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Auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to be Held

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Island Theater Company (ITC) will hold auditions for Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 2-3, beginning at 6:30 PM. Auditions will be held at the Centennial Bank location at 615 Elkcam Circle on the second floor. Those unable to attend the scheduled audition dates can contact ITC directly at 239-394-0080 to arrange another time. Sponsored by Clausen Properties, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the story of Abby and Martha Brewster, two charming and charitable sisters who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. They have ... Read More »

Party with the Power Squadron

Submitted Join the party to find out why boaters have more fun at the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, Jan. 23, 5:00-7:30 PM, at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy great food and fine wine while contributing to a good cause. Tickets are $20 per person at the door, in advance for cash or check by contacting Peggy Harsch, event chairman, at 239-394-3484. The annual Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party is the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s major fundraiser. All of the ... Read More »

The Persistent Ospreys

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In December, a pair of ospreys did what most of their species do that time of year — they began building a nest. Unfortunately, they chose as the location for their new abode the top of a seawall construction crane parked in a local canal. Neighbors reported this event to ever helpful and knowledgeable Nancy Richie, Marco Island’s city environmental specialist, who contacted the owner of the crane, Duane Thomas Marine Construction LLC, and Jo Barnhart of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Protected Species Permitting Office. According to the FWC web site, ospreys ... Read More »

Everglades Wildlife: Closer than you Think!

Alligator basking in the sun. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Bob will be appearing at the Rose History Auditorium on Jan. 21 to talk more in detail about the birds, reptiles and mammals of this habitat. The program includes a slide show of many photos he has taken and possibly a live animal or two! Start time is 7 PM. Everyone is welcome. MIHS members are free. All others are $5 and proceeds benefit the Marco Island Historical Society.   J.M. Barrie wrote in one of his books about a place far, far away called Neverland. It was a land that prevented people from growing ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year to all and my wishes for a great year filled with joy, happiness, good health and lots of fun! And speaking of fun, the Smallwood Music Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the old Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City from 11 AM until dark. General admission is $10 (bring your own chair) or $40 for special seating. All proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood Store, a 501(c)3 charity. Among the spectacular array of South Florida musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser are Wholetones, Raiford ... Read More »

New Group to Hold Fundraiser for Y

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A small group of Marco Island residents are organizing a fundraiser to help the YMCA build a Youth Development Center for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Fritzi Holmes, one of the organizers, “the number of children under (the Y’s) care has grown, and the Marco Y is desperately in need of a larger more updated facility.” To make that dream come true, the group is holding “Dining for a Dream,” an elegant evening of dining and dancing, on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $150 per person. The evening will be divided into three sets: The ... Read More »

Merry Christmas from Marco’s Baby Dolphins

Darwina and Rose. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

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 »

Searching for the Perfect Marco Island Condo

View along Smokehouse Bay Club. SUBMITTED photo

Condo Report By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.SandyElliottInteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net This week there are 327 condos listed for sale on the Marco Island MLS. They come in all different sizes, building types, prices and locations, and all have differing amenities. Finding just the right one can be a daunting and time-consuming task. To help make efficient use of your time while you are here consult with one of our local realtors. The search tools and photos available to realtors on the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service are invaluable to your search. The first thing to decide is a price range. Giving ... Read More »

Sirius, Jupiter Rise Tonight

Looking Southeast, 9 PM, Jan. 9. How many moons of Jupiter can you spot with your binoculars? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Sirius has been known as the “Dog Star” for many centuries, presumably because it is the brightest star in Canis Major, the big dog. Indeed, Sirius is by far the brightest star in the night sky. Long ago, it was thought (wrongly) that in the summertime when the Sun and Sirius were in the sky simultaneously the extra heat Sirius provided caused the season to be hot. Thus, the old phrase the “dog days of summer” was born. Sirius is a good example of a star that is bright because it is close ... Read More »

Florida Panthers: Their Right of Passage

Seen in the Big Cypress  Swamp, this young bobcat could be mistaken for a young panther since both can be dark in color and have darker spots. This bobcat has a very short tail while the panther does not. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist As I watched the morning news over the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned that yet another Florida panther died on Collier Boulevard from injuries sustained by a motor vehicle. It was the 20th such death this year. The broadcast continued by stating that there are now less than 160 panthers remaining in southern Florida. Other sources place that number at less than 100. In a time when we were giving thanks for family, friends and the good things that surround us, my heart was deeply saddened. Panther, mountain lion, puma and cougar are all names ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Installation of Officers and Directors

Donna Fiala swears in the new Board of Directors. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman Marco Island realtors celebrated the season and installed their 2015 officers and directors last week during an elegant dinner and awards presentation at Hideaway Beach Club. Susan Ackerson accepted the gavel as the organization’s incoming president, a position she also held in 2010. “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve this association as your president…I know that we have work to do; it will go smoothly because of the people involved. The directors and officers of this association are dedicated to making the right decisions that are fair to all involved,” Ackerson said. ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek is now offering newly completed, move-in-ready residences by national home builder Lennar Homes in two residential villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Sonoma, Lennar has completed the Florence, a fully furnished, ground floor coach home encompassing 1,741 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The Florence has three bedrooms and two baths in a split floor plan. This model home, professionally decorated by Soco Interiors, also offers a spacious living room, kitchen, breakfast area and dining room. Other features of the Florence include a screen covered patio with a two-car garage. Upgraded features that are ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek has introduced the Piceno VII model by Taylor Morrison, a single-family home that will be available in two distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. The Piceno VII is a one-story residence, encompassing 1,856 air-conditioned square feet and 2,616 total square feet. The Piceno VII features an open floor plan with two bedrooms, two-baths and a den situated around a central family room and dining room with adjoining kitchen and island bar. Located just off the foyer, the den features a his-and-her office that is large enough to accommodate two desks with ample room to work separately or ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET UP

Bette McGilvray, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors 2014

OCTOBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2013 COMPARISON MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare October 2014 to October 2013. Marco Island MLS Statistics, for Marco Island only property, continues to be a seller’s market, according to Bette McGilvray, 2014 President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. Active inventory continues to decrease from a year ago and pending statistics for all property types are Single Family Home Activity: Fewer new single family homes were listed in October 2014 v. October 2013. The percentage was down 4.69% (61 v. 64). The total number ... 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 »

Condo Market Activity

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Realtors often use the term “absorption rate” to help understand real estate activity in segments of a market. One definition of absorption rate is how many months it would take to sell all the active listings if no new condos came on the market. Using this definition, six months of supply is normally considered a balanced market. If a segment has more than six months of supply, then the buyer has an advantage, and if the market has less than six months of supply, the seller has an advantage. Both sellers ... Read More »