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MI Real Estate April 2015 – Average Sale Price Up Nearly 20%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare April 2015 to April 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, volume sold in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market remained essentially unchanged in dollars from $96,375,900 in April 2014 to $96,846,313 in April 2015, a 0.49% increase. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in April 2015 v. April 2014 decreased 25.81% (46 v. 62). The total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 21.12% (295 v. 374). The ... Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Rivka Mascoop, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creach, Barbara Meyer, Colleen Mescall and Elliott Mascoop volunteering  theirSaturday to organize the food donations. Join Collier Harvest efforts, call either 455-FOOD, or go online to www.collierharvest.org. SUBMITTED photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Islanders rose to the challenge by donating enough food to nearly break the 2009 record of 32,900 pounds to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. By the time this article is published, it is expected that number will be surpassed. Residents and guests left bags of non-perishable food items by their mailbox on Saturday, May 9th or they delivered their donation to a post office. Letter carriers on Marco Island, like other carriers throughout Collier County, picked up those items. “We have a hard working group of letter carriers on Marco Island,” said Elliott ... Read More »

Isle of Capri hosts Third Annual SUP Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Third Annual SUP Poker Run will be held on the Isle of Capri, to benefit Special Olympics Florida, Collier County. Funds raised by corporate sponsors and other supporters have enabled Special Olympic athletes to train and participate in the first three Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County Stand Up Paddle Invitational, an annual event taking place in October in the Florida Keys. Last year over 99 athletes participated, and hundreds attended the event during the day. In addition to raising funds, the event raises awareness of how this fitness sport ... Read More »

Is it a Job or is it a Career?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Color me delusional but I always approached each new opportunity as a part of my extensive career as tennis professional. As my mentor, Jak Beardsworth, once coined, “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a wry smile. Indisputably, my early ascent to running my own tennis program was an integral aspect of my joy in choosing my path in life. Similar to my playing career, I was lucky to taste success early, and that offered motivation to keep climbing, pursuing my dreams. My hometown club hosted the United States Clay ... Read More »

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. Commercial harvesters targeting spiny lobster while diving are requiredto have a crawfish commercial dive endorsement along with a saltwater products license (Florida’s basic commercial license) and a restricted species endorsement. The commercial dive endorsement program was implemented in 2004 in an effort to reduce conflicts within the commercial lobster fishery during a time when the commercial dive fishery was rapidly expanding. No new or additional commercial dive endorsements have been issued since the program was ... Read More »

FIGHTING FOR KIDS

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Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Over five years ago, I sat in the front row at a district school board meeting in Naples awaiting the news of our school’s fate. This meeting was my second time in front of the school board. The first time, only a month earlier, the superintendent did not recommend our charter school for approval. Today was a new day. Anything was possible. As the motion to approve our school came to a vote, I shut my eyes, held my breath and listened intently to the comments from the board members. Out of the five members, ... Read More »

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is launching a new sun safety project called Sun’s Up, Cover Up targeting visitors to Florida’s beautiful state parks. “Sun safety prevents skin cancer for Florida’s residents and visitors who enjoy being outside in the Sunshine State,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This partnership is a natural fit for our agencies and helps to share actionable health information with park visitors.” Skin cancer is defined as cancer that forms in the tissues of the skin, ... Read More »

NPC RIDE OF SILENCE PLEASE JOIN US

Wednesday, May 20 6:30 pm Cambier Park Downtown Naples, FL   Food and Socializing at Cafe Luna after the ride 467 5th Avenue S, Naples On May, 20, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although bicyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often is not aware of these rights – an sometimes not even aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is free. It is ... Read More »

Set a World Record: WEAR IT!

The Marco Island City Council proclaimed its support for Safe Boating Week and its year round effort to promote safe boating by giving a proclamation to the
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 of Marco Island and the Marco Island Power
Squadron. To continue with its efforts for safe boating courses, the Coast Guard Auxiliary
of Marco Island will be holding its safe boating course “Boating Skills and Seamanship”
from July 6 - July 30. Anyone interested can contact Joe Riccio at 239-384-7416 or email flotilla95swope@
gmail.com. Pictured from l-r: John Moyer, Doug Johnson, Keith Wohltman (Flotilla
9-5 Commander), Larry Sacher (City Council Chairman), Doug Bartlett, and Joe Riccio. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted In honor of National Safe Boating Week, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is trying to help set a world record. Co-hosted locally by Rose Marina, a group photo will be taken of participants donning life jackets. The photo will be combined with photos from other sites around the world in an effort to reach a record breaking number of participants. The World Record attempt is an effort to remind everyone to wear their life jackets while boating. Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life ... Read More »

Cash Condo Buyers Outnumber Finance Buyers 2 to 1

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com   During the last 12 months, out of the 556 condos listed as “sold” on the Marco Island MLS, 384 (69%) were cash purchases and 172 (31%) were financed with a mortgage. Sellers prefer cash offers, and as the data clearly shows, there are plenty of buyers with available cash. Some cash buyers opt for a mortgage shortly after closing. Today’s borrowers are enjoying historically low interest rates and reasonable down payments on condo purchases. Condo loans in this area are typically approved 30 to 45 days from application. There are a number ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

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By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

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 »