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Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

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Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she raise children, obtain her college degree and work full time simultaneously? She’s worked tirelessly for her community working on the Parks and Recreation committee, the Big Flag Committee and welcoming our newest community members as a former President in the ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee announce Fall swamp walk schedule

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their Fall schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.   The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade in ... Read More »

Stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw (see illustration). View a video on how to properly remove the claw, and increase the likelihood of survival of the released crab. Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing stone ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

The Jewel of Marco

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On Nov. 8, Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco will celebrate its grand opening on Marco Island. Owners, Annelie and Amir Kathein, have been working in their store in the Shops of Marco since June 3. Marco Island is the location of their second store. The husband-and-wife team founded Golden Gate Jewelers 34 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, but have had a house on Marco for the last eight years. Mother and daughter, Annelie and Avital, are now year-round Marco Island residents and will operate this location full time. Father and son, Amir and Ari, commute during the week to run ... Read More »

Cathy Rogers: Luxury Real Estate Specialist

John Toth, Cathy Rogers, Frank and Gingie Keefer at the Shanahan hosted soiree as a sneak preview to the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Imagination Ball held last February.

Cathy Rogers has spent the last 10 years honing her craft to become one of Marco Island’s top Luxury home sales specialists. For the last three years, she has been a top sales agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, and her 2014 home sales have reached $12 million so far in 2014. “I love this work,” Rogers explains. “I am a people pleaser. I love finding the right property for the right person. I love it when people are happy with their purchase or the sale of their property. I go above and beyond to make that happen.” Rogers grew ... Read More »

Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

When Dogs Bite…

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a beautiful August evening, and Arleen Harris was headed into her back yard. That is when it happened. “I was opening the gate to my pool area when a Pit Bull came around the back of my home, pushed the gate opened and attacked me,” she remembered. “Apparently, he had gotten out of the house and ran away. He did not even have a collar on, and I was in shorts.” Harris recounted the attack: “Once he pushed the gate open, he immediately attached to my leg, and having no collar on, it ... Read More »

New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available

Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours. Unlike before, this new online course will be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Upon successful completion of the course individuals can print a form to present at the ORV Office to receive their operators permit.  A computer will continue to be available at the off-road vehicle office for those who do not have internet access. The training course ... Read More »

Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened

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Submitted Although September — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — has come to a close, men must remain vigilant, and that is the message of Robert Dean. When the 58-year-old had a routine PSA test for insurance purposes, he never thought he would have abnormal results. Dean was healthy and had no symptoms, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “As a curious person, I really needed to know everything I could about the disease and treatment options to make an informed decision,” Dean says. “I travel all over the U.S. for a living, and I’m not afraid to ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets better. From the insane notion of trying to forcefully change a privately-owned professional football team’s name (established in 1932) to not allowing elementary students to say “bless you” when a fellow student sneezes, the madness continues. “Workplace violence” is becoming ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

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The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its quarterly “Lunch with the Chief” event at Hideaway Beach Club, Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 AM. Recently appointed Chief of Police Al Schettino will speak on “Why Marco Island is the Fourth Safest City in the State of Florida” and how we can become number one. Lunch is $20 per person with a selection of prime rib sandwich or trio salad plate. For reservations, call Joe Granda at 239-389-2823 or Lou Prigge at 239-269-2148. Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 4

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we are continuing our look at the changes to the laws that were signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, and became effective July 1. We are continuing our look at the changes that were brought about by House Bill 807. Today, we will consider the changes to the Homeowners’ Association Act found in Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. The first change in Chapter 720 is found in Section 720.303(2)(a), which was amended to require that meetings of the board must be at a location that is accessible to a ... Read More »

Sleep Is A Beautiful Thing!

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By Carol Glassman The commercials tell us that “sleep is a beautiful thing”, and I quite agree, especially if you have a good mattress and sweet dreams. A lot of people I know choose the time just before drifting off to sleep to “speak” to their dearly departed or to have a few words with some higher power in which they believe. Since the last thing we do before we enter dreamland often influences our dreams, we might be feeding and stirring our subconscious. Sometimes when we dream of those we have lost, it’s an uncanny feeling when we awake ... Read More »

Daring to Dream

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium hosted a packed house for the presentation of “Daring to Dream,” an original dramatic portrayal of the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. The allotted hour flew by as local actress and writer, Janina Birtolo, delivered a fast-paced memoir, simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, detailing the famous aviatrix’s exploits. With her one-woman-show, Birtolo kept listeners at the edge of their seats from the moment she took the stage, appearing as if she’d just touched down from another soaring flight. Fully-costumed and impossibly energetic, she virtually ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of land lines and the ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Telephone plans with companies such as Verizon and AT&T are good only for talk and data in the US. You can purchase an international plan with ... Read More »

Celebrating the High Holy Days

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By Roger Blau President of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island The Jewish “High Holy Days” (not “holidays”) are known as the “Jewish New Year,” but there is no resemblance of Rosh Hashanah to the secular “New Year” which most American Jews celebrate along with our Gentile neighbors and friends. The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are solemn holy days. They do not include celebrations and champagne at midnight. The Jewish High Holy Days begin this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24, and conclude at sundown on Saturday, October 4. ... Read More »

Looking for Mr. Right

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By Carol Glassman Even though I find it kind of pathetic to watch single people engage in a courtship dance — only because it’s a little sad that people think they need another person to validate his or her life in this world — I understand why they continue to seek partners at any age: they are simply lonely. In the past, it amused me to think of the situations that arose when well-meaning “friends” tried to spoil my evening at home with a good book by introducing me to some poor fellow who might have spent his time better ... Read More »