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Condos along Smokehouse Bay

Marina at The Esplanade. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Most people catch a view of tranquil Smokehouse Bay from one of the restaurants or shops at The Esplanade on Collier Boulevard or as they stroll along the promenade adjacent to the marina. A few lucky people keep their boats at the marina at The Esplanade, but some of the luckiest people on the island are the owners and renters of condos along this beautiful waterway. Smokehouse Bay condos are centrally located on Marco Island, reflect amazing sunsets over the water, and feature direct access boat docks to the Gulf. This ... Read More »

Everything I Never Told You

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Celeste Ng Penguin Press, 2014, 297 pages Genre: Psychological Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it.”— George Eliot   For all of her life, her mother, a high school home economics teacher, had been grooming Marilyn to be the perfect homemaker, with all the virtues to attract the perfect husband, the goal of many 1950s young American females. Marilyn, however, wanted to be different. She wanted to be a physician. James was raised by Chinese immigrants, both of whom worked at the school he attended. ... Read More »

South End Condos are Popular

South Marco condos on the Gulf of Mexico.

Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The South end of Marco Island is a popular location for condos. This quiet residential area is located south of Winterberry Drive, east of South Collier Boulevard and west of Heathwood Drive. Most of the condos are clustered on streets with names like Collier Court, Panama Court, Huron Court, Swallow Avenue and South Collier Boulevard. The South end is popular because it provides a great combination of fishing, boating and easy access to South Beach. Today, there are 50 south end condos for sale ranging in price from $249,000 to $899,000, ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year to all and my wishes for a great year filled with joy, happiness, good health and lots of fun! And speaking of fun, the Smallwood Music Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the old Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City from 11 AM until dark. General admission is $10 (bring your own chair) or $40 for special seating. All proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood Store, a 501(c)3 charity. Among the spectacular array of South Florida musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser are Wholetones, Raiford ... Read More »

2015 Arbor Day Ceremony

TBE Singers: ‘The root is connected to the stem; the stem is connected to the leaves; the leaves make the plant its food through PHO-TO-SYN-THE-SIS!’ (2014 file photo).

Submitted All members of the community are invited to attend the 2015 Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to be held at 10 AM on Friday, Jan. 16, at Mackle Park near the parking lot entrance. The ceremony will include singing performances by 130 Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grade students, musical performances by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and a display of Arbor Day posters created by TBE artists. The Tree Blessing will be done by Rev. Kyle Bennett of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and guest speakers will include City Manager Roger Hernstadt and City Council Chairman Larry Sacher. ... Read More »

Marco Island: Year in Review

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com With 2014 under our belts, it is time to reflect on the year that was (and what a year it was) and the year that will be (high hopes all around). The city of Marco Island certainly underwent a host of changes and experienced some major triumphs in 2014. Following are the top nine issues Marco Island faced in the last year, according to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, and a peek at what’s to come in 2015. 1.) New City Manager The city of Marco Island’s four-month tumultuous search for a new city manager — ... 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 »

Planning Board Votes for Rental Ordinance

By Pat Newman In a 4-2 vote, Marco Island’s Planning Board passed a controversial rental ordinance at its Dec. 5 meeting. Charlette Roman and Jack Patterson voted against the proposal with Bill Trotter, Marty Roddy, Irv Povlov and Frank Mulligan voting to approve the ordinance with a few modifications to be made by staff before sending it to City Council for debate. Chairman Monte Lazarus was absent from the meeting, with Roddy stepping in as acting chairman. The decision was made to move forward after another two-and-a-half-hour line-by-line dissection of the document and a final round of public comment. Roman ... Read More »

Oh, Christmas Tree

Mr. and Mrs. Clause hugged and smiled the night away as they posed for photos with children and grown-ups, alike.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Palpable Christmas cheer and an impressive crowd of more than 1,000 people filled Veterans’ Community Park on Saturday, Nov. 29, for Marco Island’s Annual Christmas Island Style tree lighting ceremony. Radio personality Dave Elliott emceed the event, and the evening’s entertainment included a charming dance recital by Spotlight Dance Studio, Center Stage Studios, Island Dance Academy and the Hurricane Softball Dancers. The crowd enjoyed the night’s festivities as popular local musician Jim Long performed staple holiday tunes and a bit of rock and roll. Reminiscent of the parking lot outside a super bowl venue, the party ... Read More »

Planning Board Drafts Rental Ordinance

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By Pat Newman A rental ordinance requiring property registration, a fire inspection and enforceable fines for violating city codes governing noise, parking and tardy trash can removal was drafted by Marco Island’s Planning Commission at its Nov. 21 meeting. Following hours of public comment both for and against an ordinance regulating long- and short-term rentals, the board decided to use the city of Marathon’s ordinance as a model and proceeded to go section by section adding and deleting lines to make it Marco Island specific. Board Chairman Monte Lazarus deferred to members in the decision, calling the model ordinance “tangled-up.” ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... 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 »

Treasures in the Trunk

Organizers included (left to right) Trish Wilcox, Fran Cislo,  Gloria Ann Pavin, Mary Kay Moll, Carmen Bingham, Alice Rizzo, Joan Pudherny, Roseann Hill, and Claire Boulanger. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman A beautiful day and bountiful treasures drew a bargain-hunting crowd Saturday at the Columbiette’s twice annual tag sale. Held in the parking lot of San Marco Catholic Church, 67 vendors sold everything from furniture to handmade jewelry. All proceeds from the sale of vendor space is donated to charities in the Marco Island community, Guadeloupe Center in Immokalee and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Read More »

Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Gift BCCC for Parking Lot

Submitted The Board of Collier County Commissioners (BCCC) unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a $30,000 donation from the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and to appropriate $36,000 to purchase a paved parking lot adjacent to the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway St., Everglades City. Visitor parking at the Museum of the Everglades is currently limited to nine passenger vehicles and is difficult to access due to the close proximity of the museum building and wheelchair ramp. As a result, parking often overflows onto the lawn and grassed medians along Broadway Street and Storter Avenue and is ... Read More »

Would You Like Mustard with Your Monet?

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Nothing like starting your day with a good laugh. Last week, I heard a joke on National Public Radio. I agree with you: NPR isn’t famous for it’s hahahas. What does the artist say while working? “Would you like fries with that?” I just laughed and laughed, especially because at the time I was just parking my truck at the restaurant where I hostess part-time, and I’m an artist. They say the trick to good joke-telling is timing. You betcha. Another time, I might have reacted differently. But, I love my hostess job. I work ... Read More »

New Median for Bald Eagle Drive and Park Avenue

City staff hopes the new right-turn-only, permanent median will help will traffic congestion caused during the Farmers Market and other large events held at Veterans Memorial Park.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Next month, the traffic pattern at the intersection of Bald Eagle Drive and Park Avenue will be changing. According to Tim Pinter, the city of Marco Island’s public works director, the city will be building a raised concrete median island there to limit the traffic exiting from Park Avenue onto Bald Eagle Drive to right turns only. The median is slated for construction during the first week of November, and while city staff does not yet have a firm price for the project, they are soliciting bids from contractors. Still, the project comes at the ... Read More »

Training: MIPD Bike Patrol

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By Pat Newman Training to be a Marco Island Bike Patrolman is no ride in the park, as six officers demonstrated on test day. Under the critical eye of instructor Andrew Penny, a Lee County Deputy Sheriff and member of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), the trainees practiced braking, serpentine maneuvering and riding up and down stairs on the final day of their 32-hour class. The course was designed to simulate conditions the bikers may encounter while on patrol in the streets, alleys and parking garages around the island. All officers in the city’s second round of bike ... Read More »

Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, Co-Chairs Rental Task Force

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The City of Marco Island is reviewing ordinances that address several issues related to the lifestyle and rights of residents and property owners who chose to rent their properties. The issues identified by the city are: excessive noise, illegal parking, trash left in swales and lack of taxes being collected from rental properties. At the August 22nd meeting of the Planning Board, an agenda item was added to address concerns thought to be the result of rental activity in residential neighborhoods. As an active member of the community, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) volunteered to establish a ... Read More »

TREASURES IN THE TRUNK SALE – NOV. 8, 2014 8:00 AM – 12 NOON

On Saturday, November 8 the San Marco Columbiettes will be hosting a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Vendors should be set up by 7:30 AM.   Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new , used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $10 for each vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle.   Multiple parking spots and tables may be purchased at $10 each. ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »