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Florida Panthers: Their Right of Passage

Seen in the Big Cypress  Swamp, this young bobcat could be mistaken for a young panther since both can be dark in color and have darker spots. This bobcat has a very short tail while the panther does not. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist As I watched the morning news over the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned that yet another Florida panther died on Collier Boulevard from injuries sustained by a motor vehicle. It was the 20th such death this year. The broadcast continued by stating that there are now less than 160 panthers remaining in southern Florida. Other sources place that number at less than 100. In a time when we were giving thanks for family, friends and the good things that surround us, my heart was deeply saddened. Panther, mountain lion, puma and cougar are all names ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Installation of Officers and Directors

Donna Fiala swears in the new Board of Directors. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman Marco Island realtors celebrated the season and installed their 2015 officers and directors last week during an elegant dinner and awards presentation at Hideaway Beach Club. Susan Ackerson accepted the gavel as the organization’s incoming president, a position she also held in 2010. “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve this association as your president…I know that we have work to do; it will go smoothly because of the people involved. The directors and officers of this association are dedicated to making the right decisions that are fair to all involved,” Ackerson said. ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET UP

Bette McGilvray, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors 2014

OCTOBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2013 COMPARISON MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare October 2014 to October 2013. Marco Island MLS Statistics, for Marco Island only property, continues to be a seller’s market, according to Bette McGilvray, 2014 President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. Active inventory continues to decrease from a year ago and pending statistics for all property types are Single Family Home Activity: Fewer new single family homes were listed in October 2014 v. October 2013. The percentage was down 4.69% (61 v. 64). The total number ... Read More »

ROOKERY OFFERS NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

~Participants sharpen their nature photography skills both in the classroom and the field~ Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. Only five photographers may participate in the two-part class, which will address nature photography techniques led by reserve educator and photographer Dave Graff. The classroom session will teach a variety of photography techniques including spot metering, composition and depth of field, among others. A discussion about the ethics ... Read More »

Condo Market Activity

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Realtors often use the term “absorption rate” to help understand real estate activity in segments of a market. One definition of absorption rate is how many months it would take to sell all the active listings if no new condos came on the market. Using this definition, six months of supply is normally considered a balanced market. If a segment has more than six months of supply, then the buyer has an advantage, and if the market has less than six months of supply, the seller has an advantage. Both sellers ... Read More »

Educate Yourself and Get the Information You Need

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Remember the good old days when it was commonplace to clip a helpful and/or interesting article out of the newspaper for future reference or to share with a neighbor? Well, grab your scissors, this is one of those times. As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I believe there is nothing more important than your access to information to successfully navigate all aspects of your health care needs. Today, I’m going to cover some basics about insurance and billing as well as a great new resource to access your patient record information. ... Read More »

Tech Trek Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What do wind-powered cellphones, DNA testing for law enforcement and Barbie bungee-jumping have in common? These were just a few of the workshops that girls from throughout Florida participated in at Tech Trek’s weeklong camp at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg this past July. Now the deadline for science and math teachers to nominate seventh-grade girls statewide for next year’s camp is quickly approaching — Monday, Dec. 15. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tech Trek is scheduled June 27-July 3, 2015, at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Last year, Marco Island ... Read More »

Marco Island Chosen to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mark your calendars. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is headed back to Marco Island for a repeat exhibition Feb. 11-16, 2015. Dubbed “The Wall That Heals,” the wall first came to the island in December 2011 and was visited by more than 16,000 people in four days. “This is probably the most honorable thing that could happen to Marco Island,” says Lee Rubenstein, current commander of the American Legion Post 404-Marco Island and the person responsible for bringing the wall back. “To be chosen a second time is quite an honor.” “The Wall That ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

A Good Year for Sea Turtles Nesting

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sea Turtle nesting season is coming to a close on Florida’s beaches, and according to the research scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, loggerhead turtle nest numbers remained high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new state record. “Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future,” said Dr. Simona Ceriani, FWC research scientist. Throughout Collier ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Farmers Market

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By Pat Newman Marco Island’s Farmer’s Market opened for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday with an updated layout and 100 booths offering fresh produce, food options, art, homemade crafts and a friendly ambiance. Veteran’s Community Park, located at 901 Park Ave, is the market’s home for the next five months. This is the fifth year the traditional gathering of vendors and shoppers will convene at Veteran’s Park. According to Alex Galiana, Administrative and Facilities Manager for Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation, the ongoing market was originally started by a private group and held on the grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal ... Read More »

Marco Island Honors Its Veterans

Every service man and woman raised a salute for the Pledge of Allegiance.

By Noelle H. Lowery and Melinda Gray Marco Island loves its veterans, and that was very apparent during a number of local events scheduled to commemorate Veterans Day — Nov. 11. According to History.com, Veterans Day was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the declaration of an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany to end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared the day — Nov. 11, 1918 — Armistice Day, and it was first celebrated in 1919 with parades and a two-minute pause in the daily business activities ... Read More »

St. Jean, Trojans Goal to Bring Back Winning Tradition

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Culmer St. Jean knows his way around Lely High. An all-star in football, basketball and track, 2003-2006, his efforts took him to the University of Wisconsin where he was a standout linebacker. His life’s trail brought him back to Lely High School, becoming an assistant coach to Stacey Stewart in 2012, working with the defense. In 2013, he got the nod as head coach, making him the second straight Lely grad to take over after alum Stewart resigned. Joining his staff was Rolf Bathold. The two, along with the late Ereck Plancher, led the Trojans to ... Read More »

Historical Society’s Talk on Caloosahatchee River

Dr. Kevin McCarthy discusses his book ‘10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River.’ PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The Marco Island Historical Society opened its 2014-2015 season with a scenic voyage along the Caloosahatchee River guided by Dr. Kevin McCarthy, author and retired University of Florida professor of English and Linguistics. McCarthy’s book “10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River” was brought to life at the Rose History Museum through his engaging narrative and power-point that included depictions of the river then and now. Did you know that the Caloosahatchee River helps connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf of Mexico? It is part of the cross-Florida water way which includes Lake Okeechobee. Built in ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
and general safety on the internet. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »