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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 »

City Council Highlights

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their “A” rating in the State of Florida and the Marco Island Academy was honored for being recognized by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of High Performing Charter Schools within the nation. Staff members from all three ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condos listed for sale on Marco Island varies by day, by month, by time of year and by year. Last week 330 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Last year at this time 249 condos were listed for sale. That is a 33% increase in condo listings year over year. The number of active listings is called the inventory. Typically, active condo listings peak in the first quarter and then drop off during the summer and fall months as units are sold or sellers take their condos ... Read More »

Demographics Matter

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin  “Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.” – Ronald Reagan Question: How will the aging of baby-boomers affect economic growth? Answer: Changes in the age of a large segment of our population will have significant impact on jobs, production output, productivity and the standard of living. Let’s identify the segment we’re talking about; baby boomers are those individuals born between 1946 and 1964 who are now 52 and 70 years old and they’re a powerful bunch. According to the ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Own the Moment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott Conventional wisdom holds that “golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” But based on work done by researchers in the world of sports in general and golf in particular, a more apt phrase describing the game we love may very well be “golf is 100% mental,” an enlightened concept opening a path toward higher performance levels on the golf course. While golfers have known for years how important the mental side is to the game, most think the phrase specifically relates to mental control during the course of a round of golf. But I maintain the ... Read More »

Big Cypress Fire Management Plans Assessment

Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs). updated FMPs will keep management objectives current and adopt and refine strategies that help the fire management programs operate more effectively. The updated FMPs will provide fresh focus on restoring fire-dependent communities and threatened and endangered species. Lastly, they will incorporate updates in national fire policy and terminology. In their new FMPs, the Preserve and Refuge will consider strategies to increase their ability to actively manage wildland fire and ... Read More »

Rare Vertical of 10 Harlan Estate Wines will kick off Naples Winter Wine Festival

Wine legends Bill Harlan and Antonio Galloni to showcase unique collection of “first-growth” vintages   Harlan Estate, the ultimate cult winery behind some of the world’s most sought-after California Cabernets, will headline the 2017 Vintage Cellar with a vertical tasting of ten celebrated vintages, including extraordinary 100-point vintages from 2001 and 2007. This very special pre-Festival tasting and luncheon will give a select few guests the chance to learn from the team behind one of the country’s most iconic wineries, while tasting a rare combination of their highly-regarded wines. Scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 10am, a day before the Naples Winter Wine Festival officially ... Read More »

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict. “This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... 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® for Marco Island only properties comparing the second quarter of 2016 (April – June) to the second quarter of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, president, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $217,865,724 in 2nd quarter 2016 v. $260,815,478 in 2nd quarter 2015, as the market remains steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the 2nd quarter comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 8.93% (427 v. 392). New single family listings ... Read More »

Camp Able Brings ‘Diversability’ to Marco Island

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com When Camp Able first began 10 years ago there were only eight campers and 14 staff members. Today that number has grown exponentially. The annual camp kicked off last week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Fifty-four people with special needs and 120 camp volunteers participated in the weeklong event. “We have 54 campers, and the way I look at it, we’re running 54 Camp Able’s,” said Reverend Kyle Bennett. Reverend Kyle is the founder of Camp Able. Together he and his daughter Callie direct the camp. He says that his goal was to ... Read More »

Beyond Off-Duty

Photos by Samantha Husted
Dave Smith addressing the crowd of officers from various stations and organizations.

By Don Manley and  Samantha Husted Maintaining a state of readiness isn’t only an on-the-job requirement for law enforcement personnel. It’s increasingly become necessary when the workday’s done, given the uptick in gun violence and potential dangers police and their families may face from those with sinister intentions. That was a key element of a recent seminar attended by officers from several local police agencies that was conducted by well-known law enforcement trainers and authors Dave and Betsy Smith. The Tucson couple brought more than six decades of combined experience as police officers to bear in presenting a free, day-long ... Read More »

A Note From Mary Kelly Nelson,

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Environmental Specialist, Collier County Sea Turtle Protection: We have received reports this week that there have been people on the beach at night with red headband lights looking for and disturbing nesting sea turtles.  Please remind your residents, renters and guests that flashlights, including red filter, flash photos and getting within 100’ of a sea turtle is not allowed. It is considered harassment and fines could be incurred. If anyone sees this kind of activity please call the Marco Island Police Department non-emergency phone number: 239-389-5050, or Mary Kelly Nelson: 239-298-9736. Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

In all those abandoned eggs, tiny heads started to peek out from under the least terns.
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Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. They are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. It was right after the storm and eggs were spread out all over. Jean Hall, shorebird stewards, first felt panic – but suddenly she noticed small heads ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July America So, What Can You Do For Me Today?

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By Roy Eaton John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Honorable words that were meant to unite Americans and reawaken our national pride and love for country embedded in the soul of every person who enjoys the liberties extended to all who call America their home. Sadly during the past 56 years, the content and spirit of those words have been ignored by many of us who have opted to alter and interpret the exhortation for personal gain. An unacceptable number of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

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Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Real Estate Steady

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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 – May of 2016 to January – May of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $278,119,440 for the period January – May 2016 v. $389,607,765 for the same time frame in 2015 as the market continues to stay steady. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – May comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.87% (959 ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Kleis was on water patrol a few miles off of Marco Island when he observed a vessel without registration numbers containing multiple fishing rods. Officer Kleis stopped the vessel to address the registration issue, and conducted a vessel safety and resource inspection. Upon stopping the vessel, Officer Kleis learned that the operator was using a dealer registration number on the boat for his own personal use. The operator was cited for misuse of a dealer registration and issued multiple warnings for other violations.   Officer Kleis was on water patrol in the area of Keewaydin when he stopped a vessel to ... Read More »