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Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities and locations include the island’s boat tours, Keewaydin Island, Mackle Park and South Marco and Tigertail Beaches. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Alex Parker was not surprised that Marco was selected for the 2016 TripAdvisor Top 10 Islands – ... Read More »

The Saudi Prince, Oil and Electric Vehicles

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.” Colin McRae, British Race Car Driver, 1968-2007. Question: How will sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) impact oil demand and how prevalent is the use of EVs at this time? Answer: More Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road will certainly reduce oil demand. During the last quarter of 2015 the total number of EVs in use worldwide reached the one million mark. To put this in perspective, there are roughly one billion cars in use and the number of EVs on the road is one ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek, Manatee Elementary Partnership

Submitted Photos From left: Donna Oyhe, Arlene Greenburg, Kathy Slater and Kathi Gunzenhauser.

Submitted In 1997, Fiddler’s Creek responded to Collier County Schools’ “Building Bridges” program by forming a partnership with nearby Manatee Elementary School in which residents of the master-planned community collected toys to help students in need have a brighter Christmas. Today, that partnership has flourished; while the community’s support still includes the toy drive, Fiddler’s Creek residents organize an annual school supply effort, collect funds through an annual Turkey Trot to help teachers purchase classroom supplies, and volunteer in classrooms as mentors and aides to work directly with kids in the Title I school. Title I schools are those with ... Read More »

Comments Sought on Oil & Gas Survey

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Submitted  The National Park Service is seeking public comment related to scientific or technical information that would aid in the agency reaching a decision on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Co. in Big Cypress National Preserve. This EA is a revision of the EA released by the NPS on November 29, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives: The EA is available at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=352&projectID=53498&documentID=71803.  Additional documents related to this proposed project are at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=53498.  You can provide comments online or by mail. Before including ... Read More »

Fundamentally Speaking

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As an instructor and competitor in both tennis and pickleball, I have noticed a difference in how these two games are played. Here at the Marco Island Racquet Center, both sports are mostly played as doubles. As I watch games and matches being played, I see a significant difference when observing tennis in how much, or how little, all four players are participating in the point as compared to pickleball. The fundamental strategy of all doubles in both sports is for players to work together as a unit. Even though the two sports are very similar, ... Read More »

Tour Hideaway to Support American Cancer Society

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 12, from 9 AM- 3 PM, the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee will host its second annual “Rooms with a View” event. This unique fundraising event offers an opportunity to get a glimpse inside the luxurious Hideaway community, while supporting the American Cancer Society. Guests attending Rooms with a View will enjoy a tour of four stunning Hideaway residences. And for those who attended the event last year, the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee has kept it interesting by adding homes new to the tour this year. Saks Fifth Avenue will present a fashion show, ... Read More »

Marco’s New Psychologist

Submitted Dr. Georgann Norton has been a licensed psychologist for 20 years. Last year, she opened a practice in Naples. Now she is excited to announce the opening of her office on Marco Island. Georgann works with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief and divorce, among other issues. “I love what I do and I knew that if I came here full time, I would continue my work in this great community,” says Georgann. “People think that down here in the sun and beauty of Florida, we don’t have problems,” says Georgann. “The truth is that ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Teens and Technology: An Inside Look

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By Larissa Bersh The year is 2016. Face–to–face interaction no longer exists. All communication is facilitated through cell phones. Texting is the new talking. To many, this scenario seems utterly absurd. But for teenagers in this day and age, it sounds all too familiar. Looking around at school, the number of students with eyes glued to their devices is staggering. There is not a single lunch table where everyone is fully engaged in conversation. If someone is not actively involved in texting, he or she is scrolling through Instagram, listening to music, or playing a game. It seems that, slowly ... Read More »

Keller Williams Awards Top Achievers

The McCarty Group, a big winner that day, also received the Heavy Hitter Award.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Each year since 2007, Keller Williams Realty of Marco Island has held an award ceremony for their many agents, celebrating different selling achievements as well as benchmarks they’ve reached. On March 9th the company held their 9th annual awards event at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco. The morning began with breakfast provided by the club. Agents slowly trickled into the large room that overlooks the water and mingled among one another. It felt like a reunion for some of the realtors who maybe hadn’t seen each other in awhile. There was a lot of back ... Read More »

Nesting Sea Turtles, Flashing Cell Phone Photos- A Bad Mix

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Nesting sea turtles are an amazing sight, but please - no flash photos.

Submitted Sea turtles digging their nests to lay eggs on Florida’s beaches face a new 21st century hazard: someone snapping a flash photo with a cell phone. March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people not to take cell phone flash photos of sea turtles on the beach at night, because that can interfere with nesting. “It’s great that people are enjoying Florida’s beaches and are enthusiastic about our sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “However, most visitors ... Read More »

Golfers Sizzle in ?K of C Tournament

Eagle Country Club pro Johnny Schwaller gets ready to hammer a drive. Watching the shot are, from left, Bill Cataldi, Don LaPato, Jack Hannigan, Dan Moll and Lee Cataldi. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The afternoon sun sizzled, and so did the scores in the 42nd Annual Marco Island Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament on March 13 at the Eagle Creek Country Club. Joe Fatony and Dick Shanahan chaired the event. “It was a great turnout,” Fatony said. “We had a number of entries sign up today, giving us a total of 122 players.” Funds from the event go to disabled children, veterans’ programs and the needy through St. Vincent DePaul and the Catholic Charities Food Bank, Fatony said. Alan Green, Al LaRochelle, Dave Robertson and Vic White won the ... Read More »

Wet Paint LIVE

Twenty artists participated in Wet Paint LIVE, a fundraising event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was almost like a scavenger hunt. But instead of looking for landmarks or hidden treasures, you were on the hunt for artists. On February 16th, 20 different artists could be found scattered all over Marco Island and Goodland painting various scenes “en plein air,” or in the open air. The artists were participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraising event, Wet Paint LIVE. The paintings created that day were auctioned later in the evening in order to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. The participants started at around nine in the morning, ... Read More »

Condo Fees

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com This week 380 condos are for sale on the island, ranging in price from $89,900 for an efficiency unit at Coquina Gardens to a Belize penthouse listed for $7,245,000. Just as condo prices vary greatly, so do condo fees. The Coquina Gardens efficiency condo fees are $2,136 per year, and the penthouse has fees of $18,000 per year. The median condo fee for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the island is $7,200 per year. Annual condo fees on the island vary from less than 1% of list price, to over 3% of ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Remains Strong

By Dick Shanahan, President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island-only properties compare January 2016 activity to January 2015 activity. For all property types, volume sold listings January 2015 was $60,295,000, compared to $45,726,850 in January 2016, a 24.16% decrease. However, median sale price comparison was up 37.20%, from $410,000 to $562,500 for all property types according to Dick Shanahan, president. The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in January 2016 compared to January 2015 rose by 8.13% (266 v. 246). ... Read More »

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As a kid, I spent the majority of my spare time outdoors, playing sports. The main sports in those days at school were football, baseball and track. If it rained, you went into the gym and played basketball. If the coach was in a good mood, we got to play dodgeball! When we weren’t at school playing organized team sports, we were in the backyard or a vacant lot, playing football and baseball, or dodgeball, with our neighborhood buddies. There was no Pop Warner baseball, no youth football leagues, and the sport of soccer ... Read More »

It’s the Law- No Glass on the Beach!

Marco Island beach signage reminds visitors to leave prohibited items at home. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In 2014, TripAdvisor named Marco Island the No. 1 Island in the U.S. It referred to our island as “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.” Our beaches were also listed among the top 10 “family friendly” beaches in Florida. We attract thousands of visitors to our island each year and they all come to experience our six miles of spectacular beaches. All this fame and fortune comes at a cost.   Our beaches are under assault from litter and trash. Before you head out to the beach, let’s take a moment to review the city rules necessary to ... Read More »

The Great Backyard Bird Count

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By Joan Kelly The weekend of February 12 to 14, the National Audubon Society held the Great Backyard Bird Count together with many societies in other countries. As birders we decide to participate for the three days. We did our birding at our favorite spots, Eagle Creek Park, Freedom Park and at home on the Isles of Capri, counting 43 species, 20 of them on Isles of Capri. We expected more on the Isles but the doves, cardinals, woodpeckers and others did not show up the day we did the count. In the U.S., 123,004 people found 657 species, the ... Read More »