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Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

Marco’s Real Estate Inventory, Prices Rise

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January-August 2016 to January-August of 2015. According to President Dick Shanahan, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $461,685,149 for the period January-August 2016 v. $569,939,340 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January-August comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.83% (1,293 v. 1,199). New single family listings coming on the market in the January-August comparison of 2016 ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

Zika: What You Need to Know

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 2015 to September 7, 2016, the number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States reached 2,964. In Florida alone there were 614 cases during that time period. As the numbers of people infected with the Zika virus grows, questions arise about the disease and how to prevent it. How Zika Spreads There is no risk of catching Zika from social contact, including touching, sneezing or coughing. Zika can be transmitted through: • Mosquito bites • From a pregnant woman to her fetus • ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising nearly $5 billion in the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life is known as a one-day community event, but there is so much more to this powerful force in the quest for a cure. The Relay For Life is ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and type of fish we would catch over those 20 years. We have the good fortune of have Jim Timmerman as a neighbor and when he approached me about the possibility of having one of the “Ocean Habitats” installed below our ... Read More »

Respect For Our Great Nation

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Our community showed its true patriotic colors this last weekend as we gathered to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Those events galvanized our nation’s resolve to respond to the attacks on freedom and democracy with a united message that America will never falter in our support of the foundations of our liberty and support of our democratic principles. The loss of life at the World Trade Centers, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 will forever be burnt into our memories. We will never forget the sacrifices of our ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe

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Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce its newest column, Keeping You Safe, which will provide readers with valuable, life-saving information from Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden, who also serves as the Public Education Coordinator for the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department.   Keeping You Safe By Chris Bowden This fire safety message brought to you by the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. The Marco Island Fire Department always recommends that you know what to do before an emergency strikes. With that in mind, it only seems fitting for this month’s fire safety message to be on creating ... Read More »

Wearable Marco Lightning

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Kids are back in school and the September doldrums are in full swing on the island. To avoid the pain and anguish of a Marco September, I am enjoying a well-deserved vacation sunning myself with a pitcher of iced sangria overlooking the Mediterranean here on the southern coast of my other beloved island… Mallorca, Spain. This past summer I endured a few slow weeks, and my shop took a lightning strike or two plus near flooding, but all and all my little goldsmith shop on Marco Island kept busier than most other summers I can recall; ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my husband to let me in on the announcement, so he looked at me and mouthed these words, “He got a tattoo.” Not the news I was expecting, and I was not amused. Our kids were all young adults ranging in ... Read More »

Funding Your Future

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” – Lucretius, Roman Philosopher, 99-55 BC Question: What is the best way to start spending funds during retirement? Answer: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, exact scientific formula or precise system to use when it’s time to start taking withdrawals from your retirement funds. It’s more of a subjective and ongoing process that depends on a number of variables. A few of these factors include how much you’re starting with, life expectancy, health status, family financial needs, market performance, inflation, and an understanding that income requirements may change during different phases ... Read More »

Is “Natural Selection” in Jeopardy?

The green iguana is a reptile, but closely related to amphibians. As a species, amphibians are
disappearing from the face of the Earth at an alarming rate. Could this one be next? Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist     Since the earliest times of life on Earth, animals, plants and minerals have been changing. Even today, as our planet makes “adjustments,” everything here must do the same. Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, the rotation of the Earth is slowing, factors such as El Nino and La Nina will affect weather patterns, and waters levels are rising, again. Some creatures will easily survive and adapt to these changes, while others will not. The ones that do continue to flourish depend on their abilities to migrate, mutate ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The secret often lies with a realistic understanding of our skill level in each category of performance, which in turn results in avoiding an increase in mental pressure. Most golfers suffer from the curse of unrealistic expectations. This brings me to ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this summer,” said Bill Holmes, who has been on Marco Island since 1995 and is the manager of the Summit House Condo Association on the beach. “People have to be aware of their surroundings and the need to be aware of ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

Crocodiles in South Florida

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Quite often when I’m talking about dolphins on my tours someone will ask the question regarding alligator sightings. I am always happy to respond that gators primarily stay in fresh water or brackish water habitats, and then I mention that brackish and saltwater areas of South Florida are home to many crocodiles and that this area is one of the few where gators and crocs share the same habitat. Lots of visitors are unaware that we do have crocs here, but it is true. Found in Central and South America and specific areas of Mexico, ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® (MIAAOR) for Marco Island-only properties comparing January – July of 2016 to January – July of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $415,338,824 for the period January – July 2016 v. $533,789,590 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – July comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 5.31% (1,170 v. 1,111). New single family listings coming ... Read More »