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Our Yard is a Wildlife Habitat

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By Joan and Carl Kelly We have always loved plants and gardening. Never thought highly of grass, though. So, gradually, as we worked our yard, adding flowering and fruit bearing plants, our grass yard got smaller and the favored plants took over. With that change in vegetation also came a change in animal residents. We know of two black racers and a red rat snake who live in our yard. A red bellied woodpecker family resided here last year, and a cardinal visits us regularly for water. Palm warblers sing from the branches of our lemon tree. There are also ... Read More »

It’s All Good

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By Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com   Painting outside can be an unparalleled pleasure for an artist, but it can also present some unexpected challenges. I usually enjoy besting the forces that endanger my mission – though sometimes I’m not so successful. It seems when the troubles are nature-made, I am usually prepared and able to rise above…but when they’re man-made, well, sometimes the buckle just breaks and patience snaps. In my plein aire experiences I’ve dealt with the surprise of sprinklers, swarms of mosquitoes, the rise of fierce winds and the fall of rain. I’ve been nipped by dogs and ‘saluted’ ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp

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By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Edward Jones Adds Financial Advisor

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Submitted Edward Jones Financial Advisor Gary Ozak announced that a second financial advisor, Kevin O’Fee has joined his office in Marco Island. Ozak said, “I’m very impressed with Kevin, and I’m sure my clients will be, too. Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with us. Kevin Will help provide the high level of service investors in March Island have come to expect from us as well extend our services to new investors.” O’Fee will work out of Ozak’s office over the next several months, then will continue serving ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate, First Quarter 2015

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By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing the first quarter of 2015 (January – March) to the first quarter of 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total sold volume dollars in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market increased 24.01% from $177,269,256 (1st Q 2014) to $219,831,712 (1st Q 2015). Fewer new single family listings came on the market in the first quarter of 2015 vs. the first quarter of 2014 by 7.05% (211 v. 227). The total number of single family properties ... Read More »

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. Although horseshoe crabs mate year-round, spring is the peak season to see them aggregate on beaches and in bays. Citizen scientists interested in contributing to the survey should have the best luck sighting horseshoe crabs around high tide within three days of a new or full moon, March 20 and April 4 respectively. The FWC asks ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

Have You Thanked a Doctor Today?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd On Monday, March 30, our nation, once again, celebrated National Doctors’ Day. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we know the extraordinary role our local physicians play in our community. We witness their profound impact on a daily basis. Here’s some history: the very first Doctor’s Day took place on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided we should set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. ... Read More »

Chihuly at Fairchild

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Speaking of Travel Vickie Kelber As part of the Art at Fairchild program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, a special installation of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly will be on display until May 31, 2015. Instituted in 2004, Art at Fairchild has brought exhibits by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero to this tropical wonderland; Chihuly was here once before in 2005. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is credited as a leader in establishing glassblowing as a fine art. He studied at the University of Wisconsin in the first university level ... Read More »

New 3-Day Format Proves to be a Hit

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By Don Manley The first time was a good time for Claude and Sue Cousineau where the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival was concerned. “We love watching people,” said Sue Cousineau, who, like her husband, was attending the annual festival for the first time. “It’s a people watching event.” Residents of Ottawa, Ontario, the Cousineaus were on a one month-long vacation on Marco when they decided to check out the Saturday session of the festival, held recently at Veterans Community Park. They came away impressed. “I think it’s a great event,” Sue Cousineau added. “I think it’s fun. I ... Read More »

Success for the CurePSP Memorial Walk

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 11th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk was held at Mackle Park on March 14th and was sponsored by the Southwest Florida PSP Support Group. It was a picture perfect day for joining together to support fundraising efforts for research into finding a cure for the rare neuro-degenerative diseases-Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). It was a phenomenal event attended by the largest number participants ever experienced. It is projected the Walk raised $34,000.00. The success was due in part to Cindy MacDonald (facilitator of the support group ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

The Employment Report and Why it Matters

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” John Naisbitt, Author of the bestseller, Megatrends, born in 1929.   Question: Financial news channels place a great deal of emphasis on the jobs report. Please explain why this is such an important report and why it matters to individual investors. Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the jobs report, also known as the Employment Report, on the first Friday of each month. Investors, employers and policy makers eagerly await the findings that provide insight to the relative strength or weakness in the job market. Economic ... Read More »

40 Years of Marco Players

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By Don Manley The Marco Players is still going strong 40 years after staging its first production. “Challenging ourselves to do better and better work, a good fiscal outlook and having actors and directors who want to work here,” has been a key to the theater group’s longevity and success said Beverly Dahlstrom, its artistic director and president of its board of directors. “This doesn’t mean everyone will like everything we do,” she added. “But the work that we do is interesting and varied. Technically, like all the 501cs (nonprofits) on the island, a successful show is what brings in ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

FWC: Record High Manatee Count

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Submitted Warm temperatures and clear, sunny days between some of the coldest weather of the year assisted FWC biologists and partners in counting an all-time high number of manatees during this year’s statewide aerial survey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,063 manatees statewide. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state. This year’s synoptic survey count exceeded the previous high count for 2010 by almost 1,000 animals. “Manatees used warm-water sites and ... Read More »

February Real Estate Shows 36.80% Increase

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By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare February 2015 to February 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, volume sold in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market increased in dollars from $52,837,265 in February 2014 to $72,280,450 in February 2015, a 36.80% increase. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in February 2015 v. February 2014 decreased 15.58% (65 v. 77). The total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 23.22% (324 v. 422). The average sale ... Read More »