. 7037 attempts to clarify the duties and responsibilities of CAMs by expanding the definition of community association management and the professional practice standards in Sections 468.431 and 468.334, Florida Statutes. ... Read More »

Questions and Answers

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope to debunk wives tales and re-inform the misinformed in the next couple of issues, about all that glitters. Falsehood #1: Can you melt all my small diamonds together and make a large one ? No, you cannot take a bunch of little diamonds and melt them together to make one large one. No. Why? Because you can’t. Diamonds are formed by individual carbon crystals that take millions of years of pressure and high temperatures to form. One can burn a diamond and ruin it’s appearance, but never melt one. It would be ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Representative Kathleen Passidomo

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Over the years since I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Naples and Marco Island I have gotten to know Litha Berger well.  She is a passionate advocate for Marco Island and its residents and has served the community well as a volunteer in a number of important roles.  She chaired the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club and served on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and the City Parks and Recreation Committee.  Prior to moving to Marco Island she was an executive for several companies specializing in geriatric care services and helped develop affordable ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

PACE Collier’s ‘Love That Dress!’ Raises $112,000

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a record breaking 3,500 dresses and a number of new and returning sponsors PACE Collier’s 2014 “Love That Dress!” was destined to succeed, and it did, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds and reporting $112,000 raised. “Love That Dress!” is not only a feel-good community event, but it brings together local businesses, volunteers and community partners. The fourth annual event was held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Title Sponsor White House Black Market had an even bigger presence this year by providing thousands of pieces of jewelery that were sold for $5 ... Read More »

Welcome to Women’s Small Business Month

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff October marks a very important milestone for women and for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is National Women’s Small Business Month and the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (H.R. 5050), an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices and to establish the Women’s Business Center Program and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners — with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by ... Read More »

Stride-away through Hideaway

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fifteen minutes prior to the start, rain threatened to wash out the runners who showed up for the Second Annual Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk. Those that stayed home missed out; the rain subsided by race time and kept early morning temperatures in check, making what is considered a great course by participants even better. There were runners from all over — runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany. There were senior citizens and babies in strollers. Organizers were Dr.’s George Sarantos ... Read More »

Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

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To the Editor: I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island. It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios. Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service. As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs. ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that a selection of completed inventory homes by Stock Signature Homes is available in three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Isla del Sol, Stock has built the Grand Calais II, a fully furnished model home with 3,597 air-conditioned square feet. The Grand Calais II features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The residence has a desirable split floor plan with a centrally located great room and library/study located just steps off the main foyer and entry. There also is a formal dining room with an adjoining kitchen and breakfast ... Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden to Reopen with New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center

Naples Botanical Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23, 2014 and debut the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During summer closure large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, Irma’s Garden and Kathryn’s Garden are being completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles and are adjacent to the new Visitor Center. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »

Buckets for Your Bucket List

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.” — Carter Chambers, as played by Morgan Freeman in the movie, “The Bucket List.”   Question: I am retiring at the end of the year and need advice on how to manage cash flow for the next phase of our lives. We’ve accumulated a comfortable nest egg and need guidance to efficiently withdraw funds. Answer: Congratulations, you made it! The simplest way to approach the next chapter is to categorize financial needs and expenses in separate timeframes. An easy and convenient strategy ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in October

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Our first fall month is upon us, and the daily rains will start to diminish throughout the month. It will still be hot out there, but it sure will be nice to see the change of seasons. October is here, and what a great month it is to fish the 10,000 Islands! Our day time air temperatures are now averaging around 87 degrees, as water temps hover around 81 degrees. Typically, we will begin to see some nice schools of large live bait like pilchards and thread herring pour into the area. Get ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets better. From the insane notion of trying to forcefully change a privately-owned professional football team’s name (established in 1932) to not allowing elementary students to say “bless you” when a fellow student sneezes, the madness continues. “Workplace violence” is becoming ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Everglades City crabbers are ready for 2014 season.

By Pat Newman Everglades City’s crab fleet was blessed by pastors and baptized in rainwater Saturday, Sept. 27, as families gathered to celebrate the start of another stone crab season. The event was held on the grounds of the historic Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. Sponsored by members of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, the blessing of the boats was initiated six years ago by Tod Dahlke and local crabbers, according to the society’s president Marya Repko. Saturday’s celebration included local crafters, a frog-jumping contest and a cake baking competition for the best coconut guava confection. ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

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The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its quarterly “Lunch with the Chief” event at Hideaway Beach Club, Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 AM. Recently appointed Chief of Police Al Schettino will speak on “Why Marco Island is the Fourth Safest City in the State of Florida” and how we can become number one. Lunch is $20 per person with a selection of prime rib sandwich or trio salad plate. For reservations, call Joe Granda at 239-389-2823 or Lou Prigge at 239-269-2148. Read More »

Full-sided Traveling Soccer Comes to Marco

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By Lyndsi Koszo As youth sports evolve, so does youth soccer here on Marco Island. Last month, the Optimist Club of Marco Island Soccer program showcased the first full-sided traveling soccer team — OCMI-GR8WHITE U14 Girls. The GR8WHITE team was a formidable presence on the field against the Fort Myers Beach Club. Down 0-1 in the first half with a looming thunderstorm over Eagle Lakes Park, GR8WHITE fought hard and came back with a goal scored by Kristen Petronzio to tie. “These girls are amazing. They are all dedicated soccer players and really appreciate full-sided soccer,” commented Head Coach Pat ... Read More »