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Invaders Among Us

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raccoons, possum, deer and other animals are on the python menu. In some areas of South Florida populations are down as much as 90%! PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Let’s take a short trip back in time. Florida has stabilized from thousands of years of climatic turmoil. Sea levels have risen close to what we know in the present day, and the weather has settled as well. It is the year 3,000 B.C. and we are native to this land. We do not farm, but depend on the land and the sea to provide our food. It is plentiful. Fish, rays, mollusks, turtles and much more sea life fulfill our dietary needs, with just a small dependence on land animals as well. As we ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Robert Atkins, Family Medicine

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and of equal importance, as a native of Collier County, I undeniably admire those who find strength and purpose in their commitment to a community. Yes, it’s nice when that community is my hometown of Naples, but no community can thrive without those who have made a conscious decision to make their home a better place to live. Those who place a special emphasis on the concepts of compassionate care and public service. Family Medicine’s Dr. Robert Atkins recently came to the – albeit, ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Owners Come from All Over the World

Grandview Condominiums on S. Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com People from all over the world own vacation condos on Marco Island. Almost all the states and dozens of foreign countries are represented. Due to limitations on the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website, we took a sampling of condo owners’ home addresses along Collier Boulevard, the street with the most condos of any street on Marco Island, as a representative sample. Searching the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website reveals that 802 of these properties are owner occupied and 3,936 are not owner occupied, for a total of 4,738 residences along Collier Boulevard. Another ... Read More »

Inventory Down, Volume Sold Up

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare July 2015 to July 2014. While inventory decreased 12.62% from a year ago for all property types, volume sold jumped from $44,762,374 in July 2014 to $51,842,400 in July 2015, a 15.82% increase according to Susan Ackerson, president. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in July 2015 v. July 2014 decreased a slight 2.22% (44 v. 45). However, the total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 10.54% (263 v. 294). ... Read More »

The Family Approach is the Right Approach for the DeHanas Group

Chris, A.J. and Rachel 
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By Don Manley An “All for one and one for all” approach to the real estate business has worked well for the DeHanases of Marco Island for nearly two decades. The DeHanas Group – comprised of Rachel, A.J. and Chris DeHanas – recently joined the island’s branch of Keller Williams Realty, moving from Re/Max Affinity Plus’ Marco office. Rachel DeHanas, mother-in-law to A.J. and grandmother to Chris, has been a realtor on the island since 2007. Rachel DeHanas said the arrangement offers a number of advantages. “You can give better service to people because you have two or three agents ... Read More »

Bike Safety at Camp Mackle

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Wednesday, July 29, Marco Island police officers George Guyer and Ryan Montgomery, along with school crossing guard Danielle Pisano, led Camp Mackle campers in bicycle safety training. Mindy Gordon, Recreation Manager for the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, coordinates with the Marco Island Police Department to bring bicycle safety training to Camp Mackle campers. Mindy tells us that since 2009, the bicycle safety program has been an important part of the camp curriculum. Teaching was not limited to the classroom. The campers enjoyed an obstacle courses and a bike ride around the ... Read More »

Guest Commentary

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Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded that Council “listen to the people” that, in fact, the number of petitions submitted only represented about 20% of the registered voters. He states: “Councilor Sacher should recall that year 204 only showed about 36 percent overall voter turnout, so ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Species in Our Area

This lone Loggerhead hatchling is just moments old, about 2 inches long, and full of steam to get to the water. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s August and we’re right in the thick of things. They are coming and going, mostly by night, on Florida’s beaches, and rarely does the public get to see them. They disturb the sand and we can’t walk in that spot for two months. Many people look for them, but mostly in vain. Do they really exist? They must! We see evidence of their presence, but rarely do we see “them.” Numerous volunteers scour the Collier County shorelines every morning for tracks and then mark where “they” have been. What are these creatures? Why are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Sacher

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We the people? Marco City Council passed Rental Ordinance #15-01; a group of Citizens exercising the rights granted under our City Charter chose to file a petition calling for a Repeal of this Ordinance and subsequently met all of the requirements necessary to have the petition certified, including signed petitions equalling a total of at least 10% of the registered voters on Marco (approximately 12,500 as of 12/31/14). Needless to say, this Ordinance has brought out both detractors and defenders, and is quite controversial and emotional at this time.  City Council was given the choice to either amend the Ordinance, ... Read More »

Fire… a Necessary Function of Nature

Mobile wildlife such as deer, bear and bobcat can flee a wildfire quickly. Nesting birds such as eagles, herons, egrets and storks could be more at risk. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

As I watch the evening news, I see that another wildfire is burning out of control somewhere across the United States. Reports proclaim that it is 40% contained, and then 60% under control. Attention is drawn to the number of structures that are at risk, then saved, because of the quick action taken by mankind’s actions. It’s good that homes are spared Mother Nature’s wrath, but is this stoppage of a natural event what was intended overall? Here in South Florida, throughout the past few weeks, I’ve left my home in the morning and I can smell smoke in the ... Read More »

The Summer Milky Way

Facing North, looking almost straight up, August 7 at 11:00PM. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the Summer Triangle is near the zenith. The bright trio of Altair, Deneb and Vega lies embedded in the summer Milky Way. Except for the previously mentioned three, there are few bright stars in this region, but there are literally millions of dimmer ones. Scan with your binoculars from Deneb leftwards towards Sagittarius – innumerable stars will be revealed. On the chart you will see a number of tiny circles; each one marks the location of a star cluster visible in your binoculars. The brighter objects have names or catalog numbers listed ... Read More »

Biggest Golf Myth Ever – You Lifted Your Head…Keep Your Head Down

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you have ever read my articles you know that there is one myth that really bugs me. The myth is usually in the form of a free tip from a friend to “keep your head down” or after the shot, a playing partner will say “you lifted your head.” I cringe when I hear these statements on the range, or when playing golf with others. Let us start with stating one fact. A golfer’s head should always come up during a golf swing. It is not a matter of if it happens, it is ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Inventory Down, Prices Up

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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 half of 2015 (January – June) to the first half of 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total dollars volume sold of the Marco Island real estate market increased 5.75% from $246,628,214 (2014) to $260,815,478 (2015). New single family listings coming on the market in the first half of 2015 vs. the first half of 2014 increased by a slight 2.26% (136 v. 133). However, total active single family homes on the market decreased 13.40% (265 ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

Lights Out and Watch Your Step on the Beach!

Mary Nelson (left) and Beverly Ann Shipe

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s nesting time in the Marco area, but don’t look up. These nests are under the white sands of our beaches and belong to Caretta caretta, fondly known as our Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Last issue, Coastal Breeze reported on the record-setting 101st nest. Now we have come to learn there are 114 nests. The previous record was 93 a few years ago. While this type of achievement merits some type of award, most sea turtles don’t have a mantle upon which to display a trophy. But we do have a couple people that deserve our most ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory Shrinks

Condos on the beach. SUBMITTED PHOTO

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com This week there are 269 condos for sale on Marco Island, down 28% from this time one year ago. During the last 12 months 581 condos sold on the island resulting in an overall sales rate of 48 condos per month. If this rate of sales continues with no new inventory coming on the market the island has less than 6 months of condo inventory for sale, which is generally considered a seller’s market. However, a closer look shows that each condo price segment has a different characteristic. For instance, there are 140 ... Read More »

A Day Not Forgotten

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Submitted Jim Curran is a founding member and past president of the Marco Island Fire & Rescue Foundation, as well as coordinator for many of the 9-11 Remembrance events sponsored by the MIFR Foundation in the past. Father Tim and the San Marco Catholic Church will sponsor the 2015 Remembrance on Friday, September 11th which will be hosted in the Parish Center. In just 102 minutes, close to 3000 souls lost their lives on that day on September 11, 2001. Jim indicated the Foundation has scheduled Remembrance events each year in an effort to fulfill a promise ‘never to forget’ ... Read More »

Rookery Seeks Volunteers & Offers A Special Night

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples is seeking volunteers for outdoor positions. Volunteers with some boating or captaining experience in local waters is preferred. The Team OCEAN program at Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking volunteers to operate vessels and provide other types of program support. The Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that serve as habitat for many of the state’s imperiled species. “It’s not necessary to be a licensed boat captain,” said Rookery Bay Reserve’s Volunteer Coordinator Donna Young. “We’ll provide the training.” Volunteers operating boats require some extra training, including ... Read More »

Crime Wave Grips Goodland

Wandel Short trying to salvage tires.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net On June 24th, at about 3:00am, three golf carts were stolen from the yards and driveways of sleeping Goodland residents. Two of these were dumped in a canal. The third was recovered damaged but operable. On June 25th at about 1:00am, someone attempted to pry open the cash register at Stan’s Restaurant. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has open investigations on the above. They have developed a person of interest in the golf cart thefts. Not everyone was sleeping when the golf carts were stolen. Cindy and John Singerling, 745 Palm Pt. Dr., returned ... Read More »

Glaciers – Visit them Soon

Further along the Aletsch; the black stripes along the surface are known as medial moraines, rick debris pushed along the sides of the streams of ice. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Although I love a tropical climate, many of our travels have taken us to places noted for their glaciers. These visits have always occurred in the warmer months, for I would never venture forth in winter to an area capable of producing glaciers. Even my glacier skiing experiences were in the northern hemisphere in August. Simplistically, a glacier forms when, over years, more snow accumulates in the winter than can melt in the summer. The mass of snow gradually turns into glacial ice. While new snow/ice is added to the top of the glacier, the bottom ... Read More »